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Hull City 1-3 Aston Villa

Alan Hutton celebrates his goal for Aston Villa
Alan Hutton's goal was only his second in almost seven years with Aston Villa

Aston Villa put a troubled summer behind them as they came from behind to win their opening Championship match of the season at Hull.

Right-back Alan Hutton's first goal since December 2014 capped victory for Villa, whose serious financial problems came to the fore after last season's play-off final defeat at Wembley.

Hull had led after seven minutes when Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer failed to get a meaningful punch to a right-wing cross and Evandro looped in the rebound from 20 yards.

However, Villa quickly responded with centre-back Tommy Elphick's headed equaliser, before the visitors capitalised on two Hull errors in the second half to take all three points.

After Conor Hourihane had clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick, former Tigers winger Ahmed Elmohamady pounced on a poor clearance by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall to edge Villa ahead.

Hutton produced an identical finish after more sloppy Hull defending to complete the win.

Villa start brightly after gloomy summer

Any fears of financial doom at Villa Park were extinguished by the investment of billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens in July.

The prospect of another Villa promotion challenge this term is likely to depend on how much manager Steve Bruce - who managed Hull between 2012 and 2016 - can strengthen his side before the end of August.

Axel Tuanzebe rejoined on loan from Manchester United earlier on Monday, while Bristol City have accepted £6m bids from Villa and Middlesbrough for left-back Joe Bryan.

Also critical will be whether Tottenham target Jack Grealish, who left the field to a rapturous reception from the travelling fans when he was substituted late on, will still be with them beyond Thursday's Premier League transfer deadline.

Hull put in an encouraging performance as they bid to improve on last season's 18th-place finish, but defensive errors cost a team showing four debutants from the start.

Jarrod Bowen, who scored for Hull in the fixture between the sides on the opening day of last season, forced Steer into a low save before half-time and saw a long-range effort deflected wide just after the break.

'We conceded two really poor goals' - post-match reaction

Hull manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We can't defend like that. I thought we started well, we were on the front foot and it's a good finish from Evandro.

"Probably our best header of the ball hasn't won the header and they've scored to make it 1-1.

"We were in the ascendancy in the second half, we tried to make a positive change to try to force the issue, but we've conceded two really poor goals in quick succession."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"Let's not kid ourselves. We've got a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but it's nice to come away from home and show a bit of character to get the result.

"We were too slow in our build-up play in the first half. In the second half we showed a bit more cutting edge.

"And I'm so pleased for Alan Hutton in particular. It's been a privilege to work with him for the last two years. He works really hard and he's a great example to any young player."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20Bowen
  • 22Henriksen
  • 18Batty
  • 17KaneSubstituted forMilinkovicat 67'minutes
  • 7EvandroSubstituted forKeaneat 86'minutes
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forDickoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 9Dicko
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 12Long
  • 15MacDonald
  • 16Irvine
  • 19Keane

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 21HuttonBooked at 76mins
  • 24Elphick
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 6Whelan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forGreenat 67'minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forBjarnasonat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 16Bree
  • 19Green
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 25Gardner
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy
  • 31Bunn
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,071

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Aston Villa 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Aston Villa 3.

Booking

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Andre Green (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Keane.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Will Keane replaces Evandro.

Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa).

Hand ball by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Daniel Batty (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Evandro.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

Nouha Dicko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Booking

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Aston Villa 3. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

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

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Aston Villa 2. Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt missed. Markus Henriksen (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Evandro.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Nouha Dicko replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Todd Kane.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Offside, Hull City. Evandro tries a through ball, but Todd Kane is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Evandro.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 6th August 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford11005143
2Aston Villa11003123
3Leeds11003123
4Wigan11003213
5Bolton11002113
6Derby11002113
7Swansea11002113
8Preston11001013
9Birmingham10102201
10Blackburn10102201
11Ipswich10102201
12Middlesbrough10102201
13Millwall10102201
14Norwich10102201
15Bristol City10101101
16Nottm Forest10101101
17Sheff Wed100123-10
18Reading100112-10
19Sheff Utd100112-10
20West Brom100112-10
21QPR100101-10
22Hull100113-20
23Stoke100113-20
24Rotherham100115-40
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