Aston Villa recorded only their second victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Reading.
Aston Villa'sJordan Ayew scores their second goal with a penalty
It has been a long time coming for Aston Villa, after 437 days they finally recorded a win on the road - and in the process recorded their first win under new manager Steve Bruce as Jordan Ayew's late penalty gave them all three points against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Prior to that it looked as if it could have been a familiar story. Villa took the lead as Jonathan Kodjia's strike took a deflection off Tyler Blackett. Aly Cissokho then conceded a penalty for a tackle on Garath McCleary after half-time as Danny Williams' spot-kick was saved only for Yann Kermorgant to head home the equaliser.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
As the game reached the closing stages, Ayew was tripped by Liam Moore, and then stepped up to give the club only their second win of their season.
If you look at the reaction of the players that commented on twitter, it's safe to say there's plenty of joy and relief as they climbed into 17th place - three points above the relegation zone, even among those who were suspended:
Great win , safe trip travelling fans. Nice to be back at the madjeski— Aaron Tshibola (@AaronTshibola) October 18, 2016
Gary Gardner (@22Gards) October 18, 2016
Villa will be hoping this win can act as a springboard for a decent run of form. Despite their league position, they haven't lost very many games this season with draws holding them back more than anything. A couple of big games are coming up for the side as they come up against Fulham at the weekend before they make the short trip to St Andrews to take on Birmingham City.
Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their first goal