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Aston Villa   3 - 1   Crystal Palace

John Carew scores
John Carew clinched the win for Villa with two late goals from the penalty spot

By Kevin Darling

John Carew won and scored two late penalties to see off Crystal Palace and keep alive Aston Villa's hopes of reaching a second Wembley final.

Gabby Agbonlahor glanced in a header to put Villa ahead in the FA Cup replay.

Darren Ambrose levelled from the penalty spot after Stephen Warnock's clumsy challenge on Alan Lee.

Carew was then twice fouled by Matthew Lawrence in the box and blasted home both spot-kicks as Villa made the last eight for the first time in 10 years.

It was a sorry end to a brave display from the Eagles, who went into administration last month.

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Villa boss Martin O'Neill will be relieved to have survived Palace's spirited second-half fightback as his side prepares to face Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday in the Carling Cup final.

The two clubs had starkly contrasting preparations for the game with Villa basking in the build-up to that match, while Palace wait to discover the future of boss Neil Warnock, who has been strongly linked with Queens Park Rangers.

The teams' previous meeting had ended in controversy when Warnock fumed at the erroneous award of a corner that led to Stiliyan Petrov's late equaliser.

If he was angry then, he is sure to be further inflamed by a near carbon copy of the Selhurst Park incident that led to Villa's first goal.

The hosts started in blistering fashion as Palace keeper Julian Speroni kept the visitors in it with two smart stops from Carew and another from Young.

The best early chance fell to Agbonlahor, who expertly spun past Claude Davis and burst into the box only to see Speroni parry his low shot.

Warnock then wasted a golden chance to tee up the poised Carew after being brilliantly sent through by James Milner.

Palace centre-back Davis made numerous crucial last-ditch challenges and was possibly fortunate not to concede a penalty when one of his clumsier efforts on Agbonlahor went unpunished by referee Martin Atkinson.

But just as it seemed Palace would reach half-time unscathed, they fell behind to a goal uncannily similar to Petrov's leveller in south London 10 days ago.

The ball appeared to touch Milner last when it rolled out of play as he tussled with Nick Carle by the touchline but the England midfielder's sheepish appeal rendered a corner-kick.

Young duly whipped over the set-piece and Agbonlahor shook off Shaun Derry and converted from four yards out.

The goal inspired Palace to create their best chance of the half as Carle's 25-yard strike from whistled just past the post.

And the Eagles began the second half brightly with Ambrose twice testing Brad Guzan from long range.

Agbonlahor was then foiled by Speroni in a one-on-one, before Young saw his effort brilliantly tipped around the post by the impressive Palace keeper.

Neil Danns had a great chance to level when he lashed an effort across the face of goal from a few yards out after Villa failed to clear.

But the visitors didn't have to wait long for an equaliser, with official Atkinson again in the thick of the action.

Warnock bundled over Lee eight yards from goal and the referee gave a penalty, which Ambrose struck sweetly into the right-hand corner.

Villa, mindful that extra-time would do little to help their Wembley preparations, immediately found an extra gear as they searched for a winner.

Young and Richard Dunne both blazed over from close range before a rush of blood from Palace defender Lawrence helped the hosts regain the lead with nine minutes remaining.

He needlessly hauled down Carew in the area and the Norwegian striker picked himself up to blast the spot-kick into the roof of the net.

The brave but tiring visitors had no riposte and Villa continued to pile forward, with Speroni performing more heroics to superbly tip over Stewart Downing's 20-yard drive.

The win was secured when Lawrence again conceded a soft penalty with a rash challenge on Carew just inside the box.

The striker converted emphatically for a second time as Villa made the quarter-finals for the first time since they finished runners-up to Chelsea in 2000.


Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill on his side's commitment ahead of Sunday's Carling Cup final against Manchester United:
"We went strongly with our side. Injuries are always a risk but the players were prepared to take the risk.

"All the players were prepared to go for it and I did not see one shirking anything at all ahead of Sunday. That speaks volumes for the team."

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Agbonlahor 42
  • Carew (pen) 81
  • Carew (pen) 89
  • Ambrose (pen) 73

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne yellow card
  • 17 Lawrence yellow card
  • 20 Butterfield
  • 22 Ertl
  • 24 Davis
  • 04 Derry
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Danns (Djilali 90)
  • 10 Carle (Comley 83)
  • 19 Lee (Andrew 90)

Substitutes

  • 35 Manns,
  • 03 Hill,
  • 21 Djilali,
  • 28 Comley,
  • 33 N'Diaye,
  • 14 Scannell,
  • 18 Andrew
Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 31,874
ASTON VILLA
CRYSTAL PALACE

Possession

  • Aston Villa 59%
  • Crystal Palace 41%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 10
  • Crystal Palace 4

