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Game #5117

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Attendance: 34,309

Won

Premier League

12th (+4)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa score more than two goals in a game for only the third time in twenty eight games under Gรฉrard Houllier and record just their sixth win in twenty two Premier League games.

Aston Villa

4-1

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | Ashley Young | 64โ€™ | Stewart Downing | 82โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Ashley Young celebrates his brace as Villa win for the sixth time in twenty one Premier League games under Gรฉrard Houllier, Saturday, 26 February 2011.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ” | 36โ€™ Sub off, Nathan Baker, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
โšฝ | 49โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ashley Young (pen)
โšฝ | 62โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Own Goal, Grant Hanley
โšฝ | 64โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Stewart Downing, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Robert Pirรจs, Sub on, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿฅ… | 81โ€™ Goal, 3-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Nikola Kaliniฤ‡
โšฝ | 82โ€™ Goal, 4-1, Ashley Young, Assist by Stewart Downing
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Darren Bent, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐ŸŸฅ | 90โ€™+3 Sending off, (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Nelsen
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Gรฉrard Houllier's Villa win for the first time in four and climb to 12th - their highest position since November however a curious incident happened on 76' when club captain Stiliyan Petrov refused the armband following his arrival as substitute. It was probably nothing but in the atmosphere Houllier had created any detail was being looked for to try and fathom the off-field dynamic.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Game | #28 |
Manager Game | #28 |
Saturday, 26 February 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-1
FT Result:๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 26 Dec 10, Villa 1-2, Tottenham (h) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Glenn Turner, Gary Beswick

CARDS

Villa

None

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Robert Pirรจs, Marc Albrighton and Nathan Baker replace Carlos Cuรฉllar, Jean Makoun and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.11 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.81 |

Youngest Player |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.86 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Steve Kean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Martin Olsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ryan Nelsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Grant Hanley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Mรญchel Salgado | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Jermaine Jones | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Vince Grella | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Keith Andrews | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Roque Santa Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 36โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | for M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Vince Grella | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | (CF Nikola Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Keith Andrews | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Roque Santa Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ | (CF Jason Roberts | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Michael Bradley | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gael Givet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Benjani | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
CF Mame Biram Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ62.55m
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: 3/11

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: 5/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ21.85m

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 : 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Suspension | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 8 |
CB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Sheffield United
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hull
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | Watford
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Stoke
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wednesday
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Newcastle
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Leeds

UNAVAILABLE

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

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 | 59%
Possession A | 41%
Shots F | 17
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 4
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œAshley [Young] is an inspiring leader when he is on the pitch.

โ€œI know the captain is Stiliyan when he plays but, when he is not playing, Ashley is a leader because of the efforts he puts in.

โ€œAs the game goes on, his efficiency and work-rate goes on as well and does not diminish.

โ€œI like him [Young] to play in that position to be fair.

โ€œHe can be a real specialist.

โ€œHe can be a striker and he can also be a link between the midfield and the attack.

โ€œI think some people may have been disappointed with the first half.

โ€œI was not and I told the players to keep their heads up, keep believing in what we were doing.

โ€œWe had to put more tempo, which we did in the second half. I said keep passing and moving once we get in the final third and eventually we would find a solution and that paid off.

โ€œMore than the result, was the quality of the play. We made some mistakes but I want the team to play that way with confidence and to me, it has got to be entertaining.โ€

โ€œThe game Robert [Pirรจs] played against Blackburn in the FA Cup gave him match fitness and confidence.

โ€œIn training he has been good, nearly scoring and making goals, so I thought he would bring something.

โ€œIt was his best game for Villa. He was more confident at taking the ball.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 26 February 2011

*A vibrant Aston Villa eased their Premier League relegation worries with an emphatic win over Blackburn Rovers.*

Ashley Youngโ€™s penalty put Villa ahead after a Keith Andrews foul.

Marc Albrightonโ€™s low cross went in off Rovers defender Grant Hanley before Stewart Downing raced clear and guided in a shot to put the home side 3-0 up.

Nikola Kalinicโ€™s deflected shot looped into the Villa net but Young fired in to reassert his sideโ€™s advantage before Ryan Nelsen was sent off for Rovers.

At one point the โ€œOleโ€™sโ€ rang round Villa Park as the home side dominated and produced some eye-catching football with England manager Fabio Capello watching from the stands.

Capello had opted to cast his eye over a number of Villaโ€™s English contingent and was not left disappointed.

