Sunday April 10, 2011 Day 32 Finished Villa Park

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  1. Villa take big step towards safety

    Villa take big step towards safety

    Aston Villa's hopes of Premier League survival were given a huge boost by their 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Newcastle United
    • - 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+5' The final whistle goes and Villa hang on to register a hugely vital win!
    • 90+5' Gasps of relief go out around Villa Park and Taylor's free-kick spins over the wall and over the bar.
    • 90+4' Cuellar picks up a booking for a rash challenge on Coloccini. Ryan Taylor will fancy having a strike from here...
    • 90+3' Newcastle have lifted their game in the last couple of minutes and Friedel is forced into making a decent save off Lovenkrands!
    • 90+1' Fourth official Howard Webb signals there will be a minimum of five minutes of injury time. Houllier, it's fair to say, is not happy with that.
    • 90' Barton is shown a booking for arguing with Reo-Coker over something which happened off the ball. The Villa fans cheer that decision, and follow it by chanting "You're just a Gareth Barry!" at him.
    • 89' Great chance for Newcastle to level! Barton clips a delightful ball into the Villa box and Lovenkrands meetsit with a header, but it's too close to Friedel who saves and holds.
    • 87' Petrov is down receiving treatment. That will help quell any momentum Newcastle were looking to build in htese final few minutes.
    • 86' Villa substitution: Robert Pires replaces Agbonlahor.
    • 85' Gutierrez slips a ball into Kuqi's path and the Finn wins a corner for Newcastle off Dunne. Barton sends it over and Friedel plucks it from the air unchallenged.
    • 84' Taylor's free-kick is headed clear before it reaches a Newcastle player.
    • 83' Newcastle substitution: Shefki Kuqi repalces Ranger.
    • 82' Luke Young is drawn into making a foul out wide. Newcastle thoughts will turn to grabbing a late leveller now.
    • 81' Collins just misses as he tries to glance Downing's corner on goal and Newcastle clear.
    • 79' Barton charges forward and Petrov wrestles him to the ground. That's a booking for the Bulgarian.
    • 78' Villa substitution: Carlos Cuellar replaces Walker.
    • 77' Bent is flagged up for offside again as he chases a ball over the top. and this time he is offside. Miles in fact.
    • 75' This time Young's floated cross is headed on target by Collins, but there is not enough power on it to trouble Harper.
    • 74' Ashley Young sets Agbonlahor free down the left with a lovely ball. Agbonlahor shows too much of it to Williamson and Villa will have to settle for a corner.
    • 73' Newcastle have only recovered from a deficit to win or draw in four Premier League fixtures this season and only one away from home. (Infostrada)
    • 71' Ashley Young sends in a poor corner which has too much on it for Dunne to keep in play or guide on target.
    • 70' The two Youngs combine down the left flank and Luke has his cross repelled. Villa are beginning to raise the pace again.
    • 69' Downing pings the ball across the Ashely Young, whose shot rebounds off a defender for a corner.
    • 67' Petrov gets the ball off Reo-Coker and drags a low shot well wide. Villa need to raise the tempo again. Newcastle are looking comfortable for the first time in this match.
    • 66' Villa substitution: Nigel Reo-Coker replaces Makoun.
    • 65' Some commotion on the Villa bench. This game has gone a little flat in the last few minutes. Villa Park needs a reason to get excited again.
    • 64' Ashley Young has won five penalties, more than any other player in the Premier League this season. (Opta)
    • 63' Newcastle substitution: Ryan Taylor replaces his namesake Steven.
    • 62' Coloccini makes a late challenge on Petrov in midifeld, and after trying to play advantage Atwell gives the foul to Villa. Newcastle are just inviting Villa on to them more and more.
    • 60' Ashley Young twists and turns at the byline and fires in a cross that Harper palms away.
    • 59' Taylor barges Bent over as the striker surges into the box. The Villa fans scream for a penalty, but referee Stuart Atwell signals for a goal kick.
    • 58' Bent takes the low cross from the left in his stride but Taylor and Williamson combine to rob the strike of the ball inside the box.
    • 56' Aston Villa have conceded more goals to oppositions defenders than any other side (11), but only two of Newcastle’s goals have been scored by defenders, the joint-fewest in the top flight. (Opta)
    • 54' Great build-up from Villa and the move culminates in Ashley Young drilling a low striek on goal that Haprer tips around the post! The officials give a goal kick, despite Young's protestations. Harper just gives a cheeky wink to his team-mates!
    • 53' Good tackle on Gutierrez by Makoun, but his diagonal pass forward gives possession straight back to Newcastle.
    • 52' It is almost five years since Newcastle recovered from a half-time deficit to win a Premier League away match. That was a 4-1 win at Sunderland on April 17, 2006. (Infostrada)
    • 51' Williamson heads Ashley YOung's corner clear and Walker blazes a shot from distance into the Holte End.
    • 50' Now Downing makes a nuisance of himself on the right-hand side and his cross yields a corner.
    • 49' Agbonlahor roves forward and drills a solid low strike that Harper saves well with a strong hand!
    • 47' Great jinking run from Luke Young and his chipped cross to the far post is chested calmly back to Harper by Enrique. Very cool from the Spaniard.
    • 46' The second half is underway! Will Villa be puinished for having that goal wrongly disallowed just before the break?
    • 45+2' The whistle goes for half-time and Villa are a goal to the good, and maybe should be two up.
    • 45' Great work from Makoun as he slips a ball into the path of Bent, who fires low past Harper, but the offside flag was already up. Replays suggest that Bent was level with the last defender. The goal should probably have stood.
    • 44' Makoun makes tracks down the left and forces a corner. The Cameroonian has been in and out of the game in this first half. From the corner, Dunne's header is deflected clear.
    • 42' The England winger is back on his feet and will be OK to continue, although he is limping rather gingerly.
    • 41' Ashley Young remains down after an attempted challenge on Enrique. He is having his hamstring treated.
    • 40' Enrique's floated cross to Ranger at the far post is a little too high for anyone to reach.
    • 39' Collins again gets in ahead of Ranger and Dunne is well placed to tidy up.
    • 37' Downing knocks the ball past simpson and gets in a cracking cross from the byline... Bent heads over the bar! The striker just made his run too early and couldn't keep his header down inside the six-yard box!
    • 36' Shefki Kuqi is sat chatting to Tim Krul on the Newcastle bench. He is looking very old.
