Sunday December 18, 2011 Day 16 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 0 - 2 Liverpool

  • Bellamy 11’
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  1. Liverpool ease past awful Villa

    Liverpool ease past awful Villa

    Early goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel gave Liverpool a 2-0 Premier League win against Aston Villa at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Liverpool
    • - 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+4' A smattering of jeers greets the full-time whistle, and it has been a pretty depressing afternoon for Villa. Liverpool back on the rise.
    • 90+3' Dirk Kuyt is caught offside inside the Villa box, and that might well do us.
    • 90+2' Three minutes of stoppage time being played.
    • 90+1' Charles N'Zogbia smacks a free-kick into the wall and Liverpool clear.
    • 90' It's a very limp finish here. Villa absolutely do not look like scoring.
    • 88' Kuyt is on at last, replacing Bellamy.
    • 87' Here's OptaJoe: '11% - Proportion of Aston Villa’s goals that have come in the closing 15 mins of games; the lowest rate in the PL this season. Misery.'
    • 86' Villa work the ball around nicely enough at the edge of the Liverpool box, but where is the penetration? Bannan gives it away.
    • 84' Dirk Kuyt is about to come on for Liverpool...
    • 83' Shelvey shoots over and is now taken off - Jamie Carragher comes on and takes the captain's armband...
    • 82' The atmosphere is pretty flat inside Villa Park. The chances of the home side conjuring two goals from somewhere look very remote.
    • 80' Aston Villa: Andreas Weimann on for Fabian Delph.
    • 79' Glen Johnson makes a good run down the right, reaches the byline, then takes a heavy touch and puts it out for a goal-kick.
    • 78' Liverpool continue to make most of the running. It is all too easy for them now.
    • 77' Alex McLeish looks a worried man. He has struggled to get Villa playing, and as the season nears its halfway point he really needs to turn things around here.
    • 75' Villa want a penalty as Albrighton's shot is blocked. Ref Peter Walton doesn't want to know about it.
    • 74' Andy Carroll gets a run out, replacing Suarez who gets a standing ovation as he leaves the park. It hardly needs saying, but Carroll could do with a goal.
    • 73' Villa win a free-kick 40 yards out, and up comes Richard Dunne... lofted into the box and Reina gets a decent punch clear.
    • 71' The worry for Villa fans is that there is almost nothing on the bench - good defensive cover from Ciaran Clark and Carlos Cuellar, but further forward - Weimann, Johnson and Burke.
    • 70' This almost has the air of an exhibition match, such is the lack of goal threat from Villa.
    • 69' Suarez tries to spread the play for Shelvey on the left, but his pass is cut out.
    • 67' Delfouneso busies himself in the Liverpool half, but is adjudged to have fouled Charlie Adam.
    • 66' Shelvey goes for goal from 25 yards, but his effort is off target. He scored six goals in 10 games for Blackpool during his loan spell.
    • 64' And now Suarez is penalised for a foul inside the Villa half. He is so difficult to play against. A real nuisance (in a good way).
    • 63' The replay shows Suarez definitely handballed before hitting the post with that chip. Classic Suarez - devious yet sublime.
    • 61' Adam hits a low shot from the edge of the box that deflects wide off Collins! That looked a certain goal.
    • 60' Luiz Suarez has now hit the woodwork 19 times in 42 matches for Liverpool. Amazing.
    • 59' SUAREZ!! Controls a Downing long ball (possibly with his hand), and floats a delicious chip over Guzan only to see the post deny him yet again! Brilliant effort.
    • 59' Delph's long shot loops up off Skrtel and nearly catches Reina out, but the ball drops just wide!
    • 58' N'Zogbia goes for goal, but his low shot is saved by Reina.
    • 57' Aston Villa: Barry Bannan actually replaces Emile Heskey - Charles N'Zogbia pushing further forward now.
    • 55' Barry Bannan is getting ready to come on for Villa. I can see him replacing Delph, who has been a passenger today.
    • 54' Downing takes a quick throw for Henderson down the right... his cross is headed clear.
    • 53' Bellamy shouts an expletive so obvious Ray Charles could lip-read it. He's already been booked, of course. Bellamy. Not Ray Charles.
    • 52' Glen Johnson hits a long shot from 20 yards and Guzan tips it acrobatically over!
    • 52' Stat from OptaJoe: 16 - 'Liverpool have now hit the woodwork 16 times in 2011/12, more than 15 of the 20 PL sides did last season. Thud'
    • 51' Carlos Cuellar must be sitting on the bench wondering how he never gets a game for Villa. They have been so sloppy defensively, surely the Spaniard is worth a go?
    • 49' Petrov trips Bellamy, who is outraged by the lack of a yellow card. He's got a point, actually - it was a dreadfully late challenge.
    • 48' Richard Dunne will be mightily relieved - he dawdled on the ball and got properly mugged by Suarez.
    • 47' SUAREZ!! How does that stay out? He robs Dunne, jinks past Collins and smashes a shot against the underside of the bar! Yet again, the woodwork denies Luis Suarez.
    • 46' Chance for Agger in the first minute of the second half! Bellamy crosses from the right and the Dane, who is well forward, heads wide! That was a decent opportunity...
    • 46' Second half under way at Villa Park. No personnel changes from either manager.
    • 45+3' That's half-time, and the visitors are two goals to the good. Murmurs of discontent at Villa Park.
    • 45+2' The visitors in complete control of the ball right now...
    • 45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time will be played.
    • 45' Henderson is orchestrating play in midfield at the moment. He might have been expesive, but he does use the ball very well.
    • 43' A good run down the left by Jose Enrique, who has slotted in seamlessly at Anfield since his move from Newcastle.
    • 42' Liverpool back in command now... a third goal really would kill this game off.
    • 41' Adam drills a 25-yard shot that whacks into Alan Hutton...
