Yorkshire disaster and redemption: Aston Villa week in pictures
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa endured the highs and lows of Championship football last week.
Steve Bruce’s side put up a fight against Huddersfield on Tuesday night but couldn’t resist the in-form promotion candidates for the whole game when Tommy Smith broke the deadlock in what would turn out to be the only goal.
Fast forward to Saturday and Villa brushed aside their midweek set-back to welcome another play-off contender, Sheffield Wednesday, to the West Midlands.
Jonathan Kodjia scored in each half against the 10 men Owls as Villa moved up to 12th in the Championship table.
Huddersfield 1 Aston Villa 0
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Bruce sees Huddersfield finally break through his side’s defence to take the lead on Tuesday night which consigns them to their first loss in four games after three impressive back-to-back wins.
The former Birmingham and Hull manager was frustrated to see his side spurn a number of opportunities against the Championship’s third-placed side.
Kodjia does it again!
From pain to sheer jubilation – Kodjia puts Villa 1-0 up in Saturday’s game in the 34th minute against Sheffield Wednesday. Keiren Westwood is left stranded by the Ivory Coast international’s header which is his 14th goal for this club this season.
Vincent Sasso went on to be shown a straight red card for a challenge on Conor Hourihane shortly after the break.
Relief of three points
The relief was clear to see on the face of Sam Johnstone as Kodjia fires his, and Villa’s, second goal of the game against Wednesday in the 79th minute, after Wednesday had to play most of the second half with 10 men.
It was the fourth time in five games that the Birmingham-based club have managed to keep a clean sheet after conceding in all eight of Johnstone’s first games at the club.
In other Aston Villa news, Simon Jordan has said how long he thinks it will take the club to get out of their current state.