Wednesday February 24, 2010 Round 5 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

  • Agbonlahor 42’
  • Carew 81’ (pen.), 89’ (pen.)
  • Ambrose 73’ (pen.)

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  1. Late Carew double as Villa down Palace

    Late Carew double as Villa down Palace

    John Carew dispatched two late penalties as Aston Villa ran out 3-1 winners over Crystal Palace in their FA Cup fifth-round replay. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Crystal Palace
    • FT Martin Atkinson blows up for full-time and it's Aston Villa who go through to the FA Cup quarter-final!
    • 89' GOAL! Carew steps up...and scores! Another excellent penalty, powerful into the left corner, which left Speroni with no chance.
    • 89' PENALTY! Matt Lawrence's night has gone from bad to worse! The 35-year-old defender needlessly dives in on Carew and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
    • 88' Villa are happy to keep the ball down by the corner flag.
    • 87' Downing cuts in expertly from the right and fires a powerful left-footed shot which is too close to Speroni and the Palace keeper punches over.
    • 85' As we enter the final five minutes, what more have Palace for to give?
    • 83' What was Lawrence doing there? Carew had his back to goal and the Palace veteran should know better than to have a chunk of his man's shirt.
    • 81' GOAL! Carew dusts himself off and smashes an emphatic penalty down the middle!
    • 80' PENALTY! This time to Villa! Agbonlahor fires in a diagonal ball to Carew who, with his back to go, is needlessly tugged down by Lawrence!
    • 80' Villa look to have regained some of their fight and don't look like a team who want 30 minutes of extra time!
    • 77' VILLA SUB: Delph is replaced by Steve Sidwell.
    • 77' To be fair to Dunne, he wouldn't have seen that until the last second. In fact, he wouldn't have known much about it.
    • 76' Palace half-clear a corner and the ball is played back out to Ashley Young on the right, who fires in a wicked low cross which Dunne hits over from just a few yards out!
    • 75' Credit to Palace, the Eagles have come out fighting in this second half and Villa just switched off.
    • 73' GOAL! Ambrose slots home the penalty for his 17th goal of the season! Palace are level!
    • 72' PENALTY! Palace's patience pays off as Ertl flicks on for Lee who is brought down by Warnock as he is about to pull the trigger!
    • 71' Palace enjoy a neat spell of possession in the middle of the park but it looks as if Villa are happy to sit back and pounce on the counter.
    • 68' Villa fail to deal with a long throw and Lee flicks on to Danns who drags his shot wide at the back post!
    • 68' Butterfield gifts Villa possession with an awful pass and Ashley Young sprints forward before curling a right-footed strike towards the bottom corner which Speroni expertly tips around the post!
    • 65' Ashley Young takes Villa's eighth corner of the night short and soon receives the ball back but overhits his cross.
    • 64' Downing surges forward and beats Lawrence but there's a distinct lack of options in the box and Downing's cross is cut out for a corner.
    • 63' The winner of this tie will play either Reading or West Brom away on Sunday March 7.
    • 62' In tonight's other FA Cup matches, Spurs lead Bolton 3-0, West Brom are 2-1 up on Reading and Stoke and Man City are deadlocked. Follow the latest here...
    • 61' Ambrose fires in a left-footed free-kick which Villa half-clear before eventually clearing the lines. Agbonlahor breaks and is hacked down by Clyne, who is booked.
    • 59' Cuellar goes over the top of Carle to hand Palace a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left flank.
    • 58' Butterfield cuts back onto his left foot to earn a yard of space from Downing. The Palace midfielder whips in a decent cross but Dunne rises well to head clear.
    • 56' Carle fires in a deep free-kick to the back post which Warnock nods out for a corner. Guzan should really be coming for those.
    • 54' Ambrose lines up a shot from distance but fires straight at Guzan.
    • 53' Luke Young nods behind to hand Palace a corner... but Ambrose's set-piece is woeful.
    • 52' Ambrose and Carle link up well before the all is played out to Butterfield on the left, but his cross fails to beat the first man.
    • 51' Lawrence is booked for a late challenge on Ashley Young.
    • 50' Dunne does well to put Lee under pressure on the right and the Palace striker runs the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 49' Villa use the full length of the pitch in an attempt to probe the Palace back four and Delhp eventually cuts inside from the left before shooting straight at team-mate Carew.
    • 47' Palace start the half brightly, looking to put their Premier League hosts on the back foot but Villa quickly avert any danger and regain possession.
    • 46' Palace get the second half underway...
    • HT Martin Atkinson blows up for half-time and it's Villa who have the advantage, albeit in fortunate circumstances.
    • 46' Clyne bursts forward and nearly caps a fine Palace move with a left-footed shot which is just wide of Guzan's left post!
