Saturday December 11, 2010 Day 17 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion

  • Downing 25’
  • Heskey 80’
  • Scharner 89’

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  1. Villa win to ease pressure

    Villa win to ease pressure

    Emile Heskey scored on his return from injury as Aston Villa beat West Brom 2-1 in the Premier League West Midlands derby at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • - Thanks for joining us - and remember, you can watch highlights of the match right here at uk.eurosport.yahoo.com as of 00:00 on Monday morning.
    • 90'+4 The whistle goes, and on balance it's a deserved three points for Villa this afternoon. West Brom showed bags of attacking spirit, but Villa's defensive duo of Collins and Cuellar kept them at bay.
    • 90'+4 The Baggies get the ball back, but with 10 seconds left surely they can't find another...
    • 90'+4 Another West Brom move looks promising, but Collins is caught by a boot during a desperate clearing header and it's a free kick.
    • 90'+3 Albrighton comes off after an outstanding day at the office, Chris Herd trots on in his place. Has he even started shaving yet? He looks about 13!
    • 90'+2 The ball is smashed in long and Scharner gets to it, but it's gone off for a goal kick.
    • 90'+2 Two minutes left - and the Baggies win a free kick on the left.
    • 90'+1 SO CLOSE TO AN EQUALISER! A stunning run by Jerome Thomas ends with a lovely shot dinked goalwards, but he gets just underneath it and sends it over the bar!
    • 90' WEST BROM PULL ONE BACK! It's Scharner with a piledriver of a header from Brunt's corner that almost broke the net! Game on after all!
    • 89' Another ball by West Brom, clearing header for a Corner by Collins.
    • 88' Jara is coming off for West Brom, Steven Reid comes on in his place, but these throws of the dice will be too late.
    • 87' Scott Carson waves his men forward before lamping the ball up the pitch - Warnock clears to give away a throw.
    • 86' Fortune comes off, Simon Cox comes on.
    • 85' Brunt curves the ball in, it's deflected back to Tamas, who knocks it back in, and cleared again. Villa have nine men behind the ball - they won't give up these points.
    • 84' West Brom desperatedly come up and win a corner, trying to get into this.
    • 83' Goal hero Heskey comes off to roars from the home fans, and young striker Nathan Delfouneso takes his place.
    • 81' That's a massive blow for Baggies, they've looked much the worse of the sides in this second half and won't come back from this now.
    • 80' GOAL FOR VILLA - AND IT'S HESKEY!!!! A great cross from Albrighton on the left somehow ghosts past three West Brom defenders, and Heskey - who had not moved an inch - is waiting to head gratefully home from four yards out.
    • 79' Miller makes a break upfield but is well-tackled.
    • 78' The ball is curled in by Downing and finds Warnock at the near post whose effort deflects clear off Scharner's legs.
    • 77' Young brought down by Tamas, another free kick for Villa this time on the right edge of the pitch.
    • 76' West Brom take off Morrison, who has been quiet all afternoon, with Miller coming on in his place.
    • 75' West Brom come forward in the right half, and Tchoyi has a crack from just outside the box that is hit well and curling viciously, but is deflected wide of the left post.
    • 74' Reo-coker's first touch is a promising pass for Heskey to chase - only he doesn't chase it, instead remaining rooted to the spot.
    • 73' The anonymous Bannan comes off for Villa, replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 72' Albrighton flies up the right and delivers a good cross at pace, well-cleared by Gonzalo Jara under pressure from Downing.
    • 70' West Brom hit on the break, but Tchoyi's ball into the box for Fortune is over-hit and runs off for a goal kick.
    • 70' Young delivers a nice ball to Heskey, who has one man to beat - but the striker wrong-foots himself and misses out on the chance.
    • 69' Both sides seem content to just play the ball around among themselves at the moment.
    • 68' Roberto Di Mateo is looking at his men with the air of a man about to make some changes...
    • 67' A half-chance for West Brom ended by a Cuellar clearance. The Baggies are being pushed further and further out of this match. Can't help wondering where their wonderful first-half zip has gone.
    • 65' Lovely work from Young on the right, who cuts the ball back across the six-yard box - but Heskey can't reach it! It has to be said, a faster-paced striker would surely have made it to that ball and guided it home.
    • 64' Ashley Young must have been fouled probably 10 times in the last 10 minutes.
    • 63' The free kick is taken short, Young gets clattered yet again, and Jara goes into the book.
    • 62' Nice work by Downing forces Graham Dorrans to concede a corner, which is taken short to Young... who once again gets clattered. You'd think he was wearing a comedy 'kick-me' sign on the back of his shirt.
    • 61' Credit to players and officials - it took an hour of fast-paced derby football before the first card got shown today.
