With Robert Snodgrass and his fine run of form showing no sign of abating, Aston Villa solidified their place in The Championship play-off positions at the City Ground on Saturday.
The goal was as a result of an adroit Snodgrass ball into the path of Scott Hogan, who struck past Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith from six yards. The goal secured all three points for Villa. Steve Bruce’s side welcome struggling Barnsley next Saturday. No result is guaranteed, but Villa must be hopeful of another win. Momentum shows no signing of stalling for Bruce.
Aitor Karanka, Forest’s new manager, took charge for his first game with his side brimming with confidence. Lying in 14th place in the league before the game, may not have illustrated that. However a 4-2 FA Cup win last Sunday over Arsenal, injected real buoyancy into the club. Karanka’s subsequent arrival only added to the optimism. Reality though, now bites, following their home defeat to Villa.
Bruce though, had little to complain about. The FA Cup was not quite so kind to his side, following the 3-1 elimination at the hands of League 1 side Peterborough United. However, it has proven not to rock Villa’s recent solid league run. And Bruce, speaking to the clubs official website, demonstrated his contentment.
“We looked very solid defensively and good going forwards as well. The players did everything I asked of them and we looked comfortable today. We could have done with that second goal to make it that little bit more comfortable. But I’m very pleased with what we’ve seen tonight. All in all, I’m very pleased with the decent run that we’re on.”