20 Nov 2020


The League Managers Association’s panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett, Barry Fry Paul Ince and Rachel Yankey, has determined that the LMA Performance of the Week Award, in association with Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, should go to Aston Villa for their 3-0 victory against Arsenal on Sunday 8th November 2020. 

The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,500 competitive matches in professional football.

Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and an LMA Performance of the Week trophy on behalf of the whole coaching team.

Match Report

Ollie Watkins bagged a brace as sublime Aston Villa claimed a superb 3-0 victory against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Dean Smith’s inspired side were excellent in north London and played with fluidity and confidence amid relentless rain to get back to winning ways and continue their 100% away record this season.

Watkins scored twice within three second-half minutes to seal all three points in the capital, coming after Bukayo Saka’s own goal, under pressure from Trezeguet, midway through the first half.

It came against a Gunners side who boasted the meanest defence in the Premier League heading into the encounter as Villa, who also saw John McGinn’s early strike ruled out by VAR, secured a third successive away win in the top flight for the first time since 2010.

The triumph sees Dean Smith’s side move on to 15 points from their opening seven matches and ensures they head into the international in high spirits.

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