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  • Date:2010-05-09
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:41799
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: ASTON VILLA 0-1 BLACKBURN. At the end of a very poor game that Villa probably had the better of, it is Rovers who take all the points thanks to Hoilett.

89mins

Villa don't seem to have a response in them at the end of a tiring season and it seems that Rovers are going to record a very good away win.

86mins

Big Sam wants to secure the three points now as he replaces Jason Roberts with Brett Emerton.

84mins

ASTON VILLA 0-1 BLACKBURN. Alas! A goal! And it comes in bizarre fashion as David Hoilett's shot deflects wickedly off RICHARD DUNNE'S head and flies into the net.

82mins

Drifting towards the final few minutes now and while there are goals galore elsewhere its been a dour affair here.

78mins

A change for Villa now as Nathan Delfouneso replaces the disappointing Gabriel Agbonlahor.

77mins

Ashley Young is cautioned by the referee.

75mins

A change for Villa now as John Carew is replaced by Emile Heskey who could do with a performance today for his World Cup hopes.

74mins

This game has 0-0 written all over it now with both sides seemingly veen happier than they were earlier to stroll through to the final whistle with a point a piece.

70mins

Petrov getting himself forward for Villa again now and hitting another stinging drive but this one is dragged a bit wide.

66mins

David Dunn is teed up now by Keith Andews on the edge of the box but Richard Dunne throws himself in the way to block.

64mins

Phil Jones comes on for Blackburn in place of Gael Givet.

62mins

Suddenly the visitors have burst into a bit of life with Pedersen finding Jason Roberts unmarked in the penalty area but the striker can only angle his shot wide.

60mins

Keith Andrews now fires in a ferocious drive from all of 30 yards that Friedel does superbly to keep out of the top corner.

59mins

David Dunn collects a booking.

58mins

Pedersen wins a free-kick for a foul by Ashley Young and then takes it himself and forces a smart save from Brad Friedel.

55mins

Villa are definitely the better side in this half but Rovers defence look well organised and are not about to let them through without a fight.

52mins

Stiliyan Petrov on the burst from midfield for Villa, who are enjoying plenty of possession at the moment, but his driving shot goes wide of the post.

49mins

Oh dear! It as timid at the start of this half as it was at the start of the first.

46mins

A change at the break for Rovers as Amine Linganzi is replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

46mins

The second period is underway at Villa Park.

45mins

Half Time: ASTON VILLA 0-0 BLACKBURN. Well let's just hope the second half is as good as the final few minutes of the first half because frankly the previous 40 were a waste of time.

45mins

Now we don't want half time as the game bursts into life! Dunn is denied by Friedel before Villa break and Agbonlahor forces another super stop from Robinson.

44mins

Where did that come from? A stunning quadruple save from Paul Robinson as he denies Collins, Agbonlahor, Carew and Agbonlahor again one after the other in a penalty box scramble. Sensational goalkeeping!

41mins

That could be the end of any lingering World Cup hopes for Stephen Warnock as he is forced off with an injury and Luke Young is on in his place.

39mins

Paul Robinson has not had a thing to do so far apart from take a couple of goal kicks and that is a massive surprise given Villa's penchant for attacking football.

36mins

There is such a relaxed atmosphere here. Villa are secure in a Europe League spot and Rovers are safely in mid-table.

32mins

David Dunn has been given a new lease of life this season and he is at the heart of all Blackburn's good work so far today.

30mins

The hosts are starting to assert themselves a little more now with Young looking a bit busier but the balls seems to be magnetised to big Samba.

27mins

Ashley Yound and Stewart Downing have provided a few bright moments for Villa so far but Christopher Samba has been there every single time to get his head on it.

23mins

Rovers have definitely began the better of these two sides but to no great avail with the defences very much in command.

20mins

The pace and tempo here could definitely be described as pedestrian. Half of the players out there seem to already be on the beach.

16mins

The Rovers defence look very comfortable in the opening stages here and Martin Olsson springs forward to fire just wide from 25 yards.

13mins

Villa have shown nothing at all so far and that is a surprise because with rumours that their manager could be on his way out in the summer they should be out to impress.

10mins

And now the first shot in anger of the day but Davin Dunn's effort from inside the edge of the box is a little off target.

8mins

The first action of the afternoon is from the referee as he shows an early yellow card to Richard Dunne.

6mins

Not much action at Villa Park in the early stages with both sides starting with an end of season feeling.

3mins

Slow start in the cloudy skies of Birmingham - is it just me or has the weather gone from always being brilliant sunshine on the final day to distinctly average in recent years?

1mins

Here we go! For the last time in this brilliant Premier League season we are underway, lets hope for a cracking finish in the Second City.

