Helenius on target for Villa

Nicklas Helenius continued his positive start in Aston Villa

colours with another goal in their 1-1 draw with Bochum in Germany

on Sunday.

Helenius came on as one of 11 half-time changes and needed only

two minutes to add to the goal he notched on his Villa pre-season

debut against Rodinghausen earlier in the week.

Lambert’s changes came after an opening 45 minutes that could

only be described as workmanlike, with chances few and far between

at the Rewirpower Stadium.

The best chance fell to the home side, who play in the Second

Bundesliga, with Yusuke Tasaka firing over Brad Guzan’s bar with a

shot on the turn.

The second-half proved a different beast altogether with Villa

soon into their stride, taking the lead on 47 when Leandro Bacuna’s

cross was headed home by the lanky Danish striker.

Bacuna forced a fine save from Bochum keeper Andreas Luthe, and

Helenius and Marc Albrighton also missed good chances to make it

2-0.

Bochum had a lucky escape with 15 minutes to go when Bacuna

headed a Helenius knockback goalwards, but the ball was cleared off

the line by the massed ranks of the Bochum defence.

Luthe pushed a Jordan Bowery shot around the post and Villa were

made to pay in the closing stages when Tasaka picked the ball up in

the left channel and fired a superb effort past a helpless Jed

Steer.