Game #5422

Season | 2016-17 |

Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #31 |
Manager Game | #21 |
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Football League | Championship | Home | Barnsley | Villa Park | 26,435 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Geoff Eltringham | 

 HT Score | 1-2 | 
 FT Score | 1-3 | 

 FT Result | Lost | 

Last 5 Games | DLLLL | 

Scorers | Jonathan Kodjia | 44’ |
Assists | Albert Adomah | 44’ |

 League Position | 16th | - | 

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Alan Hutton |
SUB OFF | 73' |
LB Jordan Amavi |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB James Chester |
M Henri Lansbury |
SUB OFF | 73' |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Jack Grealish |
SUB OFF | 76' |
W Albert Adomah | ASSIST | 44' |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | GOAL | 44' |
F Scott Hogan |

Substitutes |

W André Green for M Henri Lansbury | 73’ | 
M Birkir Bjarnason for RB Alan Hutton | 73’ | 
M Leandro Bacuna for M Jack Grealish | 76’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Tommy Elphick
M Gary Gardner
F Keinan Davis

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.20 | 

Oldest Player | RB Alan Hutton | 32.23 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 21.45 |

Unavailable | 
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 | 57
Possession A | 43
Shots F | 22
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 16

Match Report

BBC Sport

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

*Aston Villa’s awful start to 2017 continued as Barnsley sent them to a fourth straight Championship defeat - and second at home in four days.*


Tom Bradshaw scored twice with 15-yard shots either side of the break, after on-loan Adam Armstrong had fired the Tykes ahead with a 25th-minute penalty.
 

From 2-0 down, Jonathan Kodjia offered hope, scoring from a narrow angle a minute after Bradshaw’s first goal.
But Bradshaw’s second condemned Villa to a seventh defeat in eight games.

 

Watched by their lowest league home crowd of the season, Villa are still seven points clear of relegation danger after a defeat inflicted by two strikers who were last season scoring their goals in the Midlands for League One clubs, Armstrong for Coventry City and Bradshaw for Walsall.
 

Barnsley are ninth, six points shy of a play-off place, after their first victory - and goals - in three games.
 

Villa had a lot of early first-half possession and created decent openings, with Henri Lansbury going close three times, while Albert Adomah powered a shot just over and former Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane missed a free header.
 

But, out of the blue, the game changed on 25 minutes when winger Marley Watkins fell heavily under Jordan Amavi’s challenge and striker Armstrong, on loan from Newcastle, confidently converted the resulting penalty to Sam Johnstone’s right.
 

Kodjia twice went close for Villa, either side of Barnsley’s Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent having a free-kick tipped away for a corner by home goalkeeper Johnstone.
 

However, on 43 minutes, Barnsley worked a second goal from the right, with Andy Yiadom flicking on for Bradshaw to clip a neat right-foot finish inside Johnstone’s right post.
 

Villa’s response was instant, scoring just a minute later when Adomah’s low ball from the right made it beyond the far post, where Kodjia turned in coolly from a narrow angle.
 

But, on 58 minutes, Barnsley made the game safe when Villa failed to clear their lines from a badly-defended free-kick, allowing Bradshaw to drill a low left-foot finish into Johnstone’s bottom right corner - only a seventh goal of the season for the summer signing.
 

*Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce told BBC WM:*
 

“It’s not good enough. That’s for sure. We started off all right for the first 25 minutes and had a few chances but, as has happened over the last four or five weeks, we didn’t take them, we make a mistake, we get punished and it goes round in a vicious circle. Confidence drains away, it takes over everything and it ends up being one of those ugly nights.
 

“We have to go back to the basics of what we were and how we changed things round when we first came in four months ago. We have to cut out the silly mistakes. We handed them two goals.
 

“The reason why we’ve got one of the biggest wage bills in the Championship is we’ve got to deal with the mentality and expectation. That’s why they get paid more than anyone else in this division.
 

“But I’m convinced they are made of the right stuff and can get better, and it’s my responsibility to make them better.”