Aston Villa beat Shrewsbury 1-0 after Scott Hogan’s goal made it two wins in two preseason games.
Dean Smith chose to select alternative 11’s for a second game running. Jack Grealish captained the side in the first half. While James Chester wore the armband in the second half.
A solitary goal for the visitors came after the intelligence of big forward Wesley. The Brazilian has so far demonstrated his ability to link play with teammates and handed Hogan his first goal in claret and blue since a loan switch to Sheffield United. After closely controlling the ball, Wesley volleyed a pass over the Shrew’s backline. This allowed Hogan to race through and finish beyond Max O’Leary.
Dull second period
The second period was, however, dull in large periods. Youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy proving a threat on the left flank.
Anwar El Ghazi picked up a knock at half time before he was due to make his bout. Though Villa had enough attacking threat on the wings in the first half. Similarly to the friendly in Minnesota, Jota and Guilbert shone.
Keinan Davis was unfortunate to walk off the field without putting Villa ahead. The forward was denied on the goal line by goalkeeper O’Leary.
Villa will now head to the Bescot Stadium on Wednesday to play Walsall. Although preseason is all about fitness, Smith will want to build on the two wins and clean sheets so far.