S Hogan (23),R Snodgrass (34, 60),B Bjarnason (72),C Hourihane (85)
A Villa vs Bristol C
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5:30pm Monday 1st January
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
ASTON VILLA 5-0 BRISTOL CITY
What a complete performance from Aston Villa, who are deservedly clapped off the pitch by their own supporters after a five-star display.
Robert Snodgrass helped himself to two goals after Scott Hogan had given the hosts the lead with a fine header after 23 minutes.
Substitute Birkir Bjarnason extended the home side's lead before Conor Hourihane added a late fifth as Bristol City fall to fourth in the table, below Cardiff, on goal difference. Villa up to fifth.
90: The fourth official has signalled there will be a minimum of two minutes of stoppage time in this second-half.
89: Villa go in search of a sixth goal as we head into stoppage time. O'Hare rides a couple of challenges before the ball breaks loose for Snodgrass.
He tries his luck - and who can blame him on a hat-trick - but the ball deflects behind for a corner. He's there again to meet Bjarnason's knock-down but he can't get his knee over the ball as his shot is sliced over the bar.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 5-0 BRISTOL CITY (Hourihane, 85)
It's been a case of damage limitation since that third goal but now Villa heap on the misery as Conor Hourihane is in the perfect place to run onto the ball after Flint deflected Hepburn-Murphy's cross into his path... his shot takes another deflection to leave Steele absolutely stranded.
A day to forget for the promotion-chasing Robins.
ASTON VILLA 4-0 BRISTOL CITY
84: SUB! Villa make their third and final change as Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Scott Hogan.
80: SUBS! The corner comes to nothing. Cauley Woodrow replaces Jamie Paterson in City's final change before Grealish is given a standing ovation as he is replaced by Callum O'Hare.
78: Olés from the home fans as Villa keep possession in style, forcing their visitors to retreat before Grealish wins a corner for his side. They're in no rush to take this.
76: What a performance from Villa, with their fans singing, "We want five!" City are pushing forward and got caught cold for the fourth. Snodgrass shifted inside and Hutton beat Flint to the ball before Bjarnason was released through to slip past Steele.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 4-0 BRISTOL CITY (Bjarnason, 72)
Adomah had a fine 69 minutes of action but his replacement Bikir Bjarnason has been on the pitch only a few minutes and he has already extended Villa's lead!
He's sent the Bristol City fans for the exits with a calm finish to Steele's left having been put through by Hutton.
ASTON VILLA 3-0 BRISTOL CITY
69: SUB! Aston Villa make their first change of the evening as Adomah is replaced by Birkir Bjarnason.
66: It's not just Snodgrass who's enjoying himself out there. Grealish and Hourihane combine well down the left to keep the ball in play and drive into the Bristol City half but the youngster's cross is eventually blocked by substitute Kelly.
The Robins will continue to attack but that will leave holes at the back. As it stands, Villa will move into fifth place, above Leeds.
64: It looks like a lost cause for Bristol City now, who will just be playing for pride. Snodgrass has really stepped up to the play this evening much to the delight of the Holte End.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 3-0 BRISTOL CITY (Snodgrass, 60)
Aston Villa look to have the three points in the bag as they break at pace with the impressive Grealish and he fends off a challenge before releasing Snodgrass down the right.
The former Hull City man cuts inside and curls a left-footed shot beyond Steele into the bottom corner.
ASTON VILLA 2-0 BRISTOL CITY
59: Bristol City have a corner as Chester directs Brownhill's low cross behind for a corner, but Johnstone comes through the crowd of bodies to punch clear.
58: Bristol City are causing some problems, but are yet to really test Villa keeper Sam Johnstone. Their latest long-range effort from Brownhill is wayward.
55: FOUL! Grealish is fouled 25 yards out by Flint. There's three men standing over this with Hourihane winding up. But his shot is blocked and dribbles into the gloves of Steele.
54: Hutton is too strong for Bobby Reid but Korey Smith produces an inch-perfect tackle on the edge of the box just as the veteran full-back was about to pull the trigger.
52: Flint and Taylor got in each other's way for that earlier City chance and again there's a mix-up between two men in red shirts as Chester tries to block a shot on the edge of the box from Baker but it was a Bristol City body that did his job for him!
48: Incredible minute as Bristol City should bring themselves right back into the game before they very nearly fall further behind.
Flint meets a Paterson cross but it's cleared off the line by Jedinak. Snodgrass curls over on the counter-attack at the other end.
47: It's Villa who start as they finished the first half, on the attack as Horgsan just can't make contact with Adomah's low ball.
46: SUBS! Bristol City have made two changes at the break as Marlon Pack is replaced by Matty Taylor while Lloyd Kelly is on for Hordur Magnusson. We're back playing at Villa Park.