    • 44' Neil Warnock will not be a happy man! The Palace manager berated the linesman, who incorrectly awarded Villa a corner, after Collins's late equalier at Selhurst Park - and lightning has struck twice!
    • 43' GOAL! Milner whips in the corner to the near post and Agbonlahor escapes his marker, Derry, to glance home!
    • 42' Milner nips past Carle, who gets back to make the challenge but the ball looks to have come off Milner last. Hold on, the referee has given a corner...
    • 41' Speroni takes no chances and sends his clearance crashing into row z.
    • 40' Villa try to work some space on a congested left flank. Eventually Milner escapes the attention of Carle and shoots with Speroni getting down well to make the save.
    • 37' Clyne pushes forward and has a go from distance, with his shot being deflected for a corner.
    • 37' Davis was really caught out by his lack of pace there.
    • 36' Davis is caught the wrong side of Agbonlahor and looks to bring the Villa striker down in the box but the referee waves play on! That looked like a penalty!
    • 35' Lee wins a free-kick for Palace midway inside the Villa half. The referee thinks there was a push from Dunne although that looks a little harsh.
    • 35' Milner threads a beautiful ball to Carew, who tries to work a yard of space before squaring to the waiting Ashley Young but Davis slides in with a pin-point tackle.
    • 33' Lawrence brings down Carew on the edge of the box but the referee is not having any of it and Palace clear.
    • 32' It's Ashley Young causing ALL the problems for Villa but Palace manage to haul a handful to defenders back to block the youngsters shot. Villa corner.
    • 30' Martin O'Neill cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines. His side are dominating possession but that's where it ends...
    • 29' Milner and Warnock link up beautifully in the left channel with the Villa full-back nipping in behind the Palace defence before over-playing his cut-back for Carew! He only had to slide the ball across the face of goal!
    • 28' Palace fashion a smart passing move in midfield but can't make an impact on the Villa final third, instead winning a throw on the right flank.
    • 26' Milner is running the show for Villa and Palace are struggling to control his movement on the right.
    • 25' Palace defend the corner with ease, this time Lawrence heading clear.
    • 24' Carew breaks forward for Villa before passing to Downing on the right. The former Middlesbrough man spreads the ball left to Ashley Young, who cuts inside and shoots only to see Lawrence block for a corner, Villa's fifth of the game so far.
    • 22' Villa's third corner of the night comes to nothing.
    • 22' Ashley Young sends in a left-footed cross from the left which nearly catches Speroni off-guard and the Palace keeper has to back pedal and tip the ball over the bar.
    • 21' Danns's half-hearted clearance falls to Milner, who looks like he's been fouled by Ertl - but the linesman isn't interested and awards a free-kick.
    • 20' Ambrose delivers a free-kick deep into the Villa box which goes out for a goal-kick. Palace will have to make more of an impact from set-pieces if they want to escape with a result tonight.
    • 19' There are, of course, three other FA Cup replays tonight: Check out the latest scores and scorers...
    • 18' Lawrence goes over the top of Agbonlahor on the halfway line and gives away a free-kick.
    • 17' Speroni fires a quick goal-kick forward to Ambrose and Luke Young has to clear for a throw. Impressive quick thinking by Palace keeper Speroni, that.
    • 16' Agbonlahor turns his man just outside the box and races goalwards but Speroni makes himself big to block the Villa striker's shot. First clear cut chance of the match.
    • 15' Palace are growing in confidence and look comfortable in possession.
    • 14' Ambrose delivers a teasing free-kick into the box but Cuellar heads clear.
    • 13' Ashley Young dives in on Ambrose, scorer of a superb free-kick in the first leg, and Palace have a free-kick just inside the Villa half.
    • 13' The corner is taken short to Ashley Young who fires in a fierce cross which is headed clear.
    • 12' Agbonlahor takes on Davis and wins his side a corner kick. In the mean time, Butterfield has taken a knock and takes a few seconds to get to his feet.
    • 11' Downing spreads a superb ball out wide to Ashley Young but Clyne does well to thwart the attack.
    • 10' Agbonlahor is Villa's top scorer this season with 13 goals to his name.
    • 9' Delph skips past his man in the middle of the park and attempts to thread a ball down the middle but Palace are quick to intercept.
    • 8' Ashley Young found it very easy to beat Ertl there. Has Martin O'Neill identified a weakness in Palace's back four?
    • 7' Villa continue to press down the right through Luke and Ashley Young. The latter whips in a cross which Carew volleys side-footed at the near post into the grateful arms of Speroni.
    • 6' Villa clear their ranks, with Lee getting a knee in the back in the process. The Palace striker requires treatment but is soon back to his feet.
    • 5' First corner of the match goes to Palace as Lee attempts to pick up Derry's long ball forward.
