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Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kolo Toure from right wing.
Jerome Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Nigel Reo-Coker replaces Stiliyan Petrov. Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Shot on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from just inside the area goes over the target.
Effort from 25 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
Adam Johnson crosses the ball.
Edin Dzeko produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Nigel De Jong takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
Adam Johnson produces a cross, clearance made by Stewart Downing.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Adam Johnson takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
David Silva takes a outswinging corner.
Shot from 20 yards from Edin Dzeko. Blocked by James Collins.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kolo Toure by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Edin Dzeko, James Collins makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Aleksandar Kolarov is shown a yellow card. Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Marc Albrighton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
A cross is delivered by Carlos Cuellar, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Jerome Boateng makes a clearance.
Shot by Ashley Young from 25 yards. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by James Collins.
Edin Dzeko delivers the ball, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko misses to the left of the goal.
Effort from 20 yards by Jerome Boateng. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from 20 yards. Blocked by James Collins.
Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Carlos Tevez challenges James Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Jerome Boateng fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
Adam Johnson replaces Gareth Barry. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Shot from 35 yards from Aleksandar Kolarov. Marc Albrighton gets a block in.
Jerome Boateng delivers the ball, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Gareth Barry is adjudged to have handled the ball. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Edin Dzeko goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Stewart Downing.
Drilled right-footed shot by Edin Dzeko. Blocked by James Collins.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Stewart Downing fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.
Carlos Tevez has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, clearance by Gareth Barry.
The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the left by-line, Ashley Young manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Boateng, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.
Jerome Boateng delivers the ball, Header by Gareth Barry from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Shot by Kolo Toure. Blocked by James Collins.
Edin Dzeko sends in a cross, clearance by James Collins.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Jerome Boateng.
Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball, Jerome Boateng gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
Carlos Cuellar produces a cross, save made by Joe Hart.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Jerome Boateng. Stewart Downing delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Ciaran Clark is cautioned. Edin Dzeko fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, Kolo Toure takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Jerome Boateng, free kick awarded. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
Edin Dzeko is caught offside. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Darren Bent finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Young.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Centre by Edin Dzeko, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Kolo Toure from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Marc Albrighton on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Ciaran Clark. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Ashley Young crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Centre by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, James Collins takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Darren Bent concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick. Vincent Kompany challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young sends in a cross, Close range header by Richard Dunne goes over the crossbar.
The match gets underway.
The referee blows for half time.
The match restarts for the second half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Houllier happy with Bent deal
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier will lose no sleep over Steve Bruce's verbal outburst against him regarding the transfer of Darren Bent - and has accused the Sunderland boss of being ungracious.
Houllier came out all guns blazing in response to Bruce's attack over the way he acted during the sale of Bent to Villa for a club record #18million.
He defended his stance in making no personal contact with Bruce while the transfer was being conducted.
And Houllier is adamant Villa, who host Manchester City, acted in a proper manner throughout the transaction.
He said: "I like Steve Bruce. I think he is a good manager. He is doing a good job.
"I think he was not too gracious to me but that's life. It is not going to prevent me from sleeping, I can tell you that.
"If we had done something wrong, I would say 'hands up' but we have behaved in a very proper way.
"If I call Steve and say 'I want his player' he will go vocal and go public and it will be even worse.
"He is working for the interests of Sunderland. I am working for the interests of Aston Villa.
"You contact a manager when you want a player on loan sometimes. A lot of fellow managers call me if they want loans.
"This is the life of football. It makes me laugh more than anything else.
"Am I bothered about what he said? I prefer not to answer that question."
Houllier also hit out at Blackpool boss Ian Holloway's comments over Villa's attempts to sign midfielder Charlie Adam.
He said: "It's the same with Ian Holloway. We did things right with Blackpool.
"We went straight to the club, we were quiet, we said nothing and finally it comes out in the press but not from Aston Villa.
"He said we were insulting them. We made a bid, they said no and we respect that.
"But there is no point in being vocal and saying we were insulting them and insulting the player.
"They are insulting us but we don't want to go on about it."
Villa's other January signing, Jean Makoun, has finally been granted a work permit although the former Lyon midfielder will not be involved against City.
He is set to make his debut in Tuesday's rearranged clash at Wigan.
Houllier said: "Makoun should get his visa and he should be able to travel to England.
