skip to content
Martin Olsson produces a cross.
Barry Bannan concedes a free kick for a foul on Radosav Petrovic. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Martin Olsson.
Mauro Formica takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
Corner taken by Mauro Formica from the right by-line. Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Centre by Michel Salgado, Marc Albrighton makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Robinson makes a save. Charles N'Zogbia takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Radosav Petrovic takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Michel Salgado is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Mauro Formica. Stiliyan Petrov is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen. David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Bannan by Grant Hanley. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark. Mauro Formica replaces Jason Roberts. (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Radosav Petrovic coming on for Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Effort from just outside the area by Barry Bannan goes over the target.
Corner taken short by Charles N'Zogbia. Centre by Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Darren Bent grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Stiliyan Petrov.
Stiliyan Petrov has a drilled shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
Fabian Delph fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan replaces Emile Heskey. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Steven Nzonzi sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross.
Shot from long distance by Marc Albrighton goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by David Dunn. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
Ciaran Clark produces a cross.
Foul by Fabian Delph on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Fabian Delph is booked. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Michel Salgado produces a cross, David Hoilett challenges Stephen Warnock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Emile Heskey. Emile Heskey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Ciaran Clark joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Young. Free kick taken by Martin Olsson.
Emile Heskey takes a shot. Darren Bent gets a block in. Martin Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins takes the free kick.
David Hoilett challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn.David Hoilett provided the assist for the goal.
David Goodwillie produces a cross, Luke Young gets a block in.
David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by Fabian Delph. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Bent on Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Marc Albrighton on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Darren Bent.
Foul by David Dunn on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
The ball is swung over by Luke Young. Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
David Dunn concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
Luke Young crosses the ball, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
David Dunn delivers the ball.
Fabian Delph sends in a cross, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by David Hoilett. David Dunn takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by David Dunn, James Collins makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Emile Heskey fires in a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
David Goodwillie is ruled offside. James Collins takes the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stephen Warnock gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Foul by Jason Roberts on Shay Given, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save by Paul Robinson.
Michel Salgado sends in a cross. Centre by David Hoilett, Effort on goal by David Goodwillie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
David Dunn challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line to the near post, James Collins challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Luke Young crosses the ball, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn.Darren Bent provided the assist for the goal.
David Goodwillie delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.
The ball is swung over by Luke Young, clearance by Grant Hanley.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line to the near post, Richard Dunne produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Goodwillie. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
The ball is sent over by Luke Young. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Goodwillie. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Olsson fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, clearance made by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
McLeish excited by Villa Park debut
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists he has no nerves before taking charge of his first game at Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League encounter against Blackburn.
It will be his first home match since the controversial events of the summer, when he resigned as Birmingham boss before moving to their bitter rivals.
The former Scotland coach is fully aware of the importance of the game both to himself and Villa but it is anticipation rather than nervousness that McLeish is feeling.
He said: "I am looking forward to the first game at Villa Park.
"I cannot wait to walk down the track. I am proud to be manager of Aston Villa.
"It will be a proud moment for me going down the track at what I consider one of the great stadiums in football.
"I'm not nervous. A couple of minutes before the game there will be butterflies in the stomach. But everyone gets that.
"Once you stop having that, it is time to get out of the game so I am looking forward with great anticipation to the game.
"I will just come out with the teams as I've already been introduced to the fans at Fulham and the reception was excellent.
"It was a good point for us against a high-flying Fulham team, as we saw with their tremendous result in Europe this week (they beat Dnipro 3-0)."
McLeish had initially come under fire following his appointment but he has been delighted with the way he has been received at Villa following his cross-city switch.
He added: "The staff have been fantastic and really supportive and they are all striving hard for the good of Aston Villa and I am sure that the fans will show their support.
"They love the club and long after Alex McLeish has gone they will continue to love the club.
"They will want success and I am no stranger to this situation. When I was at Rangers the expectation was to win every game.
"I know the expectations of the Villa are high and I know the Barclays Premier League is different from the Scottish league.
"We have a home game against Blackburn but every game can be very tough.
"The onus is on us to get the fans on their feet by showing some creativity and imagination from my players.
"I will be looking for the players to get more into the forward areas. I expect to see that against Blackburn.
"We will be looking for Charles N'Zogbia to produce his very best in every game and also provide a service for Darren Bent."
Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes new signing Radosav Petrovic can make a big impression in the Premier League.
The Serbia midfielder joined earlier this month from Partizan Belgrade and is in line to make his debut at Villa Park.
At 6ft 4in, Petrovic will certainly be an imposing presence but Kean expects him to show his qualities in all areas of the park and is confident he will demonstrate the eye for goal that brought him 17 goals in 70 games for Partizan.
