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Aston Villa   6 - 4   Blackburn (agg 7 - 4)

By Mike Henson

Aston Villa's James Milner
Milner scored for the third consecutive League Cup game

Aston Villa battled back from a 30-minute horror show to reach the Carling Cup final after an extraordinary last-four, second leg with 10-man Blackburn.

Villa, 1-0 first-leg winners, were behind to a Nikola Kalinic brace before Stephen Warnock powered the ball home.

James Milner's penalty when Christopher Samba saw red, a Steven Nzonzi own goal, a touch by Gabriel Agbonlahor and an Emile Heskey strike seemed enough.

Martin Olsson and Brett Emerton gave Rovers hope before Ashley Young scored.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill reached the League Cup final three times in four years when in charge at Leicester City but the presumption he would be heading to Wembley on 28 February was tested early on.

The visitors gave warning of their aerial threat when Morten Gamst Pedersen's flighted corner was tipped away by Brad Guzan with Samba lurking menacingly.

The goalkeeper, who has started all of Villa's cup ties this season, looked even more uncertain as the visitors took the lead.

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David Dunn's corner tempted the American into an ill-advised attempt to punch the ball and Kalinic, who hit the post twice in the first leg, comfortably outmuscled Warnock to nod home.

Four of Kalinic's five goals since arriving at Ewood Park in the summer have now been in the League Cup and he forced James Collins into a lunging block after wriggling free down the left.

The Croatian then started and finished the move that put his side ahead for the first time in the tie.

After laying the ball into the path of Pedersen, Kalinic continued his run into the box and was on hand to tap home after Guzan had done well to push away Olsson's header.

Villa needed an immediate response to lift their fans and Warnock provided it inside four minutes, ruthlessly dispatching a finish after Ashley Young's cross cleared a tumbling Ryan Nelsen.

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Blackburn felt that Nelson had been pushed by Agbonlahor before the ball made its way to Warnock, but referee Martin Atkinson allowed the goal to stand.

The momentum was with O'Neill's side and the match swung decisively the hosts' way as Agbonlahor's pace took him clear of Samba in the race for a long ball over the top.

The defender's desperate sliding challenge only succeeded in earning him a straight red card and conceding a spot-kick.

Milner confidently converted the penalty once Atkinson had waved away protests from Blackburn's players.

With Carlos Cuellar and Warnock pushing forward, Villa soon had the depleted Blackburn rearguard stretched.

Samba's absence was notable as his team-mates failed to deal with Downing's inswinging corner and Ngonzi put the ball into his own net just before Richard Dunne could.

Five minutes later, Milner's fierce shot deflected off the arm of the cowering Agbonlahor to beat Robinson's dive and prompt the unfurling of the free flags distributed to the home supporters.

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When Heskey was slipped in by Milner's cute pass and rounded Robinson to score, it appeared the tie would then turn into a procession but Olsson's strike kept the encounter competitive.

The young Swede flung himself into the air to send a spectacular overhead volley past Guzan before loudly exhorting more of the same from his side.

Robinson made superb saves from Heskey and Agbonlahor before Emerton's apparently harmless volley found its way past Guzan to breathe life into Blackburn's faint hopes with six minutes remaining.

However, the required onslaught never came and Young curled a finish past the outstretched Robinson to put Villa into their first final since the 2000 FA Cup.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 6-4 Blackburn FT
(HT 2-2)(agg 7-4)
  • Warnock 30
  • Milner (pen) 40
  • Nzonzi (og) 53
  • Agbonlahor 58
  • Heskey 62
  • Young 90+3
  • Kalinic 10
  • Kalinic 26
  • Olsson 63
  • Emerton 84

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 40,406
ASTON VILLA
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Aston Villa 54%
  • Blackburn 46%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 10
  • Blackburn 8

