So after all of the media hype, all the build up, all the banter between both sets of supporters, the Second City Derby finished 0-0. Anti-climax much?

To give a 19-year-old’s analogy, pre drinks was better than the club. 

We started with the same side who played against Fulham, with Alan Hutton in for Neil Taylor who was serving the last game of his suspension.

In the first half of the first half, if that makes sense, Villa were on top. Albert Adomah was doing bits as always down the left wing combining with the likes of Onomah and Kodjia.

But in terms of shots on goal, both sides failed to really test the opposition keeper. Everyone time Villa crossed the ball in, there were six or seven Blues players in the box ready to defend it. 

Although Terry did manage to get his head on a corner which went straight into Tomas Kuszczak. It would’ve been a great moment had it gone in after some sources linked him to the Blues in the summer.

What wouldn’t have been so great is if Sam Johnstone’s kick had hit Isaac Vassell and went in, but luckily for us, a Peter Encklemann esque calamity didn’t happen and the ball fell wide.

Birmingham, with their tricky attackers, ended the half firmly on top. As much as I think their clubs a bit of a joke compared to ours, they didn’t half create a good atmosphere to rally their players. 

Early on in the second half, the home side had a guilt edged chance to go one up. Connor Hourihanes poor pass put Jota one on one with Sam Johnstone, but luckily for Villa the Spaniard panicked and blazed his shot over the bar. 

If I were to divide the game into four quarters, 1, 2, 3 and 4, Villa would take 1 and 4 while Birmingham would take 2 and 3.

The home side really looked like they would grab a goal at the start of the second half, making the game a bit more of a scrap which suited them.

But the introduction of Mile Jedinak for Robert Snodgrass stopped the waves of Blue attacks. Allowing us to have some of our own. 

Kodjia, Terry Chester all went close. Before Villa hit the upright twice in the space of half an hour. 
Glenn Whelan played a lovely ball through to Alan Hutton who was foiled by Kuszczak before Keinan Davis hit the loose ball onto the crossbar. 

Then Kodjia, who had most of his efforts from long range, cut inside and hit the bar too. This topped off a frustrating day for the attackers in claret and blue. 

The good news is we’re still sixth, making Wednesday’s game against Preston crucial in cementing our play-off place.

Player Discussion:

John Terry – Was calmed and composed in defence despite the abuse he got in a scappy derby. Could he still do it in the Prem if we went up?