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Game #5037

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Attendance: 35,979


Premier League

5th (+1)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa make it five successive Premier League wins to climb to 5th in the table after six games but once again the game takes place against a backdrop of questionable behaviour from the manager as Martin O'Neill leads the team following a training ground fight with midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. The combustible boss seemed to be doing everything possible to render his position untenable but the wins were flowing again and a third successive top six finish was possible although the European dream was over for another year.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | Stiliyan Petrov | 34โ€™ | James Milner | 43โ€™ |


Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates scoring his third in as many games as he wins it for Villa once again, Saturday, 19 September 2009.




โšฝ | 34โ€™ Goal, 1-0, James Milner (pen)
โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth
๐ŸŸจ | 57โ€™ Booking, Carlos Cuรฉllar
๐ŸŸจ | 70โ€™ Booking, Gabby Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 65โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth


Gabby Agbonlahor scored his third goal in as many games to help Villa win a fifth consecutive match and climb to 5th in the 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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 2007-08



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


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #145 |
Saturday, 19 September 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Stuart Attwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nuneaton, 2007-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Stuart Attwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nuneaton, 2007-
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Beck, Jake Collin



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Stuart Attwell


John Carew replaces Nigel Reo-Coker after the latter is excluded from first team selection after a training ground 'fight' with manager Martin O'Neill.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.03 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.37 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.95 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Paul Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |


GK David James (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nadir Belhadj | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Younรจs Kaboul | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Aaron Mokoena | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Tel Ben Haim | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Anthony Vanden Borre | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jamie Oโ€™Hara | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Michael Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kevin-Prince Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
CF Frรฉdรฉric Piquionne | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tommy Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CF Frรฉdรฉric Piquionne | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถ | (CF Danny Webber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Tommy Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Mike Williamson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Hayden Mullins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Hassan Yebda | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


Not Recorded



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 : 4/11

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 : 7/18



Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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 | 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


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"Thereโ€™s a great spirit in the dressing room." Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 19 September 2009

*Aston Villa maintained their impressive form to consign Portsmouth to a sixth successive Premier League defeat.*

James Milner opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Nadir Belhadj upended Villa skipper Stilian Petrov.

Gabriel Agbonlahor then underlined Villaโ€™s superiority, converting a Milner flick-on with aplomb after a lapse of concentration by Tal Ben Haim.

The defeat makes Pompey the first top-flight side to lose their opening six games in over a quarter of a century.

Leicester City were the last team to start a top-flight campaign in similarly desultory fashion.

And while Portsmouth can perhaps take heart from the fact that the Foxes eventually recovered to finish the 1983/84 season in 15th place, they will need to tighten up significantly at the back if history is to repeat itself.

After a fifth successive win in all competitions, Villa have no such problems.

Nigel Reo-Cokerโ€™s training-ground contretemps with manager Martin Oโ€™Neill overshadowed the prelude to the game, but a vibrant performance will have done much to lighten the mood in the claret-and-sky-blue camp.

Oโ€™Neill dealt with the absence of Reo-Coker, who was sent home from training on Thursday but will be considered for return to first-team contention next week, by restoring John Carew alongside Agbonlahor in attack.

The result was an infusion of attacking impetus that was evident from the opening seconds, when Agbonlahorโ€™s purposeful run towards the Pompey goal required a lunging intervention from Belhadj.

Villaโ€™s enterprise almost reaped an early reward when a left-wing cross from Ashley Young took a deflection off the forehead of Pompey midfielder Aaron Mokoena, forcing a sprightly save from England veteran David James.

If that was a warning shot across the Pompey bows, further signs of a torrid afternoon ahead for the visitors were not long in coming.

A well-timed tackle by Michael Brown halted Steve Sidwellโ€™s surging run into the box before Belhadj blocked a stinging effort from Milner.

In between came Portsmouthโ€™s best chance of the opening period, Frederic Piquionne shaking off the attention of two defenders only to direct his angled header wide of Brad Friedelโ€™s far post.

But as the relentless Villa onslaught continued, Portsmouth were clearly beginning to feel the squeeze.

Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side finally gained the advantage that their superiority demanded when Belhadj upended Petrov to concede a penalty.

The Algeria international appeared to argue that the Villa captain was heading away from goal, but referee Stuart Attwell was having none of it and Milner ended the debate with a clinical spot kick.

With the interval approaching Oโ€™Hara forced an unconvincing save from Brad Friedel, but if that was a faint ray of hope for Portsmouth, it was quickly snuffed out by Agbonlahor.

Milner flicked on a Friedel goal kick from inside the centre circle, and the Villa forward, still brimming with confidence after scoring the winner in the second city derby last weekend, turned Ben Haim before firing a crisp finish beyond James.

Staring down the barrel of another spirit-sapping defeat, Portsmouth improved markedly after the break, with Belhadj twice stinging the palms of Friedel from distance.

But Pompeyโ€™s efforts came to nought, and a sixth consecutive loss represents a new low for a club that has twice narrowly avoided the drop since winning promotion from the Championship six years ago.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIโ€™m delighted, because it was a difficult afternoon for us, particularly in the second half.

โ€œExpectations were high, but we got the penalty and then Gabriel Agbonlahor scored an absolutely magnificent goal to give everyone a lift.

โ€œOverall Iโ€™m just really pleased with the team, thereโ€™s a great spirit in the dressing room and Iโ€™m delighted to have got off to a reasonable start.โ€