Tuesday November 27, 2012 Day 14 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 0 Reading

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  1. Premier League - Benteke nets late winner for Villa

    Premier League - Benteke nets late winner for Villa

    Christian Benteke hit a late winner for Aston Villa in a 1-0 home win over Reading to give a boost to their relegation fight. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Reading
    • 93+3' And that's the final whistle. A vital win for Villa thanks to a late goal from Benteke. The homse side move out of the relegation zone.
    • 90+1' Le Fondre with a chance as the ball comes into him in the box but he handballs.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to play. It's Villa with the ball in Reading's half. An equaliser is looking unlikely at the moment.
    • 89' Not much as Guzan does well to come and claim the delivery.
    • 88' Ireland concedes a free-kick to Reading in a dangerous position. What can they do?
    • 87' Reading seeing a lot of the ball now but can they turn it into a goal?
    • 86' Ireland tries to keep hold of the ball in the corner but he loses it and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 85' Hunt gets a header in on goal but it is straight at Guzan.
    • 84' Reading will want to utililize his pace. And fast.
    • 84' Garath McCleary comes on for Tabb.
    • 83' It's all Villa at the moment. Ireland tries to play in Agbonlahor before Benteke fires in an effort straight at Federici.
    • 82' What have Reading got in reposne now?
    • 80' Westwood sends a great corner in and it is Benteke who rises highest with a fine header to find the bottom corner. What an important goal that could be.
    • 80' Bannan sends a free-kick in but Morrison heads off for the corner.
    • 79' Roberts comes off for Noel Hunt. He has put a real shift in tonight. The Villa defence will be glad to see the back of him.
    • 78' Villa pile forward with a promising move. Ireland picks out Albrighton on the right but his cross is woeful and it goes off for a goal kick. A real waste there as Villa had bodies forward.
    • 77' Ireland sends a ball over the top but Federici does well to come out and head clear.
    • 76' Bannan continues to drive his side on. He has been at the heart of all they have done tonight.
    • 75' Bannan picks out Ireland with a chipped ball but the Irish midfielder cannot get enough on his header to worry Federici.
    • 74' Villa continue to pile on the pressure. Lichaj sends in a ball but Federici does well to punch clear.
    • 73' The Villa Park home crowd continue to really get behind their team. They know how important a win is.
    • 72' You get the sense that as this game goes on both sides might start to be thinking about settling for the draw.
    • 71' Subs Ireland and Albrighton combine for Villa but the latter's shot is blocked and Reading clear.
    • 70' This game could really do with a goal now...
    • 69' Some fresh legs coming on in midfield then for Villa. Probably what they need as they are running out of ideas at the moment.
    • 69' Marc Albrighton comes on for Weimann and Stephen Ireland comes on for Holman.
    • 68' The Villa Park crowd are realling roaring their side on. They sense a goal could be coming soon.
    • 67' Roberts does well to work a chance for himself as he cuts in from the left and rifles an effort at goal but Guzan makes a good stop with his legs.
    • 66' Lowton sends in ball from the right but Federici comes and claims it.
    • 65' Shorey sends in the free-kick but Guzan is unable to deal with it and drops the ball in the area. Villa are first to the ball and get it clear.
    • 64' Clark goes into the book for an untidy challenge on Roberts who did very well to beat his man.
    • 63' Robson Kanu tries to pick out Roberts with a ball in from the left but he overhits it and the striker had no chance of getting on the end of it.
    • 62' Most of tonight's biggest chances have come from corners. There has not been great defending at set pieces.
    • 61' Bannan sends in another great corner that Clark meets and gets his head to but it sails just wide of the post. Good effort.
    • 60' This game is really on a knife edge as it has been all night. Could go either way.
    • 59' Shorey sends in the resulting corner but Le Fondre can only head over from close range. Unmarked and should have better.
    • 58' Roberts does very well to bring down Federici's goal kick before turning and shooting from the edge of the box but it deflects wide for the corner.
    • 57' Villa are really knocking on the door at the moment but Reading are holding on strong. They have defended well all game.
    • 56' Brett Holman does well to cut inside from the right before firing an effort in at goal from the edge of the box that sails just inches past the post.
    • 54' Shorey tries to pick out Roberts with his chipped ball forward but the striker is unable to bring the ball down and it bounces off for a goal kick.
    • 54' As the first half went on the game seemed to get a lot more tighter. Let's hope that is not the case with this half!
    • 53' Bannan sends in a superb corner that somehow misses everyone and flies across the face of goal. One touch and that would have gone in.
    • 53' Holman tees up Weimann on the edge of the box but it deflects off Mariappa for the corner.
    • 52' McAnuff sends another ball in from the right but this time it is very poor and is straight at Guzan.
    • 51' Le Fondre offside as McAnuff looks for the striker's run with a ball over the top.
    • 50' A promising move from Villa comes to an end as Westwood gives it away cheaply.
    • 49' @tholloway93: "not sure why lambert is continuing to snub Bent - you dont drop a striker of that quality not even a sub if theres no problem!"
