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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Christopher Samba (90'+6')
  • Adam Reach (1')
  • Jordan Rhodes (23')

Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday tore up the form book to claim a shock 2-1 Championship win over Aston Villa and record only their second away victory of the season.
Adam Reach set the visitors on their way with the opening goal after only 19 seconds and fellow former Middlesbrough man Jordan Rhodes made it two before the break.
Chris Samba's last-minute reply was too little, too late for Villa, who also lost John Terry to injury.
Steve Bruce's side went into the game with six wins from their previous eight games, but never recovered from their nightmare start.
Straight from the kick off Ross Wallace gained possession to set up Reach, who produced a stunning left-footed swerving shot from fully 30 yards which flew into the top corner of the net.
With seven clean sheets in their previous 10 games it was a shock to the system for Villa as they struggled to assert their authority.
Wednesday had their tails up thanks to the early goal and produced several promising attacks, often engineered by Barry Bannan.
Villa suffered another blow in the 21st minute when skipper Terry was forced to limp out of the game with a leg injury, to be replaced by Samba.
It proved a crucial moment as Wednesday steamed further ahead within a minute of Terry's premature departure.
Bannan cleverly played a one-two with Rhodes to cut through a defence clearly weakened by the departure of the former England international and Rhodes took full advantage by slipping the ball home unchallenged.
It was the first time since April 2016 that the striker, who ended a 25-game goal drought against Millwall last time out, had scored in successive matches.
Villa frustration grew as they struggled to find some attacking rhythm against a Wednesday side which continued to gaind in confidence.
Five minutes before the break a disgruntled Robert Snodgrass, an injury doubt before the game, was replaced by teenager Callum O'Hare.
Villa were far more positive in the second half following the introduction of Jack Grealish, but were lucky not to concede a third when substitute Liam Palmer missed an open goal.
Samba's last-gasp strike finally gave Villa something to cheer, but there was never any chance of a comeback.
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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 44 +34 88
2 Sheffield United 44 +35 85
3 Leeds United 44 +24 82
4 West Bromwich Albion 44 +26 77
5 Aston Villa 44 +22 75
6 Derby County 43 +11 67
7 Middlesbrough 44 +6 67
8 Bristol City 43 +7 66
9 Sheffield Wednesday 44 -1 63
10 Swansea City 43 +3 62
11 Nottingham Forest 44 +5 60
12 Preston North End 44 +3 60
13 Hull City 44 -2 60
14 Blackburn Rovers 44 -4 59
15 Brentford 44 +10 58
16 Stoke City 44 -7 53
17 Birmingham City 44 +6 50
18 Wigan Athletic 44 -14 48
19 Queens Park Rangers 44 -18 48
20 Reading 44 -16 46
21 Millwall 43 -14 43
22 Rotherham United 44 -29 40
23 Bolton Wanderers 44 -47 32
24 Ipswich Town 44 -40 28