Saturday February 26, 2011 Day 28 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 4 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Young 49’ (pen.), 82’
  • Hanley 62’ (o.g.)
  • Downing 64’
  • Kalinic 81’

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  1. Vintage Villa thump Rovers

    Vintage Villa thump Rovers

    Aston Villa scored three goals in 18 minutes as they completed a resounding 4-1 Premier League thrashing of Blackburn at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Blackburn Rovers
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    • 90+4' Game over. A thumping 4-1 win for Villa. Well worth their win. Easily the better side.
    • 90+2' Nelsen picks up his second yellow of the day and he is off the park for bringing down Young. Nelsen was booked for taking out Bent in the lead-up to the third goal.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' Rovers will be content to get back up the road. Not much to take from this as the ball drops off Kalinic before going through to Friedel.
    • 87' Villa with 19 shots on goal in the match. This has been an impressive performance from Houllier's side in the second period. There has been no let up.
    • 86' Heskey almost in for number five. Inches away from converting inside the box. Fine cross by Downing. All Villa.
    • 85' Young goes for goal. Over the bar. Well over. Not that it is going to make much difference. Villa heading for a 4-1 victory.
    • 84' Young is taken down by Nzonzi. Free-kick to the home team, who are seeking a fifth goal.
    • 83' Gabriel Agbonlahor looking a bit puzzled on the bench. No action for him today. Downing back on the ball for the home side.
    • 82' Fine shot by Kalinic! Just swerved wide of the goal. That contained some pace. He has had an impact for the visiting side.
    • 81' Emile Heskey arrives to take over from Bent. The Villa fans are loving this.
    • 80' GOAL FOR VILLA! Brilliant finish by Young from Downing's pass. No chance for Robinson as the ball flies past him high to his left. Poor defending again.
    • 79' GOAL FOR ROVERS! Sub Kalinic sees a deflected shot crack off the foot off Dunne and fly over Friedel from 25 yards. A bit of luck for Rovers. Surely only a consolation.
    • 78' Villa will move a point above Blackburn in the table with this win. They will be in 12th spot with Blackburn in 13th.
    • 77' A change for Rovers as Andrews departs to be replaced by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 76' Dunne, Downing and Reo-Coker all content to keep the ball before Nelsen comes across to knock the ball out of play.
    • 75' Lovely bit of skill by Petrov to backheel the ball to Young. Villa with their tails up as they go in search of a fourth goal.
    • 74' Albrighton at the heart of all the Villa moves. This time tries to pick out Bent, but headed away by the Rovers defence. Rovers manager Steve Kean is looking none too pleased.
    • 73' Stiliyan Petrov has been brought on to replace Pires. A standing ovation for Pires.
    • 72' Salgado tackles Albrighton in the box. Appeals for a penalty, but he was clearly looking for the decision. A dive all day long.
    • 71' Some decent play by Young out wide. Hammers a shot across the face of goal. Just eludes Bent at the back post.
    • 70' Some more smart play by young Albrighton. The Villa kid is always looking to get a shot away. This time his shot has more pace, but Robinson is on hand to make the save.
    • 69' Albrighton fouls Emerton, but Rovers can't benefit from the free-kick. They have been outpassed and overpowered by Villa in this second period and for most of the first half.
    • 68' Albrighton tries to join the party with a low swerving shot from 20 yards out. Easy take for Robinson.
    • 67' Just spotted Houllier giving the thumbs up to Young from the side of the pitch. Looks like it is going to be memorable day for his team.
    • 66' News of a few Blackburn changes. Santa Cruz and Grella are off with Nikola Kalinic and Jason Roberts brought on.
    • 65' There are more goals out there for the home side this afternoon. Young tries to release Bent, but the ball flies through to Robinson.
    • 64' Rovers all over the show in this second period, but they can't say this wasn't coming. Nelsen fouled Bent in the lead-up to the third goal.
    • 63' A THIRD GOAL FOR VILLA! Superb run and finish by Downing. Ran from the halfway line before placing the ball beyond Robinson. 3-0. It is game over.
    • 62' GOAL FOR VILLA! Albrighton whacks a cross into the danger zone and Hanley has poked that into his own net. Disaster for the defender. Villa with a 2-0 lead.
    • 61' Young whips that in with some pace. Good awareness by Andrews to head out. Rovers really under the cosh.
    • 60' Hanley nods out Young's cross, but Villa have another corner.
    • 59' Salgado using all his experience to halt an Albrighton cross into the box. Corner to Villa.
