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Game #4961

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Attendance: 39,602

Drew

Premier League

5th (+1)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games but are held at home by Blackburn.

Aston Villa

1-1

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Ashley Young celebrates his equaliser against Blackburn as Villa extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight, Saturday, 26 January 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
๐Ÿฅ… | 68โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Roque Santa Cruz
โšฝ | 73โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Villa, unbeaten in eight, climb to 5th in the Premier League table.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Game | #24 |
Manager Game | #69 |
Saturday, 26 January 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Howard Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 Dec 07, Villa 2-1 Wigan (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Howard Webb

TEAM NEWS

Scott Carson returns in place of Stuart Taylor as Gareth Barry replaces Craig Gardner.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.16 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 30.93 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.30 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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

Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andrรฉ Oojier | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Steven Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 Roque Santa Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ | โšฝ |
CF Matt Derbyshire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 60โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Matt Derbyshire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Jason Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jason Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
D Bruno Berner | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
D Zurab Khizanishvili | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Benni McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 11/16
Homegrown: 4/16

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 : 5/11

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 : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

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

Possession F | 54%
Possession A | 46%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 17

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a tough game and Blackburn made it difficult.

โ€œWe did not play as well as we have but we stuck in there and in the second half we came to the fore and got the equaliser.

โ€œThe number of times we have come from behind this season is terrific I could not have asked for any more from the players.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 26 January 2008

*Ashley Young earned a point for Aston Villa with a superbly struck free-kick in front of England boss Fabio Capello.*

England goalkeeper Scott Carson saved a first-half penalty from Blackburnโ€™s Matt Derbyshire after David Bentley was bundled over by Nigel Reo-Coker.

Rovers did go ahead when Carson parried David Dunnโ€™s shot and Roque Santa Cruz pounced to score from the rebound.

Young replied and Villa almost got the winner that would have put them fourth when Marlon Harewood hit the bar.

Winger Young is doubtless a player in which Capello was taking a keen interest, as was Bentley.

Capello also got an unexpected chance to assess Gareth Barry, who handed Villa a big boost by returning from a pelvic injury.

The home side looked sluggish in the first half, though, and Reo-Cokerโ€™s needless foul on Bentley just inside the area handed Rovers a great chance to go ahead on 23 minutes.

But Carson dived to his right to keep out the resulting spot-kick from Derbyshire, who needed treatment after falling awkwardly while trying in vain to head in the rebound.

Villa continued to struggle after the interval, prompting boss Martin Oโ€™Neill to replace Stiliyan Petrov with striker Harewood and switch to three up front.

The change had some effect and Harewood registered Villaโ€™s first real attempt on goal when his 25-yard shot was well held by keeper Brad Friedel.

Just as Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side seemed to be getting their act together, they fell behind in the 67th minute.

Dunn swept past Curtis Davies and after the midfielderโ€™s effort was pushed away by Carson, Santa Cruz followed up with a mis-hit shot but he did enough to scramble the ball home.

It was Santa Cruzโ€™s ninth goal in as many matches and his 15th of the season.

But Young hauled Villa level five minutes later, delightfully clipping the ball over Blackburnโ€™s defensive wall and into the corner of Friedelโ€™s net.

Villa then almost went ahead when Harewood leapt highest to meet Youngโ€™s free-kick and headed against the woodwork.

Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor latched onto Martin Laursenโ€™s flick-on and found the net late on but was rightly denied by an offside flag.

And Young went close with another free-kick as Rovers had to hang on for the draw.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a tough game and Blackburn made it difficult.

โ€œWe did not play as well as we have but we stuck in there and in the second half we came to the fore and got the equaliser.

โ€œThe number of times we have come from behind this season is terrific I could not have asked for any more from the players.โ€