Game #5446

2017-18

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Position:

Championship

Middlesbrough

Villa Park

Attendance: 26,631

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Villa are held at home and fail to score for the second successive game under Steve Bruce as even a man advantage cannot inspire the team with the axe hanging over the Villa boss less than 12 months into the job.

Aston Villa

0-0

Middlesbrough

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5446

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #7 |
Manager Game | #45 |
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | James Linington, Newport |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WWDDD |
League Position | 18th | - |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Neil Davies, Tim Wood

MATCH INCIDENTS

James Linington

Villa

🟥 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Middlesbrough

🟥 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.56 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 36.79 |

Youngest Player |
W André Green | 19.59 |

TEAM NEWS

Steve Bruce makes four changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Brentford handing Robert Snodgrass his first start for Villa and bringing in Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason. Glenn Whelan, James Bree, Josh Onomah and André Green drop out.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
M Jack Grealish |

Loaned Out | 6 |
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 |

CB Kevin Toner |
Stevenage |
24 Aug 17 - 27 Nov 17 |

M Gary Gardner |
Barnsley |
31 Aug 17 - 31 May 18 |

GK Matija Šarkić |
Wigan Athletic |
31 Aug 17 - 7 Jan 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 64%
Possession A | 36%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 3
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 11

MANAGER

Steve Bruce

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Stephen Clemence
Assistant Manager: Colin Calderwood
Technical Director: Steve Round

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Birkir Bjarnason |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Henri Lansbury |
W Robert Snodgrass |
CF Keinan Davis |

SUBSTITUTES

F Scott Hogan for M Mile Jedinak | 46’ |
W Albert Adomah for M Birkir Bjarnason | 46’ |
CF Jonathan Kodjia for CF Keinan Davis | 70’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Christopher Samba
M Glenn Whelan
RB Alan Hutton

THE OPPOSITION

GK Darren Randolph, RB Fábio, CB Ben Gibson, CB Dael Fry, RB Cyrus Christie, M Grant Leadbitter (M Jonny Howson), M Adam Clayton, M Lewis Baker, W Stewart Downing (ex) (M Marvin Johnson), CF Britt Assombalonga (CF Ashley Fletcher), W Adama Traoré (ex).

Manager: Garry Monk.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Despite another four changes and Middlesbrough being reduced to 10 men after just 4’, Steve Bruce masterminds a second successive goalless draw.

Villa had now failed to win at home for the third time in 4 games this season as Steve Bruce’s league record for 2017-18 now stood at P7 W1 D4 L2.

With Villa stranded in 18th after 7 games talk of a play off place seems fanciful whilst thoughts of automatic promotion appear to be a sick joke.

Former Villa winger Adama Traoré showed what they were missing by getting himself sent off 4’ after the start.

Albert Adomah shimmies but Villa can't beat an obdurate ten man Boro side, 12 September 2017

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2017/09/12/match-report-villa-0-0-boro

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MATCH TIMELINE

4’ Sending off, (Middlesbrough), Adama Traoré
31’ Booking, Robert Snodgrass
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough
46’ Sub off, M Mile Jedinak, Sub on, F Scott Hogan
46’ Sub off, M Birkir Bjarnason, Sub on, W Albert Adomah
64’ Sending off, Henri Lansbury
70’ Sub off, CF Keinan Davis, Sub on, CF Jonathan Kodjia
83’ Booking, Jonathan Kodjia
FT Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had 73% possession and 19 attempts on target and you cannot believe that you can miss them at this level. It is endless and it is a huge frustration in a big game especially when the referee did his best to level things up with the sending off of Lansbury.

“I thought the decision on Lansbury was a yellow card as we had three players behind the ball and in my opinion I didn’t think it was a red card. I don’t like seeing a player sent off but Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore left the floor and it was reckless, dangerous and awful. But he deserved the red card. When it was 10 again 10 it was a better game but we created enough chances to have won.”

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*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

"Struggling Aston Villa again failed dismally to improve their lowly position as they were held by Middlesbrough to their second goalless Championship home draw in the space four days."

*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Struggling Aston Villa again failed dismally to improve their lowly position as they were held by Middlesbrough to their second goalless Championship home draw in the space four days.

Villa had few excuses as for an hour they battled against 10-man Middlesbrough after Adama Traore had been sent off in the fourth minute. In a game which failed to hit any high notes, Villa’s Henri Lansbury was also shown red midway through the second half.

