With a very small crowd, this was only ever going to be a pretty low-key game and to be honest, it sounded very drab, with very little to grab my attention.
Villa scored via Jonathan Kodjia, who got his eighth in 8 games and really is on fire, after capitalising on some poor defending by Burton.
Such a shame then that he had to go off around the 36th minute, with what seems like a dead leg.
He’s a quirky player, who can infuriate some fans and even the manager, because of his tendency to hold onto the ball and not pass.
I look past this, as I see it as a sign of supreme confidence in his own ability and it’s certainly been justified by the goals he’s scored.
Ok, we might have got the odd one or two more if he had passed, but if it takes away from his game, in that he doesn’t go for it so much, I can live with it.
The worry is though, if Kodjia doesn’t score, who will step up?
I should say this isn’t a criticism just because we didn’t get the win, but a genuine concern, as the likes of Hourihane and Lansbury just aren’t doing it are they?
Hogan apparently ran his guts out, but got next to no service.
How often have we heard similar?
It’ll be interesting to see what Bruce requires upgrading in the summer.
There’s no doubting that Villa’s cracking run of form had to end sometime, but it’s disappointing that it happened to a struggling team. That’s no disrespect to Burton, but you’d have preferred us to have lost to one of the higher flyers.
Still, Burton are not the mugs they’re made out to be and will survive the drop.
Oh well, even I can now concede that we won’t be involved in the play-offs this year.
The truth is it’s probably just as well, as we aren’t anywhere near good enough to survive in the Premier league.
Never mind, I liked the thought.