Game #5475

2017-18

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Championship

Sheffield Wednesday

Hillsborough

Attendance: 28,604

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Villa win for the first time in three in dramatic fashion as cult heroes are made as an eighth win in ten is recorded.

Sheffield Wednesday

2-4

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Lewis Grabban | 21’ | Glenn Whelan | 67’ | Conor Hourihane | 87’ | Robert Snodgrass | 90’ pen |

Assist(s) | Scorer(s) Snodgrass | 67’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5475

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #74 |
Saturday, 24 February 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Neil Swarbrick |
HT Score | 1-2 |
FT Score | 4-2 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWLDW |
League Position | 3rd | - |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.42 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 37.18 |

Youngest Player |
M Josh Onomah | 20.84 |

TEAM NEWS

Glenn Whelan and Ahmed Elmohamady return whilst Lewis Grabban makes his first start for Villa.

Mile Jedinak, Birkir Bjarnason and Axel Tuanzebe drop out.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
M Jack Grealish |
W Albert Adomah |

Loaned Out | 4 |
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 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
Kilmarnock FC |
29 Jan 18 - 14 May 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 1
Fouls A | 16

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 |
F Scott Hogan |
CF Lewis Grabban |

SUBSTITUTES

LB Neil Taylor for RB Alan Hutton | 51’ |
CF Keinan Davis for M Josh Onomah | 60’ |
M Mile Jedinak for F Scott Hogan | 83’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
M Henri Lansbury
M Birkir Bjarnason
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy

THE OPPOSITION

GK Joe Wildsmith, RB Jack Hunt, LB Morgan Fox, LB Daniel Pudil, CB Frederico Venâncio, M Adam Reach, W George Boyd, M Joey Pelupessy, M Sean Clare (g), CF Atdhe Nuhiu, CF Lucas João (g).

Manager: Jos Luhukay.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Conor Hourihane sets Villa on the way to a late win, 24 February 2018

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2018/02/24/match-report-sheffield-wednesday-2-4-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

14’ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield Wednesday)
21’ Goal, 1-1, Lewis Grabban
45’ Goal, 1-2, (Sheffield Wednesday)
HT Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Aston Villa
51’ Sub off, RB Alan Hutton, Sub on, LB Neil Taylor
60’ Sub off, M Josh Onomah, Sub on, CF Keinan Davis
67’ Goal, 2-2, Glenn Whelan, Assist by Robert Snodgrass
83’ Sub off, F Scott Hogan, Sub on, M Mile Jedinak
87’ Goal, 3-2, Conor Hourihane
90’ Goal, 4-2, Robert Snodgrass (pen)
FT Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

​What makes a football player a legend for a club’s fans? See Robert Snodgrass on 90’.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”I thought it was a very, very good game. I thought we were very, very open in the first half, which we addressed better in the second half. But overall, if you come to Hillsborough and score four times, then you deserve to win. When when we arrived at the club, we wanted to instil tenacity because it probably wasn’t there before. To have it and to get it with a group of players who are on the same hymn sheet as the supporters is important.

“For too long now, the supporters haven’t really associated with the team because of what’s happened to the club. I believe they’re enjoying watching the team now, there’s association with supporters and the team, which is important.”

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

"Aston Villa kept their chances of gaining automatic promotion alive after two late goals saw them beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2."

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 24 February 2018

MATCH REPORT

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Aston Villa kept their chances of gaining automatic promotion alive after two late goals saw them beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2.

Wednesday went ahead early on courtesy of Sean Clare’s first senior goal for the club. Villa hit back quickly through on-loan striker Lewis Grabban but the home side were on top again before the break, when Lucas Joao headed home.

Glenn Whelan levelled the game on his return to Hillsborough and then Conor Hourihane and Robert Snodgrass (penalty) scored to seal victory.

It was a lively start to the game and Clare broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. The young midfielder struck a sweet strike into the bottom left corner first time from Atdhe Nuhiu’s chested pass, to finish off a great counter-attacking move.

The lead did not last as Villa showed why they are in the hunt for automatic promotion. Captain John Terry had a header saved well by goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith, who then reacted quickly to save again at point-blank range from Scott Hogan.

The danger still was not cleared and Grabban was looming to tap in his 14th league goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The in-form Joao, Clare and Nuhiu went close to scoring before a well-worked short corner came frustratingly close to being a goal for George Boyd. The wing-back received the ball in space just outside the area and his effort came off the post and hit keeper Sam Johnstone.

