Apr 28th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:1 Derby County (Att 41,745)
OK, so it’s not going to be automatic promotion this time round – but we are in the lottery that is the Play Offs. Over 40,000 saw an ex Small Heath player score in the first half but constant pressure by Villa paid off late in the game as Grabban got a more than deserved equaliser. That’s four in three games for Grabban – surely the number one striker as we go and fight another day.
Match in Five Words – Great fans, players nearly match
Apr 21st 2018 – EFL – Ipswich Town 0:4 Aston Villa (Att 20,034)
Continuing to rest players, it was a slow start for Villa until Hourihane turned in a Grabban shot that had come back off the post. Taylor took a vicious challenge from Ward, who was sent off, and was lucky to continue. Into the second half, Villa stepped up a gear and scored three further goals through Grabban (twice) and Lansbury. It was an easy victory – pity our last visit to East Anglia hadn’t been as successful.
Match in Five Words – Don’t you just love them
Apr 13th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:0 Leeds United (Att 33,374)
Certainly wasn’t an unlucky Friday 13th as Villa took the lead in the first half from a Grabban goal and then never really looked under pressure. Leeds did perform better in the second half but rarely troubled Johnstone and in the end the victory came at a canter. Certainly an easier game than the one on the Tuesday.
Match in Five Words – Easy win, restful second half
Apr 13th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:0 Cardiff City (Att 32,560)
Royalty was in attendance tonight as John Carew was joined by Prince William – and what a game they saw. Villa road their luck in the first half with Johnstone coming to the rescue more than once – and not only from the Cardiff players. In the second half Villa came into the game more and more (with Johnstone still in great form at the back) – then cometh the man, and cometh the moment. A deep free-kick from Snodgrass was only cleared as far as Grealish, who took it out of the air with a first-time volley that sailed past a helpless Etheridge to secure the points.
Match in Five Words – Grealish & Johnstone, absolute class
Apr 7th 2018 – EFL – Norwich City 3:1 Aston Villa (Att 26,278)
Unfortunately expectation didn’t match reality. Villa were rubbish and were out played – by Norwich City!
Match in Five Words – Bad day at office, again
Apr 7th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 3:0 (Att 29,223)
Not a great first half with probably the only memorable moment the stupidity of Dave Edward’s 30th minute sending off. Second half started much better with Bjarnason scoring another good goal before Hourihane headed in a cross from Snodgrass. Finally Hogan showed why strikers should never give up as he took the ball from the goalkeeper and fired home. Easy three points.
Match in Five Words – How poor were Reading tonight?