Following the disappointment of their poor goalless performance against lowly Brentford it was hardly a surprise that manager Steve Bruce made four changes as he reverted to a more experienced line-up.

Middlesbrough, fresh from their first away win in 13 months, certainly made a positive start with Ben Gibson quickly testing the ability of Villa’s talented goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was forced to make an impressive save to his left to keep out a well-directed header.

The game exploded in dramatic fashion in only the third minute when Traore received a direct red card on his return to Villa Park The former Barcelona player took out Conor Hourihane with a sliding tackle with both players finishing on the touchline. Referee James Linington consulted his linesman before brandishing the red card much to the anguish of the former Villa defender.

Villa’s poor finishing was highlighted when Davies cleverly put Robert Snodgrass in possession only for the Scot to shoot weakly straight at goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

As to be expected Middlesbrough had to mount a rearguard action and at times they had a back line of seven players thwarting Villa’s weak attempts to open the scoring as illustrated by Randolph making easy saves from Lansbury and Snodgrass.

The barren first half resulted in Villa drafting in Scott Hogan and Albert Adomah but the home side still conspired to make heavy weather of their task. Five minutes into the second half Adomah produced a left wing cross which Snodgrass met with a shot which rattled the crossbar.

Both teams were on a level footing In the 63rd minute of an untidy game when Lansbury received a straight red card for needless tripping substitute Marvin Johnson.

Villa’s current plight was emphasised late in the game when Hogan himself blocked Hourihane’s shot while on Middlesbrough’s goalline.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had 73% possession and 19 attempts on target and you cannot believe that you can miss them at this level. It is endless and it is a huge frustration in a big game especially when the referee did his best to level things up with the sending off of Lansbury.

“I thought the decision on Lansbury was a yellow card as we had three players behind the ball and in my opinion I didn’t think it was a red card. I don’t like seeing a player sent off but Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore left the floor and it was reckless, dangerous and awful. But he deserved the red card. When it was 10 again 10 it was a better game but we created enough chances to have won.”

Struggling Aston Villa again failed dismally to improve their lowly position as they were held by Middlesbrough to their second goalless Championship home draw in the space four days.

Villa had few excuses as for an hour they battled against 10-man Middlesbrough after Adama Traore had been sent off in the fourth minute. In a game which failed to hit any high notes, Villa’s Henri Lansbury was also shown red midway through the second half.

Following the disappointment of their poor goalless performance against lowly Brentford it was hardly a surprise that manager Steve Bruce made four changes as he reverted to a more experienced line-up.

Middlesbrough, fresh from their first away win in 13 months, certainly made a positive start with Ben Gibson quickly testing the ability of Villa’s talented goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was forced to make an impressive save to his left to keep out a well-directed header.

The game exploded in dramatic fashion in only the third minute when Traore received a direct red card on his return to Villa Park The former Barcelona player took out Conor Hourihane with a sliding tackle with both players finishing on the touchline. Referee James Linington consulted his linesman before brandishing the red card much to the anguish of the former Villa defender.

Villa’s poor finishing was highlighted when Davies cleverly put Robert Snodgrass in possession only for the Scot to shoot weakly straight at goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

As to be expected Middlesbrough had to mount a rearguard action and at times they had a back line of seven players thwarting Villa’s weak attempts to open the scoring as illustrated by Randolph making easy saves from Lansbury and Snodgrass.

The barren first half resulted in Villa drafting in Scott Hogan and Albert Adomah but the home side still conspired to make heavy weather of their task. Five minutes into the second half Adomah produced a left wing cross which Snodgrass met with a shot which rattled the crossbar.

Both teams were on a level footing In the 63rd minute of an untidy game when Lansbury received a straight red card for needless tripping substitute Marvin Johnson.

Villa’s current plight was emphasised late in the game when Hogan himself blocked Hourihane’s shot while on Middlesbrough’s goalline.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had 73% possession and 19 attempts on target and you cannot believe that you can miss them at this level. It is endless and it is a huge frustration in a big game especially when the referee did his best to level things up with the sending off of Lansbury.

“I thought the decision on Lansbury was a yellow card as we had three players behind the ball and in my opinion I didn’t think it was a red card. I don’t like seeing a player sent off but Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore left the floor and it was reckless, dangerous and awful. But he deserved the red card. When it was 10 again 10 it was a better game but we created enough chances to have won.”