EFL Championship 2018/19 is beginning to heat up at the moment on match-day eight, as Aston Villa loan duo Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) and Yannick Bolasie (Everton) finally scores their first goal for the Villans securing all three points beating Rotherham in a 2-0 victory.
Villa’s has started off the season poorly having played five games with no win but ended the bad run for Villa, with Abraham scoring the first through a pass from Jonathan Kodija to put them ahead in the first half of the game.
A win could have been far away from the Steve Bruce team if Rotherham skipper Richard Wood had claimed the equaliser but failed as his attempted header to goal went far wide from the post.
The Bruce team secured their first league win since August as Everton loan player scored a diving header from a cross delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady in the closing stages of the Championship match.
The defeat to Aston Villa now means that Rotherham United are now slowly closing in on the milestone of reaching two and a half years without a Championship away win.
United last won a Championship game in April 2016 when they successfully defeated MK Dons in a 4-0 thrashing, and since then the Millers went on to lose 26 games and shared three points.
And the Millers were not looking quite convincing to end away-curse as Villans took charge of the game as soon as the referee blew the whistle for kickoff.
In the post-match conference, Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio: “I thought it was comfortable. We needed to get that second goal a little earlier and then it might have been one of those great nights.
“But, overall, with all the nonsense that’s been written, I’m pleased. We’ve won a game, we are in the top six and it looks a bit more rosy for everybody.
“I’ve always wanted to play two up top and for some reason here, it hasn’t really happened. We’ve got the personnel to do it, you’ve seen that tonight, those two [Abraham and Kodjia] will be a threat for anybody.”
Rotherham United head coach Paul Warne also said: “The lads can’t give me much more. I thought they performed really well and went toe-to-toe for the majority of the game. If we had nicked a point, I don’t think many people in the stadium could have moaned.
“We got done by a bit of class for the first goal but I thought in the second half we were significantly better and the lads had a lot more confidence on the ball.
“Prior to them scoring the second, I thought we would be the next team to score so it was disappointing to concede. But the subs Villa are bringing on are different gravy.”
Both teams will be returning to Championship for match-day nine as Aston Villa will be facing off Sheffield Wednesday at the Villa Park, while Rotherham United will visiting Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.