Game #5403

Season | 2016-17 |

Matchday | #14 |
League Game | #13 |
Manager Game | #2 |
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Football League | Championship | Away | Reading | Madejski Stadium | 20,331 | 

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Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 20.00 |
Referee | Andy Woolmer | 

 HT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Score | 2-1 | 

 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | DDLDW |

Scorers | Jonathan Kodjia | 38’ | Jordan Ayew | 90’ pen |

Assists | Albert Adomah | 38’ |

 League Position | 17th | +3 | 

Line Up |

GK Pierluigi Gollini |
RB Alan Hutton |
BOOKED | 78' |
LB Aly Cissokho | SUB OFF | 77' | FINAL |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB James Chester |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Gary Gardner |
W Albert Adomah |
ASSIST | 38' |
M Leandro Bacuna |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
GOAL | 38' | SUB OFF | 86' |
F Rudy Gestede | SUB OFF | 77' |

Substitutes |

F Jordan Ayew | GOAL | 90' | for F Rudy Gestede | 77’ | 
LB Jordan Amavi for LB Aly Cissokho | 77’ |
F Ross McCormack for CF Jonathan Kodjia | 86’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
M Aaron Tshibola
M Ashley Westwood
W André Green

Cards |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 78’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.41 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 32.23 |

Youngest Player | GK Pierluigi Gollini | 21.60 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Micah Richards |

CB Tommy Elphick |


Banned |

M Jack Grealish | 

Loaned Out | 

D Riccardo Calder | Doncaster Rovers | 12 July 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

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

CB Easah Suliman | Cheltenham Town | 4 August 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

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 |

CB Kevin Toner | Walsall | 26 August 2016 - 1 January 2017 |

F Harry McKirdy | Stevenage FC | 31 August 2016 - 7 January 2017 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 34
Possession A | 66
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 8

 On this day 18 October 2016 

Left back Aly Cissokho made his final appearance for Villa aged 29 before moving on to Yeni Malatyaspor in August 2017 on a free transfer.Villa had signed Cissokho under Paul Lambert in August 2014 from Valencia CF for a fee of £2,250,000 and he made 58 appearances in his 3 seasons with the club. 

Match Report

Sky Sports

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Aston Villa won for the first time under new manager Steve Bruce - and the first time since August - as a late penalty from Jordan Ayew gave them a 2-1 victory at Reading.


Villa took the lead towards the end of the first half through Jonathan Kodjia’s deflected effort but Reading equalised early in the second half when Yann Kermorgant headed in the rebound after Danny Williams’ penalty had been saved by Pierluigi Gollini.

 

But substitute Ayew was fouled by Liam Moore in the penalty area in the 90th minute and then slotted in the spot kick to end Villa’s run of 10 Sky Bet Championship matches without a win.
 

Bruce’s first game in charge, after he replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo, saw his side scrape a 1-1 home draw with Wolves on Saturday.
 

And the former Hull manager headed to Berkshire without injured defenders Micah Richards and Tommy Elphick while winger Jack Grealish started a three-match ban.

 

Villa gradually grew in confidence but failed to seriously test Ali Al-Habsi in the home goal.Kodjia saw an ambitious shot blocked and Al-Habsi saved comfortably from Gary Gardner’s long-range effort.
 

Villa’s travelling army of 4,000 fans tried to inspire their team with raucous vocal support and they were rewarded in the 38th minute.Albert Adomah crossed from the left and Kodjia’s well-struck effort might have been saved by Al-Habsi had it not taken a deflection off Royals defender Tyler Blackett.
 

Villa pressed hard at the start of the second half, working tirelessly to deny Reading possession, and it worked for a while.
 

But the home side drew level in the 54th minute after Aly Cissokho had fouled McCleary in the Villa area.
 

Gollini made a fine save to keep out Williams’ spot kick but Kermorgant was on hand to nod in the rebound.
 

Both sides had chances as the game opened up but Ayew’s late intervention sealed a dramatic and much-needed win for Villa.
 

Reading manager Jaap Stam:
 

“Which team tried to play football?” Only one team was trying to play football and that was us. Villa were just sitting in front of their box and just waiting for the moment to get out. That can make it difficult for you.
 

“We didn’t create many chances in the first half but that was because Villa were just sitting and waiting. They were just waiting for us to lose the ball and then counter-attack. You need to be patient in how you play.”
 

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:


“You have to make a special mention of the supporters. They’ve travelled down here in their thousands, they’ve got behind their team in the last 10 minutes and breathed life into the lads.
 

“The players have had a tough time so you’ve just got to try to restore a little bit of belief. We haven’t done a lot but we’ll get stuck into them over the next few weeks and months.
 

“I’ve got to try to get a bit of belief back into the whole club. They’ve had it tough but it shows you the magnitude of the club when they bring 4,000 fans to Reading on a Tuesday night.”