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  • Young, A (32), Downing (56), Downing (58), Heskey (61), Agbonlahor (68)
  • Fletcher (10), Paterson (90)
  • Date:2010-02-21
  • Kick-off:14:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:38709
  • Referee:Attwell, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

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

90mins

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.

90mins

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

90mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

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.

88mins

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.

85mins

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

85mins

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.

82mins

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

82mins

Burnely substitution: Fletcher makes way for Paterson.

81mins

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

80mins

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.

77mins

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

75mins

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

74mins

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

72mins

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.

72mins

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

71mins

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.

70mins

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

68mins

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.

67mins

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

64mins

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

64mins

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

61mins

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.

60mins

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.

58mins

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.

56mins

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.

54mins

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.

52mins

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.

50mins

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

49mins

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.

47mins

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.

46mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

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.

45mins

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.

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

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

44mins

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.

43mins

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

42mins

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.

40mins

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.

39mins

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.

37mins

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.

36mins

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.

35mins

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

32mins

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.

32mins

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.

31mins

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

29mins

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.

26mins

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.

26mins

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.

25mins

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

24mins

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.

23mins

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.

21mins

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.

21mins

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

19mins

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.

18mins

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.

17mins

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.

16mins

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.

14mins

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.

13mins

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.

10mins

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.

9mins

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.

7mins

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.

7mins

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

6mins

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

4mins

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.

2mins

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.

0mins

Villa get this game underway.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

Match Preview

Aston Villa will continue their quest for Champions League football when they entertain relegation-threatened Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

Martin O'Neill's side have not won any of their last four home matches in the Premier League, scoring just one goal in the process, but will be confident of victory against what is the worst away side in the league.

Burnley have only picked up one point and have a minus 30 goal difference on their travels this term in the top-flight, and have now failed to score in nine hours of away league action.

This is the worst away record in Premier League history after 13 matches of a season. Despite this, with only five goals being scored in Aston Villa's last six league matches, this meeting could prove to be a tight affair.

In their clash earlier this season, Villa needed a late goal from Emile Heskey to secure a point at Turf Moor, this after Steven Caldwell scored his first, and only goal of the season for the Clarets.

Neither side will be missing players through suspension for this game, but Villa look set to be missing key player Gabriel Agbonlahor after he took a heavy knock in their last Premier League match against Manchester United, as well as long-term absentee Nigel Reo Coker.

Burnley have doubts over Steven Caldwell and Leon Cort, but Graham Alexander is expected to return.


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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.

Aston Villa

Burnley

Corners

95

Fouls

715

Goal attempts

Shots off target

83

Offsides

42

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