Match report: Villa Res 2-1 Blackburn Res
Strike duo James Collins Jr and Nathan Delfouneso fired Villa to an impressive comeback to see off Blackburn Rovers at Bodymoor Heath.
The second string trailed to a first-half Jason Roberts penalty as the Lancashire outfit took the lead against the run of play.
But Collins Jr found the net for the third time this season with a spot kick of his own while Delfouneso's neat finish ensured a deserved victory for Kevin MacDonald's men.
In fairness, the claret and blues could have won by a greater scoreline given the nature of their display.
With just two minutes on the clock, Delfouneso headed Daniel Johnson's free-kick against the bar.
This set the tone for an onslaught of Villa pressure, with Josh Barton and Collins Jr also going close.
Barton fired wide from an angle after receiving Jonathan Hogg's through ball and Collins Jr shot straight at Mark Bunn with a first time effort.
The Blackburn goalkeeper made a string of superb saves throughout the afternoon - the best of the bunch coming midway through the first period to deny Samir Carruthers.
The talented winger's 25-yard attempt swerved and dipped towards the far corner but Bunn kept his eye on it to make a fine one-handed stop.
And, despite being restricted by Villa's defence, Blackburn were able to take the lead when Collins Jr was adjudged to have handled in the box.
Roberts stepped up and powered his 28th minute penalty past Elliot Parish.
But MacDonald's team emerged from the break unfazed by the one goal deficit.
Academy skipper Daniel Johnson tested Bunn with a low drive but again the Blackburn keeper was equal to it.
The penalty count and the scoreline were levelled up on 54 minutes.
A fine move involving Hogg, Collins Jr and Johnson down the left resulted in Johnson's cross clipping the hand of Andy Parry.
The referee pointed to the spot and Collins despatched the penalty past Bunn.
Villa continued to pile the pressure on Rovers. Carruthers whipped in a teasing low free-kick to the near post and Delfouneso supplied the deftest of touches to steer it past Bunn to put the hosts ahead on 63 minutes.
The England under-21s striker was denied a second goal by Bunn, who parried away a powerful left-foot drive.
Blackburn had a chance to level the scores late on when Grant Hanley failed to convert a free header but Villa took a deserved three points from the clash.
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VILLA: Parish; Berry, Lowry, Williams, Deeney; Carruthers, Hogg, Barton, Johnson; Delfouneso, Collins Jr. Subs: Cameron (for Barton), Coton, Burke, Nelson-Addy, Drennan.
BLACKBURN: Bunn, O'Connor, Aley, Hanley, Gunning, Parry, Maclaren, Potts, Roberts, Hoilett, Morris. Subs: Pearson (for Parry, 86), Urwin, Ramm (for Maclaren, 59), Hitchcock (for Roberts, 69), Knowles.
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