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Reactions - Aston Villa v Bristol City (2/1/18)

Reactions - Aston Villa v Bristol City (2/1/18)

Following yesterday's clash between Aston Villa and Bristol City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Aston Villa hosted Bristol City at Villa Park on New Year's Day (January 1, 2018), with the hosts taking a five nil victory and it wasn't just Villa fans who didn't see that coming, Bristol City fans didn't either.

Possession may have been balanced in the game at 50% each but Villa deserved their victory dominating chances overall and shots on target but no doubt Lee Johnson will believe 'we have to write it off as one game to far' given the fixture crush and their Cup efforts, and whilst disappointing it won't ruin his season.

It could however save Steve Bruce's with another reference to 'a week away from a crisis' which left many fans wondering if the dig was aimed at them or CEO Keith Wyness and owner Dr Tony Xia given their twitter messages ahead of the last game.

Villa's biggest win of the season came via goals from Scott Hogan, Birkir Bjarason, Conor Hourihane and a brace from Robert Snodgrass and it was only the Robins' fifth defeat of the year.


Aston Villa:

Johnstone, El Mohamady Abdel Fattah, Elphick, Chester, Hutton, Jedinak, Snodgrass, Hourihane, Grealish (O'Hare 80), Adomah (Bjarnason 70), Hogan (Hepburn-Murphy 83).


Taylor, Steer, Bree, Davis.

Bristol City:

Steele, Wright, Flint, Baker, Magnusson (Kelly 45), Brownhill, Smith, Pack (Taylor 45), Bryan, Paterson (Woodrow 79), Reid.


Eliasson, O'Leary, Vyner, Leko.

Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Andy Davies blew the final whistle, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce explained.

'I am delighted for a lot of individuals who it hasn't quite happened for - you get a little bit of confidence and all of a sudden they look really good footballers again. It can be daunting to play at Aston Villa when it isn't going for you. The goal settles everybody down and in the end it becomes comfortable. There was a big turning point after half-time when they had a chance to score and it might have become a bit nervous and edgy. Overall, to come a beat a very good side who are above us in the league was terrific.'

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson in his comparative interview explained.

'Today we were superb for the first 20 minutes until we conceded the first goal. It was the bit after that which gave me frustration because I thought we stopped playing and stopped the belief just because of one goal. That shouldn't have happened. After half time I have to take responsibility personally for the third and fourth goal, I went gung-ho if you like to try get back in the game. I can't go in and chastise the players because they have been unbelievable and they are great lads. They give everything and they will continue to give everything again. We have to write it off as one game too far.'

He continued, rather hilariously:

He said: "This was a game too far for us. You try and run two half marathons in two days, with all the speed, tempo, guile, skill and environment.

"It was interesting to hear the Villa fans mocking us, Bruce flicking the ball all over the gaffe - we're still three points above them. Let's see where we are at the end. We've got to use that as ammunition."


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday January 2 2018
Time: 7:30AM


You missed the bit about Johnson criticising the Villa fans for mocking them. I seem to remember the Bristol fans dishing it out to us when they opened the scoring earlier this season. The blokes an arrogant little tool who their fans wanted to be given the sack 12 months ago.
02/01/2018 09:38:00
agree garygary shaw... think he might have done that in a later interview so MF didn't see, I'll add it in as it is SO funny!
The Fear
02/01/2018 10:32:00
i actually thought he spoke really well despite criticizing the villa fans and saying they would finish better than us etc etc,,, what GJ has done with this side is pretty phenomenal and has to be admired when you compare it to how we have bumbled along,,, that said the result gives ammunition to both sides of the bruce debate,,, and for once there is a genuine smile on everyones faces,,, we have so many good players with goals all over the pitch and to see it working for once at such a crucial time is so important going into the final stretch of the season,, but its only one game and although we rode our luck a few times it was clear the interplay movement and crossing was much better,,, the big factors though was no whelan onoma and davis,,,,,, and i just hope we can work on getting hogan more into the game,,, and more end product from grealish and deadball situations for once in a long while i feel optimistic ,,,, happy days
02/01/2018 10:34:00
Wonderful performance and result. About time we gave someone a good hiding.
02/01/2018 10:37:00
One thing else that hasn’t been highlighted or noticed by most is how much the results from the last 2 rounds from not just us but our play off rivals will looked at the end of the season as one of the, (if not THE), key periods in our season. While we were all fixated by SB’s flippant comments about us supporters, if results had gone the way most smart bookies thought, then we really would of been looking at pushing S..t up a hill for the rest of the season. Instead not only did we pick up a completely unexpected 6 points but on top of that BRistol City 0points, Cardiff 0points, Leeds 1point, SUtd 1point, Middlesbrough 3points and Derby 4points. Steve Bruce in one week has gone from chump to champ through recalling 2 players from the bomb squad and leaving an out of form regular because of injury. Go figure!!
marlin magic
02/01/2018 10:53:00
No coincidence yet again that the team had balance, except for Hutton at left back, and everyone looked comfortable in their position. Delighted for Hogan (he needed a lift so badly) and Elphick. Grealish is showing what he can do as well, which is another positive. I was so disappointed after Brentford that I thought we may even struggle to make the play offs. More performances like this and maybe we can dare to dream again.
02/01/2018 10:56:00
happy for hogan and hutton,,, never thought i would see in the players ratings HUTTON,,,,, 8
02/01/2018 11:36:00
Wasn't there when I covered Gary, must have been a follow up interview or that would've been included! :-)
03/01/2018 08:31:00
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