Aston Villa 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Jonathan Kodjia brace clinches three points for Villans – 5 things we learned

Aston Villa dealt Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion hopes a big blow with a 2-0 victory over the Owls at Villa Park.

A brace for Jonathan Kodjia was enough to seal all three points for Steve Bruce’s men on a dismal afternoon for Wednesday.

They were reduced to 10 men just a couple of minutes into the second half when Vincent Sasso was given his marching orders for a lunge on Conour Hourihane.

And boss Carlos Carvalhal was also sent to the stands on a hugely frustrating day for the Yorkshire outfit.

Here are five things we learned…

1. Ill discipline costs Owls

Wednesday were the better side until Jonathan Kodjia’s opener and would have fancied their chances of salvaging something from the game in the second half.

But Vincent Sasso’s lunge on Conor Hourihane just a couple of minutes after the break put pay to that.

Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal sent off
Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal was given his marching orders shortly after Vincent Sasso’s dismissal
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

It looked late and a touch high, but Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal was incensed by the decision. After a chat from ref Lee Probert, he was also given his marching orders.

2. Frustration for Rhodes

Steve Bruce’s comments on Owls frontman Jordan Rhodes made the headlines this week, with the Villa boss saying he plumped for Scott Hogan instead of the former Boro striker because he was more cost-effective.

Rhodes had the chance to show Villa what they were missing this afternoon but was feeding off scraps, particularly when Wednesday were reduced to 10 men, and failed to carve out a telling opportunity.

James Chester and Jordan Rhodes battle for the ball
Jordan Rhodes struggled on a disappointing day for Wednesday in the Midlands
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

Time will tell who ultimately got the best deal in the January window, but it was an afternoon of frustration for Rhodes.

3. Kodjia proving his worth?

Eyebrows were raised when Villa splashed the amount of cash they did to sign Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City last summer.

But his two goals here were his 14th and 15th of the season and he turned in an accomplished centre-forward’s display.

Jonathan Kodjia scores from a header to make it 1-0 and celebrates
Kodjia scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season at Villa Park
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

He was strong with his back to goal and constantly looking to get the midfield involved while providing a target for Amavi and Adomah on the flanks.

4. A bad day all round for Wednesday

If one of the current top six are to drop out of the play-off places it is the Owls that look the most likely.

And Fulham’s 3-1 win at Newcastle moves them to within just a couple of points of Carlos Carvalhal’s side with a game in hand.

Jonathan Kodjia and Glenn Loovens battle for the ball
Play-off chasing Wednesday have hit a bad patch of form at the wrong time
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

The Cottagers travel to Hillsborough on the final day of the season which could be an incredible play-off shootout.

5. Villa turn a corner

After winning their previous three, it was intriguing to see how Villa would respond to defeat at Huddersfield in midweek.

Their performance in West Yorkshire was creditable and they showed they had not lost the confidence gained from the results they had picked up prior to that loss here.

Jonathan Kodjia rounds keeper Keiren Westwood and scores to make it 2-0 and celebrates with Jordan Amavi and Albert Adomah
Villa have finally turned a corner under Steve Bruce
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

In what’s been another disappointing season for the club, there are signs they can challenge at the top end of the division next term.

And with over 31,000 in attendance to see them beat Wednesday, it’s hard to argue they don’t belong among the nation’s elite.

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