Aug 25th 2017 – EFL – Bristol City 1:1 Aston Villa (Att 21,542)
Honours even at Ashton Gate with Villa getting a first away point of the season. Bruce started with three central defenders before changing the system relatively quickly when it was clearly not working. Another stupid goal conceded along with a great first goal from Josh Onomah to level the game. Both teams looked like they would go on to win the game at certain times – in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
Match in Five Words – Don’t fix what isn’t broken
Aug 22nd 2017 – EFL Cup – Aston Villa 4:1 Wigan Athletic (Att 18,108)
A good many years have passed since Villa last won two games on the trot by four goals – and there were some gems tonight as a youngish team qualified for the next round. Hogan with two (second was a peach), Adomah with one and Bjarnason with the fourth secured Villa’s place in the 4:15am draw (what was that all about?). Wigan had a 100% record going into the game and, although a league below Villa, played some football at times. No matter, fourth round beckons.
Match In Five Words – Great goal celebration by Adomah
Aug 19th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 4:2 Norwich City (Att 29,157)
Four days on, and a much improved performance from Villa (and that wasn’t just because I’d had a bottle of wine with my meal in the AV82 Restaurant before the game). Hourihane may have been the hat-trick hero, Green the debutant goal scorer but the star for me was Keinan Davis. He was into everything despite been continually pushed, pulled and kicked by the Norwich defenders – somebody behind me said he looked like a younger Benteke (praise indeed).
Villa could easily have scored more but for the crossbar and the Norwich goalkeeper Gunn. Only down side was the two goals conceded – Hutton at fault for the first and questionable what Terry was doing for the second. But a wins a win and we just need to go and do it more often.
Match In Five Words – Great hospitality, much improved Villa
Aug 15th 2017 – EFL – Reading United 2:1 Aston Villa (Att 20,144)
Dire, turgid, rubbish. If you play to draw you have to change your tactic when you go a goal down Brucie! At one point in the first half, a half in which Villa amassed less than 25 passes, Reading had more than 80% of the possession. Green missed another one on one and Hourihane scored a late goal (it was no consolation).
Match In Five Words – Villa rubbish again, Bruce out
Aug 12th 2017 – EFL – Cardiff City 3:0 Aston Villa (Att 23,899)
Not much to say about this one, Villa had most of the possession in the game and Cardiff scored three goals.
Match In Five Words – Villa rubbish, sort it Bruce
Aug 9th 2017 – EFL Cup – Colchester United 1:2 Aston Villa (Att 6,603)
After last season’s slip up at Luton Town last year most fans were not looking forward to this – especially not with all the rain making the pitch rather wet in places. However an early Hogan goal brightened the mood that was immediately wiped away as Samba gave away a stone wall penalty. To the delight of the away fans Steer saved the penalty and not long after an OG put Villa two up. Just before the break Colchester came back into the match and pulled one back.
As they had on Saturday, Villa looked to hold on in the second half not creating a great deal – this type of football is not going to get the Keith Wyness desired goal tally! I suppose a victory is a victory but two games in this is not the desired football
Match in Five Words – Rained a lot, Villa won
Aug 5th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:1 Hull City (Att 31,241)
Big anticipation at Villa Park, with the highest gate of the day in the EFL. Explosive start probably showed how poor Hull City were as much as how good Aston Villa started. Early chance for Agbonlahor was placed at the keeper but amends were made a few minutes later as he tapped in at the far post. Dominant in the first half, Villa came out for the second looking to close the game down but it was always going to be unlikely that Hull would play so poorly again.
Camping out in the Villa half for long periods the equaliser came just after the hour – apart from a miss by Green late on, Villa frankly didn’t look like scoring again as last year’s form started to creep back in.
Match In Five Words – A game of two halves