Saturday January 22, 2011 Day 24 Finished Villa Park

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  1. Bent downs City on Villa debut

    Bent downs City on Villa debut

    Darren Bent marked his Aston Villa debut with the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester City at Villa Park in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Manchester City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and Bent's goal has beaten Manchester City on his Aston Villa debut!
    • 90+3' City have one final free-kick. Even Joe Hart is coming forward! The delivery comes in, but it's cleared.
    • 90+2' Villa are content to just slow the play down and keep the ball. Agbonlahor draws a foul from Boateng.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 88' Villa substitution: Reo-Coker replaces Petrov.
    • 86' Johnson's corner comes back to Kolarov again, and this time he blazes his effort into the stand.
    • 85' The ball breaks on the edge of the Villa box and Kolarov strikes... delfected off Cuellar!! How did that stay out?! Corner to City...
    • 84' The corner is only half cleared and it falls for De Jong to strike... OFF THE POST!! The Dutchman's shot from range deflects off Clark and then the foot of the post! The ball comes in again and Dzeko leaps at the far post... HEADED WIDE!!
    • 83' Johnson twists and turns his way into winning a corner, and he'll take it himself...
    • 81' Silva skips a tackel as he tries to find a way through the Claret and Blue wall, but his pass for Yaya Toure is underhit and Villa clear.
    • 79' Can Villa maintain this for much longer? City are still knocking on the door. It's like the game is at Eastlands rather than Villa Park, such is the way these two teams are playing.
    • 78' Downing checks on to his left foot and has a pop a Hart's goal, but the shot is right at the England number one.
    • 76' This time Collins heads it clear but the ball falls to Johnson, and it sits up nicely for him to try his luck with a strike... over the bar.
    • 75' Dzeko has another effort blockede behind for yet another corner.
    • 73' Johnson comes inside and tries to chip a pass over the top for Yaya Toure, but it floats out of play.
    • 72' City continue to hog the ball, but this is all too easy for Villa to defend at the moment.
    • 71' City have not scored in the final 20 minutes of any of their last four Premier League matches, and have netted only eight of their 37 PL goals in or after the 71st minute of matches this season. (Infostrada)
    • 70' Collins picks out Albrighton with a wonderful through ball out to the right, but he young winger rushes his cross and sends the ball over the bar.
    • 69' Albrighton makes another dangerous run down the right, and this time Kolarov desperately hacks him down. His name goes into Howard Webb's book.
    • 67' City make little fuss of clearing the corner, which was only Villas second of the game. City have had nine so far.
    • 66' Bent holds the play up well beofre playing the ball back inside. It's teed up for Young to strike from the edge of the box, and Hart pushes the low strike wide for a corner!
    • 65' At the other end Dzeko wins City a corner. This time Kolarov's delivery is headed away first time.
    • 64' Boateng has to fend off Agbonlahor as he passes back to Hart. The keeper messes up his clearance and almost presents a chance on a place for Albrighton, only for De Jong to track back and save the day!
    • 63' Petrov has stayed down on the turf with a problem. Nigel Reo-Coker is being readied to come on in his place if necessary.
    • 61' Villa are being increasingly pegged back in their own final third now. Tevez has a strike blocked on the edge of the box.
    • 59' Tevez hustles his way in between the two Villa centre-backs as he goes for a long ball, but a cheeky little shove in Collins's back give Villa a free-kick.
    • 58' A very offensive sqitch from Mancini, but it's Albrighton who is doing the damage right now. He skips past two men down the right wing before Kompany finally stops him in his tracks.
    • 57' City substitution: Adam Johnson replaces Barry.
    • 56' City break with surprising swiftness, but Barry is caught offside.
    • 55' Villa have the worst second half record in the division this season – winning only two of 22 second halves and conceding 22 goals. (Infostrada)
    • 54' Bent also makes his contribution, coming back well into his own half to stop Silva firing in a shot from distance.
    • 53' Dzeko does his fair share of work tracking back, and he helps snuff out a Villa move down the right wing.
    • 51' Some more urgency has been injected into City since the break. How long before we see a substitution from Mancini? Adam Johnson and James Milner are both on the bench.
    • 50' The dead ball is whipped across and Dzeko steers a headerover the bar.
    • 49' Plenty of City pressure since the restart. Tevez's shot from the edge of the box is blocked and it's another Kolarov corner coming up...
    • 47' Silva hits the deck inside the Villa box as he tries to wriggle past Dunne. He seems to think he has a case for a penalty, but Howard Webb tells him to get up.
    • 47' Manchester City have not won any of their last 75 Premier League away matches when behind at half time, since a 3-2 victory at Blackburn in April 1995. (Infostrada)
    • 46' Villa kick off and the second half is underway!
    • 45+2' The whistle goes, and so far the headlines belong to Darren Bent. Mancini will demand a lot more from his team in the second half.
    • 45+2' Downing drills the free-kick from 30 yards low and through the wall. Hart gets behind it and holds.
    • 45+1' Barry hauls over Petrov, and Villa have a free-kick in a good position rigth before the break.
    • 45' Villa pressure pays off as Young fires in a decent effort that Hart catches. There are definitely more goals in this game.
    • 42' End-to-end stuff here as City counter after a Villa break. Silva glides across the edge of the box as he looks for a chance to shoot before teeing up Yaya Toure, whose strike is blocked.
    • 40' Kolarov drags a shot wide from distance. It got a nick off Dunne on the way through, so it'll be a corner to City. Barry takes it this time, and gets more than a few whistles and boos as he takes it. Not bad, but headed away and Villa can step out of their area.
    • 39' For the first time this evening, Kolarov's delivery is disappointing.
    • 38' Kolarov tries to beat Cuellar with some trickery, but will have to make do with another corner.
    • 37' The City corner is cleared but they retain the ball. Boateng crosses in from deep and Barry glanced a header just wide of the far post! Wonder how he would have celebrated...
