Ross McCormack picked up his first goal for new club Aston Villa as the storied English club looks to bounce straight back to the Premier League following last season’s relegation.
None of that mattered, however, as a totally freak goal in the 86th minute denied Villa its second win of the young Championship season and left the home supporters aghast at the 1-1 draw at Villa Park.
With McCormack’s 25th minute goal the difference for the entirety of the second half, Huddersfield hoofed a long-ball for substitute Michael Hefele. Villa defender Tommy Elphick knew the kick was soaring well over its target, so he let the ball go over his head and settle to goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. However, Gollini hacked at the ball and it deflected off a charging Hefele, deflecting off the German defender and traveled 30 yards into the empty Villa net.
The result was a 1-1 draw that saw Villa fail to pull just a point back of three teams atop the Championship table. Instead, they’re stuck with just four points through three matches, not a pace that will see them promoted at season’s end. There’s loads of soccer left to play, and Villa seem to be one of the stronger sides in the Champoinship this season, but instead supporters were left with an empty feeling on Tuesday.
That wasn’t the only dramatic equalizer in the Championship today. With Fulham on two wins in two thus far, the Whites traveled to Elland Road to take on Leeds United and ran the show, hitting the woodwork three times and finally grabbing a lead thanks to a Tom Cairney curler in the 77th minute. Then, substitute Chris Wood produced a dramatic overhead kick two minutes deep in stoppage time that sent the home fans into a frenzy.
The Championship is both an exciting and emotionally dangerous place. Watch at your own risk.