Saturday March 19, 2011 Day 30 Finished Villa Park

  1. Wolves snatch rare win at Villa

    Wolves snatch rare win at Villa

    A thunderbolt from Matt Jarvis gave Wolves a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park, only their second away win of the season. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' FULL TIME! WOLVES WIN AT VILLA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS! What a win that is for Wolves - a second away win of the season, and they've clawed their bitter rivals right back into the relegation dog-fight. Tremendous result. Suffice to say, the Villa fans (what's left of them) aren't too happy about it.
    • 90+3' Doyle charges into the box from the left, and drives a shot just wide of the right post
    • 90+2' Foley advances with the ball along the right, and he's scythed down from behind by Young! The referee's cards stay in his pocket! Incredible.
    • 90+1' Young shoves O'Hara in the face as the ball is chipped along the right wing. He's shown a yellow card, and he's lucky it's not a red!
    • 90' We're going to have four minutes of stoppage time, as Wolves finally have the ball back on the turf
    • 89' Swung into the middle... and headed clear. Wolves hoof the ball forwards, and it's backs to the wall stuff for the visitors at the moment!
    • 88' Villa earn their eighth corner of the match, which Young goes across to take
    • 87' We're back underway, and Villa have the ball deep in their own half
    • 86' Even more frustration for the rapidly retreating Villa fans, as the linesman goes down injured onthe touchline. Peter Walton, the fourth official, will get a rare run-out
    • 85' Hennessey comes to claim a looping ball into the box, and he misses it! The Wolves fans have their hearts in their mouths, but the visiting defence hack the ball clear.
    • 84' Villa continue to up the tempo, but Wolves are holding firm at the moment. They're five minutes away from only their second away win of the season!
    • 82' Villa back on the ball, and it's swung to the far post. Pires nods back across goal to CUELLAR! SHANKED OVER THE BAR! Another shocking miss from the big defender!
    • 81' Elokobi finally picks up a yellow card, after a rather robust body-check in the middle of the pitch
    • 80' WOLVES SUB: Matt Jarvis off, Stephen Ward on
    • 80' What an effort that was! Sensational, and an inch away from restoring parity for Villa.
    • 79' Villa break themselves now, and Young runs onto Makoun's through-ball into the box! He takes a touch, and SHOOTS! BACK OFF THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CROSSBAR!
    • 78' There's so little movement off the ball though, from a Wolves side who suddenly look reluctant to go forwards. Villa back on the ball
    • 77' The cross is disappointing from the fullback, and Wolves can break
    • 76' Wolves sitting much deeper now, giving Villa plenty of time on the ball. Walker has the ball, wide right
    • 75' Blasted high over the bar. Disappointing free kick. Interestingly, neither of Wolves' big centre-halves went up for that one - which rather suggests that Mick McCarthy might just be happy to settle with the one goal lead heading into the final 15 minutes
    • 74' Wolves counter, and Walker is penalised for a foul some 30 yards out. Milijas stands over the free kick...
    • 73' Agbonlahor has plenty of time to turn with his back to goal, but Henry slides in with a challenge. The ball falls to YOUNG WHO SHOOTS FROM WIDE LEFT! Saved by Hennessey.
    • 72' The free kick is chipped in towards Cuellar at the back stick... and headed clear by Berra
    • 71' Bent and Stearman both go up for a header, and Phil Dowd inexplicably chooses to award Villa a free kick. 35 yards out.
    • 70' Brilliant block by Herd, but Jarvis needed to get the ball then - he was almost certain to score. Another let-off for Villa
    • 69' Doyle brings the ball in from the right and passes to Ebanks-Blake, who squares to O'Hara just inside the box! Jarvis is waiting to his left completely unmarked, but O'Hara SHOOTS! BLOCKED BY HERD!
    • 68' Foley tries to pick out Milijas in the middle of the park, and the Villa defence are all over the place! The linesman flags for offside, but that's a real let-off for the hosts!
    • 67' O'Hara dinks a cross in from the left, which Herd does well to hack clear under pressure from Milijas
    • 66' Villa with numbers forward. Agbonlahor lifts a lovely ball over the defence through to Young! Young SHOOTS! Tipped wide by Hennessey, and the flag is up for offside anyway
    • 65' O'Hara has the ball in space some 25 yards out from goal. He SHOOTS! Just over the bar! Cracking effort.
    • 64' WOLVES SUB: Adam Hammill off, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on
    • 63' Mick McCarthy lines up his first change now, and this isn't doing wonders for the flow of the game! Not too much football going on at the moment!
