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Game #5052

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Attendance: 34,821


Premier League

4th (-1)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Stadium of Light

Villa extend their unbeaten run to seven with five wins including the last four in all competitions.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | James Milner | 24โ€™ |


James Milner celebrates his goal that saw off Sunderland, Tuesday, 15 December 2009.



โšฝ | 24โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Emile Heskey, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 2-0, James Milner
๐ŸŸจ | 68โ€™ Booking, James Milner
๐ŸŸฅ | 79โ€™ Sending off, (Sunderland), Lorik Cana
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Luke Young
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+3 Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Sunderland 0-2 Aston Villa


Villa's fourth win in a row, third consecutive League win, unbeaten in seven yet Villa fall back in to fourth position as teams play games in hand around them.

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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1972-73


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


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #160 |
Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Kevin Friend | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 2003-2022
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Kevin Friend | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 17 Oct 09, Villa 2-1 Chelsea (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Halliday, Mick McDonough



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the second successive game.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.64 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.61 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.19 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Steve Bruce | 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 Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


GK Mรกrton Fรผlรถp | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Michael Turner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Nyron Nosworthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Paulo da Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lorik Cana | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Andy Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+3 |


๐Ÿ” | CB Michael Turner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (RB Phil Bardsley (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Lee Cattermole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | (CB John Mensah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
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 |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |


GK Trevor Carson | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Steed Malbranque | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Fraizer Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF David Healy | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


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: 1/18



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 : 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 : 10/18



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 | 15
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 16


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โ€œNo-oneโ€™s getting carried away in the dressing room.

โ€œWe need to rest up and prepare for the next game. That is now massive for us.

โ€œNaturally, Iโ€™m delighted with the result and the performance.

โ€œThe result is the most important thing but the display was excellent as well.

โ€œOn back of what was a very good win at Manchester United, this was a vital match for us and weโ€™ve shown a lot of determination and ability to get a deserved win.

โ€œWe had to work exceptionally hard. We got two great goals but it was just nice to see performance and result go hand in hand.

โ€œMilner has just been fantastic since he arrived at the football club,โ€ enthused Oโ€™Neill. โ€œHe has come into the middle of midfield now and he has just been colossal for us, colossal.

โ€œFrom midfield, it is his third goal in five games. He is certainly enjoying it. It doesnโ€™t mean that he hasnโ€™t put in a lot of hard work.

โ€œHe has just been wonderful. He deserves it as well because he is an exceptional fella.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 15 December 2009

*Aston Villa underlined their top four aspirations with a clinical victory over Sunderland that lifts them above Arsenal and into third in the league.*

Emile Heskey opened the scoring with a low drive and James Milner sealed an impressive win with a superb 25-yarder.

Stewart Downing and Ashley Young also hit the woodwork, but Sunderland were not overawed in a competitive game.

Andy Reid twice went close for them but Lorik Canaโ€™s late red card for a second booking summed up a frustrating night.

The defeat continues a frustrating run of form for an inconsistent Sunderland outfit, whose wins over Liverpool and Arsenal represent their only victories from their last nine league games.

But for Villa, victory pushes them to within five points of the Premier League summit and provides further weight to the argument that they, more than any side, have the potential to break the monopoly of the big four.

Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side came into the match on the back of Saturdayโ€™s potentially campaign-defining victory over Manchester United, but any fears that the trip to the Stadium of Light would be a case of โ€œafter the Lord Mayorโ€™s Showโ€ proved wide of the mark.

Sunderland actually started the better of the sides, with the hosts stroking the ball about nicely early on, and Jordan Henderson beat the post by a matter of inches with a pile-driver from 20 yards out on 10 minutes.

But Villa soon found their stride and not long after Downing had rattled the bar with a curling free-kick from the edge of the area, they were ahead.

Sunderlandโ€™s George McCartney caused problems for his side by giving the ball away midway in his own half, but there was plenty still to do.

Stilian Petrov drove forward, fed the ball to Milner, and his sublime clipped pass found Heskey in the box, the striker turning and slamming low into the net.

On the back of one win in seven matches, Sunderland might have been expected to falter in response, but with a home record better than anyoneโ€™s outside of the top four, they are a side made of sterner stuff than that.

Reid, in particular, proved a handful for the Villa defence and twice the Irishman could have levelled things up for the Black Cats.

First he forced a smart save from keeper Brad Friedel with a stinging volley from Hendersonโ€™s cross, and he should then have done better when Darren Bentโ€™s flick-on found him in space in the box, only for the midfielder to slice wide.

Had either chance found the net, the match outlook would have looked very different.

As it was, Villa always looked a threat in attack and they were denied by the woodwork for a second time just before the hour mark when Heskey set up Young to slam a drive against the outside of the post.

It proved only a brief reprieve for the hosts, though, and Milner, thriving following his recent switch to central midfield, wrapped the game up with a stunning strike.

The 23-year-old, who on current form looks a certainty to be in Fabio Capelloโ€™s England World Cup squad next summer, collected the ball on the left, held off the challenge of Kieran Richardson and then launched an unstoppable drive into the top corner from fully 25 yards.

To their credit, Sunderland continued to probe, and it took a goal-saving tackle from Richard Dunne to deny Kenwyne Jones six yards out just minutes after Milnerโ€™s strike.

But as the game drew to a close, Villaโ€™s assuredness grew ever stronger, only aided by Canaโ€™s dismissal for a second booking - the first for a lunge on Agbonlahor, the second a similarly reckless foul on Milner.

The only measure of comfort Sunderland fans could draw on the final whistle was the return to action of key midfielder Lee Cattermole after a knee injury as a second-half substitute.

Villa, though, will look to build on this win when they host Stoke on Saturday as their fantastic start to the season goes from strength to strength.