Aston Villa’s return to the Villa Park pitch on Wednesday evening as we welcomed Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side to our ground certainly got tongues wagging.
Villa were the more impressive side on the night and we created all the chances across the strange and unusual 90 minutes (including their chances as well) but despite two good shouts for penalties, when we did manage a proper effort of our own, their keeper was up for the challenge.
It was a night more marked by controversy though, as the visitors did have the ball in the back of the net as Orjan Nyland found himself bundled over the line and it was as clear as day to everyone but Hawkeye who seemed to sporting two eye patches on the night, and a Video Assistant Referee system that seems to have social distanced from their own monitors.
Was Hourihane Your Pick?
Hey ho, after some of the shambolic decisions we’ve seen in the first part of the season (mentioning no Arsenal’s or Crystal Palace’s in particular), they do say they even themselves out and we deserved that lucky break, especially as it was again a game we should’ve taken all three points from.
Statistics website Whoscored had some strange player ratings following the game, but unsurprisingly United’s defence shone for them, but midfielder Conor Hourihane again took their star man award with a score of 7.99.
Completing the top five on the day in their eyes were Kortney Hause (7.52), Matt Targett (7.27), Jack Grealish (6.98) and Ezri Konsa (6.93).
We draw a line under our previous defeats but we don’t move out of the drop zone just yet – but we are only a point from safety. Can we get what we need from the remaining matches?