Sport Villa player ratings: Nottingham Forest (A)

01:19  14 january  2018
01:19  14 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

FA Cup giantkillers Nottingham Forest appoint Karanka as new manager

  FA Cup giantkillers Nottingham Forest appoint Karanka as new manager Just days after a famous 4-2 victory dumped the FA Cup holders out of the competition, the Championship side have announced their new managerAfter knocking holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup on Sunday, Nottingham Forest have appointed former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka as their new manager.

To face Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest side, the Villa manager selected the same starting XI and 4-4-2 formation that had success last Here are the full player ratings -- based on a scale of 1 to 10, with five being an average performance -- for Saturday's 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest

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Aston Villa kept the heat on their promotion rivals thanks to a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday evening.

The away side put in an impressive display and were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin. John Terry hit the bar with a thumping header, Jack Grealish curled a fine shot just wide of the post, and Robert Snodgrass forced an impressive save out of Forest’s goalkeeper.

The winner was scored by Scott Hogan in the 18th minute when he stooped to nod in a fine cross from Snodgrass.

This was an important three points for Villa as Cardiff and Derby had won their games in the afternoon. This means that they are still just five points below Derby in second. However, they now find themselves four points above Leeds in seventh place as they lost to Ipswich.

Predicted Villa XI: Nottingham Forest (A)

  Predicted Villa XI: Nottingham Forest (A) Now that Aston Villa have been knocked out of the FA Cup, they can focus all their attention on earning promotion back to the Premier League at the second time of asking. Bruce made 10 changes to the team that was eventually knocked out of the FA Cup by an impressive Peterborough side at the weekend, and he will make a lot of changes again for Saturday’s trip to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest. Forest, who will be under new manager Aitor Karanka for the first time, have struggled in the league this season (they sit just eight points above the relegation zone), but they will be on a high after having knocked out Arsenal from the FA Cup on Sunday evening. Villa will be expected to come away with all three points and, if they do, they could find themselves sitting third in table if other results go their way as well.

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Jordan Ayew 9/10 – Easily Villa ’s standout player on the day. As well as working tirelessly throughout, the Ghanaian set up both goals and hit the crossbar soon after Forest took the lead.

Here are our Villa player ratings for this evening’s game against Nottingham Forest:

'Unacceptable' Iwobi to be fined .
Alex Iwobi will be fined for his attendance at a party less than 48 hours before playing in Arsenal's FA Cup exit, says Arsene Wenger. The 21-year-old, a product of Arsenal's academy, was pictured at an event in London in which he was reported to have stayed until early Sunday morning - hours before their third-round defeat at Nottingham Forest.Wenger confirmed Iwobi had attended the party, but said it took place on Friday night and that the matchday team had stayed in a hotel on Saturday ahead of the game."He will be fined," said Wenger."It was not the night before the game, it was 48 hours before the game.


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