Aston Villa earned their 12th successive home league win by beating Luton Town 3-1 at Villa Park.
John McGinn and Moussa Diaby put the hosts in control before Tom Lockyer turned the ball into his own net, but an Emi Martinez own goal late on meant Villa couldn’t claim what would have been their third clean sheet of the season. Emery’s side have now claimed 20 league victories since the start of 2023 and have won more than six of their opening ten matches in a top-flight season for the first time in 72 years.
Villa came into the match on the back of consecutive 4-1 victories against West Ham and then AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night. After bagging three goals against Luton this afternoon, Emery’s side have now netted 20 times in their opening five home league matches.The hosts started on the front foot against the Hatters, as Nicolo Zaniolo passed up on a big opportunity to open the scoring inside the first four minutes of the contest. Ollie Watkins teed him up inside the box, but Zaniolo’s volley went wide of the post.
Watkins then passed up on a golden chance to break the deadlock himself as he failed to convert past Thomas Kaminski from close range after Matty Cash rolled the ball across the box. Minutes later, Villa managed to force an advantage through McGinn.
Douglas Luiz picked the Scot out from a free-kick and after shifting the ball to his right, McGinn fired past Kaminski. After a flat final 15 minutes of the first half, Villa stepped it up after the break and doubled their lead in the 49h minute.
Lucas Digne whipped in a cross towards the back post, where Leon Bailey managed to guide the ball towards Diaby inside the box, before he slammed into the corner. Diaby was then at the heart of the action for Villa’s third, as his cross was bundled into the Luton net by Lockyer.
In the 82nd minute, Konsa tried to head the ball safely into Martinez’s gloves, but the ball looped over the ‘keeper and onto the bar before coming back down off his back and over the line.
He didn’t face a shot in the first half, but commanded his box well. He will be frustrated he couldn’t keep a clean sheet, especially given the nature of the goal which Villa conceded. 7
Had the unenviable task of dealing with Chiedozie Ogbene, who tried to use his explosive pace to drive the visitors forward. 8
Another strong showing from Konsa, who kept Carlton Morris quiet throughout. It was his header which led to Luton’s goal. 8
Progressed possession throughout the match and played a number of key balls over the top for Digne to chase. 8
He won the free-kick which led to Villa’s opener and was a constant threat for Luton down the left flank. He also chipped the ball to the far post which ended in Diaby slamming home for the second goal of the game. 9
He made a number of crucial tackles in the middle of the park this afternoon. 8
The Brazilian ace made his 150th Premier League appearance today and recorded his seventh goal contribution of the campaign by setting-up McGinn’s opener, which was surprisingly his first assist of the season. 8
Outstanding from McGinn all afternoon. He broke the deadlock in first half and drove Villa forward at every opportunity. His running and enthusiasm to win the ball back was needed against a powerful Luton side. 9*
Zaniolo returned to the starting XI after being named among the subs in the midweek win over AZ. He was bright in the first half, linking play with Digne on the left and getting shots away on goal. 7
He was a constant menace for the Luton defence, who couldn’t deal with his runs in behind. He scored his first goal since the win over Burnley and played the ball across the box for Villa’s third. 8
Missed a gilt-edged chance to extend his goal tally in the first half, but Watkins never dwells on a missed chance for long and was desperate to get among the goals. He wasn’t presented with many opportunities to get his goal, but he played his part in another comfortable home victory for Emery’s side. 7
Leon Bailey (for Zaniolo, 45’): Bailey is playing his best football in a Villa shirt since joining the club over two years ago. It was a surprise not to see him start this afternoon, but his impact helped Villa cruise to the win. 8
Diego Carlos (for Cash, 80’): N/A
Youri Tielemans (for Kamara, 80’): N/A
Leander Dendonkcer (for Luiz, 90’): N/A
Bertrand Traore (for Diaby, 90’): N/A
Subs not used: Olsen, Chambers, Lenglet, Iroegbunam.
Aston Villa: McGinn (17’), Diaby (49’), Lockyer OG (62’)
Luton: Martinez OG (83’)