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Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia joined Villa from Bristol City for an initial fee of £11m

Jordan Ayew's late penalty gave Steve Bruce his first win as Aston Villa manager to end Reading's unbeaten Championship home record.

Substitute Ayew was tripped by Liam Moore as he tried to get a shot away and he made no mistake from the spot.

Villa had led through a deflected Jonathan Kodjia shot in the first half from Albert Adomah's pinpoint cross.

Yann Kermorgant headed Reading's equaliser from the rebound after Danny Williams had a penalty saved.

Garath McCleary came close to snatching a stoppage-time leveller for the hosts, but his low drive went inches wide of the far post.

The victory was Villa's first in 11 matches and a first away from home since August 2015, on the opening day of the Premier League season at Bournemouth.

Reading have now gone four league games without a win.

The Royals had 73% of possession in the first half but had nothing to show for it.

Jonathan Swift came close, forcing a close-range block from Pierluigi Gollini in the Villa goal, moments after Kodjia's opener.

A more direct approach from the hosts resulted in Aly Cissokho tripping McCleary and conceding a penalty from a searching ball into the box.

USA international Williams was denied by Gollini, but Kermorgant was alert to head in his third goal of the season.

Both sides showed the intent to go for a winner, but Reading's laboured approach continued and Villa sensed the chance to press them deep inside their own half.

Ayew replaced Rudy Gestede in attack and his weaving run into the area was ended abruptly by Moore's ill-timed tackle.

Ali Al Habsi was wrong-footed by the Ghanaian's penalty and wild celebrations ensued among Villa's travelling support of more than 4,000.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"I think people should look at that game again. How I look at it is only one team was trying to play football and it was us.

"Fair play, how Aston Villa played, it got them a result and we know they're a quality team that can create chances and make it difficult for you.

"But, we didn't create a lot of chances in the first half. That's also because the opposition sat deep and waited for us to make mistakes and play on the counter-attack.

"You need to be patient in the game - how you play and also how the opposition play. In the second half, they started to press us higher up the pitch and spaces opened up.

"The only thing I can say that we can do better is we can be more decisive defensively, winning that first ball instead of the second one."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"I have to pay special mention to the supporters in the last 10 minutes. They breathed life into the lads.

"For a club that's been in trouble, over the past couple of years in particular, to have 5,000 fans at Reading on a Tuesday night is remarkable.

"It's nice to win a game late on. The previous management lost 10 points from goals conceded in the last few minutes of games. If they hadn't done, I probably wouldn't be here.

"I've been given the privilege to manage this club and I've now got to do my best to turn this juggernaut around.

"Let's hope this can be the first of a few wins and we can get this season back up and running again."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 4van den Berg
  • 24Blackett
  • 6EvansSubstituted forGravenberchat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 12McClearyBooked at 90mins
  • 8Swift
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 11Obita
  • 14Samuel
  • 15Harriott
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21HuttonBooked at 78mins
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 28CissokhoSubstituted forAmaviat 77'minutes
  • 37Adomah
  • 7Bacuna
  • 25Jedinak
  • 22Gardner
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forMcCormackat 86'minutes
  • 14GestedeSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Tshibola
  • 10J Ayew
  • 15Westwood
  • 19Green
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 44McCormack
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
20,331

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Aston Villa 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Aston Villa 2.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Booking

Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danzell Gravenberch replaces George Evans.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Aston Villa 2. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Liam Moore (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Aston Villa. Jordan Ayew draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Booking

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Ayew replaces Rudy Gestede.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Amavi replaces Aly Cissokho.

Attempt saved. George Evans (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but John Swift is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury.

Offside, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Leandro Bacuna is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

Attempt blocked. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

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