2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Scott Hogan (5', 7')
  • Conor Hourihane (19')
  • Dimitri Cavaré (11')

Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley

Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley: Hogan at the double (1:59)

Aston Villa move to third in the EFL Championship as Scott Hogan's two goal effort in the first ten minutes led the way in a 3-1 win over Barnsley. (1:59)

Scott Hogan was Aston Villa's match winner with two goals in two minutes to pave the way to a 3-1 Championship home win over Barnsley.
Hogan, who has now scored four goals in his last three games, struggled in the early part of the season but he destroyed Barnsley in the opening 10 minutes to send a strong message to manager Steve Bruce that he does not require another striker.
The Republic of Ireland international was on the mark in the fifth minute when he converted a pass from Robert Snodgrass.
Two minutes later the pair combined again when Hogan headed home a Snodgrass corner to the consternation of the travelling Barnsley fans.
Villa allowed Barnsley to get back into the game with a goal from Dimitri Cavare.
In a pulsating start, which produced four goals in the opening 19 minutes, Villa then regained the initiative when Conor Hourihane notched Villa's third against his old club.
A confident Villa went into the game looking for their fourth successive league win to boost their promotion prospects which have certainly been enhanced with Hogan's recent goalscoring exploits.
Barnsley, with only one win in their last 12 games, were looking to improve their lowly position but when Hogan scored twice in quick succession their prospects were not very bright.
The Tykes had only won four of their last 20 away games since beating Villa 3-1 in the corresponding match last February.
But they were behind after just five minutes when Hogan moved smartly on to a Snodgrass pass to slide his shot low into the net past Adam Davies, who could do little to prevent Hogan heading home his second two minutes later from a Snodgrass corner.
Barnsley's reply was a powerful header from Cavare to convert a Stevie Mallan corner only for Villa to hit back when Hourihane latched onto a Jack Grealish pass to slot home an opportunist goal in the 19th minute.
Hogan should have completed his hat-trick early in the second half when he shot wide of an open goal from close range, while Hourihane wasted a similar opportunity.