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Blackburn   2 - 0   Aston Villa

Morten Gamst Pedersen celebrates scoring for Aston Villa
Pedersen scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in Sunday's win

By Paul Fletcher

Morten Gamst Pedersen scored twice as Blackburn defeated Aston Villa at Ewood Park in front of the club's new owners Venkateshwara and Balaji Rao.

Pedersen struck with a free-kick from a tight angle that Brad Friedel should have saved and later diverted a low strike from Ryan Nelsen into the net.

Paul Robinson made good stops from Stewart Downing and Ashley Young, who also headed against the crossbar.

Robert Pires made his debut for Villa as a second-half substitute.

But Rovers led 2-0 by that stage as Villa's five-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Sam Allardyce's Rovers had started the day in 16th but such is the congested nature of the table that their victory lifted them above their opponents and up to 11th.

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce

Team making great progress - Allardyce

Rovers rode their luck at times during what was in many ways a poor and forgettable game, but the home team undoubtedly made the most of their physical superiority, with both their goals coming from set-pieces.

Villa often flattered to deceive - occasionally catching the eye with an attractive phase of play but without a cutting edge in the final third.

Having said that, the largely ineffective Stephen Ireland played a beautifully weighted ball in behind Gael Givet in the third minute to set Downing through on goal but the winger's low strike from a tight angle was saved by Robinson.

Ashley Young was later played in down the left and, after feinting one way then the other, created a yard of space before forcing an excellent one-handed stop with a fierce strike across goal.

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Rovers wasted an early opportunity when Chris Samba skewed his strike horribly wide after the ball was rolled into his path from a free-kick. It set the tone for some terrible finishing from the home team as both Givet and David Hoilett contrived to shoot well wide from promising positions.

Givet had a particularly poor opening half and, in addition to being regularly caught out of position, he suffered the misfortune of being accidentally knocked to the floor by referee Michael Oliver and was substituted at the break.

Villa keeper Friedel seemed to spend a large chunk of the contest on the floor as one Blackburn player after another challenged him for aerial balls.

And the physical nature of the match might have been playing on Friedel's mind as he failed to save Pedersen's free-kick on the stroke of the interval.

It had been a sloppy and needless foul for Villa to concede as Stephen Warnock lunged in on El-Hadji Diouf, but Pedersen's strike was from an extremely wide angle and, even allowing for the swerve on the ball, Friedel should not have been beaten.

The goal was the last significant action of the half but Villa responded by upping the tempo after the restart and creating two quick-fire chances.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier

Players must stop switching off - Houllier

Ashley Young cut in from the left and forced a good save with a 20-yard strike that swerved through the air and, seconds later, headed a Downing cross against the woodwork.

Villa looked good value for an equaliser but Rovers continued to threaten and it took a precise last-ditch sliding tackle from Richard Dunne to take the sting out of a shot from Diouf.

And Villa were punished when they failed to clear a corner, with Pedersen showing good reactions to score his second.

Diouf should have scored a third with a far-post header but missed, while luckless Villa could only look on as a rebound fell to a Rovers player after Robinson palmed clear a shot from Downing.

Former Arsenal favourite Pires had little chance to impress after his 67th-minute introduction but another substitute, Chris Herd, forced a goal-line clearance from Michel Salgado.


Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier:
"To concede with the last kick of the first half is hard to take. It could have been avoided.

"In the first half we were not that good, in the second we were much better although we did not take our chances.

"We have got to be more clinical and put the ball in the net - that is our problem. We have to blame ourselves for a performance that was not very good."

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 2-0 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Pedersen 45+2
  • Pedersen 66

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Ref: OliverAtt: 21,848
    BLACKBURN
    ASTON VILLA

    Possession

    • Blackburn 47%
    • Aston Villa 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 5
    • Aston Villa 11

