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Stewart Downing takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.
Ryan Nelsen receives a red card for second bookable offence. Ryan Nelsen challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Shot from close range by Emile Heskey misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Steven Nzonzi. Strike on goal comes in from Ashley Young from the free kick.
Nikola Kalinic produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Emile Heskey comes on in place of Darren Bent.
Goal scored by Ashley Young from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Stewart Downing.
Goal scored by Nikola Kalinic from 35 yards. Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn.Brett Emerton provided the assist for the goal.
Steven Nzonzi on for Keith Andrews.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Olsson.
Robert Pires leaves the field to be replaced by Stiliyan Petrov.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Marc Albrighton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by Michel Salgado.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Nikola Kalinic is brought on as a substitute for Roque Santa Cruz. Vincenzo Grella goes off and Jason Roberts comes on.
Goal scored by Stewart Downing from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 3-0 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.
Ryan Nelsen is cautioned.
Grant Hanley puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn.Marc Albrighton provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stewart Downing.
Stewart Downing decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
Ashley Young takes a short corner.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line played to the near post, Jermaine Jones manages to make a clearance.
Vincenzo Grella sends in a cross, Brad Friedel makes a save.
Jermaine Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Young scores a penalty. Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn.Ashley Young fouled by Keith Andrews, the ref awards a Penalty.
Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Booking for Vincenzo Grella for unsporting behaviour. Robert Pires fouled by Vincenzo Grella, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Nigel Reo-Coker manages to make a clearance. Stewart Downing takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Jermaine Jones makes a clearance.
Jermaine Jones takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young to the near post, clearance by Keith Andrews.
Jermaine Jones fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Pires takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Kyle Walker. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
Shot from deep inside the area by Ashley Young clears the bar.
Kyle Walker takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Robert Pires takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
The offside flag is raised against Stewart Downing. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Nathan Baker goes off and Fabian Delph comes on.
Stewart Downing fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Nathan Baker on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, save made by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Keith Andrews results in a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.
Handball decision goes against Roque Santa Cruz. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Robert Pires produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Nigel Reo-Coker. Vincenzo Grella takes the free kick.
Stewart Downing takes a shot.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, Header from close range by Ryan Nelsen misses to the right of the target.
The referee cautions Jermaine Jones for unsporting behaviour. Robert Pires fouled by Jermaine Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Marc Albrighton makes a clearance.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
Martin Olsson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Ashley Young fouled by Vincenzo Grella, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Pires.
Stewart Downing takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Outswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot on goal by Robert Pires from just inside the area goes over the target.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, blocked by Michel Salgado.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Vincenzo Grella makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Martin Olsson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Young from right wing, clearance by Keith Andrews.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Andrews on Kyle Walker. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
Houllier: Winning is everything now
Gerard Houllier admits Aston Villa need to demonstrate the winning formula to banish any lingering fears of relegation.
Villa have been beaten only once in eight games in all competitions and have improved significantly in terms of their performance levels since the new year.
There has also been a feelgood factor after the arrival of Darren Bent and Jean Makoun during the January transfer window.
But Villa are still just three points above the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League.
Manager Houllier is aware of the significance of the home game with Blackburn and concedes he will not be concerned if Villa "win ugly".
He is hoping his players will be refreshed after a fortnight's break from action as they gear up for the final third of the campaign.
Houllier said: "This is a vital game for us. A huge game. We definitely need a win.
"We haven't been playing for 15 days and we are playing a team that will be with us in the relegation battle to the end so a win at home is very important.
"The players have got the belief to get out of trouble. They have improved a lot.
"Since the turn of the year, the team in terms of performances and results have done much better.
"They keep working hard and progressing - but what matters now is wins, whether we play ugly or we play well. We need to win the games."
Houllier added: "The league is so tight that, if you do win a game, you've got 33 points and you are probably in the top half.
"The way it is, it is very tight for everyone and we have got to live with that.
"If you think about it, West Brom were in the European positions at one stage.
"Apart from the big guns, you have a massive group of teams together and, on their day, every team can beat every team. Wolves beat Manchester United, for example."
Villa midfielder Makoun starts a three-match ban for his straight red card against Blackpool but defender Nathan Baker is available after a three- match suspension.
Defenders Carlos Cuellar and James Collins are sidelined through hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean hailed the attitude of Ryan Nelsen after the defender continued to train despite not knowing whether his family and friends were safe following the devastating earthquake that hit his home city of Christchurch this week.
The 33-year-old first learned about the quake around 2am on Tuesday when he began to receive text messages from friends, and events took a very personal turn for the 33-year-old as his sister Stephanie went into labour before giving birth to baby George.
The New Zealand captain did not ask for any time off and will fill his regular spot in central defence.
Kean said: "I asked Ryan if he wanted to have some time off and get back home but, typical Ryan, he wanted to do his session. It gave him a different focus for a couple of hours and that's what he wanted. Thankfully everything's okay and his sister's well.
"If you take the weekend off and you go away then I think the whole thing builds up on top of your shoulders. If he can train and play and then go back home and support his family I think that's as good a way as there can be to really deal with it."
Gael Givet (groin) is fit but Junior Hoilett (hamstring) is doubtful and Phil Jones (knee) definitely still out while January signings Mauro Formica and Ruben Rochina are not yet match fit.
Villa streak continues
Aston Villa's impressive revival continued as inspired performances from two-goal Ashley Young and Stewart Downing enabled them to comfortably dispose of Blackburn 4-1 at Villa Park.
Young's penalty broke the deadlock early in the second half and, after an own goal from Rovers defender Grant Hanley, Downing also got on the score-sheet before Nikola Kalinic's consolation.
Young's stunning strike completed the scoring eight minutes from time and Blackburn skipper Ryan Nelsen was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence.
Villa have now taken 12 points from their last seven Barclays Premier League matches to climb into mid-table.
Watching England head coach Fabio Capello must have been impressed by Young who is relishing playing in the central role behind Darren Bent.
Downing and on-loan Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker also caught the eye down the flanks.
Veteran midfielder Robert Pires also had his most influential game for Villa.
Rovers had little to offer as an attacking force and finished well beaten.
Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was called into action for the first time in saving a low drive from Bent at the second attempt after good play by Young.
Rovers defender Martin Olsson ventured forward but dragged his shot well wide.
Jermaine Jones became the first player to be yellow carded after 23 minutes for bringing down Pires from behind.
Nelsen should have done better when he got on the end of a deep Morten Gamst Pedersen corner but he could not keep his header down.
Villa had strong appeals for a penalty rejected when Pires' fine pass found Bent who went down after a challenge from Grant Hanley but referee Martin Atkinson waved play on.
Nathan Baker needed lengthy touchline treatment after being caught by Robinson when punching clear a Downing cross.
The teenager appeared to be suffering from concussion and had to be replaced after 36 minutes by Fabian Delph.
Villa built up some momentum and Robinson beat out a powerful effort from Pires after Young had teed him up with a first time pass.
Then the former England keeper parried away a drive from Walker and the rebound was put over the top by Young.
The home side were building up some momentum and Robinson pushed another Pires attempt to one side.
Bent almost took advantage of a defensive mix-up but tried to cut back inside and the chance went begging.
Vince Grella was booked in first half injury time for chopping down Pires.
A mistake by Richard Dunne almost proved costly for Villa in the first minute of the second half.
Roque Santa Cruz played in Jones and his low shot was beaten away by former Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel.
Villa were quickly back on the offensive and a fine ball from Pires played in Downing whose shot was deflected wide.
The home side's dominance was finally rewarded after 49 minutes with Young putting Villa ahead from the penalty spot.
Keith Andrews lost possession to Young and the Rovers defender brought down the England player.
Up stepped Young to send Robinson the wrong way with the spot-kick for his seventh goal of the campaign.
Villa took control of the match by netting twice more in the space of 60 seconds.
After 62 minutes Hanley could only deflect a low centre from Marc Albrighton past his own keeper.
Rovers manager Steve Kean then brought on Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic in place of Vince Grella and Santa Cruz.
But immediately Villa made it 3-0 through Downing.
Downing cut in from the left after seizing onto Albrighton's pass and coolly beat Robinson with a shot into the far corner of the net.
Pires left the field to warm applause with 15 minutes remaining and was replaced by skipper Stiliyan Petrov.
Acting captain Young offered Petrov the armband but he declined to take it.
Kalinic gave Rovers a glimmer of hope after 81 minutes when his shot took a deflection of Dunne and flew past Friedel into the net.
But Villa were soon back on the offensive and Young made it 4-1 in superb fashion.
Downing was the creator with his cross from the right and Young's powerful first time shot flew past Robinson.
Blackburn's misery was completed with Nelsen's dismissal when he was shown a second yellow card.
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