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Aston Villa 1-0 Derby County

James Chester scores against Derby
James Chester's goal was his first since joining Aston Villa from West Bromwich Albion in August

Aston Villa won for the first time in 2017 as they beat Derby in a hard-fought Championship game at Villa Park.

Centre-back James Chester scored the only goal when he nodded in Henri Lansbury's corner from close range.

Derby had a big appeal for a penalty denied before the break when Darren Bent went down under a challenge.

Andre Green hit the post early in the second half for Villa, who held on to end a 10-match winless run despite Leandro Bacuna's late sending-off.

Bacuna was dismissed for the first time in a Villa shirt in added time after an altercation with an assistant referee, but Derby were unable to create any further chances.

Bent had the Rams' best opportunity of the second half, but the former Villa striker's header was pushed over the bar by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

That effort was Derby's only attempt on target, as they saw their winless run extend to six games in all competitions, leaving them 10 points outside the play-off places.

Villa, meanwhile, remain 17th in the table, but they are now eight points clear of the relegation zone with 13 matches to play this season.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"It wasn't pretty and it wasn't going to be. It's a relief for everyone concerned. It wasn't great but at least the players showed that it meant something to them.

"We have got a lot of improving to do and we understand that. The supporters have gone home today having seen their team roll up their sleeves.

"The club has had a tough time for years and I am not going to change that in 16 weeks. But I will change it, I need time."

Derby manager Steve McClaren told BBC Radio Derby:

"We deserved something and I can't believe we've lost, but if you don't score goals you don't win games.

"I'm hugely disappointed and I can't believe we didn't get a penalty. I've seen it again and it was stonewall.

"The referee told me he wasn't 100 per cent sure but it has cost us the game."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 3TaylorBooked at 79mins
  • 7BacunaBooked at 90mins
  • 25Jedinak
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forAmaviat 72'minutes
  • 5Lansbury
  • 19GreenSubstituted forBjarnasonat 74'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forGardnerat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 16Bree
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 22Gardner
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2ChristieBooked at 80mins
  • 6KeoghSubstituted forBairdat 49'minutes
  • 16Pearce
  • 25Lowe
  • 19Hughes
  • 17de Sart
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forNugentat 65'minutes
  • 10InceBooked at 44mins
  • 11Bent
  • 7RussellSubstituted forBennettat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 8Anya
  • 12Baird
  • 28Nugent
  • 29Olsson
  • 35Mitchell
  • 38Bennett
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
30,935

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Derby County 0.

Dismissal

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is shown the red card.

Julien de Sart (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Mason Bennett (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

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

Booking

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Julien de Sart (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Johnny Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Andre Green.

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Lowe.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Amavi replaces Albert Adomah.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Ince.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton33218457263171
2Newcastle33224764273770
3Huddersfield3320584436865
4Leeds341941146341261
5Reading34186104745260
6Sheff Wed34177104233958
7Fulham331411856391753
8Preston341410104641552
9Norwich331561258471151
10Barnsley34148125248450
11Derby33139113630648
12Cardiff34137144749-246
13Brentford33127145048243
14Birmingham341110133649-1343
15Ipswich331011123441-741
16QPR34117163748-1140
17Aston Villa33912123138-739
18Nottm Forest34107174658-1237
19Burton3499163447-1336
20Wolves3298153944-535
21Bristol City3396184450-633
22Wigan34710173040-1031
23Blackburn3279163750-1330
24Rotherham3445253277-4517
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