Game #5499

Season | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #7 |
Manager Game | #98 |
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Football League | Championship | Away | Blackburn Rovers | Ewood Park | 15,982 |

18-19 #9.jpg

Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 17.30 |
Referee | Steve Martin | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 
 FT Score | 1-1 | 
 FT Result | Drew | 

Last 5 Games | DDLLD | 

Scorers | Conor Hourihane | 90’+3 | 

 League Position | 12th | - | 

Line Up |

GK Ørjan Nyland |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
SUB OFF | 77' |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Chester |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
M Mile Jedinak |
SUB OFF | 77' |
M John McGinn | BOOKED | 18' |
M Jack Grealish |
W Albert Adomah |
SUB OFF | 69' |
CF Tammy Abraham | DEBUT |

Substitutes |

CF Jonathan Kodija for W Albert Adomah | 69’ | 
W Yannick Bolasie 
DEBUT | BOOKED | 90'+6 |  for RB Ahmed El Mohamady | 77’ | 
M Conor Hourihane 
GOAL | 90'+3 | for M Mile Jedinak | 77’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK André Moreira
M Glenn Whelan
RB James Bree
W Anwar El Ghazi

Cards |

 Yellow | John McGinn for a bad foul | 18’ |

 Yellow | Yannick Bolasie for a bad foul | 90’+6 |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.81 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 34.14 |

Youngest Player | CB Axel Tuanzebe | 20.85 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

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 |

 MAaron 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 | 

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 51
Possession A | 49
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 8

 On this day 5 September 2018 

Centre forward Tammy Abraham made his Villa debut aged 20 after joining on a season long loan from Chelsea.

Winger Yannick Bolasie made his Villa debut aged 29 after joining on a season long loan from Everton.

 

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Conor Hourihane’s 93rd-minute free-kick salvaged a point for Aston Villa in an entertaining 1-1 draw against Blackburn at Ewood Park.


Bradley Dack’s sublime flick (76) looked like consigning Villa to consecutive defeats in the Championship on his return to the Rovers side following a knee injury.

But substitute Hourihane stepped up in stoppage time to bend his set-piece beyond David Raya and rescue a point.

Villa remain in 12th position, one place above Blackburn - who extend their unbeaten home run to 24 games, the longest in senior English football - with both sides on 10 points from seven games.


This was one of Villa’s better performances this season even before Hourihane’s late intervention, but Bruce will hope this point acts as the springboard to an improved run of results despite them now being winless in their last five Championship games.

Rovers were boosted by the return of their creative engine Dack, and the midfielder felt aggrieved after 27 minutes when referee Steve Martin ruled out his header from Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick.

Alan Hutton appeared to have played him onside, but Villa themselves were protesting moments later when Richard Smallwood caught the ankle of John McGinn inside the box but their penalty appeals were waved away.


Orjan Nyland had earlier been forced into a save with his legs on the goal line to prevent Axel Tuanzebe from heading into his own net, but it was Villa who created the better chances in the second period.
 

Tammy Abraham failed to hit the target with his header from Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross 10 minutes after the interval before the striker, on loan from Chelsea, received Albert Adomah’s pass only to stroke his shot wide.

 

Villa were duly punished for their profligacy moments after Tony Mowbray had made a tactical change to stem the tide as Mulgrew’s cross was kept alive by substitute Ben Brereton before Danny Graham’s shot was exquisitely backheeled in by Dack.
 

But just when it looked as though Villa were heading for defeat, Jack Grealish was bundled over by Harrison Reed and up stepped Hourihane from 25 yards out to curl his left-foot free-kick around Raya’s wall and low into the net.

 

Steve Bruce:”I think we deserved the equaliser. I thought we had a blatant, stonewall penalty. That changes games, goals change games. It would’ve been harsh if we had got beat.
 

“Hourihane has just reminded everybody of what a good free-kick taker he is. I’m encouraged by Tammy Abraham’s performance, but it’s going to take time. We’ve practically built the team again which is going to be difficult.
 

“We’ve stuck at it and got another late equaliser which is now three out of seven games, so it shows there’s resilience in our side.”


Player ratings
Blackburn: Raya (6), Nyambe (6), Mulgrew (7), Lenihan (6), Bell (6), Evans (6), Smallwood (6), Bennett (7), Dack (7), Armstrong (7), Graham (7).

Subs: Williams (6), Reed (6), Brereton (6).

Aston Villa: Nyland (6), Hutton (6), Chester (6), Tuanzebe (7), Taylor (6), Elmohamady (6), Jedinak (6), McGinn (7), Adomah (7), Grealish (6), Abraham (6).

Subs: Kodjia (6), Bolasie (5), Hourihane (7)