Aston Villa’s 0-2 away victory over bottom of the league Rotherham United made it three games unbeaten – with three clean sheets to boot. What better way to address your away day blues than to visit the league’s worst defence?

Following recent victories over Derby County and Bristol City, most believed that it would be a walk in the park for Steve Bruce’s men but, given their away day curse, anything was possible.

The visitors could have taken the lead very early on when Birkir Bjarnason somehow failed to put the ball in the net from three yards out.

Rotherham United goalkeeper Lewis Price came to the home side’s rescue half way through the first half when Albert Adomah capitalised on an error from Aimen Belaid and broke through to go one on one with the goalkeeper.

Belaid soon made amends for his earlier error when Adomah had another chance and looped the ball over Price but the defender got back to clear the ball off the line.

The away side took the lead midway into the second half when Jonathan Kodjia broke down the right and fed Adomah, whose ball across the face of the goal was turned in by Rotherham defender Will Vaulks.

The goal seemed to lift Steve Bruce’s men, with both Jordan Amavi and Conor Hourihane coming close.

The Villans struggled to put the game to bed and that failure looked like it might haunt them late on when Andy Forde managed a shot on goal but was denied by Sam Johnstone, who turned the ball away at his left-hand corner.

It was game over when top goalscorer Kodjia scored a breakaway goal in off the post to give Aston Villa Football Club its third victory in a row. This is the first time Aston the Villans have managed this feat since 2010.

The boys will be back on the road on Tuesday as next up is a much tougher test against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Player ratings:

Johnstone – 7
Hutton – 8
Baker – 8
Chester – 7
Taylor – 7
Jedinak – 9
Adomah – 7
Hourihane – 6
Lansbury – 7
Bjarnason – 5 (Grealish – 5/Amavi – 7)
Kodija – 8 (Davis – 6).

Credit to AVFC Official on YouTube for the video.



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