    • 58' Rovers have now gone 14 away games in the Premier League without keeping a clean sheet. Walker on the run out wide before he is tackled by Olsson.
    • 57' Grella hoists a high ball into the area under pressure from Reo-Coker. Easy take for Friedel.
    • 56' Pires picks out Albrighton. His cross is drilled into the heart of the visiting box, but no takers as Rovers come away with the ball. Bright piece of play.
    • 55' Villa with a massive 63% of possession. Seeing plenty of the ball. Rovers just can't impress themselves upon the home team.
    • 54' Pires feeds Young. He tries to pick out Bent, but he overhits the pass and the ball is back with Robinson in the Rovers goal.
    • 53' Downing tries to release Walker inside the area, but Nelsen spots the danger as he come across to make the tackle. Impressive reading of the game by the New Zealander.
    • 52' Big ask this now for Rovers. Strong play by Dunne to win the ball from Pedersen.
    • 51' GOAL FOR VILLA! Young drives the ball down the middle with Robinson heading for his left. The home side finally have the lead. They have been the better side so far.
    • 50' PENALTY TO VILLA! Sloppy play by Andrews who hauls down Young in the area after losing possession of the ball to the Villa striker.
    • 49' Decent ball into the area from Downing. Dunne rises to meet it, but he can only head to a Blackburn player as the visiting defence scramble the ball clear.
    • 48' Pedersen's corner comes to nothing, but Villa are back on the offensive to win a corner at the other end. Bright start to the half. Downing to take this one...
    • 47' First save of the match by Friedel from Jones. Fine break from Rovers, but a good stop by the home keeper from inside the area.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break. 0-0. All to play for in the second period.
    • 45+1' Grella is booked for taking out Pires. Was well late with that challenge. A merited booking after sliding in.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on in this half.
    • 43' Bent tries to escape Nelsen, but the ball falls kindly for Robinson. Villa well on top now.
    • 42' Robinson launches a long ball down the park. Straight through to Friel at the other end. Looks like this half is going to up goalless.
    • 41' Villa piling on the pressure. Robinson claws the ball away from the foot of Bent after he couldn't hold a shot by Pires. Rovers living dangerously.
    • 40' Terrific hit from Walker. That ball was swering in the area from 20 yards out, but Robinson was equal to it.
    • 39' Villa with five shots on goal now and 56% of possession, but no goals as yet. They come again out wide with Walker on the charge....
    • 38' Fine save by Robinson to prevent a Pires shot from 25 yards hitting the net. Great effort from Pires. That had some power on it.
    • 37' Albrighton picks out Downing at the far post. He gets a header into the area, but he is deemed to be offside. Rovers defenders well organised there.
    • 36' Heading for the final 10 minutes of the half with Villa in possession. Dunne makes a charge forward before Bent's shot is blocked from 22 yards out.
    • 35' Villa forced to make a change as the dazed Baker departs to be replaced by Fabian Delph.
    • 34' The England manager Fabio Capello is taking in this game. Not much to get excited about so far it must be said. Very hard fought, but not too much silk on view.
    • 33' Pedersen is deemed to be guilty of foul play on Downing. Free-kick to Villa deep in their own half.
    • 32' Baker suffered a sore one there in going for the ball. Robinson took ball and man. He is needing a bit of treatment for a head knock.
    • 31' Downing chips the ball into the box, but Robinson comes out to punch clear. Solid goalkeeping.
    • 30' Cynical late challenge by Andrews on Walker. Villa have a free-kick 25 yards out.
    • 29' Santa Cruz is penalised for a handball. Good spot by the referee.
    • 28' Albrighton and Downing seem to have changed wings. The key is to pick out Bent, but he is getting little change out of Nelsen at the back.
    • 27' Downing picks out Pires on the edge of the box. He decides to go for goal, but his shot is high and handsome. Better play by Villa.
    • 26' Jones dashing down the left flank, but his final ball is poor. Easy meet for Dunne and Baker in the middle who clear.
    • 25' Jones is awared a free-kick. Chance for Rovers to compose themselves and get their shape together.
    • 24' More appeals for a penalty. Bent goes to ground under pressure from Hanley, but the referee waves play on. Looked a bit of a dive.
    • 23' Great delivery from Pedersen. Superb corner into the area, but Nelsen heads over. Was a chance. Looked like a free header in the area, but he got under the ball.
    • 22' Walker and Pedersen challenge for the ball, but the Villa mans runs it out of play. Corner to Rovers.
