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Aston Villa   5 - 2   Burnley

Stewart Downing and Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrate Villa's second goal
Stewart Downing and Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrate Villa's second goal

By Chris Bevan

Aston Villa remain in the thick of the race for a top-four Premier League finish after overwhelming Burnley.

Steven Fletcher put Burnley ahead from close range but Villa levelled when Ashley Young's cross flew straight in.

The Clarets collapsed after the break with Stewart Downing turning in Young's pass and scoring with a deflected shot.

Emile Heskey met Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross to make it 4-1 and Agbonlahor bundled home a fifth at the near post before Martin Paterson's consolation.

Villa scored four of their goals in the space of 13 second-half minutes - a capitulation by Burnley that shows exactly why they are deep in relegation trouble at the bottom of the table.

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The Clarets have the worst away record in the country, with one point from a possible 42, and have conceded more goals - 55 - than any other top-flight team.

But until Downing found the net for the first time, in the 56th minute, it was difficult to tell which team was the one chasing European qualification and which was battling for top-flight survival.

Villa have an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Crystal Palace to look forward to on Wednesday, ahead of next weekend's Carling Cup final against Manchester United but, while Martin O'Neill's side have been in excellent form in knockout competitions, they have been less assured in the league in recent weeks.

The home side were certainly lacking in fluidity in the opening minutes and paid the price when the Clarets took a surprise lead. Jack Cork slid David Nugent clear and he had the presence of mind to look up and cross for the unmarked Fletcher to tap in at the far post.

That was Burnley's first away goal since Chris Eagles found the net in their 5-3 defeat at West Ham on 28 November - a run of 550 minutes - and they almost added another seconds later when Nugent fired in a shot that looped off James Collins and dropped wide with Brad Friedel stranded.

Villa had created little but as soon as they did put the visitors under some sustained pressure, they drew level.

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Brian Jensen may rue his decision not to catch Young's free-kick from the left because, from the corner that followed, the same player cut inside before flighting in an inswinging cross that flew through a crowd of players and took the merest touch off Daniel Fox on its way into the net.

Burnley made it through to half-time on level pegging easily enough, and even started brightly enough after the interval, but their afternoon soon became a defensive horror show that must be familiar to their travelling fans.

Young carved the visitors apart down the left before sliding the ball to Downing, who found the bottom corner of the net despite the best efforts of Leon Cort.

Seconds later it was 3-1, with Jensen doing brilliantly to deny Agbonlahor after he raced clear but left helpless when the ball was fed to Downing and his shot flew in off the hapless Fox's leg.

We fell apart in 12 minutes - Laws

Burnley were shell-shocked and it soon became clear that this was going to be an exercise in damage limitation for Brian Laws' men when Agbonahor's pace left them exposed down the left and he sent across an inviting cross for Heskey to turn the ball home.

By now the home side were rampant and added a fifth goal in the 68th minute when Heskey and James Milner combined down the right and Agbonlahor got on the end of Milner's low ball.

It could have been far worse for Burnley as Villa substitute John Carew scuffed a shot wide when well placed inside the area, but Paterson did at least give their long-suffering supporters something to cheer when he met Cork's excellent cross in injury time.


Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill:
"We needed to threaten them a lot more than we had done in the first half and close players down, and we did that successfully.

"We had started a bit slowly but that burst after half-time was conclusive and will boost our confidence.

"The equaliser galvanised us and the spurt after half-time was exceptional."

Burnley boss Brian Laws:
"It was a 13-minute chunk where we fell apart, that is the disappointing thing.

"We limited Villa to very little in the first half - they had only pockets of chances - but the second goal after the the main turning point.

"After that, instead of shutting up shop, we opened up - and, if you do that, the good sides will hurt you."

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Young 32
  • Downing 56
  • Downing 58
  • Heskey 61
  • Agbonlahor 68
  • Fletcher 10
  • Paterson 90+2

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Burnley

  • 12 Jensen
  • 05 Carlisle yellow card
  • 14 Mears
  • 18 Cort
  • 21 Bikey
  • 34 Fox
  • 42 Cork
  • 07 McDonald (Elliott 64)
  • 33 Eagles
  • 09 Fletcher yellow card (Paterson 82)
  • 22 Nugent (Nimani N'galou 70 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 31 Weaver,
  • 04 Duff,
  • 11 Elliott,
  • 10 Paterson,
  • 20 Blake,
  • 29 Nimani N'galou,
  • 30 Thompson
Ref: AttwellAtt: 38,709
ASTON VILLA
BURNLEY

Possession

  • Aston Villa 51%
  • Burnley 49%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 8
  • Burnley 10

