Game #5418

Season | 2016-17​ |

Matchday | #29 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #17 |
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Football League | Championship | Home | Preston North End | Villa Park | 32,415 | 

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Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Andy Madley | 

 HT Score | 2-0 | 
 FT Score | 2-2 | 
 FT Result | Drew | 

Last 5 Games | DLLLD |

Scorers | Albert Adomah | 22’ | 36’ pen |
Assists | Gabby Agbonlahor | 22’ |

 League Position | 13th | - | 

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Jordan Amavi |
BOOKED | 67' | SUB OFF | 88' |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB James Chester |
M Jack Grealish |
SUB OFF | 90' |
M Ashley Westwood | FINAL |
M Henri Lansbury | DEBUT | SUB OFF | 77' |
W André Green |
W Albert Adomah |
GOAL | 22' | 36' | BOOKED | 41' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ASSIST | 22' |

Substitutes |

M Leandro Bacuna for M Henri Lansbury | 77’ | 
M Gary Gardner for LB Jordan Amavi | 88’ | 
F Keinan Davis for M Jack Grealish | 90’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Micah Richards
CB Tommy Elphick
M Aaron Tshibola

Cards |

 Yellow | Albert Adomah | 41’ |

 Yellow | Jordan Amavi | 67’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.92 | 

Oldest Player | RB Alan Hutton | 32.16 |

Youngest Player | W André Green | 18.50 |

Unavailable | 

International Duty |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 

Bomb Squad |

F Ross McCormack |

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 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 56
Possession A | 44
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 15

 On this day 21 January 2017 

Midfielder Henri Lansbury made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining from Nottingham Forest for £3,060,000 earlier this month.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Burnley for a fee of £5,220,000 later this month. Westwood made 161 appearances over the 5 seasons he spent with Villa having signed him from Crewe Alexandra for a fee of £2,250,000 in August 2012.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 21 January 2017

*Jordan Hugill’s double helped Preston complete a strong second half fightback to claim a draw at Aston Villa.*

The hosts were in control at half-time as Albert Adomah first tapped home the opener and then converted a penalty after being fouled by Aiden McGeady.

But Hugill found the top corner after a mazy run and then headed in McGeady’s cross from close range to level.

Both clubs’ fans marked the passing of former Villa boss Graham Taylor before the game with a minute’s applause.

Villa dominated both possession and territory in the first half, and it was no surprise when Adomah made the breakthrough after ball broke when Gabby Agbonlahor and Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell raced to meet a Jack Grealish through ball.

Agbonlahor then had a header saved before Adomah claimed his second by sending Maxwell the wrong way from the spot, with Preston unhappy with the referee’s decision to award a penalty.

North End emerged re-energised for the second half and a point was no more than their second half performance deserved, although Villa also might have snatched victory late on but for a misplaced Grealish pass.

It meant a happy first visit as a boss for Simon Grayson to the club where he played between 1997 and 1999, while Villa remain the only side unbeaten at home in the Championship this season.

*Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce:*

“We had a really great opportunity to put them to the sword. We were terrific for an hour and every time we went forward I thought we could score.

“To be fair to them they are a resilient mob and they are epitomised by their centre-forward, Hugill, who is not easy on the eye, but is very effective.

“We gave away two sloppy goals, but the light at the end of the tunnel for me (is) the first half was easily the best we have played.”


The Independent

Sunday, 22 January 2017

*Steve Bruce criticises Ross McCormack after he misses Aston Villa training with ‘electric gate’ excuse*

The Villa boss has publicly questioned his striker’s commitment following his bizarre excuse

Ross McCormack will not be selected by Steve Bruce, the Aston Villa manager, until the striker’s “attitude towards training improves” after he was left out of the 2-2 draw with Preston.

McCormack, a £12 million signing from Fulham in the summer, has been linked with a loan move back to Craven Cottage but Bruce denies all knowledge of such a deal.

The Villa boss, though, has questioned the 30-year-old’s commitment to the cause after he missed training because the electric gates on his home would not open.


On the electric gate incident, Bruce said: “He has just not turned off. The latest excuse was that his gates had stuck but he couldn’t jump over a fence that was four feet six inches high.

“There has been too much indiscipline here at Villa. Not in 20 years in management have I ever gone down this route but I feel I have to make a stance because I will not put up with it on my watch.


“He has decided the team has picked itself. How can I pick him when he doesn’t come into training? His failure to turn up for training has happened more than once. Everyone can have an excuse but when it is more than once I will not accept it.”

According to a report in the Sunday Mirror, after the striker used the excuse to get out of training, Bruce drove to his home and took photographs in order to prove that McCormack could have scaled the fence in question and travelled to training.

Bruce was also perplexed to explain how his side relinquished the half-time lead to allow battling Preston to salvage a most unlikely draw.

Albert Adomah was twice on the mark for Villa in the first period but then Jordan Hugill snapped up two goals for a revitalised Preston in the second half to earn a point.


Bruce admitted: “We had a really great opportunity to put them to the sword. We were terrific for an hour and every time we went forward I thought we could score.”

Villa are now nine points adrift of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places while Preston are five points below sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.