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Game #5490

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Attendance: 29,458

Won

Championship

6th (-)

Sheffield Wednesday

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Hillsborough

Villa record a sixth successive win as they come up against former boss Steve Bruce in his shortlived Wednesday reign.

Sheffield Wednesday

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Andrรฉ Green | 22โ€™ | Jonathan Kodjia | 90โ€™+2 |

KEY MAN

Jed Steer saves a penalty to enhance his cult hero status even further as Villa make it six in a row, 6 April 2019

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 7โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield Wednesday), Gary Hooper
โšฝ | 22โ€™ Goal, 1-1, John McGinn, Assist by Andrรฉ Green
๐ŸŸจ | 38โ€™ Booking, Glenn Whelan for a bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 53โ€™ Sub off, Tyrone Mings, Sub on, Axel Tuanzebe
๐ŸŸจ | 57โ€™ Booking, Tyrone Mings for a bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Andrรฉ Green, Sub on, Albert Adomah
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Jonathan Kodjia
โšฝ | 90โ€™+2 Goal, 2-1, Albert Adomah, Assist by Jonathan Kodjia
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+2 Booking, Albert Adomah for excessive celebration
โšฝ | 90โ€™+4 Goal, 3-1, Tammy Abraham
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa lined up against former Manager Steve Bruceโ€™s new side.

Former Villa midfielder Barry Bannan lined up for the Owls.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Sheffield Wednesday

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1990โ€“91

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Wednesday: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #43 |
League Game | #40 |
Manager Game | #29 |
Saturday, 6 April 2019

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Oliver Langford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Midlands, 2009-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Oliver Langford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Midlands, 2009-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 2 Nov 18, Villa 2-0 Bolton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Akil Howson, Rob Merchant

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Sheffield Wednesday

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names an unchanged line up for the third consecutive game.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.15 |
Oldest Player: M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 35.25 |
Youngest Player: W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.71 |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Sheffield Wednesday

GK Kieren Westwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Liam Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Tom Lees | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dominic Iorfa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Michael Hector | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Sam Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Barry Bannan (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Adam Reach | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W George Boyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Steven Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Gary Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 53โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | for W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Morgan Fox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for CB Dominic Iorfa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 40โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Marco Matias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for M Barry Bannan (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 73โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Fernando Forestieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for CF Gary Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 84โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Matija ล arkiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Cameron Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Joey Pelupessy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Sam Winnall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Atdhe Nuhiu | ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ17.95m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ14.76m
Team Cost: ยฃ32.71m
Squad Cost: ยฃ43.06m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |
GK Matija ล arkiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.06m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ8.40m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ6.89m
Team Cost: ยฃ15.29m
Squad Cost: ยฃ16.21m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Cameron Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
GK Kieren Westwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

LB Morgan Fox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.70m |
RB Liam Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Youth |

CB Tom Lees | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Dominic Iorfa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Michael Hector | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Loan |

M Adam Reach | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.06m |
M Joey Pelupessy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.43m |
M Barry Bannan (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |
M Sam Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Marco Matias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ2.66m |
W George Boyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |

F Fernando Forestieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ3.53m |
CF Gary Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.34m |
CF Sam Winnall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |
CF Steven Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |
CF Atdhe Nuhiu | ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |
GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 13 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Motherwell
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cambridge
F Callum Oโ€™Hare | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Carlisle
W Corey Blackett-Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Walsall
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ipswich
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Cambridge
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
F Harry McKirdy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newport
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Caen

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 49%
Possession A | 51%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 13

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*

โ€œHopefully they donโ€™t feel invincible now but itโ€™s given us a big boost going into a three-game week.โ€

*Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce*

โ€œThey keep regurgitating it [the cabbage].

With the spice of being against Aston Villa itโ€™s [defeat] always [more] disappointing.โ€

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 6 April 2019

*Aston Villaโ€™s Tammy Abraham rubs salt in Sheffield Wednesdayโ€™s wounds*

Dean Smithโ€™s late introduction of Albert Adomah proved inspired as the Aston Villa substitute put his side ahead three minutes into added time before Tammy Abrahamโ€™s 95th-minute goal confirmed they would move into fifth place.

They are three points clear of Derby, who remain a place outside the play-off positions, while for Sheffield Wednesday defeat was a sizeable blow, leaving them six points and places from sixth-placed Bristol City.

At the close delirious Villa fans sang: โ€œBrucey, Brucey, whatโ€™s the score,โ€ to taunt their former manager, whose side โ€“ until Villaโ€™s late rally โ€“ appeared the likelier to claim victory, with Steven Fletcher missing a second-half penalty.

Steve Bruceโ€™s reign at Villa Park ended last October, when he was sacked the day after infamously having a cabbage thrown at him during a 3-3 draw with Preston North End.

He admitted this history made losing even worse. โ€œThey keep regurgitating it,โ€ he said of the abuse he still receives from Villa fans. โ€œWith the spice of being against Aston Villa itโ€™s always [more] disappointing.โ€

This was the visitorsโ€™ sixth consecutive win and Smith said: โ€œHopefully they donโ€™t feel invincible now but itโ€™s given us a big boost going into a three-game week.โ€

Wednesday started the game unbeaten since Bruce took over at the start of February, and their hopes of victory rose early when George Boyd slid in a ball no defender could clear, Gary Hooper scoring in only his second appearance this season because of injury.

Their lead lasted only a quarter of an hour. After Tyrone Mings needed lengthy treatment for a knock, the central defender continued and Villa struck via his long ball. Andre Green flipped in a cross from the right byline for John McGinn to hit a sweet finish beyond Keiren Westwood, McGinnโ€™s sixth goal this term.

With each side playing four at the back and in midfield โ€“ Villa had their captain Jack Grealish just behind lone striker Abraham โ€“ at this juncture the contest was open. Dominic Iorfa, the Owls right-back, gave an illustration when causing chaos for Villa with a cross that Kortney Hause eventually scrambled out.

The rest of the first half was uneventful. A Villa mistake allowed Hooper to find Fletcher and his effort deflected for a corner but nothing came of it, moments before Oliver Langford blew for the break.

Proceedings being level as the second half started felt appropriate, with each team knowing they should push for victory to press their end-of-season claims. However, a stoppage for treatment to Fletcher disrupted any initial rhythm and, when Green won a corner, McGinn trotted over to take it but could find only Westwoodโ€™s hands.

From a Wednesday free-kick Barry Bannan โ€“ the Scotland midfielder who would later go off with what Bruce said was a โ€œnicked hamstringโ€ โ€“ did not manage much better, spraying his delivery out. The No 10 did, at least, threaten Jed Steerโ€™s goal with a curled effort moments afterwards, but it still went wide.

Then came Wednesdayโ€™s costly penalty miss. Mings needlessly took out Fletcher as the Scot ran across him. The referee, Oliver Langford, booked Mings but Steer dived left to repel Fletcherโ€™s effort.

Soon Boyd was holding his head after missing from close range. Bruceโ€™s men were knocking on the door โ€“ in two goalmouth scrambles Steer was shaky โ€“ but Villa held on before going up the other end and performing their late show.