Aston Villa’s Top 10 ‘Away Day Limbs’ in recent history

#10 Antonio Luna (v Arsenal, The Emirates, 17th August 2013)

The opening day of the Premier League campaign and Villa pulled off a huge shock by coming from behind and winning 3-1 away at Arsenal. It really was a truly magnificent display of well-disciplined counter-attacking football.

Having soaked up everything the Gooners could throw at us, Antonio Luna found himself in on goal in the 85th minute and cooly slotted past Wojciech Szczesny to send the Villa boys (and girls) into raptures.

#9 Ashley Young (v Everton, Goodison Park, 7th December 2008)

The home crowd were in full voice. Only a minute or so earlier Joleon Lescott appeared to have rescued a point. But straight from the kick-off Villa broke and Ashley Young was on hand to break Everton hearts.

Unfortunately the video doesn’t capture the scenes in the away end, but I’m sure if you weren’t there then you can imagine just how it went down… absolute carnage!

#8 Matthew Lowton (v Stoke City (Bet365 Stadium, 6th April 2013)

Michael Kightly’s 80th minute goal had cancelled out Gabby’s first half opener and it looked for the world as if we were heading for a share of the spoils.

But then with just three minutes left on the clock full-back Matthew Lowton produced an absolute worldie. Cue bedlam!

Christian Benteke sealed the win in stoppage time to move Villa out of the relegation zone.

#7 Robert Snodgrass (v Sheffield United, Bramall Lane, 30th January 2018)

Robert Snodgrass’ beautiful 90th minute curler from just inside of the box earned Villa a priceless three points to move us within a point of the automatic promotion places.

#6 West Brom (The Hawthorns, 14th May 2019)

Despite having to play the last 10 minutes of normal time and the whole of extra-time a man light somehow the Baggies clung on to their 1-0 lead (2-2 on aggregate).

Jed Steer saved the first two Albion penalties before Uncle Albert blazed his over the bar. It was now down to Tammy Abraham to make that long walk and slot home… the rest – as they say – is history…

#5 Gabby Agbonlahor (v Birmingham City, St. Andrews, 11th November 2007)

Certainties in life: death, taxes and Agbonlahor in a derby.

Nothing gave me greater pleasure than seeing Gabby scoring away at the sty.

Mikael Forssell’s strike just after the hour had drawn Blues level but then in the 87th minute this happened…

#4 Fabian Delph (v Liverpool, Wembley Stadium, 19th April 2015)

Written off before a ball had even been kicked. Even more so once Philippe Coutinho has given Liverpool the lead on the half-hour mark. However, Christian Benteke grabbed a neat equaliser just six minutes later before Fabian Delph’s second half strike completed the turnaround… and Villa were through to the FA Cup final.

#3 John McGinn (v Derby County, Wembley Stadium, 27th May 2019)

I guess you could also include El Ghazi opener in this bracket but I’ve chosen McGinn’s because as this was the exact moment I just knew we were back to where we belong. Back to the big time!

#2 Jack Grealish (v Birmingham City, St. Andrews, 10th March 2019)

A thing of beauty – especially having suffered the first half brutality of a Blue nose thug.

You really couldn’t have wrote what was to happen on that Sunday lunch-time. It was just meant to be, right?

#1 Jordan Ayew (v Reading, The Madejski, 18th October 2016)

I totally understand that this is a really odd fixture to place at number one: against Reading in what was a nothing fixture on the face of it.

Football is an emotional game and that night it just felt like all of that pent-up anger and frustration had been released having witnessed the steady demise of our football club.

438 days had passed since our last win on the road and yet we still took over 4,300 fans down the M40 to Reading on a Tuesday night.

Jordan Ayew’s last minute penalty sent the travelling army into a mad frenzy (as displayed in the video below).

Ironically, as the full-time whistle blew, the sound system began blaring out Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis and every Villa fan remained in the ground to sing along to it.

We had our Villa back – or so it seemed.

Written by Ryan Pitcher

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