Blogservations: A different kind of victory

October 2, 2017

Expectation was high, and therefore there was plenty that could have gone wrong on Saturday.

As kick-off approached, the heavens opened and so began the slog against a Bolton Wanderers side rooted to the foot of the Championship table and without a win all season.

Steve Bruce hit the nail on the head in his pre-match press conference - the expectation to win this one had to be met with caution.

And when Jonathan Kodjia missed his golden one-on-one chance to put Villa ahead in the 38th minute, you began to wonder if it would be one of those days.

Read more: Match report: Villa 1-0 Bolton

Yet just a minute later, the Ivorian was celebrating in the rain at scoring his first goal since returning from injury.

And given our recent form, it looked unlikely to be the last goal of the afternoon.

But Bolton were resolute, determined and looked a much better side than their league standing suggests.

They almost got the breakthrough late on, too, but for unlikely hero Christopher Samba to head clear Gary Madine's goal-bound effort away.

It's a squad game, after all.

John Terry summarised the mood nicely post-match: "They all count - it's a big and important win.

"We weren't at our best I didn't think, but they're the ones that are more important."

Read more: Terry on Wolves: It's a huge game

It was the game that would have brought more disappointment than any in recent weeks had three points not been claimed.

We got them, and in doing so learned even more about this promising Villa side.

The 1-0 scoreline against the league's bottom club could yet prove one of the most important of the campaign.