Date: 16th March 2019 at 5:04pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
3 – 0
Middlesbrough

Villa Park

Championship

16/03/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 36263

Referee: Bond

Aston Villa Middlesbrough
El Ghazi (28), McGinn (44), Adomah (88)
Steer Randolph
Elmohamady Ayala
Hause Flint
Mings Fry
Taylor Shotton 32
Whelan Howson
El Ghazi 75 Mikel
 
McGinn Saville
Grealish Friend
Green 65 Wing 49
Abraham 72 Hugill 62

Substitutes

Carroll Konstantopoulos
Jedinak Clayton
Davis 75 Assombalonga 49
Bjarnason McNair
Kodjia 72 Fletcher 62
Kalinic Downing 32
Adomah 65 Besic

Game Statistics

18 Goal attempts 4
5 On Target 1
6 Corners 2
9 Fouls 16
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
61 % 39

Aston Villa hosted fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough at Villa Park earlier this afternoon as the 2018/19 Championship campaign edges towards a close.

With three successive victories for head coach Dean Smith in recent games, optimism has again returned and a fourth win on the spin would be massive for Play-Off hopes as we went into the game only two points shy of Derby County who occupy sixth place.

Villa started brightly and Anwar El Ghazi gave us the advantage just ahead of the half hour mark. John McGinn doubled our lead just ahead of the halftime break and Boro were largely broken by that point. Second half we remained in control and added to our lead in the 88th minute as substitute Albert Adomah made it 3-0 and that was where the game finished.

Our fourth straight win sees us move back into sixth place, but Derby and Bristol City do have games in hand.

The battle and dream is back on though and that’s what counts.