Feb 24th 2018 – EFL – Sheffield Wednesday 2:4 Aston Villa (Att 28,604)
Well, when was the last time Villa came back from behind twice to win a game? Wednesday opened the scoring before Grabban got his second goal in two games from close range. Unfortunately on the stroke of half time Wednesday got a second leaving Villa with a tough ask in the second half. It was an entertaining second half with good pressure from Villa being contrasted with a couple of really good chances for Wednesday before Whelan showed his passport to the defending team, entered their box and scored from close range. Both teams then pressed before a killer goal from Hourihane took Villa into the lead for the first time and a Snodgrass penalty in injury time cemented the win.
Match in Five Words – Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle…
Feb 20th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:1 Preston North End (Att 30,894)
After the Fulham game, this was one that we would have hoped to get back to winning ways but it wasn’t to be. In fact, a draw was probably a good result against a team that had 21 shots in the game – that’s more shots than Small Heath have had so far in 2018. Another mistake by Johnstone (statement of fact, not criticism) led to Preston taking the lead before half time with Villa only levelling in the second half from a debatable penalty (Grabban’s first goal for the club). There will be a few more twists and turns before this season ends – just need to get that winning feeling again.
Match in Five Words – Lets hope form returns quickly
Feb 17th 2018 – EFL – Fulham 2:0 Aston Villa (Att 24,457)
It had to end sometime and, though I would have preferred it to end with a draw, it just means we have to start again on Tuesday night. With both Adomah and Grealish missing with injury, it gave Bruce the chance to have a good look at Man United loanee Tuanzebe – and he faired well. The first half wasn’t exceptional but a draw at that point seemed fair as neither team had really had a clear cut chance. The first goal was always going to decide the game and, unfortunately, it went Fulham’s way. The second goal was clearly a result of a poor free kick by Johnstone but after the way has performed this season he was due a rare error. We lost after seven straight wins – lets just get on to the next game.
Match in Five Words – Bad day at the office
Feb 11th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 2:0 Small Heath (Att 41,233)
Great Friday and Saturday for Villa as all the teams around them, apart from Wolves, dropped points – and then along came Small Heath. From the kick off, Villa looked the better team. Controlling possession and having a few chances in the first half it was ironic that the best (and second best) chances of the half fell to Small Heath. Gallagher flew past as JT stumbled only to hit the post with his first chance and then fire over from the rebound. The second half started not to dissimilar to the first and when Grealish moved the ball away down the left he passed it through to Adomah who ran towards the box and fired home. The second goal came from Hourihane who latched on to a poor clearance from Small Heath and, on the half volley, rocketed it past the helpless keeper. Job done, but still another couple of chances came Villa’s way before the end. In to an automatic promotion place, no need to follow others results now – our destiny is in our own hands.
Match in Five Words – What an absolutely beautiful day
Feb 3rd 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 3:2 Burton Albion (Att 33,022)
Well, we’re now getting down to the business end of the season and Villa recorded their sixth consecutive victory. Not as convincing as in the away leg when they won 4-0, Burton had more of the possession in the game, but still another three points in the bag. Hogan had already had one scratched off for offside when Snodgrass put a sublime ball into Adomah who slipped it across for Hogan to tap in from close range. It was then Adomah who made it 2-0 in the second half after a cross from Snodgrass only for Ahmed Elmohamady to pull one back for Burton by firing it in to his own net. He’d already hit the bar earlier in the second half but Grealish made no mistake with his second opportunity to seemingly wrap the game up at 3-1 late on before Boyce scored a late consolation for Burton Albion.
Match in Five Words – Need to kill games off