    • 48' Reading pick up where they left off in the second half then as they continue to sends balls into the Villa box from both sides.
    • 48' McAnuff fires in a cross from the right but Guzan does well to claim.
    • 47' Elsewhere in the Premier League Sunderland are still drawing 0-0 with QPR. Sunderland v QPR: LIVE
    • 46' A good start to the half for Villa as Agbonlahor sends a ball in that Morrison heads clear. Villa eventually win the corner.
    • 46' And the second half begins...
    • 45+1' And there goes the half-time whistle. The game still remains goalless. Both teams have had good spells but Villa have probably edged it. Few real chances. Could go either way.
    • 45+1' One minute of injury time to be played.
    • 45' Shorey sends a ball in from the left but Clark heads clear.
    • 44' Mariappa does well to win the header against Benteke after Villa lofted a ball over the top from deep.
    • 43' Lowton picks out Weimann in the box who takes a tumble under the challenge from Mariappa. No penalty given.
    • 43' Cummings with another ball in but Guzan claims it.
    • 42' McAnuff sends it in but he cannot get it past the first man.
    • 41' Clark concedes the foul against Roberts in a dangerous position for Reading.
    • 40' Lichaj finds himself in space down the left but he wastes it completely as his sliced cross sails off for a goal kick. Poor.
    • 39' Cummings sends another dangerous ball in from the right but Baker and Bannan combine to clear the danger.
    • 38' You wouldn't really like to call which way this one is going to go...
    • 37' Bannan picks out Clarke with a superb cross but his glancing header drifts just wide of the post.
    • 37' Villa are starting to turn the screw now...
    • 36' Villa break and Agbonlahor plays in Holman on the left. The wide man shoots and his effort deflects wide.
    • 35' Reading break down the other end but their move soon comes to a premature end.
    • 35' Weimann tees up Beteke with a lovely touch. The striker takes aim from the edge of the box but his effort is straight at the keeper.
    • 34' A poor Bannan corner is easily dealt with by Reading.
    • 34' Bannan plays in Benteke on the edge of the box who turns and shoots but his effort deflects wide.
    • 33' There is a real air of nervousness around Villa Park tonight. They know just what a big game this is.
    • 32' Bannan sends in a corner to the back post. Baker rises but can't get enough on his header to find the target. Unlucky.
    • 32' Westwood tries to deliver a ball in from the right but Shorey does well to block.
    • 31' McDermott almost lost his glasses on the touchline there!
    • 30' Cummings aims for Le Fondre with a cross from the right but the striker is just unable to meet it.
    • 29' Guzan plays Bannan in trouble with a poor pass and the midfielder loses it while under pressure from Reading players. But luckily for Villa the away side are unable to make the most of it.
    • 28' Benteke in space on the left picks out Weimann in the box but the Villa man can only blaze over from close-range. A real chance for the home side.
    • 27' Robson-Kanu gets his delivery in this time and finds Roberts who lays it off for Le Fondre but the Villa defence do well to clear.
    • 26' Robson-Kanu tries to sends a ball in from the left but Clark does well to come out and avert the danger.
    • 25' Bannan goes for a very ambitious shot from long-range but he blazes well over.
    • 25' Robson-Kanu passes to Shorey on the left who tries to deliver a cross but it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 24' Stevens is forced off with injury. Lichaj comes on and will slot in at left back.
    • 23' Cummings whips a ball in from the right but Guzan does well to come out and claim.
    • 22' Agbonlahor picks out Benteke but the striker's touch lets him down and he loses possession.
    • 21' Stevens is down injured but it looks as though he will be alright.
    • 20' Reading break down the other end and Roberts tries to slide in McAnuff but he puts just a little too much on it.
    • 20' Benteke tries the shot from distance but Morrison does well to get the block in.
    • 19' The game seems to be getting more stretched as it goes on.
    • 18' McAnuff is brought down on the edge of the box but no foul given.
    • 17' Weimann sends a ball in from the right and picks out Benteke. The striker hits it first time to bring out a decent save from Federici. The Belgian knows he should have done better there.
    • 16' Benteke tries to reach a long ball but it is just too long for him. It is Villa now playing on the counter-attack.
    • 15' Shorey sends a dangerous corner into the Villa box that causes the home side all sorts of problems. They eventually manage to clear it away. A let-off.
    • 15' Despite Villa's good start to the game it is now Reading who are enyoing a decent spell now.
    • 14' It is Morrison who rises highest to meet McAnuff's corner but he fails to get it on target. Should have done better.
    • 13' Robson-Kanu wins a corner from the left.
    • 13' Le Fondre looks to break down the right but Baker comes in with a superb sliding tackle to clear the danger.
    • 12' Roberts tries to chase down a ball over the top but he is offside.
    • 11' It has been a decent start to this game. Pretty open, perhaps as one might have expected.
    • 10' Cummings does brilliantly to race down the right and send a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Villa are unable to scrmable it away and Le Fondre tries to turn it in from close range with a bicycle kick but it goes just wide.
    • 9' Le Fondre wins the foul off Clark.
