Game #5441

2017-18

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Championship

Reading

Madejski Stadium

Attendance: 20,144

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Villa's poor start to the season under Steve Bruce continues as they suffer a second successive defeat and are winless in three Championship games.

Reading

2-1

Aston Villa

​Scorer(s) | Conor Hourihane | 87’ |

Assist(s) | Gabby Agbonlahor | 87’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5441

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #4 |
League Game | #3 |
Manager Game | #40 |
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 8.00pm |
Referee | Kevin Friend |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DDWLL |
League Position | 23rd | -2 |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.37 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 36.71 |

Youngest Player |
W André Green | 19.07 |

TEAM NEWS

Steve Bruce brings in Ritchie De Laet for his first start of the season along with André Green and Birkir Bjarnason as Henri Lansbury, Gabby Agbonlahor and Ahmed Elmohamady (injury) drop out.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
M Jack Grealish |

Loaned Out | 3 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
MK Dons |
27 Jul 17 - 9 Nov 17 |

LB Jordan Amavi |
Olympique Marseille |
10 Aug 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 38%
Possession A | 62%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 9

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Richie De Laet |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Birkir Bjarnason |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Josh Onomah |
W André Green |
F Scott Hogan |

SUBSTITUTES

F Gabriel Agbonlahor for F Scott Hogan | 29’ |
RB Alan Hutton for RB Richie De Laet | 63’ |
W Albert Adomah for M Josh Onomah | 77’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Christopher Samba
M Henri Lansbury
RB James Bree

THE OPPOSITION

GK Vito Mannone, RB Chris Gunter, CB Paul McShane, CB Liam Moore, LB Tyler Blackett, M Joey van den Berg (M George Evans), M John Swift, M Pelle Clement, W Adrian Popa (W Garath McCleary), M Liam Kelly, W Modou Barrow (g) (W Roy Beerens).

Manager: Jaap Stam.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Conor Hourihane grabs a consolation for 23rd placed Villa, 15 August 2017

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2017/08/15/match-report-reading-v-villa-2017

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MATCH TIMELINE

27’ Booking, André Green
29’ Sub off, F Scott Hogan, Sub on, F Gabriel Agbonlahor
37’ Booking, Conor Hourihane
HT Reading 0-0 Aston Villa
49’ Goal, 0-1, Own Goal, Glenn Whelan
55’ Goal, 0-2, (Reading)
63’ Sub off, RB Ritchie De Laet, Sub on, RB Alan Hutton
77’ Sub off, M Josh Onomah, Sub on, W Albert Adomah
87’ Goal, 1-2, Conor Hourihane, Assist by Gabby Agbonlahor
FT Reading 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa collapse to 23rd in the table without a win in three and concerns mount that a promotion challenge is beyond Steve Bruce’s men already.

Recently departed Leandro Bacuna sat on the bench for his new club Reading.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”I’m the manager of Aston Villa and I expect the fans to boo. The results aren’t what they expect and I can understand their frustration. They’ve paid their hard-earned money to come and see the team perform and win. My message to them is … I’ve been here many, many times and been successful at every Championship club I’ve been to. I’ve been able to get them promoted and, given time, I’ll do it again.

“Now, whether I’m given that time, that’s not for me to answer. But I sincerely hope so. It’s a big job and I’m still in the middle of rebuilding it. I’ve got to get results, we’re in a results business, I understand that. I’m under no illusions that we’ll get them. But we need them quicker than we’re getting them at the moment.

“It was disappointing tonight because I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I was pleased with our response (to going behind), we could have gone under, but we still could have got something from the game.”

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

"Aston Villa’s poor start to the Sky Bet Championship season continued when they lost 2-1 against Reading at Madejski Stadium."

*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MATCH REPORT

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Aston Villa’s poor start to the Sky Bet Championship season continued when they lost 2-1 against Reading at Madejski Stadium.

Villa rarely ventured forward in the first half and Steve Bruce’s side were undone by two goals in six minutes early in the second period, as they remained without a win after three games.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa cross into his own net, via an upright, and then Modou Barrow struck from close range for his first goal for Reading.

Conor Hourihane got Villa back into it when he scored with three minutes left but the visitors could not find a leveller. Villa, who finished in 13th place last season, picked up only one point from their opening two matches - from a 1-1 draw at home to Hull. They lost 3-0 at Cardiff on Saturday.

Reading, on a 13-match unbeaten streak at home stretching back to January, also collected only one point from their opening two games - from a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Fulham on Saturday.

Former Villa utility player Leandro Bacuna, who signed a four-year deal with Reading on Sunday, started on the substitutes’ bench.

Reading had the better of the opening stages but Villa hit back. Andre Green, with only Vito Mannone to beat, shot tamely at the home goalkeeper. Reading responded with a swift move themselves, Barrow finding full-back Chris Gunter free on the right flank.