    • 35' Gerard Houllier’s side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches at Villa Park. (Opta)
    • 33' Downing and Ashley Young have switched flanks now. It's Downing v Simpson and Young v Enrique.
    • 32' Ashley Young trots over to take Villa's third corner of the match. It is directed towards goal but between Harper and Fabricio Coloccini it is scrambled clear.
    • 30' Downing turns 20 yards from goal and shoots high and wide of the top corner. Luke Young needed to make his run down the left in support a lot sooner there.
    • 29' Walker's low cross is cleared by Taylor. More pressure from Villa.
    • 28' Kyle Walker does well to clear for a throw-in as he is hounded by Gutierrez. Barton complains to the referee that he should have a free-kick for Ashley Young's handball which goes unnoticed.
    • 27' Aston Villa have dropped more points (23) from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League. (Opta)
    • 26' Bent takes advantage of Taylor's error to grab possession. With three players around him and no team-mates in support, Bent goes for the long-range effort which is easily blocked.
    • 25' Collins's third goal of the season - and first since January - has settled plenty of nerves inside Villa Park. Still a long way to go, mind.
    • 24' GOAL!! James Collins gets his head to Ashley Young's delivery and directs his flick-on out of Harper's reach and into the far corner!
    • 23' Villa send all their big guys forward as Ashley Young prepares to fire in a free-kick from the left wing after he was fouled by Barton...
    • 22' Gabirel Agbonlahor looks to sprint away down the left and relive some of the pressure on Villa, and he is blocked cynically by Mike Williamson just over the halfway line. Referee Stuart Atwell is right to show the game's first yellow card to the Newcastle defender.
    • 21' Dunne shpeherds the ball back towards goal, thinking Friedel is going to come for it. The keeper stays where he is, and Dunne has to make a hurried clearance.
    • 20' Collins inexplicably drifts away from Ranger, who is then picked otu by Lovenkrands and surges forward before hitting a low shot too close to Friedel!
    • 19' Gutierrez stays down after colliding with Downing. The ball is kicked out of play and - guess what? - he is back on his feet right away.
    • 18' Plenty of intent and work from both sides, but neither keeper has come close to being tested as of yet.
    • 17' None of the clubs currently in the bottom half of the Premier League have won this weekend, although West Bromwich Albion, who won yesterday, began the weekend in the bottom half. (Infostrada)
    • 15' Plenty of ironic cheers directed at Barton after that miss. He's not excatly Mr Popular at many other grounds, is he? This is probably why
    • 14' The Newcastle cross from the left is over everyone's head but Barton steals in with a diving header at the far post... Way over the bar!
    • 13' Jonas Gutierrez drops back to help deal with Stewart Downing, who wins a corner of the Argentine. Downing's delivery is decent but Newcastle head clear.
    • 12' James Collins slides in with a decent challenge as Ranger made his way down the left. Brad Friedel catches Danny Simpson's cross and plays the ball out quickly.
    • 10' Ranger chooses to shoot over picking out Lovenkrands and his strike rebounds off Richard Dunne.
    • 9' Harper takes a big gamble by coming off his line to gather the ball down the channel for Downing, but he times his run well to slide in and collect the ball.
    • 8' Ashley Young spies the run of Stiliyan Petrov and tries to pick him out with a ball over the top from deep, but it runs all the way through to Harper.
    • 7' If Darren Bent (five goals) scores, he will become Villa’s joint-top scorer this season, despite only joining them in January. (Opta)
    • 6' Only four Premier League clubs have started more poorly than Aston Villa in matches this season. Fulham, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic are the only clubs with a poorer first half record than Villa. (Infostrada)
    • 5' Joey Barton pings a decent ball out wide for Peter Lovenkrands, whose cross from near the corner flag doesn't find a team-mate.
    • 4' Harper punches the corner clear but soon Villa are attacking again. Good early pressure from the home side.
    • 3' Steven Taylor beats Darren Bent in the race to a long ball but his header back to Steve Harper goes out for a corner.
    • 2' Jean Makoun moves the ball out wide for Ashley Young, but the Engladn winger was wrong-footed and it goes out for a throw. How important Young is to Villa's survival hopes.
    • 1' Newcastle, looking resplendent in their all-white away strip, kick off to get us underway!
    • 15:57 The teams are walking out on to the Villa Park turf. Aston Villa battling relegation - it sounds odd, but that's the reality. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 15:55 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Aston Villa and Newcastle United have met 33 times in the Premier League. Villa have won seven, Newcastle 17 and there have been nine draws. Newcastle are looking to complete the Premier Leaguedouble over Aston Villa for the fourth time and the first since 1997-98. Their 6-0 home win against Aston Villa in August was Villa’s equal-heaviest ever Premier League defeat. (Infostrada)
    • 15:50 Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is without suspended trio Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and James Perch. Skipper Nolan picked up his 10th booking of the season in last weekend's 4-1 victory over Wolves and must sit out two games, while Tiote completes a similar ban and Perch serves his punishment for a red card on reserve-team duty. With Leon Best out for the rest of the season, Nile Ranger makes his first ever Premier League start alongside Peter Lovenkrands. Newcastle team page
    • 15:45 Villa midfielder Ciaran Clark returns after serving a two-match ban for incurring 10 bookings this season and was ruled out of the home defeat by Wolves and the draw at Everton. Villa boss Gerard Houllier has a full strength squad to choose from as his players look to avenge a 6-0 defeat at St James' Park earlier in the campaign. Gabriel Agbonlahor keeps his place up front alongside Darren Bent. Aston Villa team page
    • 15:40 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Luke Young, Downing, Petrov, Makoun, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Clark, Cuellar /// NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Guthrie, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Ranger, Lovenkrands. Subs: Krul, Ryan Taylor, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Richardson, Kuqi.
    • 15:35 Villa can move up to 14th, five points above the bottom three, with a win over Newcastle this afternoon. The Magpies will move within a point of eighth-placed Bolton with a victory in the second city. Premier League table
    • 15:30 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park!
  • Summary

