Game #5077

2009-10

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Position:

6th (+2)

Premier League

Birmingham City

St Andrew's

Attendance: 25,196

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Villa make it five successive wins against neighbours Birmingham and win for the fourth consecutive game this season to climb to 6th in the League as their opponents sit level on points with third from bottom Hull.

Birmingham City

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Gabby Agbonlahor | 85’ |

Assist(s) | John Carew | 85’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5077

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #144 |
Sunday, 13 September 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Martin O’Neill |
KO | 12.00pm |
Referee | Howard Webb, South Yorkshire |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LWWWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard Webb
Assistants: Darren Cann, Peter Kirkup

MATCH INCIDENTS

Howard Webb

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Birmingham City

🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.59 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 38.35 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabby Agbonlahor | 22.93 |

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill hands debuts to Stephen Warnock, James Collins and Richard Dunne in a new-look defence as Habib Beye, Nicky Shorey and Ciaran Clark drop out.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 20
Fouls A | 10

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Robertson
Assistant Manager: Steve Walford

STARTING LINE UP

GK Brad Friedel |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB James Collins |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Nigel Reo-Coker |
M Steve Sidwell |
W James Milner |
W Ashley Young |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |

SUBSTITUTES

CF John Carew for M Nigel Reo-Coker | 71’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

RB Habib Beye
LB Nicky Shorey
M Fabian Delph
CF Emile Heskey
GK Brad Guzan
M Craig Gardner

THE OPPOSITION

Hart, Johnson, Queudrue, Parnaby, Bowyer, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Tainio, O’Connor (Benítez), McFadden (Carsley) (Phillips (ex)). Manager: Alex McLeish.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now won four consecutive games and their last five games against neighbours Birmingham City to climb to 6th in the early Premier League debut.

Although the victory belonged to a second goal in as many games for Gabby Agbonlahor, it was an impressive feat that Villa looked so composed as three of their back four made their debut:

Left back Stephen Warnock made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Blackburn Rovers for £8,100,000 in August 2009.

Centre back James Collins made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining from West Ham United for a fee of £5,130,000 earlier this month.

Centre back Richard Dunne made his Villa debut aged 30 after joining from Manchester City for a fee of £6,120,000 earlier this month.

Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates another derby day winner, Sunday, 13 September 2009.

Source: premierleague.com/match/6751

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Stephen Warnock, James Collins, Richard Dunne
HT Birmingham City 0-0 Aston Villa
52’ Booking, Steve Sidwell
66’ Booking, Gabby Agbonlahor
71’ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, John Carew
85’ Goal, 1-0, Gabby Agbonlahor, Assist by John Carew
FT Birmingham City 0-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“I said before I’m not sure there’s great enjoyment of or about the game but it’s nice to have won.

“It was a game of few chances. We played solidly and nicely without exerting a great deal of pressure.

“Gabriel Agbonlahor was absolutely terrific. His confidence is getting greater and greater with each game and the goals obviously help any centre forward."

Martin O’Neill.

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*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 13 September 2009

"Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a late winner as Aston Villa beat derby rivals Birmingham in a tight game."

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*Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a late winner as Aston Villa beat derby rivals Birmingham in a tight game.*

The England striker nodded in after John Carew had headed an Ashley Young free-kick towards him.

The goal settled a match of limited chances and quality, although it did belatedly set up an exciting finish.

Birmingham pushed for a leveller, but Agbonlahor should have added a second when he was clean through only to put his shot high.

The brief late drama was not in keeping with a game in which both defences had the upper hand for the most part.

And Birmingham fans will feel their side could have done more earlier as they adopted a similarly cautious approach to the game as Villa.

The St Andrew’s faithful certainly provided a vociferous atmosphere for their side as they tried to encourage them to avenge the 5-1 thrashing dished out by Villa the last time these two met.

And, although Birmingham showed plenty of intensity, Villa had a more controlled approach as they tried to keep the home side at arm’s length - hoping their extra quality would provide the breakthrough.

The strategy almost paid off during the first half but James Milner and Agbonlahor failed to take the chances which came Villa’s way.

Milner shot wide and sliced an effort horribly off target after a driven cross from Agbonlahor, who had a near post header diverted just wide by defender Roger Johnson.

Villa were playing with a new-look defence as central defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins made their debuts along with left-back Stephen Warnock.

Their first real test came when Garry O’Connor chested down a ball and had a shot blocked by Warnock, who quickly got himself up to get in front of Sebastian Larsson’s follow-up strike.

Lee Bowyer had a 20-yard shot saved and ex-Villa trainee Keith Fahey steered a shot just wide for the home side who suffered the loss of James McFadden because of a thigh injury.

Birmingham closed into their shell more the longer the game went on as Villa started to increase their threat on goal after big striker Carew entered the fray.

Steve Sidwell headed straight at Blues keeper Joe Hart before Milner again shot wide.

But any hopes Birmingham had of a battling point were quashed when Agbonlahor struck for Villa’s third league win on the bounce and saw them continue the away form which served them so well last season.

*Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill:*

“I said before I’m not sure there’s great enjoyment of or about the game but it’s nice to have won.

“It was a game of few chances. We played solidly and nicely without exerting a great deal of pressure.

“Gabriel Agbonlahor was absolutely terrific. His confidence is getting greater and greater with each game and the goals obviously help any centre forward."

*Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a late winner as Aston Villa beat derby rivals Birmingham in a tight game.*

The England striker nodded in after John Carew had headed an Ashley Young free-kick towards him.

The goal settled a match of limited chances and quality, although it did belatedly set up an exciting finish.

Birmingham pushed for a leveller, but Agbonlahor should have added a second when he was clean through only to put his shot high.

The brief late drama was not in keeping with a game in which both defences had the upper hand for the most part.

And Birmingham fans will feel their side could have done more earlier as they adopted a similarly cautious approach to the game as Villa.

The St Andrew’s faithful certainly provided a vociferous atmosphere for their side as they tried to encourage them to avenge the 5-1 thrashing dished out by Villa the last time these two met.

And, although Birmingham showed plenty of intensity, Villa had a more controlled approach as they tried to keep the home side at arm’s length - hoping their extra quality would provide the breakthrough.

The strategy almost paid off during the first half but James Milner and Agbonlahor failed to take the chances which came Villa’s way.

Milner shot wide and sliced an effort horribly off target after a driven cross from Agbonlahor, who had a near post header diverted just wide by defender Roger Johnson.

Villa were playing with a new-look defence as central defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins made their debuts along with left-back Stephen Warnock.

Their first real test came when Garry O’Connor chested down a ball and had a shot blocked by Warnock, who quickly got himself up to get in front of Sebastian Larsson’s follow-up strike.

Lee Bowyer had a 20-yard shot saved and ex-Villa trainee Keith Fahey steered a shot just wide for the home side who suffered the loss of James McFadden because of a thigh injury.

Birmingham closed into their shell more the longer the game went on as Villa started to increase their threat on goal after big striker Carew entered the fray.

Steve Sidwell headed straight at Blues keeper Joe Hart before Milner again shot wide.

But any hopes Birmingham had of a battling point were quashed when Agbonlahor struck for Villa’s third league win on the bounce and saw them continue the away form which served them so well last season.

*Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill:*

“I said before I’m not sure there’s great enjoyment of or about the game but it’s nice to have won.

“It was a game of few chances. We played solidly and nicely without exerting a great deal of pressure.

“Gabriel Agbonlahor was absolutely terrific. His confidence is getting greater and greater with each game and the goals obviously help any centre forward."