MX23RW : Sunday, October 21 13:19:55
Jan 1, 2018 at 5.30pm UK at ​Villa Park
Attendance: 32,604
Aston Villa
5-0
Bristol City
Hogan (23'), Snodgrass (34', 60'), Bjarnason (72'), Hourihane (85')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Baker (29')

Result: Aston Villa thrash Bristol City to close gap on rivals

Result: Villa thrash Bristol City to close gap
© Offside
Bristol City lose 5-0 to Aston Villa at Villa Park to see the gap on their promotion rivals reduced to just three points.

Aston Villa have defeated Bristol City 5-0 at Villa Park to make it two wins in a row and close the gap on their automatic promotion rivals.

The Villans ran riot in the West Midlands, scoring twice in the first half and adding a few more in the second 45 minutes.

A sixth victory in seven home meetings with the Robins lifts Villa up to fifth place in the Championship standings - three points behind their opponents, who have now suffered back-to-back losses.

City made a bright enough start to the contest, with Marlon Pack flashing a shot wide and Josh Brownhill doing likewise from a similar position.

Scott Hogan opened the scoring for the hosts a quarter of the way into the match, though, as he climbed highest to direct a header beyond replacement goalkeeper Luke Steele.

Villa had a penalty shout rejected soon after when the ball hit Bailey Wright's hand, but they did not have to wait long for a second as Robert Snodgrass scored his first of the evening by firing home from the rebound after Hogan's attempt was saved.

Jack Grealish then curled the ball against the bar as Villa's quality continued to show, though it was so nearly game on when Aden Flint had an effort cleared off the line by Mile Jedinak.

The hosts took back control of the match and added a third and fourth goal, with Snodgrass cutting inside and placing the ball out of Steele's reach, while substitute Birkir Bjarnason kept his composure after being played through by Alan Hutton.

Conor Hourihane rounded off the scoring in the final five minutes, latching on to a loose ball and sending a deflected shot beyond Steele's reach.

Aston Villa (4-1-4-1): Johnstone; Elmohamady, Elphick, Chester, Hutton; Jedinak; Snodgrass, Hourihane, Grealish (O'Hare 80'), Adomah (Bjarnason 70'); Hogan (Hepburn-Murphy 83')

Bristol City (4-4-1-1): Steele; Wright, Flint, Baker, Magnusson (Kelly 46'); Brownhill, Smith, Pack (Taylor 46'), Bryan; Reid; Paterson (Woodrow 79')

Share this article now:
Aston Villa manager Steve 'Cheggars' Bruce gestures on the touchline during his side's Championship clash with Birmingham City on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
Bruce: 'Kodjia injury worst possible news'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Belgian Pro League
Eredivisie
Russian Premier League
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Uruguayan Primera Division
Chinese Super League
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Greek Superleague
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Swiss Super League
Turkish Super Lig
Ukrainian Premier League
Australian A-League
Major League Soccer
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account