Villian’s late woes continue as Brentford score 87th minute equaliser to share the spoils at Villa park.
The Claret and Blue’s dominated the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded with a goal to new signing Jonathan Kodija. The Ivorian showed calm and poise to find the back of the net and the Aston Villa faithful will be hoping it’s the first of many. His goal showed his class after collecting a pass from Mile Jedinak, he slid past two defenders and finished with a curling effort in the left hand corner of the goal.
Brentford had chances but for all their running in the midfield they lacked a certain cutting edge and polish. Josh Clarke fired over the bar on the half hour mark in one of the few clear cut chances for the Bees in the first half.
Villa had chances to put the game to bed in the second half as Kodija shot over after a clever Jordan Ayew cross before the aforementioned Ayew forced a save out of Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley.
The introduction of substitute Kakai for Brentford gave them the added impetus they needed and he ultimately set up the pivotal equalising goal for the visitors. He had already caused the Villa defence problems before his shot was parried away by Gollini and knocked home by Chris Egan for his 3rd goal of the season.
It was the 4th time this season that Villa have conceded a goal in the last 5 minutes of a match. A stat that obviously irked manager Roberto Di Matteo “We need to be more clinical in front of goal, we could have scored five on Sunday. But most of all we also need to see games out.
“We allowed them to get too much of the ball in the second half and we got a bit nervous in the last 10 minutes. We just need to win. Win ugly, or attractive. It doesn’t matter.
Brentford manager Dean Smith felt the result was what his side deserved from the match “It was the least we deserved. We’d have been very disappointed to go away without getting something.
“I was disappointed with their goal. But I suppose that’s what £15m gets you and it was a good finish.
“Everyone knows I was a Villa fan growing up in Great Barr as a boy and to come here as a manager was a great experience but, if we’d lost, it would have meant nothing. My mates who are all Villa fans asked me if I’d celebrate and I think I gave them the answer.”
Aston Villa have now won a paltry 1 out of their opening 7 games and have slipped to 17th on the ladder. Brentford meanwhile moved up to 8th with the draw and are now just 1 point away from the top 6.