Date: 25th August 2018 at 5:03pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
1 – 1
Reading

Villa Park

Championship

25/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 33405

Referee: England

Aston Villa Reading
Elmohamady (51) Baldock (pen 90+3)
Nyland Mannone
Tuanzebe Yiadom
Chester Moore
Jedinak Ilori
Hutton Blackett
Elmohamady Aluko 67
Bjarnason Bacuna
McGinn Meyler
El Ghazi 67 Barrow 45
Grealish 45 Baldock
Kodjia 91 Bodvarsson 81

Substitutes

Taylor 91 O'Shea
Whelan Swift
Hourihane 45 Sims
 
67
Moreira Meite
 
45
Elphick Walker
Hepburn-Murphy McNulty 81
Adomah 67 Kelly

Game Statistics

21 Goal attempts 10
8 On Target 7
4 Corners 9
9 Fouls 13
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
60 % 40

With plenty of positives to take from the Brentford performance, Aston Villa headed into today’s hosting of Reading at Villa Park with high hopes.

And it was again another solid performance from Steve Bruce’s boys as we dominated possession and chances on the day. After a goalless first half though, six minutes into the second period Ahmed Elmohamady gave us the advantage and it looked for a long time that our only failing in the game was in not being able to turn our comfort into a second goal.

Some things don’t change though and the failure to get a second saw us harshly punished by referee Darren England as he awarded a soft stoppage-time penalty to them, and Sam Baldock converted so we come out of the game having unfairly dropped two points.

Frustration will reign for a while as we undoubtedly deserved the win from the showing, but I think the positives will largely outweigh the negatives from this one.

Villa fans wanted improvement in performances and our attacking intent, and we are getting that in recent games, so hopefully, that will continue and we’ll kill teams off in the future – we do however remain unbeaten so far this season.

 

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