Match: Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: City Ground
McGinn 7, 15, Hause 61
Steer; Elmohamady, Mings, Hause, Taylor; McGinn, Hourihane, Grealish (Whelan, 86); Green, Abraham (Kodjia, 72), El Ghazi (Adomah, 64). UNUSED SUBS: Kalinic, Jedinak, Bjarnason, Carroll.
Story in brief
Aston Villa made it a hat-trick of successive wins with a 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
John McGinn (2) and Kortney Hause bagged the all-important goals which cancelled out an early Jack Colback effort to ensure three points on the road.
The maximum haul also put us up to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table, two points off sixth-placed Derby and four points behind fifth placed Middlesbrough, who we play on Saturday in an exciting weekend encounter.
It didn’t start well for the claret and blues as Colback sent over a floated ball on three minutes which eluded Jed Steer and nestled into the bottom corner.
Dean Smith’s team didn’t panic at the initial setback and showed their class with a fine first half fightback with McGinn at the double.
First, he twisted and turned in the box, eluding Colback, before firing confidently past Costel Pantimillion and then followed that up with a stunning low blast, which deflected slightly off Yohan Benalouane and flew home.
We could have been more ahead at the break, with Tammy Abraham unlucky with a couple of chances as he saw a header flash wide from a corner and then a terrific turn-and-shot well saved after an incisive ball into the box from winger Andre Green.
Benalouane headed home on 48 minutes but referee Mike Dean adjudged him to have pushed Hause in the box much to the consternation of the home faithful.
It was almost a hat-trick for McGinn just before the hour mark but his downward header flew marginally wide.
Soon after Hause, immaculate over the past few games alongside Tyrone Mings, made it three with his first for the club as he chested home a delightful delivery from Conor Hourihane.
McGinn hit the foot of the post - and sub Jonathan Kodjia chipped just wide - in the final five minutes of normal time but it didn’t cause any undue concern as we deservedly secured the win.
Now we head back to B6 for a mouthwatering clash with Boro.
McGinn at the double
John McGinn made a big impact when he came on as a sub in the win at Blues – and he made an even bigger impression in the victory over Nottingham Forest.
His sheer energy turned the derby in our favour - and this time it was his goals.
Trailing to a very early Jack Colback cross-cum-shot effort, McGinn was at the double to help the claret and blues to an all-important win.
This 3-1 result ensured a remarkable 14 goals over the two games between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest this season.
The latest match didn’t quite hit the heights of the 5-5 at Villa Park but Dean Smith won’t have minded.
They do say that three is the magic number and Head Coach Smith will certainly agree as we return home to Villa Park with that points tally after an impressive performance at the City Ground.
It’s another quick turnaround for Dean Smith’s men as we’re back in action this weekend.
We face Middlesbrough on Saturday at Villa Park, with a 3pm kick-off.
It’s sure to be an eagerly-anticipated clash with both teams pushing for the Play-Offs.