Barkley strike at the death clinches Villa's fourth straight win

Barkley strike at the death clinches Villa's fourth straight win

Villa maintained their perfect Premier League start thanks to a last-gasp beauty from loan ace Ross Barkley at Leicester. It’s been exactly as fortnight since Dean Smith’s side ripped the champions to bits at Villa Park and, off the back of the international break, Villa proved once again that they’re no pushovers. Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, of course, were without their talismanic striker Jamie Vardy for this one, scorer of five goals in his last four appearances against Villa. The striker was one of three enforced changes to Leicester after their shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham last time out. As for Villa, Smith kept with the same XI that dismantled Liverpool and deployed match-winner Barkley as a No.10 behind Ollie Watkins once more. The 26-year-old had a quieter game but game up trumps in the 90th minute to strike home a stunning long-range effort into the bottom right-hand corner from all of 25 yards out. Smith’s side were pushing harder than the hosts to find the opener and it came in some style thanks to Barkley - scorer of his second in two games for Villa. Smith’s side - now upto second in the Premier League table after winning four from four - struggled to get to grips with the first half, though, and it wasn’t until the 26th minute until Villa carved out their first real chance. It was birthday boy John McGinn with a trademark cross-field pass out to Matt Targett with the left-back finding Jack Grealish. The Villa ...
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