Game #5157

Season | 2010-11 |

Matchday | #34 |
League Game | #27 |
Premier League Match-week | #25 |  
Manager Game | #27 |
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Premier League | Away | Blackpool | Bloomfield Road | 16,000 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Gérard Houllier |

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Howard Webb | 
HT Score | 1-1 |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WWLDD | 

Scorers | Gabby Agbonlahor | 10’ |

Assists | Darren Bent | 10’ |

League Position | 15th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Friedel |
CB Richard Dunne |
RB Kyle Walker |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
SUB OFF | 27' |
CB Ciaran Clark |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 
M Jean Makoun |
SENT OFF | 70' |
W Stewart Downing |
W Ashley Young |
BOOKED | 90' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | GOAL | 10' | SUB OFF | 73' | 
F Darren Bent | ASSIST | 10' | SUB OFF | 57' |

Substitutes |

CB James Collins for CB Carlos Cuéllar | 27’ | 
CF Emile Heskey for F Darren Bent | 57’ | 
M Michael Bradley 
DEBUT | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 73’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Andy Marshall
M Robert Pirès
W Marc Albrighton
M Fabian Delph

Cards |

 Yellow | Ashley Young | 90’ | 

 Red | Jean Makoun | 70’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.36 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Friedel | 39.77 |

Youngest Player | RB Kyle Walker | 20.73 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

RB Luke Young | 

Banned |

CB Nathan Baker | 

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 Isaiah Osbourne | Sheffield Wednesday | 30 January 2011 - 5 April 2011 |

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

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

Match Stats |

Possession F | 50
Possession A | 50
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 14

 On this day 12 February 2011 
Midfielder Michael Bradley made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2011.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 12 February 2011

*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.

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.

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.”