Aston Villa 3-0 Rotherham United

13 Aug

Rudy Gestede


Rudy Gestede’s brace was only his second for Villa since joining in the summer of 2015

Rudy Gestede’s brace helped Aston Villa comfortably beat Rotherham to claim their first win in over six months.

Villa took the lead midway through the first half when the former Blackburn striker headed in Aly Cissokho’s cross.

Gestede made it 2-0 just before the break, chipping Lee Camp after being set up by Ross McCormack.

Jack Grealish added a third late on by rounding Camp and tapping in to seal Villa’s first win since beating Norwich in the Premier League on 6 February.

Having started the season with two defeats, against Sheffield Wednesday in the league and Luton in the EFL Cup, Villa finally claimed a competitive victory after 15 failed attempts.

The hosts went close to opening the scoring early on when Cissokho forced a save from Camp with a powerful strike before Stephen Kelly headed over from a corner at the other end.

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England Under-21 international Grealish scored his second-ever goal for Villa

Gestede’s opening goal rounded off a stylish move as Aaron Tshibola stole the ball in midfield before laying it off to Grealish, who fed Cissokho and the defender’s pinpoint cross then teed up the Benin international to head home.

The second was of similar quality as Jordan Ayew broke through the middle before feeding the ball to McCormack on the edge of the box who, with one touch, set up Gestede to lift the ball over Camp.

Grealish completed the scoring by rounding off his solo run with a neat finish from a tight angle.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo:

“I am not relieved, I am pleased because I could see some positive signs despite the fact we lost the first game. I could see we are improving and we will keep improving. Results like this will help.

“Many of our players haven’t had that feeling for a long time, so to have that feeling is very important for the players and the fans.

“We wanted to win our first home game and make Villa Park a difficult place for teams to come. It was important to have a team performance overall and it resulted in a good win.

“You can do everything right on the training pitch but the best recipe for confidence is the result at the end of the week. One result will give us a lot of confidence, so this is the importance of this win.”

Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs:

“We’re always disappointed when we lose, I thought up until the first goal we were in the game. Overall we needed to show a little more belief when we had the ball. The first goal was disappointing, it comes from an unforced error and it puts an awful lot of pressure on us.

“I thought the players stuck at it, but it’s a long season. We are not going to get too downhearted. It showed us that we are up against a team that has significantly more resources than us. They have just paid a record amount of money for one of their strikers (Ross McCormack), we have to be realistic.

“We are not going to get downbeat. We won’t be the last team to come here and get beat.”

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 3, Rotherham United 0.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 3, Rotherham United 0.

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Jack Grealish.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner replaces Ross McCormack.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal! Aston Villa 3, Rotherham United 0. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa).

Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Tshibola.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Aston Villa).

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Adama Traoré replaces Jordan Ayew.

Hand ball by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Substitution, Rotherham United. Darnell Fisher replaces Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Tshibola.

Attempt missed. Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

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