6/08/2018 7:45 pm
|Hull City||Aston Villa|
|Evandro (7)||Elphick (14), Elmohamady (70), Hutton (75)|
Aston Villa opened the Championship campaign of 2018/19 with a trip up to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City earlier this evening.
With plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air, some fans were already unhappy once they saw the starting line-up as it appeared that manager Steve Bruce had selected Neil Taylor over Andre Green in a back five and that just set the tone for ‘defensive’ overtures once more.
Those thoughts only got worse as we found ourselves a goal behind after only seven minutes of the game had been played. Tommy Elphick did have us level seven minutes later though to tie the scores up so the travelling fans did have something to cheer for their efforts.
The rest was largely fairly balanced and although I’d say we edged it, it looked to be filtering out to a 1-1 draw.
That was until Ahmed Elmohamady decided to put his name on the scoresheet with 20 minutes remaining and Alan Hutton wasn’t going to be outdone with a sublime solo effort 15 from time.
That might be how the game ended but for those backing Brucie to get more right than wrong this year, this is the perfect start and not just because of the three points. The performance was better for me, we had cohesion. The group weren’t rattled when we went behind which did dog us last season and we even had better-timed substitutions for me – and youth with Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy being brought into play.
Much better on all levels, so well done that man. Keep it up now!