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Wolverhampton   1 - 1   Aston Villa

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Ebanks-Blake's stepped up to score his first goal of the season to rescue a point

By Phil McNulty
BBC Sport at Molineux

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's late penalty earned Wolves a deserved point against Midlands rivals Aston Villa at Molineux.

Villa looked on course to maintain their best start to a Premier League season since 1999 when Gabriel Agbonlahor steered substitute Emile Heskey's pass beyond Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey with only 11 minutes left.

But Wolves responded and equalised four minutes later to claim a vital draw after Steve Sidwell needlessly felled Michael Kightly in the area and Ebanks-Blake slammed home a ferocious spot kick.

It gave Mick McCarthy's side a fair reward on an afternoon high on endeavour but short on real quality, especially from a Villa side who have made such an impressive start to the new campaign.

Indeed McCarthy may feel Wolves should have come away with three points after creating the best opportunities in a first-half spell of supremacy which saw a clear penalty claim denied when Richard Dunne fouled Kevin Doyle, Christophe Berra's header kicked off the line by James Milner and Ebanks-Blake miss two good chances.

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Wolves, ultimately, were grateful for a point after Agbonlahor's late strike looked to have punished them for running out of attacking ideas after the break.

Villa were unchanged from the side that earned an outstanding victory against Chelsea last Saturday - and should have built on that platform by taking the lead in the opening seconds.

Agbonlahor was left with only Hennessey to beat after a long clearance, but a tame and lazy finish allowed the Wolves keeper to make a crucial block.

Molineux then reverberated to the sound of anger when referee Peter Walton ignored valid a penalty claim from Wolves after Villa defender Dunne appeared to drag back his Republic of Ireland colleague Doyle as the pair wrestled for possession in the area.

Villa's pace, as ever, made them a dangerous proposition on the break but it was Wolves who fashioned the more presentable opportunities in a first 45 minutes played in appalling conditions, with torrential rain sweeping across the stadium.

Berra headed just wide and then Milner was perfectly positioned to clear a close-range effort from Doyle off the line following a corner.

McCarthy pleased with improving Wolves

Wolves showed a pleasing determination to play a passing game, and Ebanks-Blake should have done better than hook over the top from eight yards after Berra headed down Kightly's corner.

He also steered a header wide when Villa were caught out from a free-kick, the sort of chance Wolves need to be taking if draws are to be transformed into victories.

Villa showed renewed attacking ambition in the opening moments of the second half, with Sidwell failing to take advantage of time and space in the area and Ashley Young curling a shot wide of the target.

John Carew - whose afternoon was summed up by an effort early in the second half that skewed 30 yards behind him and out for a throw in on the opposite side of the pitch - was replaced by Heskey with 20 minutes left as Villa boss Martin O'Neill pressed for the victory.

And Villa thought they had made the breakthrough within four minutes of Heskey's arrival when Sidwell's shot looked bound for the back of the net until it struck team-mate Dunne.

O'Neill happy with battling Villa

Heskey was instrumental as Villa took the lead on 79 minutes, playing in Agbonlahor, who spun Jody Craddock and scuffed a finish beyond Hennessey.

Villa's lead last only four minutes, and Sidwell was the culprit for throwing Wolves a lifeline back into a game that looked to be slipping out of their reach.

He was guilty of a reckless challenge on Kightly in the area that left referee Walton with a simple decision to point to the spot - leaving Ebanks-Blake to complete the formalities with a thunderous strike that gave Brad Friedel no chance.

Molineux celebrated wildly as Wolves claimed a point that may prove crucial - but for Villa boss O'Neill there was only the disappointment of seeing two points cast carelessly aside late on.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"We deserved something out of it, that's for sure. The first penalty should one was an absolute stonewaller on Doyle.

"Surely being honest shouldn't prejudice you from getting a penalty. It's a penalty, he has to give the decision. Obviously he didn't think it was or he would have given it.

"Doyle's done everything right, you've got to rely on the officials to give the decision.

"Barely any of our players have played in the Premier League before but they're growing up, learning and doing better. Our performances are getting better and that was a good result."

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:
"It probably is a fair result. Wolves were the better team in the first half - we didn't play well at all and couldn't get hold of ball like we did against Chelsea.

"We improved pretty well in the second half and I thought we might see that one through.

"But it was a battle. We were never able to get it down and play. It was a slog but at least we're unbeaten which helps move the scoreboard along."

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ebanks-Blake (pen) 83
  • Agbonlahor 79

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 28,734
WOLVES
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Wolves 58%
  • Aston Villa 42%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 4
  • Aston Villa 8

