Game #5194

2011-12

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Position:

3rd Round

FA Cup 3rd Round

Bristol Rovers

Memorial Stadium

Attendance: 10,883

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Villa beat bottom of League Two Bristol Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.

Bristol Rovers

1-3

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Marc Albrighton | 35’ | Gabby Agbonlahor | 64’ | Ciaran Clark | 78’ |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #5194

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #25 |
Manager Game | #25 |
Saturday, 7 January 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 5.30pm |
Referee | Howard Webb, South Yorkshire |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 3-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LDWLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard Webb
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Mike Mullarkey

MATCH INCIDENTS

Howard Webb

Villa

None

Bristol Rovers

None

🟨 | 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
| 28.15 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | 34.01 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | 22.15 |

TEAM NEWS

Alan Hutton, Marc Albrighton and Emile Heskey replace Charles N'Zogbia, Gabby Agbonlahor and Carlos Cuéllar.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
D Eric Lichaj |
GK Shay Given |
M Chris Herd |
M Jermaine Jenas |

Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |
CB Shane Lowry | Millwall |
23 Nov 11 to 26 Jan 12 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | Leicester City |
1 Jan 12 to 1 Feb 12 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 60%
Possession A | 40%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 6

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Collins |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Ciaran Clark |
LB Stephen Warnock |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Stephen Ireland |
W Marc Albrighton |
F Darren Bent |
CF Emile Heskey |

SUBSTITUTES

F Gabby Agbonlahor for CF Emile Heskey | 46’ |
M Gary Gardner for CB James Collins | 74’ |
M Barry Bannan for M Stiliyan Petrov | 82’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall
W Charles N’Zogbia
M Fabian Delph
F Andreas Weimann

THE OPPOSITION

GK Michael Poke, CB Gary Sawyer, CB Cian Bolger, LB Danny Woodards, M Craig Stanley, M Andy Dorman, W Joe Anyinsah (Kayne McLaggon), W Mustapha Carayol (CF Scott McGleish), F Elliot Richards (LB Lee Brown), F Chris Zebroski.

Manager: Shaun North.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa survive a late penalty scare to progress to the FA Cup 4th Round. Meanwhile, having deputised for the injured Shay Given for the last 7 games, Brad Guzan played his final game for Villa before being released by the club at the end of the season. The disastrous Paul Lambert would cement his legend by re-signing Guzan and appointing the surplus to requirements 'keeper as the club's Number 1.

Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates scoring Villa's second as League Two side Rovers are beaten in the third round of the FA Cup, Saturday, 7 January 2012.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2012/01/07/match-report-bristol-rovers-1-3-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

35’ Goal, 1-0, Marc Albrighton
HT Bristol Rovers 0-1 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Gabby Agbonlahor
64’ Goal, 2-0, Gabby Agbonlahor
74’ Sub off, James Collins, Sub on, Gary Gardner
78’ Goal, 3-0, Ciaran Clark
82’ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Barry Bannan
90’+ Goal, 3-1, (Bristol Rovers)
90’+ Missed Penalty, (Bristol Rovers)
FT Bristol Rovers 1-3 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 January 2012

"Aston Villa cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory over Bristol Rovers."

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*Aston Villa cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory over Bristol Rovers.*

Marc Albrighton set the visitors on their way with a low drive, before Gabriel Agbonlahor capitalised on a mistake to fire home from 30 yards.

Ciaran Clark’s fine individual goal put Villa in control before a late rally from the hosts.

Scott McGleish lobbed Brad Guzan to salvage some pride, but missed from the spot in the final minute of the match.
After weathering an early burst of enthusiasm, Villa’s victory was never in doubt and Rovers will be upset with the way they allowed their top-flight opponents to stroke the ball around, seemingly at will.

Once they went into the lead, Villa looked like they were out on the training ground, such was the ease with which they dominated possession.

The Pirates, who stand only two points clear of the League Two relegation zone and sacked manager Paul Buckle on Tuesday, staged a late fightback but it was all too little, too late.