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 7
  • Burnley 3

Corners

  • Aston Villa 9
  • Burnley 5

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 5
  • Burnley 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:49 Chris Eagles has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 90:00+1:19 The assist for the goal came from Jack Cork.
  • 90:00+1:19 GOAL - Martin PatersonAston Villa 5 - 2 Burnley A goal is scored by Martin Paterson from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley.
  • 89:06 James Milner takes a short corner. James Milner takes a outswinging corner.
  • 87:50 Effort on goal by John Carew from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Tyrone Mears.
  • 87:13 James Milner takes a outswinging corner.
  • 86:46 Andre Bikey challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
  • 85:02 Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 85:02 Booking Frederic Nimani N'galou goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 84:51 Handball by Frederic Nimani N'galou.
  • 81:30 Substitution Ashley Young goes off and Steve Sidwell comes on.
  • 81:10 Substitution Martin Paterson on for Steven Fletcher.
  • 79:42 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles to the near post, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov. Chris Eagles takes a inswinging corner.
  • 78:54 Frederic Nimani N'galou is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 76:36 The offside flag is raised against John Carew. Free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 75:44 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Nathan Delfouneso coming on for Emile Heskey.
  • 74:55 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 74:25 Corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 73:29 Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
  • 73:29 Booking Steven Fletcher goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Steven Fletcher.
  • 70:54 Substitution John Carew comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 70:38 Effort on goal by Andre Bikey from a long way out goes over the bar.
  • 67:31 Assist by James Milner.
  • 67:31 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa 5 - 1 Burnley Gabriel Agbonlahor fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 5-1 Burnley.
  • 67:07 Substitution David Nugent leaves the field to be replaced by Frederic Nimani N'galou.
  • 67:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on James Milner. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 63:57 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot from long range clearing the crossbar.
  • 63:22 Substitution Kevin McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Wade Elliott.
  • 63:05 Effort on goal by Ashley Young from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 60:28 Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 60:28 GOAL - Emile HeskeyAston Villa 4 - 1 Burnley Emile Heskey finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 4-1 Burnley.
  • 59:14 Corner taken by Ashley Young, Stewart Downing has a volleyed shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
  • 57:21 The assist for the goal came from James Milner.
  • 57:21 GOAL - Stewart DowningAston Villa 3 - 1 Burnley Stewart Downing scores a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 3-1 Burnley.
  • 57:11 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 55:34 The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.
  • 55:34 GOAL - Stewart DowningAston Villa 2 - 1 Burnley Stewart Downing grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Burnley.
  • 53:53 Effort by Jack Cork from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 52:11 Emile Heskey fouled by Clarke Carlisle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 51:53 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.
  • 50:14 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, save by Brian Jensen.
  • 49:39 Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner.
  • 49:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Andre Bikey. James Collins takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:24 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:48 Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Bikey. Brian Jensen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:00+1:44 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 43:18 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Andre Bikey. Tyrone Mears restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:33 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
  • 40:07 James Milner crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
  • 40:07 Booking Clarke Carlisle is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:59 Ashley Young fouled by Clarke Carlisle, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 37:03 The ball is crossed by Ashley Young. The official flags Stewart Downing offside. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 36:53 Ashley Young delivers the ball.
  • 35:31 Clarke Carlisle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
  • 34:17 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
  • 31:39 Assist on the goal came from James Milner.
  • 31:39 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 1 - 1 Burnley Ashley Young scores a goal from a long way out low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Burnley.
  • 30:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on James Milner. Free kick crossed by Ashley Young, save by Brian Jensen. Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
  • 29:17 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 28:54 James Collins takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 28:18 Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by James Collins. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 25:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Cork on Ashley Young. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:46 Emile Heskey is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 24:09 Richard Dunne fouled by David Nugent, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:31 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Emile Heskey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 20:25 Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line played to the near post. Effort from outside the penalty box by James Milner goes wide right of the goal.
  • 19:00 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Eagles. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 13:37 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 13:14 David Nugent takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 9:14 Assist on the goal came from David Nugent.
  • 9:14 GOAL - Steven FletcherAston Villa 0 - 1 Burnley Steven Fletcher finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley.
  • 8:34 Effort from outside the penalty area by Stiliyan Petrov goes wide left of the target.
  • 6:46 The official flags Ashley Young offside. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:23 Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Clarke Carlisle results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 5:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Daniel Fox. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:02 Steven Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
  • 3:36 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 0:35 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Fletcher for handball. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 27 41 61
2 Man Utd 27 39 57
3 Arsenal 27 33 55
4 Tottenham 27 22 46
5 Man City 26 15 46
6 Liverpool 27 16 45
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Everton 26 1 38
9 Fulham 27 3 37
10 Birmingham 26 -3 37
11 Stoke 26 -3 34
12 Blackburn 27 -14 34
13 West Ham 26 -5 27
14 Sunderland 26 -12 26
15 Wigan 26 -26 25
16 Wolves 26 -23 24
17 Hull 27 -29 24
18 Bolton 26 -20 23
19 Burnley 26 -28 23
20 Portsmouth 26 -23 16

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