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Aston Villa   2 - 1   Chelsea

James Collins, Richard Dunne and Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrate Villa's winner
James Collins, Richard Dunne and Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrate Villa's winner

By Oliver Brett

Aston Villa delivered a blow to Chelsea's title ambitions by inflicting a second successive away defeat on the pre-match Premier League leaders.

Chelsea took the lead when Brad Friedel failed to deal with a speculative long-range effort from Didier Drogba, but they failed to capitalise.

An unmarked Richard Dunne headed the home side level after Ashley Young's corner flicked off Frank Lampard.

James Collins headed the winner from another Young corner to stun Chelsea.

It was Collins' first goal in four years as Chelsea's defence was uncharacteristically exposed again at a set piece.

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Two seasons ago, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich left Villa Park before the end of a 2-0 defeat by Martin O'Neill's side. Two weeks later then manager Jose Mourinho was dismissed.

Current Blues' coach Carlo Ancelotti has no concerns as far as his job security goes, but he will have been deeply unhappy with the lack of concentration at the back which allowed Villa to get back into the game.

Villa, with frustrated England striker Emile Heskey again confined to the bench by O'Neill until the final eight minutes, should take plenty of confidence from a hard-earned victory.

After a quiet opening, the game exploded into life when emergency referee Kevin Friend - called in at the last minute after Steve Bennett was taken ill - waved away Villa appeals for a penalty.

On closer inspection, Jose Bosingwa had wrapped his arm all over Gabriel Agbonlahor's shoulder, preventing him from capitalising on Stilyan Petrov's cross with only Petr Cech to beat.

Chelsea, fortunate not to concede a penalty, quickly poured forward, James Milner denying Florent Malouda with a smart tackle. But on their next attack the west London club took the lead.

Drogba skilfully turned Collins, but was still about 35 yards out when firing his shot at the Villa goal.

O'Neill delighted with Villa victory

Friedel should have had the effort comfortably covered, but the 38-year-old American was deceived by the dip and bounce of the shot, and had to hide his embarrassment as he picked the ball out of net.

Chelsea, no doubt fortified by the goal, tended to offer more in the way of a threat going forward - so it was a bit of a surprise to see Villa grab an equaliser.

It had an element of fortune about it, as Lampard's attempted clearing header from Young's corner served up a chance on a silver platter for Dunne. The Republic of Ireland defender buried his header from close range.

But Chelsea now produced their best football of the half. Friedel, atoning for his earlier error, had to back-pedal furiously to tip a cheeky chip from the consistently excellent Deco over the top right-hand corner.

And a neat move of short passes played across the edge of the Villa area presented Drogba with an excellent chance, whereupon Collins produced a terrific block, throwing his body into the path of the shot.

The Blues' defence was found wanting early in the second half, however, when another corner from Young proved too much to deal with.

This time the winger picked out Collins on the far post, who was given vast swathes of undefended territory in which to rise up to nod the ball down, back across goal and into the net.

John Terry reacted by jumping around the box like a toddler with a tantrum, but the only way Chelsea could respond was to attack once again.

Set-piece defending dismays Ancelotti

The danger signs were posted when Deco, and then Malouda, failed to test Friedel adequately when each was given an excellent chance to equalise.

Though they were now dealing with scraps of possession, with 18 minutes to go Villa had a chance to go 3-1 up. Young swept a beautiful pass from deep on the left flank to Milner on the right. But his lay-off to John Carew was hit over Cech's bar.

Friedel made his third vitally important save of the half when denying Nicolas Anelka, but Deco and Lampard were giving Villa plenty more nervous moments.

Chelsea, who had already replaced Bosingwa with Branislav Ivanovic, now sent on Joe Cole for Malouda but seemed to lose their shape as their hunt for an equaliser grew more desperate.

Villa comfortably protected their lead during three minutes of added time to leave Chelsea with plenty to think about before the visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.


Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:

"We can definitely compete. We've a lot of good players in the team and it was a great effort against a top-quality team. My view is that anybody who finishes in front of Chelsea will win the Premier League.

"Set pieces are part of the game - World Cup finals have been settled on set pieces - but that tended to overlook what we can do. We try to get it wide and we've got players who can electrify the crowd."

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"We lost the game because of two set plays. Chelsea played a good game and we don't want to lose the game in that situation, only if the other team play better than us.

"Aston Villa were very able on the set plays. We want to do better for sure. We need more concentration."

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Dunne 32
  • Collins 52
  • Drogba 15

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 39,047
ASTON VILLA
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Aston Villa 43%
  • Chelsea 57%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 5
  • Chelsea 13

