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Nottingham Forest 1-3 Aston Villa: John McGinn's double sinks Forest

McGinn
John McGinn doubled his tally for the game with a superb long-range finish

A first-half double from John McGinn boosted Aston Villa's play-off hopes after an impressive away win which dented Nottingham Forest's chances of reaching the top six.

The hosts initially took the lead in a frantic opening 15 minutes, in which three goals were scored, as McGinn's two goals put Dean Smith's side ahead at the break.

Forest fought hard to get themselves back into the game in the second half, with a Yohan Benalouane goal ruled out for offside, before Kortney Hause's first strike for Villa put the game out of reach.

The result sees Villa leapfrog Martin O'Neil's side into eighth place in the Championship, two points behind sixth-placed Derby.

McGinn's excellently-taken goals came just eight minutes apart - the first, a low driven shot from the left, was followed by a superb long-range effort from 25 yards that rebounded off the post, beyond Costel Pantilimon in the Forest net.

hause
Kortney Hause's first goal for Aston Villa sealed all three points for the visitors

Jack Colback had given Forest an early lead after his cross-cum-shot looped over Jed Steer in the third minute of the game.

The first meeting this season at Villa park ended in a remarkable 5-5 draw, and after three goals were scored so early it appeared fans at the City Ground could be treated to another high-scoring thriller.

But in an entertaining and competitive game, the only other goal came when Hause deflected a whipped free-kick from Conor Hourihane into the net just after the hour mark to keep the visitors in the hunt for the play-offs.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill:

"We are very much still in the hunt. We have to go and win on Saturday, in what is a big game for us.

"But tonight we will lick our wounds and get on with it. We got off to a great start but we were not in front for long enough.

"It was not the best goal in the world for us to concede and it gave Villa momentum, which they kept going by getting a second one.

"But in the aftermath of all this, we cannot forget that Villa are a very good side and perhaps they themselves will want to know why they are in the position they are in, rather than being in the top two."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"It was a very professional performance. They had a fortunate goal that looked like a cross but we responded really.

"I brought John McGinn back in which was a tough decision because the midfield three have been doing really well. He was brilliant and deserved his two goals.

"He epitomises what we're about as he's a very good player but works so hard - the lads in the dressing room love him.

"[On being two points off the play-offs] I don't want another false dawn so all we will be doing is concentrating on the next game which is Middlesbrough at home."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 17MilosevicBooked at 61mins
  • 29Benalouane
  • 11Osborn
  • 22YatesSubstituted forCupido Goncalvesat 76'minutes
  • 28Tuncará GomesSubstituted forGuédiouraat 71'minutes
  • 6ColbackBooked at 86mins
  • 10Antunes Carvalho
  • 23Lolley
  • 37AnsarifardBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMurphyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 13Wagué
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 33Bonatini

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30HauseBooked at 28mins
  • 40Mings
  • 3TaylorBooked at 65mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 14Hourihane
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forWhelanat 87'minutes
  • 19Green
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forKodjiaat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22El GhaziSubstituted forAdomahat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 11Carroll
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 26Kodjia
  • 28L Kalinic
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
29,224

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Aston Villa 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Aston Villa 3.

Booking

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andre Green (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Carvalho.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Jack Grealish.

Booking

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Green.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Adlène Guédioura.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Diogo Gonçalves replaces Ryan Yates.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Tammy Abraham.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adlène Guédioura replaces Pelé.

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

Foul by João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Anwar El Ghazi because of an injury.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich37229675472875
2Leeds37227863382573
3Sheff Utd37218863342971
4West Brom371810971482364
5Middlesbrough361513840281258
6Derby371511114644256
7Bristol City361510114538755
8Aston Villa371315965541154
9Preston371412115750754
10Nottm Forest371314105143853
11Sheff Wed371313114449-552
12Birmingham371214115348550
13Hull37148155254-250
14Brentford3613101360491149
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Blackburn371211145056-647
17Stoke371016113742-546
18QPR37127184357-1443
19Millwall37910184155-1437
20Reading37812174056-1636
21Wigan3799193655-1936
22Rotherham37715153959-2036
23Bolton3778222458-3429
24Ipswich37314202961-3223
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