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Summary

  1. FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford
  2. Kodjia for Villa, Egan with late equaliser
  3. FT: Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest
  4. Nicklas Bendtner makes Forest debut
  5. Get involved via #bbcefl on Twitter

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By Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford, Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

Well, that is our lot for the night but farewell is not goodbye as we are back with a live text commentary from the English Football League again on Saturday, starting with Cardiff City v Leeds United at 12:30 BST.

FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford. Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

Read up on all the late drama in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Brentford in Ged Scott's report from Villa Park here.

And why not go for another dramatic read with the report from Rotherham's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

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FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Jordan C: Can we just play 80 minute games in future. Getting sick of this.

Charlie Radclyffe: this issue with villa is one of confidence. Sadly, not even for £50m can you buy that!

Brentford fans seem happy, however...

Jamie Smith: Great effort, great result, dominated the second half and could have won, well done Brentford superb!   

Debbie Fewster: Get in there Brentford great result, 2 tough away games on the trot & 4 points in the bag. 

'Villa were short of ideas'

FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Villa Park

Roberto di Matteo
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"You can't say Brentford don't deserve that. Villa have been short on ideas since Ross McCormack went off at half-time and have never shaken the Bees off.

"Ryan Woods was superb in the centre of midfield for Brentford and Sullay Kaikai, creator of the goal, gave them the cutting edge they were missing after he came on."

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FT: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford, Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

Ben Revell: I won't be able to endure these matches every week so nervous

You're not alone, Ben.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Boos echo around Villa Park as Brentford hold Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw.

Late goals have been the undoing of Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa so far this season. 

Sheffield Wednesday struck late to win on the opening day of the season, Huddersfield snatched a point in August, Nottingham Forest did a smash and grab on Sunday and now Brentford share the spoils thanks to John Egan's 88th-minute leveller.

Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Eyes fix on the clock now. Less than two minutes remaining.

Can Villa hold on to at least take a point. Brentford finishing strong.

FULL-TIME

Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

Nicklas Bendtner
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Twice in the space of five days Rotherham draw 2-2 at the New York Stadium having led.

A fair result on balance? As with the match against Bristol City, the stats again suggest the away side had the better of the game - 63% possession, 22 shots at goal, but the scoreline is level.

Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

We are into five minutes of added time and Brentford are after maximum points now, Ryan Woods testing Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. Cracking effort from 25 yards, that by Woods.

GOAL: Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

John Egan

This is becoming a bit of a broken record for Villa, a late goal seems to have shattered hearts.

John Egan fires in at the far post, smashing home as he meets a deep Sullay Kaikai cross which seems to take a deflection on the way in.

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Aston Villa
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Nervous feeling around Villa Park with five minutes remaining.

A late goal cost the hosts victory three days ago against Nottingham Forest.

Jonathan Kodjia looks the most likely to put this game to bed, but he fails to race onto a tantalising ball from Jordan Ayew.

Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

There will be seven minutes of injury time. I repeat, seven whole minutes.

Will there be a winner?

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Roberto di Matteo goes to the bench for the final time.

Rudy Gestede comes off and Gary Gardner is on for Aston Villa. Just eight minutes remaining.

Brentford also with the last of their replacements - Nico Yennaris makes way for Josh McEachran.

GOAL: Rotherham 2-2 Nottm Forest

Jon Taylor

Rotherham United have an instant equaliser! Straight from the restart the hosts break, and Jon Taylor curls in his second goal of the night to make it 2-2.

Oh goodness me - and within 60 seconds Nicklas Bendtner almost has a debut goal too, his header coming off the post.

The match at the New York Stadium has come to life.

GREAT SAVE!

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

A weave, bob and shot from Jonathan Kodjia forces Daniel Bentley into a save. Well held. Strong stuff.

GOAL: Rotherham 1-2 Nottm Forest

Abostolos Vellios

Nottingham Forest goal
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Wow. Just wow.

I asked if Nottingham Forest could make the man advantage count, after Darnell Fisher's red card a few moments ago, and they do so in spectacular fashion.

Greek striker Abostolos Vellios produces a superb over-head kick from 10 yards out to beat Lee Camp and turn this Championship contest on its head.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Brentford with their second change, Lewis Macleod making way for Lasse Vibe.

RED CARD (Fisher)

Rotherham 1-1 Nottm Forest

Now then, this could get interesting.

Darnell Fisher receives a second yellow card for a foul on Ben Osborn, and so Rotherham will play the final seven minutes plus stoppage time with 10 men.

Can Nottingham Forest make it count?

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Jonathan Kodjia has a bite at second goal, but is just off target.

Jordan Ayew with a fizzing delivery, but Kodjia guides it wide.

Moments later, Ayew has a crack himself but his shot was always rising over the bar.

YELLOW CARD (Woods)

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Ryan Woods
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Brentford's Ryan Woods makes his way into the referee's book for a challenge on Jordan Amavi with 20 minutes remaining.

