Aston Villa made it six league wins in a row yesterday with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table Burton Albion – something they haven’t achieved since 1990!
Most Villa fans could be forgiven for thinking this could be a game that enabled us to improve our goal difference in the Championship and although we witnessed five goals, Burton had very different ideas on the day.
Burton started off very bright as Villa struggled early on and the away side came close through Lucas Atkins but he fired his shot straight at Sam Johnstone.
As the game went on, Jack Grealish became more instrumental in the game making Villa look more promising on the attacking front. And on the 33rd minute, Steve Bruce’s side took the lead.
It was a lovely goal as Grealish played the ball to Robert Snodgrass and he moved to the left before playing a superb through ball into the bath of his opposite winger Albert Adomah, who played the ball across goal for Scott Hogan to slot home and make it 5 in 5 for the former Brentford man.
Hogan came close once again just before half-time but his shot from outside of the box was denied through a fine save from Burton keeper Stephen Bywater.
Burton came out in the second half as bright as they started the first half but the home side doubled their lead just after the hour mark.
Snodgrass was once again the provider as he crossed a high ball from the right with was missed completely by the Burton defence enabling Adomah to head home his 12th goal of the season.
Bruce immediately made a double save by introducing new loan signing Axel Tuanzebe and Josh Onomah. It seemed to unsettle Villa and just a few minutes later Burton had one foot back in the game.
In bizarre fashion, Burton was denied by Johnstone in goal and the ball fell for Ahmed Elmohammady but instead of clearing the ball he smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Some fans in the Holte made jokes that the Egyptian had a bet on both teams to score!
Villa restored their two-goal lead two minutes from time when Elmohammady’s cross found Grealish who finished on a volley. Liam Boyce pulled one back a few moments later but Bruce’s men hung on.
For the second game running, Villa struggled to get out of third gear but more importantly, they picked up another three vital points. There is a small matter of a Birmingham derby next weekend which won’t be easy as our relegation fighting neighbours have recently hit some good form.
Colin Calderwood: “We are very happy with the win although we were a little nervy near the end. We got the job done but it proved the danger of the opposition irrespective of their league position. We conceded a couple of strange goals which is unusual for Villa and hopefully, it will not occur again.”
Nigel Clough: “It is lovely to get in a fresh face. It was his (Davenport’s) debut at just 19 and it was a big day for him. I thought it was wonderful that he should put in such a good performance.”
Highlights via avfc.co.uk