A trio of changes for the Australian side here now. Kaine Kesler Hayden: Put in a dangerous cross just moments in which Roar keeper Freke parried. But his effort is deflected this time. Steven Gerrard has made 10 changes, with Emi Martinez the only man retaining his place for this 45 minutes. 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Aston Villa fans have had their say after Cameron Archer secured a third win in as many games for Steven Gerrard's side in the fixture against Brisbane Roar. I knew we'd dominate possession but nobody really stepped forward to provide that magic to force the opening. 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Our man Ashley Preece is in Townsville for Villas second Queensland Champions Cup match, this one against an A-League side. Corner to Villa. Kaine Kesler Hayden picks out Archer with a brilliant cut-back, Archer is human after all and gets his effort all wrong! Martinez comes off and Olsen's on. He bares down on goal but opts for too much power this time. Chambers also had a strike of his own, narrowly missing the near post with a decent effort.
Yet more great work from Kaine Kesler Hayden who picked out Archer after Watkins missed the ball beforehand. The 19-year-old was a real attacking outlet and bombed into the box whenever he could. "Who are ya!" Buendia was right on the left-wing, there. Hello and welcome to Townsville as Aston Villa take centre stage in Australia once again when they face off against A-League outfit Brisbane Roar. It was a fairly uneventful first half for Villa who were left frustrated by the A-League side, as the hosts sat deep and invited their Premier League opponents on to them in an attempt to break down their resolute defence. A really strong showing with Frederic Guilbert missing this one altogether. I thought we played with a bit more energy, there was a lot more movement in the final third, a lot more quality and we forced the breakthrough and could have had a couple more. The ex-QPR and West Brom man is on for his Brisbane Roar debut. Mings looks to pick out the Walsall striker but Roar defend well. Follow it all in our dedicated match blog below. And wide, for that matter, as the Jamaican let rip from 20 yards. On Tuesday, Keinan Davis trained alone due to injury while winger Jaden Philogene-Bidace missed out once again having not trained since last week. Villa: Martinez; Kesler Hayden, Konsa, Mings, Augustinsson; Douglas Luiz, Iroegbunam, Jacob Ramsey; Buendia; Archer, Watkins. The Villa squad trained in front of local supporters at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium last night, the venue for today's friendly fixture with Roar. Roar keeper Freke parries a Kesler Hayden cross, Buendia is almost in but the ball is scrambled away. Bin strikes off during Commonwealth Games as workers accept 9 per cent pay rise, HGV drivers, refuse collectors and street cleaners employed by outsourcer Serco were due to begin strike action on July 28, Traffic chaos begins as drivers warned over busiest weekend ever - with roads to avoid announced. Drivers have been warned to expect huge delays on the roads as millions of journeys go ahead. is the cry from Konsa, ordering the Argentinian to play more central. Sign up for exclusive Aston Villa news and insights from Australia tour with our new FREE newsletter. Matty Cash strikes from distance once again but it's saved well by Freke before a scamble ensues and Villa can't convert the loose ball. Reforms which came into force on Thursday mean parole hearings could take place in public for the first time. Kesler Hayden made Freke work with a left-footed hit while, with 20 to go, raced away and picked out Archer with successive cut-backs, the latter an assist as the striker rolled home. the Villa fans sing. We'll have live build-up, match updates, player ratings and post-match reaction from Steven Gerrard to come. Pressure was soon ramped up after the likes of Jacob Ramsey, Emi Buendia, Archer and Kaine Kesler Hayden were substituted on, with the latter providing the spark in the final third to supply Archer for the opening goal, just minutes after putting a similar effort just wide. Star man here, it has to be said. Star man so far, the 19-year-old. Archer back in the goals, shock! The iconic nostalgic treat from yesteryear is being sold by the bargain retailer and making people feel all sorts of emotions. "I thought we lacked spark and quality in the final third. Emi!" Nothing happening. The right-back gets forward after a brilliant through-ball from Buendia, his effort is saved and Archer's on the rebound but his strike is deflected out for a Villa corner. Still 0-0. Kesler Hayden has really staked his claim for a first-team spot for Villa tonight. Danny Ings had the pick of the chances in the first 45 albeit a difficult one to take from a tight angle, as he saw his chipped effort saved by Macklin Freke in the Brisbane goal. The game's just gone dead. Charles Bronson becomes first to ask for public parole hearing after rule change. Villa's best player of that half given his output going forward, put in a ridiculous crossfield pass straight to Ings as he couldn't convert.
Steven Gerrard has promised some changes to his line-up following last weekends 1-0 win over Leeds United down the coast in Brisbane. Gerrard's men had another session planned at 11am (2am UK-time) prior to their game which kicks-off at 7.45pm local time (10.45am UK-time). Jay O'Shea sees an effort deflected wide. Ings was put through by a stupendous ball over the top from Chambers. It goes deep, too deep and out for a Villa throw in. Corner to Roar. Buendia's cross is almost guided in by Archer but the keeper somehow saves it with his face. Meteorologists have refused to rule out another heatwave after temperatures hit 40C in recent days. "The second half performance, we went with a slightly different formation at the top-end of the pitch and I thought a lot took their opportunity.". The centre-back attempts an outside-of-the-boot strike which he gets terribly wrong after being picked out by Ramsey. Those that didn't feature against Leeds - the likes of Emi Martinez, Ludwig Augustinsson, Kaine Kesler Hayden, Bertrand Traore and Cameron Archer - are all expected to feature later, as is Ezri Konsa who's now back from injury.
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Calum Chambers: Turned creator with dangerous cross into Roars box after stepping out from the back. "I enjoyed the second half more than the first half. Ings is in on goal but opts for a dink as keeper Freke gets his body to it and the ball strikes the outside of the post. Mum's desperate appeal to find daughter, 27, who has been missing for four days, Hannah Hathaway, from Edgbaston, last spoke to her mum on Sunday, July 17. 'Children armed with knives' on same street mass brawl broke out in Wolverhampton, Cops were forced to use riot shields when violence erupted in Ruskin Road, Met Office issues update on next heatwave as exact dates announced. Martinez gets 72 minutes here. It comes as the heatwave - which hit 40C - was ended by thunderstorms. "Emi!