Game #5481

2017-18

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Championship

Reading

Villa Park

Attendance: 29,223

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Villa win for the first time in four games.

Aston Villa

3-0

Reading

​Scorer(s) | Birkir Bjarnason | 46’ | Conor Hourihane | 63’ | Scott Hogan | 70’ |

Assist(s) | Robert Snodgrass | 46’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5481

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Game | #40 |
Manager Game | #80 |
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Darren Bond |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 3-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WLLDW |
League Position | 4th | - |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.90 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 37.35 |

Youngest Player |
M Jack Grealish | 22.58 |

TEAM NEWS

Mass changes from the side that drew with Hull as Steve Bruce recalls Neil Taylor, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Birkir Bjarnason and Ahmed Elmohamady with Lewis Grabban, Axel Tuanzebe, Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak and Henri Lansbury dropping out.

UNAVAILABLE

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 | 74%
Possession A | 26%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 1
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 7

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Jack Grealish |
M Birkir Bjarnason |
M Conor Hourihane |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
F Scott Hogan |

SUBSTITUTES

CF Jonathan Kodjia for W Albert Adomah | 66’ |
M Josh Onomah for W Robert Snodgrass | 67’ |
M Glenn Whelan for M Jack Grealish | 75’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
M Henri Lansbury
M Mile Jedinak
CF Lewis Grabban

THE OPPOSITION

GK Vito Mannone, RB Chris Gunter, CB Liam Moore, CB Tiago Ilori (ex), LB Tyler Blackett, M George Evans (M Liam Kelly), M David Edwards (s/o), M Leandro Bacuna (ex), F Sone Aluko (CF Chris Martin), W Modou Barrow, CF Sam Smith (M Pelle Clement).

Manager: Paul Clement.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Birkir Bjarnason celebrates his goal as Villa get back to winning ways against Reading, 3 April 2018

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2018/04/03/match-report-villa-v-reading

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MATCH TIMELINE

30’ Sending off, (Reading)
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Reading
46’ Goal, 1-0, Birkir Bjarnason, Assist by Robert Snodgrass
63’ Goal, 2-0, Conor Hourihane
66’ Sub off, W Albert Adomah, Sub on, CF Jonathan Kodjia
67’ Sub off, W Robert Snodgrass, Sub on, M Josh Onomah
70’ Goal, 3-0, Scott Hogan
75’ Sub off, M Jack Grealish, Sub on, M Glenn Whelan
FT Aston Villa 3-0 Reading

ON THIS DAY

Villa return to form with 18 shots on target and 3 goals with all three coming from players Steve Bruce had reinstated into the side for the match.

Former Villa midfielder and Champions League hopeful Leandro Bacuna lined up for Reading.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”There are going to a few twists and turns. Obviously Fulham are there or thereabouts. The way they are performing at the moment, and to have the run they have had, is remarkable.

“There are seven games to go and there is a chance we can win promotion and we remember we take on second placed Cardiff at home next week. After a difficult couple of weeks there was a freshness about the team and I was very pleased with the performance against Reading,”

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*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

"Aston Villa bounced back to winning form with an easy 3-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Reading."

*Sky Sports*
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

MATCH REPORT

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Aston Villa bounced back to winning form with an easy 3-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Reading.

Steve Bruce’s side outplayed struggling Reading for almost the entire game and the Royals, who played with 10 men for the last hour, succumbed to second-half goals from Birkir Bjarnason, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan.

Reading had defeated Villa in their last two encounters but there were few opportunities to repeat their success as they slumped to their ninth defeat in 10 away games and now find themselves deeply involved in a relegation battle.

They were completely dominated by a Villa side who eventually recorded their most comfortable win of the season.

A late bonus for Villa saw Jonathan Kodjia, their main marksman last season, made his first home appearance since last October as a second-half substitute to give the club an added boost in the run-in to the end of the season. He has been absent with an ankle injury.

With only one point from their previous three games, Villa’s uncertainty was evident in the early skirmishes.

Although Jack Grealish had an early chance in the fourth minute with a volley which went over the bar, Villa lacked initial conviction against a Reading side who began with five players across the back.

Sterling defensive play enabled the Royals to stay in the game, helped by some indifferent finishing which was highlighted on one occasion midway through the first half when Neil Taylor made a hash of a left-footed shot.

Reading’s hopes effectively disappeared on the half-hour when David Edwards collected a second yellow card and an early departure from the game.

Two minutes later only a smart save by Vito Mannone kept out a Hogan header and in the next raid he blocked an effort on the goal-line from the same Villa player.

The over-worked Mannone then casually held a long-range Grealish shot.

The goalkeeper was helpless a minute into the second half though when Villa broke the stalemate.

Grealish set up Robert Snodgrass, who jinked his way into space before slipping a low pass into the path of Bjarnson to score with a swerving shot to the right of Mannone.

The second goal arrived in the 62nd minute when Hourihane was on hand to head home a short cross from Snodgrass.

Villa’s third goal came when Mannone was stranded yards out of his goal and Hogan took full advantage to score with a low raking shot in the 70th minute.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”There are going to a few twists and turns. Obviously Fulham are there or thereabouts. The way they are performing at the moment, and to have the run they have had, is remarkable.

“There are seven games to go and there is a chance we can win promotion and we remember we take on second placed Cardiff at home next week. After a difficult couple of weeks there was a freshness about the team and I was very pleased with the performance against Reading.”

Aston Villa bounced back to winning form with an easy 3-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Reading.

Steve Bruce’s side outplayed struggling Reading for almost the entire game and the Royals, who played with 10 men for the last hour, succumbed to second-half goals from Birkir Bjarnason, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan.

Reading had defeated Villa in their last two encounters but there were few opportunities to repeat their success as they slumped to their ninth defeat in 10 away games and now find themselves deeply involved in a relegation battle.

They were completely dominated by a Villa side who eventually recorded their most comfortable win of the season.

A late bonus for Villa saw Jonathan Kodjia, their main marksman last season, made his first home appearance since last October as a second-half substitute to give the club an added boost in the run-in to the end of the season. He has been absent with an ankle injury.

With only one point from their previous three games, Villa’s uncertainty was evident in the early skirmishes.

Although Jack Grealish had an early chance in the fourth minute with a volley which went over the bar, Villa lacked initial conviction against a Reading side who began with five players across the back.

Sterling defensive play enabled the Royals to stay in the game, helped by some indifferent finishing which was highlighted on one occasion midway through the first half when Neil Taylor made a hash of a left-footed shot.

Reading’s hopes effectively disappeared on the half-hour when David Edwards collected a second yellow card and an early departure from the game.

Two minutes later only a smart save by Vito Mannone kept out a Hogan header and in the next raid he blocked an effort on the goal-line from the same Villa player.

The over-worked Mannone then casually held a long-range Grealish shot.

The goalkeeper was helpless a minute into the second half though when Villa broke the stalemate.

Grealish set up Robert Snodgrass, who jinked his way into space before slipping a low pass into the path of Bjarnson to score with a swerving shot to the right of Mannone.

The second goal arrived in the 62nd minute when Hourihane was on hand to head home a short cross from Snodgrass.

Villa’s third goal came when Mannone was stranded yards out of his goal and Hogan took full advantage to score with a low raking shot in the 70th minute.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”There are going to a few twists and turns. Obviously Fulham are there or thereabouts. The way they are performing at the moment, and to have the run they have had, is remarkable.

“There are seven games to go and there is a chance we can win promotion and we remember we take on second placed Cardiff at home next week. After a difficult couple of weeks there was a freshness about the team and I was very pleased with the performance against Reading.”