You’d be forgiven for thinking that we were on the beach today as we drew against Aston Villa that ensured they escaped relegation on the final day of the campaign.
Their captain Jack Grealish looked to have sealed a win for Villa with a powerful strike in the 84th minute, but Andriy Yarmolenko’s deflected leveller soon after made it a nervy finale for the visitors to London Stadium.
They hung on though and the point, coupled with a defeat for Watford at Arsenal, ensured Villa’s survival and consigned the Hornets to the Championship next season along with Bournemouth, whose win at Everton was not enough.Embed from Getty Images
We’d secured our own Premier League place for 2020-21 with a draw at Manchester United on Wednesday and ended the season in 16th.
It was a game of few chances at the London Stadium, although the in-form Michail Antonio would have made Villa’s afternoon a lot more tense had he not blazed a shot wide with just the keeper to beat in the first half.
We were not at the level that saw us take seven points from our last three games – and only lose once in our final seven games.But after a rest and a stable-off season, could we build from this impressive end to this campaign with a positive start to 2020/21?
“We didn’t play so well today but if you put it in perspective the players have done a brilliant job. Today was a bit of a chance to play. But we were playing against an opponent with a lot to play for. A draw is about fair. We are trying to get a young, fresh group of players and they have done really well for us. Today is another experience for them. Every game in football matters. The standards they have set since lockdown have been really good.”David Moyes