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 9
    • Aston Villa 5

    Corners

    • Blackburn 5
    • Aston Villa 8

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 15
    • Aston Villa 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:44 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+4:12 The ball is swung over by Pascal Chimbonda.
    • 90:00+3:44 The ball is sent over by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Phil Jones.
    • 90:00+1:46 Herold Goulon concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:39 Effort from 35+ yards by David Dunn.
    • 89:06 Richard Dunne crosses the ball, save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 87:34 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Phil Jones.
    • 87:23 Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner.
    • 87:01 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
    • 86:05 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Barry Bannan misses to the left of the target.
    • 85:57 Corner taken short by Ashley Young.
    • 85:44 A cross is delivered by Barry Bannan, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
    • 85:13 Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Mame Diouf results in a free kick. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:47 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 83:04 Robert Pires takes a shot. Blocked by Pascal Chimbonda.
    • 82:39 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Young, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:32 Centre by Ashley Young, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:04 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Mame Diouf makes a clearance.
    • 80:26 Corner taken by Ashley Young, Chris Herd takes a shot. Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
    • 80:06 Substitution Chris Herd on for Jonathan Hogg.
    • 78:44 Luke Young crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nathan Delfouneso misses to the right of the target.
    • 77:30 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 77:14 Barry Bannan sends in a cross.
    • 73:31 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 73:14 The ball is sent over by Robert Pires, clearance made by Pascal Chimbonda.
    • 73:01 Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
    • 72:52 Luke Young sends in a cross, blocked by Pascal Chimbonda.
    • 72:21 Herold Goulon challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hogg.
    • 71:37 Substitution Herold Goulon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • Correction - 71:22 The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, Close range header by El-Hadji Diouf goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 71:22 Michel Salgado crosses the ball, Mame Diouf has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 70:48 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
    • 70:17 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:49 Shot from just outside the box by Phil Jones goes over the target.
    • 68:38 Centre by Mame Diouf.
    • 68:21 Substitution Stephen Ireland goes off and Robert Pires comes on.
    • 65:25 The assist for the goal came from Ryan Nelsen.
    • 65:25 GOAL - Morten Gamst PedersenBlackburn 2 - 0 Aston Villa Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 Aston Villa.
    • 65:22 Ryan Nelsen takes a shot.
    • 64:58 El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Young.
    • 63:25 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 63:25 Substitution David Hoilett leaves the field to be replaced by Mame Diouf.
    • 62:34 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 61:17 Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 60:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Ciaran Clark. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Brad Friedel.
    • 60:22 Booking Ciaran Clark is given a yellow card.
    • 59:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Phil Jones. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
    • 57:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Ashley Young. Ashley Young shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 56:52 Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Luke Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
    • 56:14 El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:33 Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Pascal Chimbonda restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:24 Barry Bannan sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 54:10 Ashley Young takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
    • 52:06 Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:59 Barry Bannan produces a cross, Pascal Chimbonda manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:31 Phil Jones takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
    • 50:41 Effort from the edge of the area by Jason Roberts goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 50:03 Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:21 Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 47:56 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Ashley Young takes a shot.
    • 47:56 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Stephen Ireland takes a shot.
    • 47:38 Ashley Young takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Pascal Chimbonda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gael Givet.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:37 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Stephen Warnock.
    • 45:00+1:37 GOAL - Morten Gamst PedersenBlackburn 1 - 0 Aston Villa Morten Gamst Pedersen grabs a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Aston Villa.
    • 45:00+0:54 David Dunn crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
    • 44:57 Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:43 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
    • 41:34 Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen Ireland goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 41:12 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 40:26 David Hoilett produces a cross, save by Brad Friedel.
    • 40:19 Centre by Michel Salgado, clearance by Luke Young.
    • 39:53 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
    • 37:03 Ashley Young fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:42 Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ireland. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:59 Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michel Salgado fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:08 Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Christopher Samba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Ciaran Clark. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:30 El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Header from close range by Jason Roberts misses to the right of the goal.
    • 27:57 Foul by Luke Young on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Jonathan Hogg.
    • 27:21 Ashley Young is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 26:47 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
    • 26:01 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Christopher Samba challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:39 El-Hadji Diouf decides to take a short corner.
    • 24:52 Effort from deep inside the area by David Hoilett misses to the right of the target.
    • 24:22 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
    • 23:47 Jonathan Hogg is penalised for a handball. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Brad Friedel makes a save.
    • 22:57 David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
    • 22:09 Effort from the edge of the area by Gael Givet goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 20:41 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brad Friedel by El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 18:05 Ashley Young fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
    • 17:38 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
    • 17:23 Short corner worked by El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 14:04 Corner taken short by Stewart Downing.
    • 13:47 Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 11:54 Foul by David Hoilett on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded. Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.
    • 11:13 Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 8:21 Stephen Ireland fouled by Michel Salgado, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:02 Stewart Downing produces a cross.
    • 3:35 David Dunn delivers the ball, save by Brad Friedel.
    • 3:00 Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by David Dunn.
    • 2:46 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 2:13 Christopher Samba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 1:09 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 0:57 The ball is delivered by Jason Roberts, Luke Young manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    4 Man City 14 8 25
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