Match: Aston Villa v Brentford
Date: September 14, 2016
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 22C 72F, partly cloudy
Jonathan Kodjia scored his first goal but Villa had to be content with a point after John Egan grabbed a late Brentford equaliser.
Villa were well on top in the early stages, with Kodjia almost opening the scoring with an angled dive which was tipped away by keeper Daniel Bentley for a corner.
But the new boy wasn’t to be denied.
Accepting a pass from Mile Jedinak in the 18th minute, he cut inside from the right and sent a superb left-foot drive into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
Rudy Gestede was also close on a couple of occasions but Villa, not helped by injuries to Ross McCormack and Ritchie De Laet, were increasingly ineffective as the game progressed.
Egan drilled home the equaliser at the far post in the 87th minute, and Pierluigi Gollini made a fine stoppage-time save from sub Josh McEachran to prevent a defeat.
VILLA: Gollini; De Laet (Bacuna 67), Elphick, Chester, Cissokho; Westwood, Jedinak; Kodjia, McCormack (Amavi HT), Ayew; Gestede (Gardner 82). Unused subs: Bunn, Baker, Richards, Green.
BRENTFORD: Bentley; Colin, Dean, Egan, Bjelland; Clarke (Kaikai 56), Woods, Yennaris (McEachran 83), Sawyers, Macleod (Vibe 76); Hogan. Unused subs: Bonham, Saunders, McCormack, Barbet.
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Matthews
Assistant referee 2: Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin