Derby County 0-3 Aston Villa: Dominant visitors score three goals at Pride Park

Derby County 0-3 Aston Villa: Dominant visitors score three goals at Pride Park

Villa cruised to victory once John McGinn’s header had broken the deadlock at Pride Park

Aston Villa finally made their second-half dominance count to end Derby County’s six-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Scotland midfielder John McGinn nodded in Villa’s opener from Yannick Bolasie’s left-wing cross and then turned provider for Tammy Abraham to double the lead.

Conor Hourihane’s superb free-kick wrapped up Villa’s first away win since their opening game of the season.

Villa were deserved winners, creating several good chances but failing to find the net until they scored three times in 11 minutes late on.

McGinn, Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia had all been guilty of wasting opportunities at Pride Park as Derby struggled to contain their visitors, and the hosts could not hold out.

Derby’s best chances came in one frantic passage of play just before half-time, with Villa keeper Orjan Nyland keeping out efforts from Jack Marriott and Harry Wilson in quick succession.

Otherwise, Villa were on top for the most part and recorded their biggest win of the season to climb into the top half of the Championship table.

Smith was making his second visit to Pride Park this season, having lost 3-1 as Brentford boss in September, and it was starting to appear likely he would endure another frustrating afternoon against the Rams as the game headed towards the final 15 minutes.

However, McGinn ghosted in unmarked to score his second goal for the club and England international Abraham netted his fifth since joining on loan from Chelsea to put the result beyond doubt before Hourihane’s free-kick capped a fine day.

Soccer News

via BBC Sport – Football

November 10, 2018 at 10:12AM


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