0mins

Obviously the story in the Premier League today is elsewhere but the contrast in styles here could prove interesting viewing.

0mins

Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Hanley, Givet, Hoilett, Linganzi, Andrews, Dunn, Olsson, Roberts

0mins

Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Carew, Agbonlahor

0mins

Blackburn have had a brilliant season under Big Sam and will want to sign off for the summer with an away win for their travelling fans.

0mins

Aston Villa have enjoyed another solid season and only dropped out of the Champions League race a couple of weeks ago and will want to finish with a flourish in front of their home fans.

0mins

Welcome to Villa Park for a virtual dead rubber as Europa League confirmed Aston Villa entertain safe mid-table Blackburn Rovers.

Match Preview

A season that started with a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wigan Athletic ends in anti-climax for Aston Villa when they entertain Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City finally banished any lingering top-four hopes for Martin O'Neill's team and they will have to settle for Europa League football again next season.

They look set for a third successive sixth-place finish, although they have earned more points this term than in the previous two.

However, O'Neill has spent a lot of money on new players in his four years at the Villa Park helm and owner Randy Lerner may have thought Champions League football would be nearer than it currently is for the current squad.

In contrast, Sam Allardyce has moulded together a strong mid-table squad that has cost little to assemble and has not had a regular goalscorer all season.

Franco di Santo, signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea, has contributed only one goal, while Jason Roberts has managed just five and El Hadji Diouf three, allowing veteran midfielder David Dunn to emerge as the club's top-scorer with nine.

Allardyce has already made boosting his striking options this summer a priority with Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane, who is currently on loan at Portsmouth, at the top of his list.

Both managers are expected to make sweeping changes to their sides, although O'Neill is only likely to be without long-term injured duo Fabian Delph (knee) and Curtis Davies (ankle).

Steven N'Zonzi, Niko Kalinic and Diouf are all unavailable for Rovers, who will be coming up against their former goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Villa have a 46-18 record against Rovers at Villa Park with another 18 games ending in draws and edged home 3-2 last season when Luke Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Gareth Barry were all on target.

Sunday's match will be the fifth time the two teams have met this season with Villa knocking Rovers out in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup as well as the third round of the FA Cup.


Match Report

Aston Villa's season of high expectancy ended as it began with an unexpected home defeat as Richard Dunne's own goal helped Blackburn win 1-0.

It was Villa's first home defeat in nine games, while Rovers extended their unbeaten away run to four matches.

In such a closely contested game when Blackburn defended magnificently, it became increasingly obvious that only a mistake would separate the two teams.

There could not have been a bigger contrast than that compared to their previous meeting in January which produced a ten-goal Carling Cup bonanza.

The big bonus for Blackburn in only their third away win of the season was the mature performance of teenager Grant Hanley on his debut. The young central defender was never over-awed by the occasion or the opposition and dealt with the threat of Gabby Agbonlahor and John Carew in commendable fashion.

Rovers, keen to make amends for their 6-4 defeat in January, drafted in the Algerian teenager Amine Linganzi for his first game in the Premiership.

He began in a lively fashion when Rovers found themselves under considerable pressure from a Villa side keen to finish the season on a high note.

The only real threat to Rovers occurred in the sixth minute when Paul Robinson displayed international form to parry a glancing header from James Collins following a Stewart Downing corner.

Villa, unchanged for the sixth successive match, found Rovers' defence in a resolute mood with skipper Christopher Samba and youngster Hanley both dominant in keeping the home side at bay.

It was Hanley who could have made a dream goalscoring debut as he went closest to giving Blackburn the lead in the first half with a header from a David Dunn corner which went just wide.

As the first half wound down Collins tested Robinson with a low drive which the keeper could only parry but Rovers' blanket defence quickly averted any further danger.

Robinson was again forced to display top form when he dived low to push away a James Milner free-kick three minutes before the break.

Generally,Villa's attacks were often far too complicated and this enabled Rovers to nullify any threat. As a result Rovers gained in confidence to take the second half to Villa but, in the 58th minute, their leading goalscorer Dunn was booked for diving in the penalty area.

Blackburn then had an escape when Milner failed to make contact with a Downing cross. Frustration crept into Villa's play and the response from manager Martin O'Neill was to make a double substitution, sending on Emile Heskey and Nathan Delfouneso for Agbonlahor and Carew.

But it was to no avail as, in the 84th minute, Dunne had the misfortune to head Junior Hoilett's left-wing cross into his own net.

Aston Villa

Blackburn Rovers

Corners

115

Fouls

1413

Goal attempts

148

Shots off target

67

Offsides

13

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