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 7
  • Crystal Palace 6

Corners

  • Aston Villa 12
  • Crystal Palace 6

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 12
  • Crystal Palace 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:27 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+1:54 Darren Ambrose takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Johannes Ertl misses to the left of the goal.
  • 89:49 Substitution Calvin Andrew comes on in place of Alan Lee.
  • 89:49 Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Kieran Djilali coming on for Neil Danns.
  • 89:49 Shot on goal by Darren Ambrose from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 88:24 GOAL - John CarewAston Villa 3 - 1 Crystal Palace John Carew scores a power penalty. Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 87:35 Penalty awarded for a foul by Matthew Lawrence on John Carew.
  • 86:25 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni. Corner taken by Ashley Young.
  • 85:26 Unfair challenge on John Carew by Johannes Ertl results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 82:43 Alan Lee fouled by Carlos Cuellar, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Butterfield.
  • 81:26 Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with James Comley coming on for Nick Carle.
  • 81:26 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stewart Downing. James Milner has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 80:20 GOAL - John CarewAston Villa 2 - 1 Crystal Palace Power penalty scored by John Carew. Aston Villa 2-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 79:22 Unfair challenge on John Carew by Matthew Lawrence results in a Penalty.
  • 77:42 Stewart Downing takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 77:30 The ball is sent over by Stephen Warnock, Danny Butterfield makes a clearance.
  • 76:39 Alan Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
  • 75:54 Substitution Steve Sidwell replaces Fabian Delph.
  • 74:56 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Richard Dunne conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 74:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 74:29 Ashley Young produces a cross, Danny Butterfield makes a clearance.
  • 73:58 Foul by Alan Lee on Carlos Cuellar, free kick awarded. Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:26 The ball is sent over by John Carew, Close range shot by Ashley Young goes over the bar.
  • 72:28 The assist for the goal came from Alan Lee.
  • 72:28 GOAL - Darren AmbroseAston Villa 1 - 1 Crystal Palace Darren Ambrose scores a placed penalty. Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 71:30 Penalty awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Alan Lee.
  • 68:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Matthew Lawrence. Danny Butterfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:30 Neil Danns produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 65:59 Ashley Young takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, John Carew has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 65:25 Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 63:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Effort from the edge of the area by Ashley Young goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 63:15 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
  • 59:57 Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:57 Booking Nathaniel Clyne is cautioned.
  • 59:41 Foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded.
  • 58:35 Nick Carle fouled by Carlos Cuellar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Darren Ambrose, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 58:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Nick Carle. Nick Carle takes the free kick.
  • 57:10 The ball is delivered by Danny Butterfield, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Neil Danns. Free kick crossed by Nick Carle, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance. Corner taken by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 54:19 Stephen Warnock delivers the ball.
  • 52:57 Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 52:06 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line to the near post, John Carew makes a clearance.
  • 50:26 Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Cuellar misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:26 Booking Matthew Lawrence goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:23 Ashley Young fouled by Matthew Lawrence, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 46:06 Nick Carle challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
  • 45:26 The ball is crossed by Johannes Ertl, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:09 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Johannes Ertl. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 45:00+0:09 Nick Carle has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 44:27 Handball by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:49 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line played to the near post, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:37 Assist on the goal came from Ashley Young.
  • 41:37 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace.
  • 41:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line,
  • 40:19 Unfair challenge on John Carew by Shaun Derry results in a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
  • 38:59 James Milner takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 37:50 Headed effort from inside the area by Neil Danns misses to the right of the target.
  • 37:22 Darren Ambrose crosses the ball, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:46 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 34:42 Headed effort on goal by Matthew Lawrence from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 34:13 Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Lee. Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.
  • 33:29 Luke Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Claude Davis. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
  • 31:52 Corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 26:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Ambrose on Stephen Warnock. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
  • 26:01 Ashley Young crosses the ball, clearance made by Shaun Derry.
  • 24:53 James Milner crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Butterfield.
  • 24:09 Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
  • 22:22 John Carew takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Foul by Richard Dunne on Julian Speroni, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:18 Centre by Ashley Young, clearance by Matthew Lawrence.
  • 20:42 Ashley Young takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young.
  • 19:28 John Carew fouled by Johannes Ertl, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Milner.
  • 18:23 Ashley Young challenges Nathaniel Clyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Darren Ambrose.
  • 16:57 Nathaniel Clyne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
  • 15:57 Ashley Young crosses the ball, save made by Julian Speroni.
  • 15:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.
  • 15:22 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 12:28 Foul by Ashley Young on Darren Ambrose, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Darren Ambrose from right wing, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 11:45 Ashley Young takes a shot. Clearance by Shaun Derry.
  • 11:06 Ashley Young takes a short corner.
  • 9:47 Foul by Matthew Lawrence on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
  • 7:58 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Nathaniel Clyne.
  • 7:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Carle on Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
  • 6:52 Ashley Young sends in a cross, John Carew takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 4:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Claude Davis takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 3:01 The official flags John Carew offside. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lawrence.
  • 2:37 James Milner delivers the ball.
  • 1:44 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Nathaniel Clyne results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stewart Downing, Neil Danns makes a clearance.
  • 0:51 Luke Young crosses the ball, save by Julian Speroni.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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