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Hull   0 - 2   Aston Villa

James Milner puts Aston Villa 2-0 up against Hull
Milner may have enhanced his World Cup hopes with another fine performance

By David Ornstein

Aston Villa produced an accomplished display to keep alive their hopes of finishing fourth and severely dent Hull's bid to avoid relegation.

Gabriel Agbonlahor fired Villa into a deserved lead with a fine finish after some woeful defending from the hosts.

A Kevin Kilbane shot was cleared off the line and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink suffered a serious-looking head injury.

The hosts' misery was compounded when James Milner scored from the spot after being tripped by George Boateng.

Hesselink's injury meant 10 minutes of added time were played at the end, but Hull bore a look of total dejection and showed minimal desire to launch a late comeback.

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They sit three points adrift of safety with three games remaining, but their goal difference is significantly inferior to that of West Ham in 17th and a return to the Championship after two seasons in the Premier League looks increasingly likely.

The Tigers seemed to show a remarkable lack of fight in the closing stages and that was magnified by a hungry and energetic performance from their opponents.

Villa are back to within three points of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot, and on this evidence there is every chance of them winning their final three games to remain in contention.

They have now won each of their last seven league and cup matches against Hull without conceding a goal and their latest victory was richly deserved.

Eyebrows were raised when Hull boss Iain Dowie opted to stick with the 4-5-1 formation deployed in Saturday's goalless draw at Birmingham.

Dowie argued there was no point playing two men up front when his strikers had scored only nine goals between them all season.

But that view looked questionable as Villa dominated possession early on, flooding forward safe in the knowledge that lone-striker Hesselink was the only Hull player in an advanced position.

Stiliyan Petrov, Milner and Ashley Young were all roaming around the midfield with time and space, working the ball to Agbonlahor and John Carew at every opportunity.

It came as no surprise that Villa opened the scoring and the calamitous nature of the goal went some way to explaining why Hull are entrenched in a relegation dogfight for the second successive season.

Petrov clipped a hopeful pass upfield that the hosts had three chances to clear, but Ibrahima Sonko, Steven Mouyokolo and Paul McShane all failed.

The ball ricocheted to Agbonlahor, who McShane had left unattended, and the 23-year-old rifled an unstoppable high finish past Matt Duke.

Dowie's men eventually settled into a tidy rhythm and no sooner had they started to assert themselves on the match, then they should have equalised.

Brad Friedel made a fine double-save to deny Hesselink and Kilbane, who got to the rebound but his poorly-directed shot was deflected over by James Collins with the goal gaping.

It was a chance that Hull could not afford to squander and their evening went from bad to worse after the break when Hesselink was knocked unconscious by a clash of heads with Richard Dunne.

Fortunately, the Dutchman later regained consciousness but with his withdrawal went Hull's threat.

Villa went in search of a second goal and it duly arrived after Carew raced half the length of the pitch before offloading to Milner inside the penalty area.

The England midfielder looked to cut inside but was felled by Boateng's clumsy challenge and picked himself up to send Duke the wrong way from the spot.

Hull must now beat Sunderland at the KC Stadium on Saturday to realistically stand any hope of surviving the drop, while Villa can retain aspirations of top-four finish with victory over local rivals Birmingham at Villa Park on Sunday.


Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill:
"We're in the mix. We're going for everything and guaranteed nothing. We're not even guaranteed to finish eighth in the league at this minute.

"We've gone above Liverpool with three games to go and that's pretty exceptional. But where I've been pleased with the team is they've responded fantastically to the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"We've come back and taken 10 out of the last 12 points. I think the team has shown a great deal of character all season and I think that was epitomised tonight.

"It was a very professional performance, and I thought we played very well, but at 1-0 the game's still in the balance and it was good to get the second goal, and we saw it through reasonably comfortably."

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 0-2 Aston Villa FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Agbonlahor 13
    • Milner (pen) 76

    Hull

    • 12 Duke
    • 03 Dawson
    • 06 McShane
    • 19 Mouyokolo
    • 28 Sonko
    • 17 Kilbane (Olofinjana 84)
    • 20 Boateng
    • 21 Bullard
    • 45 Cairney yellow card (Geovanni 70)
    • 07 Fagan yellow card
    • 29 Vennegoor of Hesselink (Altidore 54)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Myhill,
    • 35 Cooper,
    • 08 Barmby,
    • 10 Geovanni,
    • 44 Olofinjana,
    • 09 Altidore,
    • 13 Cullen

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeanAtt: 23,842
    HULL
    ASTON VILLA

    Possession

    • Hull 48%
    • Aston Villa 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Hull 10
    • Aston Villa 5