Villa are in command at 1/14 at the break with Sky Bet while the visitors trade at 40/1 and a draw 10/1. Villa to win 3-0 has been PRICE BOOSTED to 9/2 from 7/2. Get all the in-play odds here.
That's probably the poorest half of the season so far from Bristol City, who are showing the signs of a post-Wolves hangover here at the interval.
Villa are good value for their 2-0 lead, handed to them by Scott Hogan and Robert Snodgrass.
45: Adomah has had the freedom of Villa Park down the left and his inviting cross is onto the head of Snodgrass but his effort flies over the bar. He's clearly in the mood today.
We're into two minutes of stoppage time.
43: OFF THE POST! Villa are piling forward in search of a third and Grealish very nearly has the goal to cap his performance so far.
He picks up the ball 25 yards out and curls a sublime effort that has Steele beaten all ends up, but not the right-hand post!
40: OFFSIDE! Albert Adomah would love to get in on the act here and he is very nearly released by James Chester but the winger had moved fractionally too early.
38: Watching replays of that second Villa goal, Snodgrass - who scored in the win over Boro last time out - does ever so well to readjust his body and hook the ball in from close range with his left boot. Bristol City need a response before half time.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2-0 BRISTOL CITY (Snodgrass, 34)
Villa have been knocking at the door for a second and after Grealish's shot is blocked, the ball is worked wide to Adomah via an audacious back-heel from Chester. Steele manages to keep out Hogan's header from the ensuing cross, but Snodgrass is on hand to fire in the rebound!
ASTON VILLA 1-0 BRISTOL CITY
32: Adomah breaks towards the byline and stands up a cross for Hogan and Grealish to attack, but Flint is well-positioned to clear the danger for the Robins.
30: PENALTY APPEAL! Big shout for a penalty as Hourihane's cross is charged down by Wright but Davies waves away the protests. He was barely a yard away when it hit him.
29: BOOKED! Nathan Baker is the least popular person in Villa Park right now as the former Villain scythes down Grealish to go into referee Davies' notebook.
27: Villa have their tails up now as Elmohamady flies down the right and gets a corner from his attempted cross. The Robins manage to clear but they manage to clear.
26: The Holte End comes to life - "1-0 on your big day out," cry the Villa supporters towards the travelling fans. Bristol City manager Lee Johnson will be disappointed after it was they who had made the brighter start.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 BRISTOL CITY (Hogan, 23)
With Villa's first meaningful attempt on goal, they have the lead as Scott Hogan rises to direct a brilliant header beyond Steele and into the bottom corner from Adomah's cross.
It's a cracking effort.
ASTON VILLA 0-0 BRISTOL CITY
22: That's excellent pressing from the front by City as Villa keep possession but are forced all the way back to Johnstone before Elmohamady concedes a throw-in. And that's about as much as can be reported.
20: Grealish shows his class again with instant close control that wins a free-kick from Reid. But Snodgrass' ball drifts out of play harmlessly.
18: The former Robin Adomah has been well-shackled so far as Wright produces a well-timed tackle. Plenty of time for him to cause some damage, of course.
15: CLOSE! Brownhill was able to continue and his right-footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Referee Andy Davies played a good advantage there after Paterson was fouled.
13: Thirteen minutes in and Villa are yet to get going as Grealish handles Hutton's long punt forward. The youngster then shows his frustration by giving away a free-kick. He's clearly fired up and wants to impress on his return to the side.
11: OUCH! Josh Brownhill is now down after a clash of heads with Hutton. The City physio is on checking for any signs of concussion.
9: CLOSE! More good play down the right by Bristol City and Villa fail to clear Brownhill's cross with Marlon Pack flashing a shot from the edge of the box inches wide of Sam Johnstone's right post!
5: Now Pato threatens after being released by Reid. He skips away from Chester but after playing in Brownhill, the cross is too deep.
2: OFFSIDE! Bright start by the visitors as Aden Flint meets Nathan Baker's knock-down to plant his shot into the net from close range but the linesman has his flag correctly up for offside.
Fireworks greet the two sides and the handshakes are over. Bristol City, playing from right to left in red shirts, red shorts and white socks will receive the kick-off from Aston Villa in their traditional claret and blue as Hogan gets us underway!
LAST SIX GAMES
As we await the two teams to emerge from the tunnel, here's a look at how the two have fared in their last six matches. Contrasting fortunes with Villa heading into the contest on the back of a victory...
CHAMPIONSHIP AS IT STANDS
Here's a quick look at today's results elsewhere and the current state of play in the Championship.
Aston Villa were dreadful at Brentford on Boxing Day but
they did very well to get back to winning ways at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
They're still on the cusp of the top six but will need a good run from here to
get back into contention for automatic promotion.
Victory over Bristol City would be a good place to start,
but I fancy the Robins to keep up their own bid with a victory at Villa Park,
despite that late heartbreak against Wolves.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
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