Mar 17th 2018 – EFL – Bolton Wanderers 1:0 Aston Villa (Att 19,304)
We’ve all been waiting for one or two of the promotion chasers to bottle it without realising it was going to be us.
Match in Five Words – It snowed, we were rubbish
Mar 13th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:3 QPR (Att 30,228)
Well, after the Lord Mayor’s Show, we’re all dragged down to earth as QPR went two up by half time. With all the other promotion candidates in front it wasn’t what we were looking for – neither were we looking for QPR to go three up, but they did! A late goal from Chester meant that QPR didn’t claim their second clean sheet in a row. Nothing else really worth saying.
Match in Five Words – Really a game to forget
Mar 10th 2018 – EFL – Aston Villa 4:1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att 37,836)
There had been a lot of expectation from Wolves before the game – many thought they were just going to turn up and destroy Villa. How wrong they were. In an open first half, full of attacking by both sides, Villa opened the scoring from a scrappy goal by Adomah before an equally scrappy equaliser from Wolves. It was a different story in the second half as the desire from the Villa players came to the fore following attack after attack. First Chester turned in a sublime free kick from Snodgrass before Grabban made it four in four with a wonderful run and cross by Adomah. Wolves had made changes but threatened little before Bjarnason received the ball and took it nearer the bye line on the 85th minute. He could be forgiven for wasting a little time out there but instead he turned and ran at the Wolves goal, riding a few tackles he went towards the box before toe poking a shot past Ruddy. Game over (well it had been since the hour mark really).
Match in Five Words – Wolves back in their box
Mar 6th 2018 – EFL – Sunderland 0:3 Aston Villa (Att 26,081)
Two former Premier League teams with distinctively different form this season. Sunderland lacked just about everything and were an advert from how Villa would have fared in the Championship had they not been taken over and had a cash injection. Barely getting into second gear on occasions, Villa took the lead through former Sunderland loanee Grabban from an Adomah cross before Chester scored a second on the stroke of half time. In the second half Villa just humoured Sunderland, and should have scored a few more goals before Hourihane had a cross turned into the back of the net by Oviedo. Barely half full stadium, team that lacked everything – Sunderland in 2018 are what Villa could have become in the Championship under Lerner.
Match in Five Words – By the grace of God