Conor’s strike fells

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By CRAIG JONES

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

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