Villa 3 Palace 1: Warnock is wronged a second time as Agbonlahor pounces

25 February 2010 02:02
Neil Warnock was on the wrong end of a refereeing decision for thesecond time in this tie as Aston Villa moved within sight of a secondWembley appearance this season.[LNB]The Palace manager was incensed at the award of a corner that led to a late equaliser during the first meeting of the two sides.[LNB]He has been asked by the Football Association to explain commentsabout assistant referee Trevor Massey, and Premier League officialMartin Atkinson was in his badbooks in this Villa Park replay.[LNB] Head boy: Agbonlahor (far left) scores for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace.[LNB] [LNB]The Yorkshireman awarded Villa a corner three minutes before theinterval, despite the ball appearing to come off James Milner, andAshley Young swung over a crossthat Gabriel Agbonlahor headed home.[LNB]Sort it: Palace manager Neil Warnock laments his side's concession[LNB]It would be hard on Warnock if he was to leave Palace on such a sour note ahead of a proposed switch to Queens Park Rangers.[LNB]But his mood was improved after 73 minutes when Darren Ambrose sentVilla keeper Brad Guzan the wrong way from the spot after StephenWarnock brought down Alan Lee.[LNB]However, Villa progressed to the last eight for the first time in a decade afterJohn Carew fired home a penalty for the hosts with nine minutes left followinga foul on the Norwegian by Matt Lawrence.[LNB]Carew added a second penalty for Villa's third goal after 89minutes. With a quarter-final to come against Championship opposition,Villa will be favourites tobook themselves a second trip to north London, following their dateagainst Manchester United in the Carling Cup final this coming Sunday.[LNB]MATCH FACTSAston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan 6; L Young 6, Cuellar 7, Dunne 6, Warnock7; Downing 7, Delph 6 (Sidwell 76), Milner 9, A Young 9; Carew 6,Agbonlahor 7.[LNB]Crystal Palace (4-1-4-1): Speroni 6; Butterfield 6, Lawrence 6, Davis5, Cline 6; Derry 6; Ambrose 7, Carle 6 (Comley 83), Ertl 6, Danns 6;Lee 6. [LNB]Booked: Butterfield, Cline.[LNB]Man of the match: James Milner.[LNB]Referee: Martin Atkinson[LNB] [LNB]Warnock emerged from the tunnel to a rapturous reception from thetravelling support. His name was chanted by the 5,000 fans packed intothe top tier of the North Stand in a demonstration of the esteem inwhich he is held in south London.[LNB]It is 53 years since Villa last lifted the most recognisable pot inEnglish football, and It was clear how Warnock hoped to spring an upsetLee played as a lone striker.[LNB]It took Villa some time to fashion a worthwhile chance. CarlosCuellar's tackle allowed Agbonlahor to turn Danny Butterfield, and theEngland forward's left-foot shot was well blocked by Palace keeper Julian Speroni.[LNB]Villa built momentum, and Carew's shot was well blocked and Palace'sdefence was stretched. It seemed as though the breakthrough had arrivedon the half-hour. Warnock raced on to Milner's pass and squared the ball, butCarew, probably expecting a shot, had failed to continue his run.[LNB] Spurs, Liverpool, Man City or Villa? The lowdown on the race for fourth placeFootball League tell cash-strapped Crystal Palace to forget loan signingsASTON VILLA FC

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