    • 60' Ashley Young gets clobbered yet again, this time by Jerome Thomas. It's getting comical now - and ref Halsey agrees, putting Thomas into the book.
    • 59' Heskey chases a ball into the box from Albrighton, but Scott Carson is off his line and clears.
    • 58' Young gets bundled off the ball once again - maybe Fergie was right about players who wear snood - but the free kick comes to nothing.
    • 57' SO CLOSE! Lovely chance for Jara after Scharner surges forward, delivers the ball to Fortune in the right half of the box, whose ball back in finds Jara - but the sweetly-struck volleyed effort flies just wide of the right post.
    • 56' West Brom are hanging back with the ball once again, and Villa are pressing them back.
    • 55' Decent chance for Villa as Downing whips in a cross from the left that is met by Albrighton at the far post with a diving header that spins just wide of the right upright.
    • 54' The Baggies are taking this second half a lot more calmly so far, sitting back and keeping the ball, showing patience rather than the gung-ho surges forward they used in the opening period.
    • 53' Villa hit on the break, once again Young is caught offside.
    • 52' Cech puts in a cross from the right for WBA that floats dangerously across the box, with only Collins's glancing header taking it away from Tchoyi in the six-yard box.
    • 50' Lichaj takes about 50 seconds to take a throw for Villa - fair enough if it had been into the box, but he was deep in his own half. Are the hosts already trying to run down the clock a little? He almost polished the Premier League logo off the ball, so hard was he drying it in his shirt.
    • 49' Downing takes the free kick in a dangerous spot on the left, Tamas leaps to clear with a powerful header.
    • 48' The replay shows that Scharner accidentally trod on Young's ankle - cripes, that looked painful...
    • 47' The free kick is pumped up towards the left corner flag, where Scharner clips Ashley Young - who goes down as if he's been bullseyed by a sniper sitting in row Z.
    • 46' The match gets back under way at Villla Park, with Jara putting in a big tackle of Stewart Downing to give away a promising move forward.
    • - Catch up with all the other half-time scores.
    • - Stewart Downing's well-taken goal has given Villa a 1-0 half-time lead, but West Brom have looked consistently dangerous - and surely only the more-or-less blemish-free performances of Carlos Cuellar and James Collins have stopped the visitors from finding the back of the net. We'll be back with the second half in a few minutes.
    • 45'+2 The corner is headed clear by Collins and a second later Mark Halsey blows up to end the half.
    • 45'+2 Cuellar concedes one more corner - will West Brom have time to get a chance away?
    • 45'+1 Two extra minutes to play.
    • 45' Scharner's header from the corner is a head-and-hope effort that pings straight off for a goal kick.
    • 44' More great work from Tchoyi on the right forces a corner - outstanding strenght and balance there to beat Warnock in the box before Collins stopped him.
    • 43' More good defensive work by Heskey, covering back after the corner. He really doesn't look like a 32-year-old returning from a six-week injury break.
    • 42' Brunt delivers the ball, it's well cleared by an increasingly solid-looking Villa defence.
    • 41' Marek Cech forces another corner for the Baggies. Is this a last chance for an equaliser in this half?
    • 40' The free kick is cleared, but West Brom get the ball back. Villa's solid play in the last 10 minutes has rebalanced the possession stats to 54-46 in West Brom's favour.
    • 39' The Romanian centre-back goes off for a spot of treatment, and as play gets back under way Barry Banna's string of crude attempts to dispossess Jerome Thomas finally end with a free kick to West Brom.
    • 38' Tamas remains on the grass and is holding his right leg in pain.
    • 37' The ball is delivered into the box and it falls to Albrighton, who tries to find some space in vain and sees his desperate effort deflect off Tamas.
    • 36' A classic piece of Heskey skill as he picks up a pacey through-ball in the box and very nearly works himself enough space to bury a shot. West Brom defenders finally swarm round him, but he still wins a corner.
    • 35' Young makes another searing run up the left, but once again mistimes his attempt to beat the offside trap.
    • 34' The counter move is promising and Albrighton gets involved once again as he makes space in the centre of the pitch to shoot - just wide, though.
    • 33' Magnificently confident defence in the box by Cuellar to dispossess Morrison and clear upfield.
    • 32' Brunt knocks it back in again and Lichaj knees the ball off for a corner - but the ref waves for a goal kick instead.
    • 31' West Brom corner curled in by Brunt, deflected back out to the same player.
    • 30' Possession stats show West Brom have had almost twice as much possession as Villa - but as they say, the only stat that counts is the 1-0...
