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Game #5078

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Attendance: 16,523

Won

Premier League

6th (+1)

Portsmouth

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Fratton Park

Villa win for the second time in three Premier League games and extend their run to one defeat in fourteen.

Portsmouth

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Stephen Warnock | 16โ€™ | Emile Heskey | 82โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Nathan Delfouneso celebrates his first League goal to win it for Villa at Fratton Park, Sunday, 18 April 2010.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 9โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Portsmouth), Michael Brown
โšฝ | 16โ€™ Goal, 1-1, John Carew, Assist by Stephen Warnock
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 40โ€™ Missed Penalty, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Portsmouth 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
โšฝ | 82โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Nathan Delfouneso, Assist by Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Portsmouth 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa grab their second win in three unbeaten games and now have just one defeat in the last fourteen Premier League matches as they climb back to 6th in the table.

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

Portsmouth

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 2007-08

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #48 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #186 |
Sunday, 18 April 2010

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 27 Jan 10, Villa 0-0 Arsenal (h)
Cards: None
Assistants: Trevor Massey, Bob Pollock

CARDS

Villa

None

Portsmouth

None

TEAM NEWS

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.46 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.95 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.53 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MANAGER

Avram Grant | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Portsmouth

GK David James (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Lennard Sowah | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Aaron Mokoena | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Anthony Vanden Borre | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Papa Bouba Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Kevin-Prince Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hassan Yebda | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Papa Bouba Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (W Matt Ritchie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Kevin-Prince Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | (RB Joel Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Tommy Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jamie Ashdown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marlon Pack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Nadir ร‡iftรงi | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |

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: 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 : 10/18
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 : 7/17

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | 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 | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 5

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIโ€™m delighted for Nathan (Delfouneso). Iโ€™ve been saying this for some considerable time, but heโ€™s going to be a proper player and if he keeps his feet on the ground, heโ€™s got a real proper chance.

โ€œNow, to give ourselves any chance (of finishing fourth) we have to win all our games. Today would have been disappointing, considering the amount of possession we had away from home, not to have taken all three points.

โ€œIโ€™m delighted weโ€™ve done that and we go to Hull on Wednesday and weโ€™re still full of hope.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 18 April 2010

*Nathan Delfouneso came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal and keep Aston Villaโ€™s faint hopes of a top-four finish alive at Portsmouth.*

It was no more than Villa deserved, the young striker prodding home on 82 minutes from Emile Heskeyโ€™s flick-on.

But it was still a little harsh on the hosts after another brave display, kick-started by Michael Brownโ€™s curler.

John Carew drilled the leveller but also missed a penalty among a glut of chances, before Villa snatched victory.

And it could prove a crucial intervention from 19-year-old Delfouneso, his winner pushing Villa up to sixth spot, two points ahead of Liverpool, four behind Manchester City and six off fourth-placed Tottenham.

Tottenhamโ€™s defeat of Chelsea on Saturday had prompted manager Martin Oโ€™Neill to reason before kick-off that his Villa side needed to win all of their last five games to have a chance of grabbing the final Champions League spot.

And despite a mixture of good goalkeeping, poor finishing and some strange decisions from referee Lee Probert, the visitors eventually secured a potentially priceless three points with four matches left in their season.

Portsmouth played their part in an entertaining and remarkably open tie, though.

Boosted by the return of a number of first-teamers, the hosts played with enviable freedom on the counter attack, while Villa pushed and probed with width and pace throughout.

As a result, chances for both sides were aplenty.

Villa keeper Brad Friedel did well to deny Kevin-Prince Boatengโ€™s snap-shot early on, Kanu seeing his follow-up blocked, while the
American also tipped a Boateng free-kick wide and charged down John Utaka well to deny the Nigerian through on goal.

He could do little about Portsmouthโ€™s opener, though, Boateng cleverly stepping over Anthony Vanden Borreโ€™s cross and Brown curling a fine shot into the far corner for his first goal for the club.

At the other end, Carew somehow fired straight at James with the goal gaping, while Marc Wilson was lucky to see his attempted clearance from Ashley Youngโ€™s cross rebound back off the post.

And between those two chances, Villa deservedly drew level. Carew was the goalscorer to make amends for his earlier miss, the Norwegian - onside - dashing onto Stephen Warnockโ€™s ball over the top, turning inside Wilson and thrashing into the roof of the net.

Probert, the same official that denied Bolton two strong penalty appeals against Chelsea in midweek, then took centre stage.

First he waved away Portsmouthโ€™s shouts for a spot-kick when Richard Dunne looked to have felled Boateng clumsily in the box, and then bizarrely did likewise to Villaโ€™s appeals despite Vanden Borre clearly hauling Agbonlahor to the ground in the home penalty area.

He finally gave in on 40 minutes after Papa Bouba Diop tripped Carew, but James responded with a smart save from the strikerโ€™s penalty.

It did not dent Villaโ€™s ambition after the break, though, as the visitors continued to create chance after chance.

Agbonlahor will kick himself for heading straight at James from six yards out from Youngโ€™s fine cross, while James Collins headed over unmarked soon after and Milner saw a long-ranger beaten away by the keeper.

And there were two further penalty appeals waved away as well, firstly when Young appeared to be tripped by Vanden Borre and the second when Stylian Petrov went over Jamesโ€™s sprawling challenge in the box.

For all their pressure, though, it looked like Villa would have to settle for a point and possibly downgrade their ambitions of a top-six finish as well as the minutes ticked down with Portsmouth looking increasingly comfortable.

But Delfouneso had other ideas, the youngster taking only two minutes to fire home the winner after fellow substitute Heskey had flicked on Milnerโ€™s cross.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIโ€™m delighted for Nathan (Delfouneso). Iโ€™ve been saying this for some considerable time, but heโ€™s going to be a proper player and if he keeps his feet on the ground, heโ€™s got a real proper chance.

โ€œNow, to give ourselves any chance (of finishing fourth) we have to win all our games. Today would have been disappointing, considering the amount of possession we had away from home, not to have taken all three points.

โ€œIโ€™m delighted weโ€™ve done that and we go to Hull on Wednesday and weโ€™re still full of hope.โ€