Saturday January 8, 2011 3rd Round Finished Bramall Lane

Sheffield United 1 - 3 Aston Villa

  • Ward 48’ (pen.)
  • Walker 9’
  • Albrighton 33’
  • Petrov 90’

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  1. Ten-man Villa knock out Blades

    Ten-man Villa knock out Blades

    Aston Villa gave Gerard Houllier a much-needed win as the visitors edged past Sheffield United 3-1 at Bramall Lane in the FA Cup third round More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sheffield United
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+4' FULL-TIME! Villa hold on. They weren't at their best but they withstood the siege, coped with the loss of the man and got a result. They needed it badly, and Houllier pumps his fist in celebration - the first sign that he's happy with how the day turned out. Brave effort from the Championship side but they were short on quality when it counted.
    • 90+3' PETROV! GREAT VILLA GOAL! The tie is over - Petrov and Albrighton combine, and with a clinical finish Petrov settles this one. There was always a chance of that as United left themselves exposed at the back.
    • 90+1' Reo-Coker off for Collins and Parrino off for Slew as both sides roll the dice a final time.
    • 90+1' BRITTON CLOSE! It opened up for him to hit a first-time shot in the box, but it's just over the bar.
    • 90' Williamson shouts in frustration as a ball his way slips out of his reach. Time running out for the Blades.
    • 89' Both defences looking vulnerable. Either side could score as the Blades take more and more chances looking for an equaliser.
    • 88' Simonsen rushes out prematurely for a long ball forward and gets into a mess. It could fall for Agbonlahor, but Kozluk clears up with a no-nonsense thump for a corner.
    • 87' Villa fans trying their best to stay in full voice, but there are some worried faces amongst them.
    • 86' Albtighton makes a good late run and nearly gets on to a teasing centre, but this time the ball evades him. United head forward again.
    • 85' Kozluk lines up a long throw, which yields a corner. Kozluk on the end of that corner himself, but his volley is over the bar.
    • 84' Walker clears and tries to give Villa some respite, but Sheffield United march straight back forward, as if sensing the comeback is on.
    • 83' PARRINO NEXT TO SHOOT! Great connection from the edge of the area, but the last Villa man back makes a clearance. All the Championship side at the moment.
    • 82' ERTL CLOSE! With an overhead kick, of all things. Friedel has to tip around the post for a corner.
    • 81' And a booking, which seems to surprise Petrov, though it isn't clear why. He's given a decent set-piece chance away.
    • 80' Petrov handballs - ludicrous decision!
    • 79' CLARK CLOSE! Downing played him in six yards out and if he it weren't for a well-judged block it could have been game over.
    • 78' That's bit Houllier - he wanted to take Young off earlier, remember, but an exhausted Pires had to come off instead and now the final few minutes could be even more fraught.
    • 77' YOUNG OFF! Poor challenge, he was already on a yellow, and there's not much arguing with that.
    • 75' VILLA CLOSE! TWICE! Corners keeping the hosts on their toes - first a own-goal chance and then Downing lashes a volley over from the next corner!
    • 74' Blades change: Williamson off, and McAllister on!
    • 73' GREAT SAVE SIMONSEN! Wow - so close - it was a great ball from Downing and Petrov was left one-on-one, but hesitated and Simonsen just did enough!
    • 72' MONTGOMERY CLOSE! Ward's corner bounces out invitingly to him on the volley, and his shot almost squeezes through the melee of defenders in the box.
    • 70' Twenty minutes to go - how are things in the rest of the day's 3pm Cup games? Click here to find out.
    • 69' AGBONLAHOR CLOSE! He lashes into the side netting after latching on to a pass on the left and holding off his man as he raced into the area. He's really strong from those kinds of chances.
    • 68' Three-quarters of the game gone - United within touching distance, but they have not created much in the last minutes. All to play for though.
    • 67' Dunne crudely brought down by Montgomery.
    • 66' Hang on - there's some confusion here as the changes are made - Pires looks like he was keen to come off as well - and in a last-minute change to the plan he is - Young stays on!
    • 65' Here come the changes - Downing for Young and Petrov on for Bannan.
    • 64' The ball breaks to Williamson and he just about resists the chance to lash at a volley from the edge of the box - but after losing the ball when he touches the ball inside, he might have wished he did.
    • 63' Downing and Petrov are coming on here - who will they replace in a double change?
    • 62' Ping-pong in the Villa penalty area but eventually the visitors clear.
    • 61' Young picks up a booking here for tussling with Bogdanovic for the ball.
    • 60' Aston Villa on the back foot at the moment - the next half-hour could be very important indeed. Can they get out of trouble?
