Match Report: Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday

Another frustrating afternoon at Villa Park as Wednesday failed to get a result out of the game. Wednesday would be without hitman Fernando Forestieri after picking up a knee injury against Burton on Tuesday. Sam Hutchinson would also not be able to feature along with Tom Lees and Gary Hooper. As for Villa, Bacuna is still banned and £15 million man Scott Hogan is sidelined.

 

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Fernando Forestieri and Sam Hutchinson were big misses for the Owls.

 

Goals either side of half time from Jonathan Kodjia did the damage, the second of which came after Vincent Sasso was sent off for the Owls following a late challenge on Conor Hourihane.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal was also dismissed and despite turning in a far from unimpressive performance against the Villains, the visitors left the Midlands with nothing to show for their toils.

At the beginning of what proved a frustrating contest, though, it was all Wednesday from the off.

Sam Winnall fired a warning shot narrowly wide and the striker then forced an athletic save from Sam Johnstone moments later after good work from Adam Reach.

Villa responded with Mile Jedinak glancing over a Hourihane free kick before Morgan Fox had the ball in the net for Wednesday only to see a flag raised for offside.

And that decision proved key as Villa took the lead on 34 minutes against the run of play.

Hourihane delivered an accurate feed to the back post, where Kodjia climbed high to head back across goal and in.

The Owls hit back from the restart and Ross Wallace went close from a Reach pull-back but Villa ended the first half in the driving seat by virtue of their only real chance of note.

HT: Aston Villa 1-0 Wednesday
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The Owls were left trailing at the break.

And things took a real turn for the worse just three minutes into the second period when Sasso saw red for a late challenge on Hourihane and Carvalhal was sent to the stands for seemingly voicing his disapproval.

Villa had their tails up and substitute Alan Hutton might have done better from a gilt-edged chance from ten yards on the angle.

Hourihane also had a clear opening but shot wide from 12 yards but Wednesday were still showing good intentions and Jack Hunt saw penalty appeals waved away after a tangle with Jordan Amavi in the box.

But any ambitions the Owls had of clawing their way back into the game were extinguished 11 minutes from time when Kodjia calmly rounded Keiren Westwood after advancing on goal to finally put the contest to bed.

FT: Aston Villa 2-0 Wednesday

 

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Jonathan Kodjia’s two goals were enough to seal the victory for Villa

 

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce said: “We have to be better with the ball, than what we showed but we’ve turned a horrible run into a decent situation now, we’re down to the bare bones, another two injuries today, 11 missing and the sort of run we’re on it’s credit to them they’ve rolled up their sleeves.

“Henri Lansbury has hurt his Achilles in the warm-up, and that disrupted us totally but we’ve overcome it. I felt we needed more up front to give us something we can hit.

“I’ve always wanted to see Mile Jedinak playing up there. It was good, a change of formation that worked.

“We’d be in serious trouble without Jonathan’s goals, we’ve created wonderful chances to kill the game off and missed them.”

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “I will not talk about the referee decisions, but the red card made an impact. We started very well, had two or three chances to score. They had single opportunities to attack and it was 1-0.

“We tried on the break to score in the second-half but the red card made it harder.

“Even in that situation we had one or two chances to score a goal, we problems with our central defenders, forced to make substitutions but even despite this we had chances to score. With 10 players it was too hard.”

Man of the Match: Jonathan Kodjia – The Frenchman put in an impressive display by scoring the 2 goals that Villa needed to win the game.

 

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Jonathan Kodjia.

 

 

 Teams

Aston Villa : Johnstone; Bree, Chester (c), Baker (Hutton 25), Taylor; Jedinak;  Adomah (Elphick 82), Gardner, Hourihane, Amavi;  Kodjia (Davis 85).  Unused subs: Bunn, Richards, Blackett-Taylor, Davis, O’Hare.

Sheffield Wednesday : Westwood; Hunt, Sasso, Loovens (Semedo 75), Fox; Wallace, Winnall (Fletcher 73), Jones, Bannan, Reach. Unused subs: Wildsmith, Palmer, Pudil, Buckley, Nuhiu.

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance:31,143
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