    • 21' Jone has been booked for a cynical late chop on Pires. The French player showing some of his old skills to get away from Jones.
    • 20' Some decent defending by Nelson to head the ball away from Downing's cross. Bent lurking. Had to make that challenge.
    • 19' Jones blocks an Albrighton cross over on the other flank. Rovers pressing hard to deny the home side space.
    • 18' Baker and Downing needing a bit of treatment after an ugly clash of heads. That was a horrid collision.
    • 17' Salgado matching Downing out left to make sure the cross doesn't come in. Houllier out of his dug-out shouting orders.
    • 16' Jones has a pop at goal, but the ball spins off the outside of his boot and flies wide. Worth a bash from 15 yards, but the direction wasn't there. On we go.
    • 15' Young wins a free-kick before Nelsen nicks the ball away from Pires. Pedersen with a throw-in.
    • 14' A bit of a jostle for position in midfield. Misplaced passes the order of the day as Bent fails to latch onto a pass. Robinson picks up in the visiting goal.
    • 13' This match yet to come to life. Villa Park still a bit quiet. Could do with a goal. Walker fails to keep the ball in out wide. Rovers have a throw-in.
    • 12' Bent and Salgado challenge for a high ball. Villa get the corner. Downing throws it over, but no takers in the middle. Rovers survive.
    • 11' Albrighton working tirelessly to close down space, but Robinson just smashes the ball long. The Rovers keeper taking no chances.
    • 10' Good play by Villa. Young plays in Bent, but his shot is saved by Robinson. Smart stop. Had to get down sharply to make the block.
    • 9' Rovers pick the ball up in the middle of the park. Content to keep the ball, but Dunne rises to win a header above Santa Cruz from a long ball.
    • 8' Albrighton was appealing for a penalty seconds ago after his volley came back off the arms of Salgado. Ball definitely played man. Correct call by the referee to ignore it.
    • 7' Dunne almost get on the end of the corner before Pires smashes a shot over the bar from 12 yards out. Villa building up the pressure here. Rovers having to defend manfully.
    • 6' Super little run by Albrighton. He dashes down a flank. Cross is deep, but Salgado taking no chances in heading behind for a corner. Good little spell for Villa.
    • 5' Young's corner picks out the head of Dunne. He nods the ball back into the traffic, but Blackburn have enough bodies to deal with the issue. They hammer it clear.
    • 4' Pedersen fouls Walker and that is free-kick to Villa. Chance to exert some pressure. Thrown over by Young, but headed behind by Andrews for a corner.
    • 3' Ball back with Friedel in the home goal before he launches it up the park. Picked up by Emerton, who goes on a run before being closed down by Reo-Coker.
    • 2' Dunne involved early on as he races out wide to knock the ball away from Santa Cruz. Alert defending.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one. Lovely day for football. Pitch looks perfect.
    • 14.55 Ryan Nelsen plays after a traumatic week back home in New Zealand with the earthquake hitting his home city of Christchurch. "If you take the weekend off and you go away then I think the whole thing builds up on top of your shoulders. If he can train and play and then go back home and support his family I think that's as good a way as there can be to really deal with it.''
    • 14.50 Villa manager Gerard Houllier has stressed the importance of a win in this match. "This is a vital game for us. A huge game. We definitely need a win," said Houllier. "We haven't been playing for 15 days and we are playing a team that will be with us in the relegation battle to the end, so a win at home is very important."
    • 14.45 A few more facts to get you in the mood: Rovers have gone 13 away games in the Premier League without keeping a clean sheet. Blackburn are the only team not to recoup any points from a game where they have been trailing this season. There have been more draws at Villa Park (111) than at any other team in Premier League history.
    • 14.40 Aston Villa have been drawn against Blackburn in both the FA Cup and the League Cup in each of the last two seasons, with Villa progressing on all four occasions. In contrast, Blackburn have won all three Premier League meetings in the last two seasons. Difficult to call this one with any degree of certainty.
    • 14.35 The referee is Martin Atkinson of West Yorkshire.
    • 14.30 Teams for today: Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Clark, Baker, Pires, Reo-Coker, Albrighton, Ashley Young, Downing, Bent Subs: Marshall, Agbonlahor, Bradley, Delph, Heskey, Petrov, Herd Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nelsen, Olsson, Jermaine Jones, Grella, Emerton, Andrews, Pedersen, Santa Cruz Subs: Bunn, Givet, Kalinic, Nzonzi, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Diouf