    • 89' Great chance for Newcastle to level! Barton clips a delightful ball into the Villa box and Lovenkrands meetsit with a header, but it's too close to Friedel who saves and holds.
    • 54' Great build-up from Villa and the move culminates in Ashley Young drilling a low striek on goal that Haprer tips around the post! The officials give a goal kick, despite Young's protestations. Harper just gives a cheeky wink to his team-mates!
    • 49' Agbonlahor roves forward and drills a solid low strike that Harper saves well with a strong hand!
    • 46' The second half is underway! Will Villa be puinished for having that goal wrongly disallowed just before the break?
    • 45' Great work from Makoun as he slips a ball into the path of Bent, who fires low past Harper, but the offside flag was already up. Replays suggest that Bent was level with the last defender. The goal should probably have stood.
    • 37' Downing knocks the ball past simpson and gets in a cracking cross from the byline... Bent heads over the bar! The striker just made his run too early and couldn't keep his header down inside the six-yard box!
    • 24' GOAL!! James Collins gets his head to Ashley Young's delivery and directs his flick-on out of Harper's reach and into the far corner!
    • 20' Collins inexplicably drifts away from Ranger, who is then picked otu by Lovenkrands and surges forward before hitting a low shot too close to Friedel!
    • 14' The Newcastle cross from the left is over everyone's head but Barton steals in with a diving header at the far post... Way over the bar!
    • 15:40 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Luke Young, Downing, Petrov, Makoun, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Clark, Cuellar /// NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Guthrie, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Ranger, Lovenkrands. Subs: Krul, Ryan Taylor, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Richardson, Kuqi.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • K. Walker Substitution Out (78′)
      • R. Dunne
      • J. Collins Goal
      • L. Young
      • S. Petrov Yellow Card
      • J. Makoun Substitution Out (67′)
      • S. Downing
      • A. Young
      • G. Agbonlahor Substitution Out (86′)
      • D. Bent

      Subs

      • E. Heskey
      • R. Pires Substitution In86′
      • A. Marshall
      • N. Reo-Coker Substitution In67′
      • M. Albrighton
      • C. Cuéllar Substitution In78′ Yellow Card
      • C. Clark
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Harper
      • D. Simpson
      • S. Taylor Substitution Out (63′)
      • M. Williamson Yellow Card
      • José Enrique
      • D. Guthrie
      • F. Coloccini
      • J. Barton Yellow Card
      • J. Gutiérrez
      • N. Ranger Substitution Out (83′)
      • P. Løvenkrands

      Subs

      • S. Kuqi Substitution In83′
      • T. Krul
      • R. Donaldson
      • S. Ferguson
      • R. Taylor Substitution In63′
      • J. Tavernier
      • M. Richardson
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