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 4
  • Aston Villa 4

Corners

  • Wolves 8
  • Aston Villa 3

Fouls

  • Wolves 10
  • Aston Villa 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:42 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+4:17 Corner taken by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 90:00+2:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Kevin Doyle. Free kick crossed by George Elokobi.
  • 90:00+1:52 Segundo Castillo is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 88:26 Foul by Chris Iwelumo on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Warnock from left channel, clearance by Jody Craddock. The ball is swung over by James Milner, Jody Craddock makes a clearance. Ashley Young takes a shot. Greg Halford gets a block in.
  • 87:23 Foul by James Collins on Chris Iwelumo, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nenad Milijas from left wing.
  • 86:47 The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christophe Berra makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
  • 85:01 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes off and Chris Iwelumo comes on.
  • 85:01 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Greg Halford coming on for Michael Kightly.
  • Correction - 82:41 Michael Kightly provided the assist for the goal.
  • 82:41 The assist for the goal came from Michael Kightly.
  • 82:41 GOAL - Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeWolverhampton 1 - 1 Aston Villa Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scores a power penalty. Wolverhampton 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • Correction - 81:56 Steve Sidwell concedes a Penalty for a foul on Michael Kightly.
  • 81:56 Foul by Steve Sidwell on Michael Kightly, Penalty awarded.
  • 81:20 Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:48 Emile Heskey provided the assist for the goal.
  • 78:48 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorWolverhampton 0 - 1 Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 77:11 Foul by Segundo Castillo on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 75:49 George Elokobi crosses the ball, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 75:21 Richard Dunne takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 74:33 Substitution David Edwards leaves the field to be replaced by Nenad Milijas.
  • 74:33 Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 73:51 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by George Elokobi.
  • 72:02 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.
  • 71:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Emile Heskey. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
  • 70:31 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Emile Heskey coming on for John Carew.
  • 70:14 The ball is sent over by James Milner.
  • 69:11 Centre by James Milner, blocked by Kevin Doyle.
  • 68:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Carlos Cuellar. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Milner.
  • 63:50 Ashley Young produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
  • 62:35 The ball is swung over by James Milner.
  • 61:56 The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Segundo Castillo manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:21 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
  • 60:25 Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 60:25 Booking Ronald Zubar booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Ronald Zubar.
  • 59:43 Booking Stephen Warnock is given a yellow card.
  • 58:16 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.
  • 57:49 George Elokobi challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 57:06 Ronald Zubar fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 55:37 Michael Kightly takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 53:48 Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 53:48 Booking John Carew goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 53:39 Ronald Zubar fouled by John Carew, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 50:31 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 50:11 James Milner delivers the ball, clearance made by Jody Craddock. James Milner crosses the ball, George Elokobi makes a clearance.
  • 49:23 Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 47:18 Foul by Steve Sidwell on Segundo Castillo, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by George Elokobi. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 46:25 Effort on goal by John Carew from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:45 Centre by Ashley Young, Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:15 David Edwards is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:29 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+2:05 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. George Elokobi takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:33 A cross is delivered by David Edwards, clearance by Steve Sidwell.
  • 45:00+0:38 The ball is swung over by James Milner.
  • 44:23 The official flags Ashley Young offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 43:44 The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 43:04 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:53 Handball by Steve Sidwell. Michael Kightly produces a cross, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 41:04 Foul by John Carew on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 39:49 Michael Kightly concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Cuellar. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Warnock from right wing, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 39:49 Foul by Michael Kightly on Carlos Cuellar, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Warnock, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
  • 38:33 The ball is sent over by James Milner, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
  • 37:07 The ball is crossed by David Edwards, Richard Dunne gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
  • 34:36 The referee blows for offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:36 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Kightly from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by James Milner.
  • 28:21 Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, Michael Kightly gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young.
  • 25:25 The referee blows for offside against John Carew. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 23:59 Michael Kightly fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Michael Kightly, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:27 Unfair challenge on Michael Kightly by James Milner results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:03 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.
  • 19:48 Carlos Cuellar delivers the ball, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Warnock, David Edwards makes a clearance.
  • 19:32 The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
  • 19:19 Segundo Castillo takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
  • 18:09 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Foul by Steve Sidwell on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 17:02 Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 14:38 Unfair challenge on David Edwards by Stephen Warnock results in a free kick. Michael Kightly crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 13:41 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Edwards. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 12:56 The ball is swung over by Karl Henry, Christophe Berra has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 12:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by John Carew. Segundo Castillo takes the free kick.
  • 11:55 John Carew is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:01 The ball is crossed by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 8:12 Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael Kightly, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 7:29 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Kightly.
  • 5:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Ronald Zubar. Jody Craddock takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:00 James Milner sends in a cross.
  • 4:19 David Edwards sends in a cross, clearance made by John Carew. Corner taken by Michael Kightly played to the near post, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:34 David Edwards takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Outswinging corner taken by Michael Kightly from the right by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 1:50 Ronald Zubar has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 1:21 The ball is delivered by David Edwards, blocked by Stephen Warnock.
  • 0:40 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League results

24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 2-1 Sunderland R
Burnley 1-3 Wigan R
Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn R
Hull 0-0 Portsmouth R
Tottenham 0-1 Stoke R
Wolverhampton 1-1 Aston Villa R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 10 16 24
2 Man Utd 9 12 22
3 Tottenham 10 7 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 8 7 17
6 Aston Villa 9 5 17
7 Sunderland 10 3 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 10 -2 15
10 Wigan 10 -5 13
11 Burnley 10 -12 12
12 Everton 8 -2 11
13 Fulham 8 -2 10
14 Birmingham 10 -4 10
15 Blackburn 9 -11 10
16 Wolverhampton 10 -7 9
17 Bolton 8 -2 8
18 Hull 10 -14 8
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 10 -10 4

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