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Aston Villa   0 - 1   Blackburn

Richard Dunne reacts after his own goal
Richard Dunne's wayward header proved decisive

By Mike Henson

Blackburn ensured a top-half finish for the fourth time in five seasons as a late Richard Dunne own goal handed them victory over Aston Villa.

The visitors were under early pressure as Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner forced saves out of Paul Robinson.

But Rovers clinched an unlikely three points as Dunne nodded Martin Olsson's dangerous cross into his own net as David Hoilett lurked on his shoulder.

Villa kept hold of sixth place as Liverpool failed to win away to Hull.

The hosts were close to paying for another disappointing home performance with an early return to action next season.

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Allardyce praises Blackburn's youth

Two wins from nine league games at Villa Park in 2010 has seen them fall from the fourth spot they held at the halfway point in the Premier League and almost saw them slip to seventh and into 29 July's Europa League third qualifying round.

Regardless of the result the visitors were already certain of finishing the season with a better home record than Martin O'Neill's side, but have suffered on their travels and found themselves pinned back in the early stages.

Christopher Samba had to be alert to halt the progress of Agbonlahor and John Carew before Robinson got down sharply to repel a glancing header from James Collins.

At the other end there was more venom in Olsson's exchange with team-mate Keith Andrews than the limp effort that prompted it in a rare forward raid.

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Sam Allardyce's Rovers were reluctant to commit numbers to attack and rarely looked in danger of adding to a modest total of 12 goals away from Ewood Park this season.

Certainly there was little of the early penetration offered by Ashley Young who flummoxed Gael Givet with a twisting run before almost created an opening for Carew with a deep cross that Stewart Downing headed just beyond the Norwegian striker.

But Blackburn gradually crept forward and Young was needed to snuff out Hoilett's break into the box with a sliding tackle before Samba nodded over David Dunn's free-kick.

James Collins almost proved the unlikely source of a breakthrough as Robinson spilled the centre-back's tame effort before combining with Michel Salgado to keep out Agbonlahor's follow-up.

O'Neill proud despite final day defeat

The former Leeds and Tottenham keeper redeemed himself further by pushing away Milner's driven free-kick as Villa refocused their attacking efforts as the half came to an end.

The visitors, perhaps reminded of the £3.2m difference in prize money between their possible Premier League finishes of 9th and 13th, were brighter after the break with Dunn getting a glimpse of goal and crisp shot from Andrews stretching Brad Friedel.

In between those chances, Dunn was left bemused as he climbed off the turf following a challenge by Collins as referee Steve Bennett showed him a yellow card for diving rather than pointing to the spot.

Stiliyan Petrov drew brief cheers from one side of the ground with a low effort that brushed the outside of the net but the midfielder hesitated a few moments later when he could only shoot weakly at Robinson from closer range.

With Villa back in the ascendency Carew fell under pressure from Samba in the box but again Bennett was unmoved.

Villa's profligacy in front of goal was punished six minutes from time when Hoilett threatened to steal in front of Dunne, who inadvertently flicked Olsson's cross inside Friedel's far post.

Milner's well-struck, but central, effort from the edge of the box was as close as the hosts to levelling but the result from the KC Stadium spared them an early return to pre-season training.


Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:
""It was up to us to take it to them, there was a penalty at either end that was not given, but Blackburn played strongly.

"We have ended sixth for the third successive year so we have cemented our top-six place.

"But for the players I think it has been a terrific season."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"It was our third win away this season and against a Villa side that I think had only lost seven times. It is a massive win for us to finish on fifty points.

"We certainly changed it around in the second half. We moved David Hoilett up front with Jason Roberts to give him more support and we started to threaten Villa.

"It was fitting that two at the younger end of our team provided and scored the goal to get us a very, very satisfying 1-0 win."

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Dunne (og) 84

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Ref: BennettAtt: 41,799
    ASTON VILLA
    BLACKBURN

    Possession

    • Aston Villa 52%
    • Blackburn 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Aston Villa 12
    • Blackburn 3

