Game #5455

2017-18

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Championship

Preston North End

Deepdale

Attendance: 14,212

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Villa record their sixth win in eight Championship games as their excellent form under Steve Bruce's much improved side continues.

Preston North End

0-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | James Chester | 12’ | Robert Snodgrass | 33’ |

Assist(s) | Robert Snodgrass | 12’ | Josh Onomah | 33’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5455

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #15 |
Manager Game | #54 |
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Peter Bankes |
HT Score | 2-0 |
FT Score | 2-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WLWDW |
League Position | 5th | +1 |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.58 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 36.93 |

Youngest Player |
CF Keinan Davis | 19.73 |

TEAM NEWS

There is one enforced change for Steve Bruce as the injured Jonathan Kodjia is replaced by Keinan Davis. The settled nature of the side now extends to 6 games coinciding with a huge upturn in performances and results.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
M Jack Grealish |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |

Loaned Out | 7 |
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 |

CF Ross McCormack |
Melbourne City |
29 Sep 17 - 31 Jan 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 11

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Josh Onomah |
M Conor Hourihane |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
CF Keinan Davis |

SUBSTITUTES

M Mile Jedinak for M Josh Onomah | 67’ |
F Scott Hogan for CF Keinan Davis | 71’ |
RB Richie De Laet for W Robert Snodgrass | 88’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
LB Neil Taylor |
CB Christopher Samba
M Birkir Bjarnason

THE OPPOSITION

GK Chris Maxwell, CB Andy Boyle, RB Callum Woods (M Paul Gallagher), LB Joshua Earl (LB Kevin O’Connor), RB Darnell Fisher, M Ben Pearson, M Alan Browne, M Daniel Johnson (ex), CF Jordan Hugill, CF Seán Maguire, W Thomas Barkhuizen (M Daryl Horgan).

Manager: Alex Neil.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Inspirational Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring his second for Villa to make it five wins in seven games, 1 November 2017

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MATCH TIMELINE

12’ Goal, 1-0, James Chester, Assist by Robert Snodgrass
33’ Goal, 2-0, Robert Snodgrass, Assist by Josh Onomah
HT Preston North End 0-2 Aston Villa
63’ Booking, Keinan Davis
67’ Sub off, M Josh Onomah, Sub on, M Mile Jedinak
71’ Sub off, CF Keinan Davis, Sub on, F Scott Hogan
88’ Sub off, W Robert Snodgrass, Sub on, RB Ritchie De Laet
FT Preston North End 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa make it six wins in eight and climb to 5th place by virtue of Steve Bruce's newly found calm, consistent team selection and media approach typified by his famed "We’re Aston Villa" comment.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We can’t get carried away with it. We’re Aston Villa and we’ve got to be there or thereabouts. It’s taken a long time to get there and just at the moment we are doing ok. That’s all it is. We are going into the winter period and we’ve had a decent start and that gives us a decent platform.”

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*Sky Sports*
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

"Aston Villa climbed to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship following a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Preston on Wednesday evening."

*Sky Sports*
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

MATCH REPORT

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Aston Villa climbed to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship following a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Preston on Wednesday evening.

Both goals came in the first half as James Chester headed Villa into a 12th-minute lead and Robert Snodgrass (33) doubled their advantage with a low finish.

The defeat means Preston remain 10th, while Villa - who have now lost just once in their last 12 league matches - move back into the play-off places on 26 points.

Chris Maxwell did superbly to keep out an eighth-minute shot from Keinan Davis, who started for Villa ahead of the injured Jonathan Kodjia - but the Preston goalkeeper was beaten just four minutes later.

The home side’s zonal marking system let them down as Chester found space to powerfully head Snodgrass’ left-footed corner over the line from inside the six-yard box, despite the best efforts of Ben Pearson to clear it.

Preston had a strong penalty appeal 10 minutes later when Sean Maguire drove into the box and went down under Chester’s challenge and they were frustrated even further in the 33rd minute as Snodgrass scored Villa’s second.

Pearson lost possession of the ball in midfield and Josh Onomah broke down the left for Villa before squaring the ball across the area for Snodgrass to stroke a low shot past Maxwell with his left foot.

Preston, who started the match without an entire back four through injury and suspension, were forced into two further changes at half-time as Calum Woods and Joshua Earl picked up injuries.

And their makeshift defence survived an early second-half scare when John Terry headed a Snodgrass free-kick over the bar, one of the few chances of note in the second period.

Albert Adomah turned a decent effort over the bar 12 minutes from time, but Villa had already done enough to earn the victory as Preston suffered their third straight Championship defeat.

Man of the Match - Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)

Keinan Davis might not have started the game were it not for an injury to Jonathan Kodjia, but he led the line brilliantly, especially with his back to goal.

His tireless running helped Villa earn the second goal and Sky Sports co-commentator Don Goodman was impressed, saying: “He put himself about and has been an absolute handful. He has more than justified Steve Bruce’s faith in him.”

Aston Villa climbed to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship following a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Preston on Wednesday evening.

Both goals came in the first half as James Chester headed Villa into a 12th-minute lead and Robert Snodgrass (33) doubled their advantage with a low finish.

The defeat means Preston remain 10th, while Villa - who have now lost just once in their last 12 league matches - move back into the play-off places on 26 points.

Chris Maxwell did superbly to keep out an eighth-minute shot from Keinan Davis, who started for Villa ahead of the injured Jonathan Kodjia - but the Preston goalkeeper was beaten just four minutes later.

The home side’s zonal marking system let them down as Chester found space to powerfully head Snodgrass’ left-footed corner over the line from inside the six-yard box, despite the best efforts of Ben Pearson to clear it.

Preston had a strong penalty appeal 10 minutes later when Sean Maguire drove into the box and went down under Chester’s challenge and they were frustrated even further in the 33rd minute as Snodgrass scored Villa’s second.

Pearson lost possession of the ball in midfield and Josh Onomah broke down the left for Villa before squaring the ball across the area for Snodgrass to stroke a low shot past Maxwell with his left foot.

Preston, who started the match without an entire back four through injury and suspension, were forced into two further changes at half-time as Calum Woods and Joshua Earl picked up injuries.

And their makeshift defence survived an early second-half scare when John Terry headed a Snodgrass free-kick over the bar, one of the few chances of note in the second period.

Albert Adomah turned a decent effort over the bar 12 minutes from time, but Villa had already done enough to earn the victory as Preston suffered their third straight Championship defeat.

Man of the Match - Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)

Keinan Davis might not have started the game were it not for an injury to Jonathan Kodjia, but he led the line brilliantly, especially with his back to goal.

His tireless running helped Villa earn the second goal and Sky Sports co-commentator Don Goodman was impressed, saying: “He put himself about and has been an absolute handful. He has more than justified Steve Bruce’s faith in him.”