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Match report: Villa 2-2 Sheffield United

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Match report: Villa 2-2 Sheffield United

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Date: December 23, 2017 
Competition: Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 5.30pm
Attendance: 35,210
Weather:  9c, clear skies

Scoring summary 

Adomah (pen) 4
Jedinak 9
Donaldson 12, 26  

Analysis

Villa were unable to capitalise on a blistering start as they were pegged back by fellow promotion contenders Sheffield United.

Less than four minutes had elapsed when Albert Adomah sent Simon Moore the wrong way from the penalty spot after Keinan Davis had been brought down by Richard Stearman.

And home supporters were in raptures when Mile Jedinak met Robert Snodgrass’s cross from the right with a firm header inside the near post.

By the 26th minute, though, the Blades were level with two well-taken goals from Clayton Donaldson, and that was the end of the scoring.

Conor Hourihane twice went close with powerful shots, and Adomah was just off target with a header but Villa failed to sustain a threat in the second half.

Misconduct summary

Villa bookings

None   

Sheffield United bookings

Basham, O’Connell, Donaldson     

Line-ups

VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady (Hogan 73), Chester, Jedinak, Taylor; Snodgrass (De Laet 58), Grealish, Whelan, Hourihane, Adomah; Davis (Agbonlahor 73).Unused subs: Steer, Bjarnason, Hutton, Elphick.

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Moore; Carter-Vickers, Stearman, O’Connell; Baldock, Basham, Lundstram, Duffy (Carruthers 73), Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Sharp 73). Unused subs: Blackman, Wright, Lavery, Heneghan, Lafferty.  

Officials

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referee 1: Akil Howson
Assistant referee 2: Adam Crysell
Fourth Official: Darren Dond

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 23rd December 2017