Scott Hogan strike spoils Aitor Karanka’s start with Nottingham Forest

It is 2009 since Aston Villa last opened the calendar year winning successive games, a testament perhaps to how they have struggled to live up to their illustrious past, but Scott Hogan’s first-half goal enabled Steve Bruce’s side to climb stealthily up to fourth place in the Championship as Aitor Karanka’s bid to start restoring Nottingham Forest to their previous status got off to an anti-climactic start.

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