    • 4' Downing's free-kick is cleared by Villa soon pick up possession. Young fires a low ball into the box which Davis takes a swipe at and misses - but fortunately Carew can't connect and Speroni smothers.
    • 3' Davis tries to see the ball out of play but has to lay off for Clyne, who is forced into a foul by Young.
    • 2' Villa are on the front foot immediately with Carew flicking on for Young but Palace clear for a throw.
    • 1' Villa get the game underway!
    • - Here they come...Villa in their traditional claret and blue with Palace in their white away strip.
    • - Palace have played twice since the initial encounter, while Villa have been in action once, putting five past Burnley at the weekend.
    • - While cash-strapped Palace are enjoying a fantastic cup run, having beaten Wolves in the previous round, the south London club are languishing in the Championship relegation zone with doubt continuing to hang over the future of boss Neil Warnock...
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN:
    • - ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Delph, Downing, Carew, Agbonlahor Subs: Friedel, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Davies, Heskey, Beye, Collins
    • - CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Clyne, Davis, Lawrence, Butterfield, Carle, Derry, Ertl, Danns, Lee, Ambrose Subs: Manns, Hill, Scannell, Andrew, Djilali, Comley, N'Diaye
    • - Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
    • - HERE SOME MATCH FACTS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE:
    • - The three FA Cup ties between Villa and Palace saw a combined total of 16 goals.
    • - None of the last 12 meetings between Palace and Villa have ended as an away win.
    • - None of the last 12 meetings between Palace and Villa have ended as an away win.
    • - Crystal Palace have not won in any of their last five visits to Villa Park.
    • - The Eagles have taken the lead in each of their last three matches against Martin OÂ’NeillÂ’s side, but have only won one of these games.
    • - Aston Villa are unbeaten in their 11 competitive matches in 2010 so far.
    • - Petrov's late goal rescued Villa a 2-2 draw at Selhurt Park 10 days ago. Ertl gave Palace the lead and Collins equalised for Villa before Ambrose put the hosts back ahead.
    • - Welcome to the LIVE text commentary of Aston Villa's FA Cup Fifth Round replay with Crystal Palace at Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Carew steps up...and scores! Another excellent penalty, powerful into the left corner, which left Speroni with no chance.
    • 89' PENALTY! Matt Lawrence's night has gone from bad to worse! The 35-year-old defender needlessly dives in on Carew and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
    • 81' GOAL! Carew dusts himself off and smashes an emphatic penalty down the middle!
    • 80' PENALTY! This time to Villa! Agbonlahor fires in a diagonal ball to Carew who, with his back to go, is needlessly tugged down by Lawrence!
    • 76' Palace half-clear a corner and the ball is played back out to Ashley Young on the right, who fires in a wicked low cross which Dunne hits over from just a few yards out!
    • 73' GOAL! Ambrose slots home the penalty for his 17th goal of the season! Palace are level!
    • 72' PENALTY! Palace's patience pays off as Ertl flicks on for Lee who is brought down by Warnock as he is about to pull the trigger!
    • 68' Villa fail to deal with a long throw and Lee flicks on to Danns who drags his shot wide at the back post!
    • 68' Butterfield gifts Villa possession with an awful pass and Ashley Young sprints forward before curling a right-footed strike towards the bottom corner which Speroni expertly tips around the post!
    • 64' Downing surges forward and beats Lawrence but there's a distinct lack of options in the box and Downing's cross is cut out for a corner.
    • 46' Clyne bursts forward and nearly caps a fine Palace move with a left-footed shot which is just wide of Guzan's left post!
    • 44' Neil Warnock will not be a happy man! The Palace manager berated the linesman, who incorrectly awarded Villa a corner, after Collins's late equalier at Selhurst Park - and lightning has struck twice!
    • 43' GOAL! Milner whips in the corner to the near post and Agbonlahor escapes his marker, Derry, to glance home!
    • 36' Davis is caught the wrong side of Agbonlahor and looks to bring the Villa striker down in the box but the referee waves play on! That looked like a penalty!
    • 29' Milner and Warnock link up beautifully in the left channel with the Villa full-back nipping in behind the Palace defence before over-playing his cut-back for Carew! He only had to slide the ball across the face of goal!
    • 16' Agbonlahor turns his man just outside the box and races goalwards but Speroni makes himself big to block the Villa striker's shot. First clear cut chance of the match.
    • - ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Delph, Downing, Carew, Agbonlahor Subs: Friedel, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Davies, Heskey, Beye, Collins
    • - CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Clyne, Davis, Lawrence, Butterfield, Carle, Derry, Ertl, Danns, Lee, Ambrose Subs: Manns, Hill, Scannell, Andrew, Djilali, Comley, N'Diaye

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