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

1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11