• Date: Sun 21 February 2010
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 38,709
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Young, A (32)

Downing (56)

Downing (58)

Heskey (61)

Agbonlahor (68)

5 - 2


Fletcher (10)

Paterson (90)

Aston Villa vs Burnley

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A (Steve Sidwell, 82)
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
Gabriel Agbonlahor (John Carew, 72)
Emile Heskey (Nathan Delfouneso, 77)


Brian Jensen
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
Leon Cort
Andre Bikey
Danny Fox
Jack Cork
Kevin McDonald (Wade Elliott, 64)
Chris Eagles
Steven Fletcher (Martin Paterson, 82)
David Nugent (Frederic Nimani, 70)

Match Report
Stewart Downing has waited a long time to get on to Aston Villa's scoresheet but the England winger netted twice in two minutes to help his side to a 5-2 thrashing of Burnley. Burnley were given an early boost when Steve Fletcher opened the scoring but this was cancelled out before half-time by Ashley Young. Downing then transformed the game with his brace of goals to be followed by efforts from Emile Heskey and Gabby Agbonlahor as Burnley slumped to their eighth successive away defeat. With the worst away record in the English league Burnley opened brightly by taking a shock tenth minute lead - their first away goal in 9hrs 10mins of play. But was a false dawn as subsequent events highlighted. Villa had appeared to be the more dangerous at the start and Burnley could have been in serious trouble if Stiliyan Petrov had been more accurate with his shooting after he had been set up by Agbonlahor. Burnley's response in their next attack was to go ahead with a surprise goal. Jack Cork, making his first start since his latest move from Chelsea, set up the goal for striker Steve Fletcher, who was on hand to tap home a cross from David Nugent for his eleventh goal of the season. Nugent very nearly added to Burnley's lead when his shot took a wicked deflection and bounced just wide of the post. On-loan defender Leon Cort from Stoke was more than holding his own against England strikers Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey. Heskey did manage to escape the attention of Cort in the 24th minute but his deflected header from Downing's cross was poorly directed and Burnley had another escape. But in the 32nd minute Villa were back on level terms. A short corner by Young to James Milner and a return pass resulted in a shot by Young which went through the legs of Tyrone Mears and into the net. The game went off the boil for a spell and at the start of the second period it was Burnley who were well on top, but the match was changed in a dramatic five-minute spell when Villa notched three goals. A superb move originated by Heskey with a pass to Agbonlaho,r who lobbed a pass into the path of Young who squared the ball to the onrushing Downing to hammer home a low shot into the far corner of the net for his first league goal for Villa. After waiting so long for this goal, Downing proved it was no fluke two minutes with his second when he picked up a Milner pass, turned and shot with his left foot past a helpless Brian Jensen. An inspired Downing was on fire and he attempted to grab his hat-trick only to see his effort blocked by the Burnley defensive wall. But there was no respite for Burnley, as Villa added a fourth goal when Heskey glided home a left-wing cross from Agbonlahor in the 61st minute. Shell-shocked Burnley were in total disarray and the 69th minute Milner carved open the visitors' defence for Agbonlahor to notch Villa's fifth despite the attention of Clarke Carlisle. Martin Paterson notched an 88th consolation goal for struggling Burnley.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Aston Villa 5 Burnley 2: Four second half goals in 12 minutes gave Villa a comfortable victory and leaves Burnley deep in relegation trouble at the bottom of the league.


Eagles works a bit of space on the edge of the Villa area, but his shot goes well off target.


Aston Villa 5 Burnley 2: Cork finds space on the left corner of the area. He crosses low to the far post and there is Paterson on hand to turn home from 6 yards.


Paterson tries to find the run of Nimini beyond the Villa defence, but his pass is under-hit and the chance is gone.


There will be a minimum of four added minutes at the end of this game. Burnley will be happy to see the final whistle.


Corner to Villa on the right. They'd love to score a sixth and wrap this up in style.


Decent chance for Villa. Downing fires from the edge of the area. The first effort is charged down but his second drops at Carew's feet, but on the turn the big Villa strike scuffs it wide from 7 yards.


Cuellar does well to find Milner down the right. He crosses low and early and Carlisle is forced to put the ball behind for a Villa corner.

Yellow Card

Nimini gets up above Collins and helps the ball on with his hand and result in a booking for the Burnley man.


Good play from Villa. They work space for Cuellar down the right. He crosses low but Jensen saves as Carlisle slides in and almost puts into his own net.


Aston Villa substitution: In the final change of the afternoon Sidwell replaces Young.


Burnely substitution: Fletcher makes way for Paterson.


Villa seemed to have eased their foot off the pedal since the fifth goal and the substitutions.