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 4
  • Blackburn 1

Corners

  • Aston Villa 8
  • Blackburn 5

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 10
  • Blackburn 12
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+4:29 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:04 Foul by Franco Di Santo (Blackburn) on James Collins (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by James Collins (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+3:31 Defending throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 90:00+2:30 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 6 - 4 Blackburn Goal by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Aston Villa 6-4 Blackburn.
  • 90:00+2:11 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 90:00+1:51 Cross by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn), clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).
  • 90:00+1:33 Defending throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 90:00+1:00 Attacking throw-in by James Milner (Aston Villa).
  • 90:00+0:44 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 88:54 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Steve Sidwell (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 88:47 Cross by Brett Emerton (Blackburn), clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 88:09 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 87:56 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 87:46 Header by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
  • Correction - 87:09 Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
  • 87:09 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Ashley Young (Aston Villa).
  • 85:49 Substitution Aston Villa substitution: Stewart Downing replaced by Steve Sidwell (tactical).
  • 85:20 Foul by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) on Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 84:55 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 83:43 GOAL - Brett EmertonAston Villa 5 - 4 Blackburn Goal by Brett Emerton (Blackburn) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Aston Villa 5-4 Blackburn.
  • 83:07 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) to near post, clearance by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).
  • 82:53 Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (with feet) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 82:13 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 82:05 Cross by Martin Olsson (Blackburn), clearance by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).
  • 80:42 Foul by Brett Emerton (Blackburn) on Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) from left wing, passed.
  • 80:10 Shot by Franco Di Santo (Blackburn) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 79:24 Foul by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) on Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 78:56 Ashley Young (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) from own half, passed.
  • 78:08 Foul by Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn) on Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.
  • 77:24 Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 76:40 Goal kick taken long by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 76:24 Shot by Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.
  • 76:09 Shot by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 75:46 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Ashley Young (Aston Villa).
  • 74:01 Foul by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) on Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 73:30 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) on Martin Olsson (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 71:46 Substitution Blackburn substitution: Nikola Kalinic replaced by Franco Di Santo (tactical).
  • 71:23 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 70:36 James Milner (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 70:15 Header by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 69:41 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 69:36 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
  • 68:54 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 67:32 Goal kick taken long by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 66:59 Foul by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) on Steven Reid (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Reid (Blackburn) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 66:30 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 65:00 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 62:45 Assist (cross) by Gael Givet (Blackburn) from left wing.
  • 62:45 GOAL - Martin OlssonAston Villa 5 - 3 Blackburn Goal by Martin Olsson (Blackburn) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Aston Villa 5-3 Blackburn.
  • 61:36 Assist (pass) by James Milner (Aston Villa) from right channel.
  • 61:36 GOAL - Emile HeskeyAston Villa 5 - 2 Blackburn Goal by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 5-2 Blackburn.
  • 60:55 Substitution Blackburn substitution: Steven Nzonzi replaced by Steven Reid (tactical).
  • 60:33 Booking Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:20 Foul by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) on Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 58:40 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn) to centre, clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).
  • 58:00 Assist by James Milner (Aston Villa) from right channel.
  • 58:00 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa 4 - 2 Blackburn Goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 4-2 Blackburn.
  • 56:16 Shot by James Milner (Aston Villa) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).
  • 55:41 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), clearance by Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn).
  • 55:22 Substitution Blackburn substitution: David Dunn replaced by Benedict McCarthy (injury).
  • 54:50 Booking Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) booked for dissent.
  • 52:25 GOAL - Steven NzonziAston Villa 3 - 2 Blackburn Own goal by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from own half (6 yards).Aston Villa 3-2 Blackburn.
  • 51:56 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 51:42 Shot by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn).
  • 50:14 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 49:52 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
  • 49:41 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 49:12 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
  • 49:00 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 48:06 Goal kick taken short by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 47:11 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) on David Dunn (Blackburn). Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) from left channel, resulting in ball out of play.
  • 46:05 Foul by James Collins (Aston Villa) on Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 45:56 Cross by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa), clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
  • 45:35 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 45:30 Cross by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), resulting in open play.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:26 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:57 Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 45:00+1:03 Attacking throw-in by Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn).
