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Game #4964

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Attendance: 23,889


Premier League

6th (-)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Madejski Stadium

Villa make it consecutive wins and now have just one defeat in eleven Premier League games under Martin O'Neill as they see off Reading at the Madejski.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 45โ€™ | Ashley Young | 84โ€™ |


Marlon Harewood scores a fine breakaway goal to see off Reading at the Madejski and make it one defeat in eleven Premier League games for Villa, Sunday, 24 February 2008.



๐Ÿ’ฅ | 33โ€™ Missed Penalty, Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 45โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ashley Young, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Reading 0-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Craig Gardner
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Shaun Maloney, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
โšฝ | 84โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Marlon Harewood, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Isaiah Osbourne
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+4 Goal, 2-1, (Reading), Nicky Shorey
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Reading 1-2 Aston Villa


Villa secure successive wins to remain 6th in the table, level on points with Liverpool and just three off fourth place.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ


Previous 5 vs. Reading: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #72 |
Sunday, 24 February 2008


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: 12.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 5 Jan 08, Villa 0-2 United (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ





๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Craig Gardner and Gabriel Agbonlahor replace Olof Mellberg and Stiliyan Petrov.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.08 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 31.01 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.26 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Steve Coppell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ 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 |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |


GK Marcus Hanhemann | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Graeme Murty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Ibrahima Sonko | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Kalifa Cissรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M John Oster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M James Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Stephen Hunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Marek Matฤ›jovskรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Kevin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dave Kitson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 73โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Kalifa Cissรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CB รvar Ingimarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | M John Oster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (W Jimmy Kรฉbรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Kevin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CF Shane Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)


GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


GK Adam Federici | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Andrรฉ Bikey | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |


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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 12/16
Homegrown: 4/16



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

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 : 5/16



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 44%
Possession A | 56%
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œWe looked a threat all day, scored some great goals and played openly.

โ€œUntil we got the second goal it was difficult to breathe easily as we had to pick ourselves up after missing the penalty, but we scored at vital times.

โ€œThe second goal sealed the win for us, so weโ€™re still in there battling, still competing to finish fourth.

โ€œBarry doesnโ€™t miss too many from the spot, but he apologised at half-time where there is no need, as heโ€™s pulled us out of a hole more than a few times in the past.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*Sky Sports*
Sunday, 24 February 2008

*Yet more misery for Royals*

Reading slumped to an eighth consecutive Premier League defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to Aston Villa.

Ashley Young and Marlon Harewood were the heroes for Villa, while Nicky Shoreyโ€™s late free-kick proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the Royals.

Both sides created few clear-cut opportunities during the opening half an hour, as defences strained under opposition pressure without actually cracking.

However on 32 minutes a scuffed shot from the edge of the box by Craig Gardner struck the arm of Kalifa Cisse as he looked to close the effort down and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.

Villa skipper Gareth Barry then took the responsibility of trying to put his side ahead, but only succeeded in slicing his penalty woefully wide of Marcus Hahnemannโ€™s goal.

On the stroke of half-time Villa did take the lead though when Cisse misjudged a ball down the line and Gabriel Agbonlahor was able to square a pass to Young who made no mistake from 10 yards out.

Reading had their chances to equalise at the start of the second period, but Stephen Hunt and Dave Kitson both found their route to goal blocked by heroic defending.

With Villa then starting to dominate on the counter, Harewood made the points safe six minutes from time.

Young led the breakaway before presenting an opportunity to Harewood to curl a stunning effort into the top corner past a helpless Hahnemann.

Deep into injury-time Shorey pulled one back for Reading when his 25-yard free-kick was pushed into his own goal, via the post, by a disappointed Scott Carson.


Reading chairman John Madejski had called for the fans to turn the stadium into a โ€œcauldron of optimismโ€ before the game, but although James Harper planted a shot into Scott Carsonโ€™s midriff within 30 seconds, it quickly became apparent Villa would simply not allow any release from the paralysis that has gripped the home sideโ€™s season.

Youngโ€™s fourth goal of the campaign may have taken 45 minutes to arrive but when it did, it was merely the inevitable result of his sideโ€™s superiority and the home playersโ€™ lack of confidence.

Readingโ€™s centre-back pairing of Ibrahima Sonko and Kalifa Cisse could not have complained had they both been replaced at half-time, so nervous and error-ridden was their play.

Cisseโ€™s early errors allowed John Carew two sights of goal but the Norwegianโ€™s forte is heading the ball not kicking it and Marcus Hahnemann in the home goal was not unduly worried.

Nor was he required to make a save when Cisse was harshly adjudged to have used a hand in blocking Craig Gardnerโ€™s shot in the 32nd minute as Gareth Barry, having previously dispatched four previous penalties this term, lazily sliced his spot-kick wide.

But when Cisse sold himself on the right touchline to allow the fit-again Gabriel Agbonlahor to race away, it was inevitable that Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side would finally gain the advantage they deserved.

Agbonlahor squared the ball to Young, who had all the time and space in the box to make sure his shot was high enough to beat Hahnemann and Graeme Murty, the man on the line.

Reading had chased every ball and contested every tackle but, that early Harper shot apart, had looked every inch a side that had lost their way alarmingly in recent weeks and have still to pick up a point in 2008.

Sonko had been cautioned for a foul on Carew just before the goal and Gardner and Marek Matejovsky, the Reading midfielder, picked up bookings early in the second period as the home side sought a way back into the game.

Royals boss Steve Coppell made his first change before the hour mark, the ineffective John Oster removed from the right wing to give January signing Jimmy Kebe his home debut.

The new man was immediately involved by beginning a move that saw Shoreyโ€™s drive spilled by Carson. Stephen Hunt was first to the loose ball but his effort was blocked by Curtis Davies.

Dave Kitsonโ€™s pass allowed Hunt to nip in between Gardner and Carson in the box but the Irishman lost his footing at the vital moment but there was a let-off for Reading within seconds at the other end when Carew set up Agbonlahor in front of goal only for the forward to fire over.


Carson was required to preserve his sideโ€™s lead in the 70th minute when Shoreyโ€™s free-kick was flicked goal-wards by the ginger head of Kitson, whose next effort from 25 yards out was less accurate.

The hapless Cisse was replaced by Ivar Ingimarsson for the final 19 minutes and Villa sent Harewood on for Shaun Maloney.

Harewood trundled a shot at Hahnemann but Villa counter-attacks were becoming incessant and the American was required to block a Carew effort after Sonko had once again been easily bypassed.

Hahnemann had to beat out a much fiercer Harewood drive as Reading fought against the tide but the troublesome newcomerโ€™s next effort was so wide it went for a throw-in.

The former West Ham man was not to be denied however and he wrapped the game up for the visitors with a fine finish in the 83rd minute after a rampage upfield from Young had left Reading totally exposed.

Kitson and then Hunt saw good efforts blocked before Shoreyโ€™s free-kick in stoppage-time at last beat Carson.

The final whistle was just seconds away however and there was no time for any attempt for an undeserved equaliser.