Eagles tries his luck from distance. It rebounds off of Collins and away for a Burnley corner. He's been one real positive again for the visitors this afternoon.


Aston Villa substitution: Delfouneso enters the fray in place of Emile Heskey.


Eagles tries his luck from the right edge of the area. It's a decent effort, but it's straight at Friedel.

Yellow Card

Fletcher challenges in the air with Warnock , but he bundles him over and it's a yellow card for the Burnley striker.


Carew is straight into the action as he takes on Cort down the right, but his cross is too long and goes behind for a goal-kick.


Aston Villa substitution: Agbonlahor's goal is almost his last contribution as he makes way for John Carew.


Eagles drives towards the penalty area for Burnley. He finds Fletcher and the ball breaks to Bikey, but his long distance effort is way off target.


Burnley substitution: Nugent comes off to be replaced by the young Frenchman Nimani.


Aston Villa 5 Burnley 1: It's all too easy for Villa now. Fine play from Downing and Cuellar down the right. they feed Heskey inside the area, who tees up Milner and his low cross is turned home from close range by Agbonlahor.


After a decent start to this half, the stuffing looks to have been knocked completely out of Burnley.


Petrov gets a chance to try to lob Jensen from 35 yards, but his effort is off target. Villa are pretty rampant now.


Burnley substitution: Elliott comes on to replace McDonald for the visitors.


Aston Villa 4 Burnley 1: Agbonlahor is released down the left. He gets away from his man with his blistering pace, crosses left footed and Heskey slots home right-footed from 8 yards.


Downing fires a shot from the edge of the area but it's well saved by Jensen and gathered at the second attempt as Heskey pounced.


Aston Villa 3 Burnley 1: Agbonlahor is sent clear one-on-one with Jensen. His shot is saved by the Burnley keeper but the rebound finds its way to Downing who cuts inside, shoots left footed. It deflects off Fox to wrong-foot Jensen & find the net.


Aston Villa 2 Burnley 1: A long throw-in is flicked on and Villa get Young clear on the left. He crosses low and early to Downing who controls then shoots right-footed across goal and it beats Jensen and Cort on the line to go in off the far post.


They haven't created any real clear cut chances, but Burnley have made a really good start to this second half. They work space for Cork 30 yards out, but his speculative effort is well off target.


Good play again by Burnley. Eagles drives forward and finds Fletcher on the right. They eventually work space for a shot, but Bikey's touch is heavy and the chance goes. They try to work another opportunity, but the move breaks down.


Heskey heads down a long free-kick for Agbonlahor. He turns and tries to cross under pressure and earns his side a corner.


Martin O'Neill will be a little concerned at how his side have started this second half. Villa have barely managed to cross the half-way line in the first four minutes of the half.


Nugent does well on the edge of the Villa area. He plays Eagles in down the right side of the penalty area, but his low cross is poor and easily cleared. Great start for Burnley to this half though.


It's a good start to the half from the visitors, who enjoy some decent possesion deep inside the Villa half.

Second half

The visitors get this second half underway, looking to build on their first half performance.

Half time

Aston Villa 1 Burnley 1: Some positives for Brian Laws' men in this first half, including Fletcher's opening goal, but Young's cross found it's way into the net drawing Villa level at the break.


Young runs at the Burnley defence on the right corner of the area. They back away and almost allow him to dart between them, but they just about crowd him out and clear.


Eagles shoots right-footed from distance, but it's a weak effort and Friedel gathers comfortably.


Nugent helps the ball on towards Fletcher 30 yards from the Vills goal, but the danger is swept up and Villa clear.


Agbonlahor chases another hopeful long ball down and forces Cort to play away for a throw-in to Villa well inside the Burnley half.


There will be a minimum of three additional minutes at the end of this first half.


Agbonlahor holds the ball up well inside his own half. He finds Young on the left, who races away down the wing and crosses, but the ball is deflected away for a Villa corner.


Downing races down the right and crosses, but it goes beyond everyone and Burnley clear.


Cork brings it down on the edge of the area and finds McDonald. He fires at goal, but it's well charged down and Villa look to launch an attack of their own.

Yellow Card

Carlisle flies in on Young and up-ends the Villa man. It looks worse than it was, but the Burnley man goes into the book.


Brian Laws will just be a bit anxious that his side don't allow themselves to slip behind before the break. The visitors have had a decent half, but Villa are just showing signs of taking charge of this game since the goal.


Young curls the free-kick in-swinging towards the far post. It's a fine delivery and either Downing or Dunne could have scored but it drifts out of play and the flag goes up for offside.


