Game #5428

Season | 2016-17 |

Matchday | #39 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #27 |
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Football League | Championship | Home | Sheffield Wednesday | Villa Park | 31,143 | 

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Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Lee Probert | 

 HT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Score | 2-0 | 

 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | WWWLW |

 

Scorers | Jonathan Kodjia | 34’ | 79’ |
Assists | Conor Hourihane | 34’ | Albert Adomah | 79’ |

 League Position | 12th | +3 | 

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Jordan Amavi |
BOOKED | 32' |
RB James Bree |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB Nathan Baker |
BOOKED | 4' | SUB OFF | 25' |
CB James Chester |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Gary Gardner |
M Conor Hourihane |
ASSIST | 34' | BOOKED | 76' |
W Albert Adomah | ASSIST | 79' | SUB OFF | 82' |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | GOAL | 34' | 79' | SUB OFF | 86' |

Substitutes |

RB Alan Hutton for CB Nathan Baker | 25’ | 
CB Tommy Elphick for W Albert Adomah | 82’ | 
F Keinan Davis for CF Jonathan Kodjia | 86’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Micah Richards
W Corey Blackett-Taylor
F Callum O’Hare

Cards |

 Yellow | Nathan Baker | 4’ |

 Yellow | Jordan Amavi | 32’ |

 Yellow | Conor Hourihane | 76’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.23 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 32.62 |

Youngest Player | RB James Bree | 19.26 |

Unavailable | 

Injured |

CF Scott Hogan |

Banned |

M Leandro Bacuna |


Loaned Out |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 22 July 2016 - 30 June 2018 |

D Niall Mason | Doncaster Rovers | 6 August 2016 - 31 May 2017 |

M Carlos Sánchez | ACF Fiorentina | 9 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

M Jordan Veretout | AS Saint-Étienne | 24 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

GK Pierluigi Gollini | Atalanta B.C. | 13 January 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

LB Aly Cissokho | Olympiacos F.C.. | 16 January 2017 - 30 June 2017 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Nottingham Forest | 30 January 2017 - 31 May 2017 |

CB Kevin Toner | Bradford City | 31 January 2017 - 31 May 2017 |

CF Ross McCormack | Nottingham Forest | 31 January 2017 - 31 May 2017 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 45
Possession A | 55
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 8

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Aston Villa dented Sheffield Wednesday’s play-off hopes with a 2-0 Championship win thanks to two goals from striker Jonathan Kodjia.


It was a big setback for Wednesday who played with only 10 men for most of the second half after Vincent Sasso received a red card.

 

The dismissal for a heavy tackle on Conor Hourihane on the halfway line effectively killed off any hopes of them completing the double over Villa.

 

The Frenchman, who had been recruited from the Portuguese club Braga, could have no complaints. Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal did complain and was sent to the stands.
 

Wednesday now have only one win in five games after Kodjia took his tally for the season to 15.

 

Villa went into the game with the joint fourth worst goalscoring record in the Championship and based on their early play it was not difficult to understand their present predicament.
 

It was the Owls who were the more positive in the early stages with Sam Winnall having an excellent chance to open the scoring only to fire his shot wide of the post.
 

Winnall was then set up by Adam Reach but on this occasion his shot was blocked by Sam Johnstone.
 

With the emphasis on attack Wednesday were a persistent danger in sharp contrast to Villa operating with just Kodjia as the sole striker.

 

Villa’s first serious goal attempt came from a Conor Hourihane’s free-kick which was narrowly headed wide by Mile Jedinak.
 

The rampaging Winnall continued to be a thorn in Villa’s defence and, along with Jordan Rhodes, they increasingly became a difficult duo to handle for an over-stretched Villa defence.
 

Rhodes, who nearly joined Villa in the January transfer window, did manage to get the ball into the net in a goalmouth scramble but it was disallowed.
 

But out of the blue, Villa went ahead in the 35th minute, when Kodjia notched his 14th goal of the season.
 

Hourihane played a corner back to James Bree who returned the ball to the Irishman who in turn produced a perfect cross to the far post where Kodjia was on hand to head into the far corner of the net.
 

Ross Wallace, who had scored in his last two games, immediately had an opportunity to put Wednesday back on level terms but blasted his effort wide from a good position.
 

Two minutes into the second half Wednesday’s game-plan fell apart when Sasso was sent off for an over-zealous tackle on Hourihane.
 

Carvalhal protested vigorously and was sent to the stands by referee Lee Probert.
 

Two minutes later Villa should have put the game out of Wednesday’s reach. Kodjia made a run down the right and pulled the ball back into the path of the unmarked Hutton who screwed his shot wide.
 

But Kodjia ran through unchecked to notch his second goal in the 79th minute when the Ivory Coast striker casually slipped the ball past Keiren Westwood.
 

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce:
 

"Kodjia can be frustrating but his goals are incredible. He came up with another two goals against Wednesday. That makes 15 for the season and he has been a big plus for us. I have to get a team here at Villa to mount a challenge. A club like Villa has got to be in the top end of this division. We will forgive mistakes with the honesty coming through. But we have to take our chances better. It cost us against Huddersfield in midweek and it could have cost us against Wednesday.”