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Sheff Wed1Aston Villa0

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Aston Villa

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri ensured a winning start to 2016-17 for last season's beaten play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday

Aston Villa's first game in the second tier since 1988 ended in defeat as Fernando Forestieri's late goal gave Sheffield Wednesday victory in their Championship opener at Hillsborough.

Forestieri pounced on a poor clearance by Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to slot in an 85th-minute winner.

Roberto di Matteo's Villa improved as the game progressed after a slow start.

They looked on course for a point until Forestieri's intervention for last season's beaten play-off finalists.

Gollini had twice denied the Italian forward during the second period but was powerless to rectify his kicking error as Forestieri raced clear before finishing coolly into the corner of the net.

Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede both had headers saved and Ashley Westwood also drilled two long-range shots just wide as Villa, aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt under new boss Di Matteo, made a creditable but ultimately pointless start to life in the Championship.

Chances were scarce during a cagey first period, which was interrupted for five minutes while Owls debutant Steven Fletcher and Villa captain Tommy Elphick received treatment following a nasty clash of heads.

Scotland striker Fletcher required 10 stitches in a head wound and was unable to continue.

Villa's new £12m front man Ross McCormack was denied a debut goal by Tom Lees' last-ditch tackle shortly before his withdrawal after 77 minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We were fantastic in the first half and deserved to be ahead.

"Villa have a good team and they started playing more near our defence, who did some very good work.

"We gave a signal to everybody that we wanted to win by putting Atdhe Nuhiu up with Gary Hooper, and we scored the goal with a mistake because Gary pressed the goalkeeper. We deserved to win against a strong team in the competition."

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Di Matteo on Sheff Wed v Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo told BBC WM: "With 10 minutes to go, you're away from home against a good side, you'd like to see the game out. If you can't win it, don't lose it.

"Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

"It's very harsh for us to take because I'd like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.

"We have to learn from this situation - we've only been together for five weeks and you can see they've been together for a much longer time."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntSubstituted forPalmerat 84'minutes
  • 15LeesBooked at 45mins
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 30mins
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 67'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 41Bannan
  • 7Abdi
  • 45Forestieri
  • 6FletcherSubstituted forHooperat 27'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 14Hooper
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Helan
  • 19Lucas João
  • 24Semedo
  • 44Nuhiu

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 6ElphickBooked at 41mins
  • 2BakerBooked at 66mins
  • 28Cissokho
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forGreenat 86'minutes
  • 22GardnerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTshibolaat 70'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 10J Ayew
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forGrealishat 77'minutes
  • 14Gestede

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 5Okore
  • 8Tshibola
  • 19Green
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
30,060

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andre Green.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Jack Hunt.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Tshibola.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Ross McCormack.

Attempt missed. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Aaron Tshibola replaces Gary Gardner.

Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Ross Wallace.

Booking

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich11004133
2QPR11003033
3Ipswich11004223
4Nottm Forest11004313
5Bristol City11002113
6Huddersfield11002113
7Fulham11001013
8Reading11001013
9Sheff Wed11001013
10Rotherham10102201
11Wolves10102201
12Birmingham10100001
13Brighton10100001
14Cardiff10100001
15Derby10100001
16Burton100134-10
17Brentford100112-10
18Wigan100112-10
19Aston Villa100101-10
20Newcastle100101-10
21Preston100101-10
22Barnsley100124-20
23Blackburn100114-30
24Leeds100103-30
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