"I don't think he will be involved against Manchester City. It is too early but he might be involved against Wigan."
City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted clubs have to pay over the odds if they want to get hold of decent players in January.
The two most expensive purchases of the current transfer window will be on show at Villa Park when City visit Aston Villa.
It will allow a direct comparison between the Blues' #27million new-boy Edin Dzeko, and Darren Bent, who could cost Villa #24million following his shock switch from Sunderland.
Spending of that magnitude is one of the reasons why Sir Alex Ferguson is amongst those who feel there is no value in the transfer market.
The counter argument is that clubs must stump up the going rate if they want to get the players they need.
And in January, Mancini feels that means coming up with a little bit more.
"I am happy Aston Villa spent that money on Bent. It shows that it is not just Manchester City doing it," Mancini smiled.
"When you want to take a player in January, you must pay more than at the end of the season.
"I don't know how much Aston Villa have paid for Darren Bent and I don't know if we paid the right money for Edin Dzeko.
"But Bent and Dzeko were on the market. Real Madrid are looking for a striker now and they can spend money. But it is difficult."
It could also be argued Villa are paying a premium because of Bent's nationality.
Often, it has been claimed English players cost far more than their continental counterparts.
"Sometimes English players do cost a lot of money," admitted Mancini.
"But Darren Bent was an important player for Sunderland. If a big offer comes in for a player like that, it is normal that the other club would sell."
Bent makes instant impact
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent showed why his #18million transfer fee could prove money well spent with the only goal of the game against title-chasing Manchester City at Villa Park.
The former Sunderland player, who joined Villa on Tuesday in a club-record deal, broke the deadlock with his first clear-cut opportunity after 18 minutes.
With their #59million strike force of Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko, the visitors dominated for long spells, but they struggled to find a way past Villa's rock-solid defence in which James Collins and former City centre-back Richard Dunne were outstanding.
The result means City are now three points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, having played two games more.
Villa held on to register only their second win in 11 league games and it lifted them further away from the bottom three.
It also gave them revenge for a 4-0 mauling at Eastlands last month.
Villa had a let-off after 16 minutes when an inswinging corner from Aleksandar Kolarov caused problems, but neither Dzeko nor Tevez could apply the decisive touch from close range.
After 18 minutes, Villa Park erupted when Bent converted his first chance for his new club.
Gabriel Agbonlahor found Ashley Young in space and his curling effort was parried aside by Joe Hart. But Bent was first to react to the rebound and slotted it into the corner of the net.
City tried to retaliate and Brad Friedel produced a fine save to tip Vincent Kompany's header over the crossbar from Kolarov's corner.
Ciaran Clark became the first player to be yellow-carded after bringing down Dzeko.
Young then almost picked out the late run of Bent with a fine pass but the ball skidded off the surface.
Hart was also alert to cut out a similar ball from Agbonlahor aimed at the former Sunderland player.
Former Villa captain Gareth Barry went close to bringing City level after 37 minutes when his glancing header slid past the far post from Jerome Boateng's threatening ball into the box.
Young got plenty of power behind a low 20-yard drive in the last minute of the first half, but Hart had his body behind the ball.
City continued to press at the start of the second period. Collins blocked a shot from Dzeko after the striker had cut inside following good play by David Silva.
Dzeko got on the end of a corner from Kolarov, although he could not keep his header down.
City boss Roberto Mancini made his first change after 57 minutes with Adam Johnson replacing Barry, who was jeered by home fans as he left the pitch before Collins again did well to block a drive from Tevez.
Friedel then knew little about keeping out a powerful low drive from Boateng, which bounced off him and away to safety.
Dzeko looped a header past the post as the pressure increased from the visitors.
At the other end, Hart was called into action to turn a dipping drive from Young away for a corner.
Kolarov was booked after 69 minutes for bringing down Marc Albrighton before Cuellar threw his body in front of a drive from Dzeko to typify Villa's fighting spirit.
Downing cut in from the right, but his rising effort did not over extend Hart.
Collins produced another superb block to deny a Tevez volley as the game entered the final 10 minutes and Clark deflected a 25-yard shot from De Jong against a post with Friedel stranded.
Then Dzeko headed wide from close range when it seemed easier to score.
In a rare Villa attack, Young poked the ball wide at the near post from Albrighton's cross, but one goal was enough.
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