Match: Aston Villa v Bristol City
Date: January 1, 2018
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 5c, mostly cloudy
Villa turned the clock back 30 years to ring in 2018 with a resounding victory over promotion rivals Bristol City.
The 5-0 scoreline was a repeat of Villa’s win over Hull City on New Year’s Day in 1988 – when Graham Taylor’s men went on to win promotion.
The visitors were the more threating outfit for the opening 20 minutes but that changed dramatically once Scott Hogan had opened the scoring by sending a fine header looping over keeper Luke Steele from Albert Adomah’s left-wing cross.
Robert Snodgrass doubled the lead when he hooked home at close range after a cheeky James Chester back-heel and another excellent Adomah cross had set up Hogan for a header which was tipped out by Steele.
Jack Grealish hit the post with an angled drive just before the break and on the hour mark the young midfielder made a surging run from his on half before laying the ball off for Snodgrass to fire home his second goal.
Alan Hutton’s through ball enabled sub Birkir Bjarnason to calmly slot a low shot past the advancing Steele, and Conor Hourihane drilled home number five to complete Villa’s most convincing win of the season.
VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Elphick, Chester, Hutton; Hourihane, Jedinak; Snodgrass, Grealish (O’Hare 80), Adomah (Bjarnason 69); Hogan (Hepburn-Murphy 83).Unused subs: Steer, Taylor, Bree, Davis.
BRISTOL CITY: Steele; Wright, Flint, Baker, Magnusson (Kelly HT); Brownhill, Smith, Pack (Taylor HT), Bryan; Paterson (Woodrow 79), Reid.Unused subs: O’Leary, Eliasson Vyner, Leko.
Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referee 1: Timothy Wood
Assistant referee 2: Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official: Sam Allison