Game #5474

Season | 2017-18 |

Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #73 |
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Football League | Championship | Home | Preston North End | Villa Park | 30,894 |

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Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Darren England | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WWWLD | 

Scorers | Lewis Grabban | 66’ pen |

League Position | 3rd | - |

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
SUB OFF | 85' |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
BOOKED | 79' |
M Mile Jedinak | BOOKED | 51' |
M Josh Onomah |
M Birkir Bjarnasson |
BOOKED | 22' |
M Conor Hourihane | SUB OFF | 46' |
W Robert Snodgrass | SUB OFF | 46' |
F Scott Hogan |

Substitutes |

CF Keinan Davis for M Conor Hourihane | 46’ | 
CF Lewis Grabban
GOAL | 66' | for W Robert Snodgrass | 46’ | 
RB Ahmed El Mohamady for CB Axel Tuanzebe | 85’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
LB Neil Taylor
M Glenn Whelan
M Henri Lansbury

Cards |

 Yellow | Birkir Bjarnason | 22’ |

 Yellow | Mile Jedinak | 51’ |

 Yellow | John Terry | 79’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.40 | 

Oldest Player | CB John Terry | 37.23 |

Youngest Player | CB Axel Tuanzebe | 20.28 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CF Jonathan Kodjia |

M Jack Grealish |

W Albert Adomah |

RB Ahmed El Mohamady |

Loaned Out |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 12 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

LB Jordan Amavi | Marseille | 10 August 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

M Gary Gardner | Barnsley | 31 August 2017 - 31 May 2018 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock FC | 29 January 2018 - 14 May 2018 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 53
Possession A | 47
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 8

Match Report

Sky Sports

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lewis Grabban netted his first goal for Aston Villa to scramble a nervous 1-1 Championship home draw against Preston on Tuesday.

Tom Barkhuizen, North End’s leading marksman, put the play-off chasing Lilywhites ahead in the first half. But Villa equalised as a result of a controversial penalty converted by on-loan Bournemouth striker Grabban in the 66th minute.


A struggling Villa, who had been looking to complete the double, therefore missed the chance to move into second place in the table.


Villa were seriously depleted due to the absence of Albert Adomah, Ahmed Elmohamady and Jack Grealish, although they made a good start when Preston were undoubtedly indebted to goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

The former Norwich stopper had to make a spectacular save flinging himself to his right to keep out a powerful shot from Birkir Bjarnason and a minute later Rudd saved a John Terry header as Villa strived to build an early advantage.

After losing their first league game in eight at Fulham on Saturday, Villa attempted to bounce back in style but they were thwarted by an equally determined Preston side who exploited the midlands club’s shortcomings.

Preston, who had skipper Greg Cunningham and Ben Pearson back in their side, played with quiet confidence as they slowly found some attacking form generally generated by Alan Browne.

A dreadful clearance by Terry gave Preston a golden opportunity to take the lead but Callum Robinson’s snap shot from 20 yards went narrowly wide of the post with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone completely out of position.

But it was Rudd who continued to take the first-half honours with another point-blank save from Scott Hogan.

Frustration began to creep into Villa’s play and it was clearly evident that they sadly missed the creative ability and drive of Grealish, while Mile Jedinak struggled badly in midfield.

Consequently Preston were able to pose real problems with some smooth attacks which had Villa back-peddling.

The pressure was relieved by Alan Hutton moving forward to fully test Rudd’s undoubted ability.

Preston, who had only lost one game in their previous 16 Championship matches, demonstrated their attacking danger when Barkhuizen put them ahead in the 37th minute.

Johnstone, who gave away a bad goal at Fulham, attempted to punch the ball clear only to set up Barkhuizen to score with a scissors kick which looped into the roof of the net.

The goal definitely put Villa on the back foot and after the break they made a double substitution, sending on strikers Grabban and Keinan Davis.

Preston continued to look the more dangerous with Johnstone forced to make a fine save from a Paul Huntington header but Davis won a penalty which live-wire Grabban casually converted with a low shot into the middle of the net.

The managers

Steve Bruce: “We found it difficult against a really good Championship team. They have a good work ethic, good players and in this league they are a threat for anyone. It is fair to say we found it difficult in the first half but in the second half we could have won the match with the best pass and best quality of the match but Keinan Davis didn’t take the chance.

“All of a sudden we have a difficult Villa Park pitch at the moment. I’ve never seen it in such condition but we eventually got something out of the game despite missing several creative players through injury. Without them we have found it difficult.”