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Blackburn   2 - 1   Aston Villa

By Julian Shea

Blackburn's David Dunn
Dunn's last-gasp penalty earned victory for Blackburn

David Dunn's late penalty earned 10-man Blackburn victory over Aston Villa in an entertaining match at Ewood Park.

Gabriel Agbonlahor's mishit shot put Villa ahead on three minutes before Christopher Samba poked Rovers level half-way through an even first half.

Rovers were getting the upper hand when midfielder Vince Grella was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But in the dying stages Richard Dunne handled a Franco di Santo shot and Dunn netted the penalty to seal victory.

Agbonlahor came into the game with a record of three goals in as many games, and within three minutes of the kick-off he had improved that tally to four in four.

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Brad Friedel launched a huge clearance straight down the middle, which was flicked on by James Milner.

Agbonlahor failed to connect with the ball cleanly but did enough to steer it to the right of goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who could only watch forlornly as it struck the base of the post and trickled in.

Di Santo did his best to get Rovers back on terms, only to see his goal-bound shot blocked by the intervention of Villa's former Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

Allardyce enjoys 'special game'

John Carew failed to connect with a far post header which would surely have made it 2-0 to Villa before another route one goal pulled Rovers level on 23 minutes.

Ryan Nelsen lofted in a high ball from near the halfway line, and Villa defender Dunne inadvertently got his head on the ball to set it up perfectly for Samba to poke home from close range.

Rovers' plan of attack was direct but effective, and it very nearly paid dividends around the half-hour mark.

Villa struggled to clear Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw from the left and after a game of head tennis Dunn connected with an overhead kick, but the unsighted Friedel made a superb instinctive one-handed save.

The contrast between Villa's pace and slick passing and Blackburn's more direct approach could hardly have been greater, but both sides played their part in a lively and entertaining first half.

O'Neill - Winning penalty was 'dubious'

Villa wasted a great chance to regain the lead in the dying minutes of the half when Pascal Chimbonda's lazy backpass gave possession to Milner in a dangerous position, but the former Leeds player seemed caught in two minds and it was an easy save for Robinson.

Blackburn began to dominate after the restart, and could well have gone ahead when substitute Emile Heskey lost his footing allowing Dunn to work his way through the defence to the edge of the box, where he claimed he was fouled by James Collins.

Rovers were incensed by the referee's lack of interest and Villa capitalised on their disarray by getting the ball down the other end of the pitch in a move which ended with Agbonlahor flashing the ball inches over the bar.

With the temperature of the game rising, Rovers found themselves reduced to 10 men, when Grella, who had been booked in the first half for a foul on Agbonlahor, earned a second yellow card for a foul on Milner.

Going a man down just seemed to inspire the home side, however, with Brett Emerton drawing a fine save out of Friedel.

But with just one minute to go, di Santo's overhead kick was blocked by the hand of Villa defender Dunne.

Blackburn's Dunn stepped up to put the ball past his former team-mate Friedel, to end Villa's run of four straight Premier League wins and earn his side a deserved victory.



Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:

"Throughout the season there are special games and this is one of them. We saw desire, grit and determination, and then the quality.

"We've played our best today - this season we've had some good performances but disappointing results, today we got both right.

"That should give the team great heart, they're improving week by week."

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:

"I'm naturally very disappointed to have been in the game the whole time and to not get anything out of it.

"For the most part we coped very well, when there was opportunities to get it down and play, we did that.

"I thought we were never out of the game, I'm naturally disappointed to have conceded so late on and not had an opportunity to get back into it.

"The early goal gave us a boost of confidence and momentum was high - I was hoping we might be able to go on and consolidate but here it's difficult and there's always the possibility that something like what happened at the end of the game could happen."


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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Samba 24
  • Dunn (pen) 89
  • Agbonlahor 3

Blackburn

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 25,172
BLACKBURN
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Blackburn 54%
  • Aston Villa 46%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 7
  • Aston Villa 5

