Match: Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
McGinn 22, Adomah 90, Abraham 90
Steer; Elmohamady, Hause (Tuanzebe), Mings, Taylor; Whelan, Grealish, McGinn; Green (Adomah), Abraham, El Ghazi (Kodjia). UNUSED SUBS: Sarkic, Jedinak, Lansbury, Hourihane.
Story in brief
Villa struck twice in injury time to seal a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday and make it six wins in a row.
Albert Adomah edged the visitors ahead in injury time before Tammy Abraham sealed all three points.
Villa had fallen behind as early as the sixth minute before drawing level and had Jed Steer to thank for a second-half penalty save to keep the scoreline level.
It was Villa who made the brighter start, seeing plenty of the ball but it was the hosts who took an early lead through Gary Hooper.
George Boyd wriggled free down the left before squaring for Hooper to tap home from six yards.
McGinn then dragged a shot wide before making a more telling contribution minutes later.
Tyrone Mings’ raking cross-field ball was superbly kept in on the by-line by a sliding Andre Green.
McGinn moved onto the winger’s cut-back and, from a position just inside the box, expertly directed the bouncing ball across the dive of Kieren Westwood and into the far corner to draw Villa level.
Before the half was over, Green himself had seen a snap-shot deflect wide while ex-Villan, Barry Bannan’s curling effort whistled inches wide of the upright.
The Owls began the second half as they had begun the second, this time it was Reach who bent an effort wide of the post.
Just short of the hour mark, Wednesday were awarded a spot kick after Steve Fletcher was sent tumbling inside the box by Mings.
The striker dusted himself off to take the penalty but saw his effort kept out by Jed Steer who got two firm fists on the strike.
After a period of Wednesday pressure, Anwar El Ghazi’s deflected strike was well held by Westwood before substitute, Marco Matias curled wide for the hosts and fellow replacement, Jonathan Kodjia’s acrobatic effort was also wide of the mark.
Finely poised heading into injury time, it was left up to Villa to provide the late drama.
First, Albert Adomah pounced to find the net after Westwood had parried Kodjia’s drive.
Moments later with the hosts searching for an equaliser, Tammy Abraham added another to his tally, turning in the box before squeezing the ball under the advancing Westwood.
While goals win games, Villa will no doubt be thankful to their goalkeeper Jed Steer for his crucial intervention in the second half.
The stopper produced a fine, double-fisted save to keep out Steven Fletcher’s penalty.
A turning point in proceedings perhaps?
Injury time delight
Having come off the bench to make a difference at Stoke last month, Albert Adomah followed suit in Yorkshire.
As Jonathan Kodjia’s effort was parried away by the Wednesday stopper, Adomah was in the perfect place to capitalise and find the net.
It was double delight in added time: with the clock ticking down further, Tammy Abraham was played in on goal.
He adjusted his body before squeezing the ball under Westwood to seal the win.
It’s a busy week for Dean Smith’s men.
On Wednesday evening they are back in Yorkshire to take on Rotherham United while a mouth-watering clash with Play-Off chasing Bristol City awaits at Villa Park next Saturday.