Boyd was in the thick of the action and exhibited some fancy footwork to dribble into the Villa box before going to ground but referee Neil Swarbrick denied him a penalty.

After all the short corners taken by the Owls, it was a simple one whipped in by Reach that Joao headed brilliantly past Johnstone to put them in front on the stroke of half-time.

Wednesday were made to pay when they left Snodgrass too much time to pick out a cross, and former-Wednesday man Whelan headed in his first goal for Villa from inside the six-yard box in the 67th minute to level the score.

The tie burst into life again with 15 minutes left on the clock, Frederico Venancio hitting the post and Joao having a shot cleared off the line in a scramble inside the Villa six-yard box. Nuhiu was also denied by a fine Johnstone save moments later and at the other end James Chester headed inches over the bar.

In a sickening blow for the home side, Hourihane then put Villa ahead for the first time in the game with three minutes left on the clock, shooting with his first touch and placing it perfectly through the crowded box into the bottom left corner.

Snodgrass scored from the spot in stoppage time to compound the home team’s misery, as Swarbrick awarded a penalty for a Venancio foul on the spot-kick taker.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”I thought it was a very, very good game. I thought we were very, very open in the first half, which we addressed better in the second half. But overall, if you come to Hillsborough and score four times, then you deserve to win. When when we arrived at the club, we wanted to instil tenacity because it probably wasn’t there before. To have it and to get it with a group of players who are on the same hymn sheet as the supporters is important.

“For too long now, the supporters haven’t really associated with the team because of what’s happened to the club. I believe they’re enjoying watching the team now, there’s association with supporters and the team, which is important.”

Aston Villa kept their chances of gaining automatic promotion alive after two late goals saw them beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2.

Wednesday went ahead early on courtesy of Sean Clare’s first senior goal for the club. Villa hit back quickly through on-loan striker Lewis Grabban but the home side were on top again before the break, when Lucas Joao headed home.

Glenn Whelan levelled the game on his return to Hillsborough and then Conor Hourihane and Robert Snodgrass (penalty) scored to seal victory.

It was a lively start to the game and Clare broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. The young midfielder struck a sweet strike into the bottom left corner first time from Atdhe Nuhiu’s chested pass, to finish off a great counter-attacking move.

The lead did not last as Villa showed why they are in the hunt for automatic promotion. Captain John Terry had a header saved well by goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith, who then reacted quickly to save again at point-blank range from Scott Hogan.

The danger still was not cleared and Grabban was looming to tap in his 14th league goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The in-form Joao, Clare and Nuhiu went close to scoring before a well-worked short corner came frustratingly close to being a goal for George Boyd. The wing-back received the ball in space just outside the area and his effort came off the post and hit keeper Sam Johnstone.

Boyd was in the thick of the action and exhibited some fancy footwork to dribble into the Villa box before going to ground but referee Neil Swarbrick denied him a penalty.

After all the short corners taken by the Owls, it was a simple one whipped in by Reach that Joao headed brilliantly past Johnstone to put them in front on the stroke of half-time.

Wednesday were made to pay when they left Snodgrass too much time to pick out a cross, and former-Wednesday man Whelan headed in his first goal for Villa from inside the six-yard box in the 67th minute to level the score.

The tie burst into life again with 15 minutes left on the clock, Frederico Venancio hitting the post and Joao having a shot cleared off the line in a scramble inside the Villa six-yard box. Nuhiu was also denied by a fine Johnstone save moments later and at the other end James Chester headed inches over the bar.

In a sickening blow for the home side, Hourihane then put Villa ahead for the first time in the game with three minutes left on the clock, shooting with his first touch and placing it perfectly through the crowded box into the bottom left corner.

Snodgrass scored from the spot in stoppage time to compound the home team’s misery, as Swarbrick awarded a penalty for a Venancio foul on the spot-kick taker.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”I thought it was a very, very good game. I thought we were very, very open in the first half, which we addressed better in the second half. But overall, if you come to Hillsborough and score four times, then you deserve to win. When when we arrived at the club, we wanted to instil tenacity because it probably wasn’t there before. To have it and to get it with a group of players who are on the same hymn sheet as the supporters is important.

“For too long now, the supporters haven’t really associated with the team because of what’s happened to the club. I believe they’re enjoying watching the team now, there’s association with supporters and the team, which is important.”