Premier League - Blackpool held by 10-man Villa

Sat, 12 Feb 17:04:00 2011

Ian Holloway saw his Blackpool side end a run of five straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Bloomfield Road.

Match Highlights: Blackpool

When Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring for Aston Villa after 10 minutes it could have opened the floodgates, but Blackpool regrouped quickly and equalised four minutes later thanks to Elliot Grandin.

Villa were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Jean Makoun was given a straight red card after a challenge on DJ Campbell.

Villa made the breakthrough in the 10th minute following a swift counter-attack that left the home side exposed. Bent laid the ball off to Agbonlahor and he showed a blistering turn of pace before going around Richard Kingson and firing a shot into the corner.

But Blackpool stormed back and equalised in the 14th minute. Grandin got a vital touch at the near post after Villa had failed to deal with a corner from Charlie Adam.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier said: "You have to show different qualities. We were resilient and disciplined. I am very proud of my players.

"It is not easy when you are away at Blackpool and down to 10 men. It was a hard-fought point. We came here to win the game and could have won it after 25 minutes but I have to give my players credit."

Houllier explained he had replaced England striker Bent with Emile Heskey in the second half simply because he was tired, adding: "He had a full game for the national team. What with the travelling he wasn't as lively as usual."

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