Aston Villa players including Rudy Gestede and Aaron Tshibola react to late Huddersfield equaliser

Ross McCormack scores Aston Villa's first goal

Villa were held at home by the Terriers on Wednesday night after a freak leveller four minutes from time.

Ross McCormack scores Aston Villa's first goal

Aston Villa were denied a second home win in the space of four days on Tuesday night by a bizarre last equaliser from Huddersfield Town.

Coming into the match off the back of a 3-0 win against Rotherham United on Saturday - the club's first competitive victory since February - there was renewed optimism at Villa Park.

That was only increased when Ross McCormack headed in his first goal for the club from Jack Grealish's sliced effort in the first half.

However, Villa failed to kill the game off and were ultimately hit with a sucker punch when goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini's clearance struck substitute Michael Hefele to deny the home side all three points.

Aston Villa's Pierluigi Gollini looks dejected after Huddersfield's first goal

Though it was a blow to leave their points haul at four rather than six, Villa again displayed the renewed confidence they boasted on Saturday, and played some impressive stuff.

Reacting on Twitter after the match, Villa players Rudy Gestede, Aaron Tshibola, Jack Grealish, and Andre Green were able to see the positives.

 

Still bitter about yesterday! But we now look forward to Saturday! #AVFC #godisincontrol

A photo posted by Aaron Tshibola (@aarontshibolaa) on

Villa manager Roberto di Matteo will have been as frustrated an anyone, but must surely be encouraged by the way his side have responded this week to the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and the miserable cup exit to Luton Town.

Next up for his side is a trip to fellow Midlands side Derby County at teatime on Saturday.

Ross McCormack celebrates with team mates after he scores Aston Villa's first goal

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