    • 29' Dorrans in the wars again, this time Ashley Young cutting him down. The temperature gauge on the tackles flying in is definitely rising a little at the moment...
    • 28' West Brom come up the right looking for an equaliers but Brunt's cross is headed clear by Cuellar to set up the counter - which ends when Heskey pulls down Graham Dorrans.
    • 27' Breathless stuff here at Villa Park for the last 10 minutes. The goal was against the run of play, but Villa's pace and skill in that move was superb.
    • 25' GOAL FOR VILLA - IT'S DOWNING! Great cross at speed by Marc Albrighton on the right, with the defence all over the place Downing slides in at the far post to guide the ball in just the right side of the post!
    • 24' Villa clear the corner and Young is away on the break before being tackled by Tamas. Young is convinced it should be a foul.
    • 23' WBA keep pushing and win another corner.
    • 22' West Brom come forward again - this time it's Fortune who cuts through from the left, into the box and through four defenders before he cracks off a shot that drifts just wide of the far post.
    • 21' AMAZING WORK BY TCHOYI! The West Brom forward cut into the box and had the defence in bits before unleashing a stunning shot that deflected out off the underside of the bar.
    • 21' The free kick is launched into the box well, though Downing's header is straight off for a goal kick.
    • 20' Villa free kick on the left after a clumsy tackle from behind on Young by Scharner. He got the ball, but only after scything through the tricky winger.
    • 19' Nice clearing header by Cech ends the danger. By our count that's seven corners in 19 minutes so far...
    • 18' Villa win a corner, and throw everyone up field. Young will take.
    • 17' The frenetic pace dies enough for us to let you know that it's still goalless in every other match. Follow all the Premier League scores and scorers here.
    • 16' West Brom clear the trouble and move back upfield with their trademark pace before a tackle by Hogg gives them a throw-in.
    • 15' Good work by Young in the centre ends with a ball to Albrighton, who has Marek Cech under pressure - but the left-back clears to give away only a corner.
    • 14' Brunt whips the corner in and it's a dangerous-looking ball that is headed clear with thundering confidence by Heskey. That's why they've missed the big man!
    • 13' West Brom ease forward and win another corner, conceded by Cuellar's clearance.
    • 12' Superb through ball by Warnock for Ashley Young and the hosts have men in the box - but no, the flag is up.
    • 11' The second corner for Villa is pinged around off various heads until the ball falls safely into Carson's hands.
    • 11' Collins goes up for the corner but is beaten to it by Jara - another corner.
    • 10' West Brom are already beginning to squeeze Villa - but the hosts hit on th e break now, and Heskey is chasing a long ball into the box. Good saving tackle by Tamas - corner!
    • 9' Cuellar heads the corner clear, but concedes another - whipped in nicely by Brunt and Morrison gets his head to the ball but can't guide it towards the target.
    • 8' Albrighton makes a good saving tackle from Jerome Thomas, but it's another corner to West Brom.
    • 7' West Brom come forward, lovely ball from Brunt across to Tchoyi is cut out by a desperate clearing header by Cuellar.
    • 5' The replay of the earlier goalmouth incident suggests that Collins did not get his hand out of the way of the ball. Tchoyi actually had more time than he realised and could have buried that one. Villa on the ball now, moving upfield.
    • 4' Almost a dramatic opener for the visitors, and the way this match has started it's promising to be a classic end-to-end encounter already.
    • 3' Good chance for the Baggies just two minutes in! Collins can't clear the corner - was there a suggestion of handball? - and it falls to Tchoyi, whose reaction shot goes straight at Friedel.
    • 2' Villa win then waste a free kick 30 yards out, West Brom hit on the break and force a corner.
    • 1' Straight away Ashley Young wins a thrown for Villa up on the right flank - Eric Lichaj launches it into the box with his bionic arms, but it's thrown too far for Heskey.
    • 1' Mark Halsey checks his watch to make sure it's 3 o'clock - then blows up to get us under way.
    • 14:58 The players are out on the pitch - we're about to get under way.
    • 14:57 The Baggies have taken only 12 points from 18 Premier League midlands derbies, fewer than any other side.
    • 14:52 It's tempting to think that Aston Villa's form makes them underdogs today, but while the hosts have won just one of their last six home matches, WBA have picked up just two away wins in their last 24 matches. Though one of those was against Arsenal at the Emirates...
    • 14:50 The Baggies are on a run of 14 matches in a row without keeping a clean sheet - not a great statistic, but it could be worse: their midland neighbours Wolves have conceded in every single game they've played so far this season, in all competitions.
