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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 38 +29 78
2 Sheffield United 38 +30 74
3 Leeds United 38 +24 73
4 West Bromwich Albion 38 +24 67
5 Middlesbrough 37 +9 58
6 Aston Villa 38 +14 57
7 Preston North End 38 +8 57
8 Derby County 37 +2 56
9 Bristol City 36 +7 55
10 Sheffield Wednesday 38 -3 55
11 Nottingham Forest 38 +8 54
12 Hull City 38 -2 51
13 Birmingham City 38 +4 50
14 Brentford 37 +10 49
15 Swansea City 36 -1 47
16 Stoke City 38 -5 47
17 Blackburn Rovers 38 -8 47
18 Queens Park Rangers 38 -14 44
19 Wigan Athletic 38 -16 39
20 Millwall 37 -14 37
21 Reading 38 -16 37
22 Rotherham United 38 -21 36
23 Bolton Wanderers 38 -37 29
24 Ipswich Town 38 -32 24