Game #5079

Season | 2009-10 |

Matchday | #8 |
Manager Game | #146 |
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
League Cup | 3rd Round | Home | Cardiff City | Villa Park | 22,527 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Martin O’Neill |

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Anthony Taylor | 

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

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW | 

Scorers | Gabby Agbonlahor | 3’ |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Nicky Shorey |
RB Habib Beye | BOOKED | 77' |
CB James Collins |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Craig Gardner |
SUB OFF | 79' |
M Fabian Delph | BOOKED | 61' |
W James Milner |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
GOAL | 3' | 
CF John Carew |

Substitutes |

W Marc Abrighton for M Craig Gardner | 79’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Brad Friedel
M Steve Sidwell
F Nathan Delfouneso
CB Ciaran Clark
LB Stephen Warnock
CB Richard Dunne

Cards |

 Yellow | Fabian Delph | 61’ |

 Yellow | Habib Beye | 77’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.39 | 

Oldest Player | RB Habib Beye | 32.70 |

Youngest Player | M Fabian Delph | 19.85 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CB Curtis Davies | 

CF Emile Heskey | 


Bomb Squad |

M Nigel Reo-Coker | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 54
Possession A | 46
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 13

 On this day 23 September 2009 

Left back Nicky Shorey made his final appearance for Villa aged 28 before moving on to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £1,620,000 in August 2010. Martin O’Neill had bought the player for £3,960,000 just 13 months before his final game. In total Shorey made 39 appearances for Villa. 

Match Report

BBC Sport

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

*Gabriel Agbonlahor’s third-minute goal booked Aston Villa’s place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.*

Agbonlahor back-heeled John Carew’s low near-post cross after Cardiff had clumsily lost possession in midfield.

Gabor Gyepes and Joe Ledley headed just over for Cardiff, and Jay Bothroyd’s late effort was ruled out for offside.

James Milner wasted a glorious chance to put the game to bed early in the second half when he hit the post from the penalty spot after Gyepes’s foul.

For the second game in succession, there was no place for Nigel Reo-Coker in the Villa squad after a training-ground row with manager Martin O’Neil.

Cardiff included three former Aston Villa players in their starting XI, and it was a mistake from one of those Villa old boys that led to the opening goal.

Riccardo Scimeca was the culprit as his misplaced pass allowed Carew to race 40 yards down the right flank unchallenged before finding Agbonlahor at the near post.

The striker’s first-time back-heel flick gave goalkeeper Peter Enckelman - another returning to his old stomping ground - no hope.

Cardiff responded well as Gyepes and Joe Ledley headed just over in quick succession, while Gavin Rae’s deflected shot warmed

Brad Guzan’s hands in the Villa goal.

With Bothroyd used as a lone striker, the visitors made the most of the extra man in midfield and caused their hosts plenty of problems from free-kicks and crosses into the box.

But the decisive touch was missing and the half ended with Stiliyan Petrov forcing Enckelman into his first save of note.

Villa almost started the second half as they had the first, but Carew could not match his strike partner’s accuracy as he headed an inviting Milner cross wide.

The visitors were then handed an even bigger let off on 58 minutes when Milner’s penalty hit the post after Petrov had been felled by Gyepes.

Cardiff’s response was to send on top-scorer Michael Chopra from the bench.

The change had little effect as the meanest defence in the Premier League stood firm to secure victory, but they were thankful for a marginal offside decision which denied Bothroyd and the need for extra time.

*Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill:*

“I think that Cardiff were never out of it, and played some nice football, but we seemed to be in reasonable control, and I am delighted to have won and avoided another defeat in the competition.

“Agbonlahor is on fire at the moment, he is playing brilliantly for us. He has got so much confidence now.

“The goal he scored was maybe the sort he would not have attempted three-quarters of the way through last season, but he has so much confidence.”

*Cardiff manager Dave Jones:*

“I spoke to the referee, and I asked the linesman about it (Bothroyd’s disallowed goal). I was well behaved, but I thought it was a goal.

“He was not offside. But I know I will get many decisions for me and many against me, and, because of the way we played, I am probably being a bit more diplomatic.

“I was very pleased with our performance, particularly after going a goal down after only three minutes.

“It was a big blow to us, but we recovered from that and passed the ball better than at the weekend, and overall everyone on my side did well.”