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 8
  • Aston Villa 5

Corners

  • Blackburn 6
  • Aston Villa 5

Fouls

  • Blackburn 14
  • Aston Villa 11
  • Final Result
  • 94:16 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:00 James Milner takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 90:00+1:31 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:19 James Collins takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 90:00+0:18 Franco Di Santo takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:18 Substitution Christopher Samba goes off and Michel Salgado comes on.
  • 90:00+0:18 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Franco Di Santo, free kick awarded.
  • 89:39 Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • Correction - 88:01 Assist on the goal came from Franco Di Santo.
  • 88:01 Assist by Franco Di Santo.
  • 88:01 GOAL - David DunnBlackburn 2 - 1 Aston Villa David Dunn scores a placed penalty. Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • 88:01 GOAL - David DunnBlackburn 2 - 1 Aston Villa Placed penalty scored by David Dunn. Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • Correction - 87:17 Handball decision goes against Richard Dunne.
  • 87:17 Richard Dunne is penalised for a handball.
  • Correction - 86:44 David Dunn takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 86:44 David Dunn takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 85:52 The ball is delivered by Carlos Cuellar, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 82:48 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton.
  • 82:03 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Dunn. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:54 Handball by John Carew. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 80:42 Centre by James Milner, clearance by Lars Jacobsen.
  • 79:05 James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 78:36 The ball is swung over by David Dunn.
  • 77:21 James Milner crosses the ball, clearance by Lars Jacobsen. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Steven Nzonzi fouled by Richard Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 75:48 The referee blows for offside against Brett Emerton. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:21 Keith Andrews takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 74:19 The ball is crossed by Ashley Young.
  • 73:55 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young.
  • 73:45 James Milner sends in a cross, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:18 Franco Di Santo is caught offside. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:39 Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance by Lars Jacobsen.
  • 70:48 The ball is delivered by David Dunn, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Brett Emerton misses to the right of the target.
  • 69:59 Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 69:59 Substitution Keith Andrews replaces El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 69:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 69:36 The ball is delivered by Brett Emerton, blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 67:48 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov from left wing, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:48 Sent off Vincenzo Grella sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence.
  • 67:30 Foul by Vincenzo Grella on James Milner, free kick awarded.
  • 67:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on James Milner. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:46 Free kick crossed by Vincenzo Grella, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 65:46 Booking Stiliyan Petrov goes into the book.
  • 65:39 David Dunn fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 59:49 James Milner produces a cross, Effort on goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 59:49 Booking David Dunn is shown a yellow card for dissent.
  • 59:20 Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Brett Emerton, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 58:53 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 57:51 Effort from just outside the area by David Dunn goes over the bar.
  • 56:20 Corner taken by David Dunn, Headed effort from inside the area by Steven Nzonzi misses to the right of the target.
  • 56:20 Substitution Emile Heskey is brought on as a substitute for Fabian Delph.
  • 54:25 Vincenzo Grella restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:25 Substitution Brett Emerton is brought on as a substitute for Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 54:25 Booking The referee books Fabian Delph for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Dunn by Fabian Delph.
  • 53:53 Centre by Ashley Young, Pascal Chimbonda makes a clearance.
  • 52:48 David Dunn is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 52:05 James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Direct free kick taken by Vincenzo Grella.
  • 51:08 David Dunn is adjudged to have handled the ball. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:38 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 48:21 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
  • 46:55 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, Header from close range by Franco Di Santo misses to the right of the goal.
  • 46:44 A cross is delivered by Lars Jacobsen, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:25 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+0:10 David Dunn takes a corner.
  • 43:43 David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 41:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Dunn, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:24 James Milner takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 40:02 John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:47 Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
  • 36:36 A cross is delivered by Lars Jacobsen.
  • 36:24 The ball is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 35:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Ashley Young. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:31 A cross is delivered by James Milner, Shot on goal by James Collins from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 33:41 Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young from left channel, clearance by Pascal Chimbonda. James Milner decides to take the corner short.
  • 33:41 Booking Booking for Vincenzo Grella.
  • 33:30 Vincenzo Grella gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 33:06 Ryan Nelsen crosses the ball, save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 32:19 Effort on goal by David Dunn from 12 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by John Carew.
  • 31:07 El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on John Carew. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 29:49 Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 29:18 Lars Jacobsen sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Christopher Samba misses to the left of the goal.
  • 27:30 Foul by Franco Di Santo on Carlos Cuellar, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the free kick. Effort on goal by Ashley Young from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 26:53 James Milner sends in a cross, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 25:45 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, clearance by John Carew.
  • 24:40 The referee blows for offside against Franco Di Santo. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:31 GOAL - Christopher SambaBlackburn 1 - 1 Aston Villa Christopher Samba scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 21:18 Header from deep inside the area by Christopher Samba goes over the bar.
  • 20:43 The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 19:49 Centre by Ashley Young.
  • 18:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Ashley Young. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:10 Richard Dunne challenges Franco Di Santo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:31 Vincenzo Grella concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.
  • Correction - 14:05 Ryan Nelsen challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Milner, Fabian Delph takes a shot. El-Hadji Diouf gets a block in.
  • 14:05 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Ryan Nelsen results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Milner, El-Hadji Diouf gets a block in.
  • 13:00 James Milner sends in a cross.
  • 9:48 The ball is sent over by John Carew, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 8:34 Christopher Samba has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 6:54 James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. El-Hadji Diouf takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Dunn by Fabian Delph. Lars Jacobsen crosses the ball, Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.
  • 3:47 Stiliyan Petrov has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 2:19 The assist for the goal came from James Milner.
  • 2:19 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorBlackburn 0 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Gabriel Agbonlahor from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 1:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on James Collins. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Premier League results

26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-2 Bolton R
Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa R
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal R
Liverpool 6-1 Hull R
Portsmouth 0-1 Everton R
Stoke 0-2 Man Utd R
Tottenham 5-0 Burnley R
Wigan 3-1 Chelsea R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 7 11 18
2 Chelsea 7 10 18
3 Liverpool 7 12 15
4 Tottenham 7 7 15
5 Arsenal 6 10 12
6 Man City 5 5 12
7 Aston Villa 6 4 12
8 Sunderland 6 0 9
9 Everton 6 -2 9
10 Wigan 7 -6 9
11 Burnley 7 -10 9
12 Stoke 7 -4 8
13 Bolton 6 -1 7
14 Birmingham 7 -2 7
15 Blackburn 6 -3 7
16 Wolverhampton 6 -3 7
17 Fulham 6 -4 6
18 West Ham 5 -1 4
19 Hull 7 -13 4
20 Portsmouth 7 -10 0

see also
Saturday football as it happened
26 Sep 09 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
27 Sep 09 |  Premier League


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