Aston Villa appears to have finally turned the corner. Dare I say it? Villa smashed Burton Albion last night by four goals and come away with yet another clean sheet on the road.
Steve Bruce stuck with the same side that beat Barnsley 3-0 and Nottingham Forest 2-1 the weekend while Nigel Clough also decided to stick with a side who were undefeated in three!
The victory made it seven games unbeaten for the Villans and pushed them closer to a playoff position.
Burton started brightly and had John Brayford took his chance early on instead of dragging it wide of the goal it could have been a different story.
Jonathan Kodjia also close but he was denied by the woodwork.
When Villa took the lead after 13 minutes it was clear there was only going to be one winner on the night.
Keinan Davis scored his second goal in three games when he met an Amhed Almohammady cross with his head and powered it past Stephen Bywater in the Burton goal.
It took Bruce’s side just three minutes to double their lead when Adomah made in 5 goals in as many games. Robert Snodgrass played a through ball for the Ghana winger which split the defence and his shot appeared to deflect off the keeper before slotting into the bottom corner.
Just after the half-hour mark, Burton found themselves three goals behind. This time it was Scotland International Snodgrass who shot from outside the box and it appeared to wrongfoot the goalkeeper.
Burton came out in the second half with a no lose attitude as they forced Villa to sit deep. It was clear that Villa needed another goal to kill the game completely.
Villa found that fourth goal 19 minutes from time that well and truly put the final nail in the coffin. Substitute Scott Hogan did well to get onto a ball from Conor Houriahane and found himself some space for a low cross to Josh Onamah who had barely come off the bench himself to slot home.
Burton will look to move on from this game quickly as they continue to ensure they stay in the division this season while Villa will be looking to build on their seven-game unbeaten run when they welcome Bolton Wanderers to Villa Park on Saturday.
Steve Bruce: “I enjoyed watching us tonight. It’s always nice when you have a convincing victory away from home.
That can only breed a little bit of confidence and if this club and team can get confident again then we have good players here.”
Nigel Clough: “I thought we started the game extremely well and to come in 3-0 down, we were a little bit shellshocked.
The result was very poor but the performance wasn’t too bad at all tonight.”