Matchday | #8 |
League Game | #6 |
Manager Game | #97 |
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Football League | Championship | Away | Sheffield United | Bramall Lane | 26,030 |
Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 15.00 |
Referee | James Linington |
HT Score | 0-3 |
FT Score | 1-4 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DDDLL |
Scorers | Anwar El Ghazi | 61’ |
Assists | Glenn Whelan | 61’ |
League Position | 12th | -8 |
Line Up |
GK Ørjan Nyland |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
RB Alan Hutton | SUB OFF | 77' |
CB James Chester |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | SUB OFF | 63' |
M Glenn Whelan | ASSIST | 61' |
M Mile Jedinak |
M John McGinn | SUB OFF | 76' |
M Jack Grealish | BOOKED | 83' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | GOAL | 61' |
CF Jonathan Kodija |
M Conor Hourihane for CB Axel Tuanzebe | 63’ |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy for M John McGinn | 76’ |
LB Neil Taylor for RB Alan Hutton | 77’ |
Unused Substitutes |
GK André Moreira
M Henri Lansbury
RB James Bree
M Birkir Bjarnasson
Yellow | Jack Grealish for a bad foul | 83’ |
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 28.28 |
Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 34.66 |
Youngest Player | CB Axel Tuanzebe | 20.81 |
F Scott Hogan |
CF Keinan Davis |
Loaned Out |
M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |
GK Jed Steer | Charlton Athletic | 10 August 2018 - 31 December 2018 |
RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |
CB Easah Suliman | FC Emmen | 17 August 2018 - 28 December 2018 |
M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |
W André Green | Portsmouth | 29 August 2018 - 17 January 2019 |
CB Tommy Elphick | Hull City | 31 August 2018 - 29 December 2018 |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 61
Possession A | 39
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 18
Saturday, 1 September 2018
*Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says his players must take some of the blame after his side were crushed at Sheffield United.*
First-half goals from Jack O’Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood set the Blades on their way to a fourth successive second-tier victory.
A disastrous afternoon for Bruce continued after the interval as Billy Sharp pounced on some slapdash defending to add a fourth goal, before Anwar El Ghazi’s consolation effort.
“Ultimately I take the responsibility because I pick the players, but some of them have got to have a look at themselves too,” Bruce told BBC WM.
“From back to front we were awful in a lot of aspects, but I’ve mentioned it far too many times, it’s arguably the worst one I’ve faced, but that’s the way it is.
“We can talk about tactics and ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘dinosaurs are going to come out’, but at the end of the day we didn’t put our boots on.”
Bruce was without two of his newest loan recruits as Yannick Bolasie was unfit while Tammy Abraham was ineligible - while he revealed that John McGinn, Alan Hutton and Jonathan Kodjia played despite not training all week due to injuries.
It could have been far worse for the visitors - who suffered their biggest loss since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2016 - as Norwood hit the post after providing the cross for O’Connell’s early headed opener.
There was also a goal ruled out for offside for Sharp before Duffy’s 20-yard shot found the bottom corner and Norwood snuck a free-kick inside Orjan Nyland’s near post.
Bruce opted against making any half-time changes and may have been regretting that decision when Sharp continued the rout after the restart with an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
Lille loanee El Ghazi scored his first goal in Villa colours to reduce the arrears, beating the offside trap before firing past Dean Henderson.
However, it proved nothing more than a consolation for the Midlands club, who were thankful to the offside flag once more when Sharp thought he had added his second and the Blades’ fifth.
Bruce was taunted by his own fans as the game ended - the travelling Villa supporters singing that he will be ‘sacked in the morning’.
“When you’re the manager of Aston Villa and you get beaten in the manner we did today you’ve got to accept the flack that comes your way,” he added after a fifth successive game without a win.
“Whether that’s going to be the case, I sincerely hope not, but I’ve got to be expected to face that because the first half was my fault.”
Bruce added: “Is there anybody better? I’m sure people are going to ring in and say ‘yes there is’, and if that’s the case so be it.”