    • 58' Good work from Ashley Young - it took three Blades to stop him getting a cross in, but one of them, Bogdanovic, was doing so unfairly. Free-kick - and some release of the pressure.
    • 57' FRIEDEL MAKES A BIG SAVE! Bogdanovic fires a long-ranger from an unlikely angle but it's definitely on target and it's a corner for the Blades, who are in the ascendancy here!
    • 56' Walker and Ertl clash heads - Walker comes off the worse. Ertl straight back on his feet.
    • 55' That was struck with real venom by Evans, but it's blocked by the two-man wall.
    • 54' The referee has a quick word with Pires after United pick up a free-kick almost 40 yards out.
    • 53' The cameras zoom in on Gerard Houllier - he really doesn't look happy. A comeback for the Blades could be disastrous for his reign.
    • 52' Cuellar forced to head away for a corner - Ward lines it up and aims for the far post.
    • 51' Not much sign of the Blades yet, either, though.
    • 50' Are Villa rattled? They've yet to show much since the goal went in.
    • 49' Kozluk winds up for a long-throw - finds Williamson whose cross lands on top of the netting.
    • 48' WARD SCORES! He drills low into the middle of the goal, and Friedel opts to dive. Game on!
    • 47' PENALTY FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED! CUELLAR BRINGS DOWN WILLIAMSON! Well, well well! It's a strange decision - Cuellar seemed to get the ball, and the referee took a moment before deciding to award it - but it's a real chance to get back into the game!
    • 46' Good angled run from Albrighton - who picks out Young for an attempted curler - too high on this occasion.
    • 46' The second half begins - Villa kick off!
    • - Perfect time to check on all the other goals in the FA Cup this afternoon - click here to find out what's been going on.
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME: Villa created three good opportunities, scored two of them, and have a comfortable lead. But they've not been convincing. United have had the better of play, but made little in the way of chances, and find themselves with a mountain to climb in the second half.
    • 45' Villa playing out this time in relative calm until Bannan gives a ball away and then fouls trying to get it back.
    • 44' Just one minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 43' The ball pings around the Villa penalty area as the visitors do a poor job of clearing, and Parrino fires a warning shot with a crisp long-range strike which is only narrowly wide! Reo-Coker culpable in that mess.
    • 42' Villa win a throw as they try to escape their own half. They've not created a surfeit of chances, but they've made the most of the ones they have had.
    • 41' Young teases a corner into the six-yard box but Simonsen stands tall and times his leap well to claim it.
    • 40' Agbonlahor rises to his feet, and the referee has a quick word with them both.
    • 40' Agbonlahor down - he robbed Ertl with a crunching tackle of his own, only to be felled by the defender soon after.
    • 39' Can Micky Adams inspire United to a second-half comeback? This is exactly where they found themselves against Doncaster last time around.
    • 37' Free-kick from the byline is worked towards Bannan, but his shot on goal from the D of the penalty area is shanked to the right.
    • 36' GREAT SAVE FROM SIMONSEN! Agbonlahor denied as the striker broke into the penalty area. The Blades defence stood off him, and a good full-stretch save was necessary to keep the hosts in the game.
    • 35' Albrighton's efforts to keep the ball in play after Agbonlahor's crossfield pass are in vain - the assistant close by and raises his flag.
    • 34' Houllier doesn't look especially happy, but the scoreline is great news for the Villa boss. Things to work on in the performance, but he also is in desperate need of results.
    • 33' Not seen much from Pires but suddenly here he is with a couple of deft touches to lead Villa into the United half. Nothing wrong with Pires' control, but he's not made his presence felt as yet.
    • 32' ALBRIGHTON SCORES! Suddenly the momentum shifts, and it's a cracking goal, made by Young who dances down the left and picks out the onrushing Albrighton with a short cross - and he lashes in on the volley!
    • 31' Delivery not terrible but Villa emerge unscathed. And the longer it happens the more chance the Villans could strike.
    • 30' Clark brings down Evans on the right-hand side - useful position for a free-kick.
    • 29' Gary McAllister, Villa's assistant, looking somewhat anxious on the sidelines. Houllier letting his number two send out instructions.
    • 28' Ashley Young getting a little more involved here, roving around the field. Decently-struck cross from the right this time, but Simonsen lunges and grabs it.
    • 27' There's been a host of goals already in the FA Cup's 3pm kick-offs - keep up with them all by clicking this link.
    • 26' Ashley Young spins out of one challenge with skill... but runs straight into another. It would be more frustrating for the visitors were they not ahead.
