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22 Jan 2011 19:33:52

Aston Villa v Manchester City live

Follow Sportsmail's live coverage of the Barclays Premier League where Saturday's final game comes from Villa Park where Aston Villa take on Manchester City. Both sides are battling at opposite ends of the table with Roberto Mancini's side aiming for the title and Gerard Houllier's trying to escape a relegation battle. Email me all your thoughts on the events at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk  Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City (5.30pm)Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins,Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov (Reo-Coker 88), Downing, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young,Bent.Subs: Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Bannan, Herd, Baker. Goals: Bent 18. Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry (Adam Johnson 57),Silva, Toure Yaya, Tevez, Dzeko.Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Milner, Lescott, Vieira, Jo. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire) 19.30: That puts a massive dentin City's title hopes as they remain three points behind Manchester United but having played two games more. For Villa, they only climb one place up to 16th but crucially give themselves a three point gap to the bottom three. That is all from me this evening, thank you for following Sportsmail's live coverage of the Premier League today, enjoy the rest of your weekend. 19.28: Gerrad Houllier can be proud of his side who fully deserved the three points but I do have to question Roberto Mancini. He had options on the bench to give Villa something to think about but he neglected using them despite his side's struggles to break down the hosts. 19.26: So Villa hang on, sort of. In truth it rarely looked in doubt as City looked toothless in attack. Full-time: Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City 90+4min: Hart wins the header but Villa win the loose ball and clear their lines. 90+4min: Last chance for City as they win a free-kick in Villa's half and Hart makes his way up to the penalty box. 90+2min: Albrighton looks to break but Houllier is going mad at him to keep the ball. He wisely listens to his manager and Villa start to knock it about. 90+1min: Three minutes added on as Villa have a thrown in at City's corner flag. Perfect for the hosts. 90min: Right time to throw EVERYONE forward, City have to go gung-ho now but it's still routine stuff at the back for Villa. 88min: Young takes the armband as Petrov is replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker. 86min: City suddenly look a lot more dangerous but all their shots are either deflected or off target, with Dzeko the latest to nod wide. 83min: Johnson is City's most dangerous player but he has little support. He wins a corner though that although cleared is fired straight back in towards goal by De Jong, it deflects off the nutmegged Clark and onto the post. Just unbelievable how that has not gone in. 81min: In the last five minutes Manchester City have had 84 per cent of the possession but do you know what they look no closer to scoring whatsoever. I have never seen a team dominate a half so much yet create so little. 78min: That is close. Tevez hits a volley sweetly from eight yards out but Collins earns his peanuts for the week with a brave block to deny the Argentine striker. 77min: A rare counter from Villa ends with Downing arrowing a shot straight at Hart - it relieves the pressure temporarily at least. 74min: Another Villa block as Dzeko's effort is diverted behind for a corner. It's whipped in but Johnson's effort from the aftermath clears the crossbar. 71min: Surely Mancini must be considering throwing on a striker for a more defensive player. Villa again are adapting to the visitors play and it's too easy for them to defend,Friedel has not had that much to do. 69min: Brilliant from Albrighton, he shows quick feet to escape the attention of two City players...or at least he thinks he does until Kolarov wipes him out with a sliding challenge. There are few (if any) surprises around the ground when Howard Webb produces a booking. 66min: Villa's best moment of the half. Young shimmies one way then the other before unleashing a powerful 25 yard drive that Hart this time does well to palm out for a corner. 64min: What is up with Hart? His attempt to clear a back pass is woeful as it is straight to Albrighton, but the youngster is dispossessed before he can get a shot in. Big let off. Villa's villain: Barry (18) brings down Petrov 63min: Injury woe for Villa as Petrov is down on his knees and looking like he is struggling. 61min: City are putting on pressure, Jerome Boateng unleashes a thunderbolt 20 yards out that Friedel can only  block. So powerful is the shot that the blocks goes out for a throw in. 58min: Will be interesting to see what impact he has. Whenever I see Johnson he always tends to be City's most creative player. 57min: Adam Johnson is on for City with Barry making way - obviously to a chorus of boos. 54min: I can see this getting to a point of a wave of City attacks. They are seeing plenty of the ball and in a team lacking in confidence as Villa do will naturally start dropping deeper as this game goes on. A Roberto Mancini sub might add some spice to events too. 51min: Kolarov is back on corner duty but his cross is headed over by Dzeko, difficult chance to be fair. 50min: It eventually comes to Tevez but 20 yards out, he can only find a wall of Villa players which his shot takes a deflection off for a corner. Getting shirty: Dzeko (left) tussles with Dunne for the ball 49min: City have all the ball but they are not playing with it quickly enough to cause Villa problems. 47min: Much the same as the first-half so far, City looking good on the ball but no goal threats yet. Second-half: Villa players are out quick enough with City a little...make that a lot slower. Bent and Young re-start proceedings. 18.29: This game is far from over though. Villa never really came close to scoring after that goals and City, although a little goal shy themselves have another couple of gears to shift into yet. 18.25: This makes grim reading from InfoStradaLive for you City fans Manchester City have not won any of their last 75 PL away matches when behind at half time, since April 1995. And there is no Keith Curle, Uwe Rosler or Paul Walsh to save you this time. Half-time: Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City 45+2min: It's Stewart Downing who strikes it and he elects power as his weapon of choice but as well hit as it is, Joe Hart comfortably claims the powerful drive. 