On This Day: Derby day delight for Villans 
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Steve Bruce got one over on his former team, Birmingham City as his Aston Villa side beat The Blues 2-0 in February 2018. Bruce remained professional throughout despite having struggles in his personal life at the time and steered his side to another satisfying derby day win. The Holte End was roaring with passion. 

Story of the match

Villa had the first half in the bag, creating a number of chances in succession. Former Chelsea captain John Terry, now Aston Villa's assistant manager, crafted a brilliant first-time pass to Scott Hogan who cut inside and smacked his volley off the bar. 

Blues were opened up by Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah, Hogan had another close-range shot denied and Blues' backline were forced into clearing headers from under their own bar. 

Adomah could have also opened the scoring but his shot was aimed directly at goalkeeper David Stockdale. 

Despite Blues being under the cosh, the away side had the best chance of the half. After John Terry's slip, Conor Gallagher found himself through on goal with a golden opportunity; he couldn't convert as his shot rebounded off the post. 

Into the second half, and Villa were continuing to show their presence in front of the roaring Holte End.

Villa eventually got their reward on the hour mark as boyhood Villa fan Grealish, fed a delightful pass to in-form Adomah. The top scorer cut inside from the left and slid home his 13th goal of the season.

It wasn't finished there, the best was yet to come. Conor Hourihane sealed the game with 9 minutes to go - chesting down a cleared header and sending a looping shot over a beaten Stockdale from 20 yards.

There was also time for some derby day drama...

In the final moments, Cheikh N'Doye saw red as he picked up a second bookable offence. The Senegalese international clashed with John Terry and Mile Jedinak. The day went from bad to worse for Steve Cotterill's men. The clash of N'Doye and Terry soon got around social media as football fans saw the funny side of the pair's disagreement.

How times have changed

Since the derby day victory, there has been plenty of change for everyone involved. 

Steve Bruce is not the flavour of the month at Newcastle United, Terry is now part of Dean Smith's coaching staff and Villa has ambitious owners who are flying high in the Premier League.

As for Birmingham City, the former Villa striker Scott Hogan is now playing for the Blues after he made a loan switch permanent in September 2020.