    • 14:45 West Brom sit ninth in the table as things stand, but could potentially climb as high as sixth with a win today. Villa, meanwhile, are 16th and just two points clear of the drop zone.
    • 14:40 West Brom couldn't ask for much better a chance to change that long-standing record of failure at this ground: Villa have lost three matches on the trot, and manager Gerard Houllier's job is about as secure as a prison made of balsa wood.
    • 14:35 West Brom haven't won a league match at Villa Park since - gulp - 1979. There are only three men who'll be on the pitch today who were even ALIVE back then: Brad Friedel, Emile Heskey and referee Mark Halsey.
    • 14:31 The other notable selection is that West Brom's Peter Odemwingie has failed his battle for fitness, a real blow for the Baggies considering his excellent contributions so far this season. Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jerome Thomas start up front for the visitors.
    • 14:30 The other big surprise in the Villa line-up is that centre-back James Collins keeps his starting spot despite being in trouble for going nightclubbing last weekend.
    • 14:25 The teams are just in - and Heskey will start for Villa! ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Lichaj, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Hogg, Bannan, Downing, Ashley Young, Heskey. WEST BROM: Carson, Jara, Scharner, Tamas, Cech, Brunt, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Morrison, Thomas, Fortune.
    • 14:20 Villa's resurgent striker Emile Heskey is set to return to action today after the best part of a month and a half out of the game with a knee problem. Gerard Houllier confirmed that the England target man will play "some part" this afternoon.
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE commentary from the Midlands derby between Aston Villa and West Brom at Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 90'+1 SO CLOSE TO AN EQUALISER! A stunning run by Jerome Thomas ends with a lovely shot dinked goalwards, but he gets just underneath it and sends it over the bar!
    • 90' WEST BROM PULL ONE BACK! It's Scharner with a piledriver of a header from Brunt's corner that almost broke the net! Game on after all!
    • 80' GOAL FOR VILLA - AND IT'S HESKEY!!!! A great cross from Albrighton on the left somehow ghosts past three West Brom defenders, and Heskey - who had not moved an inch - is waiting to head gratefully home from four yards out.
    • 57' SO CLOSE! Lovely chance for Jara after Scharner surges forward, delivers the ball to Fortune in the right half of the box, whose ball back in finds Jara - but the sweetly-struck volleyed effort flies just wide of the right post.
    • 55' Decent chance for Villa as Downing whips in a cross from the left that is met by Albrighton at the far post with a diving header that spins just wide of the right upright.
    • 36' A classic piece of Heskey skill as he picks up a pacey through-ball in the box and very nearly works himself enough space to bury a shot. West Brom defenders finally swarm round him, but he still wins a corner.
    • 25' GOAL FOR VILLA - IT'S DOWNING! Great cross at speed by Marc Albrighton on the right, with the defence all over the place Downing slides in at the far post to guide the ball in just the right side of the post!
    • 21' AMAZING WORK BY TCHOYI! The West Brom forward cut into the box and had the defence in bits before unleashing a stunning shot that deflected out off the underside of the bar.
    • 3' Good chance for the Baggies just two minutes in! Collins can't clear the corner - was there a suggestion of handball? - and it falls to Tchoyi, whose reaction shot goes straight at Friedel.
    • 14:25 The teams are just in - and Heskey will start for Villa! ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Lichaj, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Hogg, Bannan, Downing, Ashley Young, Heskey. WEST BROM: Carson, Jara, Scharner, Tamas, Cech, Brunt, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Morrison, Thomas, Fortune.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • E. Lichaj
      • C. Cuéllar
      • J. Collins
      • S. Warnock
      • B. Bannan Substitution Out (74′)
      • J. Hogg
      • M. Albrighton Substitution Out (90′)
      • S. Downing Goal
      • A. Young
      • E. Heskey Goal Substitution Out (84′)

      Subs

      • J. Carew
      • R. Pires
      • R. Dunne
      • N. Reo-Coker Substitution In74′
      • N. Delfouneso Substitution In84′
      • B. Guzan
      • C. Herd Substitution In90′
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Carson
      • G. Jara Yellow Card Substitution Out (88′)
      • P. Scharner Goal
      • G. Tamas
      • M. Cech
      • C. Brunt
      • J. Morrison Substitution Out (76′)
      • S. Tchoyi
      • G. Dorrans
      • J. Thomas Yellow Card
      • M. Fortuné Substitution Out (86′)

      Subs

      • N. Shorey
      • S. Reid Substitution In88′
      • I. Miller Substitution In76′
      • Y. Mulumbu
      • B. Myhill
      • S. Cox Substitution In86′
      • Pablo
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