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Aston Villa: Matty Cash stole the show against Leicester
Steven Gerrard’s tenure as Aston Villa manager has got off to a pretty perfect start.
The Villans have played four times under their new boss and recorded three wins with their only loss coming against Manchester City.
It’s a run of form that proves NSWE’s decision to sack Dean Smith from his role was a wonderful decision with Sunday evening marking the finest night of Gerrard’s short time in the Midlands so far.
They beat a Leicester side so used to challenging for European places over the last few years and it was Ezri Konsa they had to thank during a 2-1 victory.
The central defender grabbed both goals but it wasn’t just the 24-year-old who had supporters on their feet this weekend.
Another triumphant performer was Matty Cash, a player who seems to be reaching new heights this season.
The right-back is now capped at international level by Poland and is improving all the time as he flourishes in the Premier League.
His performance against the Foxes was as good as it gets from a full-back, producing plenty in defensive scenarios and also striding forward to provide a useful option offensively.
Per SofaScore, Cash won a whopping ten tackles during the game, a tally that was considerably better than the 2.8 per game he’s won on average this term.
Furthermore, the defender produced four interceptions and made three clearances during what was a perfect defensive performance.
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Going forward, he played two key passes, registered five crosses and also managed three shots, providing to be a real menace for the Leicester side.
His promising performance was summed up perfectly by Birmingham Live writer John Townley who wrote in his post-match player ratings: “Put in another impressive shift. Up and down all afternoon and had to be on top of his game to contain the dangerous Barnes.”
The aforementioned Harvey Barnes did find the net but fortunately, it didn’t come back to bite Villa.
It wasn’t the most perfect of displays from Gerrard’s men but Cash certainly helped it look more comfortable, battling hard for the ball and rampaging forward. He was undoubtedly a hero on Sunday evening.