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  • Date:04 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:24,038
  • Helenius (74)
  • Flynn (80)
Goal!

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The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

94:39 +4.39

Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

93:47 +3.47

Andreas Weimann takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

91:30 +1.30

George Long goes into the referee's book.

91:15 +1.15

Shaun Miller on for Jamie Murphy.

90:56 +0.56

Chris Porter leaves the field to be replaced by Terry Kennedy.

90:19 +0.19

The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton.

88:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christian Benteke.

88:02

The referee cautions Fabian Delph for unsporting behaviour.

87:59

Fabian Delph concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn.

87:19

George Long restarts play with the free kick.

87:13

Foul by Christian Benteke on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded.

83:56

Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.

83:15

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle.

82:28

Free kick crossed by Marc Albrighton.

82:09

Fabian Delph fouled by Tony McMahon, the ref awards a free kick.

80:36

Ryan Flynn grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 1-2 Sheff Utd.

79:51

Conor Coady on for Jose Baxter.

79:27

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line.

79:16

Andreas Weimann takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

77:47

The ball is delivered by Ryan Flynn.

76:04

Chris Porter takes a shot and cleared the bar.

74:57

Nicklas Helenius scores with their right foot. Aston Villa 1-1 Sheff Utd.

74:16

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line.

73:50

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton.

71:35

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.

69:54

Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

62:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leandro Bacuna on Jamie Murphy.

61:56

Free kick crossed by Jose Baxter.

61:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Jamie Murphy.

61:24

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

61:08

The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn.

60:18

Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

60:11

Foul by Nicklas Helenius on Harry Maguire, free kick awarded.

59:38

Aleksandar Tonev leaves the field to be replaced by Nicklas Helenius.

58:42

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line.

58:24

Aleksandar Tonev crosses the ball.

55:42

Marc Albrighton crosses the ball.

51:21

Free kick crossed by Leandro Bacuna.

51:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Michael Doyle.

49:53

Free kick taken by Jed Steer.

49:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Antonio Luna.

47:57

Shot by Ryan Flynn. Jed Steer catches the ball.

47:31

Jed Steer takes the free kick.

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

It is the end of the first-half.

47:02 +2.02

The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton.

46:38

Shot by Ryan Flynn. A parry by Jed Steer prevents the goal.

45:48

Foul by Christian Benteke on Neill Collins, free kick awarded.

45:01 +0.01

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.

43:44

Neill Collins makes a clearance.

40:10

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

40:00

Chris Porter concedes a free kick for a foul on Leandro Bacuna.

39:47

Free kick taken by George Long.

39:27

Unfair challenge on Jose Baxter by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick.

39:10

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Chris Porter results in a free kick.

38:41

Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

38:28

Christian Benteke challenges Harry Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:19

The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton.

35:42

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

35:34

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Lowton.

33:03

Tony McMahon crosses the ball.

32:09

Aleksandar Tonev takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

27:39

Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

27:35

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Doyle.

25:06

Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

24:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McGinn on Andreas Weimann.

22:40

A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton.

22:24

Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

22:07

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

21:27

Antonio Luna produces a cross.

17:40

Neill Collins makes a clearance.

16:39

Antonio Luna restarts play with the free kick.

16:33

Ryan Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.

14:05

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.

12:29

Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire.

11:17

Neill Collins receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

11:09

Neill Collins challenges Andreas Weimann unfairly and gives away a free kick.

3:19

Free kick taken by Leandro Bacuna.

3:14

Unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Michael Doyle results in a free kick.

2:03

Chris Porter takes the free kick.

1:46

Antonio Luna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn.

The game kicks-off.

Match Preview

Lowton shows enthusiasm for FA Cup Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert struggles to drum up much enthusiasm for the third round of the FA Cup, but Matthew Lowton believes it represents a chance to get Villa Park "rocking" once again. Asked by BBC West Midlands on Thursday whether this weekend's fixtures were something top-flight clubs would rather avoid, the Scot said: "If they were being honest, they probably would do. It is realistic, that is the nature of it. "If anyone says any differently then I am not so sure they will be telling the truth because the Premier League is the most vital thing that anyone wants to get into and we are no different." His comments will do little to add to the magic of the cup when Sheffield United visit on Saturday, while Lambert's apparent dismissal of last season's charge to the last four Capital One Cup also acted as something of a dampener. Addressing a pre-match press conference, he added: "We got knocked out in the semi-final, we may as well have got knocked out in the first round. "I probably don't buy into the 'great cup run'. If you're in it you may as well try to win it which we didn't do." But if that assessment leaves Villa fans cold, then versatile defender Lowton is on hand to offer the alternative view. "We did it last year in the other cup and there's no reason why we can't do the same now, have a great cup run and get the fans going," he told AVTV. "I remember the semi-final at Villa Park last season (a penalty shootout defeat to Bradford) and it was rocking, the atmosphere was unbelievable. "You see how much it means to them to have a good cup run and hopefully we can start by getting into the next round on Saturday. "It's a great opportunity to get a win at home in front of our fans. A good chance to give them something to cheer about." The prospect of making an impact on the cup is not the only reason for Lowton's excitement, though. The Chesterfield-born 24-year-old started his career at Bramall Lane before leaving the Blades when Lambert paid around B#3million for his services 18 months ago. "We were on the way back from an away game (during the third round draw) and I got a phone call from my brother. He was laughing when I answered so I thought it must have been a tasty draw. I had to smile," he said. "For personal reasons the club is very close to my heart and it's good to play them in a massive cup game. "I still speak to a few of the boys who were there when I was and I'm looking forward to getting out there." Sheffield United pair Jose Baxter and Stephen McGinn are doubtful. Both striker Baxter and midfielder McGinn sustained ankle injuries in the New Year's Day defeat at Walsall and were forced out of the action in the second half. Jamie Murphy replaced McGinn and Shaun Miller went on for Baxter, so those two will be hoping to start, while midfielder Conor Coady will play the last game of his loan spell before returning to Liverpool, although talks are on-going regarding an extension. Boss Nigel Clough has no other new injury or suspension worries as his side bid to bounce back from their first loss in nine.

Formation:433Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

Formation: 451Manager: Nigel Clough

Sheff Utd

  • Jed Steer
  • Antonio Luna
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Matthew Lowton
  • Aleksandar Tonev
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Fabian Delph
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Christian Benteke
  • Andreas Weimann
  • SUBS
  • Janoi Donacien
  • Bradley Guzan
  • Karim El Ahmadi
  • Nicklas Helenius
  • Yacouba Sylla
  • Jordan Bowery
  • Gary Gardner

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