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Preston North End 0-2 Aston Villa

James Chester
James Chester's first goal of the season helped Aston Villa to a comfortable victory at Deepdale

Aston Villa climbed back into the Championship top six with a clinical victory at Preston North End.

James Chester headed Villa into an early lead as he met a Robert Snodgrass corner at the near post.

Provider Snodgrass then turned scorer for the second as he swept in from the edge of the penalty box after Josh Onomah found him in space.

Preston failed to mount a reply in a third successive defeat and are now five league games without a win.

Alex Neil's side failed to handle the attacking threat from a Villa side which have now lost only once in their past 12 league games.

Villa also kept a clean sheet for the second time in four days after a goalless draw at Birmingham on Sunday and could have won by more had Albert Adomah converted a second-half chance on the break.

Preston's defence, already depleted through injury and suspension, suffered further setbacks as Calum Woods and Joshua Earl were forced off with knocks at half-time.

Sean Maguire twice had appeals for penalties waved away by referee Peter Bankes, first going down in the area from an apparent challenge by Chester and then again in the second when marked by John Terry.

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I've been in football since I was 16 and I've never known as many injuries at any club at one time.

"Both lads tonight are medial ligament injuries and there's nothing you can do about those injuries.

"The disappointing thing is we defended better with a patched up defence in the second half that we did in the first half."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM: "In the first half in particular, we were excellent.

"With the chances we've created, it could have been more comfortable, but overall it was a really decent performance.

"My two centre-backs and my goalkeeper were immaculate all night."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14Fisher
  • 6Boyle
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forGallagherat 45'minutes
  • 32EarlSubstituted forO'Connorat 45'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forHorganat 77'minutes
  • 8BrowneBooked at 55mins
  • 24Maguire
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 26Terry
  • 21Hutton
  • 7SnodgrassSubstituted forde Laetat 88'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37Adomah
  • 18OnomahSubstituted forJedinakat 67'minutes
  • 39DavisBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHoganat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Samba
  • 9Hogan
  • 13Steer
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
14,212

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 0, Aston Villa 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Aston Villa 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ritchie de Laet replaces Robert Snodgrass.

  5. Post update

    Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa).

  7. Post update

    Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Kevin O'Connor (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ahmed El Mohamady.

  15. Post update

    Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves15102327151232
2Cardiff1594221111031
3Sheff Utd1510052013730
4Bristol City157622415927
5Aston Villa157532113826
6Derby147432115625
7Leeds157262316723
8Middlesbrough156542013723
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston155641916321
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Brentford154742220219
16Fulham154741817119
17Millwall154561716117
18Hull154472726116
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham15339823-1512
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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