Game #5163

Season | 2010-11 |

Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #32 |
Premier League Match-week | #30 |  
Manager Game | #33 |
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Premier League | Home | Newcastle United | Villa Park | 37,090 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Gérard Houllier |

KO | 16.00 |
Referee | Stuart Attwell | 

HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLLDW | 

Scorers | James Collins | 24’ |

Assists | Ashley Young | 24’ |

League Position | 14th | +2 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Friedel |
RB Luke Young |
RB Kyle Walker |
SUB OFF | 78' | 
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
GOAL | 24' | 
M Jean Makoun | SUB OFF | 67' |
M Stiliyan Petrov | BOOKED | 80' |
W Stewart Downing |
W Ashley Young |
ASSIST | 24' |
F Darren Bent |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
SUB OFF | 86' |

Substitutes |

M Nigel Reo-Coker for M Jean Makoun | 67’ |
CB Carlos Cuéllar
BOOKED | 90' | for RB Kyle Walker | 78’ | 
M Robert Pirès for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 86’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Andy Marshall
W Marc Albrighton
CF Emile Heskey
CB Ciaran Clark

Cards |

 Yellow | Stiliyan Petrov | 80’ |

 Yellow | Carlos Cuéllar | 90’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.70 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Friedel | 39.92 |

Youngest Player | RB Kyle Walker | 20.88 |

Unavailable |
Bomb Squad |

M Moustapha Salifou |

RB Habib Beye |

LB Stephen Warnock | 

Loaned Out |

D Shane Lowry | Sheffield United | 1 January 2011 - 1 May 2011 |

GK Brad Guzan | Hull City | 1 January 2011 - 8 May 2011 | 

CF John Carew | Stoke City | 21 January 2011 - 26 May 2011 | 

M Jonathan Hogg | Portsmouth | 25 January 2011 - 31 May 2011 |

M Stephen Ireland | Newcastle United | 31 January 2011 - 31 May 2011 |

D Eric Lichaj | Leeds United | 9 February 2011 - 31 May 2011 |  

F Nathan Delfouneso | Burnley | 5 March 2011 - 1 May 2011 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 50
Possession A | 50
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 10

Match Report


Sky Sports

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Collins eases Villa fears

A header from James Collins earned Aston Villa a 1-0 win over Newcastle as they moved clear of the relegation zone.

A first-half header from James Collins earned Aston Villa a vital 1-0 win over Newcastle as they moved five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The pressure was on Gerard Houllier before kick-off and the tension was all-too-apparent in the first 20 minutes at Villa Park against a Magpies outfit who slipped out of the top-flight on the same ground two seasons ago.


But the atmosphere lifted when defender Collins rose to glance an Ashley Young free-kick from the left into Steve Harper’s far corner.

Newcastle are currently short of strikers and lacked a cutting edge in the final third with Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands isolated figures up front.

There was a late push but Alan Pardew’s side could not fashion any clear chances during a fairly lacklustre affair, although Lovenkrands and Shefki Kuqi forced Brad Friedel into smart stops in the closing stages.


Villa were relieved to hang on for the victory after dropping more points - 23 - from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season.

No classic

The game was not a classic but the result rather than the performance was crucial given Villa’s current predicament.

However, they deserved the three points after dominating the second period - with winger Stewart Downing again impressing.

Newcastle had slightly the better of the first half but lacked a cutting edge particularly without the services of suspended captain and top scorer Kevin Nolan.

The Magpies were the first to threaten and a dangerous left-wing cross from Jose Enrique picked out the run of Joey Barton at the far post.

But the midfielder opted for a first time header when there was time to control the ball and his effort flew into the Holte End.

Newcastle started to impose themselves on the game and Brad Friedel went down to his left to gather Nile Ranger’s low attempt from Jonas Gutierrez’s through-ball.

Mike Williamson became the first player to be booked for bringing down Gabriel Agbonlahor in full flight.

Then after 24 minutes a superb header from Collins put Villa ahead.

Barton was upset at being penalised for bringing down Ashley Young. Young took the free-kick himself and Collins’ glancing header flew past goalkeeper Steve Harper into the far corner of the net. It was his third goal of the campaign.

Barton appeared to be constantly berating referee Stuart Attwell and was spoken to by the official.

Young had a shot deflected wide after finding plenty of space 20 yards out, then a goalbound header from Richard Dunne was blocked from the resulting corner by the influential Young.

Downing delivered an inviting cross after skipping past the challenge of Danny Simpson but Darren Bent could not keep his header down.

Bent had the ball in the net a minute before half-time but was ruled offside.

Villa started the second period on the offensive and a mistake by Barton allowed Stiliyan Petrov to find Agbonlahor in space on the left flank.

He had time to make ground into the Newcastle box and his curling shot was parried aside by Harper.

Young had a low shot turned around the post by Harper, even though referee Attwell awarded a goal-kick.


Villa were now in the ascendancy and Harper went down to cling on to Agbonlahor’s low shot on the turn.

The home side appealed in vain for a penalty when Steven Taylor barged into Bent after an hour.

It was Taylor’s last contribution before he was replaced by namesake Ryan. Villa were still searching for the second goal and Collins had a goalbound header cleared from a Young corner.

Petrov was booked after bringing down Barton, who was then yellow carded for a challenge on Villa substitute Nigel Reo-Coker.
Friedel clung on to a Peter Lovenkrands header and then blocked a low drive from the same player in injury-time.