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Confidence is brewing amongst both the Villa squad and faithful as Villa recorded back-to-back-to-back wins for the first time since god knows when. As well as this, Sam Johnstone recorded another clean sheet. We’re sure nobody misses Guzan right now.
Burton Albion started the stronger side, giving themselves the first chance of the night and causing Aston Villa to concede a number of early fouls and a corner.
It took around ten minutes or so for Aston Villa to get a foot in the game, with a shot from Kodjia being saved by the Burton Keeper.
Just three minutes later, young Villa forward opened the scoring with a powerful header into the roof of the net from the middle of the box. The assist came from a great cross from Ahmed Elmohamady.
Just three minutes after that, Villa doubled their lead with Robert Snodgrass playing a pin-point through ball to Albert Adomah, who continued his emphatic scoring record this season with a concise shot to the left hand corner of the goal with his right foot.
On the 32nd minute, Robert Snodgrass scored his first goal in a Claret and Blue shirt (not entirely true, he scored twice for West Ham). The winger showed his rocket of a left foot, volleying in from outside of the box after a poor clearance.
A run forward after the second half saw Villa score their fourth, only for it to be disallowed for offside. It was well worked, but scrappy, and Snodgrass managed to bury the ball just as the whistle was blown.
Villa’s build up play looked to be better than in previous games, with players connecting well and the general feeling was that the players were beginning to understand eachother.
Around the 60 minute mark, Snodgrass and Davis showed why their starting every game lately, as the Scot worked his way out of danger slickly, dribbling out of three Burton players, and then Davis played the ball around an encroaching defender before sprinting to pick it up near the corner flag. Their passion is certainly visible.
Keinan Davis was subbed off in the 64th minute for number nine, Scott Hogan – surely to give him a rest after a well performed hour. Just four minutes later, Kodjia was removed from play and on came young loanee Josh Onomah.
After two minutes on the pitch, Josh Onomah managed to make it 4-0 as Hogan burst into the box, at an angle too tight for the shot, and played a ball across the face of goal. Onomah came to the rescue and fired the ball into the back of the net – putting Villa in cruise control.
From this point, it was plain sailing for the Villa boys. In the 78th minute, Albert Adomah was taken off for Birkir Bjarnason to a resounding applause and chants of his name. Adomah is certainly growing into the side, or the side is definitely growing into how he plays.
After the fourth goal, the side seemed to be a little more conservative, producing less and letting Burton attack more.
A great evening for Bruce and co. – and a dominant performance to go alongside it.