Match: Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 15th September 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Ewood Park
Attendance: 15,982 (3,998 Villa fans)
Nyland; Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor, Jedinak (Hourihane 76), McGinn, Grealish, Elmohamady (Bolasie 76), Abraham, Adomah (Kodjia 69). UNUSED SUBS: Moreira, Bree, Whelan, El Ghazi.
Story in brief
Conor Hourihane’s late free-kick rescued a point for Villa at Ewood Park.
The hosts started on the front foot with Ørjan Nyland forced into a save low down to keep out a goal-bound header before Bradley Dack’s own headed effort found the net but was ruled out for offside.
The visitors finished the half in the ascendency with John McGinn scuffing a shot wide while his cross was headed at Rovers ‘keeper David Raya by debutant Tammy Abraham.
Villa carried on where they had left off after the break with James Chester heading over and Tammy Abraham heading wide.
McGinn was also wide of the mark with a drilled shot from 20 yards.
After Danny Graham had headed over for the hosts, the breakthrough came on 75 minutes when Dack’s neat flick from close range found the bottom corner.
It was left to Hourihane to provide the late drama with a perfectly-flighted free-kick in injury time.
The boys of summer
There were more of Villa’s summer arrivals on show at Ewood Park with Tammy Abraham starting the game as the spearhead in the visitors’ attacking trident.
He was inches away from opening his Villa account in the second half but side-footed wide after good work from Jonathan Kodjia.
Yannick Bolasie stepped off the bench to make his bow in claret and blue with 15 minutes to play.
Leaving it late
Injury-time goals seem to have been a recurring theme this season for the claret and blues. Having experienced both ends of the spectrum, it was positive drama for Villa on this occasion.
Jack Grealish was pushed on the edge of the box and, with the box loaded with claret and blue shirts, Hourihane stepped up and found the back of the net with a trademark effort from the set-piece.
After an extended interval for the international break, Villa are back in the thick of the action once again this week.
Rotherham United are our visitors on Tuesday evening before Sheffield Wednesday are at B6 next Saturday afternoon.