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Aston Villa 2-1 Burton Albion

Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack scored his first goal since 11 September

Ross McCormack scored the winner for an under-par Aston Villa against Burton.

The hosts took an early lead when Leandro Bacuna headed home a deep Albert Adomah cross.

Jamie Ward then levelled for the visitors with an acrobatic volley from 12 yards out.

Lloyd Dyer hit the post as Burton dominated the second half, but they were made to pay for their wastefulness when McCormack tapped home after Jordan Ayew's cross.

Defeat was harsh on the Brewers, who had the better of the game after former Villa trainee Ward levelled before the break.

They nearly salvaged a point in the last second when Mark Bunn produced a superb save from Tom Naylor's header.

Villa, who improved once Ayew had replaced Mile Jedinak, remain unbeaten at home and are now 10th in the table.

Nigel Clough's men have lost their last four league games and are two points above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce:

"We were probably fortunate to win. We had the better chances but we found it a bit of a struggle.

"I do not think anyone who watched the match will think differently. If we are going to go forward our football has got to be better.

"We have tried to breathe a bit of life into the players. It has not been easy after the club had an awful start to the season.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough:

"We have produced some outstanding performances in our last four games which we have lost by the odd goal.

"It is especially galling and we do not deserve it. But that is the ruthless nature of the Championship and we have to get on with it.

"We forced their goalkeeper into a few saves, two very good ones late in the game. To come in at half-time at Villa Park having had more possession and more shots was very pleasing."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 31Bunn
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 23Amavi
  • 37Adomah
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forGrealishat 45'minutes
  • 25JedinakSubstituted forJ Ayewat 75'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 44McCormack
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gollini
  • 6Elphick
  • 10J Ayew
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 14Gestede
  • 15Westwood
  • 40Grealish

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4MousinhoBooked at 62mins
  • 5McFadzeanSubstituted forO'Gradyat 57'minutes
  • 14McCrorySubstituted forBeavonat 90+1'minutes
  • 3Brayford
  • 15Naylor
  • 16Palmer
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 10Akins
  • 12WardBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 8O'Grady
  • 9Beavon
  • 13Bywater
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 25Barker
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
41,337

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Burton Albion 1.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Mark Bunn.

Attempt saved. John Brayford (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross.

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Stuart Beavon replaces Damien McCrory.

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

Offside, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Akins.

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Offside, Burton Albion. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Burton Albion 1. Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Palmer.

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Ayew replaces Mile Jedinak.

Offside, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Lucas Akins.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion).

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Brayford with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Williamson replaces Jamie Ward because of an injury.

Delay in match Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by John Mousinho.

Booking

Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2313372827142
5Leeds2313283023741
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Fulham2399540281236
8Derby2210662315836
9Barnsley2310494035534
10Aston Villa2381052522334
11Birmingham229762729-234
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Cardiff2366112638-1224
20QPR2265112031-1123
21Burton2357112432-822
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2334162450-2613
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