The Scot said: "It's not only that we've just seen him, we've been watching him for a long, long time. I've seen him live on a number of occasions, our scouting staff have been out watching him.
"He's a presence, he's an imposing figure but he can score goals, he can switch play, he can sit in and be a defensive player but he can also be released to go box to box.
"I think he's a genuine all-round midfield player. He's a quality player and we're delighted we could get a work permit for him because I think he's going to be a big part of our squad."
Petrovic, 22, is aware he faces a big challenge to adjust to the demands of Premier League football but he is confident he has joined a club that can help him fulfil his ambitions in England.
He said: "I know a lot about Blackburn. In my country, for everybody the Premier League is the best league in the world and Blackburn are a very big club with a good history.
"Blackburn were champions 15 years ago and I'm very happy because I am here and the manager and everybody at the club has made me feel welcome.
"I must work hard and what is most important is that Blackburn win. I've seen some Blackburn matches from last season and I know the Premier League is much more difficult than football in Serbia. I know what I must do."
As well as having Petrovic in the squad, Kean is also hoping to welcome back defensive stalwarts Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba from injury but Gael Givet and Brett Emerton are unlikely to be fit.
McLeish savours Villa win
Alex McLeish savoured the applause of the Aston Villa faithful at the end of a convincing first home victory as manager, as his side beat Blackburn 3-1.
Goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent also gave McLeish his first Barclays Premier League win over a fellow Scot at his 12th attempt.
For opposite number in Blackburn's Steve Kean, it has been a start of the season to forget, with back-to-back losses sandwiching a court appearance in which he was banned from driving for 18 months for drink driving.
If McLeish had harboured any quiet concern deep inside as to the kind of reception he might receive from the home fans, that was dispelled as soon as he made his way out of the tunnel and set foot on the touchline.
The vitriol and animosity that had greeted McLeish's appointment two months ago was a thing of the past as time has clearly proven a great healer to the Villa fans.
Forgetting his prior allegiance to Birmingham, a club he guided to Carling Cup success and relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season, the greeting afforded to McLeish was positive.
The applause was certainly long and warm as he made his way to his dugout shortly before kick off, and again when his name was aired over the public address system shortly after.
What followed was as comfortable a performance as he could have wished for as Villa strolled into a 2-0 lead by the interval.
It was nothing more than they deserved as Blackburn were a team bizarrely lacking drive and purpose given it is so early into the season.
The opener, however, was special, coming after a quiet 11 minutes in which neither side had gained a foothold.
The departure of Ashley Young to Manchester United has been a hole McLeish has so far been unable to fill.
However, he may not need to if Agbonlahor continues to display the quality he produced throughout the opening 45 minutes, and in particular for the first goal.
Attacking from Young's old left-wing position, Agbonlahor cut his way into the area before delivering a stunning curled strike from 15 yards beyond Paul Robinson's flailing grasp into the top left-hand corner.
Midway through the half Agbonlahor, who only scored five goals last season, almost doubled his and Villa's tally.
In attempting an audacious effort from 30 yards, Robinson needed to be at his best to claw the ball out of the air that was again destined for the top left of his net.
The former England goalkeeper, though, was beaten again soon after, with Agbonlahor the supplier in teeing up Heskey in the 25th minute.
From inside the D, Heskey's edge-of-the-area shot made its way beyond Robinson, ending a 13-game drought for the striker stretching back to January 2.
Heskey should have made it 3-0 in the 34th minute, but despite a clear sight of goal after receiving a pass into his feet from Darren Bent, his first touch was hideous, allowing returning captain Ryan Nelsen to clear.
In reply, Rovers barely figured but for one 12-yard drive from new striker David Goodwillie, signed from Dundee United in the summer, that was fired over the angle of the woodwork.
After a virtual no-show in the first half, the goal that gave them a lifeline in the 52nd minute was a bolt from the blue, but classy nonetheless.
Neat footwork from Junior Hoilett down the left wing saw him evade two tackles, carving out a position from which he delivered a piercing cross.
Stealing in between centre backs Richard Dunne and James Collins, Morten Gamst Pedersen planted a powerful header past home debut goalkeeper Shay Given from six yards.
For a period that followed Villa appeared to lose their way, in particular as they had lost Agbonlahor at the break to a knock sustained before the interval.
McLeish was also forced to make two further changes due to injuries to Luke Young and Heskey, but any concerns as to a Rovers fightback were eased midway through the half when the two-goal cushion was restored.
After young defender Grant Hanley had blocked a speculative shot from captain Stiliyan Petrov, Bent was quick to seize on the loose ball before delivering a clinical finish beyond Robinson to seal the three points.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk