Date: 24th August 2018 at 8:00am
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With Wednesday evening seeing Aston Villa take a point from Brentford, the scoreline was only largely relevant owing to the fact we got back on level terms deep into stoppage time at the end of the game.

Of far more importance for many fans was the actual performance we put in given what we’ve seen previously in ties against that particular opponent.

We more than deserved the point on the day and arguably more as luck wasn’t with us owing to Neal Maupay’s stamp on John McGinn which went unpunished, and of course, he got both of their goals on the day.

Luck did return for Jonathan Kodjia though who stepped up his own form, grabbing himself a brace on the day.

Whoscored rewarded his efforts with a rating of 8.76 and whilst he clearly stood out, Jack Grealish (7.72), Mile Jedinak (7.25), John McGinn (7.11) and Ahmed Elmohamady (7.01) deserve special mentions for their own efforts on the day.

Kodjia’s contribution on a statistics front stands out though and it’s really good to see him starting to slowly begin to get back to his best following his lay-off with injury and this brace will only bring his confidence on further and we should reap the rewards of that on the pitch.

Especially if we can play more on the front foot in the future and really take a game to the opposition instead of sitting back as we often do.

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