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Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham City: Hosts win six-goal Second City derby thriller

Jack Grealish goal
Jack Grealish has scored in two consecutive home games for Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith claims his side were well short of their best after watching them come from behind to beat Birmingham City in one of the great Second City derby games.

After trailing to Lukas Jutkiewicz's volley, Smith's side turned it round with two goals in two minutes before the break from Jonathan Kodjia and Jack Grealish, followed by a Tammy Abraham penalty just after the restart.

Kristian Pedersen jangled the nerves by pulling one back, before Alan Hutton settled the outcome with his stunning late run and neatly placed left-foot finish.

"It was a great result but not so good a performance," boyhood Villa fan Smith told BBC Sport as he reflected on a win in his first derby.

"It's a game I wasn't enjoying because, for 30 minutes, we didn't play very well. But I got the chance to savour the atmosphere in the end.

"It was a fantastic crowd and we got to sent a lot of people home happy. And it'll make a lot of my family and friends happy too."

Villa's third straight win - and fourth in six games under their new boss - lifts them to eighth in the Championship, four points off the top six, while extending Birmingham's winless run in this fixture to 13 league derbies.

First-half turnaround

A typically tense derby tussle took almost half an hour to ignite before Blues went ahead on 28 minutes - their first goal at Villa Park since Mikael Forssell scored in the 5-1 defeat here in April 2008.

Connor Mahoney's swinging left-footed right-wing corner was allowed to travel all the way through to the far post, where Jutkiewicz timed his run superbly to arrive almost as if choreographed to turn in his 10th goal of the season.

It might have been a different story if Che Adams had not wasted a glorious chance of a second when he then hit the post from close range.

Instead, by the 39th minute, Villa were ahead - both set up by right-wing crosses from Albert Adomah, and both down to slack defending.

Kodjia was allowed too much space to turn and drill home through Maxime Colin's legs from eight yards.

Then, from Adomah's wickedly dipping left-foot delivery from the flank just two minutes later, Grealish was left hopelessly unmarked and City keeper Lee Camp stood flat-footed as the Villa favourite stooped to head home his second goal in successive home games.

Hutton caps second-half heroics

Following that remarkable two-minute turnaround when the Blues defence simply went to sleep, Villa struck again when Abraham fell over Michael Morrison's legs before getting up to turn in the penalty himself.

Pedersen gave City hope when he with volleyed home Adams' cross into the bottom corner for his first goal for the club.

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton celebrates his goal against Birmingham
Alan Hutton scored the pick of Aston Villa's four goals

But Hutton had the final word on 76 minutes with a goal worthy of headlining any football contest - a long run from 10 yards inside his own half on the right, a jink inside into the penalty area and then the coolness to glide the ball inside Camp's right post with his left instep.

"You always have a perception about any player when you join a club," added Smith. "But I've only got good things to say about Alan Hutton. And he put his stamp on the game with that.

"I always thought we could get in behind them. But to score four, win a derby and not play very well, there's no saying what this group of players can do. And I sense the players can see it too now. Our aim was always the top two and it still is."

Monk finally silenced by Villa

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk says it was a lack of 'toughness' that proved costly as he suffered defeat as a manager for the first time against Aston Villa.

In eight previous meetings with Villa at Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough, Monk's teams had won six and drawn two of them.

But he admitted that, after it had all gone to plan for the first third of the game, too many things went wrong after that - starting with the Adams shot that hit the post.

"For the first 35 minutes, we were excellent," Monk told BBC Sport. "And, but for a lick of paint, we could have had two.

"But, from then on, we didn't show that toughness we've been used to."

Blues had gone into this game on the back of a defeat at Derby, followed by a 3-3 home draw with Hull City - and Monk is looking to his side to rediscover the resilience that inspired an 11-game run prior to that.

"In the last three games, we've come away from that toughness a bit," he added. "We've not been as dogged. And we've got punished for it. We need to get back to that toughness. There are no excuses. We knew what our limitations were in the summer."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21HuttonBooked at 77mins
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 37AdomahBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBolasieat 65'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forLansburyat 69'minutesSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 77'minutes
  • 26Kodjia
  • 10Grealish
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 31Bunn
  • 38O'Hare

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 45HardingBooked at 62mins
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forMaghomaat 67'minutes
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 90mins
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forLakinat 77'minutes
  • 3Pedersen
  • 10JutkiewiczBooked at 89minsSubstituted forBogleat 89'minutes
  • 9Adams

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 14Bogle
  • 19Maghoma
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
41,200

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 4, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 4, Birmingham City 2.

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Lakin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Grealish.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Booking

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Lakin.

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

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Charlie Lakin replaces Craig Gardner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ahmed El Mohamady replaces Henri Lansbury because of an injury.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 4, Birmingham City 2. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury replaces Glenn Whelan.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Connor Mahoney.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Albert Adomah because of an injury.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lee Camp.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich18113432211136
2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8Aston Villa187653125627
9QPR188372024-427
10Swansea187562017326
11Blackburn186842125-426
12Birmingham185942524124
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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