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Game #5059

Aston Villa

Won

Semi Final

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

League Cup

Blackburn Rovers

Villa Park

Attendance: 40,406

Aston Villa

6-4

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | Ashley Young | 30' | James Milner | 58' | 62' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win a thrilling but horribly disjointed match as individual brilliance masks poor game management to send Villa through to their eighth League Cup final.

KEY MAN

James Milner celebrates his penalty, one of ten goals in the match that saw Villa through to the League Cup final, Wednesday, 20 January 2010.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

🥅 | 10’ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Nikola Kalinić
🟨 | 26’ Booking, James Milner
🥅 | 26’ Goal, 0-2, (Blackburn Rovers), Nikola Kalinić
⚽ | 30’ Goal, 1-2, Stephen Warnock, Assist by Ashley Young
🟥 | 39’ Sending off, (Blackburn Rovers), Christopher Samba
⚽ | 40’ Goal, 2-2, James Milner (pen)
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 2-2 Blackburn Rovers
⚽ | 53’ Goal, 3-2, Own Goal, Steven N’Zonzi
⚽ | 58’ Goal, 4-2, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by James Milner
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Emile Heskey
⚽ | 62’ Goal, 5-2, Emile Heskey, Assist by James Milner
🥅 | 63’ Goal, 5-3, (Blackburn Rovers), Martin Olsson
🥅 | 84’ Goal, 5-4, (Blackburn Rovers), Brett Emerton
🔁 | 86’ Sub off, Stewart Downing, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
⚽ | 90’+3 Goal, 6-4, Ashley Young
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 6-4 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Three games in quick succession against Blackburn and two wins under their belt already but Villa almost threw it away in the third instalment. For all the excitement and ultimate glory, basic, fundamental mistakes and poor team play saw Villa two down and behind on aggregate in 26 minutes only for a sending off (of future Villa defender Chris Samba) to bring Villa back into the game. Still though Villa allowed the game to slip, reaching a thrilling 5-4 scoreline before individual play rather than team solidity and execution brought Villa a 6-4 win, 7-4 on aggregate to send them through to their eighth League Cup Final and their first since winning the competition for the fifth time in 1996.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #29 |
Manager Game | #167 |
Wednesday, 20 January 2010

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: 🟨 2-2
FT Score: 🟩 6-4
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 167 | 🟩 | 70 🟨 | 52 🟥 45 | 1.57

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Riding, 2003-2022
Matches Officiated: 18
🟩 : 7
🟨 : 4
🟥 : 7
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 12 Dec 09, Villa 1-0 United (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Ron Ganfield, Philip Sharp

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨

Blackburn Rovers

🟥 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Brad Guzan replaces Brad Friedel.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.16 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 32.05 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 23.29 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
CB James Collins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | ⚽ |
W Stewart Downing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | ⚽ | 🔥 | 🔥 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | ⚽ |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Sam Allardyce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Blackburn Rovers

GK Paul Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Pascal Chimbonda | 🇬🇵 |
CB Christopher Samba | 🇨🇬 | 🟥 |
CB Gaël Givet | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
CB Ryan Nelsen | 🇳🇿 |
LB Martin Olsson | 🇸🇪 | ⚽ |
M David Dunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Morten Gamst Pedersen | 🇳🇴 |
M Steven N’Zonzi | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Brett Emerton | 🇦🇺 | ⚽ |
CF Nikola Kalinić | 🇭🇷 | ⚽ | ⚽ | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Steve Sidwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Stewart Downing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 86’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M David Dunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Benni McCarthy | 🇿🇦 |)
🔁 | M Steven N’Zonzi | 🇫🇷 | (RB Steven Reid | 🇮🇪 |)
🔁 | CF Nikola Kalinić | 🇭🇷 | (CF Franco Di Santo | 🇦🇷 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
RB Habib Bèye | 🇸🇳 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Fabian Delph | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jason Brown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Míchel Salgado | 🇪🇸 |
M Keith Andrews | 🇮🇪 |
W Junior Hoilett | 🇨🇦 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/18
Homegrown: 3/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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


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

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 54%
Possession A | 46%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

“I’m absolutely delighted for the players. We conceded a couple of really soft goals, but came roaring back into the game,” he said. “We thought if we could get one or two it might be enough. As it was we scored six and still weren’t sure! “It was on a knife-edge when they scored the second goal.” Martin O’Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 20 January 2010

*Aston Villa battled back from a 30-minute horror show to reach the Carling Cup final after an extraordinary last-four, second leg with 10-man Blackburn.* Villa, 1-0 first-leg winners, were behind to a Nikola Kalinic brace before Stephen Warnock powered the ball home. James Milner’s penalty when Christopher Samba saw red, a Steven Nzonzi own goal, a touch by Gabriel Agbonlahor and an Emile Heskey strike seemed enough. Martin Olsson and Brett Emerton gave Rovers hope before Ashley Young scored. Villa manager Martin O’Neill reached the League Cup final three times in four years when in charge at Leicester City but the presumption he would be heading to Wembley on 28 February was tested early on. The visitors gave warning of their aerial threat when Morten Gamst Pedersen’s flighted corner was tipped away by Brad Guzan with Samba lurking menacingly. The goalkeeper, who has started all of Villa’s cup ties this season, looked even more uncertain as the visitors took the lead. David Dunn’s corner tempted the American into an ill-advised attempt to punch the ball and Kalinic, who hit the post twice in the first leg, comfortably outmuscled Warnock to nod home. Four of Kalinic’s five goals since arriving at Ewood Park in the summer have now been in the League Cup and he forced James Collins into a lunging block after wriggling free down the left. The Croatian then started and finished the move that put his side ahead for the first time in the tie. After laying the ball into the path of Pedersen, Kalinic continued his run into the box and was on hand to tap home after Guzan had done well to push away Olsson’s header. Villa needed an immediate response to lift their fans and Warnock provided it inside four minutes, ruthlessly dispatching a finish after Ashley Young’s cross cleared a tumbling Ryan Nelsen. Blackburn felt that Nelson had been pushed by Agbonlahor before the ball made its way to Warnock, but referee Martin Atkinson allowed the goal to stand. The momentum was with O’Neill’s side and the match swung decisively the hosts’ way as Agbonlahor’s pace took him clear of Samba in the race for a long ball over the top. The defender’s desperate sliding challenge only succeeded in earning him a straight red card and conceding a spot-kick. Milner confidently converted the penalty once Atkinson had waved away protests from Blackburn’s players. With Carlos Cuellar and Warnock pushing forward, Villa soon had the depleted Blackburn rearguard stretched. Samba’s absence was notable as his team-mates failed to deal with Downing’s inswinging corner and N’Zonzi put the ball into his own net just before Richard Dunne could. Five minutes later, Milner’s fierce shot deflected off the arm of the cowering Agbonlahor to beat Robinson’s dive and prompt the unfurling of the free flags distributed to the home supporters. When Heskey was slipped in by Milner’s cute pass and rounded Robinson to score, it appeared the tie would then turn into a procession but Olsson’s strike kept the encounter competitive. The young Swede flung himself into the air to send a spectacular overhead volley past Guzan before loudly exhorting more of the same from his side. Robinson made superb saves from Heskey and Agbonlahor before Emerton’s apparently harmless volley found its way past Guzan to breathe life into Blackburn’s faint hopes with six minutes remaining. However, the required onslaught never came and Young curled a finish past the outstretched Robinson to put Villa into their first final since the 2000 FA Cup.

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