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Game #5039

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Attendance: 25,171


Premier League

7th (-2)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Ewood Park

Villa lose in the Premier League for the first time since the opening day of the season and end a run of five successive wins as they undeservedly fall to a late penalty for a dour Blackburn scored by a strangely excited David Dunn. Dunn's reaction, met with a curious indifference from everyone else, seemed to stem from his time spent with neighbours Birmingham, despite having been desperate to leave the club throughout his spell in the second city.

Blackburn Rovers


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | James Milner | 3โ€™ |


Gabby Agbonlahor, scored his fifth goal in five but it was not enough for Villa, Saturday, 26 September 2009.



โšฝ | 3โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿฅ… | 24โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Christopher Samba
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐ŸŸจ | 66โ€™ Booking, Stilyan Petrov
๐ŸŸฅ | 68โ€™ Sending off, (Blackburn Rovers), Vince Grella
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Blackburn Rovers, pen), David Dunn
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Aston Villa


Despite Gabby Agbonlahor's fifth goal in five, Villa suffer a shock defeat to lowly Blackburn as the 10-man opposition score a last minute penalty to hand Villa their first League defeat in five.

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


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


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #6 |
Manager Game | #147 |
Saturday, 26 September 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 15 Aug 09, Villa 0-2 Wigan (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Jeremy Simpson, Andy Garratt



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Brad Friedel, Ashley Young, Stephen Warnock and Richard Dunne replace Craig Gardner, Brad Guzan, Nicky Shorey and Habib Bรจye.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.42 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.39 |

Youngest Player |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.86 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Sam Allardyce | 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 Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Lars Jacobsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ryan Nelsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Pascal Chimbonda | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ต |
M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
M Vince Grella | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF El-Hadji Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Franco Di Santo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |


๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (RB Mรญchel Salgado | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | (W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF El-Hadji Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (M Keith Andrews | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 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 Jason Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CF Nikola Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Benni McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |


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: 1/11

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 : 11/18
Homegrown: 3/18



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 : 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 : 3/18



Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | 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 | 52%
Possession A | 48%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 15
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 14


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"The contrast between Villaโ€™s pace and slick passing and Blackburnโ€™s more direct approach could hardly have been greater."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 26 September 2009

*David Dunnโ€™s late penalty earned 10-man Blackburn victory over Aston Villa in an entertaining match at Ewood Park.*

Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s mishit shot put Villa ahead on three minutes before Christopher Samba poked Rovers level half-way through an even first half.

Rovers were getting the upper hand when midfielder Vince Grella was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But in the dying stages Richard Dunne handled a Franco di Santo shot and Dunn netted the penalty to seal victory.

Agbonlahor came into the game with a record of three goals in as many games, and within three minutes of the kick-off he had improved that tally to four in four.

Brad Friedel launched a huge clearance straight down the middle, which was flicked on by James Milner.

Agbonlahor failed to connect with the ball cleanly but did enough to steer it to the right of goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who could only watch forlornly as it struck the base of the post and trickled in.

Di Santo did his best to get Rovers back on terms, only to see his goal-bound shot blocked by the intervention of Villaโ€™s former Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

John Carew failed to connect with a far post header which would surely have made it 2-0 to Villa before another route one goal pulled Rovers level on 23 minutes.

Ryan Nelsen lofted in a high ball from near the halfway line, and Villa defender Dunne inadvertently got his head on the ball to set it up perfectly for Samba to poke home from close range.

Roversโ€™ plan of attack was direct but effective, and it very nearly paid dividends around the half-hour mark.

Villa struggled to clear Morten Gamst Pedersenโ€™s long throw from the left and after a game of head tennis Dunn connected with an overhead kick, but the unsighted Friedel made a superb instinctive one-handed save.

The contrast between Villaโ€™s pace and slick passing and Blackburnโ€™s more direct approach could hardly have been greater, but both sides played their part in a lively and entertaining first half.

Villa wasted a great chance to regain the lead in the dying minutes of the half when Pascal Chimbondaโ€™s lazy backpass gave possession to Milner in a dangerous position, but the former Leeds player seemed caught in two minds and it was an easy save for Robinson.

Blackburn began to dominate after the restart, and could well have gone ahead when substitute Emile Heskey lost his footing allowing Dunn to work his way through the defence to the edge of the box, where he claimed he was fouled by James Collins.

Rovers were incensed by the refereeโ€™s lack of interest and Villa capitalised on their disarray by getting the ball down the other end of the pitch in a move which ended with Agbonlahor flashing the ball inches over the bar.

With the temperature of the game rising, Rovers found themselves reduced to 10 men, when Grella, who had been booked in the first half for a foul on Agbonlahor, earned a second yellow card for a foul on Milner.

Going a man down just seemed to inspire the home side, however, with Brett Emerton drawing a fine save out of Friedel.

But with just one minute to go, di Santoโ€™s overhead kick was blocked by the hand of Villa defender Dunne.

Blackburnโ€™s Dunn stepped up to put the ball past his former team-mate Friedel, to end Villaโ€™s run of four straight Premier League wins and earn his side a deserved victory.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIโ€™m naturally very disappointed to have been in the game the whole time and to not get anything out of it.

โ€œFor the most part we coped very well, when there was opportunities to get it down and play, we did that.

โ€œI thought we were never out of the game, Iโ€™m naturally disappointed to have conceded so late on and not had an opportunity to get back into it.

โ€œThe early goal gave us a boost of confidence and momentum was high - I was hoping we might be able to go on and consolidate but here itโ€™s difficult and thereโ€™s always the possibility that something like what happened at the end of the game could happen.โ€