Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham: Derby delight for Villa (2:17)

Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham: Derby delight for Villa (2:17)

Albert Adomah fired Villa in front after 60 minutes but it was Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane's strike which really capped a fine day for the home side at Villa Park.

Aston Villa vaulted into the automatic promotion spots for the first time this season after a fabulously supported, fiercely contested but ultimately one-sided derby.

However, the goal was enough for redemption in the eyes of the fans, with his display really being a game of two halves.

Snodgrass, who joined Villa on a season-long loan deal from Premier League outfit West Ham in the summer of 2017, featured in the Championship game against Birmingham on Sunday afternoon.

The 33-year-old was rewarded with a start over the in-form Birkir Bjarnason in what was a big gamble by Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Canor Hourihane made it 2-0 with 9 minutes left to play as the home side snatched valuable points to keep their second position on the table.

N'Doye clearly wasn't happy with the defender's involvement and proceeded to handle Terry by his neck.

The Blues had a warning in the 41st minute, when Grealish strayed to the left, allowing Adomah to move inside, and the former's pass set up the latter for a 20-yard shot that zipped wide.

Birmingham were reduced to 10 men in the closing seconds following Cheikh Ndoye's second yellow card.

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