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Game #5106

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Attendance: 46,716


Premier League

15th (-)

Manchester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

City of Manchester Stadium

Villa lose for the fifth time in six Premier League games to make it three wins in thirteen under Gรฉrard Houllier as they remain 15th in the table with the unpopular boss admitting Villa are in a relegation fight as that was an entirely normal experience for a club that had finished sixth for three successive seasons.

State of Abu Dhabi


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov can't stop Villa falling to a fifth Premier League defeat in six under Gรฉrard Houllier that leaves them with three wins in thirteen, Tuesday, 28 December 2010.




๐Ÿฅ… | 8โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City, pen), Mario Balotelli
๐Ÿฅ… | 13โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester City), Joleon Lescott
๐ŸŸจ | 18โ€™ Booking, Stephen Warnock
๐Ÿฅ… | 27โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester City), Mario Balotelli
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester City 0-3 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 55โ€™ Goal, 0-4, (Manchester City, pen), Mario Balotelli
๐Ÿ” | 55โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ” | 56โ€™ Sub off, Marc Albrighton, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐ŸŸจ | 70โ€™ Booking, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Robert Pirรจs
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester City 0-4 Aston Villa


Something needed to change and fast, Villa were in total free-fall under Gรฉrard Houllier and there were absolutely no positives to take from his first 17 games in charge.

Even the much derided David O'Leary had bled youngsters of quality, whilst the insipid Graham Taylor reign had seen the average age of the squad slashed.

For Houllier though there was no such context and although the season had only just reached its half way stage, on current form, relegation looked inevitable under Houllier.

With only James Milner the difference, after 19 games in 2009-10, Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s Villa sat joint third with 35 points. In contrast Houllier had taken Villa to 15th on 20 points.

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: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #17 |
Tuesday, 28 December 2010


Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-4
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 21 Nov 10, Villa 0-2 Blackburn (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Dean Mohareb, Mick McDonough



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester City


Michael Oliver


Stiliyan Petrov (first start in 12 after injury), Nigel Reo-Coker (first start in 9 after injury) and Barry Bannan replace Jonathan Hogg, Emile Heskey and Fabian Delph.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.15 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.64 |

Youngest Player |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 21.09 |



Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Roberto Mancini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Manchester City

GK Joe Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Vincent Kompany | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
RB Pablo Zabaleta | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M David Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Patrick Vieira | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Nigel de Jong | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Yaya Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Adam Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Mario Balotelli | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 55โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M David Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M James Milner (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Nigel de Jong | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (LB Wayne Bridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Yaya Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | (CF Jรด | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Jรฉrรดme Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gareth Barry (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Carlos Tevez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |


1st XI: ยฃ56.43m
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: 4/11

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 : 10/18
Homegrown: 8/18



Team Cost: ยฃ196.97m

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 : 4/11

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 : 7/18



Injury | 4 |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 4 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester


Not Reported

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 | 38%
Possession A | 62%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 14


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"Yes we are definitely [in a relegation fight], we were before the game and we are now.

"The way to look at it is there's a drop zone behind and we're very near, so we are in a fight for that. I acknowledge that.โ€ Gรฉrard Houllier.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Mario Balotelli scored a hat-trick as Manchester City secured an emphatic victory over out-of-form Aston Villa.

Balotelli struck from the penalty spot after Eric Lichaj had fouled him before Joleon Lescott headed in Cityโ€™s second.

Balotelli tapped in a rebound before scoring with a second spot-kick after Marc Albrighton tripped Adam Johnson.

The win temporarily put City top of the Premier League but they slipped back to second after Manchester United drew 1-1 at Birmingham in Tuesdayโ€™s late game.

But, nonetheless, it is proving to be a happy Christmas for City, who won comfortably at Newcastle on Boxing Day and increasingly look like serious title contenders.

Perhaps, most pleasing of all for manager Roberto Mancini was the hat-trick by former Inter Milan forward Balotelli, who has reportedly been feeling homesick.

The 20-year-old Italian had only mustered two Premier League goals prior to Tuesdayโ€™s contest but he showed that he can provide a potent alternative to Carlos Tevez, who was on the bench as he rested a sore hamstring, in the lone striker role.

Manciniโ€™s team have lost only one of their last 10 league matches and can look forward to their home fixture against Blackpool on New Yearโ€™s Day with confidence.

However, the problems continue to mount for Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier, whose team have won only two of their last 13 Premier League matches.

Their next fixture is against Chelsea, another out-of-form side, at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

Villa were always struggling after City scored twice in the opening 13 minutes.

Balotelli had not previously scored in the league at Eastlands but found the net after only eight minutes with a clever penalty after he had been clumsily dragged to the ground by Lichaj. The Italian paused in his approach to the ball and waited for Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel to commit himself before slotting home.

The return of Balotelli was one of five changes to the City side and it was Lescott, another of the recalled players, who struck next.

The defender climbed majestically at the near post to convert Johnsonโ€™s corner. Barry Bannan made a valiant effort to head the ball clear but it was adjudged to have crossed the line.

David Silva was in sparkling form, orchestrating play in front of the Villa defence, and the Spaniard dazzled the opposition defence with a weaving run into their penalty area.

His subsequent low curling strike was parried by Friedel but the American was powerless to prevent Balotelli slotting home from inside the six-yard box.

Silva went close again before the break after collecting a square pass from Johnson but his strike took a wicked deflection and narrowly missed the goal with Friedel stranded.

There had been precious little encouragement for Houllier as he watched from the sidelines but his team did come close to a goal before the interval.

City keeper Joe Hart did well to parry a strike from Albrighton and Lescott made a brilliant last-ditch clearance to prevent Nigel Reo-Coker converting the rebound.

The visitors looked bright at the start of the second half but any faint hopes of a sensational comeback were ended abruptly when Albrighton clumsily fouled Johnson and Balotelli completed his hat-trick with another superb penalty.

Houllier tried to inject fresh impetus by bringing on Fabian Delph and Nathan Delfouneso but it was the home side who continued to look the most dangerous.

City substitute Jo should have converted a flick-on from the imperious Vincent Kompany but he shot wastefully wide from six yards.

Villa did have one final chance late in the contest but Hart saved Lichajโ€™s crisp strike superbly.