Date: 3rd October 2018 at 2:26pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
3 – 3
Preston North End

Villa Park


2/10/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 27331

Referee: Bankes

Aston Villa Preston North End
Kodjia (26), Abraham (37), Bolasie (90+1) Johnson (pen 56), Gallagher (79), Moult (86)
Bunn Maxwell
Elmohamady Fisher 83
Tuanzebe Huntington
Hutton Hughes
Bjarnason Pearson
Ledson 45
Hourihane 83 Browne
Kodjia 74 Barkhuizen 77
Abraham 56 Nmecha


Nyland Rudd
Whelan 83 Earl
Hogan Clarke
Bolasie 74 Moult
Bree 56 Johnson
El Ghazi Gallagher 77
Adomah Burke

Game Statistics

12 Goal attempts 19
6 On Target 7
4 Corners 4
13 Fouls 13
2 Yellow Cards 4
1 Red Cards 0
43 % 57

I’m not sure whether I missed a good game or picked a good game to miss following Aston Villa’s six-goal draw with Preston North End last night.

Jonathan Kodjia, Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie all got on the scoresheet for us, but DJ Johnson (remember him!), Paul Gallagher and Louis Moult found a way past Mark Bunn to see the scores tied at the full-time whistle.

Having surrendered a 2-0 lead with James Chester seeing red, we had to be happy with a point as we trailed at the end but Glenn Whelan’s missed penalty in stoppage time meant it could’ve been the win we were all hoping for.

With a cabbage lobbed at him, issues it appears with Colin Calderwood – the dugout has gone full siege mentality in absolutely the wrong way and the fans, the only fans Bruce apparently listens to, have now spoken.

Once he misjudged the mood and criticised the fans, those mad and intellectual amongst us, it was always going to go this way and it’s sad to see.

“…for others to decide what happens now.”

Not quite, Bruce, you’re out of ideas, you’re out of centre-halves, but you’re not out of choices.


3 Replies to “Six Goals, A Cabbage, A 97th Minute Penalty Miss – Yes, Aston Villa Were Back In Action”

  • Absolute shambles,it’s becoming totally farcical,why SB is still at Avfc,
    The cabbage represents the Avfc globalisation plan of comedy by the coaches at AV.
    Sawiris and Eden end it now , sack capt Mannering SB and his coaches.

  • ‘’The time has come,’’ the Sawiris said……

    Bruce’s demise may appear to observer from afar to have come from a sudden escalation of dissatisfaction. In truth, it has been there for some time with many fans, not just the ‘mad few.’

    Despite being fed up with the outgoing regime, I do wish Bruce well on a personal level. He has tried, but I think the Championship challenge requires more now than he can offer.

    It is telling how many journalists are upset at today’s news. Darren Gough’s comments have left me in hysterics…

  • I am not convinced Villa should persue Terry as Bruce’s replacement. Good players do not often equate to being good managers. He has no real credentials to support his case; tactically and strategically sound? Can’t say there is any evidence yet.

    Dean Smith is a safer option, even though he has yet to achieve much.

    The worry is the powers that be will opt for a big name, rather than the most capable option. I just hope some careful consideration is given, rather than just trying to chase the headlines.

    I have my doubts.

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