Aston Villa’s start to the season got even worse as they were beaten 2-1 by Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening. This defeat means that they are second from bottom in the table with just 1 point from a possible 9.

Villa got off to a brighter start and should have taken the lead in the 5th minute when Andre Green was clean through on goal, but his shot was weak and straight at the Reading keeper.

Reading started to enjoy more of the possession, but it wasn’t until the 20th minute that they had their first proper attempt on goal. Reading nearly took the lead in the 35th minute, but Popa’s fierce strike was met by a great save from Johnstone.

Minutes later, Villa felt they should have had a penalty when Green was taken down in the box, but referee Kevin Friend, to the bemusement of the Villa players and fans, awarded a free kick to the home side.

Reading pushed for the opener, but they couldn’t take advantage of all their possession, and the teams went in all square at the break.

The second-half started off how the first-half ended, and Reading fortuitously took the lead when an innocuous cross ricocheted off of Whelan and looped over Johnstone.  Minutes later, things got worse for Villa when a corner straight out the training ground caught Villa off gaurd, and Barrow was able to swipe home from a few yards out.

This 2 goal deficit seemed to wake Villa out of a slumber, and they started trying to play a bit more. Villa got a goal back in the 87th minute when Hourihane rifled a shot home from inside the box, but they didn’t have enough time left to grab an equaliser.

Here are our Villa ratings for today’s game, and they do not make for pretty reading: