Aston Villa vs Wigan Match Report: 1 (A Young) – 1 (N’Zogbia)

May 7, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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A pretty awful second half that Wigan probably edged after a feisty first saw Bent have the chance of the game with 10 minutes left. He failed to beat Al-Habsi from a one on one situation and give Villa an undeserved three points. Nigel Reo-Coker was immense in midfield, other than that everyone was very average. Villa had the best of the chances but defended awfully and were out of ideas for the majority of the game. Downing was decent as ever and Young showed very rare glimpses alongside a good goal. Gary McAllister is far worse than Houllier in my opinion when it comes to in game decisions. He made the right choice to get Heskey off for Albrighton as the big man had completely lost his rag but in a stagnant second half did absolutely nothing. I was waiting for another comical Pires substitution. Wigan opened the scoring after 10 through star man N’Zogbia after Walker was dispossessed out of position. Villa equalised shortly after through a Young free-kick but can take little from this game and looked happy with a home draw against Wigan. Sign of the times!http://astonvillablog.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Extended Match Report & Ratings

Villa vs West Ham Match Report/Ratings: 1-2 – Safety?

April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa climbed from 14th to 9th, showing just how close this league is, after a rare win after coming from behind and an even more rare late winner gave the visitors only their third away win and a deserved 3 points. Awful defending from both sides in the first half led to an extremely open game and the home side opened the scoring after just 2 minutes when Robbie Keane was left all alone in the box to hammer home as Villa again failed to clear a corner with Ashley Young, the man on the post, not getting out the box quick enough to play the Irishman offside. Villa should have had an equaliser when Bent headed home at the back post from a clipped Downing ball. The striker was adjudged, wrongly, to have fouled Jacobsen and the goal was ruled out. The England man did get his goal though, after Noble dallied in the box and was dispossessed by Heskey, the ball made its way to Luke Young who crossed for Bent to glance a header from near post to far. Villa were by far the superior team in the second half and deserved an injury time winner from substitute Agbonlahor who headed home after great work from Young. Extended Match Report and Ratings Extended Match Report and Ratings

Villa vs West Ham Half Time Report: 1-1

April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Awful defending from both sides have meant this has been an extremely open game. The home side opened the scoring after just 2 minutes when Robbie Keane was left all alone in the box to hammer home as Villa again failed to clear a corner with Ashley Young, the man on the post, not getting out the box quick enough to play the Irishman offside. Villa should have had an equaliser when Bent headed home at the back post from a clipped Downing ball. The striker was adjudged, wrongly, to have fouled Jacobsen and the goal was ruled out. The England man did get his goal though, after Noble dallied in the box and was dispossessed by Heskey, the ball made its way to Luke Young who crossed for Bent to glance a header from near post to far. Action as it happened

Near Perfect Weekend for Villa Despite Unspectacular Display

April 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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A 1-0 home win against Newcastle was just what the doctor ordered as far as Gerard Houllier and Aston Villa were concerned this weekend. An unspectacular but relatively comfortable win was ideal in my opinion, and a clean sheet will instil confidence into an otherwise nervy backline. Sunday’s win was a strange one as far as performances were concerned with this seasons up to now failure stealing the show in the cases of Stiliyan Petrov and Gabby Agbonlahor. A somewhat dull game over the 90 minutes suited Villa just fine having been involved in some superb end-to-end clashes this season, only to end up on the wrong end, usually down to a late leveller or winner from their opponents. There was no real brilliance on the day from either side, especially the visitors who were hampered by suspensions and injuries, but after a decent start from the Toon, James Collins opener saw the end to much of the away sides threat until the final five minutes. Extended Match Report and Ratings

Villa’s Everton Match Stats, Report & Ratings

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Most Shots Attempted: Stewart Downing – 3 (on target – 0, blocked – 3)

Sharp Shooter: Darren Bent – 2 (on target – 2, goals – 2)

Sh*t Shooter: Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley Young – no shots

Most Passes Attempted: Kyle Walker – 51 (29 on target – 56.86%)

Pass Master: Luke Young – 36/49 (73.47%)

Worst Passer: James Collins – 12/28 (42.86%)

Most Tackles Attempted: Kyle Walker – 18 (won 10 – 55.55%)

Tough Tackler: Luke Young, James Collins – 3/4 (75%)

Weakest Tackler: Jean Makoun – 0/5 Extended Match Report and Ratings

3 Points Lost at Bolton Not 1: Great Football, Poor Finishing

March 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Villa threw away a lead on two occasions, gifting unmarked goals to ex-Villan Gary Cahill to level proceedings before an inability defensively, to deal with set pieces and high balls led to a Bolton smash and grab winner from Klasnic with minutes to spare. An opener from Bent after superb work from Walker was one of about 4 chances that the striker should have converted. Marc Albrighton restored the lead in the second half, scoring his fifth league goal, none of which have come in victories for his side. The winger was superb on the day, and could have had a couple of assists to boot were it not for awful misses from Downing and Bent. Villa should have wrapped up 3 points when Ashley Young won a penalty which he duly missed at 2-1, only for Bolton to equalise minutes later. Can’t blame Houllier who picked the right team which in turn created a hat full of chances and defensive injuries were inevitably the sides downfall. Can’t really blame the inexperienced back line who have never played together either so don’t really know what to make of it! Extended Report and Player Ratings

Villa vs Rovers Report and Player Ratings

February 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Aston Villa climbed to the dizzying heights of 12th yesterday with an emphatic second half display which produced 5 goal in total, 4 of which went to the home side after a good first half performance saw Villa thwarted on numerous occasions by Rovers keeper Paul Robinson. An early second half penalty, won and converted by Ashley Young after a clumsy challenge by Keith Andrews set up the hosts romp to victory. Houllier’s sides second came courtesy of the shin of Blackburn defender Grant Hadley from a low Marc Albrighton cross and Villa effectively sealed the win minutes later when Downing raced clear before coolly dispatching past Robinson. Rovers pulled one back from substitute Kalinic whose record against the Villans made it strange that he was only used in a cameo role. The Croat’s long range effort deflected off Dunne, looping over the hapless Friedel to spoil a decent defensive display against a very poor Blackburn side. However, stand-in captain Young capped off a man of the match display with a second goal of the game, firing in from 10-yards after a Downing lay-off. Fantastic result and a performance to match all-in-all, vastly improving Villa’s dismal goal difference. Match Report and Player Ratings

In-depth Blackpool Report, Stats and Ratings

February 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa Stats:

Top tacklers – Richard Dunne (7/9) 77.8%, Nigel Reo-Coker (10/15) 66.6%

Worst tacklers – Gabby Agbonlahor (2/8) 25%, Jean Makoun (4/15) 26.7%,

Best passer – Nigel Reo-Coker (24/32) 75%

Worst passer – Ashley Young (26/46) 56.5%, Stewart Downing (29/50) 58%

Highest clearance success rate – Kyle Walker (7/8) 87.5%

Poorest clearance rate – Richard Dunne (3/8) 37.5%

2 Shots on target all game, 1 of which was a goal. Stewart Downing had the most shots – 3

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2-2 – Report and Ratings: Villa Don’t Learn as Fulham Level Twice

February 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Villa again sacrificed two points against Fulham after leading twice at Villa Park and twice allowing Fulham to equalise. Both of the visitors goals could have been prevented by Friedel who had one of his worse games of the season, first parrying Sidwell’s effort straight to Johnson and second coming and missing from a Murphy corner for compatriot Dempsey to head home. Villa picked up an early lead after a delicious outside of the boot cross from Downing was inadvertently headed into his own net by John Paintsil. The winger was Villa’s outstanding player with numerous great deliveries and passes to set up attacks. Bent had earlier had a goal disallowed in a marginal but correct decision after a Downing shot was kept out by Schwarzer. Loan signing Kyle Walker gave Villa a 2-1 lead after Fulham had equalised, bursting past Sidwell on the halfway line and firing in a low 35-yard drive past Schwarzer. The goal deserved to win any game but Villa paid the price, as they did at Fulham for complacency and not closing out the result in what is a poor one for Villa giving their two-time lead and Fulham’s woeful away record. Extended Match Report

3 Points Off Europe: Too Naive to Dream?

January 26, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Aston Villa achieved their first back-to-back wins of the season away at Wigan in a game which brought changes to the successful line-up against Man City including debuts for youngster Nathan Baker and new recruit Jean Makoun. Their arrivals came at the expense of the absent Ciaran Clark and the benched Marc Albrighton who was rested along with Stiliyan Petrov with Nigel Reo-Coker also getting a start. Gabby Agbonlahor’s unmissable one yard header was his first goal in the league this season, giving the visitors an early second half lead. Ashley Young was brought down in the box by Hendry Thomas and duly dispatched the resulting penalty kick with a fierce drive straight down the middle. A huge deflection took James McCarthy’s shot from range into the bottom corner after slack closing down on the edge of the box to create a nervy last 10 minutes. Villa just about managed to hold on for their first back-to-back wins of the season, taking them 6 points clear of relegation into 13th, just 3 points off a possible European spot in 7th, currently occupied by Blackburn. Extended Match Report

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