Birmingham Mail : 2020-09-25

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46 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 THE VVERDICT: BRISTOL CITY 0 VILLA 3 Sport Bertrand’s got the lot, says Terry Villa’s Bertrand Traore (left) and Bristol City’s Niclas Eliasson battle for the ball at Ashton Gate JOHN Terry has lauded Villa’s classy debutant Bertrand Traore after a star showing, and said: “He has everything!” The £19 million signing lit up Ashton Gate with a fine solo strike just 14 minutes in, sidefootin­g home on 14 minutes It was a debut to remember as the Burkinabe oozed quality throughout prior to being replaced by Trezeguet with 20 minutes to go. Villa assistant boss Terry, meanwhile, admitted he played a key role in Traore’s transfer to Villa after spending four years alongside him at Chelsea between 2013-2017. Speaking after Villa’s 3-0 win over Bristol, Terry said: “Bertrand’s come in tonight and put in a good performanc­e for someone who hasn’t played a lot - to come in and get the goal tops it off. He was excellent. “I wouldn’t say I pushed (for the transfer), I know my role at the football club. I advise and we want bigger and better players in the building. I’ve had previous with him and I gave a good character reference as well. “He was someone at Chelsea who was very hungry. “He had the desire to prove himself at the top and he went away and he’s got that opportunit­y now at Aston Villa. Personally and profession­ally we’re delighted to have him. “He’s proven himself at Chelsea, making an immediate impact at such a young age when he came in. “He has everything: the pace, strength and the willingnes­s to go and prove himself at the very top. “Terry, in for Smith for postmatch duties last night, added: “He has that quality, pace to run in behind. He can isolate people in one-on-one situations. “We have that over on the other side with Jack. “He can produce that that can free Jack up as well, especially when we get that switch of play through quickly during games. “He’s got that potential to beat players, score amazing goals and, hopefully, we’ll see a bit more of that. “I said to him in the dressing room (his goal) was a cross but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt! ”It’s important for him to get off to a great start. “You see Emi (Martinez) at the weekend, he saved a penalty.” Flying start for Traore at Robins as Villa cruise By ASHLEY PREECE With Villa ashley.preece@reachplc.com VILLA have cruised into the last-16 with a comprehens­ive 3-0 victory over Championsh­ip high-fliers Bristol City. It was new £19 million signing Bertrand Traore who stole the show with a phenomenal first-time finish to put the game out of sight just 14 minutes into proceeding­s. The Burkinabe caressed home Jacob Ramsey’s beautifull­y-weighted pass just 14 minutes in to make it 2-0. Prior to Villa’s second, Keinan Davis set up Anwar El Ghazi to tap home while, just seconds after coming on in the second half, Ollie Watkins finished to make it 3-0. Villa had a stress-free night after El Ghazi struck in the 11th minute and Traore quickly doubled the advantage with a delicious volley. Watkins, on as a 70th-minute substitute for Traore, scored his second goal in this season’s competitio­n within three minutes of his arrival as Dean Smith’s side set up a fourthroun­d home tie against Stoke. This was a meeting between two teams who had been perfect during the opening weeks of the season. Championsh­ip high-flyers City had recorded four straight wins in league and cup, while Villa had matched that 100 per cent return with victories over Burton, in the Carabao Cup, and Sheffield United in their Premier League opener. Smith named a completely different line-up to the one that had beaten Villa sub Ollie Watkins scores his side’s third goal of the game City showed more endeavour in the second half but struggled to fashion opportunit­ies against a defence marshalled by captain-for-the-night Ahmed Elmohamady and where Hause caught the eye. The tie was put beyond doubt when Villa sliced through a tiring home midfield and Trezeguet delivered a low cross which Watkins steered home at the far post. the Blades on Monday, with John McGinn, Tyrone Mings and Watkins and continued side should to have toil, halved but DeanHolden’sdeficit the among those benched and no place in the squad at all for Jack Grealish. on the half-hour mark. Traore started and the ex-Chelsea Niclas Eliasson’s cross found striker lined up on the right side of a Famara Diedhiou unmarked eight three-man attack with El Ghazi and yards out, but the Senegal striker Keinan Davis. Despite the changes, planted his header wide of Jed Steer’s there was nothing disjointed about right-hand post. Villa’s start with Max O’Leary producing It was a rare moment of respite for a fine double stop to deny Davis the hosts and Villa had strong claims and Frederic Guilbert. for a penalty turned down after 35 The pressure was rewarded after 11 minutes. El Ghazi raced onto Kortney minutes when Davis reached the Hause’s pass and squared to set up byline and calmly rolled the ball into Ramsey six yards out for what would the path of El Ghazi, who finished have been the teenager’s first senior with an assured tap-in. goal. The lead was doubled when Traore But Ramsey fell under contact from superbly cushioned Jacob Ramsey’s Zak Vyner and, to Villa’s disbelief, referee pass into the top corner with a minimum of fuss. City were shell-shocked James Linington waved play on. BRISTOL CITY: O’Leary, Vyner, Moore, Rowe, Sessegnon, Brunt (Bakinson 66), Nagy, Palmer (Massengo 84), Eliasson, Semenyo, Diedhiou (Martin 84). Subs not used: Bentley, Mawson, Paterson, Wells. ASTON VILLA: Steer, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hause, Taylor, Lansbury (Hourihane 78), Nakamba, Ramsey, Traore (Trezeguet 70), Davis (Watkins 70), El Ghazi. Subs not used: Mings, McGinn, Targett, Kalinic. James Linington (Isle of Wight). Referee: PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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