In front of a bumper crowd, the hosts made a swashbuckling start to the match - the highlight being a Chris Zebroski shot that was easily dealt with by Guzan.

However, for all their huff and puff, Rovers struggled to create many clear-cut chances and it did not take long for Villa to establish their superiority.

It was not particularly pretty from the Premier League side, with too many passes going astray, but they did manage to create enough chances to earn a narrow half-time lead.

Emile Heskey twice went close, with a shot over the bar and a header that was well saved by Michael Poke, before Alex McLeish’s side finally got their noses in front.

Albrighton, who was proving to be Villa’s best outlet down the right flank, was sent scampering clear by Stiliyan Petrov’s clever pass and he made no mistake with an angled shot from inside the penalty area.

Rovers caught their opponents cold in the early stages of the second half, but McGleish could only scuff Joe Anyinsah’s pull-back with the goal at his mercy.

Agbonlahor was brought on by McLeish, perhaps in a bid to inject some urgency into his team’s performance - and the move paid dividends.

With the match drifting, the England striker took things into his own hands by outmuscling his marker before striding forward and clinically placing his shot into the bottom corner.

Rovers remained short on inspiration despite their endeavour, but Anyinsah did force a corner with a low drive that Guzan turned around the post.

And victory was completed for Villa when the impressive Clark surged forward from the back and cut inside before placing his shot past Poke.

However, there was still time for some late drama.

McGleish capitalised on a poor Richard Dunne backpass to race clear and beat the advancing Guzan, before hopes of an incredible comeback were raised when Stephen Warnock was penalised for handball in the area.

McGleish stepped up, but saw his tame effort saved by the Villa goalkeeper.

*Aston Villa cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory over Bristol Rovers.*

Marc Albrighton set the visitors on their way with a low drive, before Gabriel Agbonlahor capitalised on a mistake to fire home from 30 yards.

Ciaran Clark’s fine individual goal put Villa in control before a late rally from the hosts.

Scott McGleish lobbed Brad Guzan to salvage some pride, but missed from the spot in the final minute of the match.
After weathering an early burst of enthusiasm, Villa’s victory was never in doubt and Rovers will be upset with the way they allowed their top-flight opponents to stroke the ball around, seemingly at will.

Once they went into the lead, Villa looked like they were out on the training ground, such was the ease with which they dominated possession.

The Pirates, who stand only two points clear of the League Two relegation zone and sacked manager Paul Buckle on Tuesday, staged a late fightback but it was all too little, too late.

In front of a bumper crowd, the hosts made a swashbuckling start to the match - the highlight being a Chris Zebroski shot that was easily dealt with by Guzan.

However, for all their huff and puff, Rovers struggled to create many clear-cut chances and it did not take long for Villa to establish their superiority.

It was not particularly pretty from the Premier League side, with too many passes going astray, but they did manage to create enough chances to earn a narrow half-time lead.

Emile Heskey twice went close, with a shot over the bar and a header that was well saved by Michael Poke, before Alex McLeish’s side finally got their noses in front.

Albrighton, who was proving to be Villa’s best outlet down the right flank, was sent scampering clear by Stiliyan Petrov’s clever pass and he made no mistake with an angled shot from inside the penalty area.

Rovers caught their opponents cold in the early stages of the second half, but McGleish could only scuff Joe Anyinsah’s pull-back with the goal at his mercy.

Agbonlahor was brought on by McLeish, perhaps in a bid to inject some urgency into his team’s performance - and the move paid dividends.

With the match drifting, the England striker took things into his own hands by outmuscling his marker before striding forward and clinically placing his shot into the bottom corner.

Rovers remained short on inspiration despite their endeavour, but Anyinsah did force a corner with a low drive that Guzan turned around the post.

And victory was completed for Villa when the impressive Clark surged forward from the back and cut inside before placing his shot past Poke.

However, there was still time for some late drama.

McGleish capitalised on a poor Richard Dunne backpass to race clear and beat the advancing Guzan, before hopes of an incredible comeback were raised when Stephen Warnock was penalised for handball in the area.

McGleish stepped up, but saw his tame effort saved by the Villa goalkeeper.