    • 8' Weimann whips a dangerous ball into the Reading box but it is long and goes out for the throw.
    • 7' Villa break instantly down the other end with Weimann but his pass across the face of goal to Holman is poor. A real chance for the homse side there.
    • 7' McAnuff appeared to be brought down by Stevens on the edge of the bo but the referee says play on.
    • 6' Roberts does brilliant to knock Clark off the ball before passing to Robson-Kanu. The left winger goes for the shot from distance but he drags it well wide.
    • 6' Villa will be pleased with this start.
    • 5' Holman gets into a good position on the right but he fails to pick out anybody with his ball into the box.
    • 5' Westwood plays it long to Benteke but he just overhits it. The Belgian seems to be their main outlet at the moment.
    • 4' This time Robson-Kanu gives it away. Reading need to be a little more composed in their possession.
    • 3' Reading finally get a move going but Cummings ball in search of Roberts is off the mark.
    • 2' Bannan searches for Benteke with a first time ball but it is wasted.
    • 2' Villa are imposing themselves onto this game right from the off.
    • 1' Lowton instantly plays a long ball in towards Benteke but Morrison heads clear.
    • 1' The first half is underway...
    • 19:55 William Hill's odds for tonight - Aston Villa EVS, Reading 3/1, Draw 11/5. Villa the favourites then, despite having scored the least amount of goals in the league - along with Queens Park Rangers and Norwich - with just ten.
    • 19:50 FACTS: Villa have won just one game at home this season - the joint-second worst in the league. Reading have picked up just two points on the road this term and are still searching for their first win.
    • 19:45 What do you think tonight's score will be? Will Villa really get relegated this season? Which league will Reading be playing their football in next season? Let me know on Twitter @Tom_Sweetman
    • 19:40 Brian McDermott: "In the dressing room we had a conversation and I said to the players the same thing, we have to be ruthless. Over the years we've scored many late goals but it's tough to stomach when it goes against you."
    • 19:35 Paul Lambert: "(Leaving out Darren Bent is) my decision. I'm the man that picks the team. Listen, it's my choice and I've 26, 27 lads that I have to look after. Everybody's in it together and I need everybody in it together."
    • 19:30 A massive game for both sides tonight. Three points will lift the lucky team out of the relagation zone, with Southampton not playing until tomorrow. Villa are 18th with ten points, while Reading are a point behind them in 19th.
    • 19:25 So Villa bring Nathan Baker in for injured captain Ron Vlaar, while Brett Holman comes in for Karim El Ahmadi who drops to the bench. Darren Bent again misses out on a place in the squad. Reading bring in Adrian Mariappa and Shaun Cummings for Kaspars Gorkss and Chris Gunter.
    • 19:20 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Baker, Clark, Westwood, Stevens, Bannan, Holman, Lowton, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke... Subs: Given, Bowery, Albrighton, Delph, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Lichaj. /// READING: Federici, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Roberts, Le Fondre... Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Gunnarsson, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Hunt.
    • 19:15 Good evening everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight's big relegation six-pointer between Aston Villa and Reading.
  • Summary

    • 80' Westwood sends a great corner in and it is Benteke who rises highest with a fine header to find the bottom corner. What an important goal that could be.
    • 67' Roberts does well to work a chance for himself as he cuts in from the left and rifles an effort at goal but Guzan makes a good stop with his legs.
    • 61' Bannan sends in another great corner that Clark meets and gets his head to but it sails just wide of the post. Good effort.
    • 59' Shorey sends in the resulting corner but Le Fondre can only head over from close range. Unmarked and should have better.
    • 56' Brett Holman does well to cut inside from the right before firing an effort in at goal from the edge of the box that sails just inches past the post.
    • 53' Bannan sends in a superb corner that somehow misses everyone and flies across the face of goal. One touch and that would have gone in.
    • 37' Bannan picks out Clarke with a superb cross but his glancing header drifts just wide of the post.
    • 32' Bannan sends in a corner to the back post. Baker rises but can't get enough on his header to find the target. Unlucky.
    • 28' Benteke in space on the left picks out Weimann in the box but the Villa man can only blaze over from close-range. A real chance for the home side.
    • 17' Weimann sends a ball in from the right and picks out Benteke. The striker hits it first time to bring out a decent save from Federici. The Belgian knows he should have done better there.
    • 15' Shorey sends a dangerous corner into the Villa box that causes the home side all sorts of problems. They eventually manage to clear it away. A let-off.
    • 14' It is Morrison who rises highest to meet McAnuff's corner but he fails to get it on target. Should have done better.
    • 10' Cummings does brilliantly to race down the right and send a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Villa are unable to scrmable it away and Le Fondre tries to turn it in from close range with a bicycle kick but it goes just wide.
    • 19:20 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Baker, Clark, Westwood, Stevens, Bannan, Holman, Lowton, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke... Subs: Given, Bowery, Albrighton, Delph, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Lichaj. /// READING: Federici, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Roberts, Le Fondre... Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Gunnarsson, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Hunt.
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