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Aston Villa 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Jonathan Kodjia (left)
Jonathan Kodjia has scored 17 goals for Villa this season

Jonathan Kodjia scored twice as a depleted Aston Villa beat 10-man Sheffield Wednesday to claim their fourth win in five games.

Villa had a number of key players out and lost Henri Lansbury in the warm-up before Nathan Baker limped off injured.

Kodjia headed the hosts in front before Vincent Sasso was sent off for a challenge on Conor Hourihane.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal was sent to the stands for his subsequent protest before Kodjia fired in his second.

Wednesday started brightly and looked more likely to open the scoring with Sam Winnall twice going close, first firing wide from 25 yards before seeing another attempt on goal saved by Sam Johnstone.

Sasso then had a goal ruled out for offside before Villa took the lead as Kodjia headed in from Conor Hourihane's cross.

Defender Sasso was given a red card just three minutes after the break for fouling Hourihane which led to strong protests from Owls boss Carvalhal, who was also sent off by referee Lee Probert.

Wednesday had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down after Jack Hunt was brought down in the box by Neil Taylor.

And, after Jordan Rhodes fired high and wide, Kodjia then doubled the lead with his 17th goal of the season as he latched onto an Albert Adomah through-ball before rounding Keiren Westwood.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM: "We have to be better with the ball, than what we showed but we've turned a horrible run into a decent situation now, we're down to the bare bones, another two injuries today, 11 missing and the sort of run we're on it's credit to them they've rolled up their sleeves.

"Henri Lansbury has hurt his Achilles in the warm-up, and that disrupted us totally but we've overcome it. I felt we needed more up front to give us something we can hit.

"I've always wanted to see Mile Jedinak playing up there. It was good, a change of formation that worked.

"We'd be in serious trouble without Jonathan's goals, we've created wonderful chances to kill the game off and missed them."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I will not talk about the referee decisions, but the red card made an impact. We started very well, had two or three chances to score. They had single opportunities to attack and it was 1-0.

"We tried on the break to score in the second-half but the red card made it harder.

"Even in that situation we had one or two chances to score a goal, we problems with our central defenders, forced to make substitutions but even despite this we had chances to score. With 10 players it was too hard."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 16Bree
  • 12Chester
  • 2BakerBooked at 4minsSubstituted forHuttonat 25'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 25Jedinak
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 76mins
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forElphickat 82'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 23AmaviBooked at 32mins
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forDavisat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 6Elphick
  • 21Hutton
  • 31Bunn
  • 35Blackett-Taylor
  • 36O'Hare
  • 39Davis

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 39SassoBooked at 48mins
  • 12LoovensBooked at 18minsSubstituted forSemedoat 75'minutes
  • 43Fox
  • 33Wallace
  • 3Jones
  • 41Bannan
  • 9Reach
  • 17Rhodes
  • 11WinnallSubstituted forFletcherat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 6Fletcher
  • 16Palmer
  • 24Semedo
  • 36Pudil
  • 38Buckley
  • 44Nuhiu
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
31,143

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Offside, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Alan Hutton is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Tommy Elphick replaces Albert Adomah.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a through ball.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Josè Semedo.

Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Glenn Loovens.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Fletcher with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Sam Winnall.

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Bree (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

James Bree (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

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