• Date: Wed 24 February 2010
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 31,874
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (42)

Carew (81) P

Carew (89) P

3 - 1
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Ambrose (73)P

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

Brad Guzan
Luke Young, L
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Fabian Delph (Steve Sidwell, 76)
John Carew
Gabriel Agbonlahor

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Matt Lawrence
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns (Kieran Djilali, 90)
Nick Carle (James Comley, 83)
Alan Lee (Calvin Andrew, 90)

Match Report
Gabriel Agbonlahor and John Carew notched the goals to enable Aston Villa to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2000 following a 3-1 win replay win over Crystal Palace. High-flying Villa set themselves up for an away tie at Reading on March 7, but they made hard work of beating the battling Championship side. Agbonlahor notched his 14th goal of the season in the 42nd minute only for Darren Ambrose to cancel out this lead with a 72nd minute penalty. But Carew settled the game with two successful penalties in the 81st and 89th minutes. Showing four changes from the side which hammered Burnley 5-2 in their previous game, Villa dominated long spells without being able to overwhelm the struggling Championship side until the closing stages. Although without their skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who scored the late equaliser at Selhurst Park to earn the replay, Villa dominated the opening exchanges with his deputy Fabian Delph setting up most of the attacks. But it wasn't until the 16th minute that Villa broke through the Palace defence. Agbonlahor rounded Matt Lawrence only to see Julian Speroni make an easy save from the striker's weak shot. Speroni was under fire and did well to keep out a high cross from Ashley Young and also a powerful drive from Carew as Villa strived to take the lead. Palace had a let-off in the 30th minute when James Milner opened up the defence with a delightful throughball. Stephen Warnock raced through unchallenged. He only had Speroni to beat but chose to square the ball into the path only to over-hit his pass to the relief of Palace. But the London side could not survive indefinitely and three minutes before the break Villa deservedly took the lead when Agbonlahor scored with a glancing back-header from Ashley Young's left wing disputed corner. Surprisingly Villa were forced back onto the defensive at the start of the second period with Ambrose testing Brad Guzan with a raking drive. Villa continued to make hard work of progressing with Agbonlahor again failing in a one-on-one situation against Speroni. The goalkeeper continued to have an inspired night with another fine save from Ashley Young to keep alive Palace's hopes of an equaliser, which arrived in the 72nd minute. Alan Lee was brought down by Warnock as he was charging through and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Ambrose rammed home past Guzan. But seven minutes later, Villa settled the game with the second penalty of the game. Carew was brought down by Lawrence and picked himself up to fire his spot kick past Speroni. In the 88th minute, Carew was again brought down by Lawrence and once again Villa's lanky striker converted his spot-kick.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Neil Danns is replaced by Kieran Djilali.


Alan Lee is replaced by Calvin Andrew.


John Carew takes a penalty for Aston Villa and scores!.


Crystal Palace are replacing Nick Carle with James Comley.


John Carew takes a penalty for Aston Villa and scores!.


Fabian Delph is being taken off, Steve Sidwell has come on in his place.


Darren Ambrose takes a penalty for Crystal Palace and scores!.

Yellow Card

Nathaniel Clyne is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Matt Lawrence.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Goal!! Gabriel Agbonlahor scores for Aston Villa.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Aston Villa face Crystal Palace at 8pm on Wednesday, February 24th.