Well, having had to wait nine days since the rest of the Premier League kicked off, we will certainly take that.
It was a measured and at times slow paced encounter for Villa, punctuated by the kind of talking points that seem to define a match whenever Chris Wilder’s team are at B6.
Hawk-Eye wasn’t the focal point this time however, with a first half red card for John Egan, after the defender was ajudged to have prevented Ollie Watkins from bursting through on goal.
In typical Villa fashion, we never do things the easy way.
Matt Targett delivered the games next act of clumsiness as Villa failed to deal with a slick United break. Burke’s run across Targett inside the penalty area was enough to see the striker tumble, with a penalty duly awarded.
Emi Martinez, Villa’s new signing from Arsenal has just been called up by Argentina. He capped a fine week, with a superb diving save to deny a powerful Lundstram spot-kick.
After the break, Villa continued to play a cautious but ‘in control’ game-plan. We could certainly have afforded to be a little more adventurous at times, with the pace frequently dissipating out of a move as the midfield opted for the safe, rather than incisive pass.
However, the deadlock was broken on the hour mark, with Tyrone Mings flicking a header on for his centre-half partner Ezri Konsa to nod home.
It was a technically impressive header with little or no pace on the ball as it reached the former Brentford player. Konsa though, craned his neck to deftly put the ball beyond the stranded Ramsdale.
Villa continued to be efficient without being spectacular.
Grealish, under the watchful gaze of England boss Gareth Southgate, repeatedly probed and will be dissapointed with a couple of near misses.
Watkins was a menace, meandering between the Sheffield defence and midfield. Villa’s new record signing went closest with an effort that narrowly drifted past the upright.
Make no mistake, this wasn’t a free-flowing performance, but it was a valuable and hard earned first win of the season against a visiting side who we haven’t beaten in our last 4 attempts.
Played 1, won 1? We’ll definitely take that.
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