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Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Tammy Abraham scores 18th home goal in fifth straight win

Tyrone Mings had not scored for Villa since his home debut, the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in February
Tyrone Mings had not scored for Villa since getting one of the three late comeback goals on his home debut in the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in February

Aston Villa made it five straight wins as they beat Blackburn to firm up their hopes of a place in the Championship play-offs for the second season running.

After failing to score in two of Villa's previous three home games, top scorer Tammy Abraham resumed normal service when he netted from close range after eight minutes.

Defender Tyrone Mings then doubled Villa's lead on 61 minutes with the January window loan signing's second goal for the club.

But Villa were made to sweat when Charlie Mulgrew's 74th-minute free kick was only parried by home keeper Jed Steer and former Birmingham City youngster Amari'i Bell followed up to score.

Villa's improved form has owed much to the return from injury of captain Jack Grealish, who was under the watchful gaze of England manager Gareth Southgate, back at his former club.

But Abraham has been their most consistent supplier of goals throughout the campaign, especially at Villa Park, where 18 of his strikes have come, this one proving one of his easier finishes after being set up by Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn.

He might have had another one just before the break when the ball crossed the line in a scramble also involving El Ghazi but it was chalked off for offside.

Who's up next?

Villa's next test will be against their former manager Steve Bruce at Hillsborough next Saturday when they take on Sheffield Wednesday, who are unbeaten in 11 games since he took charge on 1 February.

Blackburn host Stoke City, the side in 14th, just one place and two points above them in the table.

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"These players have got a newfound resilience where, even when they're 1-0 up, they're confident and feel like no one is going to go and score goals against them and break them down.

"It's taken a mistake for Blackburn to score and that's a credit to the players and how they're playing at the moment.

"We've had a fabulous March and getting that win puts us in a good position and some momentum towards April and May, now."

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We worked extraordinarily hard and you have to do that against a really good team, you have to put that into context first and foremost.

"Villa have hit a patch of form, you can see the identity of a Dean Smith team on them, now. We had to be full throttle just to try and stay with them in the first half.

"We pushed and pushed. I was pleased with them and I just wanted that second goal which was nearly there."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Whelan
  • 19GreenSubstituted forAdomahat 66'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 77mins
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forHourihaneat 88'minutes
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 26Kodjia
  • 33Sarkic
  • 37Adomah

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 31BennettBooked at 26minsSubstituted forReedat 61'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 23DackSubstituted forRothwellat 66'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forBreretonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 5Rodwell
  • 6Smallwood
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
39,687

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa).

  5. Post update

    Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a through ball.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces Jack Grealish.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Reed.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Booking

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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