• Date: Wed 20 January 2010
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 40,406
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Warnock (30)

Milner (40) P

Agbonlahor (57)

Heskey (62)

Young, A (90)

6 - 4
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

Kalinic (10)

Kalinic (26)

Olsson (63)

Emerton (84)

Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

Brad Guzan
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing (Steve Sidwell, 87)
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Emile Heskey

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Christopher Samba
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Brett Emerton
Martin Olsson
Pascal Chimbonda
David Dunn (Benni McCarthy, 55)
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi (Steven Reid, 61)
Nikola Kalinic (Franco di Santo, 72)

Match Report
Aston Villa triumphantly marched into their eighth League Cup final with a pulsating 6-4 win over ten-man Blackburn but only after finding themselves two goals in arrears in the first half. Villa battled back to cancel out a couple of goals by Nikola Kalinic to set Villa Park alight with a ten-goal thriller. Blackburn gave Villa a major scare and the vital turning point occurred when Christopher Samba was sent off in the 39th minute to enable James Milner to level the scores from the penalty spot. Stephen Warnock had earlier pulled back a goal and the other four scorers for Villa were Stephen N'Zonzi (own goal), Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Ashley Young. But Blackburn battled right until the end with a couple of late goals from Martin Olsson and Brett Emerton to leave Villa's nerves jangling on a knife-edge. Manager Martin O'Neill, who has described his current side as Villa's best team in over a decade, was obviously delighted. He is no stranger to League Cup success as he was twice in the Nottingham Forest side which won the trophy and also twice guided Leicester City to success. With a one-goal advantage from the first leg, Villa badly needed to build on their slender lead but Blackburn were by far the more positive as they strived to get back on level terms. They began where they left off in the first leg and their persistence was rewarded in the tenth minute. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan flapped at David Dunn's corner and Kalinic was on hand to head home off the back of Warnock. It was hardly the kind of event the fervent Villa fans had expected and it certainly put the home side off their stride. In contrast a boosted Blackburn team continued to pressurise Villa and the home team's defence was unusually jittery. It was therefore no surprise when Blackburn stormed further ahead in the 26th minute. Morten Gamst Pedersen had loads of space on the left and his cross was headed goalwards by Olsson only for Guzan to parry the effort into the path of Kalinic to notch his second goal. But the game went back into the boiling pot when Villa restored some pride in their performance. Young's cross from the right found the unmarked Warnock who lashed his shot into the roof of the net for his first goal of the season. The all-action thriller reached fever pitch in the 39th minute when Samba was sent off after bringing down Agbonlahor. Referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in sending off the Rovers defender and awarding a penalty which Milner hammered into the net. The decision completely changed the course of the game which was then dominated by Villa before Blackburn staged a mini-revival. Eight minutes into the second period Richard Dunne was on hand to push a corner goalwards and it was turned into the goal by N'Zonzi. Villa's flag-waving fans were then assured of a trip to Wembley when Milner's shot was chested home by Agbonlahor in the 57th minute. In this high-scoring game, Heskey got onto the goal sheet after collecting a 63rd minute pass from Milner. The eighth goal of this Cup thriller came from Olsson with an excellent snap-shot which easily beat Guzan in the 65th minute. Emerton then converted Pedersen's 84th-minute corner but Young put the issue beyond doubt with an 90th-minute goal that extended Villa's unbeaten home run against Blackburn to seven games.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Ashley Young scores for Aston Villa.

86
Substitution
 

Stewart Downing is being taken off, Steve Sidwell has come on in his place.

84
Goal
 

Goal!! Blackburn have scored with Brett Emerton putting it in the back of the net.

72
Substitution
 

Nikola Kalinic is replaced by Franco di Santo.

63
Goal
 

Goal!! Blackburn have scored with Martin Olsson putting it in the back of the net.

62
Goal
 

Goal!! Emile Heskey scores for Aston Villa.

61
Substitution
 

Steven N'Zonzi is replaced by Steven Reid.

61
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Emile Heskey.

57
Goal
 

Goal!! James Milner scores for Aston Villa.

55
Yellow Card
 

Steven N'Zonzi goes into the referee's book for dissent.

55
Substitution
 

David Dunn is replaced by Benni McCarthy.

53
Own Goal
 

Own goal, Steven N'Zonzi has put it in his own net.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 6 v 4.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 2.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

40
Goal
 

James Milner takes a penalty for Aston Villa and scores!.

39
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Christopher Samba has been sent off.

39
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Christopher Samba has been sent off.

36
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Gael Givet.

30
Goal
 

Goal!! Aston Villa have scored with Stephen Warnock putting it in the back of the net.

27
Yellow Card
 

James Milner is booked for unsporting behaviour.

26
Goal
 

Goal!! Blackburn have scored with Nikola Kalinic putting it in the back of the net.

10
Goal
 

Goal!! Nikola Kalinic scores for Blackburn.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Wednesday, January 20th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Aston Villa face Blackburn at 7:45pm on Wednesday, January 20th.