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Rotherham United 0-2 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodija
Jonathan Kodija has 12 goals for the season

Aston Villa eased to their third straight win to heap more misery on Championship bottom club Rotherham.

Millers defender Will Vaulks turned in Albert Adomah's ball across the face of goal to give Villa a deserved lead.

Jonathan Kodjia sealed victory late on, firing a shot in off the post from the edge of the area.

Rotherham keeper Lewis Price made a string of fine saves to limit the damage as Villa chalked up their third win in eight days.

It was also their third successive clean sheet - and the first time since April 2010, when Martin O'Neill was still in charge, that Villa have won three league games on the trot.

Villa went after the Football League's leakiest defence straight from the kick-off, as Price saved Conor Hourihane's low shot and denyied Adomah when one-on-one, before defender Aymen Belaid hooked Adomah's lob off the line.

The visitors' failure to put the result beyond doubt almost came back to haunt them as Anthony Forde tested Villa keeper Sam Johnstone with a low effort. But Villa held off a spirited fightback to condemn the hosts to their ninth home defeat of the season.

Villa's first away win in five league matches - and only their third of the season - lifted them two places to 13th, while Rotherham's ninth game without a win left them 18 points adrift of safety with only 11 matches left.

Rotherham interim boss Paul Warne:

"We are doing everything to stop the rot, so as long as people can appreciate it. Hand on heart, they were better than us and deserved to win.

"My job and remit off the chairman is to win as many games as I can and send the fans home happy. The lads gave me everything but it wasn't enough to get the goals to win.

"I don't claim to be a super manager. The lads are giving me everything they have got, but we haven't possibly got that little bit of class."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"When I look back at the Ipswich and Nottingham Forest games, we did enough to win. We had 50 shots on goal and I thought this was going to be something similar.

"We had missed so many opportunities, we could have been three up in the first half. In the end it took an own goal to make the breakthrough.

"I was always confident we could get one because of the law of averages, but there was a nagging worry that it might be another one of those afternoons."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Price
  • 2KellySubstituted forSmallwoodat 18'minutes
  • 15Ajayi
  • 26BelaidBooked at 62mins
  • 30Purrington
  • 7Forde
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 4Vaulks
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forNewellat 60'minutes
  • 39Yates
  • 9WardSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 45'minutesBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22Newell
  • 27Bray
  • 33Smallwood
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe

Aston Villa

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 3Taylor
  • 25Jedinak
  • 37Adomah
  • 5Lansbury
  • 14Hourihane
  • 20BjarnasonSubstituted forGrealishat 33'minutesSubstituted forAmaviat 44'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forDavisat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 6Elphick
  • 16Bree
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
10,720

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Aston Villa 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Aston Villa 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Aimen Belaid tries a through ball, but Joe Newell is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 0, Aston Villa 2. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerry Yates.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Amavi.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aimen Belaid.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle35244769294076
2Brighton35218658312771
3Huddersfield3420594539665
4Leeds352041149351464
5Reading35196104946363
6Sheff Wed351871047341361
7Fulham341511859401956
8Norwich35157136053752
9Preston351410114744352
10Derby35149123832651
11Barnsley35148135350350
12Cardiff35137154851-346
13Aston Villa351112123538-345
14Brentford34128145149244
15Ipswich351013123643-743
16QPR35127163949-1043
17Birmingham351110143752-1543
18Nottm Forest35117174958-940
19Burton35910163447-1337
20Blackburn3499163950-1136
21Wolves3398164046-635
22Bristol City3597194452-834
23Wigan35710183041-1131
24Rotherham3545263279-4717
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