September

Sep 30th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 1:0 Bolton Wanderers (Att 31,451)

A month ago this game would probably have been a draw, but with the new confidence in the team they managed to claim a victory thanks to Kodjia’s first goal of the season.  Not pretty in places but if we want to be considered promotion candidates we will have to accept that there will be more games like this to come. For the second time in the month a Villa red card will be going before the appeal panel – lets hope it goes our way again.  Month finished massively better than it started – damn the international break!

Match in Five WordsA win is a win

 

Sep 26th 2017 – EFL – Burton Albion 0:4 Aston Villa (Att 5,786)

Blimey, nine goals in the last three games makes it three league wins for Aston Villa on the bounce. Three-nil up at half time with goals from Davis, Adomah and Snodgrass – Villa dominating the play and growing in confidence as every game goes on. In the second half Bruce had the luxury of resting both Davis and Kodjia after the hour mark as substitute Onamah came on and scored the fourth.

Match in Five WordsHave to admit getting better

 

Sep 23rd 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 2:1 Nottingham Forest (Att 28,554)

Steve Bruce stuck with the same team that beat Barnsley, and we won – surely there’s a message in that?  Despite having less than 40% of possession and being gifted the first goal for the second league game in a row (OK, Adomah still had to finish it), Villa won the game thanks to a great free kick from Conor Hourihane.  It wasn’t entirely convincing but its the first back to back win in the league for a while. Games now against Burton & Bolton should (famous last words) keep the winning run going – do that, and Bruce has probably done a little more than expected in September.

Match in Five WordsPlaying best team wins games

 

Sep 19th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 0:2 Middlesbrough (Att 11,197)

Eleven changes, dreadful game. Why can we not play the same formation even when we change the team around? Can’t say anymore…

Match in Five WordsOne step forward, two back

 

Sep 16th 2017 – EFL – Barnsley 0:3 Aston Villa (Att 14,633)

Lowest crowd of the season so far saw Villa kick start their season for the second time (Norwich game was the first) – lets hope the engine keeps on going this time.  Finally, we had a piece of good fortune as Adomah scored the first goal following a goalkeeping error before he scored a second from the penalty spot before half -time.  Kodjia had a third goal scrubbed off for a fractional offside before Davis scored his first goal (and Villa’s third) with a header.  Game showed that if you go for it rather than sit back you tend to win football games – Mr Bruce please note…

Match in Five WordsAdventurous play, wins football games

 

Sep 12th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 0:0 Middlesbrough (Att 26,631)

Where are all these goals that Keith Wyness promised at the start of the season?  Yet another goal less draw at Villa Park as Villa played most of the first half against ten men – at least we managed six shots and had 71% of the possession.  But it’s wins we need and the quality of football is just not good enough.  Scott Hogan voted the Middlesbrough man of the match for his clearance off the line following Hourihane’s shot.

Match in Five WordsThey only had ten men!

 

Sep 9th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 0:0 Brentford (Att 29,799)

After the international break, Villa failed to manage more than one shot on goal.  In fact, it says it all that Sam Johnstone was our man of the match.  Yet another game that Villa managed to snatch a draw in that this squad should really be winning.  Not a good start to September.

Match in Five WordsCan’t win if can’t score