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Match report: Villa 5-0 Bristol City

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Bristol City
Date: January 1, 2018
Competition: Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 5.30pm
Attendance: 32,604
Weather:  5c, mostly cloudy

Scoring summary

Hogan 23
Snodgrass 34
Snodgrass 60
Bjarnason 72
Hourihane 85 

Analysis

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. 

Misconduct summary

Villa bookings

None

Bristol bookings

Baker (foul) 

Line-ups

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.

Officials

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referee 1: Timothy Wood
Assistant referee 2: Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official: Sam Allison


Latest Scores

Pos Pld GD Pts
1 same Wolves 46 43 99
2 same Cardiff 46 30 90
3 same Fulham 46 33 88
4 same Aston Villa 46 30 83
5 same Middlesbrough 46 22 76
6 same Derby 46 22 75
7 same Preston 46 11 73
8 same Millwall 46 11 72
9 same Brentford 46 10 69
10 up Sheff Utd 46 7 69
11 down Bristol City 46 9 67
12 up Ipswich Town 46 -3 60
13 up Leeds United 46 -5 60
14 down Norwich City 46 -11 60
15 up Sheff Wed 46 -1 57
16 down QPR 46 -12 56
17 same Nottm Forest 46 -14 53
18 same Hull City 46 0 49
19 up Birmingham 46 -30 46
20 down Reading 46 -22 44
21 up Bolton Wanderers 46 -35 43
22 down Barnsley 46 -24 41
23 down Burton 46 -43 41
24 same Sunderland 46 -28 37
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