    • 25' Clark tries to burst down the left, but Parrino cuts him off and restores possession to the hosts.
    • 24' The 4-5-1 is looking very restrictive here from Villa - they've shown very little going forward apart from Walker's moment in the first ten minutes.
    • 23' The resulting corner is dealt with by the Aston Villa defenders, but they're just starting to creak here...
    • 22' EVANS CLOSE! Route one of the most route one order - big kick from the keeper, flick-on, and into Evans's path five yards out - Friedel does well to make a point-blank save!
    • 21' Simonsen has a long free-kick forward, as Sheffield United continue to press.
    • 20' First yellow card of the match is awarded to Kozluk - it's a hideous challenge on Walker on the flank.
    • 19' The last time United met Villa in the FA Cup was six years ago in the third round - the Blades won that one 3-1. They still could repeat that.
    • 18' Ward caught offside as the hosts throw a long ball forward.
    • 17' The Blades throw plenty of bodies forward for a long-throw from the left, but the Villa defence is looking assured. Agbonlahor is offered a hopeful long-ball chase, which he loses out on.
    • 16' It's been much the same after the goal as before it - Sheffield United on the ball, in the Villa half, but not getting any closer to the goal.
    • 15' Kozluk now so close to the penalty area that he lines up a long-throw into the box, but it's cleared by a combination of Friedel and his back four.
    • 14' Parrino with the throw down the right - and he'll get another as Sheffield United probe forward - and then another. He's gained about twenty yards here!
    • 13' Bogdanovic tries a cross from the left under pressure from two Villa men, but it's struck on the half-volley and sails harmlessly wide.
    • 12' Ward's ball is not a bad one, but the delivery is scooped away.
    • 11' Dunne steers the ball out for a corner - opportunity for the Blades from a dead ball.
    • 10' That's exactly what Houllier needed, but he might not have expected it from Walker - he'll still be delighted!
    • 9' VILLA SCORE! WALKER ON HIS DEBUT! AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB! It's just what Villa need and he did it all himself, running from the halfway line largely unchallenged, before placing a left-foot shot low into the corner. Great start for Walker!
    • 7' Bannan overhits a ball Agbonlahor's direction. He's playing as a lone striker - the service will need to improve.
    • 6' Clark slides a ball down the line for Agbonlahor, but he's quickly dispossessed. Sheffield United brighter, neither side looking a threat though.
    • 5' Early pressure is coming from the Championship side, though it has to be said that Villa are looking comfortable enough at the back.
    • 4' Nice one-touch football from the Blades is stopped by Cuellar timing a challenge well on Williamson. Still a throw for the visitors midway into the Villa half on the left.
    • 3' Simonsen takes a goal-kick at a sparsely-filled Bramall Lane. It's turned back fairly quickly, although the hooked ball is too much for Agbonlahor to chase.
    • 2' First half-chance Robert Kozluk tries a volley for the home side after United build promisingly down the right. Well over teh bar though.
    • 1' We're away at Bramall Lane!
    • 15:00 All set to kick off - Sheffield United to begin, both sides in their home kits.
    • 14:55 Just finished by the way - the first FA Cup game of the weekend. Arsenal and Leeds have just played out a dramatic draw. Full report here.
    • 14:55 '10-0 2 the blades' suggests staw95 in the comments. I'll take a five-pound each-way bet with you that however it ends it won't be 10-0... But get involved in the comments section below - whatever your thoughts!
    • 14:50 TEAM NEWS: So Kyle Walker gets a debut for Villa, and Agbonlahor is back in for Heskey - he of the shocking midweek miss - after a suspension. Pires also starts as Houllier names a strong-looking side. For Sheffield United Daniel Bogdanovic, whose goal led Sheffield United to a late-late draw against Doncaster, gets a start.
    • 14:45 ASTON VILLA: Brad Friedel, Richard Dunne, Ashley Young, Robert Pires, Gabby Agbonlahor, Marc Albrighton, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ciaran Clark, Carlos Cuellar, Barry Bannan, Kyle Walker. Subs: Stewart Downing, Nathan Delfouneso, Stiliyan Petrov, Jonathan Hogg, James Collins, Chris Herd, Andy Marshall.
    • 14:45 SHEFFIELD UNITED: Steve Simonsen, Nick Montgomery, Johnny Ertl, Leon Britton, Ched Evans, Daniel Bogdanovic, Lee Williamson, Jamie Ward, Rob Kozluk, Kyle Bartley, Elian Parrino. Subs: Jean Calve, David McAllister, George Long, Kingsley James, Jordan Slew, Matt Harriot.
    • 14:40 Not that everything is running smoothly for Sheffield United. The Blades are 21st in the Championship, and are on their third manager of the season after Gary Speed left for Wales. But they have the chance to put it all behind them today against Villa.
