Well - that was certainly something different.
Despite Burton’s poor standing in the league, not many could have predicted the manner in which Aston Villa blew the Brewers away, as though they were crumbs on their shirt!
Aston Villa endured a strong Burton attack early on as Sean Scannell did his best to frustrate with two slicing endeavours into the Villa box. Burton started off well, but a moment of class ended that, quickly.
Ahmed Elmohamady had already came close with a cross that met the head of Jonathan Kodjia early on - and replicated this, with a rampant Keinan Davis almost charging into the ball to slam his second goal of the season home.
Class? It comes in multiples for a confident Villa and Albert Adomah was not to be outdone, as Bruce’s Villa flashbacked to Sherwood’s Villa in that now legendary Semi-Final against Liverpool. A superb team manoeuvre was neatly finished by Adomah, who bagged his fifth of the season. What a player he is becoming on that left flank at Villa!
The goals didn’t stop there - and Burton will be unhappy with the fact that Robert Snodgrass managed to score his first Villa goal as Burton’s John Brayford lay down injured. Eh - it’s the referee’s job to disallow that or stop play, and he didn’t. Nigel Clough won’t be happy with that, for sure.
So, yes - this is still your regular uninterrupted programming - Aston Villa were three goals up within 35 minutes in a goal away from home to a Burton side that is unbeaten at the Pirelli Stadium this season.
Aston Villa were able to offer a complete first half of what amounted to a Steve Bruce version of Totaal Voetbal.
Villa seem capable of being able to last longer into a football game without collapsing and it always seems to come from Albert Adomah. The winger surged forward five minutes after the break and helped Keinan Davis gift Villa a fourth, but the scorer - Robert Snodgrass, was caught offside.
It really cannot be said enough at this point. Aston Villa with Adomah in the side are an electric team - no matter who is up front. His fun-loving style gives Villa an edge on the wing, and he’s not always going to run from A to B in pursuit of a goal. He’s unpredictable and great to watch. He’s quickly becoming Villa’s best asset. The same must be said for Keinan Davis, who seems to grow stronger with each passing game; and more intelligent! He’s make smart passes and runs all across the pitch.
The good times rolled on into the second half, with substitutes Scott Hogan and Josh Onomah combining to finally make it four on the night for Villa. It was good to see Onomah pick up his game after a pretty lacklustre showing on the weekend against Forest; and it’s certainly encouraging to see midfielders like him and Hourihane bag goals now and then.
Former Villa man Stephen Warnock had a rough game as the wrecking ball of Robert Snodgrass blew him away on multiple occasions. Aston Villa fans may feel that their team could have scored more, and it certainly looked at points that Villa could scored whenever they felt like it!
A complete, composed team performance away from home is something Steve Bruce is cultivating now, following a 3-0 win away at Barnsley with this 4-0 victory. That’s three games won on the bounce for Steve Bruce’s team, who head to Villa Park and a floundering Bolton team with their teeth bared. It finally looks like Aston Villa are lions again.