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Friday, 8 November 2013

Aston Villa thrash star-studded MK Dons

MK Dons 1 - 5 Aston Villa

Aston Villa thrash star-studded MK Dons

Aston Villa finally performed to their potential on Wednesday night as they got their first win of the season after a disappointing start which saw them get a miserable 2 points out of a possible 9. Villa boss Hancock would have been desperate for his side to get a win against MK Dons as it was a bad start which cost Aston Villa promotion last season. 

It was without a doubt going to be a very tough match for Villa as MK Dons have a star-studded team with the likes of Theo Walcott, Pedro, Aaron Ramsey etc. The match was a must-watch as both teams are promotion contenders and each team has players who had played for the other until very recently. Jonny Evans was in the starting line up for the home side and Joao Moutinho started in center midfield for Villa.

Moutinho faced his former team for the first time since he moved to Villa at the end of the last season

The match was pretty even as both teams had a fair bit of possession and the chances were limited. However MK Dons weren't clinical and that turned out to be the difference-maker. Villa only had 5 shots but all 5 of those shots were converted into goals. Moutinho made his former club pay for letting him go as he scored the opener in the 14th minute, Kiessling providing the assist for the goal. The German then got his name on the score sheet just 8 minutes after assisting Moutinho, Kiessling then made it 3-0 just after the half-time break as he scored his second and Villa's 3rd goal of the match in the 46th minute. 

Jermain Defoe managed to pull one back for the home side in the 51st minute but if there were any doubts about the result, they were eliminated in the 64th minute when Kiessling completed his hat-trick. Paul Pogba, who's on loan from Sunderland for the season, scored the final goal of the match in the 73rd minute, making it 1-5 in favour of Villa. Kiessling got the Man of the Match award for his 3 goals and assist on the night.

Below is what Aston Villa manager Hancock said in the post-match press conference when asked about the result:

"I'm delighted with the win, who wouldn't be? Milton Keynes Dons are a top side with some great players and a great manager are definitely one of the title contenders this season. I was desperate for us to end our bad form and get a win. A bad start to the season can cost you, we had a horrible start to last season and even though we finished the season in incredible form, we only managed to finish in the play-offs. I hope we can maintain the form we showed tonight and get a string of wins together.

Now to the match. The scoreline is very deceiving, we won by a huge margin but we won because of clinical finishing. Look at the stats and they'll confirm what I say. We're lucky to have a world-class striker in Kiessling who's in very good form and he showed that tonight. He was incredible tonight, a hat-trick and an assist. It wasn't all about Kiessling though, Moutinho and Pogba both shined and were very impressive."


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