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Ipswich Town 0-4 Aston Villa

Lewis Grabban scores for Aston Villa
Lewis Grabban has scored seven goals for Villa since joining on loan from Bournemouth on 31 January

Aston Villa kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a emphatic victory at 10-man Ipswich.

Conor Hourihane put Villa ahead when Lewis Grabban's deflected shot came back off the post for him to tap in, before Grant Ward received a straight red for a high tackle on Neil Taylor.

Grabban turned in the box and finished low into the corner to make it 2-0.

The Villa man stroked in Josh Onomah's pass for his 19th of the season and Henri Lansbury's header ended the rout.

Steve Bruce's side are a point behind Cardiff, who play later on Saturday and have two games in hand, and three adrift of second-placed Fulham.

Ipswich, meanwhile, are 14th and have lost both Championship games since Mick McCarthy's early departure, with Bryan Klug in caretaker charge.

The visitors, still without John Terry, were already dominant before Ward's dismissal and were in cruise control once Grabban got his first after the break.

The on-loan Bournemouth striker is now joint-top of the second-tier goalscoring charts, alongside Derby forward Matej Vydra and Bristol City's Bobby Reid.

Martyn Waghorn had Ipswich's only shot on target - a speculative 30-yard effort held by Sam Johnstone.

Ipswich caretaker manager Bryan Klug:

"We had a plan and when that happens (red card) it all goes out the window.

"It was right in front of us. I don't think there was any malice in the challenge but he did catch him high and it gives the referee a chance to do that and I have no real complaints about that really.

"We tried different ways to get something out of the game and that left us a bit open, and they have got some fantastic players who were able to capitalise and in the end we are well beaten.

"But it's not through lack of effort. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the way that we defended and gave the ball away in certain areas, but they are a good team."

Aston Villa assistant Colin Calderwood:

"We had gained ascendancy with the goal and then that (the sending off) certainly made it easier for us with them down to 10 men.

"There's no malice in it, there's no intent, but as much as you feel sorry for the boy you just have to accept it.

"We don't know how hopeful that is for the automatic position but it helps us having a nice rhythm and good form going into whatever may happen come the end of the season.

"We have got to be ready (for the play-offs) and the big games that we have had the atmosphere has been rare and intensified and that gives us confidence and hopefully that will give supporters the belief."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 27Carter-Vickers
  • 3Knudsen
  • 18WardBooked at 42mins
  • 19HyamSubstituted forFolamiat 76'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 22NydamSubstituted forConnollyat 73'minutes
  • 30Kenlock
  • 11CelinaSubstituted forSearsat 56'minutes
  • 9Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 16Connolly
  • 20Sears
  • 24Crowe
  • 25Gleeson
  • 32Carayol
  • 34Folami
  • 40Smith

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 15Jedinak
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forHoganat 65'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 18Onomah
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forLansburyat 74'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 45GrabbanSubstituted forAdomahat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Samba
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bree
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
20,034

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home3
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 4.

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Lewis Grabban.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 4. Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Birkir Bjarnason with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 3. Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ben Folami replaces Luke Hyam.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury replaces Conor Hourihane.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Callum Connolly replaces Tristan Nydam.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Neil Taylor.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Jordan Spence is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa).

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 2. Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Bersant Celina.

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As It Stood

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2Cardiff43268966363086
3Fulham442413776423485
4Aston Villa4424101071403182
5Middlesbrough442191463432072
6Millwall4418151155431269
7Derby4318141162451768
8Brentford4418141261491268
9Preston441716115445967
10Bristol City4417151265551066
11Sheff Utd44199165952766
12Leeds44169195662-657
13Norwich441415154654-857
14Ipswich44168205158-756
15Sheff Wed441314175459-553
16QPR441411195567-1253
17Nottm Forest43147224662-1649
18Hull441115186967248
19Reading441013214866-1843
20Birmingham44127253464-3043
21Bolton44913223670-3440
22Barnsley43814214565-2038
23Burton44911243579-4438
24Sunderland44616224878-3034
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