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Game #4928

Saturday, 7 April 2007

Attendance: 24,211

Won

Premier League

13th (+1)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Ewood Park

Villa win for the third time in twenty one games under Martin O'Neill as they win their third Premier League game in nine in 2007.

Blackburn Rovers

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Phil Bardsley | 34โ€™ | Patrik Berger | 73โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Patrik Berger celebrates his equaliser that sets Villa up for victory at Blackburn and their third Premier League win in nine under Martin O'Neill, Saturday, 7 April 2007.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 24โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers, pen), Benni McCarthy
โšฝ | 34โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Patrik Berger, Assist by Phil Bardsley
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 46โ€™ Missed Penalty, Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 73โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Patrik Berger
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Shaun Maloney, Sub on, Gavin McCann
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Phil Bardsley, Sub on, Aaron Hughes
๐Ÿ” | 84โ€™ Sub off, Patrik Berger, Sub on, Steven Davis
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+2 Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for only the second time in seven games but are now unbeaten in three - their best run since November - as a result Villa climb the table for the first time since February as they rise to 13th with 6 games to play.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

Previous 5 vs. Blackburn: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2006-07 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #32 |
Manager Game | #36 |
Saturday, 7 April 2007

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 14 Mar 07, Villa 0-1 Arsenal (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Martin Atkinson

TEAM NEWS

Martin Laursen, Patrik Berger, Craig Gardner, and Shaun Maloney replace John Carew, Ashley Young, Gary Cahill and Gavin McCann.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.69 |

Oldest Player |
W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | 33.43 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.38 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Phil Bardsley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ryan Nelsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Aaron Mokoena | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Tugay KerimoฤŸlu | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W David Bentley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Benni McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Matt Derbyshire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | for RB Phil Bardsley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | for W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | 84โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Tugay KerimoฤŸlu | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | (M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Matt Derbyshire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Shabani Nonda | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jason Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Stรฉphane Henchoz | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
CF Jason Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/16
Homegrown: 5/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œThe goal he got against Everton gave him a big boost.

โ€œThe next day he signed a contract - and he deserved it. He is not the type of lad to sit back and think โ€˜Iโ€™ve done itโ€™. He has lots to do of course but today he was superb.

โ€œHe took the goal brilliantly, just a little extra touch. It is never easy beating someone like Brad Friedel.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 April 2007

*Gabriel Agbonlahor grabbed a second-half winner as Aston Villa came from a goal down to take three crucial points at Ewood Park.*

Rovers went ahead with a Benni McCarthy penalty on 22 minutes after David Bardsley felled Morten Gamst Pedersen.

But Villa drew level nine minutes later as Patrik Berger cleverly clipped home Bardsleyโ€™s cross from the right.

Gareth Barryโ€™s penalty was saved after the break but Agbonlahor struck on 72 minutes to give Villa maximum points.

Villa, who went into the game having claimed just one win in seven top-flight outings, came flying out of the blocks and pinned Rovers deep into their own half.

Their pressure nearly paid off when Shaun Maloneyโ€™s near-post corner needed to be headed clear by Pedersen on his own goalline in the second minute.

Blackburn responded with two weak efforts from David Bentley, who was recalled after suspension as the only change to the Rovers side which lost last week to Manchester United.

But against the run of play, the home side went ahead when Pedersen burst into the Villa penalty area and was chopped down by Bardsley.

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed the spot and McCarthy fired home for his 19th goal of the season in 43 appearances.

Villa made a quick response when Craig Gardnerโ€™s cross slid across the Rovers area, although no one was there to finish the chance off.

But they deservedly bagged an equaliser when Bardsley made up for his earlier error with an incisive ball into the box and veteran midfielder Berger cleverly guided it past Brad Friedel, who was making his 108th consecutive Rovers appearance.

The American stopper pulled off a great save moments later, however, when he blocked Barryโ€™s shot after the England midfielder pulled the ball back on to his right-foot.

And Friedel produced more heroics a minute into the second half.

Ryan Nelsen handballed just inside the 18-yard box for the 11th penalty Rovers have conceded this season.

Friedel guessed correctly and dived to his left to push the shot to safety to deny Barry his 10th goal of the season.

That seemed to lift the hosts who looked the better side in the second period, perhaps knowing places were up for grabs for next weekโ€™s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

But just as Rovers seemed set to push for a winner, they were undone by Bergerโ€™s through ball which enabled the electric Agbonlahor to burst forward and fire home.

Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen made a fabulous save to block Shabani Nondaโ€™s header deep into injury time before Rovers were denied a penalty appeal for handball and then Bentley rattled the crossbar with a curling effort.

The final whistle could not have come quickly enough for Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side as Villa hang on by their fingertips for a crucial win that moves them further step away from the relegation zone.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill on Gabriel Agbonlahor:*

โ€œThe goal he got against Everton gave him a big boost.

โ€œThe next day he signed a contract - and he deserved it. He is not the type of lad to sit back and think โ€˜Iโ€™ve done itโ€™. He has lots to do of course but today he was superb.

โ€œHe took the goal brilliantly, just a little extra touch. It is never easy beating someone like Brad Friedel.โ€