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Game #5069

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Attendance: 23,175

Won

FA Cup Quarter Final

Quarter Final

Reading

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Madejski Stadium

Villa launch a thrilling comeback as a League Cup hangover threatens to derail their FA Cup journey,

Reading

2-4

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Carlos Cuรฉllar | 47โ€™ | Stewart Downing | 51โ€™ | Stephen Warnock | 57โ€™ |

KEY MAN

John Carew celebrates his second on the way to his hat-trick as Villa see off Reading in the FA Cup Quarter Final with a second half onslaught, Sunday, 7 March 2010.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 25โ€™ Booking, Richard Dunne
โšฝ | 27โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Reading), Shane Long
๐ŸŸจ | 40โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
โšฝ | 42โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Reading), Shane Long
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Reading 2-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 47โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Ashley Young, Assist by Carlos Cuรฉllar
๐ŸŸจ | 48โ€™ Booking, James Collins
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 2-2, John Carew, Assist by Stewart Downing
โšฝ | 57โ€™ Goal, 3-2, John Carew, Assist by Stephen Warnock
๐ŸŸจ | 84โ€™ Booking, James Milner
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+1 Sub off, Stewart Downing, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
โšฝ | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 4-2, John Carew (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Reading 2-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

John Carew's hat-trick secured a swift return to Wembley and meant Villa had just one defeat in fourteen games since the turn of the year.

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

Reading

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Reading

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #39 |
Manager Game | #177 |
Sunday, 7 March 2010

MATCH SUMMARY

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: 1.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 5 Oct 09, Villa 1-1 Abu Dhabi (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Beck, Dave Bryan

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Reading

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean

TEAM NEWS

John Carew replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.14 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.83 |

Youngest Player |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 24.19 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Brian McDermott | 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 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ |

Reading

GK Adam Federici | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Ryan Bertrand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Matt Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB รvar Ingimarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Andy Griffin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jay Tabb | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gylfi Sigurรฐsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Brian Howard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jimmy Kรฉbรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Shane Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Simon Church | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 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 | 90โ€™+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Brian Howard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Brynjar Gunnarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Simon Church | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (CF Grzegorz Rasiak | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
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 Ben Hamer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alex Pearce | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M James Henry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marek Matฤ›jovskรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CF Hal Robson-Kanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 0/11

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 : 11/18
Homegrown: 2/18

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 : 5/11

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 : 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 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 | 52%
Possession A | 48%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a great spell by us just after half-time. The team showed such great character.

โ€œWe needed to do something because we had played so meekly in the first half.

โ€œI didnโ€™t need to say much at half-time because we have some fine players and they knew how second best we were in the first half.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 7 March 2010

*Aston Villa produced a remarkable second-half comeback as John Carewโ€™s hat-trick eased the pain of their Carling Cup defeat to Manchester United by sealing a swift return to Wembley and an FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.*

Championship strugglers Reading had looked on course for another FA Cup shock as two Shane Long goals carved out a 2-0 half-time lead for the home side, who outplayed their more illustrious rivals in a superb first-half display.

But Villa responded with three goals in 10 minutes early in the second half, Ashley Young starting the fightback before Carew took over in devastating fashion.

The win ended Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s bizarre statistic of never having won a game in March with Villa since he took over from David Oโ€™Leary in 2006.

Oโ€™Neill was clearly intent on breaking his mad March duck as he fielded his strongest possible side against the only non-Premier League side still in the competition.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was the only notable absentee as he recovers from a stomach virus and Oโ€™Neill must have started to have a similar uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach as his side made an uncertain start.

Brian McDermottโ€™s side played with the confidence earned from a cup run that has already been decorated by the Premier League scalps of Liverpool and Burnley, as well as Championship high-fliers West Bromwich Albion.

Jimmy Kebe, in particular, looked lively for the Royals and, against a side boasting one of the finest collections of wing talent in English football, the Mali wide man looked determined to steal the show.

Kebe had the ball in the net early on when he lashed home after Matt Millsโ€™ bundled effort had finally fallen at his feet, but Deinโ€™s whistle had already sounded for a push by Simon Church.

Stilian Petrov lashed long range shot just too high and wide and Kebe turned defender as he headed behind to prevent the waiting Stewart Downing benefitting from a deep Milner centre.

But that was Villaโ€™s best spell in a first half dominated by Reading, who deservedly went ahead on 27 minutes. From a Brian Howard corner, Mills rose highest to flick on for Long to escape into space and nod home from close range.

Carew looked to have swiftly replied when he swept home Milnerโ€™s chipped free-kick but the goal was ruled out for offside - although replays suggested he was not.

The momentum was clearly with Reading, and it took a vital block from Dunne to prevent Villa falling further behind when Sigurdsson started and finished a flowing Reading move involving Church and Long.

But the home side did extend their advantage minutes later as Sigurdsson carved open the Villa defence with a perfectly weighted pass and Kebe sprinted clear before cutting the ball back for Long to slide home.

Oโ€™Neill clearly needed to get to work at half-time and although he resisted any personnel changes, he sent Villa out early for the second half with a clear challenge to improve or forget about a Wembley return.

Reading knew the opening exchanges of the second half were crucial, but no-one could have predicted the devastating turnaround that was about to unfold.

Young completely changed the momentum with a goal only 82 seconds after the restart. Ryan Bertrandโ€™s sliced clearance allowed
Downing to cut the ball back towards Carlos Cuellar, and though he failed to make contact Young reacted quickest to ram home at the far post.

Seven minutes into the second half Villa produced the kind of football most had been expecting from them, Downingโ€™s right-wing cross finding Carew for an easy headed finish past Federici.

And the clinical turnaround was complete five minutes later, Young feeding the overlapping Warnock who pulled the ball back for Carew to escape Ivar Ingimarsson and apply a measured finish.

Villaโ€™s response meant there was a feeling of how many more they would score against a deflated Reading, but the home side responded bravely to the devastating spell.

Ingimarsson had a header nodded off the line by the alert Young and substitute Grzegorz Rasiak saw his header fumbled by Friedel before being hacked clear.

Heskey wasted the chance to put the tie beyond doubt when he was denied by Federici in a one-on-one, but Villaโ€™s comeback was sealed in stoppage time as Carew completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Ingimarsson.

*Reading boss Brian McDermott:*

โ€œIf you are going to lose a game, that is how you lose it.

โ€œWe played really well in the first half and knew if we could keep it tight for 15 minutes in the second half weโ€™d have a chance but that didnโ€™t happen.

โ€œBut I am proud of every single one of our players and it is just a shame we couldnโ€™t get through for our fans.โ€

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a great spell by us just after half-time. The team showed such great character.

โ€œWe needed to do something because we had played so meekly in the first half.

โ€œI didnโ€™t need to say much at half-time because we have some fine players and they knew how second best we were in the first half.โ€