Match: Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa
Date: August 7, 2016
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Weather: 22C/71F, sunny
Fernando Forestieri (86mins)
Villa went down 1-0 on the opening day as a late goal from Fernando Forestieri ensured three points for the Owls.
After a quiet first half, Roberto Di Matteo’s men found their feet after the break and served up plenty of chances.
Leandro Bacuna went close, Ashley Westwood half-volleyed just wide and then Keiren Westwood made a great save to deny debutant Ross McCormack.
However, despite the claret and blue pressure, Forestieri was the difference in the closing stages as the clock ticked down to full-time.
SHEFF WED: Westwood, Lee, Abdi, Lees ©, Hutchinson, Hunt (Palmer, 84), Wallace (Nuhiu, 67), Pudil, Bannan, Fletcher (Hooper, 27), Forestieri. Subs: Wildsmith, Helan, Joao, Semedo.
VILLA: Gollini, Hutton, Elphick ©, Baker, Cissokho, Gardner (Tshibola, 70), Westwood, Ayew, Bacuna (Green, 86), McCormack (Grealish, 77), Gestede. Subs: Bunn, Richards, Okore, Amavi.
Lees – booked
Hutchinson – booked
Wallace – booked
Elphick – booked
Baker – booked
Gardner - booked
Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant referee 1: Jonathan Hunt
Assistant referee 2: Matthew McGrath
Fourth official: Carl Boyeson