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Game #5049

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Attendance: 17,034


League Cup Quarter Final

Quarter Final


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Fratton Park

Despite conceding an early own goal Villa march on to the semi finals of the League Cup with a comprehensive victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | James Milner | 12' | Ashley Young | 27' | 74' | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 89' |


Stewart Downing celebrates scoring on his first start for Villa against Portsmouth to help put them through to the League Cup Semi Final, Tuesday, 1 December 2009.



๐Ÿฅ… | 10โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Portsmouth), Stilyan Petrov o.g.
โšฝ | 12โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Emile Heskey, Assist by James Milner
โšฝ | 27โ€™ Goal, 2-1, James Milner, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Portsmouth 1-2 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 59โ€™ Booking, James Milner
โšฝ | 74โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Stewart Downing, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿฅ… | 87โ€™ Goal, 3-2, (Portsmouth), Nwankwo Kanu
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
โšฝ | 89โ€™ Goal, 4-2, Ashley Young, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Portsmouth 2-4 Aston Villa


Villa sweep aside Portsmouth to reach the League Cup Semi finals as Stewart Downing scores on his first start.

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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #19 |
Manager Game | #157 |
Tuesday, 1 December 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 4-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 4 Feb 09, Villa 3-1 Doncaster (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: John Flynn, Michael Murphy



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


To the relief of many, Martin O'Neill resists the temptation to make wholesale changes for the League Cup as he arguably actually strengthens the outfield with Emile Heskey, Brad Guzan (first start in 6), Stephen Warnock and Stewart Downing (first start), replacing John Carew, Nigel Reo-Coker, Habib Bรจye and Brad Friedel.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.39 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.91 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.15 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Avram Grant | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
LB Nadir Belhadj | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Hermann Hreiรฐarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Younรจs Kaboul | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tel Ben Haim (yth) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Anthony Vanden Borre | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Michael Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Richard Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hassan Yebda | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Danny Webber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Richard Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Frรฉdรฉric Piquionne | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Danny Webber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (โšฝ |)


GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Fabian Delph | 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 |


GK Jamie Ashdown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Hayden Mullins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Angelos Basinas | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Aruna Dindane | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |


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 : 7/11
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: 4/18



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 : 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 : 5/18



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 | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œI was really pleased with him (Downing). What pleased me most was his ability on the ball.

โ€œHe can manoeuvre it, he can play and heโ€™s got a turn of pace when heโ€™s fully wound up.

โ€œProperly fit, heโ€™ll be a proper player for us.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 1 December 2009

*Stewart Downing scored on his first start for Aston Villa as they secured a deserved victory over Portsmouth in the Carling Cup quarter-final.*

Stiliyan Petrov sliced a corner into his own net to give Pompey the lead but a minute later Emile Heskey ran through on goal to chip Villa level.

James Milnerโ€™s drive put the visitors ahead and Downingโ€™s second-half header seemed to have settled the tie.

A Kanu strike gave Portsmouth hope but Ashley Youngโ€™s goal extinguished it.

Pompey boss Avram Grantโ€™s last game as a manager in this competition was a defeat to Tottenham in the 2008 final during his time at Chelsea.

However, in stark contrast to his time at Stamford Bridge, Grant is now tasked with steering a struggling side away from the Premier League relegation zone.

To this end, Grant rested his first-choice strikers Frederic Piquionne and Aruna Dindane with Danny Webber and John Utaka coming in.

The decision initially appeared to be a good one as Webber played a part in the home side taking the lead.

The striker swung over a corner and Petrov, as the first man, attempted to clear but instead miscued the ball off his shin past the helpless Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

However, having selected a side more akin to their first-choice 11, Villa exposed the fallibility inherent in Portsmouth only a minute after the south coast clubโ€™s opening goal.

Milnerโ€™s pass found Heskey through clear on goal and the England man made no mistake with a subtle finish from inside the box.
The equaliser served as notice of the hold Villa would subsequently take on the game.

Having seen a good opportunity to score again wasted when Luke Young blazed a left-foot shot high and wide, Villa deservedly and spectacularly took the lead.

From a Young short throw-in Milner was given space to turn before unleashing a superb 18-yard drive that beat Asmir Begovic for pace and found the bottom far corner.

Grantโ€™s words at half-time had a visible effect on the home side as, they were far more competitive in the second half as a result of an increased tempo to their play.

Rarely were they able to translate promising situations into goalscoring opportunities and the sense that Villa need only up their game to end the tie was realised with 15 minutes remaining.

Petrov found Young in space on the Villa right and his cross beat the gathered players in the six yard box before being met by Downing, whose header crept in despite the efforts of Pompey keeper Begovic.

It was a fitting reward for a player who has endured a frustrating four months as a Villa player since his summer move from Middlesbrough because of a broken foot.

Grant immediately introduced Piquionne in an attempt to get back into the game and he almost did so with his first touch but Guzan saved well from the Frenchmanโ€™s header.

Minutes later, another Portsmouth substitute Kanu gave the home side hope of a late comeback.

Younes Kaboul sent a long ball forward which was chested down by Hermann Hreidarsson for the Nigerian striker to slot in past Guzan.

However, Villa were not to be denied what would be deserved victory and within two minutes their two goal cushion was restored and their semi-final place booked.

Gabriel Agbonlahor beat Kaboul on the right and provided a cross that beat Hreidarsson and found Young who was able to control and finish into the roof of the net.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œI was really pleased with him (Downing). What pleased me most was his ability on the ball.

โ€œHe can manoeuvre it, he can play and heโ€™s got a turn of pace when heโ€™s fully wound up.

โ€œProperly fit, heโ€™ll be a proper player for us.โ€