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Rotherham United 1-2 Aston Villa: 10-man visitors climb back up to fifth

Jack Grealish's second-half strike for Villa at Rotherham was his first goal since hitting the winner in the Second City Derby at St Andrew's
Jack Grealish's second-half goal was his first since his winner in the Second City Derby at St Andrew's

Ten-man Aston Villa climbed back to up to fifth in the Championship table as Dean Smith's men beat struggling Rotherham to record their seventh straight victory.

In a game of three penalties, Tammy Abraham missed from the spot before Will Vaulks gave Rotherham the lead at the other end from 12 yards after Tyrone Mings was penalised - and saw red - for handball.

Half-time substitute Jonathan Kodjia then levelled from the spot just three minutes after coming on before Villa quickly completed their turnaround when skipper Jack Grealish finished off a lovely move he began himself.

Villa now trail neighbours West Bromwich Albion, in fourth, by just four points following Bristol City's win over the Baggies 24 hours earlier.

Rotherham stay 22nd, now two points adrift of safety with five games left, and with an inferior goal difference to the teams above them.

Villa should have led early on when Clark Robertson brought down Grealish but home keeper Marek Rodak got down to his left to turn top scorer Abraham's penalty around the post.

Instead, they went a man and a goal down when Mings was adjudged to have handled Joe Newell's innocent-looking pull-back from the left.

Having been booked for an earlier foul on Vaulks, the second yellow meant the first red card of 26-year-old Mings' career. Vaulks added to Villa's pain by blasting home the penalty straight down the middle.

Villa boss Dean Smith immediately sacrificed last season's top scorer Albert Adomah, bringing on Mile Jedinak to play at the back as part of a reshuffle. There was a further change at half-time when Kodjia was brought on to replace Anwar el Ghazi - and he made an instant impact.

Semi Ajayi was the next to be punished for handling in the area and Kodjia tucked away the penalty for his first league goal of 2019.

Another three minutes on and Villa were ahead. From a slick left to right run by Grealish, the Villa captain put the ball out to Ahmed Elmohamady, took the return pass and tucked away a neat finish from 12 yards - his fifth goal of the season and his first since scoring the winner in the Second City derby on 10 March.

Villa now face the side immediately behind them, sixth-placed Bristol City, while Rotherham are at mid-table Stoke.

A game of three penalties

Penalty number one at the New York Stadium . . . Rotherham's Marek Rodak goes full length to keep out Tammy Abraham's Villa penalty
Penalty number one - Marek Rodak goes full length to keep out Tammy Abraham's penalty
Penalty number one at the New York Stadium . . . Rotherham's Will Vaulks smashes his penalty straight down the middle to register his seventh goal of the season
Penalty number two - Will Vaulks smashes his penalty straight down the middle to register his seventh goal of the season
Penalty number three at the New York Stadium . . . Rotherham's Marek Rodak this time goes the wrong way and Villa's Jonathan Kodjia scores
Penalty number three - Marek Rodak goes the right way again but Jonathan Kodjia still scores

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne told BBC Sheffield:

"There's no shame to us losing to the in-form side in the league. We were excellent first half. We've gone toe-to-toe with them.

"Their manager gave them a rallying call and they came out flying after the break. We had a few near misses but we just didn't get to the heights we did in the first half.

"Them going down to 10 men didn't actually help us. And their lad was unlucky to go off for handball. That was a bit extreme for me."

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

"That's a big win for us. One of the toughest games we've had. To perform like that with 10 men was totally about desire.

"John McGinn was so good I thought there were two of him which evened it out a bit, Jack Grealish came up with the winning goal and both Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak came on and did well.

"I couldn't understand some of the decisions but I'd rather talk about my players, who were magnificent, especially in the second half. With the spirit and togetherness we showed, we could have scored more."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 20IhiekweSubstituted forVassellat 77'minutes
  • 15Robertson
  • 3MattockBooked at 61mins
  • 5AjayiBooked at 47mins
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forWilliamsat 84'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 75mins
  • 13TowellSubstituted forWilesat 68'minutes
  • 22Newell
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 7Forde
  • 12Price
  • 17Crooks
  • 19Vassell
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 40MingsBooked at 34mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forJedinakat 37'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forWhelanat 90+3'minutes
  • 22El GhaziSubstituted forKodjiaat 45'minutes
  • 18AbrahamBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 8Lansbury
  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 19Green
  • 26Kodjia
  • 33Sarkic
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
10,558

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Aston Villa 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Aston Villa 2.

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

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Booking

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

Foul by Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Rotherham United).

Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Offside, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Williams replaces Jon Taylor.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Joe Newell.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

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

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces Michael Ihiekwe.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Grealish.

Attempt blocked. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zak Vyner.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John McGinn (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Richard Towell.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Offside, Aston Villa. Jed Steer tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich412510684503485
2Leeds412471068422679
3Sheff Utd41239968383078
4West Brom4120101177552270
5Aston Villa411715975571866
6Bristol City4018111154441065
7Middlesbrough411613124336761
8Derby401612125550560
9Hull41179156158360
10Sheff Wed411514125254-259
11Nottm Forest411415125550557
12Preston411512145955457
13Swansea40168165550556
14Brentford411412156556954
15Stoke411118123945-651
16Blackburn411311175563-850
17Birmingham411315135753445
18QPR41129204665-1945
19Millwall401011194558-1341
20Reading41914184562-1741
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham41815184470-2639
23Bolton4188252968-3932
24Ipswich41415223267-3527
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