Aston Villa 3-1 Luton Town: Hosts pick up fifth win in six Premier League games

John McGinn scores against Luton
John McGinn (left) has scored two goals in the Premier League and two in the Europa Conference League this season

Aston Villa claimed their fifth win in six Premier League games with a comfortable victory over Luton Town at Villa Park.

John McGinn opened the scoring in the first half with his fourth goal of the season, controlling the ball from a corner before firing into the back of the net.

Moussa Diaby added a second soon after the break as he drove home from inside the box, and the forward was instrumental in the third.

He used his pace to chase a ball over the top before his cross was turned in by Luton captain Tom Lockyer for an own goal.

Luton never looked like getting anything from the game and failed to manage a shot on goal until the hour mark, when Ross Barkley sent a rising effort from distance well over the bar.

But they did get a consolation late on in unusual circumstances as a header by Villa defender Ezri Konsa bounced back off the bar and in off goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

The win means Villa have an impressive 22 points from 10 Premier League games as they continue their fine form under manager Unai Emery.

Defeat for Luton, meanwhile, leaves them in the relegation zone and one point from safety.

Fortress Villa Park

Teams can often find it difficult to adjust to the quick turnaround between games in Europe and the Premier League, but Aston Villa appear to be thriving on it.

Emery’s side followed a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham last Sunday with a victory by the same scoreline at AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.

And they showed no signs of fatigue as they continued their impressive form at home.

This victory was their 12th in a row at Villa Park, with that run seeing them score 34 goals and conceding just six.

“We always want to score more goals, we want to win with clean sheets,” Emery told BBC Sport.

“The most important [thing] for us is to try and get good performances and try and be consistent and not be under this level of performance for 90 minutes.

“Today was a very important match. We tried to be consistent in our gameplan. We respected them because they won at Everton and drew at Nottingham Forest.”

Toothless Hatters

Luton have been better on the road than at home in the Premier League following promotion, winning at Everton before drawing at Nottingham Forest in their previous outing.

That game at the City Ground saw them battle back from two goals down to earn a point, but a fightback never looked on the cards in this game.

They struggled to create any chances of note against a Villa side in formidable form, particularly at home.

Unfortunately for Luton it does not get any easier with a home game against Liverpool up next, before they travel to Manchester United.

“Villa are an outstanding team who are in a great moment, very confident and very clear in what they want to do. They made it very tough for us, but good learning I would say for us,” Luton boss Rob Edwards said.

“We will come up against teams like this who are in good form, and there were times when we did things well. There are bits for us to learn and improve on.

“This game was never going to define our season, but we have to make sure it makes us better.”

Player of the match

McGinnJohn McGinn

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  2. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  3. Squad number19Player nameDiaby

  4. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  5. Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos

  6. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  7. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  8. Squad number2Player nameCash

  9. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  10. Squad number14Player nameP Torres

  11. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  12. Squad number44Player nameKamara

  13. Squad number9Player nameTraoré

  14. Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

  15. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

  16. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

Luton Town

  1. Squad number13Player nameNakamba

  2. Squad number7Player nameOgbene

  3. Squad number9Player nameMorris

  4. Squad number19Player nameBrown

  5. Squad number45Player nameDoughty

  6. Squad number24Player nameKaminski

  7. Squad number4Player nameLockyer

  8. Squad number2Player nameOsho

  9. Squad number6Player nameBarkley

  10. Squad number12Player nameKaboré

  11. Squad number15Player nameMengi

  12. Squad number30Player nameTownsend

  13. Squad number14Player nameChong

  14. Squad number11Player nameAdebayo

  15. Squad number17Player nameMpanzu

  16. Squad number26Player nameGiles


Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2CashBooked at 51minsSubstituted forDiego Carlosat 79′minutes
  • 4Konsa
  • 14P Torres
  • 12Digne
  • 7McGinn
  • 44KamaraBooked at 71minsSubstituted forTielemansat 79′minutes
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forDendonckerat 90′minutes
  • 22ZanioloBooked at 28minsSubstituted forBaileyat 45′minutes
  • 19DiabySubstituted forTraoréat 90′minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Traoré
  • 16Chambers
  • 17Lenglet
  • 25Olsen
  • 31Bailey
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 47Iroegbunam


Formation 5-3-2

  • 24Kaminski
  • 12KaboréBooked at 53mins
  • 15Mengi
  • 4Lockyer
  • 2OshoSubstituted forTownsendat 57′minutes
  • 45DoughtyBooked at 75minsSubstituted forGilesat 79′minutes
  • 13NakambaSubstituted forMpanzuat 76′minutes
  • 6Barkley
  • 7Ogbene
  • 19BrownSubstituted forChongat 58′minutes
  • 9MorrisSubstituted forAdebayoat 76′minutes


  • 10Woodrow
  • 11Adebayo
  • 14Chong
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 23Krul
  • 26Giles
  • 30Townsend
  • 38Johnson
  • 47Luker

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