Carlisle raises his boot too high to challenge for the ball and Villa receive a free-kick, 30 yards out and to the left of centre. Young and Petrov hover over the ball.


Agbonlahor chases down a low ball forward and Cort is forced to clear hurriedly away for a throw to Villa 35 yards from goal.


Aston Villa 1 Burnley 1: Villa take a short corner. Young cuts in onto his right foot from the corner of the area and it crosses low, but it evades everyone and ends up in the far corner for the equaliser.


Young curls the free-kick right-footed towards goal. It's heading on target and Jensen opts to punch it clear and out for a corner.


Bikey fouls Milner on the left wing, six yards from the touch-line. It's a free-kick to Villa in a dangerous position.


Good play by Young allows Villa to get men forward. He plays the ball square from left to right to find Collins, who drives forward and shoots from 30 yards. The shot is powerful but it's straight at Jensen who saves comfortably.


Villa take the free-kick short to Milner. He plays it wide to Young on the left who produces a fine cross, but Bikey does really well to head clear as Heskey looked set to pounce.


Cork slides in on Young 30 yards from his own goal just left of centre. The tackle looks good but the referee awards Villa a free-kick.


The ball is played beyond the Burnley defence for Heskey to run onto, but he's strayed offside and the flag goes up.


Good chance for Villa. Milner checks onto his left foot and crosses from the right-hand side. Heskey gets half a yard from Carlisle but his glancing header drifts wide of the far post.


Young hits a cross-field ball to Downing out on the right. Downing goes by his man on the outside but his right foot cross is scuffed straight out of play.


The corner is half cleared by McDonald to the edge of the area. Nugent misses his attempted clearance and the ball finds it way to Milner, but his shot from the edge of the area is well high and wide.


Young beats Eagles on the right-wing. He crosses right-footed but it's deflects off the first defender and out for a corner.


Young does well down the right driving into the penalty area. He tries to find room for a cross but is crowded out and Burnley clear.


Nugent gets some space on the right hand side, inside the Villa half. He tries to play a ball forward into the Villa area, but it's poor and goes straight through to Friedel.


Burnley try to launch an attack but Bikey wastes possession with a wayward pass from the half-way line and it drifts harmlessly out for a throw-in to the home side.


Downing gets space on the left to cross. Warnock overlaps beyond him but he opts to cross left-footed and drags it behind everyone and out for a throw-in on the far side. That was poor from the Villa man.


The corner is sent across to the far post.Carlisle attacks it but clashes heads with Collins and the Villa man will need some treatment for a cut on his head.


The confidence seems to be flowing through Nugent since the goal. He did well to make that and always grab one himself. He cuts inside and shoots from 25 yards, but it deflects wide for a corner to the visitors.


Aston Villa 0 Burnley 1: Cork does well to find Nugent on the right edge of the area. He crosses low to the far post where Fletcher steals in to tap home into an empty net from 6 yards.


First good passing move of the match and it results in a half chance for Villa. Downing cut inside from the right and played the ball to Agbonlahor on the edge of the area. He layed the ball off well to Petrov, but his 20 yards shot goes wide.


Agbonlahor cuts in from the left hand side and crosses right-footed towards Young at the far post, but the flag goes up and it's a free-kick to Burnley.


Burnley try to build some pressure inside the Villa half, but the ball comes off of Fletcher too easily and the move breaks down.


Agbonlahor gets free down the right hand side. He crosses right-footed, but it deflects up and safely into the arms of Jensen.


The visitors enjoy their first spell of possession inside the Villa half. Eagles does well to find some space. He shoots right-footed from 30 yards, but it's charged down by Collins and the ball rebounds to Alexander who was in an offside position.


Villa start strongly trying to press the ball hard inside the Burnley half and it ends with Jensen clearing a backpass out for a throw-in under presure from Heskey.


Villa get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Villa rescued a point late on with a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, but they did win the last meeting at Villa Park, a 1-0 League Cup 3rd round victory in 2005.

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Whilst Villa have the meanest defence in the top flight they've found goals hard to come by of late and look in danger of missing out on that 4th Champions League spot again after managing just one win and three goals in the last seven outings.

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Burnley defender Leon Cort returns after suffering a groin injury against Fulham last time out. Alexander and McCann, however, are still unavailable for the visitors.

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Burnley start the game in their lowest position of the season, 19th, looking to improve on an abysmal away record that has seen them take only one point from 39 on the road.

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Aston Villa's leading scorer Agbonlahor returns after missing last weekend's FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace.

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Burnley team line-up: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Fox, Eagles, Cork, Bikey, McDonald, Nugent, Fletcher

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Aston Villa team line-up: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey

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Aston Villa face Burnley at 2pm on Sunday, February 21st.