Game #5465

2017-18

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Championship

Middlesbrough

Riverside Stadium

Attendance: 29,422

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Villa win for the first time in six to leave them with eleven wins, seven draws and four defeats in their last twenty two Championship games.

Middlesbrough

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Robert Snodgrass | 75’ |

Assist(s) | Albert Adomah | 75’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5465

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #28 |
League Game | #25 |
Manager Game | #64 |
Saturday, 30 December 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Andy Madley |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DLDLW |
League Position | 7th | +1 |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.61 |

Oldest Player |
M Mile Jedinak | 33.43 |

Youngest Player |
M Josh Onomah | 20.69 |

TEAM NEWS

Although the injury list was growing necessitating some changes, Steve Bruce had begun to tinker with his squad once more. Neil Taylor (injury), Glenn Whelan (injury) and Jack Grealish drop out with Conor Hourihane, Josh Onomah and Ahmed Elmohamady recalled to the starting line up.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
CB John Terry |
M Glenn Whelan |
LB Neil Taylor |
CF Keinan Davis |

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 | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 16

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB James Chester |
CB Tommy Elphick |
RB Alan Hutton |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Josh Onomah |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
F Scott Hogan |

SUBSTITUTES

M Jack Grealish for M Josh Onomah | 37’ |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy for F Scott Hogan | 75’ |
M Birkir Bjarnason for W Albert Adomah | 90’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
RB James Bree
M Jake Doyle-Hayes
F Callum O’Hare

THE OPPOSITION

GK Darren Randolph, LB George Friend, CB Daniel Ayala, CB Ryan Shotton, CB Ben Gibson, M Grant Leadbitter, M Jonny Howson, W Stewart Downing (ex), CF Britt Assombalonga (CF Ashley Fletcher), CF Martin Braithwaite (W Adama Traoré (ex)), CF Rudy Gestede (ex) (CF Patrick Bamford).

Manager: Tony Pulis.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his winner, 30 December 2017

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2017/12/30/match-report-boro-0-1-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

24’ Booking, Conor Hourihane
30’ Booking, Josh Onomah
37’ Sub off, M Josh Onomah, Sub on, M Jack Grealish
45’ Booking, Tommy Elphick
HT Middlesbrough 0-0 Aston Villa
62’ Booking, James Chester
75’ Goal, 1-0, Robert Snodgrass, Assist by Albert Adomah
75’ Sub off, F Scott Hogan, Sub on, F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
90’ Sub off, W Albert Adomah, Sub on, M Birkir Bjarnason
FT Middlesbrough 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Back to winning ways for Villa with a first win in 6 after a difficult December. Following the fantastic form from September to November with a settled and focused team the worry remained that as Steve Bruce began chopping and changing selections once again all the good work of the earlier period would be undone. 2018 was already looking like a make or break year for Bruce and for Villa.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

“Considering the problems that we’ve had (without nine players) it’s a very satisfying win.

“The response from the other night was vitally important. We lurch along, we played badly against Brentford second half and all of a sudden we’re in crisis.

“We have to eradicate that as a club. We can’t be just going along quite nicely and then we’re in crisis. We’ve seen today this is a division which throws up results which leave people scratching their heads at. Let us get on with the job in hand.”

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 30 December 2017

"Aston Villa claimed their first win in six games as they beat Middlesbrough to spoil new boss Tony Pulis’ first game in charge."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 30 December 2017

MATCH REPORT

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*Aston Villa claimed their first win in six games as they beat Middlesbrough to spoil new boss Tony Pulis’ first game in charge.*

After an uneventful first half, Jack Grealish and Robert Snodgrass had efforts saved, while Jonny Howson and Patrick Bamford went close for Boro.

Villa took the lead when Snodgrass headed in from Albert Adomah’s cross.

The result means Villa leapfrog Boro into seventh place, while Pulis’ side drop to ninth.

Middlesbrough are now winless in five home league meetings with Villa and it is the first time Steve Bruce has claimed three points as a manager at the Riverside.

Villa, who were without eight first-team players - including Glenn Whelan, Neil Taylor and Keinan Davis, who all featured in the Boxing Day defeat at Brentford - had the best chance of the early exchanges when Adomah saw his shot saved by Darren Randolph.

Howson had a volley at the other end pushed away by Sam Johnstone but there were far more clear opportunities for the visitors after the break, as both substitute Grealish and Snodgrass struck low at goal only to be denied by Randolph.

Boro substitute Bamford then had two attempts blocked in the Villa box before Snodgrass’ diving header gave Villa victory.

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:*

“Considering the problems that we’ve had (without nine players) it’s a very satisfying win.

“The response from the other night was vitally important. We lurch along, we played badly against Brentford second half and all of a sudden we’re in crisis.

“We have to eradicate that as a club. We can’t be just going along quite nicely and then we’re in crisis. We’ve seen today this is a division which throws up results which leave people scratching their heads at. Let us get on with the job in hand.”

*Aston Villa claimed their first win in six games as they beat Middlesbrough to spoil new boss Tony Pulis’ first game in charge.*

After an uneventful first half, Jack Grealish and Robert Snodgrass had efforts saved, while Jonny Howson and Patrick Bamford went close for Boro.

Villa took the lead when Snodgrass headed in from Albert Adomah’s cross.

The result means Villa leapfrog Boro into seventh place, while Pulis’ side drop to ninth.

Middlesbrough are now winless in five home league meetings with Villa and it is the first time Steve Bruce has claimed three points as a manager at the Riverside.

Villa, who were without eight first-team players - including Glenn Whelan, Neil Taylor and Keinan Davis, who all featured in the Boxing Day defeat at Brentford - had the best chance of the early exchanges when Adomah saw his shot saved by Darren Randolph.

Howson had a volley at the other end pushed away by Sam Johnstone but there were far more clear opportunities for the visitors after the break, as both substitute Grealish and Snodgrass struck low at goal only to be denied by Randolph.

Boro substitute Bamford then had two attempts blocked in the Villa box before Snodgrass’ diving header gave Villa victory.

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:*

“Considering the problems that we’ve had (without nine players) it’s a very satisfying win.

“The response from the other night was vitally important. We lurch along, we played badly against Brentford second half and all of a sudden we’re in crisis.

“We have to eradicate that as a club. We can’t be just going along quite nicely and then we’re in crisis. We’ve seen today this is a division which throws up results which leave people scratching their heads at. Let us get on with the job in hand.”