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Game #5438

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Attendance: 29,223

Won

Championship

4th (-)

Reading

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time in four games.

Aston Villa

3-0

Reading

Assist(s) | Robert Snodgrass | 46โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Birkir Bjarnason celebrates his goal as Villa get back to winning ways against Reading, 3 April 2018

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸฅ | 30โ€™ Sending off, (Reading), David Edwards
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Reading
โšฝ | 46โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Birkir Bjarnason, Assist by Robert Snodgrass
โšฝ | 63โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Conor Hourihane
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Albert Adomah, Sub on, Jonathan Kodjia
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Robert Snodgrass, Sub on, Josh Onomah
โšฝ | 70โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Scott Hogan
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Jack Grealish, Sub on, Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-0 Reading

ON THIS DAY

Villa return to form with 18 shots on target and 3 goals with all three coming from players Steve Bruce had reinstated into the side for the match.

Former Villa midfielder and Champions League hopeful Leandro Bacuna lined up for Reading.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Reading

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Reading

Previous 5 vs. Reading: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Game | #40 |
Manager Game | #80 |
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2016-2018
Referee: Darren Bond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Lancashire, 2013-
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren Bond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Lancashire, 2013-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 7 May 17, Villa 1-1 Brighton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Matt McGrath, Matt Foley

CARDS

Villa

None

Reading

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Darren Bond

TEAM NEWS

Mass changes from the side that drew with Hull as Steve Bruce recalls Neil Taylor, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Birkir Bjarnason and Ahmed Elmohamady with Lewis Grabban, Axel Tuanzebe, Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak and Henri Lansbury dropping out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.90 |
Oldest Player: CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.35 |
Youngest Player: M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.58 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Paul Clement | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Sam Johnstone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
W Robert Snodgrass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |

Reading

GK Vito Mannone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Tyler Blackett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Liam Moore | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Tiago Ilori (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Chris Gunter | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M George Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M David Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Leandro Bacuna (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
W Modou Barrow | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
F Sone Aluko | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Sam Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | for W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Josh Onomah | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Robert Snodgrass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Pelle Clement | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CF Sam Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Liam Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M George Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Chris Martin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for F Sone Aluko | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 73โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Lewis Grabban | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Anssi Jaakkola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Tom Holmes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Joey van den Berg | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M John Swift | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ26.91m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ13.14m
Team Cost: ยฃ40.05m
Squad Cost: ยฃ47.25m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 1/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
GK Sam Johnstone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.06m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Josh Onomah | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |
W Robert Snodgrass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Loan |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ9.45m |
CF Lewis Grabban | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Loan |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ20.91m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00m
Team Cost: ยฃ20.91m
Squad Cost: ยฃ20.91m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Vito Mannone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ1.98m |
GK Anssi Jaakkola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

RB Chris Gunter | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.57m |
LB Tyler Blackett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.54m |

CB Tiago Ilori (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ3.70m |
CB Liam Moore | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ0.99m |
CB Tom Holmes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Leandro Bacuna (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ1.29m |
M David Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.95m |
M Liam Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |
M George Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Pelle Clement | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Joey van den Berg | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M John Swift | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

W Modou Barrow | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ1.46m |

F Sone Aluko | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ6.43m |
CF Sam Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CF Chris Martin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Loan |

UNAVAILABLE

Out on Loan | 7 |
W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Deportivo
GK Pierluigi Gollini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Atalanta
LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Marseille
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Reading
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Antwerp
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Grimsby

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 74%
Possession A | 26%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 1
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 7

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

โ€There are going to a few twists and turns. Obviously Fulham are there or thereabouts. The way they are performing at the moment, and to have the run they have had, is remarkable.

โ€œThere are seven games to go and there is a chance we can win promotion and we remember we take on second placed Cardiff at home next week. After a difficult couple of weeks there was a freshness about the team and I was very pleased with the performance against Reading,โ€

*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Aston Villa bounced back to winning form with an easy 3-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Reading.

Steve Bruceโ€™s side outplayed struggling Reading for almost the entire game and the Royals, who played with 10 men for the last hour, succumbed to second-half goals from Birkir Bjarnason, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan.

Reading had defeated Villa in their last two encounters but there were few opportunities to repeat their success as they slumped to their ninth defeat in 10 away games and now find themselves deeply involved in a relegation battle.

They were completely dominated by a Villa side who eventually recorded their most comfortable win of the season.

A late bonus for Villa saw Jonathan Kodjia, their main marksman last season, made his first home appearance since last October as a second-half substitute to give the club an added boost in the run-in to the end of the season. He has been absent with an ankle injury.

With only one point from their previous three games, Villaโ€™s uncertainty was evident in the early skirmishes.

Although Jack Grealish had an early chance in the fourth minute with a volley which went over the bar, Villa lacked initial conviction against a Reading side who began with five players across the back.

Sterling defensive play enabled the Royals to stay in the game, helped by some indifferent finishing which was highlighted on one occasion midway through the first half when Neil Taylor made a hash of a left-footed shot.

Readingโ€™s hopes effectively disappeared on the half-hour when David Edwards collected a second yellow card and an early departure from the game.

Two minutes later only a smart save by Vito Mannone kept out a Hogan header and in the next raid he blocked an effort on the goal-line from the same Villa player.

The over-worked Mannone then casually held a long-range Grealish shot.

The goalkeeper was helpless a minute into the second half though when Villa broke the stalemate.

Grealish set up Robert Snodgrass, who jinked his way into space before slipping a low pass into the path of Bjarnson to score with a swerving shot to the right of Mannone.

The second goal arrived in the 62nd minute when Hourihane was on hand to head home a short cross from Snodgrass.

Villaโ€™s third goal came when Mannone was stranded yards out of his goal and Hogan took full advantage to score with a low raking shot in the 70th minute.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

โ€There are going to a few twists and turns. Obviously Fulham are there or thereabouts. The way they are performing at the moment, and to have the run they have had, is remarkable.

โ€œThere are seven games to go and there is a chance we can win promotion and we remember we take on second placed Cardiff at home next week. After a difficult couple of weeks there was a freshness about the team and I was very pleased with the performance against Reading.โ€