Conor’s strike fells
ASTON VILLA are finally making a move up the Championship table, despite this nervous home win over Nottingham Forest.
It was a far from conclusive victory, even with the benefit of a first-half lead through Albert Adomah.
Daryl Murphy scored a deserved second-half equaliser only for Conor Hourihane to clinch the three points for the hosts with a 60th-minute free-kick.
Villa have now extended their unbeaten run to six league games and in the process have recorded their 11th win in 12 home games against Forest.
Forest, struggling for victories recently, have now been beaten in five of their last six games in all competitions but played with some early confidence, with Barrie McKay their chief creator.
Surprisingly Villa found themselves on the back foot early on and were unable to stamp any authority on the game to the growing annoyance of boss Steve Bruce.
But Forest were caught out of position by a piece of sublime play in the 15th minute when Jonathan Kodjia cleverly slipped the ball inside