Match: Rotherham United v Aston Villa
Date: Wednesday 10th April 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Aesseal New York Stadium
Attendance: 10,668 (2,588 Villa fans)
Kodjia 48(p), Grealish 51
Steer: Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Mings, Taylor; Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish (Whelan; Adomah (Jedinak), Abraham, El Ghazi (Kodjia). Unused subs: Sarkic, Lansbury, Green, Davis.
Story in brief
Ten-man Villa came from behind to claim a vital three points with a 2-1 win at Rotherham.
After conceding a first-half penalty, two goals in a few short minutes after the break from Jonathan Kodjia and Jack Grealish earned Villa the win.
The half began at a frenetic pace with both sides registering efforts on goal in an end-to-end first ten minutes.
In the eleventh minute, Jack Grealish picked up the ball on the left and scampered into the box before being hacked down.
Unfortunately for Villa, Tammy Abraham saw his resultant spot-kick saved by Marek Rodak.
Midway through the half, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Tyrone Mings was adjudged to have handled a cross into the box and was shown his second yellow card of the game.
Will Vaulks stepped up to smash the penalty into the back of the net and give Rotherham the lead. Jed Steer also had to tip a header over the bar before the interval.
A determined Villa were level just three minutes into the second half.
Shortly after Grealish had seen a shot parried by Rodak, the visitors were awarded their second spot kick of the evening.
Half-time substitute Jonathan Kodjia took responsibility and blasted the ball high into the net to equalise.
Minutes later, the ten men completed the turnaround. Grealish was the architect, carrying the ball across the pitch and sliding in Ahmed Elmohamady on the right.
Urged to shoot by the travelling Villa supporters, the full-back produced a deft cut-back for Grealish to move onto and bury into the net to nudge the visitors in front.
Stunned by the comeback, the Millers surged forward immediately in search of an equaliser.
Vaulks steered a shot just wide before Steer was called upon to produce a fine one-handed save to keep the lead intact.
Despite their one-man disadvantage, Villa went in search of more with McGinn, Hourihane and Kodjia all seeing half-chances come and go.
The Millers cranked up the pressure but still it was Villa who continued to create and Hourihane was denied by Rodak after being teed up by Grealish.
Dean Smith’s men made it seven in a row in our terrific comeback win over Rotherham United.
After victories over Derby County, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday, we extended that sequence at the New York Stadium with victory over the Millers.
On top of that, three points also ensured our fourth away victory in succession.
Villa are in action again on Saturday afternoon.
After successive away games, the claret and blues are back at Villa Park as they welcome Bristol City to B6 for a 3pm kick-off.