Unai Emery hurried to open his laptop on the coach back to Birmingham last night as he prepares another PowerPoint presentation of the highs and lows of Aston Villa’s latest performance.

“Yes, very happy,” Emery said of Villa’s 2-0 win at Goodison, with his clinical side thanks to two second-half goals from Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Buendía. The head coach has been a picture of pure frustration in recent weeks and, when asked if he would relax and save and celebrate what was a sweet victory, the workaholic Emery replied: “But we have to prepare for the next one. match against Crystal Palace”. .”

Birmingham Live’s ashley preece he was at Goodison Park for us on Saturday and here are his big takeaways, starting with one thing in particular that continues to baffle the Basque manager…


Now, rather than get lyrical about the record-breaking Watkins, or the impact Buendía had, or the crucial blocks from Emi Martinez and Tyrone Mings, Emery was quick to question why Villa are a totally different team away from home. Since his appointment, no other Premier League team has won more away wins than Villa’s four and Arsenal have also managed four wins in their last five games. Villa have only dropped points to Man City at the Etihad, and that was largely due to his own action.

“We are giving (fans) more opportunities to be happy outside than at home,” Emery confessed. “I want, in the next game against Crystal Palace, the same performance (against Everton). I want to know what is the difference between playing away and playing at home. In this process we will work to find a solution. To be competitive as we were today, where it is not easy to beat us. Our problem is at home.”

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