    • 36' The cross is decent but it's headed away with ease. City launch the counter and Dzeko does well to get to the byline, where Collins clears his cross behind for a corner.
    • 35' Villa continue to make their way forward and they win a corner. Six are in the box waiting for Downing's delivery...
    • 34' Young tries to lead a Villa counter-attack and Tevez brings him down before he can escape from his own half. The City skiper escapes a booking. Howard Webb has tried to let things go in this match.
    • 33' Yaya Toure picks out Kolarov out wide, and the Serb bends in another great cross, but it's over Dzeko's head.
    • 31' Young spies Bent's early run and pings a through ball into his path, but it's just got too much on it for the striker to reach.
    • 30' Kolarov drives City forward, but the move dies out as Yaya Toure's flaoted ball into the box floats all the way out of play.
    • 29' Boateng blocks an Agbonlahor cross as City are coming under more pressure from Villa.
    • 28' Possession is gifted to Carlos Cuellar who hares downt he right wing. H only has Bent to aim for in the box so he sends in the cross, which is caught by Hart.
    • 26' Boateng barges over Young, who looks to the referee and gives the goold old card mime. Referee Webb doesn't pay attention, and the free-kick is the only punishment Boateng will suffer.
    • 24' Clark goes in late and from the side on Dzeko. He gets his seventh booking in his last 10 games.
    • 23' This time Kolo Toure has two shots blocked from the corner before Villa can finally clear.
    • 22' Kompany loses his marker at the near post and Brad Friedel has to tip the header over the bar for another corner.
    • 21' Kolarov pings in another decent cross that Collins has to head behind for a corner.
    • 20' That goal is the eighth that City have conceded in their last four games.
    • 19' Villa Park roars as the crowd congratulate their new goal-getter. It's Bent's ninth goal of the season.
    • 18' GOAL!! Villa take the lead, and guess who scored the goal!! Ashley Young comes forward and fires in a low shot that Hart saves but he only succeeds in palming the ball into the path of Darren Bent, and the £24 million man finishes from close range to open his Villa account!
    • 17' Kolarov swings in a dangerous corner for City that lands right at the feet of Tevez... the ball goes right through his legs! What a miss!
    • 16' Bent has scored eight PL goals this season – the most by any Premier League player who is yet to provide a single assist. (Infostrada)
    • 14' The corner comes all the way through to Kolo Toure, who fires his half-volley way over the bar.
    • 13' Good determination from Kolarov and the Serb wins City a corner. Kompany and co come forward.
    • 12' Gareth Barry gambols forward. He's got Silva on the overlap but telegraphs the pass out wide and it's easily intercepted, much to the joy of the home crowd. Evidently they still haven't forgiven him for leaving them.
    • 11' Kolarov goes for the far top corner from the wide angle... the bal swerves in the air but not nearly enough, and it sails high and wide of the target.
    • 10' Clark is fortunate not to get a booking for a late sliding tackle out wide. A free-kick is the only punishment this time. Kolarov looks like he'll take it...
    • 9' You'll like this stat: Manchester City have never won a Premier League away match with Howard Webb as referee – 1 draw, 3 defeats. (Infostrada)
    • 8' Good spell of attacking possession for Villa here. Agbonlahor miscues his shot and the ball alnmost runs through for Bent to strike, but it is cleared just as he was ready to strike.
    • 7' Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov is brought down in midfield. Another chance to launch in a free-kick for the home side. This time it's Stewart Downing who'll deliver... James Collins gets his head to it but it's a tame effort, and an easy catch for Joe Hart.
    • 6' Young swings the dead ball in to Dunne at the far post. Jerome Boateng gets his head to it first to glance it behind for a corner, but a goal kick is awarded.
    • 5' Vincent Kompany goes in very late on Ashley Young, and referee Howard Webb gives the free-kick ont the right wing.
    • 4' Former City skipper Richard Dunne slides in to tackle Edin Dzeko. Dzeko scored 10 Bundesliga goals this season - only three away from home. He has scored once in his last six away matches - in Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw at St. Pauli on November 21. Dzeko has scored three goals in six previous matches against English opposition, netting twice against Manchester United in the Champions League and once against Portsmouth in the UEFA Cup. (Infostrada)
    • 3' Gabriel Agbonlahor sends a high ball forward for Bent to chase down the wing. Aleksandar Kolarov beats him to it and clears for a throw.
    • 2' City get the ball and do not relinquich it for what seems like an age before Ciaran Clark tackles David Silva.
    • 1' Man City kick off and we're underway!
    • 17:27 The players walk out on to pitch. Bent is at the back of the line. We'll be underway shortly.
    • 17:25 And Mancini has also recognised the importance of Carlos Tevez's daughters, who are in the country, to the City captain's recent scoring form.
    • 17:20 Roberto Mancini has been talking about clubs routinely paying over the odds in the January transfer window. At least his side can afford to do it.
    • 17:15 Bent, meanwhile, has felt the need to hit back at comments from windbag Stan Collymore who describes the striker's all-round game as 'D-grade'.
    • 17:10 Here's what our resident analyst Paul Parker makes of Darren Bent's move to Villa and of today's game.
    • 17:05 Aston Villa and Manchester City have met 143 times in the league. Aston Villa have won 50, Manchester City 55 and there have been 38 draws. They have met 27 times in the Premier League. Aston Villa have won five, Manchester City 14 and there have been eight draws.
    • 17:00 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Bent... Subs: Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Bannan, Herd, Baker... MAN CITY: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Tevez, Dzeko... Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Milner, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo... Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
    • 16:55 Both sides have a megabucks striker on display. Darren Bent makes his Villa debut following that surprising move from Sunderland, while Edin Dzeko plays for City.
    • 16:50 There are plenty of subplots in this one - Villa old boys James Milner and Gareth Barry are in the City squad, while former City captain Richard Dunne features for the home team.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Aston Villa v Manchester City in the Premier League from Villa Park!
  • Summary

