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Aston Villa 2-0 Bristol City

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport at Villa Park
Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia celebrates after scoring the opening goal

Jonathan Kodjia scored against his former club as Aston Villa beat Bristol City to record back-to-back wins for only the third time this season.

Kodjia, who joined Villa in August in a reported £11m deal, endured a torrid first half, blasting a penalty over the bar after Gary Gardner was fouled.

But the 27-year-old's superb header put the hosts ahead after the break.

Conor Hourihane tapped home his first Villa goal after Albert Adomah's shot was blocked to seal victory.

Kodjia, whose every touch was booed by the travelling supporters, was also instrumental in the build-up to Hourihane's strike, superbly dispossessing Bailey Wright moments earlier.

Aston Villa had not won a game in 2017 prior to Saturday's 1-0 victory over Derby County, but now move up to 15th in the Championship table, nine points clear of the relegation places.

However, defeat at Villa Park increases the pressure on Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson, with his side only out of the bottom three on goal difference and having lost 11 of their past 14 league matches.

They did twice strike the woodwork against Villa, in the first half through Wright's header and then at 1-0 down via winger Calum O'Dowda.

Andre Green also hit the post with a brilliant long-range effort for the hosts, who have now kept clean sheets in two successive league matches for the first time since March 2015.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"We've played far better than that and lost but what we have seen in the last few days is the resilience, two clean sheets.

"He [Jonathan Kodjia] can drive us all mad at times, there's no question about that. But when you look at his goals - that's his 12th in what, 24 games, that's not bad at all so fair play to him.

"He was devastated at half-time but he's come back. He's got us a good goal again."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"I thought first half we were good, playing on the front foot.

"It's a fine line between success and failure.

"We had a wobbly spell 10 minutes into the second half and that disappointed me - we dropped a bit deep and got a bit timid."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21HuttonBooked at 43mins
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 3Taylor
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forHourihaneat 38'minutes
  • 25Jedinak
  • 5Lansbury
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forBreeat 77'minutes
  • 26Kodjia
  • 19GreenBooked at 82minsSubstituted forBjarnasonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 14Hourihane
  • 16Bree
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33GieferBooked at 19mins
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Flint
  • 42WrightBooked at 68mins
  • 3BryanBooked at 86mins
  • 7SmithBooked at 16minsSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 6O'Neil
  • 32Cotterill
  • 14ReidBooked at 39mins
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forPatersonat 67'minutes
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forTomlinat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Taylor
  • 20Paterson
  • 21Pack
  • 23Magnusson
  • 31Hegeler
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
28,119

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Bristol City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Tomlin (Bristol City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bailey Wright.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Andre Green because of an injury.

  14. Booking

    Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Booking

    Andre Green (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle34234766283873
2Brighton34218558283071
3Huddersfield3320584436865
4Leeds341941146341261
5Reading34186104745260
6Sheff Wed34177104233958
7Fulham331411856391753
8Norwich341571259481152
9Preston341410104641552
10Barnsley34148125248450
11Derby34139123631548
12Cardiff34137144749-246
13Brentford33127145048243
14Birmingham341110133649-1343
15Aston Villa341012123338-542
16Ipswich341012123542-742
17QPR34117163748-1140
18Nottm Forest34107174658-1237
19Burton3499163447-1336
20Wolves3298153944-535
21Bristol City3496194452-833
22Blackburn3389163850-1233
23Wigan34710173040-1031
24Rotherham3445253277-4517
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