RED IN DE­FEAT

Kod­jia dou­bles down on ten-man Wed­nes­day

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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

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