Kod­jia’s penalty gives Villa an­other vic­tory Boro show real fight in earn­ing point at home

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

AS­TON Villa may have lift-off and are clos­ing in on the league lead­ers, but their 1-0 Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship win over bot­tom of the table Bolton was far from con­vinc­ing.

The home side strug­gled for a long time to as­sert their author­ity and only took a 38th-minute lead through a Jonathan Kod­jia penalty, after Kod­jia was brought down by Mark Reev­ers on the by-line. They fin­ished the con­test MID­DLES­BROUGH had to bat­tle back from behind twice to earn a 2-2 home draw against Brent­ford.

The Bees took the lead through Yoann Bar­bet and Martin Braith­waite equalised. Brent­ford went back in front through Ol­lie Watkins. But Fabio da Silva re­sponded for Boro.

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