    • 14:35 Aston Villa Gerard Houllier will be feeling more than a little nervous ahead of this tie. After defeat against Sunderland they have slipped into the relegation zone, and now they face an awkward journey to Yorkshire. Will the visitors opt to rest players (which has been the way in other games afternoon)? Can Houllier afford to?
    • 14:30 Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo!'s LIVE updates from the FA Cup clash between Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' PETROV! GREAT VILLA GOAL! The tie is over - Petrov and Albrighton combine, and with a clinical finish Petrov settles this one. There was always a chance of that as United left themselves exposed at the back.
    • 83' PARRINO NEXT TO SHOOT! Great connection from the edge of the area, but the last Villa man back makes a clearance. All the Championship side at the moment.
    • 82' ERTL CLOSE! With an overhead kick, of all things. Friedel has to tip around the post for a corner.
    • 79' CLARK CLOSE! Downing played him in six yards out and if he it weren't for a well-judged block it could have been game over.
    • 77' YOUNG OFF! Poor challenge, he was already on a yellow, and there's not much arguing with that.
    • 75' VILLA CLOSE! TWICE! Corners keeping the hosts on their toes - first a own-goal chance and then Downing lashes a volley over from the next corner!
    • 73' GREAT SAVE SIMONSEN! Wow - so close - it was a great ball from Downing and Petrov was left one-on-one, but hesitated and Simonsen just did enough!
    • 72' MONTGOMERY CLOSE! Ward's corner bounces out invitingly to him on the volley, and his shot almost squeezes through the melee of defenders in the box.
    • 69' AGBONLAHOR CLOSE! He lashes into the side netting after latching on to a pass on the left and holding off his man as he raced into the area. He's really strong from those kinds of chances.
    • 57' FRIEDEL MAKES A BIG SAVE! Bogdanovic fires a long-ranger from an unlikely angle but it's definitely on target and it's a corner for the Blades, who are in the ascendancy here!
    • 48' WARD SCORES! He drills low into the middle of the goal, and Friedel opts to dive. Game on!
    • 47' PENALTY FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED! CUELLAR BRINGS DOWN WILLIAMSON! Well, well well! It's a strange decision - Cuellar seemed to get the ball, and the referee took a moment before deciding to award it - but it's a real chance to get back into the game!
    • 43' The ball pings around the Villa penalty area as the visitors do a poor job of clearing, and Parrino fires a warning shot with a crisp long-range strike which is only narrowly wide! Reo-Coker culpable in that mess.
    • 36' GREAT SAVE FROM SIMONSEN! Agbonlahor denied as the striker broke into the penalty area. The Blades defence stood off him, and a good full-stretch save was necessary to keep the hosts in the game.
    • 32' ALBRIGHTON SCORES! Suddenly the momentum shifts, and it's a cracking goal, made by Young who dances down the left and picks out the onrushing Albrighton with a short cross - and he lashes in on the volley!
    • 22' EVANS CLOSE! Route one of the most route one order - big kick from the keeper, flick-on, and into Evans's path five yards out - Friedel does well to make a point-blank save!
    • 9' VILLA SCORE! WALKER ON HIS DEBUT! AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB! It's just what Villa need and he did it all himself, running from the halfway line largely unchallenged, before placing a left-foot shot low into the corner. Great start for Walker!
    • 14:45 ASTON VILLA: Brad Friedel, Richard Dunne, Ashley Young, Robert Pires, Gabby Agbonlahor, Marc Albrighton, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ciaran Clark, Carlos Cuellar, Barry Bannan, Kyle Walker. Subs: Stewart Downing, Nathan Delfouneso, Stiliyan Petrov, Jonathan Hogg, James Collins, Chris Herd, Andy Marshall.
    • 14:45 SHEFFIELD UNITED: Steve Simonsen, Nick Montgomery, Johnny Ertl, Leon Britton, Ched Evans, Daniel Bogdanovic, Lee Williamson, Jamie Ward, Rob Kozluk, Kyle Bartley, Elian Parrino. Subs: Jean Calve, David McAllister, George Long, Kingsley James, Jordan Slew, Matt Harriot.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Simonsen
      • R. Kozluk Yellow Card
      • J. Ertl
      • K. Bartley
      • E. Parrino Substitution Out (90′)
      • L. Williamson Substitution Out (75′)
      • N. Montgomery
      • L. Britton
      • J. Ward Goal
      • C. Evans
      • D. Bogdanovic

      Subs

      • J. Calvé
      • D. McAllister Substitution In75′
      • K. James
      • J. Slew Substitution In90′
      • M. Harriott
      • G. Long
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • R. Dunne
      • C. Cuéllar
      • K. Walker Goal
      • C. Clark
      • N. Reo-Coker Substitution Out (90′)
      • B. Bannan Substitution Out (65′)
      • R. Pires Substitution Out (65′)
      • A. Young Red Card
      • M. Albrighton Goal
      • G. Agbonlahor

      Subs

      • S. Petrov Substitution In65′ Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Collins Substitution In90′
      • A. Marshall
      • N. Delfouneso
      • C. Herd
      • S. Downing Substitution In65′
      • J. Hogg
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