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Aston Villa   3 - 1   Blackburn

Aston Villa v Blackburn highlights

Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Gerard Houllier made a winning start as Aston Villa manager as his side fought back to beat Blackburn and reach the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

Gael Givet put Rovers ahead with a fierce drive from the edge of the area.

After struggling to respond, the home side improved after the break and Emile Heskey levelled with a cross-shot within seconds of coming off the bench.

Ashley Young met Nathan Delfouneso's cross to make it 2-1 and quickly added a third goal after Heskey's solo run.

Houllier will want to forget a first half that saw his side struggle to settle and Gabriel Agbonlahor limp off after half-an-hour.

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Soon afterwards, Givet gave Rovers the lead with a stunning strike - smashing the ball into the corner of the net after Ciaran Clark had half-cleared Morten Gamst Pedersen's throw.

Pedersen came close to doubling his side's lead after the interval, when his curling effort was pushed away by Brad Guzan.

Villa changed their formation at the break but the game turned on the introduction of Heskey on 58 minutes, with the man that Houllier signed for Liverpool a decade ago making an instant impact.

Young set Heskey free and he took two touches on the left-hand side of the area before burying a low drive in the opposite corner of the net.

By now Villa were well on top and Barry Bannan saw his shot saved by Mark Bunn before Carlos Cuellar headed wide from a Young corner.

Houllier's side kept coming forward and edged ahead after 76 minutes when Delfouneso crossed for Young to head home.

And it was Young who capped a fine performance by sealing victory seconds later, when he met Heskey's cross from close range.


Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier:

"I know what Emile can do. He showed a few things in training to indicate he was in good form.

"He was decisive. With Emile, it's a matter of confidence. It's the same with all strikers but probably more so with him. He knows I like him - I signed him for Liverpool.

"John Carew probably tired out the Blackburn defenders. Emile came on and was showing freshness, scored one goal and played a part in the other two."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:

"We've gone in front in six games out of seven and haven't been able to hold onto things.

"A game lasts 90 minutes, not 45 and it's frustrating for us. We couldn't cope with Villa's change in shape.

"We must be more resilient defensively and just keep working away at things."

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Heskey 59
  • A Young 75
  • A Young 77
  • Givet 34

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 18,753
ASTON VILLA
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Aston Villa 66%
  • Blackburn 34%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 7
  • Blackburn 5

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 9
  • Blackburn 4

Corners

  • Aston Villa 6
  • Blackburn 4

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 8
  • Blackburn 4
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:16 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:51 Header on goal by Steven Nzonzi from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+2:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:41 Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 90:00+0:52 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, brilliant save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 88:42 The official flags Mame Diouf offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
  • 87:21 Centre by Barry Bannan, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:49 Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
  • 86:11 The ball is swung over by Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
  • 83:11 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
  • 81:30 Shot by Nathan Delfouneso from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 80:42 Curtis Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 79:48 Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 79:20 Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
  • 78:32 Effort by Phil Jones from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 78:04 The ball is sent over by Nikola Kalinic, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 77:40 Substitution David Hoilett leaves the field to be replaced by Nikola Kalinic.
  • 76:31 Assist by Emile Heskey.
  • 76:31 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 3 - 1 Blackburn Ashley Young finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn.
  • 75:52 Substitution Curtis Davies on for Ciaran Clark.
  • 74:54 The assist for the goal came from Nathan Delfouneso.
  • 74:54 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 2 - 1 Blackburn Ashley Young grabs a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn.
  • 74:36 A cross is delivered by Emile Heskey, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 73:45 David Hoilett is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
  • 70:27 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
  • 68:56 Unfair challenge on Nathan Delfouneso by Martin Olsson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Barry Bannan, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 67:12 Ashley Young is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 66:35 The offside flag is raised against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 65:34 Substitution Ryan Nelsen leaves the field to be replaced by Christopher Samba.
  • 64:51 Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Carlos Cuellar misses to the left of the target.
  • 64:33 Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 62:57 Steve Sidwell takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the goal.
  • 61:32 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari goes off and Mame Diouf comes on.
  • 61:14 Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 58:46 Assist by Ashley Young.
  • 58:46 GOAL - Emile HeskeyAston Villa 1 - 1 Blackburn Emile Heskey finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 57:38 Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:38 Substitution Emile Heskey on for John Carew.
  • 57:38 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Young.
  • 56:24 Shot on goal by Eric Lichaj from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 55:16 Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Brett Emerton.
  • 55:06 Corner taken short by Barry Bannan.
  • 54:28 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Pascal Chimbonda manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:37 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 52:51 The referee blows for offside against Brett Emerton. Indirect free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
  • 50:38 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 49:05 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
  • 47:59 Barry Bannan sends in a cross, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 45:32 The referee blows for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Ciaran Clark takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:17 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:01 Unfair challenge on John Carew by Ryan Nelsen results in a free kick. Ashley Young fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 43:57 Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
  • 43:25 Steven Nzonzi fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 42:12 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
  • 39:28 Martin Olsson challenges Nathan Delfouneso unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from right channel, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 38:24 Effort from outside the area by Steven Nzonzi goes wide right of the goal.
  • 37:39 Martin Olsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 37:20 Foul by Steve Sidwell on David Hoilett, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:18 Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right channel, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 33:08 GOAL - Gael GivetAston Villa 0 - 1 Blackburn Gael Givet finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 31:43 Header on goal by John Carew from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 30:46 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 30:21 Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:36 Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Benjani Mwaruwari results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
  • 21:24 Right-footed shot by Steve Sidwell went wide right of the target.
  • 17:23 John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Givet. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 16:16 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.
  • 15:25 Brett Emerton fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.
  • 14:41 Phil Jones takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
  • 13:22 Gael Givet has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 12:59 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:43 The official flags Pascal Chimbonda offside. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
  • 10:07 Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 8:26 Brett Emerton fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing, Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
  • 3:47 Handball decision goes against Ryan Nelsen. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
  • 2:03 Ashley Young sends in a cross, John Carew takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
  • 1:22 The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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