Game #5531

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #27 |
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Football League | Championship | Home | Middlesbrough | Villa Park | 36,263 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Darren Bond | 

 HT Score | 2-0 |
 FT Score | 3-0 |

 FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW | 

Scorers | Anwar El Ghazi | 28’ | John McGinn | 44’ | Albert Adomah | 88’ |

Assists | John McGinn | 28’ | Jack Grealish | 44’ | Keinan Davis | 88’ |

 League Position | 6th | +2 | 

Line Up |

GK Jed Steer |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
CB Kortney Hause |
CB Tyrone Mings |
M John McGinn |
ASSIST | 28' | GOAL | 44' | 
M Glenn Whelan |
M Jack Grealish |
ASSIST | 44' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | GOAL | 28' | SUB OFF | 75' |
W André Green | SUB OFF | 65' |
CF Tammy Abraham | SUB OFF | 72' |

Substitutes |

W Albert Adomah GOAL | 88' | for W André Green | 65’ | 
CF Jonathan Kodjia for CF Tammy Abraham | 72’ | 
CF Keinan Davis 
ASSIST | 88' | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 75’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Lovre Kalinić
M Tom Carroll
M Birkir Bjarnasson
M Mile Jedinak

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.09 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 35.19 |

Youngest Player | W André Green | 20.65 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Axel Tuanzebe |

GK Ørjan Nyland |

M Henri Lansbury |

CB James Chester |

CB Tommy Elphick |

RB Alan Hutton |

M Conor Hourihane | 

Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

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

CF Ross McCormack | Motherwell | 5 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

 F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Cambridge United | 11 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Callum O'Hare | Carlisle United | 29 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

W Corey Blackett-Taylor | Walsall | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB James Bree | Ipswich Town | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

M Jake Doyle-Hayes | Cambridge United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Scott Hogan | Sheffield United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 | 

F Harry McKirdy | Newport County | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | SM Caen | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 61
Possession A | 39
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 4
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 16

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 16 March 2019

*Aston Villa continued their charge up the Championship table with a resounding victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.*


Villa’s fourth successive league win - all coming against sides also in the play-off mix - moved them up to sixth, although Derby County and Bristol City have games in hand.
 

The hosts scored twice during a dominant first 45 minutes against Boro, with strikes by Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn putting them in control at Villa Park.
 

After substitute Britt Assombalonga had missed Middlesbrough’s best chance, heading wide from inside the area, Albert Adomah made it 3-0 from close range with a minute left.
 

The defeat was Boro’s third in a row - the first time they have suffered three consecutive losses since being relegated from the Premier League in 2017.
 

A 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on 23 February had just about kept Tony Pulis’ side in the automatic promotion picture, but they are now 16 points adrift of second-placed Sheffield United and face a battle just to hold on to their spot in the play-offs.
 

By contrast, Aston Villa are now one of the form sides in the division and look well placed to finish inside the top six for the second season running.
 

They led inside half an hour against the Teessiders, with McGinn teeing up El Ghazi for a cool finish past goalkeeper Darren Randolph after the visitors had given away possession.
 

McGinn, who scored twice in the 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest, then grabbed his third in two games with a powerful shot into the corner.
 

Dean Smith’s men added further gloss to the scoreline when Adomah tapped in with moments left, stretching Villa’s winning run to four games - their longest such sequence since February 2018.
 

*Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith told BBC WM:*
 

“It was a really good, positive performance against a good team with good players. They were very difficult to break down in the first 15 minutes and were a threat on the counter, but we finally got our rewards.
 

“We kept pushing and my only gripe is that we didn’t score more because I thought we were really good today.
 

“(Climbing into the top six) puts a spring in the step but we know there are teams with games in hand over us. We have just got to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s nice to go into the international break with four wins on the spin.”