2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Scott Hogan (33')
  • Albert Adomah (65')
  • Jack Grealish (88')
  • Ahmed Elmohamady (71' OG)
  • Liam Boyce (90'+2')

Aston Villa boost promotion bid with sixth straight Championship victory

Aston Villa's promotion push is now in top gear following their sixth successive league win - a feat they last achieved in February 1990 - following a 3-2 Championship home win over Burton.
Scott Hogan scored his fifth goal of the season in the first half, with Albert Adomah increasing the advantage in the 67th minute only for the Brewers to hit back with Ahmed Elmohamady putting through his own net.
Jack Grealish notched Villa's third goal two minutes from time and, although Liam Boyce swiftly grabbed a second for gritty Burton, the hosts held on for a far-from-convincing victory.
Rock-bottom Burton may have lost their previous three games, during which time they conceded 12 goals, but they played with plenty of heart - albeit they were in no small way assisted by a casual Villa side.
As usual Burton's main attacking moves were generated by Lloyd Dyer, the only Aston-born player on the pitch.
He indicated his potential danger early on when he worked his way through, forcing Sam Johnstone to make a save at the near post.
With Villa struggling to find their attacking form, it was Burton's Lucas Atkins who went closest to opening the account only to fire his shot straight at Johnstone.
Grealish eventually began to make an impact as Burton's early flourish began to subside.
He suddenly created several promising attacks, forcing Burton to mount a defensive blockade.
But it was to no avail as Villa demonstrated their class when they took a 33rd-minute lead.
Grealish put Robert Snodgrass in possession and he moved to the left before slipping a superb pass through into the path of Adomah, who flicked in a high cross which Hogan headed home with Burton's defence completely wrong-footed.
Only a fine save prevented Hogan adding to his first-half tally when the stocky striker produced a long-range shot from outside the penalty area.
The visitors gave a creditable account of themselves, but in the 63rd minute their defensive problems were exposed when Villa increased their lead.
Snodgrass again emerged as the goal provider with a high cross from the right which Tom Naylor missed completely, enabling Adomah to head home at the far post.
Villa made a double substitution, sending on recent loan signing Axel Tuanzebe and Joshua Onomah, but four minutes later Elmohamady scored an own goal following a save by Johnstone.
Grealish looked to have given them some breathing space when he hooked home a cross from Elmohamady two minutes from time, only for Boyce to make it 3-2 from close range, but Villa clung on.

English League Championship Standings

1 Leeds United 27 +18 54
2 Sheffield United 27 +18 50
3 Norwich City 27 +14 50
4 West Bromwich Albion 27 +20 47
5 Middlesbrough 27 +11 46
6 Derby County 27 +4 43
7 Bristol City 27 +5 41
8 Birmingham City 27 +9 39
9 Nottingham Forest 27 +8 39
10 Hull City 27 +6 39
11 Queens Park Rangers 27 -2 39
12 Aston Villa 27 +6 38
13 Swansea City 27 +4 37
14 Blackburn Rovers 27 -6 37
15 Stoke City 27 -3 35
16 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -13 32
17 Brentford 27 +2 31
18 Preston North End 27 -5 30
19 Wigan Athletic 27 -12 29
20 Millwall 27 -10 28
21 Rotherham United 27 -17 25
22 Reading 27 -11 23
23 Bolton Wanderers 27 -22 22
24 Ipswich Town 27 -24 18