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Match report: Villa 1-3 Reading

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Reading
Date: April 15, 2017 
Competition: Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Attendance: 30,742
Weather: 12C, partly cloud

Scoring summary 

Joseph Mendes (6)
James Chester (14)
Joseph Mendes (46)
Lewis Grabbon (79, pen)      

Analysis 

On the day Villa Park celebrated its 120th anniversary, Villa created an unwanted piece of club history by suffering a first-ever home league defeat at the hands of Reading.

Skipper James Chester cancelled out Joseph Mendes’ early strike with a fine header, but Mendes restored the visitors advantage just after half-time and Lewis Graggan converted a late penalty.

Villa recovered well after Mendes had fired the visitors ahead with a low right-foot shot. 

Jonathan Kodjia twice went close and Reading keeper made a superb diving save from Henri Lansbury’s flick following a Mike Jedinak piledriver. 

When Conor Hourihane delivered the resultant corner from the right, Chester climbed highest in a crowded goalmouth to equalise with a firm header.

Hourihane almost put Villa in front with a left-foot drive which just cleared the bar, although the Royals also looked dangerous, Sam Johnstone tipping away John Swift’s low shot before Mendes shot over from a good position.

Just 20 seconds after the interval, though, Mendes restored Reading’s lead, converting Lewis Grabban’s low cross from the right. 

And Grabban converted a late penalty after Leandro Bacuna’s foul on Liam Kelly.

Misconduct summary

Villa bookings

Bacuna (foul) 

Reading bookings

Williams, Obita (fouls)    

Line-ups

VILLA: Johnstone; Hutton, Chester (c), Baker (Grealish 76), Amavi (Hogan 61); Jedinak, Hourihane;  Bacuna, Lansbury, Adomah;  Kodjia.  Unused subs: Sarkic, Richards, Elphick, Bree, Gardner. 

READING: Al Habsi; Gunter, Moore, Blackett, Obita; Popa (McCleary 64), Swift, Williams, Kelly (Evans 86); Grabban, Mendes (Kermorant 69).Unused subs: Jaakkola, Meite, Olori, Mutch. 

Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Robthan
Assistant referee 2:  Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

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