Game #5477

Season | 2017-18 |

Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #36 |
Manager Game | #76 |
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Football League | Championship | Home | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Villa Park | 37,836 |

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Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 17.30 |
Referee | David Coote | 
HT Score | 1-1 |

FT Score | 4-1 |
FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDWWW | 

Scorers | Albert Adomah | 8’ | James Chester | 57’ | Lewis Grabban | 62’ | Birkir Bjarnason | 85’ |

Assists | Lewis Grabban | 8’ | Robert Snodgrass | 57’ | Albert Adomah | 62’ | Henri Lansbury | 85’ |

League Position | 3rd | - |

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
CB James Chester |
GOAL | 57' |
CB John Terry |
M Jack Grealish |
BOOKED | 83' |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Conor Hourihane |
BOOKED | 79' | SUB OFF | 81' |
W Robert Snodgrass | ASSIST | 57' |
W Albert Adomah | GOAL | 8' | BOOKED | 44' | ASSIST | 62' | SUB OFF | 75' |
CF Lewis Grabban | ASSIST | 8' | GOAL | 62' |

Substitutes |

M Birkir Bjarnason GOAL | 85' | for W Albert Adomah | 75’ | 
M Henri Lansbury
ASSIST | 85' | for M Conor Hourihane | 81’ | 
F Scott Hogan for CF Lewis Grabban | 86’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
RB James Bree
M Josh Onomah
CF Keinan Davis

Cards |

 Yellow | Albert Adomah | 44’ |

 Yellow | Conor Hourihane | 79’ |

 Yellow | Jack Grealish | 83’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 29.57 | 

Oldest Player | CB John Terry | 37.28 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 22.51 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 

Loaned Out |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 12 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

LB Jordan Amavi | Marseille | 10 August 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

M Gary Gardner | Barnsley | 31 August 2017 - 31 May 2018 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock FC | 29 January 2018 - 14 May 2018 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 42
Possession A | 58
Shots F | 3
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 14

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 10 March 2018

An unforgiving Aston Villa dealt Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolves a second defeat in three games with a 4-1 thrashing at Villa Park on Saturday evening.


Villa took the lead after eight minutes when Albert Adomah poked over the line from close range after Danny Batth’s sliced clearance, but Wolves soon found a way back as Diogo Jota bundled home his 14th goal of the season.

James Chester tucked home Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick to restore the lead for the home side, before Lewis Grabban scored for the fourth game in succession as he turned home Adomah’s cross from the left.
 

Substitute Birkir Bjarnason added the gloss five minutes from time to move Villa to within four points of the automatic places, while Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stay three points clear of second-placed Cardiff.
 

The electric atmosphere seemed to kick the hosts into gear but they took the lead thanks to a hint of good fortune. Batth made a hash of his clearance from Mile Jedinak’s header and Adomah prodded an effort goalwards that Barry Douglas could not keep from crossing the line.
 

Wolves upped their game almost immediately and were invited to advance by Steve Bruce’s men, who had gained the vital early advantage, but after 20 minutes parity was restored.
 

Matt Doherty raced down the right flank, nutmegged Neil Taylor and delivered a simple ball into the area for the onrushing Jota; Chester couldn’t divert the ball away from the Portuguese’s feet and he squeezed the equaliser past Villa stopper Sam Johnstone.
 

The tie adopted a scrappy tone after the break and from Ruben Neves’ questionable challenge on Snodgrass, the hosts reclaimed the lead when Chester turned the Scot’s free-kick home, notching his second goal in two games in the process.

 

Grabban made it three when he overpowered Willy Boly to convert Adomah’s cross from close range, before Neves had a stonewall penalty shout waved away as Snodgrass raised an arm to block his free-kick.
 

A penalty could potentially have swayed the momentum of the game, but luck was not in Wolves’ favour on Saturday evening and five minutes before the whistle, Bjarnason rounded off the victory when he picked up Henri Lansbury’s pass, danced forward and swept a fourth past John Ruddy.
 

Man of the match - Albert Adomah
 

The Villa winger is enjoying a superb season under Steve Bruce as his side battle for promotion to the Premier League and played an influential role in this unprecedented rout, scoring the first goal before delivering the cross for Lewis Grabban to score the third.

The Ghanaian’s strike also marked his 15th goal in all competitions this season - a personal best return.
 

The managers
 

Steve Bruce: “Over the last two to three months in particular, the whole team has produced some terrific performances away from home, but to cap it off tonight against a very decent Wolves team was terrific for everybody.
 

“All of a sudden we’ve got a goal threat all across the team…we’ve taken our chances, in a big game you have to take your chances. The neutrals might have enjoyed that, but every Villa fan is going to enjoy it more.”

 

Player ratings
 

Aston Villa: Johnstone (7), Elmohamady (7), Chester (7), Terry (7), Taylor (7), Snodgrass (8), Jedinak (7), Hourihane (7), Adomah (9), Grealish (8), Grabban (7)

Subs: Bjarnason (7), Lansbury (5), Hogan (n/a)

 

Wolves: Ruddy (5), Boly (5), Coady (6), Batth (5), Doherty (6), Douglas (6), Neves (6), N’Diaye (5), Jota (5), Cavaleiro (5), Bonatini (5)

 

Subs: Afobe (5), Saiss (5) Costa (5)

 

Man of the match: Albert Adomah