Wednesday 24 April 2019

Kodjia rescues a late point for Villa

LATE LEVELLER: Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia (left) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal last night. Pic: PA
LATE LEVELLER: Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia (left) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal last night. Pic: PA

Jonathan Kodjia rescued a last-gasp point for Aston Villa as they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Brentford in last night's Sky Bet Championship clash.

Neal Maupay's brace looked to have given the Bees their first ever victory at Villa Park.

But Kodjia's injury-time header - virtually the last touch of the game - earned Villa the draw they deserved in the Sky Bet Championship.

The hosts dominated and will be incensed Maupay was not sent off for an apparent first-half stamp on John McGinn as they missed the chance to move up to second.

Kodjia had levelled for Villa before the break, cancelling out Maupay's opener, while Bees goalkeeper Daniel Bentley denied Kodjia and Jack Grealish.

Yannick Bolasie, who is due to sign for Villa on loan from Everton, watched on after holding talks and he would have been initially impressed with his future team-mates.

Meanwhile at Ewood Park, Charlie Mulgrew netted a brace of second-half penalties as Blackburn mounted an impressive comeback to draw 2-2 with Reading and preserve their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

Reading looked to be heading for their first win this term after a dominant first-half in which Jon Dadi Bodvarsson notched a brace of his own with a deft 12th-minute finish and an emphatic second midway through the half - the Royals' first away league goals since March.

They will be aggrieved not to have taken the points and captain Paul McShane was chief culprit, twice committing needless fouls in the area. Both times, Mulgrew tucked away penalties.

Norwich finally got Championship season up and running as two late goals earned them a flattering 2-0 victory over Preston at Carrow Road.

Finnish striker Teemu Pukki fired home his third goal for his new club to break the deadlock with just 10 minutes remaining - and the points were quickly wrapped up with a 25-yard stunner from Alex Tettey six minutes later.

Barry Bannan and Tom Lees scored either side of the break to earn Sheffield Wednesday a 2-1 victory over Millwall - their first win of the season. Ryan Tunnicliffe scored for the Lions, who were previously unbeaten.

Will Grigg bagged a brace to inspire Wigan to a dominant 3-0 win away at struggling 10-man Stoke.

Grigg opened the scoring for the Latics on 27 minutes while Massey got on the scoresheet shortly after. Grigg notched his second from 12 yards on 57 minutes to complete a memorable away performance.

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