Jan 13th 2018 – EFL – Nottingham Forest 0:1 Aston Villa (Att 25,433)
Before the game that old cliché kept coming out – it’s a game between two former European Champions in the second tier of English football. Well, whisper it quietly, but we may not have to hear that again next year. Without the excitement of the Bristol City game it at least didn’t have the frustration of the Peterborough game – Snodgrass placed a ball into Hogan who scored for the second league game in a row. Whilst we didn’t batter down the Forest goal after that you have to say that our goal was rarely threatened in the game. That makes it three wins on the trot, three clean sheets on the trot and another three points in the bag whilst we consolidate our play-off position. With some easier games coming up over the next few weeks what could possibly go wrong?
Match in Five Words – Rarely stylish, but easy victory
Jan 6th 2018 – FAC – Aston Villa 1:3 Peterborough United (Att 21,677)
To be fair, Villa fans wanted some of the younger & fringe players to get a run out in the game but the only real thing that was confirmed is that Jed Steer does look an able deputy goalkeeper. That may sound strange after conceding three but, even though Villa took the lead through Davis early on, it was Steer who kept Villa in the lead with a string of saves. Indeed, none of the three goals conceded could be blamed on him. We lost, lets just get over it – the league is our priority this year.
Match in Five Words – Did we really want it?
Jan 1st 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 5:0 Bristol City (Att 32,604)
OK hands up those of you, who like me, walked up to Villa Park fearing the worse? The ‘in form’ team from the South West had been in an automatic promotion place as their form in November had continued into December (unlike Villa’s). First twenty minutes was dire and then Villa clicked. The first goal was a great pass from Grealish to Adomah who placed a wonderful cross for Hogan to loop a header in. Before half-time, Adomah crossed again for Hogan who saw his effort parried by the goalkeeper but only into the path of Snodgrass who couldn’t miss – and there was still time for Grealish to shoot and just place it on to the post with the keeper nowhere. In to the second half and a great run from Grealish who passed the ball for Snodgrass to get his second. Game over, but still time for Bjarnason to open his account for Villa and for Hourihane to grab the inevitable fifth. Great night for Villa – only one criticism. This isn’t the first time we have played a team off the park this season – but we do need to do it more often. Bruce had said he was only ever a week a way from being in trouble – the last two games have seem him escape, again.
Match in Five Words – Football is a wonderful game