2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Albert Adomah (4' PEN)
  • Mile Jedinak (9')
  • Clayton Donaldson (12', 26')

Donaldson brace helps Blades battle back for Villa Park point

Clayton Donaldson struck twice as Sheffield United recovered from an early two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.
Villa took a fourth-minute lead through Albert Adomah's penalty and Mile Jedinak doubled the advantage five minutes later to seemingly put the home side on course for a first league win in four matches.
However, Donaldson quickly made it 2-1 and the former Birmingham striker levelled things up in the 26th minute to leave both clubs level on 38 points in the Championship, Villa lying sixth and United seventh.
Villa Park has not been a happy hunting ground for United and this was their 11th visit without a win, but they can take comfort from fighting back for only their second draw of the season, and one that ended a run of three successive defeats.
Keeping a clean sheet this campaign has been a major problem for the Blades and it looked ominous for the visitors when they conceded a penalty inside three minutes.
Richard Stearman was the guilty party with a challenge on Keinan Davis which saw referee Simon Hooper immediately point to the spot, with Adomah converting.
That put United on the back foot and they were tormented by some impressive play by Adomah, and Villa took further advantage in the ninth minute with a second goal.
A routine inswinging free-kick from the right by Robert Snodgrass evaded the entire United defence to reach Jedinak, and he planted his free header well out of the reach of Simon Moore.
A first Villa win in almost a month suddenly looked on the cards, but United hit back in style - led by Donaldson.
This time it was the visitors who were able to make the most of some carefree play from their opponents to reduce the arrears in the 12th minute.
Donaldson ran through unchecked following a long ball from John Lundstram to score with a nonchalant lob over the head of Sam Johnstone.
The 33-year-old then put United back on level terms with the fourth goal of an exciting opening to the clash.
On that occasion Jedinak completely missed a low cross from Mark Duffy and Donaldson calmly slotted a low angled shot through the legs of Johnstone.
In an attempt to carve out a win Villa made a double substitution midway through the second half, sending on strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Scott Hogan.
Meanwhile, Donaldson was surprisingly replaced at the same time by Billy Sharp, but none of the new faces could find a winner as the game fizzled out into a draw.

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