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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Villa v Palace
Crystal Palace's Andy Johnson
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them .

Here's a selection of reports from Villa Park as Aston Villa draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace.

Claire Wright

The game came to life pretty early with Andy Johnson scoring for Crystal Palace after just five minutes and Hendrie equalising for Aston Villa in the 35th minute.

Crystal Palace worked hard and kept control of the game in the first half.

Villa's performance was poor at times and pretty average throughout the match as they struggled to grab the bull by the horns and dominate the match.

Villa tried their luck a few times in the second half but succeeded only in shooting onto the post or were defeated by the Crystal Palace defence.

Palace played quite well under the pressure and the atmosphere in the stadium was tense and electric, with only the Crystal Palace fans leaving with a smile.

James Pearson

Crystal Palace started as by far the best team and just after forcing Olof Mellberg to clear a shot off the line for a corner, Andy Johnson took advantage of an Aston Villa defensive error to place the ball past Thomas Sorensen.

Johnson's comfortable finsih in to the net put Crystal Palace 1-0 up after just five minutes.

Palace carried on to pressure Villa for the first 35 minutes until having just had a very well struck shot saved, Lee Hendrie scored with a 25 yard shot.

It flew into the to the top corner, but he was then penalised for celebrating.

From that point Villa looked extremely dangerous to the end of the first half, but in the second half neither team looked too much of a threat, though Sorensen did have to make a couple of good saves to keep Villa in the match.

Ben Gibson

Aston Villa's Lee Hendrie is booked for celebrating
Lee Hendrie gets booked for over-celebrating
Aston Villa continued their undefeated home run by achieving a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace no thanks to Villa's dodgy defensive tactics and a dull performance up front.

Crystal Palace opened the scoring after five minutes when Andrew Johnson picked the ball up and hit a shot into the back of Thomas Sorenson's net in front of the Holte End.

Soon afterwards Lee Hendrie struck the ball just inside the 18-yard-box towards the right hand side of the goal but Gabor Kiraly was more than equal to it, diving to his left and keeping Villa feeling frustrated.

Villa's equaliser came on 35 minutes when Hendrie controlled the ball and hit a fantastic shot from about 25 yards out.

Hendrie was then booked for his celebration.

In the second half, Villa dominated but were poor defensively and could not seem to break through Palace's squad who were very tight at the back.

After the match David O'Leary made no excuses for his team's performance and said that a draw was all they deserved.


Lucky Aston Villa stay unbeaten at home as man of the match Thomas Sorensen saved the home side from losing 2-1 many times.

Crystal Palace's Andrew Johnson scored first in the fifth minute.

Villa's Juan Pablo Angel nearly brought it back to 1-1 in the 12th minute but he was offside.

But it was Villa's Lee Hendrie who shot into the top corner through Ben Watson's legs.

Villa improved their game but they still struggled to keep the score level and the result ends Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace.

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