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Game #5013

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


4th Round

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FA Cup 4th Round Replay

Attendance: 24,203

Doncaster Rovers

Villa Park

Villa see off Championship side Doncaster at the second attempt as former Villa forward Darren Byfield makes a rare appearance against his boyhood club.

Aston Villa


Doncaster Rovers

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Goalscorers John Carew and Steve Sidwell celebrate victory over Doncaster in the FA Cup third round replay at Villa Park, Wednesday, 4 February 2009.




Wednesday, 4 February 2009

โšฝ | 15โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Steve Sidwell
โšฝ | 19โ€™ Goal, 2-0, John Carew
๐ŸŸจ | 34โ€™ Booking, Steve Sidwell
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Doncaster Rovers), Jason Price
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Nathan Delfouneso, Assist by Nicky Shorey
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Isaiah Osbourne
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-1 Doncaster Rovers


Villa see off Doncaster to progress in the FA Cup against the sad backdrop of the loss of Villa cult hero Paul Birch earlier in the week.

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

Doncaster Rovers

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


Doncaster Rovers

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


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #38 |
Manager Game | #121 |
Wednesday, 4 February 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 26 Dec 08, Villa 2-2 Arsenal (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Doncaster Rovers


Lee Mason


First teamers Ashley Young (first start in 4) and John Carew (first start in 18) return alongside Steve Sidwell, Moustapha Salifou (first start in 10), Nicky Shorey, Nathan Delfouneso (first start in 6) and Brad Guzan (first start in 10). Emile Heskey, James Milner, Brad Friedel, Gareth Barry, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stiliyan Petrov and Zat Knight drop out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.32 |

Oldest Player |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.57 |

Youngest Player |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.02 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Sean Oโ€™Driscoll | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Doncaster Rovers

GK Neil Sullivan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB James Oโ€™Connor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Matt Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Sam Hird | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB James Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian Stock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Martin Woods | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Richie Wellens | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John Spicer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M James Coppinger | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jason Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M John Spicer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Paul Heffernan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M James Coppinger | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (F Darren Byfield (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jason Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (CF Lewis Guy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


CB Adam Lockwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jos Van Nieuwstadt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Gareth Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Gareth Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |


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: 2/11

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 : 13/18
Homegrown: 6/18



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 : 13/14



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 | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 6


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"Doncaster played well but the important thing is that everybody can get some sort of football. We are getting there slowly.

"We have 14 Premier League games left. All players until the end of the season will have to step up to the mark. We will have injuries and suspensions so I just hope they are all ready."

Martin O'Neill.

*Sky Sports*
Wednesday, 4 February 2009

*Villa vanquish brave Rovers*

Aston Villa proved to be too clinical for Doncaster in an entertaining FA Cup fourth round replay at a bitterly cold Villa Park.

Championship strugglers Rovers looked anything but against a much-changed Villa side but were undone by the UEFA Champions League hopefuls.

Steve Sidwell tapped home to give Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s men an early lead after Craig Gardnerโ€™s shot had been parried before John Carew doubled their advantage with a deflected effort in the 19th minute.

Jason Price pulled one back for the home side after some slack defensive play by Nathan Delfouneso on the stroke of half-time and Rovers could sense an upset.

But Delfouneso redeemed himself in the 61st minute with a superb diving header to restore Villaโ€™s two-goal lead and see the Midlands side through to the fifth round.

Villa will just be happy to be through to the next round after resting star names like Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry, James Milner and Brad Friedel ahead of the weekend Barclays Premier League clash at Blackburn.

Oโ€™Neill, who made seven changes to the side which drew with Wigan at the weekend, has admitted clinching a Champions League spot is the main priority for the midlands club this season.

Carew managed to get the full 90 minutes under his belt and Ashley Young marked his return from a three-game ban by playing for 75 minutes.

Central defender Curtis Davies and midfielder Sidwell also caught the eye for Villa while James Chambers was impressive at left-back for the visitors.


Before the kick-off a minuteโ€™s silence was held in memory of former Villa and Doncaster midfielder Paul Birch who died after a lengthy battle against cancer on Monday.

Rovers were cheered on by 4,000 fans as they looked to cause Villa further problems after the goalless draw at the Keepmoat Stadium 11 days ago.

Ashley Young cut inside former Villa reserve player James Oโ€™Connor before firing over the crossbar.

Sidwell blocked a shot from Brian Stock in a lively start by the visitors who had Sam Hird booked for for handball.

But after 15 minutes Villa broke the deadlock through Sidwellโ€™s fourth goal of the campaign.

Doncaster goalkeeper Neil Sullivan managed to parry a low drive by Craig Gardner but Sidwell had the easiest of tasks to knock the loose ball into an empty net.

Then after 19 minutes Carew marked his comeback by doubling Villaโ€™s lead - although he needed a slice of luck.

He tried to pick his spot from the edge of the Doncaster box and his shot deflected off Hird and looped over a stranded Sullivan into the roof of the net.

Rovers had a mountain to climb but they came close to pulling a goal back almost immediately.

Richie Wellens advanced unchallenged into the Villa box but dragged his low shot wide of Brad Guzanโ€™s goal.

Luke Young came to Villaโ€™s rescue by blocking a fierce effort from Price who appealed in vain for handball by the former England defender.


The visitors were still attempting to play constructive football and Sidwell became the first Villa player to be yellow-carded for a challenge on John Spicer after 33 minutes.

Doncaster eventually reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time when Price steered home a low centre from James Coppinger after Delfouneso had lost possession.

A reverse pass from Wellens almost played in Martin Woods as Doncaster continued to play some probing football at the start of the
second half.

Guzan had to be alert to tip a 20 yard piledriver from Stock around the post as Villa looked jittery at the back.

It was against the run of play when Delfouneso restored Villaโ€™s two-goal advantage after 61 minutes.

Nicky Shorey made good ground down the left before supplying an inviting cross for the teenage striker whose glancing header sailed past Sullivan into the corner of the net.

It was his first goal in domestic football for Villa after netting two previous goals in the UEFA Cup this season and finally killed off Doncasterโ€™s brave challenge