    Attempts off target

    • Aston Villa 4
    • Blackburn 6

    Corners

    • Aston Villa 11
    • Blackburn 5

    Fouls

    • Aston Villa 14
    • Blackburn 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:14 The offside flag is raised against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 90:00+1:36 Brett Emerton is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 90:00+1:04 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 89:33 Foul by Grant Hanley on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. James Milner restarts play with the free kick, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
    • 89:33 Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Grant Hanley results in a free kick. James Milner restarts play with the free kick, Shot from 25 yards by Stewart Downing. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
    • 88:53 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, clearance by Christopher Samba.
    • 87:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Emile Heskey. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:33 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Christopher Samba. Effort from 20 yards by James Milner. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 85:10 Substitution Jason Roberts leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.
    • 83:25 Assist by Martin Olsson.
    • 83:25 GOAL - Richard DunneAston Villa 0 - 1 Blackburn Richard Dunne heads into his own net. Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn.
    • 82:53 Ashley Young sends in a cross, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
    • 81:00 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save by Brad Friedel. Brad Friedel fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
    • 80:13 Christopher Samba produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 78:10 Stiliyan Petrov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 77:06 Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:06 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 77:06 Booking Caution for Ashley Young.
    • 76:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Dunn by Ashley Young.
    • 76:14 Ashley Young produces a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance. The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Luke Young takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Corner taken short by Ashley Young.
    • 74:51 Substitution Emile Heskey replaces John Carew.
    • 73:33 Ashley Young crosses the ball, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado. Corner taken by Stewart Downing played to the near post, clearance by Grant Hanley.
    • 72:58 John Carew crosses the ball, Grant Hanley makes a clearance. Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by David Dunn.
    • 72:27 The ball is sent over by Carlos Cuellar, clearance by Grant Hanley.
    • 71:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brad Friedel by Christopher Samba. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:34 John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Christopher Samba. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:03 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Michel Salgado goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • Correction - 69:23 Stiliyan Petrov has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 69:23 Stiliyan Petrov has a drilled shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 68:02 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.
    • 67:50 Martin Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
    • 67:12 David Hoilett crosses the ball.
    • 66:00 Stiliyan Petrov produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 65:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on James Milner. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing from right wing, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 64:53 David Dunn has a drilled shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
    • 64:21 Foul by Richard Dunne on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
    • 63:07 Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:35 Substitution Phil Jones on for Gael Givet.
    • 61:42 Foul by Jason Roberts on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
    • 60:57 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by John Carew results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 60:24 Jason Roberts has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 59:09 Keith Andrews takes a shot from 30 yards. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 57:48 Centre by Stewart Downing, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by John Carew misses to the left of the goal.
    • 57:11 Booking David Dunn goes into the referee's book.
    • 55:53 Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Andrews. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 53:45 The ball is delivered by Luke Young, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:41 David Dunn takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Brad Friedel fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:41 Stiliyan Petrov has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 49:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Martin Olsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, David Hoilett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Amine Linganzi leaves the field to be replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:29 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+2:45 The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, James Milner takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 45:00+2:13 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line to the near post, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:44 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Keith Andrews gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing.
    • 45:00+0:30 The ball is swung over by James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 43:45 Foul by David Dunn on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. James Milner has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 43:34 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Amine Linganzi makes a clearance.
    • 41:54 Shot by James Collins from 30 yards. Save by Paul Robinson. Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Shot from 18 yards from Stewart Downing. Save by Paul Robinson. Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:38 Substitution Stephen Warnock goes off and Luke Young comes on.
    • 37:22 David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:01 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado. Free kick crossed by David Dunn.
    • 35:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Grant Hanley. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:37 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young, clearance by Gael Givet.
    • 30:34 Corner taken by David Dunn from the left by-line, Header from close range by Grant Hanley misses to the right of the goal.
    • 28:15 A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, Amine Linganzi makes a clearance.
    • 27:01 Stiliyan Petrov challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 26:14 Short corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, drilled right-footed shot by James Milner. Keith Andrews gets a block in.
    • 26:06 Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Gael Givet.
    • 26:00 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Grant Hanley gets a block in.
    • 25:39 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
    • 22:37 David Dunn sends in a cross, clearance made by James Collins.
    • 20:11 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
    • 18:07 James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Andrews. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 15:12 Shot from just outside the area by Martin Olsson misses to the right of the target.
    • 14:28 Ashley Young produces a cross, clearance by Keith Andrews.
    • 13:20 Stewart Downing sends in a cross.
    • 12:29 The ball is crossed by John Carew, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 10:57 The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Olsson. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
    • 10:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Keith Andrews. Keith Andrews takes the free kick.
    • 8:41 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Grant Hanley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 8:13 David Dunn produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 7:35 David Dunn takes the outswinging corner, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:09 Corner taken by David Dunn played to the near post, James Collins makes a clearance.
    • 6:28 Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:28 Booking The referee shows Richard Dunne a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 5:34 Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line to the near post, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Richard Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 9 May 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 38 71 86
    2 Man Utd 38 58 85
    3 Arsenal 38 42 75
    4 Tottenham 38 26 70
    5 Man City 38 28 67
    6 Aston Villa 38 13 64
    7 Liverpool 38 26 63
    8 Everton 38 11 61
    9 Birmingham 38 -9 50
    10 Blackburn 38 -14 50
    11 Stoke 38 -14 47
    12 Fulham 38 -7 46
    13 Sunderland 38 -8 44
    14 Bolton 38 -25 39
    15 Wolves 38 -24 38
    16 Wigan 38 -42 36
    17 West Ham 38 -19 35
    18 Burnley 38 -40 30
    19 Hull 38 -41 30
    20 Portsmouth 38 -32 19

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