RED IN DEFEAT
Kodjia doubles down on ten-man Wednesday
week,” he added. “I don’t think things have changed too much.
“When we played Burton and drew in midweek we created a lot of chances but could not score. We also have a lot of injuries. I do not cry about that but if we had those players back then we would be stronger.
“If Fulham do go to sixth then we have the opportunity to replace them again on Friday against Reading. So I do not see this as a decline in our form.”
Villa also have a big injury list to manage, added to by Nathan Baker (knee) during the match and Henri Lansbury (Achilles) beforehand. But they are finding an identity in their adversity.
Kodjia took his goals total to 15 in 29 games, a good return on the £15million Villa invested in him from Bristol City last summer.
In contrast, Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes, who Bruce wanted to play alongside Kodjia, made no impact.
Rhodes had an angled shot easily saved by Villa keeper Sam Johnstone when the game was already won by Kodjia.
Kodjia was above every Wednesday defender as he headed in at the far post, connecting with Conor Hourihane’s cross from a short free-kick in the 35th minute.
Villa’s 79th-minute second was a simple tap-in for Kodjia after Albert Adomah’s pass had left him to simply side step goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
Substitute Alan Hutton and Hourihane should have had more as Wednesday fought with their ten men and had those chances gone in, Carvalhal would have been as red faced as the card he got.
OFF: Carlos Carvalhal reacts after being sent to the stands