Aston Villa traveled to Nottingham Forest and tried to put the 3-0 disaster at Brentford behind them. They failed. With just a bit more than a minute left in stoppage time, the Villa defense allowed 17-year-old Ben Brererton to score the winner.
In the first half, Jonathan Kodjia (henceforth known as “Too Good For Villa” or “TGFV”) managed to take a lovely pass from Jack Grealish and convert it into an even lovelier goal that came almost reflexively. The Forest keeper never had a chance at this one:
TGFV continued to be the bright spot in the match for Villa, though that 19th-minute strike was the high-water mark for the club.
Low water marks included:
- Jack Grealish picking up a second yellow because the ref blew the whistle and Jack Grealish heard it, and THEN PROCEEDED TO KICK THE BALL TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PITCH LIKE A FREAKING CHILD.
- Note: at 21 years old, Jack Grealish is no longer a freaking child. This was just stupid.
- That moment when Sam Johnstone—you know, the one who was better than Pierluigi Gollini and so we brought him in on loan? That Sam Johnstone?—let a seventeen-year-old score on him while the rest of the Villa defense was also bad. Johnstone is very much a Bad Player.
- I dunno, the part where we were all supporting this godforsaken team.
Steve Bruce continues to show that he’s bad, and this team continues to oblige him. I’m not sure why we’re all still watching, but hey, we are. So let’s tune back in on Saturday to see if they can get a second point this year!