    • 39' James Collins attempts an audacious volley from 25 yards - and it is predictably woeful.
    • 38' Albrighton delivers a pacy corner to the near post, where Heskey's attempted flick-on is skied over for a goal-kick.
    • 37' Shelvey goes for goal from long-range. It is not a clean strike and the ball takes a touch on the way through... easy for Guzan.
    • 36' Half-chance for Shelvey, who gets on the end of a Suarez through ball. He is stretching and gets a touch on the ball, but cannot force it on target.
    • 35' Played out wide for N'Zogbia, who is sold short and Liverpool come away.
    • 34' Villa are certainly holding their own now, but it's no good waiting until you're two down...
    • 33' Petrov hits a weak shot from 25 yards - it bounces into the arms of Reina.
    • 31' Albrighton swings in the free-kick for Delfouneso, who heads over! That's not a bad chance, actually.
    • 30' Bellamy brings down Hutton on the right flank, and that will be another booking. Bellers gives the linesman an earful...
    • 29' The free-kick is floated into the box, where Heskey's looping header is easily held by Reina.
    • 28' Yellow card for Charlie Adam, who is no stranger to a booking. He pulled back Heskey, who made a massive meal of it.
    • 27' N'Zogbia wins a free-kick inside his own half following a trip by Adam.
    • 26' Liverpool win another corner - Villa do a better job of defending this one...
    • 24' Another attempted through ball from Villa, who are playing slightly better - but this one goes out for a goal kick.
    • 23' Delfouneso finds the marauding N'Zogbia down the left channel - the Frenchman's control is not good, but he still gets a shot away that ripples the side netting.
    • 21' N'Zogbia thrashes the ball goalwards, but it is over the bar.
    • 20' Crossed into the box from the Villa right, but it is beyond Collins and Liverpool clear.
    • 19' Stat from Infostrada: 'Craig Bellamy has now scored six Premier League goals against Aston Villa, his joint favourite opponents. He has also scored 6 v Sunderland'
    • 17' Alex McLeish built his reputation with teams that were defensively solid and hard to break down - you could not say that about this Villa team.
    • 16' That was sloppy from Villa, who have conceded two set-piece goal in the first 15 minutes.
    • 15' GOAL!! Martin Skrtel doubles Liverpool's lead! It's a simple set-piece - corner in from the left, Skrtel runs to the near post and glances his header into the net!
    • 13' Adam drills the free-kick in and Petrov clears at the near post.
    • 12' N'Zogbia is booked, and this looks a promising free-kick position for Liverpool.
    • 11' GOAL!! LIVERPOOL IN FRONT! Shelvey flicks the corner goalwards, Suarez's close-range effort is parried and Craig Bellamy tucks away the rebound!
    • 10' Liverpool win a corner on the right...
    • 8' Albrighton crosses from the right, and Emile 'The Powerhouse' Heskey heads at Reina when he really should have scored.
    • 7' Downing picks it up on the right, cuts inside, glides past Warnock and shoots at Reina.
    • 6' Stewart Downing has got a bit of a hostile reception from the Villa fans following his move to Liverpool. That's football...
    • 5' Delfouneso crosses into the area, where Agger is there to head clear.
    • 3' I say Petrov has been in scoring form. Two in his last five games, OK? He had two all of last season, so that sort of counts...
    • 2' Petrov has been in decent scoring form of late, and has an early shy from distance. No dice.
    • 1' We're off! Liverpool get the same under way, playing in white shirts with black shorts and white socks. They are playing from right to left as we see it. Villa are in claret and blue.
    • 14:02 A nice stat from OptaJoe: '16 - Emile Heskey has never scored a Premier League goal against Liverpool in 16 appearances. Reunion.'
    • 14:00 Alex McLeish has predictably played down the importance of the missing Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor, merely describing it as a 'challenge'.
    • 13:55 Manchester United have gone top of the league - at least for a couple of hours - with a win at QPR. More details here.
    • 13:50 Interesting team selections, with starts for the likes of Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso and Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 13:45 Liverpool have lost their last two PL away matches in the month of December. Their last victory came at Villa Park - 1-0 in December 2009 when Fernando Torres scored the last minute winner.
    • 13:40 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Delph, Petrov, N'Zogbia, Heskey, Delfouneso... Subs: Marshall, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan, Weimann, Johnson, Burke.. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Bellamy, Adam, Shelvey, Henderson, Downing, Suarez... Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Carragher, Kelly... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • 13:35 Manager quotes - Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool): "Everybody’s got to be prepared and ready to play. They will all expect to play some part in some of the games, and Andy Carroll is no different. Everybody will get an opportunity, and Andy like every one of them is ready to step in and play. There is no individual we are not comfortable with putting in."
    • 13:30 Manager quotes - Alex McLeish (Aston Villa): "Kenny (Dalglish) has done a terrific job. I think they have done some good business, spent a few bob on cracking players who make a difference like Suarez and Adam. At the end of the day, these guys have got to perform and they have been performing for Kenny. But we absolutely relish these games and over the last couple of years my record is pretty good against the bigger clubs in the home games."
    • 13:25 Liverpool have won three of their last five PL matches against Aston Villa, but lost last time out – 1-0 at Villa Park on May 22 when current Liverpool player Stewart Downing scored the Villa goal in his last match for the club.
    • 13:20 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Aston Villa v Liverpool from Villa Park!
  • Summary