But the Wales defender’s cross was poor and failed to trouble Villa keeper Sam Johnstone.

As the momentum shifted in Reading’s favour, John Swift twice went close to making the breakthrough. First, Swift’s 20-yard effort drifted just wide of Johnstone’s right-hand post; then his far-post header from a Barrow cross was deflected behind for a corner.

Johnstone then twice had to make good saves from the lively Popa - one from long distance, one from close range - in the space of a minute.

Villa held out until the break - but were behind four minutes after it. Popa’s low cross-cum-shot took a wicked deflection off Villa midfielder Whelan and looped on to the far post.

Despite Johnstone clawing the ball back, goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed the line and Whelan was credited with an own goal.

Reading increased their lead in the 55th minute, when Liam Moore drilled a pass into the Villa area and Barrow, the former Swansea winger, opened his Reading account with a tap-in. It drew loud jeering from many of the 4,000 travelling Villa fans.

Hourihane gave Villa hope, when volleying home after Gabriel Agbonlahor’s chest-down in the 87th minute, but it was too little and too late.

Steve Bruce: ”I’m the manager of Aston Villa and I expect the fans to boo. The results aren’t what they expect and I can understand their frustration. They’ve paid their hard-earned money to come and see the team perform and win. My message to them is … I’ve been here many, many times and been successful at every Championship club I’ve been to. I’ve been able to get them promoted and, given time, I’ll do it again.

“Now, whether I’m given that time, that’s not for me to answer. But I sincerely hope so. It’s a big job and I’m still in the middle of rebuilding it. I’ve got to get results, we’re in a results business, I understand that. I’m under no illusions that we’ll get them. But we need them quicker than we’re getting them at the moment.

“It was disappointing tonight because I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I was pleased with our response (to going behind), we could have gone under, but we still could have got something from the game.”

Aston Villa’s poor start to the Sky Bet Championship season continued when they lost 2-1 against Reading at Madejski Stadium.

Villa rarely ventured forward in the first half and Steve Bruce’s side were undone by two goals in six minutes early in the second period, as they remained without a win after three games.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa cross into his own net, via an upright, and then Modou Barrow struck from close range for his first goal for Reading.

Conor Hourihane got Villa back into it when he scored with three minutes left but the visitors could not find a leveller. Villa, who finished in 13th place last season, picked up only one point from their opening two matches - from a 1-1 draw at home to Hull. They lost 3-0 at Cardiff on Saturday.

Reading, on a 13-match unbeaten streak at home stretching back to January, also collected only one point from their opening two games - from a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Fulham on Saturday.

Former Villa utility player Leandro Bacuna, who signed a four-year deal with Reading on Sunday, started on the substitutes’ bench.

Reading had the better of the opening stages but Villa hit back. Andre Green, with only Vito Mannone to beat, shot tamely at the home goalkeeper. Reading responded with a swift move themselves, Barrow finding full-back Chris Gunter free on the right flank.

But the Wales defender’s cross was poor and failed to trouble Villa keeper Sam Johnstone.

As the momentum shifted in Reading’s favour, John Swift twice went close to making the breakthrough. First, Swift’s 20-yard effort drifted just wide of Johnstone’s right-hand post; then his far-post header from a Barrow cross was deflected behind for a corner.

Johnstone then twice had to make good saves from the lively Popa - one from long distance, one from close range - in the space of a minute.

Villa held out until the break - but were behind four minutes after it. Popa’s low cross-cum-shot took a wicked deflection off Villa midfielder Whelan and looped on to the far post.

Despite Johnstone clawing the ball back, goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed the line and Whelan was credited with an own goal.

Reading increased their lead in the 55th minute, when Liam Moore drilled a pass into the Villa area and Barrow, the former Swansea winger, opened his Reading account with a tap-in. It drew loud jeering from many of the 4,000 travelling Villa fans.

Hourihane gave Villa hope, when volleying home after Gabriel Agbonlahor’s chest-down in the 87th minute, but it was too little and too late.

Steve Bruce: ”I’m the manager of Aston Villa and I expect the fans to boo. The results aren’t what they expect and I can understand their frustration. They’ve paid their hard-earned money to come and see the team perform and win. My message to them is … I’ve been here many, many times and been successful at every Championship club I’ve been to. I’ve been able to get them promoted and, given time, I’ll do it again.

“Now, whether I’m given that time, that’s not for me to answer. But I sincerely hope so. It’s a big job and I’m still in the middle of rebuilding it. I’ve got to get results, we’re in a results business, I understand that. I’m under no illusions that we’ll get them. But we need them quicker than we’re getting them at the moment.

“It was disappointing tonight because I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I was pleased with our response (to going behind), we could have gone under, but we still could have got something from the game.”