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Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Jonathan Kodjia shoots Aston Villa ahead against Brentford
Jonathan Kodjia joined from Bristol City for a fee which could rise to a Championship record of £15m

Aston Villa were held to a draw for the third Championship home game running as John Egan's scrambled late equaliser earned Brentford a point.

Villa looked on their way to a comfortable win after Jonathan Kodjia's stunning first-half left-foot curler, his first goal for the club.

But Dean Smith's Bees stayed in the game and had the character to hit back.

From Sullay Kaikai's neat chip to the far post, Villa failed to clear their lines and Egan stole in to equalise.

Having been denied victory on Sunday only by the woodwork and the brilliance of Nottingham Forest keeper Vladimir Stojkovic, Villa appeared eager to make amends.

But it still took a flash of brilliance from new signing Kodjia to get them on their way on 19 minutes.

The striker took a pass from Mile Jedinak down the right, worked his way to the edge of the area and hit a left-foot shot which curled beautifully into the far-left corner.

Josh Clarke then fired over the bar from close range for Brentford in a flurry of chances for the Bees.

But, for all the hard running and tackling in midfield, epitomised by former Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ryan Woods, they lacked a cutting edge.

By contrast, Villa did have chances, as Kodjia got on the end of Jordan Ayew's cross, Ayew shot over with a left-foot curler and Kodjia brought a save out of keeper Daniel Bentley.

But the introduction of Crystal Palace loan man Kaikai brought its rewards for boyhood Villa fan Smith.

Kaikai had already caused concern in the home ranks before he cut back onto his right foot to curl over a cross in the 88th minute, from which Egan managed to force the ball home.

Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo told BBC Sport:

"We need to be more clinical in front of goal, we could have scored five on Sunday. But most of all we also need to see games out.

"We allowed them to get too much of the ball in the second half and we got a bit nervous in the last 10 minutes. We just need to win. Win ugly, or attractive. It doesn't matter.

"Jack Grealish could not play as he had a problem with his hamstring, Ross McCormack has knock on his knee and Richie de Laet got a knock clearing the ball at the far post. He is in a lot of pain and we will have to see about him."

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Sport:

"It was the least we deserved. We'd have been very disappointed to go away without getting something.

"I was disappointed with their goal. But I suppose that's what £15m gets you and it was a good finish.

"Everyone knows I was a Villa fan growing up in Great Barr as a boy and to come here as a manager was a great experience but, if we'd lost, it would have meant nothing. My mates who are all Villa fans asked me if I'd celebrate and I think I gave them the answer."

Brentford's John Egan (left) in action against Aston Villa
John Egan's goal against Aston Villa was his third of the season, with the defender scoring a brace against Ipswich Town in August

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 27de LaetSubstituted forBacunaat 67'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 6Elphick
  • 12Chester
  • 28Cissokho
  • 26Kodjia
  • 15Westwood
  • 25JedinakBooked at 90mins
  • 10J Ayew
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forAmaviat 45'minutes
  • 14GestedeSubstituted forGardnerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Baker
  • 4Richards
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19Green
  • 22Gardner
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 2ColinBooked at 41mins
  • 6Dean
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forMcEachranat 83'minutes
  • 15WoodsBooked at 70mins
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forKaikaiat 56'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forVibeat 77'minutes
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 21Vibe
  • 25Kaikai
  • 29Barbet
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
29,752

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Brentford 1.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Booking

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Brentford 1. John Egan (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.

Booking

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Nico Yennaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner replaces Rudy Gestede.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lasse Vibe replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Booking

Ryan Woods (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Ritchie de Laet because of an injury.

Delay in match Ritchie de Laet (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Brentford).

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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3Barnsley7502189915
4Norwich7421118314
5Birmingham733185312
6Fulham733186212
7Brighton732296311
8Brentford732285311
9Ipswich732287111
10Nottm Forest73221515011
11Sheff Wed732289-111
12Reading732279-211
13Bristol City73131110110
14QPR7313912-310
15Burton7232121119
16Wolves723289-19
17Aston Villa71428807
18Leeds7214711-47
19Preston72057706
20Rotherham7133716-96
21Derby712416-55
22Cardiff7124612-65
23Wigan71151012-24
24Blackburn7025615-92
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