Aston Villa made it three league wins and three clean sheets in a row when they beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground yesterday evening.
Forest had their new manager Aitor Karanka in charge for the first time as they looked to build on their impressive victory over Arsenal last weekend.
Steve Bruce made one change by bringing back John Terry who had been missing with an injury for an unlucky Tommy Elphick who dropped to the bench.
Robert Snodgrass was in fine form and it took him just 18 minutes to help give Villa the lead. The on-loan West Ham winger swung a beautiful ball into the box and Scott Hogan got ahead of Matt Mills to head past Jordan Smith in the Forest goal.
Minutes later Snodgrass was involved again. He picked out Terry this time whos header was denied by the crossbar.
After the break, the away side showed their experience by killing the game at every opportunity.
Jack Grealish come close when he cut inside from the edge of the box but his effort went just wide of the post.
The only thing missing from Snodgrass’ performance was a goal and he had an opportunity late on only to be denied by the Forest keeper.
Next up for Villa is a home game next weekend against Barnsley and a repeat of the performance at Oakwell earlier in the season would go a long way.
Steve Bruce: “We’ve lost just four out of 25 and we’ve got a real level of consistency. We’re in the mix, we’re in a good position and we were very comfortable here today. But nothing is decided until the daffodils and the tulips come up.”
Aitor Karanka: “This was our first game and, for sure, we need to improve. There were positive things, but obviously not as many as we would like. This was our first game and there was a lot of expectation, following the win over Arsenal. But Villa are a very experienced team.”
Highlights courtesy of avfc.co.uk