Match: Derby v Villa
Date: December 16, 2017
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Pride Park
Weather: 3c, chilly and overcast, drizzle
Weimann 23, Russell 90
There was little seasonal cheer for Villa against Derby County as they were beaten 2-0 at Pride Park.
Andreas Weimann opened the scoring in the first half against his former side before Johnny Russell stepped off the bench to add a second late on for the hosts.
The Rams could have hit the front barely a minute into a lively opening to the encounter but Villa had Neil Taylor to thank for his last-ditch challenge inside the box that denied David Nugent a certain opener.
Nugent also saw his overhead kick fly over the top before he was kept out by Sam Johnstone later in the half.
With 23 minutes on the clock, the hosts took the lead. Matej Vydra controlled a Glenn Whelan back-pass before squaring for ex-Villan Andreas Weimann to tap home.
Taylor then lashed over after scything runs from Jack Grealish and Josh Onomah had picked him out inside the area and Grealish fired over himself before the interval while Conor Hourihane’s snapshot was well held by Scott Carson.
Moments into the second half, Carson was called into action to snaffle Robert Snodgrass’s chance as the visitors started the brighter after the interval.
However, his Villa counterpart, Sam Johnstone then had to be alert to hold onto Curtis Davies’ header before producing a fine, finger-tip save to push substitute, Chris Martin’s effort over the top.
Meanwhile, fellow substitute, Scott Hogan’s flick drifted just the wrong side of the post as Villa searched for an equaliser.
As the game ticked into injury time, the hosts put the seal on all three points when Johnny Russell scampered through and prodded the ball beyond the advancing Johnstone.
DERBY COUNTY: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh, Baird, Johnson, Weimann (Russell 57), Vydra (Thorne 86), Nugent (Martin 71), Davies, Ledley, Huddlestone. Unused subs: Mitchell, Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall.
ASTON VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Jedinak, Chester, Taylor; Snodgrass, Whelan (Hogan 65), Hourihane, Grealish; Onomah (Agbonlahor 83), Adomah. Unused subs: Steer, De Laet, Hutton, Elphick, Bjarnason.
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Garratt
Assistant referee 2: Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper