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Game #5040

Aston Villa

Monday, 5 October 2009


7th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 37,924

Manchester City

Villa Park

Villa are held at home by one of the most expensively constructed line ups to ever be assembled in football as oil rich Manchester City sever all connections with their roots in their quest for glory. Gareth Barry returns to Villa Park for the first time to receive an uncensored message as to his chosen career path. Meanwhile Villa draw for the first time this season to make it four wins, a draw and two defeats in seven Premier League outings as they remain 7th in the early table.

Aston Villa


State of Abu Dhabi

Assist(s) | Stephen Warnock | 15โ€™ |


Richard Dunne puts Villa ahead against his former club Manchester City, Monday, 5 October 2009.




Monday, 5 October 2009

โšฝ | 15โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Richard Dunne, Assist by Stephen Warnock
๐ŸŸจ | 28โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City
๐Ÿฅ… | 67โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester City), Craig Bellamy
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester City


Villa respond to defeat to lowly Blackburn to draw with insane spending Manchester City, fresh with oil money, as Gareth Barry lines up against his old club for the first time.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1975-76


Manchester City

Previous 5 vs. Abu Dhabi: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Game | #7 |
Manager Game | #148 |
Monday, 5 October 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


๐Ÿ•’ 148 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 60 ๐ŸŸจ | 46 ๐ŸŸฅ 42 | 1.53

Career Form:

Top 8

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 4 May 09, Villa 1-0 Hull (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes




Manchester City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean


Steve Sidwell replaces Fabian Delph.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.07 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.41 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.99 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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

Aston Villa

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

Manchester City

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Wayne Bridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Pablo Zabaleta | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Gareth Barry (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel de Jong | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Shaun Wright-Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
F Carlos Tรฉvez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
F Craig Bellamy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Nigel de Jong | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | (M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Carlos Tรฉvez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Roque Santa Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ |)


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


GK Stuart Taylor (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Sylvinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Michael Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Martin Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


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: 2/18



Abu Dhabi, a team who have achieved just a single top eight finish in the 17 year history of the Premier League, and who are without a trophy since 1976, arrive at Villa Park with a team worth an astonishing and completely out of kilter ยฃ186.01m.

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 : 8/18



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


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 8


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โ€œThe players and the crowd were all fantastic tonight." Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Monday, 5 October 2009

*Craig Bellamyโ€™s second-half equaliser earned Manchester City a deserved point and lifted them into the top four after former captain Richard Dunne threatened to wreck Gareth Barryโ€™s return to Aston Villa.*

Dunne declined the opportunity to celebrate in front of Cityโ€™s fans when he beat Barry to James Milnerโ€™s corner to head Villa in front early on.

And he almost added a second before Cityโ€™s growing superiority was rewarded when Bellamy turned Emmanuel Adebayorโ€™s cross high beyond Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel after 67 minutes.

City looked the more likely to claim the three points in the closing stages of an entertaining confrontation between two clubs hoping to disturb the established order in the top four of the Premier League.

A defeat would have been cruel on Dunne, who delivered a magnificent performance at the heart of Aston Villaโ€™s defence as well as scoring his sideโ€™s goal. He was colossal in tandem with James Collins and barely put a foot wrong.

Dunneโ€™s measured response to his goal was a reaction to a rapturous reception he received from Manchester Cityโ€™s fans, while former Villa captain Barry gave a typically mature display despite getting a hostile welcome from the supporters who idolised him over a career at the club that spanned 11 years and 440 appearances.

City boss Mark Hughes may just take a greater measure of satisfaction from the result than opposite number Martin Oโ€™Neill as the visitors showed resilience after falling behind, and greater quality in midfield and attack.

The ยฃ40m central defensive partnership of Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott remains a work in progress, unlike the Villa pairing of Dunne and Collins, but if Hughes can fine-tune this aspect of his expensively-assembled side, then the feeling that they are going places this season will only increase.

Barryโ€™s discomfort started from the moment he emerged from Manchester Cityโ€™s team bus after it pulled into Villa Park; any hopes of a warm greeting disappeared when Barry was met by resounding jeers from fans who once idolised him.

In contrast, Dunne was warmly received by Cityโ€™s travelling support, a gesture the former Eastlands captain clearly appreciated after nine years at a club where he became a popular figure.

Villa almost opened the scoring inside two minutes when Collins touched on Ashley Youngโ€™s corner and City keeper Shay Given was forced to scramble in front of John Carew to save with his legs at the near post.

It had been an ambitious opening from both teams, and Adebayor, returning from a three-game ban imposed for his stamp on former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie, almost cashed in on a slick exchange between Wayne Bridge and Bellamy.

Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side broke the deadlock after 15 minutes, and it was a goal heavily laced with irony as former City captain Dunne rose above ex-Villa skipper Barry to head powerfully beyond Given.

Dunne repaid the respect shown to him by Cityโ€™s fans by pointedly refusing to show any signs of elation as he was mobbed by his Villa colleagues.

City pressed for the equaliser, and Carlos Tevez tested Friedel with a long-range shot that got the faintest touch off Adebayor but flew straight into the arms of the grateful Villa keeper.

Villa suffered a scare 10 minutes before the interval when Young was sent flying by Nigel de Jong on the edge of the area in a clash that earned the City midfield man a yellow card from referee Mike Dean.

Young was forced to leave the field for lengthy treatment, but recovered sufficiently to take his place at the start of the second half.

The lingering ill-feeling surrounding Barryโ€™s summer switch to City was illustrated when he went towards the touchline to take a free-kick, only to be greeted by an angry Villa fan waving fake ยฃ50 banknotes with Barryโ€™s face printed on them in his direction.

Milner squandered a chance to double Villaโ€™s lead after 49 minutes when he fired an angled shot across the face of the goal after he was found by Steve Sidwell.

It was the signal for City boss Hughes to make a change, replacing the limping De Jong with Stephen Ireland.

Dunne, not exactly renowned as a marksman, almost doubled his tally with a replica of his first goal after 58 minutes. He met another Milner corner with his head, with Barry again beaten, but this time his downward header was inches off target.

City made the most of the reprieve with an equaliser after 67 minutes in a passage of the game that provided the perfect illustration of the attacking riches at their disposal.

Bellamy lashed a finish high past Friedel on the turn from Adebayorโ€™s pass - and Hughesโ€™ immediate response was to replace Tevez with Roque Santa Cruz.

Cityโ€™s reaction after the break had been impressive, and the arrival of Ireland had provided a new dimension in midfield, allowing them to put their stamp on proceedings.

It would have been harsh on either side had the other claimed a late winner - and despite great energy being expended in five minutes of stoppage time that brought an angry response from Hughes as he heard echoes of the late loss at Manchester United, the points were shared.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIโ€™m disappointed with the result but not the performance because we were just fantastic.

โ€œThe first half was just about the best we have played and we could have gone 2-0 up. City came into it after because they are a very, very good side.

โ€œThe players and the crowd were all fantastic tonight. We were very strong and we played some great stuff too.โ€