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Mile Jedinak was certainly a talking point in today’s game, as he scored one but a plethora of mistakes blighted his performance, leaving Villa dropping a 2-0 lead.
Aston Villa took the lead within the first five minutes after Keinan Davis was downed in the box and Albert Adomah netted the subsequent penalty.
Villa enjoyed much of the attacking possession from that point, and doubled their lead before ten minutes had even passed, with a floated free-kick from Robert Snodgrass meeting the head of the big Aussie Mile Jedinak, who headed the ball home.
Former Blues forward Clayton Donaldson pulled one back for the Blades after a long ball looped over Jedinak, found the forward and he controlled it well before lobbing the rushing Sam Johnstone.
Villa had an excellent opportunity around the 20th minute with Keinan Davis connecting to a long ball, but he instead found himself in no mans land and played a ball across the face of goal that nobody could connect with.
The home side lost their lead in the 26th minute as Mile Jedinak made a horrendous mistake, allowing that man Donaldson through on goal, and he scored an angled shot from the right.
Adomah came close a few minutes later with a header that just strayed wide of the post.
The rest of the half passed without little to talk about.
The first twenty minutes were largely uneventful, with Villa having the vast majority of chances and even shouts for a Sheffield United handball inside their own penalty area. Ritchie de Laet came on in the 59th minute for Robert Snodgrass, after a poor challenge left him hobbling.
Sheffield United’s Chris Basham should have been sent off after receiving a yellow card, and then being given the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, including a blatant shirt pull on Jack Grealish.
Villa had a vast amount of set pieces with around twenty minutes to go, most of which resulted in pandemonium in the Sheffield United box, but none of which were able to be converted.
Both Gabriel Agbonlahor and Scott Hogan joined the party in the 73rd minute, for Elmohamady and Davis respectively.
In the final fifteen, neither team really looked like scoring which damped the spirits of a game which really looked like both sides were competing for promotion. The referee never seemed to be in control of the game – which didn’t help it in the slightest.