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Aston Villa 2-2 Brentford: Two goals apiece for Jonathan Kodjia and Neal Maupay

Villa's Jonathan Kodjia has now got three goals in two games - after scoring just once last season
Villa's Jonathan Kodjia has now got three goals in two games - after scoring just once last season

Jonathan Kodjia's stoppage-time header earned Aston Villa a draw against Brentford, as both sides maintained their unbeaten starts in the Championship.

The Ivory Coast striker looped a header over Bees goalkeeper Dan Bentley in the fifth minute of added time - his second equaliser of the night - to give Villa a deserved point.

Neal Maupay got both Brentford goals - but he was fortunate to escape punishment for a first-half stamp on Villa midfielder John McGinn and may yet be retrospectively banned.

Maupay's well-worked right-foot volley into the roof of the net, after Sergi Canos galloped down the right for Ollie Watkins to head back across goal came against the run of play on 23 minutes.

But Villa were rightfully level on 39 minutes when a great tackle by McGinn won possession, Kodjia turned Ezri Konsa on the edge of the box and then, after letting go of the Bees defender's shirt, darted into the area to drill a fiercely struck right-foot shot beyond Bentley.

Maupay then got in at the far post ahead of Alan Hutton to acrobatically net from close range on 82 minutes after Villa keeper Orjan Nyland could only parry Watkins' neatly chipped left-wing cross - the Frenchman's fifth goal of the season.

Nyland, who had already made one stunning low save to keep out a Nico Yennaris strike, then made another great block to prevent a third Bees goal for sub Said Benrahma.

But Kodjia, who had an injury-wrecked 2017-18 season, had the final word with that key late second equaliser to leave both his side and boyhood Villa fan Dean Smith's Brentford with eight points from their first four matches.

Since being relegated to the Championship, Villa have met Smith's Brentford five times - and are still to win.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"That was our best performance by a country mile in the first half. You can see what we're trying to do. Then the first mistake we make they score from, but the reaction was good.

"It was a horrible stamp on John McGinn and their lad should have been sent off. I know how difficult it is for referees and I never want to see anyone red carded. But I am sure they will look at it. A malicious stamp on purpose sticks in the back of your throat, especially when that player scores twice

"At 2-1 down, they then had a couple of chances in a good 10 minutes and, all of a sudden, you think that's a bit unjust. But Jonathan Kodjia looks a bit more like the old Jonathan Kodjia again. And we had the character to come back again and get something."

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

"If you remember the incident, Mile Jedinak fell over, got up and then smashed Neal in the back of the head so, if they are looking at retrospective for Neal, then we'll do so for Jedinak.

"I would have taken a point at half-time. We weren't very good in the first half but we looked the more likely as the game went on.

"We missed big chances at 2-1 to put the game to bed. The start has been very good, it could have been excellent."

Neal Maupay is now the Championship's top scorer with five goals in four games this season
Neal Maupay is now the Championship's top scorer with five goals in four games

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 4TuanzebeSubstituted forHourihaneat 83'minutes
  • 5ChesterBooked at 67mins
  • 15Jedinak
  • 21Hutton
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 85'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forGreenat 70'minutes
  • 10GrealishBooked at 68mins
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 16mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 14Hourihane
  • 19Green
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 23Campos Moreira
  • 24Elphick
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forMokotjoat 45'minutes
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forYennarisat 60'minutes
  • 7CanosSubstituted forBenrahmaat 72'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 32mins
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15Woods
  • 18Judge
  • 21Benrahma
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
30,011

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Brentford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Brentford 2.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Brentford 2. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

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

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Offside, Aston Villa. Andre Green tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Glenn Whelan.

Delay in match Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Said Benrahma (Brentford).

Attempt saved. Said Benrahma (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces Axel Tuanzebe.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Brentford 2. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Said Benrahma with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Booking

Said Benrahma (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Sergi Canos.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds4310114710
2Middlesbrough431082610
3Bolton431063310
4Brentford422010468
5Aston Villa42209638
6Swansea42205328
7West Brom421113767
8Wigan421110737
9Blackburn41305416
10Nottm Forest41305416
11Derby420267-16
12Sheff Utd420257-26
13Bristol City41216515
14Millwall41215505
15Norwich41128804
16Hull411257-24
17Sheff Wed411257-24
18Preston411235-24
19Rotherham4103410-63
20Birmingham402224-22
21Ipswich402236-32
22Stoke402249-52
23Reading401336-31
24QPR4004213-110
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