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Burton Albion 1-1 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia has scored 19 Championship goals for Aston Villa this season

Burton came from behind to improve their hopes of avoiding relegation with a draw that hampers Aston Villa's late Championship play-off push.

Villa looked set for an eighth win in nine games when top scorer Jonathan Kodjia scored his 19th Championship goal of the season in the third minute.

But former Villa youngster Lloyd Dyer, who also used to play for West Brom and Birmingham, levelled after 61 minutes.

He latched onto Kyle McFadzean's angled pass to fire home a searing drive.

That equaliser lifted Burton five points clear of the relegation zone, while Steve Bruce's Villa are now 11 points adrift of the top six with five games to play, thanks to Sheffield Wednesday's win over title-chasing Newcastle.

Villa took the lead when Ivory Coast international Kodjia - a winner at the Pirelli Stadium with former club Bristol City in August - swooped on a poor pass from Burton defender Ben Turner to race in unchallenged and slot past goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Since Kodija's signing in late August, Villa have netted 38 times in the Championship, of which the Ivorian has now netted 18, despite him missing five games because of his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.

But the visitors' key player limped off with a dead leg on 36 minutes, to be replaced by Scott Hogan, and they failed to press home the advantage.

Burton's Marvin Sordell glanced a header just off target early in the second half before Dyer deservedly equalised with his sixth goal of the season - only the second goal Villa have conceded in their past nine games.

Brewers substitute Lucas Akins fired just wide late on, while Villa went close through Jordan Amavi, and the home side also had to be thankful to Turner at the end, when the defender made two crucial clearances.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough:

"We deserved a point after the start we got off to.

"It was less than ideal to give a team like Villa a goal start after a couple of minutes, especially with them being so resilient and resolute in defence of late.

"We knew it was going to take something to break them down and we had to take the game to them which I thought we did for the majority of the game."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"We have to admit that we were poor. We lacked sharpness and some of them were running on empty, to be honest.

"In my experience, that happens when you play two or three games quickly after an international break.

"It was frustrating but Burton are good at what they do. It's never easy to come here. We knew that. But, after getting off to a good start, we have to take care of the ball better than we did."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 3Brayford
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 2Flanagan
  • 9SordellSubstituted forVarneyat 86'minutes
  • 30MurphyBooked at 72mins
  • 36IrvineBooked at 48mins
  • 11DyerBooked at 62mins
  • 28KightlySubstituted forMousinhoat 80'minutes
  • 12WoodrowSubstituted forAkinsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mousinho
  • 10Akins
  • 13Bywater
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Naylor
  • 18Miller
  • 19Varney

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Bacuna
  • 25JedinakBooked at 64mins
  • 5LansburySubstituted forGrealishat 66'minutes
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forHourihaneat 66'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forHoganat 36'minutes
  • 23Amavi

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 9Hogan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 16Bree
  • 22Gardner
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
6,716

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Marvin Sordell.

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

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by John Brayford with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. John Mousinho replaces Michael Kightly.

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a headed pass.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Baker with a headed pass.

Booking

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Henri Lansbury.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer following a corner.

Booking

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

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Booking

Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Aston Villa 1. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kyle McFadzean.

Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle41266974353984
3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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