    • 14.25 BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS: Blackburn are hopeful captain Christopher Samba will have recovered from a virus. Defensive partner Ryan Nelsen will play despite a difficult week following the earthquake in his home city of Christchurch while Gael Givet has recovered from a groin injury. Junior Hoilett (hamstring) is likely to miss out along with Phil Jones (knee), who is still three weeks away from a return.
    • 14.20 VILLA TEAM NEWS: Villa's January signing Jean Makoun will start a three-game ban after his red card against Blackpool two weeks ago. Skipper Stiliyan Petrov, Barry Bannan and Michael Bradley, another of manager Gerard Houllier's transfer window captures, will be in contention to replace Makoun. Left-back Nathan Baker will be available after completing a three game suspension, but central defender Carlos Cuellar is ruled out with the hamstring injury suffered at Bloomfield Road.
    • 14.15 Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Aston Villa's meeting with Blackburn in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Nelsen picks up his second yellow of the day and he is off the park for bringing down Young. Nelsen was booked for taking out Bent in the lead-up to the third goal.
    • 82' Fine shot by Kalinic! Just swerved wide of the goal. That contained some pace. He has had an impact for the visiting side.
    • 80' GOAL FOR VILLA! Brilliant finish by Young from Downing's pass. No chance for Robinson as the ball flies past him high to his left. Poor defending again.
    • 79' GOAL FOR ROVERS! Sub Kalinic sees a deflected shot crack off the foot off Dunne and fly over Friedel from 25 yards. A bit of luck for Rovers. Surely only a consolation.
    • 62' GOAL FOR VILLA! Albrighton whacks a cross into the danger zone and Hanley has poked that into his own net. Disaster for the defender. Villa with a 2-0 lead.
    • 51' GOAL FOR VILLA! Young drives the ball down the middle with Robinson heading for his left. The home side finally have the lead. They have been the better side so far.
    • 50' PENALTY TO VILLA! Sloppy play by Andrews who hauls down Young in the area after losing possession of the ball to the Villa striker.
    • 47' First save of the match by Friedel from Jones. Fine break from Rovers, but a good stop by the home keeper from inside the area.
    • 40' Terrific hit from Walker. That ball was swering in the area from 20 yards out, but Robinson was equal to it.
    • 38' Fine save by Robinson to prevent a Pires shot from 25 yards hitting the net. Great effort from Pires. That had some power on it.
    • 27' Downing picks out Pires on the edge of the box. He decides to go for goal, but his shot is high and handsome. Better play by Villa.
    • 23' Great delivery from Pedersen. Superb corner into the area, but Nelsen heads over. Was a chance. Looked like a free header in the area, but he got under the ball.
    • 10' Good play by Villa. Young plays in Bent, but his shot is saved by Robinson. Smart stop. Had to get down sharply to make the block.
    • 7' Dunne almost get on the end of the corner before Pires smashes a shot over the bar from 12 yards out. Villa building up the pressure here. Rovers having to defend manfully.
    • 14.30 Teams for today: Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Clark, Baker, Pires, Reo-Coker, Albrighton, Ashley Young, Downing, Bent Subs: Marshall, Agbonlahor, Bradley, Delph, Heskey, Petrov, Herd Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nelsen, Olsson, Jermaine Jones, Grella, Emerton, Andrews, Pedersen, Santa Cruz Subs: Bunn, Givet, Kalinic, Nzonzi, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Diouf

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • K. Walker
      • R. Dunne
      • C. Clark
      • N. Baker Substitution Out (36′)
      • N. Reo-Coker
      • S. Downing Goal
      • M. Albrighton
      • A. Young Goals×2
      • R. Pires Substitution Out (76′)
      • D. Bent Substitution Out (83′)

      Subs

      • E. Heskey Substitution In83′
      • S. Petrov Substitution In76′
      • A. Marshall
      • G. Agbonlahor
      • M. Bradley
      • C. Herd
      • F. Delph Substitution In36′
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • R. Nelsen Red Card
      • G. Hanley Own Goal
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Jones Yellow Card
      • V. Grella Yellow Card Substitution Out (63′)
      • B. Emerton
      • K. Andrews Substitution Out (79′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • R. Santa Cruz Substitution Out (63′)

      Subs

      • J. Roberts Substitution In63′
      • G. Givet
      • B. Mwaruwari
      • N. Kalinic Substitution In63′ Goal
      • M. Bunn
      • S. N'Zonzi Substitution In79′
      • M. Diouf
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