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Blackpool   1 - 1   Aston Villa

Grandin (right) scored his first Premier League goal to equalise
Grandin (right) equalised for Blackpool but later limped off injured

By Paul Fletcher

Blackpool ended a run of five straight Premier League defeats with a deserved draw at home to Aston Villa.

Gabriel Agbonlahor put Villa head, finishing a blistering break by taking the ball around keeper Richard Kingson before shooting from a tight angle.

Elliott Grandin equalised for Blackpool with a near-post header from a corner, before Kingson denied Stewart Downing.

Jean Makoun was dismissed for a late tackle on DJ Campbell after the break, while Ashley Young shot wide late on.

Ian Holloway's Tangerines had lost seven of their previous eight fixtures, with their only top-flight triumph this year a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on 12 January.

That run of form had seen them slip to a season-low of 15th going into the contest, just two points above the relegation zone.

And some of their defending on Saturday afternoon was hesitant and uncertain but they improved through the match and can take confidence from a performance of great commitment against an improving Villa.

Holloway bemoans keeper hunt

Gerard Houllier's team arrived at Bloomfield Road with just one defeat in their last seven fixtures in all competitions.

With England's midweek goalscoring duo of Darren Bent and Young in their ranks, they showed glimpses of the blistering attacking football of which they are capable.

There was a succession of early chances and Villa almost scored in the opening minute but Bent's strike was blocked by Ian Evatt.

The veteran defender was not so fortunate when Agbonlahor did put the visiting side in front at the end of a swift and precise counter attack.

Makoun won the ball in midfield and played in Bent, who immediately picked out the goalscorer. Agbonlahor charged towards goal and took the ball around Kingson before shooting between the legs of the despairing Evatt and into an empty net.

Sian Massey was the referee assistant who adjudged Agbonlahor was on-side as he collected Bent's pass. It was the first time she officiated in a Premier League fixture since the furore erupted about comments made by Andy Gray and Richard Keys.

Agbonlahor's opener was the 50th goal conceded by Blackpool in the league this season but they were only behind for four minutes before atrocious marking allowed Grandin, who limped off injured before the break, to convert Charlie Adam's corner at the near post.

Luke Varney should have put Holloway's team in front after a superb curling cross from Marlon Harewood but the striker headed wide.

Chances were flowing at either end and it took a good save from Kingson to prevent Downing from restoring Villa's lead with a low shot after the winger had been played through on goal.

Houllier agrees with Makoun red card

Varney could not quite connect with a cross-cum-shot by Campbell, who was later inches away from converting a teasing Adam cross, while Downing shot wide from Villa - but both sides tightened up considerably and the opening half rather faded out.

The Tangerines took the contest to their opponents after the restart. Richard Dunne made a crucial tackle to dispossess Campbell, who later shot wide from a drilled Varney cross.

Varney shot over after Villa failed to clear a corner and substitute Jason Puncheon volleyed narrowly wide from 18 yards.

Blackpool's prospects increased when Makoun was immediately dismissed after a late challenge on Campbell.

Houllier brought on US international Michael Bradley for his debut to bolster the midfield and it was Villa who came the closest to a winner.

Villa failed in a penalty appeal after Alex Baptiste tangled with Young, who then snatched a shot wide with virtually the last kick of the game.


Blackpool boss Ian Holloway on the battle to avoid relegation:
"It is so exciting for all of us, it is absolutely brilliant, I cannot tell you how excited we all are.

"I feel a little disappointed now not to have won but I will take the point with the way it has been going.

"It was important to stop the rot and not cave in over the last 15 minutes."

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier on the decision not to award a penalty:
"You look at that and there was definitely a little something.

"Maybe people think Ashley Young goes down to the ground a little quickly but I do not think so.

"It happened quickly but Alex Baptiste had hold of Ashley when he got into the box."

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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 1-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Grandin 14
  • Agbonlahor 10

Blackpool

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 16,000
BLACKPOOL
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Blackpool 50%
  • Aston Villa 50%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 5
  • Aston Villa 4

