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Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia, who signed in August from Bristol City, has scored six goals this season

Aston Villa continued their revival under Steve Bruce with victory at home to struggling Blackburn.

Following a goalless first half, Blackburn took a 54th-minute lead when unmarked Sam Gallagher headed home Charlie Mulgrew's left-wing cross.

But Villa drew level three minutes later when Gordon Greer brought down Jack Grealish and Jonathan Kodjia converted from the spot.

The Ivory Coast striker doubled his tally to hand Villa all three points.

Kodjia was criticised by Birmingham manager Gary Rowett for the number of times he went to ground in last week's derby.

But his 71st-minute strike, following Mile Jedinak's assist, proved the difference and ensured Villa remain the only Championship side not to be beaten at home this season.

They climb up to 14th in the table and are now unbeaten in five games under Bruce.

Blackburn remain 23rd and have now lost three games in a row.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce: "I thought Kodjia probably had his best game for the club and hopefully we can continue moving upwards.

"You only have to watch him and realise what a good player he is. He has that little trick of playing on the side, like the French - and this helps me getting an extra striker onto the pitch.

"We didn't do enough in the first half, although we started the second half much brighter when we played with a bit of energy and fire.

"It was a big test going behind and not playing well. Thankfully, we responded in the right manner and started looking like a team."

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle: "In the first half we dominated the game and could have been two goals ahead.

"Sam is a very talented young player who I believe will play in the Premier League.

"I've told the players, and I was quite vocal about it, that they must not give away soft goals when we are in a winning position.

"There is enough in the team to know we will move up the table. It is frustrating because we are performing well against good teams and it is hard to leave without any points."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2BakerBooked at 24mins
  • 23Amavi
  • 25Jedinak
  • 22Gardner
  • 37Adomah
  • 40GrealishSubstituted forElphickat 90'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forWestwoodat 74'minutes
  • 44McCormackBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 8Tshibola
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 14Gestede
  • 15Westwood
  • 28Cissokho
  • 31Bunn

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 3Greer
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 10Marshall
  • 23GuthrieBooked at 66minsSubstituted forAkpanat 78'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 29Evans
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forFeeneyat 66'minutes
  • 19Gallagher
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forGrahamat 31'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Byrne
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 12Graham
  • 21Akpan
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
29,712

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa).

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Tommy Elphick replaces Jack Grealish.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

Offside, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah tries a through ball, but Gary Gardner is caught offside.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a headed pass.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by James Chester.

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Danny Guthrie.

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Jonathan Kodjia because of an injury.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Ross McCormack.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Craig Conway.

Booking

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton1610422591634
3Huddersfield169251718-129
4Reading168442018228
5Norwich168352827127
6Leeds168261917226
7Birmingham166732118325
8Fulham166642318524
9Bristol City167362319424
10Sheff Wed167361719-224
11Preston167272220223
12Brentford166462116522
13Barnsley166372724321
14Aston Villa164931716121
15Ipswich165651415-121
16Derby165561213-120
17QPR165561722-520
18Burton164661820-218
19Wolves164571921-217
20Nottm Forest164482530-516
21Cardiff164391425-1115
22Wigan163581419-514
23Blackburn163491625-913
24Rotherham1614111738-217
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