Another uninspiring performance combined with some clueless tactical decisions from manager Steve Bruce has ended any hope of Villa getting automatic promotion as they could only manage a goalless draw with relegation struggling Hull City, at the KCOM Stadium.
Bruce made changes to the side that lost to Bolton Wanderers before the International break by bringing in Henri Lansbury, Alan Hutton and Axel Tuanzebe and it looked to be paying off as Villa started brightly.
Albert Adomah will be asking himself how he didn’t add to his eleven championship goals this season. Firstly, Robert Snodgrass crossed a teasing ball across the front of the goal only for Adomah to poke wide.
A few minutes later he came close again only to be dispossessed by Hull defender Ola Aina just yards from the goal line.
As the game progressed Villa began to fade and Hull grew more and more into the game.
Nigel Adkins will be wondering how his Hull side was not awarded a penalty early in the second the half when Jack Grealish appeared to handball in the box when he raised his hands as Seb Larsson took a free kick from the edge of the box.
Both sides struggled to find the killer blow and manager Bruce decided to stick with the tactics that had failed him against Bolton just a few weeks ago.
He threw both Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan on but the real problem was we were being outrun in midfield and not creating anything for our existing striker, Lewis Grabban.
Villa is now nine points away from second-placed Cardiff, having played a game more which more or less rules them out for an automatic promotion spot.
Bruce admitted that he got it wrong after the 4-1 victory over Wolves and has failed to get it right since which could have a huge effect on the future of our football club.
Hull move six points clear of the relegation zone and will be happy to have got a point against a playoff hopeful making it 1 defeat in 11 home games.
Steve Bruce: “In the first half, I thought we had control of it and all that was really missing for myself was the goal. We’ve had a glorious couple of chances but didn’t take them and the longer the game went on, the more frustrating it got for us.”
Nigel Adkins: “It is a good point; it’s a good clean sheet against a good side. I thought in the second half we did really well and, for me, we could have gone and won the game. The referee and the officials have got a decision to make and it should’ve been a penalty.”