Match: Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Date: January 30, 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Bramall Lane
Attendance: 26,477 (2,319 Villa supporters)
Weather: 5c, cloudy
Robert Snodgrass struck a 90th-minute winner as Villa beat Sheffield United to go third and make it five wins in a row in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Bramall Lane clock was seconds away from ticking over the 90-minute mark when the Scotsman curled home from the edge of the box. The Blades were inches away from taking the lead early on but Jack O’Connell’s header struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down into the six-yard box before being cleared.
Sam Johnstone was twice called up to keep out shots from outside the area and produced an excellent save low down to his left later in the half to paw away George Baldock’s low drive after a counter-attack.
The best Villa could muster was a header from James Chester that dropped the wrong side of the upright and, as the half ticked towards the break, James Wilson’s acrobatic overhead kick whistled similarly wide of the mark.
The visitors started the brighter after the interval and, after Alan Hutton’s low effort was well held by Simon Moore, Jack Grealish scampered through and sent a curling effort narrowly wide of the upright.
Johnstone was called into action again to tip a fizzing drive over the top while Chris Basham’s header sailed off target.
Moments later the on-loan stopper produced another magnificent stop to keep out John Lundstrum’s goal-bound strike that had made its way through a crowd of players.
With time running out, Villa worked the ball out to Snodgrass on the right who used Ahmed Elmohamady’s over-lapping run as a decoy before stepping inside and curling a sumptuous effort beyond the grasp of Moore and into the corner.
Sheff Utd bookings
Baldock 44, Basham 49
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Moore; Basham, Stearman, O’Connell; Baldock, Leonard (Lundstram 67), Evans (Holmes 74), Fleck, Stevens, Clarke, Wilson (Donaldson 67). Unused subs: Eastwood, Sharp, Duffy, Lafferty.
ASTON VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Terry, Chester, Hutton; Snodgrass, Bjarnason, Hourihane (Onomah 76), Adomah (Jedinak 86); Grealish, Hogan (Davis 81). Unused subs: Bunn, Taylor, Whelan, Tuanzebe.
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Hodskinson
Assistant referee 2: Philip Dermott
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley