For­est as Villa en­joy home com­forts

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

Matt Mills to Adomah. For­est keeper Jor­dan Smith had to dash from his line in an at­tempt to avert the dan­ger but Adomah calmly side-stepped the keeper to slide the ball into an empty net.

The vis­i­tors’ pos­ses­sion was good but they ap­peared un­able to find a fin­ish­ing shot which played into the hands of the home team.

Kod­jia was given a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to in­crease Villa’s lead only to fum­ble an ac­cu­rate right-wing cross from new re­cruit Robert Sn­od­grass.

Ten­dayi Darikwa should have pro­duced a bet­ter fin­ish for For­est with an ef­fort he fired into the side-net­ting as he caught Villa on the re­treat.

A bad mis­take by Mills al­lowed Keinan Davis to put Adomah clear just in­side the penalty area but Smith was able to smother his

20-yard shot. For­est fi­nally found a goal in the

53rd minute when Mur­phy was on hand to grab the equaliser with a low shot past Sam John­stone.

That goal vis­i­bly up­set Villa’s de­fence, which went into panic mode as For­est sud­denly re­alised they had a real chance of tak­ing con­trol.

But Bruce’s side bounced back to re­gain the lead with Houri­hane scor­ing di­rect from a free-kick on the hour mark.

Kod­jia went on a solo run only to be im­peded by Ben Brereton, who was given a yel­low card for his trou­ble.

Sn­od­grass had pre­vi­ously taken Villa’s free-kicks but on this oc­ca­sion the Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional stepped up to curl his ef­fort wide of the wall and into the right cor­ner.

For­est boss Mark War­bur­ton was left Ryan Sesseg­non O Lang­ford frus­trated that his side took noth­ing from the game de­spite a strong sec­ond-half show­ing.

The for­mer Rangers chief said: “It is frus­trat­ing as we came out in the first 15 min­utes of the game and we were very good.

“We dom­i­nated, looked bright and then we gave away a very poor goal again and find our­selves 1-0 down.

“The 20 min­utes af­ter that we were re­ally poor and I think it was the worst we have been in the six months or so I have been here. We looked lethar­gic, we didn’t get out there and we had words at half time as a group.”

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