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 2
  • Chelsea 8

Corners

  • Aston Villa 6
  • Chelsea 9

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 20
  • Chelsea 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:54 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+2:09 Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:09 Booking James Milner receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:02 Foul by James Milner on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded.
  • 90:00+1:55 Ashley Young crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 90:00+1:04 Foul by Emile Heskey on John Terry, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 88:14 John Terry fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 85:45 Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball.
  • 84:13 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Joe Cole coming on for Florent Malouda.
  • 83:51 Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 81:08 Substitution Emile Heskey on for John Carew.
  • Correction - 81:08 Michael Essien takes a shot.
  • 81:08 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Emile Heskey coming on for John Carew.
  • 81:08 Effort on goal by Michael Essien from 18 yards. Blocked by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 80:51 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 80:46 A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 80:11 Drilled right-footed shot by Frank Lampard. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
  • 79:11 Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
  • 78:32 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young.
  • 77:33 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 76:39 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
  • 76:13 Foul by John Carew on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 75:16 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 74:21 Effort from outside the box by Nicolas Anelka goes wide right of the target.
  • 73:56 Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from 12 yards. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 72:31 Shot from close in by John Carew misses to the left of the goal.
  • 72:19 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.
  • 71:30 Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball, clearance made by James Milner.
  • 69:53 Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Richard Dunne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 69:27 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, clearance made by Michael Essien.
  • 68:33 Substitution Jose Bosingwa leaves the field to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 66:37 Stephen Warnock fouled by Jose Bosingwa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 66:09 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:35 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.
  • 63:51 The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Ricardo Carvalho restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:23 The referee blows for offside against Jose Bosingwa. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:04 Frank Lampard has a drilled shot. Clearance made by James Collins.
  • 62:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Didier Drogba. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Florent Malouda. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:08 Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from 20 yards. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • Correction - 57:49 Corner taken short by Florent Malouda.
  • 57:40 Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
  • 57:31 Drilled left-footed shot by Deco. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 57:04 John Carew is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:40 Shot from 35 yards from Michael Essien. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 55:56 Stephen Warnock crosses the ball.
  • 55:36 James Milner fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:08 Richard Dunne fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 54:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 54:05 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:12 Shot from outside the area by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.
  • 52:53 Michael Essien produces a cross, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 52:35 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from 20 yards. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 51:32 The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.
  • 51:32 GOAL - James CollinsAston Villa 2 - 1 Chelsea James Collins finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea.
  • 50:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line,
  • 50:29 Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 50:14 Drilled right-footed shot by Ricardo Carvalho. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 48:57 John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba, James Milner gets a block in.
  • 47:47 The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 47:23 Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:09 Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
  • 45:53 Foul by Frank Lampard on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:30 Centre by Stephen Warnock, save by Petr Cech.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:28 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:53 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen Warnock, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
  • 45:00+0:53 Booking The referee cautions Ashley Cole for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+0:44 Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 45:00+0:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by John Carew. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 44:28 The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:18 Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross.
  • 43:32 Stephen Warnock sends in a cross.
  • 42:40 Effort from outside the penalty box by Nicolas Anelka goes wide left of the goal.
  • 41:39 Foul by Ashley Young on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Ricardo Carvalho takes the free kick.
  • 41:01 Didier Drogba has a drilled shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 40:46 The ball is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 40:23 Inswinging corner taken by Deco from the left by-line, clearance made by James Collins.
  • 40:23 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 40:08 A cross is delivered by Ricardo Carvalho, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:30 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Carew.
  • 38:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 37:49 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 36:07 Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Didier Drogba produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 35:39 Deco has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Brad Friedel makes a brilliant save.
  • 35:19 The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 34:44 Michael Essien takes the free kick.
  • 34:44 Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor is cautioned.
  • 34:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Michael Essien.
  • 34:28 Foul by Stephen Warnock on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
  • 33:50 Nicolas Anelka challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 33:42 The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
  • 31:35 GOAL - Richard DunneAston Villa 1 - 1 Chelsea Richard Dunne scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 31:20 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post,
  • 31:14 The ball is delivered by Stiliyan Petrov, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:44 Centre by James Milner, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 28:51 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 28:15 Jose Bosingwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:08 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by John Carew.
  • 26:55 Drilled right-footed shot by Nicolas Anelka. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
  • 25:12 Shot on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 24:49 Ashley Young challenges Deco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Deco takes the free kick.
  • 23:37 Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 23:18 Shot by Florent Malouda. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 23:18 Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from 12 yards. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 22:24 Ashley Cole takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 20:44 James Milner sends in a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:26 Steve Sidwell takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Frank Lampard.
  • 19:27 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Jose Bosingwa results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
  • 19:04 Nicolas Anelka fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
  • 17:40 Deco takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Carew.
  • 17:32 Deco delivers the ball, James Milner gets a block in.
  • 14:57 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 14:57 GOAL - Didier DrogbaAston Villa 0 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba scores a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea.
  • 14:36 The ball is delivered by Carlos Cuellar, Petr Cech makes a fantastic save.
  • 14:22 Centre by Steve Sidwell, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
  • 13:34 Centre by James Milner, Shot from 12 yards by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 13:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, fantastic save by Petr Cech.
  • 12:00 Ashley Young sends in a cross, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
  • 11:52 The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, blocked by James Milner.
  • 9:37 Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, save by Petr Cech.
  • 8:09 The referee blows for offside. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:12 James Collins fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:46 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 4:01 Ashley Young challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Deco.
  • 1:45 Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Deco. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 1:19 Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 1:00 Shot from just outside the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor goes over the crossbar.
  • 1:00 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League results

17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham R
Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea R
Everton 1-1 Wolverhampton R
Man Utd 2-1 Bolton R
Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham R
Stoke 2-1 West Ham R
Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 9 12 22
2 Chelsea 9 11 21
3 Tottenham 9 8 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 7 7 16
6 Aston Villa 8 5 16
7 Sunderland 9 4 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 9 -3 12
10 Burnley 8 -9 12
11 Everton 8 -2 11
12 Wigan 8 -7 9
13 Bolton 8 -2 8
14 Wolverhampton 9 -7 8
15 Fulham 7 -4 7
16 Birmingham 9 -5 7
17 Blackburn 7 -7 7
18 Hull 8 -12 7
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 9 -10 3

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