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Aston Villa 2-2 Preston North End

Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor took charge of Aston Villa between 1987 and 1990

Jordan Hugill's double helped Preston complete a strong second half fightback to claim a draw at Aston Villa.

The hosts were in control at half-time as Albert Adomah first tapped home the opener and then converted a penalty after being fouled by Aiden McGeady.

But Hugill found the top corner after a mazy run and then headed in McGeady's cross from close range to level.

Both clubs' fans marked the passing of former Villa boss Graham Taylor before the game with a minute's applause.

Albert Adomah
Albert Adomah joined Aston Villa from Middlesbrough in August 2016

Villa dominated both possession and territory in the first half, and it was no surprise when Adomah made the breakthrough after ball broke when Gabby Agbonlahor and Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell raced to meet a Jack Grealish through ball.

Agbonlahor then had a header saved before Adomah claimed his second by sending Maxwell the wrong way from the spot, with Preston unhappy with the referee's decision to award a penalty.

North End emerged re-energised for the second half and a point was no more than their second half performance deserved, although Villa also might have snatched victory late on but for a misplaced Grealish pass.

It meant a happy first visit as a boss for Simon Grayson to the club where he played between 1997 and 1999, while Villa remain the only side unbeaten at home in the Championship this season.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce:

"We had a really great opportunity to put them to the sword. We were terrific for an hour and every time we went forward I thought we could score.

"To be fair to them they are a resilient mob and they are epitomised by their centre-forward, Hugill, who is not easy on the eye, but is very effective.

"We gave away two sloppy goals, but the light at the end of the tunnel for me (is) the first half was easily the best we have played."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"The first half was as bad as we have been over the last few weeks. We didn't do the basics.

"Obviously there was an exchange of words at half-time and then we saw a proper team in the second half.

"I said the third goal of the game would be crucial because Villa Park becomes an anxious place because of the expectancy level at Aston Villa."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 23AmaviBooked at 67minsSubstituted forGardnerat 88'minutes
  • 5LansburySubstituted forBacunaat 77'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 37AdomahBooked at 41mins
  • 40GrealishSubstituted forDavisat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Green
  • 11Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 6Elphick
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Tshibola
  • 22Gardner
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 2VermijlBooked at 68mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 17Spurr
  • 12Gallagher
  • 8BrowneBooked at 18mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 14McGeadyBooked at 90mins
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHorganat 60'minutes
  • 25HugillBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBeckfordat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 7Horgan
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 16Grimshaw
  • 18Pringle
  • 24Boyle
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
32,415

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Preston North End 2.

Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Booking

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Jack Grealish.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Thomas Spurr (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner replaces Jordan Amavi.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Hand ball by Andre Green (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Jordan Hugill because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Henri Lansbury.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Preston North End 2. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

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

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

Attempt blocked. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a headed pass.

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

Attempt missed. Andre Green (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

Booking

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Preston North End 1. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton26176342182457
3Huddersfield2715483230249
4Leeds27153937271048
5Reading2614483836246
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2712782721643
8Barnsley27125104641541
9Fulham261010644311340
10Norwich27124114540540
11Preston2711793734340
12Birmingham2791083136-537
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2797112833-534
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2696113140-933
17QPR2796122637-1133
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2786133845-730
20Bristol City2783163539-427
21Wigan2767142432-825
22Burton2767142637-1125
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2744192760-3316
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