Date: 25th August 2018 at 5:03pm
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Aston Villa
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Villa Park


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


Taylor 91 O'Shea
Whelan Swift
Hourihane 45 Sims
Moreira Meite
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.


9 Replies to “Controversial Late Penalty Spares Reading’s Blushes Against Villa”

  • So here we go again like last season two draws against the two bottom teams. This needs to be sorted ASAP as those 4 points would have put us in the top two. This may be why Bruce does come in for criticism.

  • Still unbeaten this season which is a great start but these draws against teams like Reading at Villa Park could
    come back to haunt us.

  • What is wrong with our forwards 21 shots at goal – 8 shots on target and unbelievable that only one goal in 90 + mins and with 60+ possession and then to give away a penalty just not good enough, this is definately not promotion class, no games are being put to bed at any point, and if you only have one goal lead the chances of being hauled back are immense, i feel that the strikers should be supplied with sat navs (joking) but they don’t seem to be able to find the net very often, what are the villa coaches going to do about this asbysmal situation more concentration on shooting practice is needed, we need to score at least two goals very time.

  • Apart from the goal, all of or shots “on target ” were weak and straight at their keeper. We played well for the first 25 minutes then started again for the last 20 or so. Do we have a fitness issue ? Or is it part of SB’s game plan ?
    Either way it is totally unacceptable – especially against modest opponents like Reading at VP.
    We have a squad which is arguably better than last year ( with Kodjia back in form ) but continue to select players out of position and ignore the youngsters.
    Do we judge SB on the quality of football we have been served since he arrived ? ( I think we can all agree on that verdict ) or results ? Time will tell but we are already somewhat behind the automatic promotion places we need.

  • A point and a half per game is not good enough for promotion. Bruce has to up his (and the team’s) game. We have to finish sides off, particularly against our more modest opponents.

    The manager has been given Incredible financial support again to bolster his squad in terms of both quality and quantity, well beyond the scope and means of his peers. He has no excuses. He must formulate an effective system that works on a repeatable basis.

    At the moment, his swelling squad contains some real talent, but looks imbalanced to me with options plentiful in some areas and sparse in others. However, he has had recruitment placed into his hands, so he has to prove his selections have been correct. There will be little sympathy from me if he bleats on about being short of players later on in the campaign.

    Time to earn your money, Brucie. As DJ France suggests, automatic promotion should be the benchmark you are working towards.

  • So many excuses, if you want premier league football guys he must go, 1 point at home to Reading is a defeat plain and simple.Lets be honest apart from Brentford we should be burying the likes of Ipswich and Reading..
    And some on here have the Gaul to ask me if I’ve ever seen a game…..hahahahaha

  • Absolutely agree that we should have put the game to bed yesterday but the majority of our game looks good I feel. Nyland seems to be growing in confidence, which is massive because our defence still looks SO shaky…specifically you-know-who! I understand not rating Elphick enough to start but for me Tuanzebe needs the CB role with RDL on the right-hand side of the back four; he (de Laet) looked well up for it in pre-season, I’m not sure why he doesn’t get a look-in! I have to say though, Mile aside I feel like it’s only our finishing that’s truly lacking. As has been mentioned, so many shots and plenty on target…it has to click soon?!

    • Why does he keep persisting playing players out of their positions, I’m sorry but he’s clueless to keep doing it when it’s not working, couldn’t agree more Wil regards RDL
      Jesus it’s a like live die repeat with him, set up not to lose, and if we go one up, let’s stick with it even when the players are tried and nothings going our way, or go one down and put on as many strikers as poss.
      Here’s a crazy idea, play the players in their right positions, and if all else fails than try to plug gaps with what you have, stop trying to put square pegs in round holes.
      Personally I think he’s had long enough and had more than enough money and decent players to be able to play decent passing, penetrating football,instead of,
      goalkeeper pass to Jedinak who the hoofs it down the left wing and cross.
      Bruce out.

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