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 9
  • Aston Villa 3

Corners

  • Blackpool 4
  • Aston Villa 8

Fouls

  • Blackpool 13
  • Aston Villa 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:09 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:50 Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+3:37 Andy Reid takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 90:00+3:29 Centre by Jason Puncheon, clearance by James Collins.
  • 90:00+3:22 A cross is delivered by Andy Reid, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 90:00+1:47 Foul by Ashley Young on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam.
  • 90:00+1:47 Booking Ashley Young is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:57 Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Emile Heskey. Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:06 The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark.
  • 89:08 Michael Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 88:45 Emile Heskey is caught offside. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:56 Ashley Young crosses the ball, David Carney manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:53 Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 84:58 Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Emile Heskey. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 83:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Dudley Campbell. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 81:57 David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Stewart Downing. Stewart Downing crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 81:39 Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:38 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, Matt Phillips manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:49 Effort from long range by Charlie Adam goes wide left of the goal.
  • 78:03 Matt Phillips sends in a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:17 The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 76:39 Shot by Matt Phillips from outside the box goes over the net.
  • Correction - 76:20 Shot from 18 yards by Jason Puncheon. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 76:20 Shot from 18 yards from Jason Puncheon. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 76:10 Dudley Campbell sends in a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:39 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 74:17 Dudley Campbell produces a cross.
  • 73:49 A cross is delivered by Alex Baptiste, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
  • 73:11 Andy Reid fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left wing, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:07 Dudley Campbell is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 72:07 Substitution Michael Bradley comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 71:24 The offside flag is raised against Emile Heskey. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 71:24 Substitution Andy Reid comes on in place of Luke Varney.
  • 71:06 Centre by Stewart Downing.
  • 70:42 A cross is delivered by Alex Baptiste, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
  • 69:32 Jean Makoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:32 Sent off Jean Makoun is sent off by the referee.
  • 68:42 The referee blows for offside against Emile Heskey. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 68:34 The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 67:44 Jason Puncheon produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 67:36 The ball is crossed by David Carney.
  • 66:25 Substitution Marlon Harewood goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.
  • 66:05 Marlon Harewood takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 65:40 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance by Charlie Adam.
  • 65:14 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 64:59 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 64:39 Unfair challenge on James Collins by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 63:47 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by Dudley Campbell.
  • 63:00 Jason Puncheon produces a cross, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
  • 62:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Jean Makoun. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:16 Unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Jason Puncheon results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:33 Luke Varney is caught offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:53 Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:28 Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Marlon Harewood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 58:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:09 The ball is sent over by Emile Heskey.
  • 57:15 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line.
  • 57:06 Kyle Walker delivers the ball, David Carney gets a block in.
  • 56:01 Substitution Emile Heskey comes on in place of Darren Bent.
  • Correction - 53:38 Luke Varney crosses the ball, Close range shot by Dudley Campbell misses to the left of the goal.
  • 53:38 Luke Varney delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Dudley Campbell misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:19 Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 51:19 Booking Ian Evatt is shown a yellow card.
  • 50:34 The ball is delivered by Luke Varney.
  • 49:35 Corner taken by Charlie Adam played to the near post, Luke Varney produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 49:28 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, blocked by Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 49:12 Centre by Stewart Downing, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 48:38 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, David Vaughan makes a clearance.
  • 47:07 The ball is sent over by David Vaughan.
  • 46:28 Darren Bent challenges Craig Cathcart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by David Vaughan. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:04 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:11 Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
  • 45:00+0:38 Stewart Downing produces a cross, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 45:00+0:11 The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam.
  • 44:04 Handball by Luke Varney. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
  • 41:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 40:10 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young.
  • 38:22 Substitution Elliot Grandin goes off and Jason Puncheon comes on.
  • 36:25 Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Grandin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 35:58 A cross is delivered by Jean Makoun, save made by Richard Kingson.
  • 35:34 Stewart Downing delivers the ball.
  • 31:43 Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 31:12 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 30:25 Effort from outside the penalty box by Stewart Downing strikes the post.
  • 29:34 Alex Baptiste gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:34 Booking Alex Baptiste is shown a yellow card.
  • 27:47 The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 27:41 The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 27:16 Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 26:47 Dudley Campbell fouled by Carlos Cuellar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 26:47 Substitution James Collins on for Carlos Cuellar.
  • 25:30 Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance by David Vaughan.
  • 24:39 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, save made by Richard Kingson.
  • 24:20 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
  • 23:01 David Carney concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stewart Downing from right wing, Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 22:30 David Vaughan sends in a cross, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 22:06 Dudley Campbell has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 21:06 Dudley Campbell sends in a cross.
  • 18:26 Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:19 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:31 Dudley Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 17:00 The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, Headed from the edge of the area by Darren Bent goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 16:40 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
  • 15:45 Marlon Harewood delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Luke Varney misses to the right of the target.
  • 13:47 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, assist by Charlie Adam.
  • 13:47 GOAL - Elliot GrandinBlackpool 1 - 1 Aston Villa Elliot Grandin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Blackpool 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 13:23 The ball is sent over by David Vaughan, Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 12:38 The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark.
  • 12:32 Ashley Young sends in a cross.
  • 12:11 Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Makoun. Direct free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
  • 11:48 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Luke Varney.
  • 11:43 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Alex Baptiste gets a block in.
  • 9:14 Assist on the goal came from Darren Bent.
  • 9:14 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorBlackpool 0 - 1 Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 8:49 A cross is delivered by Marlon Harewood, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 7:32 Foul by Ashley Young on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:36 The referee blows for offside. Richard Dunne takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Marlon Harewood. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam.
  • 3:24 David Vaughan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 2:28 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
  • 1:40 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.
  • 1:07 Darren Bent takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 26 32 57
2 Arsenal 26 29 53
3 Man City 27 19 49
4 Tottenham 26 9 47
5 Chelsea 25 24 44
6 Liverpool 27 3 39
7 Sunderland 27 0 37
8 Bolton 26 -1 33
9 Stoke 26 -2 33
10 Newcastle 26 2 32
11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 25 -1 30
14 Birmingham 25 -8 30
15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
17 West Brom 26 -17 27
18 Wigan 27 -18 27
19 West Ham 27 -18 25
20 Wolves 26 -19 24

see also
Saturday football as it happened
12 Feb 11 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
12 Feb 11 |  Football
Holloway bemoans keeper hunt
12 Feb 11 |  Blackpool


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