    • 62' Chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' resound around Villa Park, as the fans make their feelings known about the withdrawal of Albrighton. That's all three changes made by Villa! Brave move by Houllier
    • 61' VILLA SUB: Marc Albrighton off, Gabriel Agbonlahor on
    • 60' VILLA SUB: Nigel Reo-Coker off, Robert Pires on
    • 59' Makoun and Henry come together in the middle of the pitch, and there's a fair bit of afters. The referee gives them both a ticking off, but keeps his cards in his pocket
    • 58' Bent plays backwards, and the ball is slammed into Stearman from range. It falls for Downing inside the penalty area, but the winger's left-foot cross in from the right is easily held by Hennessey
    • 57' Downing picks out Bent with a low ball through into the box, but there's no space for the England striker to run into
    • 56' O'Hara takes it... Whipped a yard wide of the top-left corner! Decent effort
    • 55' Wolves counter, and win a free kick right on the edge of the D...
    • 55' Hennessey makes a weak attempt to punch, but Stearman gets ball clear with a thunderous header
    • 54' Bent stands over the free kick... and rifles it into O'Hara in the wall! Villa have another corner...
    • 53' Villa play the ball in to the feet of Bent, who is upended from behind by Stearman! The referee gives a free kick, but the foul was clearly inside the penalty area! Stearman is a very, very lucky boy
    • 52' Walker hares along the right wing with the ball, before being expertly shepherded out of play by the relentless Jarvis! Brilliant defending
    • 51' Reo-Coker concedes a foul in the middle of the park, which is taken quick by O'Hara
    • 50' Albrighton finds Bent in space with a diagonal ball from the left, but the linesman's flag goes up straight away! Shocking decision that, he was half a yard on
    • 49' Elokobi pings a long ball up the left wing, but once again he's shanked it straight out of play!
    • 48' Herd takes a heavy challenge at the back for Villa, and he looks to be struggling a little bit. Houllier will be worried, and that's an understatement!
    • 47' Wolves playing some nice football in the opening moments, stroking the ball confidently around the middle of the park
    • 46' We're back underway at Villa Park! No changes from either side at half time.
    • 45+3' HALF TIME! That's it for the first half, and the game really burst into life towards the end! Wolves have had the ball in the back of the net three times in total, but lead by just a single goal. Join us in a few minutes for the second half!
    • 45+2' Bent chases a ball into the left of the penalty area, and is upended by a well-timed lunge from Kevin Foley! Cracking challenge
    • 45+1' There'll be two minutes added, but Villa should be level here. The Wolves defence went to sleep for the first time in this match, and should've been punished for it
    • 45' Downing with the ball again for Villa, on the right. He dinks in a cross to MAKOUN! HEADED WIDE FROM FIVE YARDS OUT! How did he miss?
    • 45' Elokobi sends an awful backpass beyond Hennessey for another Villa corner, but Milijas heads clear
    • 44' Headed clear once again, and they've been doing that all afternoon! Wolves hoof the ball long to Doyle, who is dispossessed in the area by a cracking challenge from Delph
    • 43' Bent puts Stearman under real pressure inside the Wolves box, and forces the defender to clear behind for a fifth Villa corner
    • 42' Hammil wins the ball back for Wolves, but the ball is out for a Villa throw.
    • 41' Villa have upped the pace a little bit here, but the Wolves defence continue to head everything clear of the box. Downing picks out Albrighton with a stunning ball to the left wing...
    • 40' STAT! Villa have yet to win after going behind first this season. Of the 12 times they've conceded the opening goal, they've gone on to lose 10 times and draw twice.
    • 39' Downing throws a few stepovers inside the Wolves box, on the right, but his cross is headed clear
    • 38' GOAL! WOLVES TAKE THE LEAD! Cuellar fails to get the ball clear with a limp header, and Matt Jarvis slams the ball into the bottom right corner with a peach of a volley from just inside the box! What a strike that was...
    • 38' Berra is back on by the way - and I'm lead to believe that he went off because he needed the loo!
    • 37' Lifted in from the right by Albrighton this time... and Makoun is penalised for leaping with his arms at the far post. Wolves free kick
    • 36' Walker reaches the byline on the right wing, and swings in a lovely cross to the far stick! Headed behind for a corner!
    • 35' Wolves down to 10 men at the moment, as Berra has trotted off down the tunnel for some reason. Henry filling in at fullback
    • 34' Well, that looks to be a straight swap at left back for Villa, with Houllier presumably looking to stop Hammill getting the ball into the box from Wolves' right wing. Very harsh on young Nathan Baker, that - hauled off 33 minutes into his fourth appearance for Villa.
