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Game #5207

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Attendance: 24,102

Won

Premier League

17th (+1)

Reading

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Madejski Stadium

Villa win for the second time in 2013 and for the sixth Premier League game in twenty nine under Paul Lambert as they overcome second from bottom side Reading.

Reading

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Andreas Weimann | 33โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Christian Benteke celebrates his twelfth of the season as Villa win for the second time in 2013 and sixth time in twenty nine Premier League games under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 9 March 2013.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 10โ€™ Booking, Matt Lowton
๐Ÿฅ… | 31โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Reading), Nathan Baker o.g.
โšฝ | 33โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Christian Benteke, Assist by Andreas Weimann
โšฝ | 45โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Reading 1-2 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 67โ€™ Booking, Christian Benteke
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Nathan Baker, Sub on, Joe Bennett
๐ŸŸจ | 85โ€™ Booking, Ashley Westwood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambert's Villa record their sixth win of the season and second in three games to climb out of the bottom three to 17th place as they overcome second from bottom Reading with rock bottom club Queens Park Rangers up next in a critical period for Villa's Premier League survival.

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

Reading

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Reading

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2012-13 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #37 |
Saturday, 9 March 2013

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Jonathan Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2005-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2005-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 5 Jan 13, Villa 2-1 Ipswich (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Darren England, Harry Lennard

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Reading

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Jonathan Moss

TEAM NEWS

Paul Lambert continues to prefer Brad Guzan in goal over Shay Given as Ron Vlaar, Yacouba Sylla (first start) and Barry Bannan replace Fabian Delph (suspended), Joe Bennett and Charles Nโ€™Zogbia.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.06 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 28.52 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 21.61 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Brian McDermott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Reading

GK Stuart Taylor (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Ian Harte | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Alex Pearce | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Adrian Mariappa | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
RB Stephen Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mikel Leigertwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hope Akpan | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jobi McAnuff | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Adam Le Fondre | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Noel Hunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Hal Robson-Kanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Mikel Leigertwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (M Danny Guthrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Hope Akpan | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Nick Blackman | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Noel Hunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | (W Garath McCleary | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Simon Dawkins | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jon Henly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Sean Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nicky Shorey (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jem Karacan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ32.59m
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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 5/11

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 : 7/18
Homegrown: 6/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ10.18m

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

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 : 7/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Suspension | 1 |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Out on Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Mallorca

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 | 54%
Possession A | 46%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 8

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"This was a crucial result for Villa, whose last away win came on 15 December at Anfield and who had won just one of their previous 11 matches."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 9 March 2013

Aston Villa breathed new life into their Premier League survival bid, coming from behind at Reading to snatch only their second league win of 2013.

Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s thunderous volley on half-time lifts Paul Lambertโ€™s side three points clear of the bottom three, with nine league games remaining.

Reading had snatched the lead after 31 minutes when Villa defender Nathan Baker sliced beyond his own goalkeeper.

Christian Benteke hit back immediately, before Agbonlahor won it for Villa.

This was a crucial result for Villa, whose last away win came on 15 December at Anfield and who had won just one of their previous 11 matches.

But, having won this encounter, forthcoming home matches against Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool can be viewed with renewed hope.

For Reading, the outlook is altogether more bleak.

This was a fourth consecutive league defeat for Brian McDermottโ€™s side and at the final whistle the frustration was evident among the home support.

The tension, on both sides, was apparent from the off as shots flew wide and passes went astray.

Andreas Weimann had the best of the early opportunities, only to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy, while Adam Le Fondre might have done better for Reading with a header at the back post.

The game burst into life shortly after the half-hour mark with two goals in a breathless 60-second period.

Reading struck first, snatching the lead when the unfortunate Baker turned Jobi McAnuffโ€™s low cross into his own net but Benteke struck back immediately for Villa, his deflected shot beating goalkeeper Stuart Taylor after a delightful surge down the right by Weimann.

It was a moment that robbed the home faithful of their chance to celebrate and brought belief flooding back to Villa.

And as half-time approached, the visitorsโ€™ growing confidence produced another goal.

Agbonlahor gathered Taylorโ€™s half-hearted clearance and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed shot that flashed into the goal from eight yards after Barry Bannan had diverted a shot onto the post.

The goal stunned Reading, who left the field to boos from their own supporters, but McDermottโ€™s side never go down without a fight.

They had the ball in the net just before the hour mark - Noel Hunt turning McAnuffโ€™s low cross into the net only for the linesman to flag for offside - and continued to push hard.

No Premier League team has conceded more in the second half of games than Villa - while Reading have scored more Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes than any other side.

The home side went close through Hal Robson-Kanu, whose left-foot shot fizzed narrowly wide, before Le Fondre failed to make the most of a chance to head at goal.

McDermott threw on substitutes Garath McCleary and Nick Blackman and Reading created two clear chances for Robson-Kanu. He side-footed the first wide from the penalty spot after controlling the ball on his chest and then headed straight at Guzan when perfectly picked out by McAnuffโ€™s cross.

Blackman also went down in the area late on to spark penalty appeals from the Royals manager, while Agbonlahor might have wrapped up the points for Villa with a curled effort that drifted just wide.