MATCH REVIEW | 2-0 Win vs. Birmingham City
Pictured Above: Steve Bruce sheds a tear after Adomah gives Villa a 1-0 lead on Sunday. Bruce managed to make the derby after a tragic week for him and his family.
DATE: 12TH FEBRUARY 2018 | KICK OFF: 12PM | VENUE: VILLA PARK
ASTON VILLA 2 - 0 BIRMINGHAM CITY
Aston Villa blasted Birmingham back to Small Heath after a very convincing and very professional 2-0 victory.
Aston Villa managed to compose themselves after a scrappy first 45 minutes to fire themselves into 2nd place in the table. A piece of Jack Grealish magic on the 60th minute managed to find Adomah just inside the box and the in-form winger duly obliged by crashing a thunderous right footed strike in off Stockdale's left goal post to give Villa the lead. This was Albert Adomah's 14th goal of what has been a sensational year for him.
Many of us Villa fans had probably expected Birmingham to throw the kitchen sink at us but it never came. Villa soaked up any pressure from the Birmingham side and struck the killer blow with an absolute worldie from Conor Hourihane. Villa continued to dominate. Lewis Grabban making a good cameo appearance for his debut coming on for Scott Hogan who worked his socks off.
Villa could have had more, Scott Hogan crashed one off the bar and John Terry had a ball smashed towards him in the Birmingham area but was unable to direct towards goal. Birmingham could have also taken the lead after Sam Gallagher hit the post.
Villa deservedly came away winners and Steve Bruce's men were absolutely sensational.
LEAGUE POSITIONS: UP 1 PLACE - 2ND
Aston Villa move into the Automatic Promotion spot. After a sensational 7-game winning streak, Villa leapfrop Derby into 2nd spot. We sit 10 points clear of 7th place in the play-off spots.
We sit 12 points behind league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers who continue to dominate the Championship. A brilliant position to find ourselves in with 15 league games remaining.
Mile Jedinak came in for Birkir Bjarnason who will have felt hard done by. A number of Villa fans agreed they felt Bjarnason hadn't done anything to get dropped but Steve Bruce obviously preferred more steel in his midfield for the battle he knew would ensue.
Jedinak managed to get the better of Gallagher, keeping him quiet bar one strike in the first half. Villa left Agbonlahor out of the squad for the visit of Birmingham and we could possibly have seen the last of the Villa striker. Andre Green and Keinan Davis were both notable exclusions, aswell as Henri Lansbury.
This just demonstrates ever more so the strength Villa have in every area.