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Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Jordan Rhodes struck his second goal in successive games, having previously not scored in the league since March
Jordan Rhodes struck his second goal in successive games, having previously not scored in the league since March

Aston Villa surrendered their unbeaten home Championship record this season as they lost to Sheffield Wednesday.

Adam Reach and Jordan Rhodes both netted for the second game running as the Owls ended a run of three straight away losses to enjoy a rare win at Villa Park.

Villa were hit by first-half injuries to John Terry and Robert Snodgrass.

Terry's stand-in Chris Samba got one back for the hosts in injury time, his first for Villa, but it was not enough.

Villa's afternoon got off to a nightmare start in the very first minute when, from keeper Kieren Westwood's hoof upfield, an off-balance Terry's clearing header fell to Ross Wallace.

He moved it left and it fell nicely for Reach to power forward and hit a dipping left-volley into the top left corner from 25 yards.

Adam Reach's goal was his third in successive matches for Sheffield Wednesday
Adam Reach's goal was his third in successive matches for Sheffield Wednesday

Terry then left the fray on 20 minutes - and just three minutes later, Gary Hooper put through Rhodes, whose right-foot shot found the bottom right corner.

Having previously not scored in the league since March, it was his second goal in successive games - just as it had been for Reach, who is now on a three-game scoring run.

Villa then lost Snodgrass, who had been a pre-match doubt with a rib injury, five minutes before the break, allowing Callum O' Hare on for his home league debut.

Winger Jack Grealish also came off the bench late on to make a first appearance of the season after recovering from the freak kidney injury he suffered in pre-season.

But, even though Samba pulled one back in injury time, it could not prevent Villa losing at home in the Championship for the first time since 15 April.

The Owls climb back up to 11th in the table, two points outside the play-off places - and three behind Villa, who remain fifth.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"We got rocked by a stunning goal. A wonderful strike from the boy. I don't think I've ever been a goal down after 20 seconds before.

"It rocked everybody. We huffed and puffed without ever having that real cutting edge. But it was a big blow losing both John Terry and Robert Snodgrass.

"Chris Samba came on and did well and he scored when we went gung ho and went for it towards the end, but really it was an awful afternoon for us."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Villa found it difficult to create chances but that was because my players were so fantastic, helped by that early goal.

"I know the quality of Adam Reach. He's young, English and a real talent. And he can get even better.

"We know we can challenge for the play-offs. The quality of our play should ensure we are challenging at the end of the season."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 26TerrySubstituted forSambaat 21'minutes
  • 21Hutton
  • 7SnodgrassSubstituted forO'Hareat 40'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forGrealishat 77'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37Adomah
  • 39Davis
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 4Samba
  • 10Grealish
  • 13Steer
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 36O'Hare

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12Loovens
  • 6Fox
  • 33WallaceBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPalmerat 63'minutes
  • 8Butterfield
  • 10Bannan
  • 20Reach
  • 7RhodesSubstituted forFletcherat 73'minutes
  • 14HooperSubstituted forJonesat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 4van Aken
  • 9Fletcher
  • 16Palmer
  • 18Lucas João
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 41Abdi
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
33,154

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Christopher Samba (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum O'Hare.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Samba (Aston Villa).

  6. Post update

    David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. David Jones replaces Gary Hooper.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gary Hooper.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Sheff Utd16110524141033
3Cardiff169432213931
4Bristol City1686226161030
5Aston Villa167542215726
6Derby157442319425
7Ipswich158072622424
8Nottm Forest168082526-124
9Middlesbrough156542013723
10Leeds167272419523
11Sheff Wed166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Norwich166461520-522
14Preston165651919021
15QPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull164482830-216
21Burton163491031-2113
22Birmingham163310825-1712
23Bolton162591329-1611
24Sunderland151772030-1010
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