    • 61' Adam hits a low shot from the edge of the box that deflects wide off Collins! That looked a certain goal.
    • 59' SUAREZ!! Controls a Downing long ball (possibly with his hand), and floats a delicious chip over Guzan only to see the post deny him yet again! Brilliant effort.
    • 52' Glen Johnson hits a long shot from 20 yards and Guzan tips it acrobatically over!
    • 47' SUAREZ!! How does that stay out? He robs Dunne, jinks past Collins and smashes a shot against the underside of the bar! Yet again, the woodwork denies Luis Suarez.
    • 46' Chance for Agger in the first minute of the second half! Bellamy crosses from the right and the Dane, who is well forward, heads wide! That was a decent opportunity...
    • 31' Albrighton swings in the free-kick for Delfouneso, who heads over! That's not a bad chance, actually.
    • 23' Delfouneso finds the marauding N'Zogbia down the left channel - the Frenchman's control is not good, but he still gets a shot away that ripples the side netting.
    • 15' GOAL!! Martin Skrtel doubles Liverpool's lead! It's a simple set-piece - corner in from the left, Skrtel runs to the near post and glances his header into the net!
    • 11' GOAL!! LIVERPOOL IN FRONT! Shelvey flicks the corner goalwards, Suarez's close-range effort is parried and Craig Bellamy tucks away the rebound!
    • 8' Albrighton crosses from the right, and Emile 'The Powerhouse' Heskey heads at Reina when he really should have scored.
    • 13:40 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Delph, Petrov, N'Zogbia, Heskey, Delfouneso... Subs: Marshall, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan, Weimann, Johnson, Burke.. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Bellamy, Adam, Shelvey, Henderson, Downing, Suarez... Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Carragher, Kelly... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

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