BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) /
Aston Villa and Sheffield United played to a droll, 0-0 scoreline at Bramall Lane was the headline UNTIL ROBERT SNODGRASS CURLED A 90th-MINUTE WINNER.
Aston Villa Football Club continued their promotion push on Tuesday evening, defeating 7th-place, and fellow promotion contenders, Sheffield United at their home venue. The claret and blues jump up to third, from fifth, for the time being.
The Blades began the match on the front foot, consistently peppering Sam Johnstone’s goal with mixed efforts. On the evening, his five saves kept Villa competitive.
There were not a whole lot of positives to take away from Villa in the first 30 minutes or so, save a firm defensive shape. Steve Bruce’s men looked lethargic and were quite poor in possession. Villa had one shot-on-target the whole match. One.
That belonged to Robert Snodgrass who took the ball from the right wing, dribbled inside, cut to his left, and hit a wonderful, curling effort beyond the outstretched hand of Blades’ ‘keeper Simon Moore.
Sometimes, all you need is a bit of quality.
Still, it was a bit worrying the club were more reliant on individual performers than overall plan for the match – at least offensively.