Game #5463

2017-18

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Championship

Sheffield United

Villa Park

Attendance: 35,210

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Villa draw for the third time in four games to leave them with one win in five as momentum falters a little following an exhilarating run

Aston Villa

2-2

Sheffield United

Scorer(s) | Albert Adomah | 4’ pen | Mile Jedinak | 9’ |

Assist(s) | Robert Snodgrass | 9’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5463

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #26 |
League Game | #23 |
Manager Game | #62 |
Saturday, 23 December 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 5.30pm |
Referee | Simon Hooper |
HT Score | 2-2 |
FT Score | 2-2 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WDDLD |
League Position | 6th | -1 |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.16 |

Oldest Player |
M Glenn Whelan | 33.97 |

Youngest Player |
CF Keinan Davis | 19.87 |

TEAM NEWS

Keinan Davis comes in for Josh Onomah.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
CB John Terry |

Loaned Out | 5 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

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

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 | 61%
Possession A | 39%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 21

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB James Chester |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Jack Grealish |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
CF Keinan Davis |

SUBSTITUTES

RB Richie De Laet for W Robert Snodgrass | 59’ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor for CF Keinan Davis | 73’ |
F Scott Hogan for RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 73’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
M Birkir Bjarnason
RB Alan Hutton
CB Tommy Elphick

THE OPPOSITION

GK Simon Moore, RB George Baldock, LB Enda Stevens (ex), CB Jack O’Connell, CB Chris Basham, CB Cameron Carter-Vickers, CB Richard Stearman, M John Lundstram, M Mark Duffy (M Samir Carruthers (ex)), CF Leon Clarke, CF Clayton Donaldson (g) (g) (CF Billy Sharp).

Manager: Chris Wilder.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Albert Adomah scores from the spot but Villa are held despite being two goals to the good after 9', 12 December 2017

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2017/12/23/match-report-villa-v-sheffield-united

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MATCH TIMELINE

4’ Goal, 1-0, Albert Adomah (pen)
9’ Goal, 2-0, Mile Jedinak, Assist by Robert Snodgrass
12’ Goal, 2-1, (Sheffield United)
26’ Goal, 2-2, (Sheffield United)
HT Aston Villa 2-2 Sheffield United
59’ Sub off, W Robert Snodgrass, Sub on, RB Ritchie De Laet
73’ Sub off, CF Keinan Davis, Sub on, F Gabriel Agbonlahor FINAL
73’ Sub off, RB Ahmed Elmohamady, Sub on, F Scott Hogan
FT Aston Villa 2-2 Sheffield United

ON THIS DAY

Despite taking a two goal lead within 9 minutes Villa can’t hang on for a first win in four as their difficult December continues.

Forward Gabby Agbonlahor made his final appearance for Villa aged 31 after 13 seasons with Villa. Sadly, despite his long service, the last 18 months had seen Gabby become a divisive figure following his apparent care free attitude to Villa’s relegation. That however would misrepresent Gabby’s commitment to and passion for Villa, in his 13 seasons Gabby made 394 appearances, of which 50 were as a substitute and scored 89 goals. Not prolific but one of our own on whom history will ultimately look with affection. Gabby was released by Villa in July 2018 before retiring from football after stating he would not wish to represent another club give his connection to Villa. Bravo Gabby, thanks for the memories.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

“We made a wonderful start, got in front and looked good, but we’ve then gifted them two goals.

“The one thing you can’t legislate for is individual errors. It cost us last week in a big game (at Derby) and it’s cost us again.

“That’s disappointing because it’s the one area where we’ve looked strong. We had the best defensive record earlier in the season. Now, all of a sudden, we’re making unforced mistakes.”

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 23 December 2017

"Aston Villa let slip an early two-goal lead as they were held to an ultimately disappointing draw by fellow Championship play-off contenders Sheffield United."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 23 December 2017

MATCH REPORT

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*Aston Villa let slip an early two-goal lead as they were held to an ultimately disappointing draw by fellow Championship play-off contenders Sheffield United.*

Top scorer Albert Adomah’s fourth-minute penalty was quickly followed by Mile Jedinak’s header.

Yet, by the 26th minute, the Blades had levelled with two well-taken strikes from Clayton Donaldson.

The draw leaves both sides nine points off an automatic promotion place.

For all their spirit in coming back to claim a deserved point, Chris Wilder’s side have now gone six games without a win, while it is almost a month since Villa last won, having picked up just three points from their last four games.

Villa made a dream start, going two up in nine minutes.

First, teenage striker Keinan Davis went down under a relatively soft challenge by Richard Stearman and the referee pointed to the spot.

Adomah duly despatched the spot kick, for his 11th goal of the season, followed five minutes later by the soaring Jedinak’s fierce header from Conor Hourihane’s right-wing corner.

Within three minutes, the Blades pulled one back when Jedinak failed to cut out John Lundstram’s long ball over the top and Birmingham City old boy Donaldson coolly brought the ball down before chipping over the stranded Sam Johnstone.

It was then makeshift centre-half Jedinak’s error that let Donaldson in for his second goal when he failed to deal with another long ball, this time from another former Blues player Mark Duffy.

That allowed Donaldson to power clear and fire through keeper Johnstone’s legs. But it proved to be the end of the scoring, Leon Clarke, the Championship’s 14-goal top scorer, going closest in a poor second half, with an off-target far-post header just wide.

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport:*

“We made a wonderful start, got in front and looked good, but we’ve then gifted them two goals.

“The one thing you can’t legislate for is individual errors. It cost us last week in a big game (at Derby) and it’s cost us again.

“That’s disappointing because it’s the one area where we’ve looked strong. We had the best defensive record earlier in the season. Now, all of a sudden, we’re making unforced mistakes.”

*Aston Villa let slip an early two-goal lead as they were held to an ultimately disappointing draw by fellow Championship play-off contenders Sheffield United.*

Top scorer Albert Adomah’s fourth-minute penalty was quickly followed by Mile Jedinak’s header.

Yet, by the 26th minute, the Blades had levelled with two well-taken strikes from Clayton Donaldson.

The draw leaves both sides nine points off an automatic promotion place.

For all their spirit in coming back to claim a deserved point, Chris Wilder’s side have now gone six games without a win, while it is almost a month since Villa last won, having picked up just three points from their last four games.

Villa made a dream start, going two up in nine minutes.

First, teenage striker Keinan Davis went down under a relatively soft challenge by Richard Stearman and the referee pointed to the spot.

Adomah duly despatched the spot kick, for his 11th goal of the season, followed five minutes later by the soaring Jedinak’s fierce header from Conor Hourihane’s right-wing corner.

Within three minutes, the Blades pulled one back when Jedinak failed to cut out John Lundstram’s long ball over the top and Birmingham City old boy Donaldson coolly brought the ball down before chipping over the stranded Sam Johnstone.

It was then makeshift centre-half Jedinak’s error that let Donaldson in for his second goal when he failed to deal with another long ball, this time from another former Blues player Mark Duffy.

That allowed Donaldson to power clear and fire through keeper Johnstone’s legs. But it proved to be the end of the scoring, Leon Clarke, the Championship’s 14-goal top scorer, going closest in a poor second half, with an off-target far-post header just wide.

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport:*

“We made a wonderful start, got in front and looked good, but we’ve then gifted them two goals.

“The one thing you can’t legislate for is individual errors. It cost us last week in a big game (at Derby) and it’s cost us again.

“That’s disappointing because it’s the one area where we’ve looked strong. We had the best defensive record earlier in the season. Now, all of a sudden, we’re making unforced mistakes.”