Burton Albion 1 Aston Villa 1

In Match Reports

Jonathan Kodjia got Aston Villa off to a great start yesterday when he scored in the first three minutes to give Steve Bruce’s men the lead.

Aston Villa’s top goalscorer was soon substituted with an injury and the home side pulled it back to all square and deservedly so when former Villa Youth product Lloyd Dyer scored.

If we are being completely honest, the away side was lucky to come away with anything. Villa hasn’t been great recently but has been grinding out results while Nigel Clough’s men continued to impress.

Ivory Coast international Jonathan Kodkjia scored his 19th goal of the season when he latched on to a poor pass from Burton defender Ben Turner to race in unchallenged and slot home past goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.Jonathan Kodjia scored his 19th of the season for Aston Villa.

The striker departed with an injury after 35 minutes giving the Brewers some hope, although Villa was able to swap Kodjia with another multi-million-pound striker in Scott Hogan.

The Villans were giving away possession far too cheaply and were lucky to still be winning at half-time when former Wolves winger Michael Kightly hit the bar when he got his head onto a Dyer cross.

The hosts come close again just after the break when Kightly showed quick feet to beat Neil Taylor but Marvin Sordell put his header over the bar.

It was just a matter of time before the home side got themselves back into the game and it comes just after the hour mark when Dyer latched on to Kyle McFadzean’s ball over the top and struck the ball into the top corner past Sam Johnstone. It was the first goal Villa had conceded in almost 450 minutes of football.

Steve Bruce introduced Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane in an attempt to make it five wins on the bounce. The Villans become more comfortable on the ball and former Barnsley man Hourihane come close but was denied by the Burton keeper.

Leandro Bacuna could have stolen all three points late on when he beat the keeper to the ball but Turner was in the right place to block the midfielder’s shot.

The draw leaves Aston Villa nine points behind the playoffs with just five games left to play. Surely any hopes are now over? Or are they?

Villa fans will be waiting with everything crossed as we wait to see how serious Jonathan Kodjia’s injury was. Hopefully, it was nothing more than a precaution.

 

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