  • 45:00+0:42 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 45:00+0:29 Shot by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) volleyed left-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 45:00+0:08 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by James Milner (Aston Villa).
  • 44:58 Shot by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (parried) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 44:30 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Ashley Young (Aston Villa).
  • 43:47 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), clearance by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 41:46 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 41:31 Shot by James Milner (Aston Villa) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 41:18 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by James Milner (Aston Villa) to short, resulting in open play.
  • 40:42 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) to far post, clearance by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn).
  • 39:42 GOAL - James MilnerAston Villa 2 - 2 Blackburn Placed penalty taken right-footed by James Milner (Aston Villa) (top-left of goal), scored.Aston Villa 2-2 Blackburn.
  • 38:38 Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area.
  • 38:29 Sent off Christopher Samba (Blackburn) dismissed for professional foul.
  • 37:56 Foul by Christopher Samba (Blackburn) on Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).
  • 37:19 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 37:14 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 36:21 Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 35:35 Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) from right wing, clearance by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 35:35 Booking Gael Givet (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 35:27 Foul by Gael Givet (Blackburn) on Ashley Young (Aston Villa).
  • 34:46 Cross by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), clearance by Christopher Samba (Blackburn).
  • 34:13 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 33:43 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 32:45 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 31:22 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) on Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 29:46 Assist (cross) by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) from right wing.
  • 29:46 GOAL - Stephen WarnockAston Villa 1 - 2 Blackburn Goal by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) left-footed (top-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 1-2 Blackburn.
  • 29:00 Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn) on Stewart Downing (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) from left channel, passed.
  • 27:09 Booking James Milner (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 26:46 Foul by James Milner (Aston Villa) on David Dunn (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 25:54 Assist (header) by Martin Olsson (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area.
  • 25:54 GOAL - Nikola KalinicAston Villa 0 - 2 Blackburn Goal by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 0-2 Blackburn.
  • 25:31 Header by Martin Olsson (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 24:12 Foul by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) on Christopher Samba (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 23:50 Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn) on Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by James Collins (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 23:11 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 22:52 Cross by Brett Emerton (Blackburn), clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).
  • 22:36 Cross by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), clearance by Christopher Samba (Blackburn).
  • 21:14 Goal kick taken long by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 20:30 Foul by Ashley Young (Aston Villa) on Gael Givet (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 20:02 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 19:04 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 18:30 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 17:47 Defending throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 17:12 Foul by Christopher Samba (Blackburn) on Emile Heskey (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 16:46 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 16:14 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) to near post, resulting in open play.
  • 15:59 Shot by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by James Collins (Aston Villa).
  • 14:50 Defending throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 14:19 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 14:04 Cross by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
  • 13:00 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 12:16 Foul by Martin Olsson (Blackburn) on Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 11:54 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 11:16 Ashley Young (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 10:38 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 9:24 Assist (cross) by David Dunn (Blackburn) from left by-line.
  • 9:24 GOAL - Nikola KalinicAston Villa 0 - 1 Blackburn headed goal by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 8:50 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) to centre,
  • 7:41 Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 7:18 Cross by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), save (caught) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 6:30 Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).
  • 5:43 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 5:13 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) to centre, save (punched) by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 4:58 Shot by David Dunn (Blackburn) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 4:31 Cross by David Dunn (Blackburn), clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).
  • 4:15 Attacking throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 3:39 Goal kick taken short by Bradley Guzan (Aston Villa).
  • 3:32 Cross by Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 3:01 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 2:55 Cross by Ashley Young (Aston Villa), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 2:47 Cross by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), resulting in open play.
  • 2:31 Attacking throw-in by Stewart Downing (Aston Villa).
  • 2:20 Cross by Gael Givet (Blackburn), clearance by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).
  • 2:10 Attacking throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 1:47 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 1:29 Shot by James Collins (Aston Villa) right-footed from left channel (35+ yards), over the bar.
  • 1:06 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 1:00 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
  • 0:09 Attacking throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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