Aston Villa made it three victories in seven days when they beat Ipswich Town by two goals to nil courtesy of man of the moment Albert Adomah.
Steve Bruce made just the one change by bringing in Mile Jedinak for Chris Samba who he felt couldn’t manage three games inside a week.
It was no real surprise that both sides sat back early on and in true-full it was quite boring to watch. Both managers prefer a more negative style of play and it was clear to see.
Villa came the closest early on through Keinan Davis but he wasted his chance when he hit a weak effort at Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Ipswich, although hard working never really looked an attacking threat. Admittedly they were missing their striker David McGoldrick but the Villa back four looked comfortable for the majority of the game.
A lot of talk around Villa Park has been about injuries to several players in the squad and one more decided that they wanted to join the physio room. Australia international Mile Jedinak was substituted when he appeared to hurt his arm.
Adomah tried to get Villa going when he created space to cross from the left wing only for Davis to head over from close range.
The home side eventually opened the scoring eight minutes before the break when there was a mix-up in the Ipswich defence and Adomah was on his toes to take full advantage before chipping a cheeky simple ball past Bialkowski.
Ipswich tried their best to get back in the game in the second half but the Villa defence was in fine form and made it look simple.
Villa soon doubled their lead on 66 minutes when Adomah scored his second goal. Iorfa failed to black a through ball and former Boro midfielder Adomah gained possession to run through and slot it into the left-hand corner.
Bruce’s men find themselves just two points off the automatic sports with some difficult fixtures upcoming against Leeds, Derby and Sheffield United. By Christmas, we should know what kind of shape our season is heading in.
Steve Bruce: “Albert has worked hard and got his reward from working on the left. He looks so comfortable coming in on his right foot and running across the line. He is a big threat and he has now scored 11 goals, which is a wonderful return and long may it continue. There is no reason why he cannot set his sights to go and get another 10 in this part of the season.”
Mick McCarthy: “Prior to their first goal I thought it was a foul on our goalkeeper but it was appalling defending on our part. Playing against good players you get punished. I thought we the best team before the goal. Had we scored the first goal the place would have been very quiet. It was actually until the opening goal.”