    Attempts off target

    • Hull 4
    • Aston Villa 6

    Corners

    • Hull 11
    • Aston Villa 9

    Fouls

    • Hull 8
    • Aston Villa 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+10:25 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+8:02 Deiberson Geovanni delivers the ball, George Boateng produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 90:00+7:30 George Boateng takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
    • 90:00+5:13 Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
    • 90:00+5:07 Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Steven Mouyokolo gets a block in.
    • 90:00+3:12 Substitution John Carew leaves the field to be replaced by Emile Heskey.
    • 90:00+2:01 Jimmy Bullard fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:30 James Milner crosses the ball, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Dawson.
    • 90:00+0:51 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 89:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by George Boateng. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
    • 88:12 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jimmy Bullard, blocked by Richard Dunne. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jimmy Bullard, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:12 Booking James Milner is given a yellow card.
    • 88:05 Unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by James Milner results in a free kick.
    • 83:04 Matt Duke takes the free kick.
    • 83:04 Substitution Kevin Kilbane goes off and Seyi Olofinjana comes on.
    • 83:04 Substitution Steve Sidwell replaces Stiliyan Petrov.
    • 83:04 Handball decision goes against James Milner.
    • 82:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard played to the near post, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:00 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
    • 79:36 John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kilbane. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
    • 78:37 Deiberson Geovanni takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by John Carew.
    • 78:30 Deiberson Geovanni produces a cross, James Collins gets a block in.
    • 78:19 Short corner taken by Craig Fagan from the left by-line.
    • 78:11 Jimmy Bullard takes a shot. James Milner gets a block in.
    • 77:50 Kevin Kilbane produces a cross.
    • 76:17 The referee gives a free kick against Richard Dunne for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
    • 75:15 GOAL - James MilnerHull 0 - 2 Aston Villa Placed penalty scored by James Milner. Hull 0-2 Aston Villa.
    • 74:22 Foul by George Boateng on James Milner, Penalty awarded.
    • 72:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ibrahima Sonko by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:04 Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 70:52 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, save by Matt Duke.
    • 70:11 Jimmy Bullard crosses the ball, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:17 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni is brought on as a substitute for Tom Cairney.
    • 69:00 Corner from left by-line crossed in by Ashley Young.
    • 68:50 Ashley Young delivers the ball, blocked by Kevin Kilbane.
    • 68:21 Short corner taken by Ashley Young.
    • 68:07 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.
    • 65:46 Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
    • 65:46 Booking Craig Fagan is cautioned.
    • 65:43 Craig Fagan challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 64:08 Corner taken by Stewart Downing played to the near post, Andy Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 64:01 Stewart Downing crosses the ball, blocked by Andy Dawson.
    • 62:32 Corner taken left-footed by Tom Cairney from the right by-line, Steven Mouyokolo has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 61:58 Kevin Kilbane takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
    • 60:46 Ashley Young sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 59:35 Effort from a long way out by Stiliyan Petrov goes wide left of the goal.
    • 58:13 Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
    • 57:24 The ball is crossed by Jimmy Bullard, save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 56:35 Corner taken by Ashley Young, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
    • 55:12 The ball is swung over by Paul McShane.
    • 53:43 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink goes off and Jozy Altidore comes on.
    • 47:05 Tom Cairney takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
    • 46:47 Steven Mouyokolo takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 45:30 Jimmy Bullard takes the inswinging corner, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:25 The ball is crossed by Craig Fagan, clearance made by James Collins.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:10 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 43:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Fagan. James Collins takes the free kick.
    • 42:21 Booking The referee cautions Stiliyan Petrov for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:00 Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross, George Boateng makes a clearance.
    • 41:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
    • 35:14 Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Kevin Kilbane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Dawson, save by Brad Friedel.
    • 34:12 The ball is swung over by Paul McShane, clearance by Richard Dunne.
    • 33:49 Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, clearance by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • 30:40 The ball is delivered by Kevin Kilbane, Paul McShane gets a block in.
    • 28:45 Foul by Ashley Young on Tom Cairney, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
    • 27:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Craig Fagan. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:33 Tom Cairney takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 25:26 George Boateng produces a cross, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 24:20 Corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Cairney, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
    • 24:20 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jimmy Bullard. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Cairney, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
    • 23:52 Kevin Kilbane takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
    • 23:29 Kevin Kilbane takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 23:06 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 22:22 Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Kilbane.
    • 19:54 Shot from just outside the box by Stiliyan Petrov goes over the crossbar.
    • 19:33 Short corner worked by Stewart Downing.
    • 19:29 James Milner crosses the ball, clearance by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • 18:17 Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
    • 18:17 Booking Tom Cairney is cautioned.
    • 18:08 Tom Cairney challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 16:14 Corner taken by Stewart Downing, Matt Duke makes a save.
    • 15:49 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Kevin Kilbane gets a block in.
    • 14:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot.
    • 13:00 Assist on the goal came from John Carew.
    • 13:00 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorHull 0 - 1 Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Aston Villa.
    • 11:17 Foul by John Carew on Ibrahima Sonko, free kick awarded. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
    • 9:34 James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
    • 8:32 A cross is delivered by Andy Dawson, Kevin Kilbane takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 8:25 The ball is sent over by Craig Fagan, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
    • 7:15 Jimmy Bullard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
    • 5:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Fagan on Stephen Warnock. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:46 Andy Dawson crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
    • 2:39 The assistant referee signals for offside against John Carew. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:14 A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Carlos Cuellar takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.
    • 1:23 George Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    21 Apr 2010 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 21 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 35 54 77
    2 Man Utd 35 51 76
    3 Arsenal 35 39 71
    4 Tottenham 34 28 64
    5 Man City 34 27 62
    6 Aston Villa 35 15 61
    7 Liverpool 35 24 59
    8 Everton 35 9 54
    9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
    10 Fulham 34 -2 43
    11 Stoke 34 -4 43
    12 Blackburn 35 -16 43
    13 Sunderland 35 -7 41
    14 Bolton 35 -25 35
    15 Wigan 35 -33 35
    16 Wolves 35 -23 34
    17 West Ham 35 -19 31
    18 Hull 35 -40 28
    19 Burnley 35 -37 27
    20 Portsmouth 35 -33 15

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