Date: 8th February 2019 at 9:49pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
3 – 3
Sheffield United

Villa Park


8/02/2019 7:45 pm

Attendance: 34892

Referee: Harrington

Aston Villa Sheffield United
Mings (82), Abraham (86), Green (90+4) Sharp (11, 53, 62)
Kalinic Henderson
Elphick Egan
Mings O'Connell
Taylor Baldock
66 Norwood
El Ghazi Fleck
Hourihane Stevens
McGinn Dowell 74
Kodjia 65 Sharp 86
Abraham Madine 69


66 McGoldrick 69
Steer Stearman
Green 65 Duffy
Bjarnason Johnson
Elmohamady Moore
Hause Cranie 74
Adomah Washington 86

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 11
4 On Target 7
2 Corners 2
11 Fouls 17
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
55 % 45

Earlier this evening Aston Villa welcomed high flying Sheffield United to Villa Park for our latest Championship clash.

With manager Chris Wilder’s side gunning for the automatic promotion spots, head coach Dean Smith has his eyes on closing the gap that has built up to sixth place and the Play-Off positions as we looked to put a more disappointing festive and New Year period behind us and get back on track.

If I say firstly, come the hour mark, we hadn’t had a single shot on target would that explain the match?

By that point, we were of course two goals down, as Billy Sharp found the net in the eleventh and 53rd minute to set himself up for a hattrick and it was dire.

Truly dire.

Truly, truly, extremely dire.

Billy Sharp completed his hattrick in the 62nd minute and I can’t have been alone in giving up the will to live at that point.

I’m not sure what happened, but Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Andre Green then got on the scoresheet to save a point with an incredible finish to the match to tie it up at 3-3.

I’m off for a lie down and a large drink and I’m not discussing the referee and potential penalties.


8 Replies to “What In The Name Of Holy Hell Just Happened At Villa Park – Match Stats”

    • Agree Kodja and Hourihane were bad but so were Jedinak Taylor and El Ghazi. When 5 if the team are so bad how do we expect them to win? Very poor from ref and linesman. How can you be allowed to kick the ball out of the goalies hands? Also when Mings had his shirt pulled in the penalty box the ref was just behind the incident for gods sake. Another draw isn’t going to help us I’m afraid.

  • Totally agree Mike but that is what being a Villa fan is all about..! Having said that, even after 60 years it is still difficult to take..
    Our problems remain the same. It is difficult to understand why we have not resolved the LB problem in January – it is so obvious that our opponents are well aware of that weakness which influences the back line. The other major problem is that we, quite simply ( in my opinion )do not have the players to play 3 across midfield and control a game. It is better when JG is there but that is only because he creates space and time for the others just by his presence. Without a physical and technical able midfielder we have to play 4. That means 2 up front which is ideal as we have plenty of options.

  • Amazing result after a largely dire first 80mins. El Ghazi suits the team better on the right, yet is still played mostly on the left. No surprise he was back on the right for the last 15-20mins, where we actually looked like team again. Kodjia clearly wanted to leave in Jan – on recent showings, we probably should have let him! Hourihane running on autopilot and Taylor still out of his depth. Thankfully, there’s enough in the squad who still give a s**t about getting some kind of result. Here’s to an improved showing against Brentford. UTV!

    • Mike you are spot on about Kodja who once again offered very little and didn’t seem interested. If he doesn’t want to play for us then don’t pick him for the team. At the moment he is a liability. Performing like this won’t exactly encourage other clubs to come in for him. The sooner he is gone the better as far as I am concerned especially when McGinn plays his heart out for us.

  • As soon as we went on the front foot we looked a different team , back to the type of football they were playing when Dean Smith came in. When we play slower football and mess around at the back we get caught out. The midfield need to deliver the ball to wingers that are running at defences and get that ball over for Abraham to finish off.
    It’s frustrating as a run of wins and we’d be in the play off lottery and who knows from there.
    Every game now needs the last 15 minute type of effort. UTV

  • I tend to agree with DJ F in terms of the midfield set up. Hourihane is useful in terms of assists and set pieces, but is rather light weight in other areas. To field him and Grealish, the rest of the midfield has to be mobile and combative. McGinn satisfies that requirement, but the defensive midfield options we have are somewhat limited.

    IF we make the play offs, anything could happen if course, including sneaking up. However, regardless of our final destiny, we need a major clear out come the close season.

    The current squad with loanees numbers around 45, which is way too big. Overall, I do feel Smith was left a mess with too many old timers with no resale value and many players earning salaries that will simply put off potential suitors.

    As things stand, I can see a minimum of half a dozen leaving and potentially up to three times that many moving on – with very few commanding incoming fees. My best guess is 8-10 might leave in reality, plus a good quota of those loaned in. The challenge might well be replacing fowards, the area which did most to create the club’s mess in the first place – McCormack, Kodjia and Hogan. Collectively, they have proved to be a disaster in terms of cost v return.

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