A bizarre late goal to Huddersfield Town substitute Michael Hefele has seen Aston Villa squander a chance to record their 2nd win of the Skybet Championship season at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.
Miscommunication between Villa defender James Chester and goal keeper Pierluigi Gollini saw Gollini’s attempted clearance hit the back of Hefele and rebound into the empty net.
It was a frustrating way for Villa to concede after looking on course for all 3 points for the 2nd game in succession.
Birthday boy Ross McCormack scored his first goal in Claret and Blue nodding in a cross from Jack Grealish just before the half hour mark. Grealish made his trademark sprint down the right sideline before putting in a sublime cross that McCormack just had to get on the end of, which he gleefully obliged to.
The further the game progressed the more likely it looked Villa were going to secure the win, however their hard work was undone in the 86th minute by Gollini’s sloppy error.
To Huddersfield credit they continued to work hard and Australian on loan midfielder Aaron Mooy continued his good form with another workman like performance in the midfield. He was ably supported by former Bradford City man Nahki Wells who caused Villa’s back four plenty of issues with his pace and elusiveness.The draw keeps Huddersfield undefeated this season and showed that their performance against Newcastle was no fluke.
It was an emotional night for Aston Villa, as the club celebrated the life of former striker Dalian Atkinson. Atkinson was killed in a incident with Police on Monday morning (UK time). Atkinson was one of the favourite sons of Villa and scored 23 goals in 87 appearances from 1991-1995.
It was a subdued atmosphere at full time in a match that the home side should have taken a lot more from. They had 18 shots despite only having 40% possession and created countless opportunities throughout the 90 minutes. Manager Roberto Di Matteo was overall pretty happy with his side’s effort but said they needed to improve their killer instinct “I thought we played a magnificent first half with a lot of intensity and energy on the pitch. We had some good opportunities to score the second goal and kill the game off a little bit. It’s something we need to improve to be able to win games.”Meanwhile Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner was happy with a share of the spoils “It was a strange moment, when I brought him on I didn’t have the picture of this goal in my head. At the end it was a typical Hef goal, he is a great character and has a fighting attitude”.
The matches in the Skybet Championship continue to come thick and fast, Aston Villa travel to Derby County on Saturday afternoon whilst Huddersfield will attempt to keep their undefeated start to the season alive when they host Barnsley also on Saturday.
Aston Villa 1 (McCormack ’25)
Huddersfield Town 1 (Hefele ’86) At Villa Park