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Aston Villa miss chance to escape bottom three

17 Jun 2020
Premier League - Aston Villa v Sheffield United

Dean Smith's side cannot get past a stubborn Sheff Utd defence as Premier League resumes with a 0-0 draw at Villa Park

Aston Villa could not climb out of the bottom three as they recorded a goalless draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League's first match after a 100-day break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After both sets of players "took a knee" before kick-off to show their support for the Black Lives Matter campaign, it was the hosts who began on the front foot.

Keinan Davis headed over the bar on 11 minutes while Kortney Hause also had a chance from a corner.

On 42 minutes, Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland caught Oliver Norwood's curling free-kick and stumbled back over his goalline.

Sheffield United's players appealed for a goal but referee Michael Oliver waved them away after he received no alert from the Goal Decision System.

After half-time, Davis narrowly failed to connect with Anwar El Ghazi's cross before John McGinn's shot was beaten out by Dean Henderson.

The point takes Sheffield United to sixth, on 44 points, while Villa stay 19th, now on 26 points.

See: Aston Villa report | Sheff Utd report

Fight against relegation

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
15 BHA 38 -15 41
16 WHU 38 -13 39
17 AVL 38 -26 35
18 BOU 38 -25 34
19 WAT 38 -28 34
20 NOR 38 -49 21
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Next fixtures

Aston Villa: 21 June v Chelsea (H)
Sheff Utd: 21 June v Newcastle (A)

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