Lovre Kalinic, an injury and a flare – Things you might’ve missed as Aston Villa beat Shrewsbury
Buoyant Aston Villa fans invaded New Meadow in Shropshire with almost 5,000 making the short trip across the M54.
It was Villa’s second outing following on from the 3-0 victory over MLS play-off chasers Minnesota United on Wednesday.
Scott Hogan grabbed the only goal of the game as Dean Smith once again fielded two different sides, with only Jed Steer completing the full 90.
Here’s a rundown of things you may have missed from Sunday’s friendly between Villa and League One Shrewsbury Town.
Kalinic here but didn’t play
The Croatian stopper was out on the pitch prior to kick off and warmed the palms of goalkeeping rival Jed Steer. It’s unknown if the ex-Gent man had a slight niggle. He’s been linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer as Dean Smith prioritises a new stopper with Premier League experience. Will he be around come August 8? It remains to be seen.
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Hause was seen hugging and joking around with close pal Josh Laurent prior to kick-off. The pair share the same agent and are big pals off the pitch. The two Londoners enjoyed a good laugh. Laurent, a product of the QPR youth academy, didn’t feature.
Claret and blue flare
As soon as Hogan rolled the ball past O’Leary, Villa supporters behind the opposite goal set off a claret and blue flare. The smoke didn’t last long though with the flare itself similar to Villa’s lacklustre display. Before kick-off Shrews’ kindly blasted out Villa favourites including Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Nice touch.
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El Ghazi picked up a knock
Winger Anwar El Ghazi walked off gingerly prior to the second half kicking off and was replaced by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. The Dutchmen walked back into the dressing room with medical staff deeming him a risk to play. We’ll now see if he’ll feature vs Walsall on Wednesday.
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Engels not in Shrewsbury – and not on matchday programme
Villa’s latest signing Bjorn Engels was missed off today’s £1 match programme. The tall centre-back was signed during the week and completed his deal with Villa out in America. The capture from Reims wasn’t featured on the squad list on the back of the programme and fans were left disappointed at not being able to see the new arrival in action.