45+1min: One minute added on here as Villa win a free-kick 25 yards out. 45min: Better from Villa, Albrighton's whipped in cross is cleared but only as far as Young 22 yards out who snaps a low stinging first time drive that Hart does well to keep hold of. 42min: City getting on top but for all their attacking threat they have not forced Friedel to make a decent save. Villa meanwhile are struggling to keep hold of the ball. 40min: Nice reception, Barry elects to a take a corner from the left and Villa Park erupts with boos. Villa clear the cross comfortably. 39min: De Jong gets clattered by a high challenge from Albrighton (yes, I have got that the right way round) but Howard Webb elects to just give the youngster just a warning. Full stretch: Stiliyan Petrov (right) attempts to tackle Yaya Toure 38min: Oh what a chance! A cross from the right is met by Gareth Barry with his head and it flashes inches past the post. Friedel was not getting that. 37min: Finally some Dzeko magic! He dances down the left beating a couple of players before his cross from the byline is well cut out by James Collins for a corner. 36min: No such danger from this one as Hart eventually takes a comfortable catch. 35min: City have been shaky from set-pieces and here comes another as Villa win a corner. 33min: Kolarov again is the creative spark for City but this time his cross from the left is a little too powerful and it clears everyone inside the box. 30min: Kolarov aside, City are becoming more sloppy. Villa are cruising they look nothing like a side who are battling against relegation. 28min: City have 68 per cent of the possession but it has all been without purpose. Only from corners have the visitors even been close to threatening. 25min: Another clumsy foul by Clark on Dzeko sees him become the first player booked today. He is going to have to be careful, that is two challenges in a row where he has been nowhere near getting the ball. 22min: Another vicious Kolarov corner is headed towards goal by an unmarked Kompany but Brad Friedel reacts well to tip it over the bar. 20min: Slightly suspect goalkeeping from Hart there who should have parried to away safely let alone actually keeping hold of it. A few errors are starting to rack up for the keeper recently. Dream debut: Bent opens the scoring on his debut 18min: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 Manchester City Who writes these scripts? Ashley Young does well to break through the City defence before firing a shot across goal that is parried away by Joe Hart. It's not to safety though and of all people, Darren Bent pounces on the rebound to score on his debut. 17min: That is a terrific corner and City should be a goal up. Kolarov's in-swinger is hit with power into the six yard box but Carlos Tevez misses it completely as the ball zips out for a goal kick. 15min: How are the new boys getting on? Well they are not exactly influencing proceedings. Bent has hardly had a touch while Dzeko similarly has seen the game pas him by. 13min: City just starting to turn the screw, Kolarov races down the left but his cross is blocked out by Marc Albrighton for a corner. 11min: That is a waste though. Aleksandar Kolarov swings one in with his left foot but it's neither a cross or a shot as it sails over everyone's head and out for a goal kick. Reckless: Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark fouls Manchester City's Carlos Tevez 10min: What am I saying! Seconds later he clatters into Carlos Tevez out on the left and gets away with a warning as City have a dangerous free-kick. 9min: That is good discipline from Ciaran Clark, I see so many defenders lunge in to give a penalty in this situation but as David Silva bursts into the box he stands his ground and clears for a throw on. 8min: Home fans are getting fired up and that is because their side is the better team. There has been some good pass and move stuff from the hosts and City are struggling to cope. 6min: Young sends it to the far post where Richard Dunne heads over. Looked like it took a deflection but I guess you win some, you lose some. 5min: Vincent Kompany crashes into Ashley Young 30 yards out and Villa have a free-kick out to the right. 4min: City with plenty of the ball in the early stages but there has been no chances yet, Villa holding their shape well. 2min: No start for James Milner but Gareth Barry gets the early treatment as he is booed by the fans of his former club. 1min: Worth pointing out this is the first meeting of Nigel de Jong and Howard Webb since the World Cup final. Less of the kung-fu fighting today please. Kick-off: Carlos Tevez and David Silva get us underway. 17.27: Very spacious tunnel at Villa Park as both teams make their way out to a packed and loud as ever crowd in the West Midlands. 17.24: In fact Villa have spent more than Manchester City in the transfer window as Jean Makoun is paraded before the crowd after signing from Lyon for a fee believed to be around £7million. He wis not involved tonight. 17.21: In theory, on paper or however you want to put it, you would think that with two strikers that have a combined cost over £50million it would equal goals, goals and more goals - before you take into account the valuation of Ashley Young and Carlos Tevez. Unfortunately football does not quite work like that, but these along with attacking talent, both sides have looked shaky at the back this season. Surely a gourmet of goals are on the menu! 17.18: Striker Darren Bent makes his Aston Villa debut against Manchester City at Villa Park. Bent looks set to play in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Marc Albrighton and Gabriel Agbonlahor after his £24million move from Sunderland. Ashley Young returns after serving a one-match ban while Carlos Cuellar is recalled at right-back. City recall Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko, Nigel de Jong and Kolo Toure who were rested for the mid-week FA Cup replay with Leicester at Eastlands. 17.15: These two sides may be at different ends of the table but as far as big spending is concerned there is little separating these two in January so far. Both have gone big on purchasing talent such as Edin Dzeko and Darren Bent and as ever, the fixture list does not disappoint by pairing together the month's two big spenders collide. Team news: Aston Villa v Man CityAston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Bannan, Herd, Baker.Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Milner, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo.Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire) Ready to go: Edin Dzeko will be looking to score his first goal for Manchester City  Hell Bent on shooting down Manchester City! Darren aims to mark debut with winner for Aston Villa Ireland set to end Villa nightmare with midfielder on brink of Newcastle loan switchASTON VILLA FC


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