    • 33' VILLA SUB: Nathan Baker off, Fabian Delph on
    • 32' Bent looks to latch onto another long ball along the left wing, but Hennessey is smartly off his line to smother the ball.
    • 31' Villa look to counter, but Stearman brings an end to the move with a crude challenge on Young. Yellow card for the Wolves defender
    • 30 GOAL! DISALLOWED AGAIN! Jarvis with the ball on the left wing for Wolves... his cross is deflected on it's way to the back stick by Walker, and Doyle heads in at the far post! The linesman's flag goes up again, and this time it's because the ball went just out of play for a corner kick before Doyle nodded it in! Correct decision, but another sickener for Wolves
    • 29' Young with a free kick some 30 yards out... lifted towards HERD! Hennessey gets there just first to pluck the ball out of the air!
    • 28' Doyle and Milijas exchange passes on the left for Wolves, before Milijas passes away possession with a sloppy ball behind Jamie O'Hara
    • 27' Makoun tries to find Young with a ball along the left, but Berra heads the ball out for a throw
    • 26' Albrighton has the ball once again on the Villa right, but this time his cross is skewed horribly behind the goal. Not one of his best.
    • 24' Villa play along the right with Albrighton, whose lovely ball in from the wing is headed well clear
    • 23' Henry is penalised for a tug on Nigel Reo-Coker's shirt, just inside Villa's half
    • 22' Replays show that the linesman made the right decision, but that should give Wolves a bit more confidence, regardless
    • 21' GOAL! DISALLOWED! The free kick is taken short to the right wing, and Matthew Jarvis swings in a lovely cross to Berra at the back stick. Berra crashes the ball into the top left corner with a point-blank header, but the linesman's flag is up, and it won't count!
    • 20' Makoun is penalised for a niggly foul on Milijas some 35 yards out, and Wolves have a free kick...
    • 19' Villa with the ball in defence, playing keep-ball at the back
    • 18' Young picks out Albrighton with a lovely ball up the right wing, but Elokobi comes in with a crunching clearance. The referee blows for a foul, though, and gives Wolves a free kick! Bizarre decision
    • 17' Sent long by Young... and Downing meets it on the volley! Well blocked by Karl Henry
    • 16' Makoon plays short to Bent on the right, who sends Albrighton off up the wing with a first touch pass. Albrighton's cross is deflected behind for a third Villa corner
    • 15' Ashley Young drives inside from the left, after a lovely one-two with downing. He tries to find Bent with an early through-ball, but it's massively over-hit. Hennessey gathers
    • 14' Henry plays back to Stearman on the right wing, and the defender clips the ball right back to Hennessey under decent pressure from the Villa midfield
    • 13' Cuellar lifts a high ball over the top of the Wolves defence, which Christophe Berra diverts back to Hennessey with his knee. The Villa fans claim a backpass as the Wolves keeper picks up the ball, but Phil Dowd says nothing doing
    • 12' Taken by Young... straight into the wall. Wolves clear
    • 11' Albrighton draws a clumsy challenge from Elokobi on the right touchline, and Villa have a free kick right on the byline
    • 10' Downing takes it... and CUELLAR HEADS JUST WIDE! That was a great chance for the defender - Villa's tallest player today. Free header, should've done better
    • 10' Villa counter, and the ball is swept towards Ashley Young from the right! Stearman gets there just ahead of the winger, and clears the ball behind for a corner
    • 9' Doyle plays Milijas clear in the middle, who slips the ball right to Adam Hammill, who SHOOTS FROM THE RIGHT! Saved by Friedel, low to his right!
    • 8' Villa move the ball along the left wing to Darren Bent, but Stearman comes across to slam the ball high into the stands
    • 7' Taken short... and cleared by Albrighton
    • 6' Doyle controls Hennessey's goal kick well with the chest, before bursting into the left channel. Carlos Cuellar misses with a clumsy challenge, but Doyle's eventual shot is deflected wide by Kyle Walker for a corner
    • 5' Swung into the middle by Stewart Downing... and held well by Wayne Hennessey
    • 4' Villa playing long-ball early on, and Marc Albrighton wins a corner with a deflected cross off George Elokobi
    • 4' The ball is nodded clear from the corner, and hoofed up towards Bent. Comfortably swept up by Richard Stearman
    • 3' Doyle finds Nenad Milijas coming in from the right, and Milijas SHOOTS! Tipped around the right post by Brad Friedel!
    • 2' Kevin Doyle concedes an early free kick wide right, which gives Villa's makeshift defence a chance to settle onto the ball.
    • 1' After a perfectly-observed minutes silence out of respect for the victims of the earthquake in Japan, Villa get us underway.