    • 85' The ball breaks on the edge of the Villa box and Kolarov strikes... delfected off Cuellar!! How did that stay out?! Corner to City...
    • 84' The corner is only half cleared and it falls for De Jong to strike... OFF THE POST!! The Dutchman's shot from range deflects off Clark and then the foot of the post! The ball comes in again and Dzeko leaps at the far post... HEADED WIDE!!
    • 66' Bent holds the play up well beofre playing the ball back inside. It's teed up for Young to strike from the edge of the box, and Hart pushes the low strike wide for a corner!
    • 64' Boateng has to fend off Agbonlahor as he passes back to Hart. The keeper messes up his clearance and almost presents a chance on a place for Albrighton, only for De Jong to track back and save the day!
    • 37' The City corner is cleared but they retain the ball. Boateng crosses in from deep and Barry glanced a header just wide of the far post! Wonder how he would have celebrated...
    • 22' Kompany loses his marker at the near post and Brad Friedel has to tip the header over the bar for another corner.
    • 18' GOAL!! Villa take the lead, and guess who scored the goal!! Ashley Young comes forward and fires in a low shot that Hart saves but he only succeeds in palming the ball into the path of Darren Bent, and the £24 million man finishes from close range to open his Villa account!
    • 17' Kolarov swings in a dangerous corner for City that lands right at the feet of Tevez... the ball goes right through his legs! What a miss!
    • 17:00 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Bent... Subs: Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Bannan, Herd, Baker... MAN CITY: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Tevez, Dzeko... Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Milner, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo... Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • C. Cuéllar
      • J. Collins
      • R. Dunne
      • C. Clark Yellow Card
      • S. Petrov Substitution Out (88′)
      • S. Downing
      • M. Albrighton
      • G. Agbonlahor
      • A. Young
      • D. Bent Goal

      Subs

      • R. Pires
      • A. Marshall
      • N. Reo-Coker Substitution In88′
      • N. Delfouneso
      • C. Herd
      • B. Bannan
      • N. Baker
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • J. Boateng
      • K. Touré
      • V. Kompany
      • A. Kolarov Yellow Card
      • Y. Touré
      • N. de Jong
      • G. Barry Substitution Out (57′)
      • D. Silva
      • C. Tévez
      • E. Dzeko

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • S. Given
      • J. Lescott
      • J. Milner
      • A. Johnson Substitution In57′
      • P. Zabaleta
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