Match: Villa v Nottingham Forest
Date: September 23, 2017
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 18c, clear
Goals from Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane saw Villa collect all three points against Nottingham Forest and make it back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins.
Adomah netted after just 15 minutes when he coolly rounded Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith following a neat through ball from Jonathan Kodjia.
The claret and blues were pegged back shortly after the restart when Daryl Murphy slotted his one-on-one effort past Sam Johnstone.
But it didn't take Villa long to regain the lead – a fantastic free-kick from Hourihane found the bottom-left corner of the net just six minutes later.
Forest's best chance of an equaliser also came from a dead ball, but Sam Johnstone superbly kept Barrie McKay's shot at bay.
The victory means Villa are now unbeaten in six Championship games and just two points away from the play-off places.
Nottingham Forest bookings
ASTON VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Terry, Chester, Taylor; Snodgrass (Hutton 88), Whelan, Hourihane, Adomah; Davis (Onomah 72), Kodjia (Hogan 79). Unused subs: Subs: Steer, Samba, Bjarnason, O'Hare.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Smith, Mills, Traore, Bridcutt, Murphy, McKay (Carayol 62), Brereton (Clough 75), Dowell, Darikwa, Bouchalakis (Osborn 66), Worrall. Subs: Henderson, Lichaj, Mancienne, Carayol, Cummings.
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Hunt
Assistant referee 2: Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer