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Game #5059

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Won

Semi Final

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

League Cup Semi Final

Attendance: 40,406

Blackburn Rovers

Villa Park

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.

Aston Villa

6-4

Blackburn Rovers

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

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

๐Ÿฅ… | 10โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Nikola Kaliniฤ‡
๐ŸŸจ | 26โ€™ Booking, James Milner
๐Ÿฅ… | 26โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Blackburn Rovers), Nikola Kaliniฤ‡
โšฝ | 30โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Stephen Warnock, Assist by Ashley Young
๐ŸŸฅ | 39โ€™ Sending off, (Blackburn Rovers), Christopher Samba
โšฝ | 40โ€™ Goal, 2-2, James Milner (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-2 Blackburn Rovers
โšฝ | 53โ€™ Goal, 3-2, Own Goal, Steven Nโ€™Zonzi
โšฝ | 58โ€™ Goal, 4-2, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by James Milner
๐ŸŸจ | 61โ€™ Booking, Emile Heskey
โšฝ | 62โ€™ Goal, 5-2, Emile Heskey, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿฅ… | 63โ€™ Goal, 5-3, (Blackburn Rovers), Martin Olsson
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 5-4, (Blackburn Rovers), Brett Emerton
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Stewart Downing, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
โšฝ | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 6-4, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | 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: 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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 6-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 12 Dec 09, Villa 1-0 United (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Ron Ganfield, Philip Sharp

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Martin Atkinson

TEAM NEWS

Brad Guzan replaces Brad Friedel.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.16 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.05 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.29 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Sam Allardyce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Pascal Chimbonda | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ต |
CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Gaรซl Givet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ryan Nelsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB Martin Olsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | โšฝ |
CF Nikola Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Benni McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Steven Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Nikola Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Franco Di Santo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jason Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mรญchel Salgado | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Keith Andrews | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

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

UNAVAILABLE

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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

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

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIโ€™m absolutely delighted for the players. We conceded a couple of really soft goals, but came roaring back into the game,โ€ he said.

โ€œWe thought if we could get one or two it might be enough. As it was we scored six and still werenโ€™t sure!

โ€œIt was on a knife-edge when they scored the second goal.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*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 Milnerโ€™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 Oโ€™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 Pedersenโ€™s flighted corner was tipped away by Brad Guzan with Samba lurking menacingly.

The goalkeeper, who has started all of Villaโ€™s cup ties this season, looked even more uncertain as the visitors took the lead.

David Dunnโ€™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 Kalinicโ€™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 Olssonโ€™s header.

Villa needed an immediate response to lift their fans and Warnock provided it inside four minutes, ruthlessly dispatching a finish after Ashley Youngโ€™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 Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side and the match swung decisively the hostsโ€™ way as Agbonlahorโ€™s pace took him clear of Samba in the race for a long ball over the top.

The defenderโ€™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 Blackburnโ€™s players.

With Carlos Cuellar and Warnock pushing forward, Villa soon had the depleted Blackburn rearguard stretched.

Sambaโ€™s absence was notable as his team-mates failed to deal with Downingโ€™s inswinging corner and Nโ€™Zonzi put the ball into his own net just before Richard Dunne could.

Five minutes later, Milnerโ€™s fierce shot deflected off the arm of the cowering Agbonlahor to beat Robinsonโ€™s dive and prompt the unfurling of the free flags distributed to the home supporters.

When Heskey was slipped in by Milnerโ€™s cute pass and rounded Robinson to score, it appeared the tie would then turn into a procession but Olssonโ€™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 Emertonโ€™s apparently harmless volley found its way past Guzan to breathe life into Blackburnโ€™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.