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Villa 1 Huddersfield 1: Bizzarre goal robs Villa of victory

Despite dominating the first half, Aston Villa were unable to put significant distance between themselves and Tuesday's opponents Huddersfield Town as the visitors were able to snatch a goal late on and left Villa park with a 1-1 draw.

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Aston Villa dominated the first half of Tuesday night's contest with Huddersfield Town, and despite Ross McCormack's goal, were unable to claim victory. Villa were on the front foot from the opening whistle, pressing Huddersfield Town in the first few minutes as Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gusted both came close to opening the scoring. McCormack's goal came in the 25th minute as a Leandro Bacuna cross found Jack Grealish at the back post, whose mishit shot presented itself to Ross McCormack in front of goal, who made no mistake in opening his Villa account. Villa pressed on as the interval approached, coming closest when Jordan Ayew's effort was cleared off the line.

Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells entered in the second half and changed the balance of play profoundly. Huddersfield began to assert themselves on the game, calling Pierluigi Gollini into action multiple times. Wells came closest when his free kick struck the Villa bar, but Huddersfield's goal came in extremely unusual fashion. Pierluigi Gollini's clearance cannoned off the back of a Huddersfield attacker and into the back of Villa's net - an incredibly unlucky sequence of events.

Today's result marks the second time in three matches that Villa have been on the wrong end of a late goal, suffering a similar fate on the opening day against Sheffield Wednesday.