Aston Villa’s unbeaten start at Villa Park ended today when they lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
The result tore up the form book and was Sheffield Wednesday’s second victory on away from home this season.
On top of the shock result, captain John Terry went off injured and Steve Bruce later confirmed that the former Chelsea defender has broken his metatarsal in his foot.
It took the visitors just 19 seconds to take the lead when straight from kick-off Ross Wallace set up Adam Reach who in turn fired a stunning swerving shot from 30 yards out into the top corner of the net.
Villa has been in fine form lately so it was a surprise to see Bruce change his formation and tactics. We may have had injuries but don’t change something unless you really need too!
21 minutes into the game, Villa’s day got worse when Terry had to go off injured and was replaced by Chris Samba. Sheffield Wednesday took full advantage of this and doubled their lead just a minute later.
Former Villan, Barry Bannan played a one-two with Jordan Rhodes to cut through Villa’s defence before slipping the ball past Sam Johnstone.
Just when you didn’t think things could get any worse for Bruce and his Villa side, five minutes before half-time Robert Snodgrass was substituted due to an injury (2 broken ribs he reportedly had before the game) and was replaced by youngster Callum O’Hare.
Villa looked better in the second half once they introduced Jack Grealish but they never really looked a threat. In fact, Sheffield could have scored a third but Liam Palmer missed an open goal.
Bruce’s men did pull one back through Samba late on but it was too little too late.
Villa has a little break now before their next game against QPR and it has probably come at the right time as injuries take their toll on the squad.
The injury to Terry will see him out of action for at least six weeks which could prove a massive blow for Bruce and his promotion ambitions.
Steve Bruce: “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb, going 2-0 down inside 20 minutes. You have to say, they were two wonderful goals. They were both different – one from 30 yards which is smashed into the top corner, and the other a good move by them. It left us with an uphill battle all game.
Carlos Carvalhal: “Today we came to combat the dynamic of Aston Villa and we came to win. We played really very well and the early goal was very important. We were very good in the defensive part of the game today as well, we went for 95 minutes very strong before conceding the goal.”