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

'Boring Boring Villa' rings around the stadium without much opposition.

Well, it's enthralling stuff at the minute.

GOAL: Rotherham 1-1 Nottm Forest

Matt Mills

Nottingham Forest have an equaliser - and it's a deserved one too.

Henri Lansbury's right-footed corner is met by Matt Mills around 12 yards out, and former Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp can only flap hopelessly at the ball as it bounces into the net.

A keeping error? You bet.

Fray - "A good header from Mills from the corner but maybe Kasami just got a touch in front of the keeper - both are claiming it" #nffc

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

It looked a painful one for Ritchie De Laet and the defender eventually surrenders to the pain. He initially resumed, but it seems to be no good.

Boos come from Brentford fans as he goes down again, but he does not look a happy chap.

Leandro Bacuna comes off the bench as the replacement. A second forced change, that after Ross McCormack went off at the break.

Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

Oh my, and all that said Rotherhams Greg Halford has just hooked an absolutely golden chance wide from about eight yards out. It should be 2-0.

Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

Nicklas Bendtner
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The visitors have been far better since the break, continuing to boss the ball and now beginning to carve out the odd half-chance - but nothing too clear cut just yet.

Nicklas Bendtner, since coming on around 10 minutes ago, has shown a few decent touches but is still awaiting his first opportunity in front of goal.

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Aston Villa's Ritchie De Laet is quick to wave for some assistance as he comes together heavily with Sullay Kaikai.

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Jordan Ayew
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Better stuff from Aston Villa in the last few minutes. Jordan Ayew igniting things with a fine run, but his cut-back pass is cleared by John Egan.

A series of Villa corners are defended and all of a sudden, Brentford have pressure heaped on them.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

We have a substitution at Villa Park... and no, it's not rockstar stuff like Nicklas Bendtner at the New York Stadium.

Instead it's Brentford's Sullay Kaikai on for Josh Clarke.

Bendtner's big moment...

Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

Nicklas Bendtner's last competitive appearance, in February, was at Schalke for Wolfsburg in the German top flight. Tonight, New York is his stage. Well, sort of. The New York Stadium in Rotherham, we're talking about.

The 28-year-old former Arsenal forward is on for his Nottingham Forest debut with an hour on the clock.

SUB - At the New York Stadium, look who's making a brand new start of it.... #nffc #bendtner

SUB - At the New York Stadium, look who's making a brand new start of it.... #nffc #bendtner

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Bright eyed and bushy tailed are the Brenford players. The visitors are making a real menace of themselves in the opening minutes of this second half.

Seeing a bit more of a defensive set up from Roberto Di Matteo's side right now.

'Brentford are no mugs'

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Villa Park

"It was a quality goal to get Villa on their way - but they may need more than just that one strike to wrap this one up. 

"Brentford, as one would expect from any Dean Smith side, are no mugs and they showed in the dying moments of the first half his dangerous they can be."

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Scott Hogan
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Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini gets a foot in to make a vital intervention for the hosts. 

Tommy Elphick with a defensive mistake and Scott Hogan has a pop from a tight angle.

KICK-OFF

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

And we are back under way and there is a change up with Jordan Ayew moving into a more central role.

There is also a change for the hosts with Jordan Amavi coming on for Ross McCormack.

HT: Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Things are pretty darn tight at Villa Park, with that Jonathan Kodjia goal the difference against Brentford.

Here are some vital statistical for you to digest...

Aston Villa v Brentford stats
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HT: Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

And the first man out of the tunnel... Manager Roberto di Matteo.

Not a Villa player to be seen for a few minutes. What was said at half-time - is this simply just the Italian's style?

KICK-OFF

Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

As it happens, Nottingham Forest have decided to make a change... But it's Michael Mancienne who comes on, with Damien Perquis the man withdrawn.

We're back under way.

Time for Bendtner off the bench?

HT: Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

Nicklas Bendtner
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In case you're joining us late, it's worth letting you know that Nicklas Bendtner is on the Nottingham Forest bench this evening.

The former Arsenal striker has yet to make his debut for the Reds, but you imagine the longer the trail in this game the more likely it is that he will be called upon tonight.

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HT: Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

Jordan Suttie: Looking forward to see this Kodjia goal very much!

It's well worth a peak, Jordan. Cutting in from the right, left-footed, curling into the far top corner. A beauty.

Half-time round-up

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford, Rotherham 1-0 Nottm Forest

Jonathan Kodjia
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Both home sides are leading at the break, with Jonathan Kodjia's wonder strike - his first goal for Aston Villa - the highlight of the first 45 minutes in the Championship this evening.

HALF-TIME

Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford

And that is the opening 45 minutes done at Villa Park.

And what a hectic finish, Josh Clarke fires over with the last kick of the half after Aly Cossokho managed to make a strong block in the box. Brentford are very much is this and are asking big questions of Aston Villa.