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Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham United

Tammy Abraham.
Tammy Abraham celebrates opening his Aston Villa account

Loan duo Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie opened their Aston Villa accounts as victory over Rotherham ended a five-game winless run to ease the pressure on boss Steve Bruce.

Twice-capped England striker Abraham, on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, collected Jonathan Kodjia's clever through ball to put Villa ahead in the first half.

Rotherham could have equalised but skipper Richard Wood headed Will Vaulks' cross inches wide with 13 minutes remaining.

Everton loanee Bolasie sealed the points eight minutes from the end with a diving header from Ahmed Elmohamady's cross as Villa recorded a first league win since 11 August.

If Villa think that was a long wait, Rotherham's travelling support might well take umbrage - the Millers are now approaching two and a half years without a Championship away win.

Of United's 29 second-tier travels since a 4-0 trouncing of MK Dons in April 2016, the Millers have now lost 26 and drawn three - a paltry three points from a possible 87.

It was a run they never looked like ending at Villa Park with the hosts in control from the first whistle, as Millers keeper Marek Rodak had to save smartly from an instinctive Kodjia effort four minutes in.

Villa's new-look front two looked sharp and Kodjia provided a lovely cushioned pass for Abraham to tuck Villa ahead on 27 minutes.

Abraham, a transfer deadline day arrival at Villa Park, has already proven his Championship credentials with 23 goals in 41 games during a similar stay at Bristol City in 2016-17.

Scoring has not been an issue for Villa - defending has been their problem and this was their first league clean sheet of the season, although they were grateful to see Wood's 77th-minute header float wide.

Substitute Bolasie eased any jitters with a late second, illustrating the options Bruce has at his disposal as Villa eased themselves back into the top six.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio WM 95.6:

"I thought it was comfortable. We needed to get that second goal a little earlier and then it might have been one of those great nights.

"But, overall, with all the nonsense that's been written, I'm pleased. We've won a game, we are in the top six and it looks a bit more rosy for everybody.

"I've always wanted to play two up top and for some reason here, it hasn't really happened. We've got the personnel to do it, you've seen that tonight, those two [Abraham and Kodjia] will be a threat for anybody."

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne told Radio Sheffield:

"The lads can't give me much more. I thought they performed really well and went toe-to-toe for the majority of the game. If we had nicked a point, I don't think many people in the stadium could have moaned.

"We got done by a bit of class for the first goal but I thought in the second half we were significantly better and the lads had a lot more confidence on the ball.

"Prior to them scoring the second, I thought we would be the next team to score so it was disappointing to concede. But the subs Villa are bringing on are different gravy."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 15Jedinak
  • 21Hutton
  • 22El GhaziBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBolasieat 73'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 14Hourihane
  • 10Grealish
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forAdomahat 81'minutes
  • 18AbrahamBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBreeat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 6Whelan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 16Bree
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5AjayiBooked at 65mins
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockBooked at 73mins
  • 13Towell
  • 4Vaulks
  • 17ManningSubstituted forProctorat 68'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forFordeat 76'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 19VassellSubstituted forTaylorat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 25Wiles
  • 28Jones
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
27,991

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

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

James Chester (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Chester.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. James Bree replaces Tammy Abraham.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Rotherham United 0. Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

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

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Will Vaulks with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Ryan Williams.

Offside, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Anwar El Ghazi.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Will Vaulks with a cross.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Will Vaulks following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Ryan Manning.

Booking

Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

Booking

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Zak Vyner.

Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor replaces Kyle Vassell.

Offside, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Jack Grealish is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brentford8431157815
3West Brom84222012814
4Middlesbrough742193614
5Bristol City84221410414
6Aston Villa83411412213
7Wigan84131311213
8Derby8413109113
9Sheff Utd7403129312
10Swansea833276112
11Sheff Wed73221111011
12Bolton7322910-111
13Blackburn825189-111
14Stoke82331013-39
15Rotherham8305613-79
16Nottm Forest71518808
17Norwich72231012-28
18Hull8215913-47
19QPR7214514-97
20Millwall713379-26
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston8125715-85
24Ipswich8044612-64
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