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Game #5081

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Attendance: 47,102


Premier League

6th (-1)

Manchester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

City of Manchester Stadium

Villa lose for only the second time in 2010 and second in sixteen Premier League games as they are beaten by big-spending rivals for the Champions League spot Manchester City.

State of Abu Dhabi


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Stewart Downing | 16โ€™ |


Villa contemplate a third successive sixth placed finish, Saturday, 1 May 2010.




โšฝ | 16โ€™ Goal, 1-0, John Carew, Assist by Stewart Downing
๐Ÿฅ… | 41โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester City, pen), Carlos Tรฉvez
๐Ÿฅ… | 43โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester City), Emmanuel Adebayor
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™+1 Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester City 2-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Warnock, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 1-3, (Manchester City), Craig Bellamy
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+1 Booking, James Collins
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester City 3-1 Aston Villa


Villa suffer their first defeat in six Premier League games and are leapfrogged by insane spending Manchester City with a game left to play.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1975-76


Manchester City

Previous 5 vs. Abu Dhabi: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #51 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #189 |
Saturday, 1 May 2010


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 20 Mar 10, Villa 2-2 Wolves (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Halliday, Michael Murphy



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester City


Mark Clattenburg


Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the fifth successive game for the first time this season and the first time since May 2008.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.50 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.98 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.56 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Roberto Mancini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

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

Manchester City

GK Mรกrton Fรผlรถp | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Wayne Bridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Vincent Kompany | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Pablo Zabaleta | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Patrick Vieira | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Nigel de Jong | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Adam Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Carlos Tรฉvez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | (๐Ÿ” |
F Craig Bellamy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 74โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | W Adam Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Shaun Wright-Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Carlos Tรฉvez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


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


GK Gunnar Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Nedum Onuoha | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Javier Garrido | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Sylvinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Roque Santa Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ |


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

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



Abu Dhabi, a team who have achieved just a single top eight finish in the 17 year history of the Premier League, and who are without a trophy since 1976, field 10 players with a combined cost of ยฃ137m, two of whom cost more than ยฃ26m, a further two costing more than ยฃ15m and another pair costing ยฃ10m.

Abu Dhabiโ€™s three goalscorers cost a total of ยฃ59m. Villa simply could not compete and this game, result and state of affairs would prove to have a major influence on the fortunes of the club over the succeeding decade.

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 : 3/11

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 : 6/18



Injury | 2 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 49%
Possession A | 51%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 6


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"I thought we played very well in the game, got in front and nearly went 2-0 ahead.

"In the second half we applied a lot of pressure as Manchester City started to look a little nervous.

"We played exceptionally well and it has been a fantastic effort by the players all season."

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 1 May 2010

Jokes belong to the victors. Roberto Mancini has had some week, with his star player, Carlos Tรฉvez, grumbling about the intense training programme and increasing speculation as to whether either of them will be at the club next season. So when he was asked in the aftermath of this crucial win if Tรฉvez had been carrying a slight injury, he deadpanned: โ€œNo. Maybe he was tired from having to work twice in one day.โ€

The Italian had a right to be in playful mood. After this win, he knows that victory over Spurs at this ground on Wednesday, and the fourth-place finish that it should bring, will strengthen his hand immeasurably โ€” 90 minutes to determine his future. โ€œAll journalists ask me this question. I donโ€™t know. But it is not important to me now. It is important that the squad win the next game and get fourth position.โ€

In front of a watching Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman, Manchester City started promisingly, but Villa soon started cutting into them. In the 17th minute, James Milner took a free-kick quickly and with City stalled, Stewart Downing cut inside from the right wing, poking the ball in behind for John Carew, who, having cut across Kolo Tourรฉ, tucked the ball beneath Martin Fulop.

Mancini admitted the Hungarian goalkeeper, signed as emergency cover on loan from Sunderland, was โ€œso nervousโ€ during the first half but was happy with the way his confidence grew after that shaky start. It took him two efforts to subdue a tame Milner shot while he was relieved to see Downingโ€™s crisp shot fizz wide.

There was growing anxiety in the stands. As news filtered through that Spurs had gone a goal up against Bolton, it looked like Sheikh Mansour had spent an awful lot of money getting into the Europa League.

Then, in two explosive minutes, the game was turned on its head.

Adam Johnson, lively again, lured Stephen Warnock into a sliding tackle in the box and the Villa full-back duly complied. He was lucky not to have conceded a penalty earlier, when Tรฉvezโ€™s shot hit his outstretched arm. It was Tรฉvezโ€™s turn to be lucky with the penalty โ€” it went under Brad Friedelโ€™s dive with enough power to prevent the American stopping it.

Villa almost immediately retook the lead as Carew again outwitted Tourรฉ, rolling him in the box only for his shot to smash against the crossbar. City surged on the counter. Patrick Vieira rolled the ball in behind Downing for Johnson, who cut back on the byline, sending Downing flying past him.
He passed simply to Adebayor whose weak shot got through Friedelโ€™s desperate effort to keep it out.

In a manner typical of City since Mancini joined, they tried for most of the second half to consolidate their lead, ceding vast amounts of possession to Villa.

Frustratingly for Martin Oโ€™Neill, his side struggled to create the clear chances they needed, despite the intelligent promptings of Milner. Ashley Young sent in a volley of crosses and corners but with a little luck and a little judgment, Fulop and his defence kept Villa at bay.

City tried to hit Villa on the counter and actually had the best chances to score. With 25 minutes left, Bellamy cut back inside from the left corner and hit a curling shot that was heading for the top corner before a leaping Friedel flung out a hand to push it behind.

With Villa taking greater risks โ€” Warnock was replaced by Emile Heskey and James Collins pushed forward into a free role โ€” it was not surprising that they conceded the third. The manner in which it came was remarkable though.

Fulop collected a huge punt from Stiliyan Petrov and promptly flung the ball out to Shaun Wright-Phillips, halfway inside his own half on the left touchline. The City substitute spun round Collins and accelerated away into the Villa half. Carlos Cuรฉllar came sliding in but Wright-Phillips swerved away from him too, before rolling the ball across to Bellamy. The Welshman had time to curl the ball into the top corner.

Oโ€™Neill was world-weary and wry in the aftermath. He meets Randy Lerner next week to discuss the future and is not committing himself to any position until then. While he concedes to enjoying management โ€œin a perverse wayโ€ itโ€™s not a job he is about recommend.

โ€œI have told the players that if they can get a real career out of football, donโ€™t even think about it,โ€ he said. โ€œDonโ€™t think about management at all. Get a cushy coaching job. If I could come back in another life thatโ€™s the job I want. To be reserve team coach with Alex Ferguson at the helm. Then youโ€™re kind of safe.โ€