Grit and determination was shown by Aston Villa this evening, as two post-ninety minute goals gave Smith’s men all three points.
Words by Harry Trend (@HazaTrand)
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Aston Villa continued their unbeaten run and halted Sheffield Wednesday’s thanks to some late goals from Albert Adomah and Johnathan Kodjia.
Like last week we started on the front foot, Anwar El Ghazi could’ve opened the scoring had he pulled the trigger from Jack Grealish’s cut-back.
But Sheffield Wednesday scored after their first attack of the game. Gary Hooper tapping in from George Boyd’s pass.
Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for Villa to equalise, 22 minutes in fact. Tyrone Mings played a long ball and a sliding Andre Green somehow dug out a cross from the right. From Green’s cross, McGinn side-footed a shot first time at goal which spun away from Kieran Westwood.
Former Villa man Barry Bannan is the Owls creator in chief, and he came close after turning Glenn Whelan before flashing a shot wide.
In the second half, Kourtney Hause had to come off for Axel Tuanzebe due to a groin injury. Hause did walk off the pitch, and hopefully, the defender won’t be out for too long.
What also didn’t look good for Villa was Tyrone Mings sticking a leg out to foul Gary Hooper in the penalty area. Nevertheless, Jed Steer, who has come in for some criticism recently, read Fletcher’s penalty and saved low to his left.
Villa were up against it, dropping deeper with every minute. With 69 gone Smith sent on Albert Adomah for Green.
Slowly we then started to grow back into the game, El Ghazi’s effort from outside the box took two deflections which took the power out of the ball before it reached Westwood.
Then Grealish went on a winding run down the right prior to floating a cross to substitute Kodjia. The Ivorian met the ball acrobatically but couldn’t find the direction.
In the dying moments, we went ahead. Kodjia’s shot was palmed away but only as far as Albert Adomah, who finished from the angle – cue limbs in the away end.
The Pride then sealed the points two minutes later when Abraham, who looked second best to win the ball against Liam Palmer, did just that and slotted past Westwood.
The win lifts Villa up to fifth, with other results going our way today. Next up we travel to Rotherham on Wednesday before hosting Bristol City next Saturday in what will be a huge game for our playoff hopes.