The city is ours after another Second City Derby. Aston Villa defeated Birmingham City 2-0 at Villa Park on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Seven. League. Wins. On. The. Bounce.
Aston Villa came out the gates on Sunday’s Second City Derby in blistering fashion. The claret and blue dominated the opening 30-minute period with several threatening movements. Scott Hogan struck the cross bar in the 16th-minute, while Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah both had efforts sail just wide on David Stockdale’s net.
Mile Jedinak, replacing Birkir Bjarnason in defensive midfield, was a stalwart in stopping Blues. In all, Aston Villa controlled 55%, out-shot Birmingham 14-9, and were simply far quicker to the ball, winning 26 tackles to the opposition’s 11. Jack Grealish played a huge part in that, as do the fullbacks.
Grealish’s transformative change into a ball-winning #10 is pushing Villa back into the Premier League picture. Without further ado, match grades from the Second City Derby.
All data provided by WhoScored match center. Villa travels to Craven Cottage next Saturday, the 17th of February.