Darren Bent, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Kyle Walker were all in Capelloโ€™s last squad and each played a vital part as they moved the Midlands outfit a step closer to top-flight safety, leapfrogging Rovers in the process.

Winger Albrighton will also have impressed the Italian as he epitomised the exuberance and energy which overwhelmed a Blackburn side with only retired England international Paul Robinson of fleeting interest to Capello.

This was the ninth meeting between these two sides since the start of last season, with Villa having won the five games in cup competitions and Rovers the three league fixtures.

With the benefit of familiarity, Rovers deployed a defensive formation in the hope of containing Villa and catching their rivals out with a set piece or counter attack.

But it proved a flawed strategy as Villa gradually got in their groove and eased to the three points, with 37-year-old Robert Pires providing a touch of elegance to proceedings.

The former French international was involved in some clever interplay with Bent, who went down after appearing to be caught as he tried to turn Hanley, only for referee Martin Atkinson to wave away any penalty appeals.

But, after Nelsen headed over for Rovers, Villa continued to press and Pires had a well-struck shot fended away by the increasingly busy Robinson.

The Rovers keeper had to keep out a long-range Walker strike, with Young ballooning the rebound high.

Bent might have done better when he was inadvertently played in on goal courtesy of a Morten Gamst Pedersen back pass but, rather than taking a first-time shot, the Villa striker tried to cut inside and was foiled by Nelsen.

Villaโ€™s failure to take their chances almost cost them at the start of the second half when Roque Santa Cruz dispossessed Villa centre-back Richard Dunne and played in Jermaine Jones, whose shot was saved by Brad Friedel.

However, Rovers midfielder Andrews helped Villa take the lead from which the home side never looked back.

Andrews responded to being robbed of the ball by Young by hauling his rival down and the Villa player picked himself up to score from the spot.

The goal gave the home side added impetus and they added to their lead when a spell of concerted pressure ended when Albrightonโ€™s low cross was diverted into his own net by Hanley.

Rovers boss Steve Kean brought on strikers Jason Roberts and Kalinic and, although the latter managed to get a consolation goal, Rovers never looked like turning the tide.

Instead, Downing raced in from the right and curled home a shot before setting up Young to steer in a strike either side of Kalinicโ€™s effort as Villa threatened to win even more convincingly.

Roversโ€™ misery was complete when their captain Nelsen, who played at the end of a worrying week following the earthquake in his hometown of Christchurch, was sent-off for a second yellow after hauling down Young.

*Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier praised the leadership qualities of Ashley Young after his sideโ€™s 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.*

The 25-year-old midfielder scored twice after being made stand-in captain with Stiliyan Petrov on the bench.

โ€œAshley is an inspiring leader when he is on the pitch,โ€ said Houllier.

โ€œI know the captain is Stiliyan when he plays but, when he is not playing, Ashley is a leader because of the efforts he puts in.โ€

He added: โ€œAs the game goes on, his efficiency and work-rate goes on as well and does not diminish.โ€

The display of Young, who kept the armband after Petrov declined it when he came on as a late substitute, will have impressed watching England manager Fabio Capello as the 25-year-old operated in an advanced role between midfield and attack.

โ€œI like him [Young] to play in that position to be fair,โ€ said Houllier. โ€œHe can be a real specialist.

โ€œHe can be a striker and he can also be a link between the midfield and the attack.โ€

Young opened the scoring with a penalty having been fouled by Keith Andrews before Villa winger Marc Albrightonโ€™s cross went in off Rovers defender Grant Hanley for the home sideโ€™s second.

Stewart Downing added to Villaโ€™s lead and, despite Nikola Kalinic pulling one back for Blackburn, Young slotted in to complete a convincing victory which gave the Midlands side some breathing space from the relegation zone.

โ€œI think some people may have been disappointed with the first half,โ€ said Houllier.

โ€œI was not and I told the players to keep their heads up, keep believing in what we were doing.

โ€œWe had to put more tempo, which we did in the second half. I said keep passing and moving once we get in the final third and eventually we would find a solution and that paid off.

โ€œMore than the result, was the quality of the play. We made some mistakes but I want the team to play that way with confidence and to me, it has got to be entertaining.โ€

Houllier also reserved praise for veteran midfielder Robert Pires as he played his first game since the FA Cup win over Blackburn on 29 January.

โ€œThe game Robert played against Blackburn in the FA Cup gave him match fitness and confidence,โ€ said Houllier.

โ€œIn training he has been good, nearly scoring and making goals, so I thought he would bring something.

โ€œIt was his best game for Villa. He was more confident at taking the ball.โ€