    • 14:55 The players are out on the pitch, and hands are being shaken. Both sides will be desperate to win today - Wolves currently occupy second bottom spot in the league, three points adrift of 17th-placed West Brom, and Villa are only four points clear of safety themselves. We're moments away from kick-off at Villa Park!
    • 14:50 Wolves manager Mick McCarthy brings Jamie O'Hara back into the starting XI, the only change from the side that drew 3-3 at home against Spurs in their last outing.
    • 14:45 So Houllier hands academy graduate Chris Herd his first start for Villa, calling on the 21-year-old Australian to solve Villa's defensive crisis. Midfielder Jean Makoun returns to the starting line-up after a three-game ban, in place of Fabian Delph.
    • 14:40 The referee this afternoon is Phil Dowd
    • 14:40 WOLVES: Hennessey, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Henry, Milijas, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones
    • 14:40 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Baker, Herd, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Makoun, Downing, Ashley Young, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Agbonlahor, Bradley, Delph, Heskey, Petrov
    • 14:35 A win today would give Villa their first back to back home league wins since Houllier took over as manager - after thrashing Bolton 4-1 in their last league outing at Villa Park.
    • 14:30 Villa, meanwhile, face a defensive crisis ahead of today's game. Richard Dunne (shoulder), James Collins and Luke Young (both calf) plus Ciaran Clark, banned for two games for incurring 10 bookings, are all unavailable. That leaves only three first-choice defenders available - Carlos Cuellar, Nathan Baker and on-loan Kyle Walker.
    • 14:25 Wolves winger Michael Kightly could make his first appearance since November 2009 today, after being included in the squad following 16 months of knee problems. Defender Michael Mancienne is also back in contention after more than three months out with a knee injury while Adlene Guedioura could return from a broken leg suffered against Villa in September.
    • 14:20 All has not been well in the Villa camp of late - with Richard Dunn and James Collins reportedly falling out with coaching staff on a team bonding session last week. Here's what manager Gerard Houllier had to say on the issue.
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Aston Villa's Premier League Midlands derby with Wolves at Villa Park!
  • Summary

    • 82' Villa back on the ball, and it's swung to the far post. Pires nods back across goal to CUELLAR! SHANKED OVER THE BAR! Another shocking miss from the big defender!
    • 79' Villa break themselves now, and Young runs onto Makoun's through-ball into the box! He takes a touch, and SHOOTS! BACK OFF THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CROSSBAR!
    • 69' Doyle brings the ball in from the right and passes to Ebanks-Blake, who squares to O'Hara just inside the box! Jarvis is waiting to his left completely unmarked, but O'Hara SHOOTS! BLOCKED BY HERD!
    • 65' O'Hara has the ball in space some 25 yards out from goal. He SHOOTS! Just over the bar! Cracking effort.
    • 53' Villa play the ball in to the feet of Bent, who is upended from behind by Stearman! The referee gives a free kick, but the foul was clearly inside the penalty area! Stearman is a very, very lucky boy
    • 45' Downing with the ball again for Villa, on the right. He dinks in a cross to MAKOUN! HEADED WIDE FROM FIVE YARDS OUT! How did he miss?
    • 38' GOAL! WOLVES TAKE THE LEAD! Cuellar fails to get the ball clear with a limp header, and Matt Jarvis slams the ball into the bottom right corner with a peach of a volley from just inside the box! What a strike that was...
    • 30 GOAL! DISALLOWED AGAIN! Jarvis with the ball on the left wing for Wolves... his cross is deflected on it's way to the back stick by Walker, and Doyle heads in at the far post! The linesman's flag goes up again, and this time it's because the ball went just out of play for a corner kick before Doyle nodded it in! Correct decision, but another sickener for Wolves
    • 21' GOAL! DISALLOWED! The free kick is taken short to the right wing, and Matthew Jarvis swings in a lovely cross to Berra at the back stick. Berra crashes the ball into the top left corner with a point-blank header, but the linesman's flag is up, and it won't count!
    • 9' Doyle plays Milijas clear in the middle, who slips the ball right to Adam Hammill, who SHOOTS FROM THE RIGHT! Saved by Friedel, low to his right!
    • 3' Doyle finds Nenad Milijas coming in from the right, and Milijas SHOOTS! Tipped around the right post by Brad Friedel!
    • 14:40 WOLVES: Hennessey, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Henry, Milijas, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones
    • 14:40 ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Baker, Herd, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Makoun, Downing, Ashley Young, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Agbonlahor, Bradley, Delph, Heskey, Petrov

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