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  • Date:14 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Downing (14) Petrov (39)
    Milner (65)
Goal!

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93mins

Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

92mins

Shot from 18 yards by Herita Ilunga. Clearance by Stephen Warnock. Corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line, clearance by Richard Dunne. Outswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line.

90mins

John Carew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

89mins

Andreas Weimann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Diamanti. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.

89mins

Barry Bannan is brought on as a substitute for Marc Albrighton.

88mins

Pablo Barrera produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

88mins

Mark Noble delivers the ball.

87mins

Alessandro Diamanti has a drilled shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock. Corner taken left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line, clearance by John Carew.

86mins

Andreas Weimann replaces Ashley Young.

85mins

Nigel Reo-Coker joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Milner.

84mins

Scott Parker takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

84mins

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Carlton Cole.

82mins

The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance by Julien Faubert. Corner taken by Ashley Young. James Milner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

81mins

Unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Herita Ilunga takes the direct free kick.

81mins

James Milner has an effort at goal.

81mins

Stewart Downing takes a inswinging corner.

80mins

Ashley Young delivers the ball. Centre by Marc Albrighton, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

79mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Julien Faubert on John Carew. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

78mins

Shot from inside the six-yard box by John Carew hits the post.

78mins

The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, Julien Faubert makes a clearance.

78mins

The ball is crossed by James Milner, clearance by Herita Ilunga.

78mins

Effort on goal by Marc Albrighton from 18 yards. Blocked by Winston Reid.

77mins

The ball is crossed by Pablo Barrera, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

76mins

The ball is crossed by Stiliyan Petrov, John Carew produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73mins

Foul by Alessandro Diamanti on James Milner, free kick awarded. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

James Tomkins leaves the field to be replaced by Alessandro Diamanti. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

71mins

A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Matthew Upson.

71mins

Marc Albrighton takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by James Tomkins. Stewart Downing takes a outswinging corner.

70mins

A cross is delivered by Luke Young, clearance by James Tomkins.

70mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Barrera on Luke Young. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

Effort from 18 yards by Stewart Downing. A cross is delivered by John Carew, clearance made by Matthew Upson.

69mins

Foul by Herita Ilunga on Marc Albrighton, free kick awarded. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.

68mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ashley Young. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.

66mins

James Milner grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 3-0 West Ham.Marc Albrighton provided the assist for the goal.

66mins

Stewart Downing fouled by James Tomkins, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

64mins

The ball is delivered by Pablo Barrera.

63mins

The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Shot by Stewart Downing. Herita Ilunga gets a block in.

61mins

Julien Faubert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark. Julien Faubert is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock. Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Winston Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.

60mins

Foul by James Tomkins on John Carew, free kick awarded. James Tomkins booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

60mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on James Tomkins. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.

58mins

Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole.

57mins

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Julien Faubert. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

56mins

Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, James Milner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Tomkins.

55mins

Shot by Julien Faubert from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

54mins

James Tomkins produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

53mins

Shot by James Milner. Blocked by James Tomkins. Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne. Free kick crossed by Julien Faubert, clearance by Richard Dunne.

51mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Noble.

50mins

Unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick. Booking for Marc Albrighton for unsporting behaviour. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.

50mins

The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, save by Robert Green.

49mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by James Tomkins misses to the right of the goal.

49mins

The ball is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Richard Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.

47mins

Pablo Barrera concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Young. Shot comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick,

47mins

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, clearance by Scott Parker.

47mins

Unfair challenge on John Carew by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Unfair challenge on James Tomkins by John Carew results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.

46mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Frederic Piquionne goes wide right of the target.

46mins

Radoslav Kovac goes off and Frederic Piquionne comes on. Pablo Barrera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Boa Morte.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Mark Noble by John Carew results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Mark Noble from the free kick.

43mins

Shot by Luis Boa Morte. Brad Friedel makes a save.

42mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on James Tomkins. Robert Green takes the free kick.

40mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Stiliyan Petrov grabs a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 2-0 West Ham.Assist by Ashley Young.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Ciaran Clark results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance by John Carew.

35mins

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young. A cross is delivered by James Milner, John Carew has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

34mins

Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, Radoslav Kovac manages to make a clearance.

34mins

The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, clearance made by James Tomkins.

34mins

Marc Albrighton produces a cross.

34mins

The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, James Tomkins makes a clearance.

33mins

A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

32mins

The ball is sent over by Luis Boa Morte, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

31mins

Julien Faubert delivers the ball, clearance by Richard Dunne. Corner from right by-line taken by Luis Boa Morte.

30mins

The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, save by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young. A cross is delivered by James Milner, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

28mins

Luke Young produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

27mins

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, blocked by Herita Ilunga. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line to the near post, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

22mins

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Scott Parker makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Header from close range by Richard Dunne misses to the right of the goal.

22mins

Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, save made by Robert Green.

21mins

Short corner worked by Stewart Downing.

21mins

Ashley Young takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Robert Green.

20mins

Ashley Young fouled by James Tomkins, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.

19mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Matthew Upson. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

18mins

A cross is delivered by Luke Young, clearance made by Robert Green.

17mins

John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

14mins

The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, save by Robert Green.

14mins

Shot from 12 yards from Marc Albrighton. Save made by Robert Green. Stewart Downing gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Marc Albrighton.

14mins

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, comfortable save by Robert Green.

14mins

Ashley Young crosses the ball, save by Robert Green.

13mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Julien Faubert. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

12mins

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.

10mins

Foul by Herita Ilunga on Marc Albrighton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Carlton Cole.

8mins

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton, John Carew produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

8mins

James Milner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Matthew Upson gets a block in.

8mins

James Milner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Scott Parker.

8mins

The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by James Tomkins.

8mins

A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Robert Green makes a comfortable save.

6mins

Unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by John Carew results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.

5mins

Close range header by John Carew goes wide of the left-hand post.

5mins

Winston Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing to the near post, Robert Green makes a save. Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line played to the near post, Richard Dunne has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

2mins

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.

2mins

The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Matthew Upson.

1mins

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, Winston Reid makes a clearance.

1mins

James Milner fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Young.

The referee gets the game underway.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The second half kicks off.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Milner in Villa squad Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has been named in caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald's squad to play West Ham despite his impending move to Manchester City. MacDonald believes Milner has the "mental strength" to deal with any possible hostile reaction from his own fans. MacDonald is also confident Milner's fitness levels will not be an issue even though he has played only 23 minutes - for England against Hungary on Wednesday - since the World Cup. Former Liverpool midfielder MacDonald said: "I didn't have to think hard about putting James in the squad. "It was a pretty straightforward decision for me. You need to get your best players on the pitch. James is one of our best players. "James would also have the mental strength to deal with it if the crowd reaction is hostile. He is a tough lad. "I would expect him not to let it affect him and he is very much a team player." MacDonald is hoping the Villa fans will react positively to the former Newcastle player. He said: "I hope the fans don't get on his back. "I hope they get behind him and say 'whatever happens, he is playing for us today' and look what he has done for us over the previous couple of years." MacDonald is set to be without defensive duo Carlos Cuellar and James Collins through injury. Another player player with little chance - or should that be fat chance - of playing is West Ham striker Benni McCarthy. The South African was left out his nation's World Cup squad due to his lack of fitness and has been put on a strict weight-loss regime in a bid to shed some extra pounds. "Benni has a problem. He needs to lose some weight to be fit - he's a very good player when fit so we are trying our best," said Grant. "I've only been here one month. He's a nice guy, he's doing everything we tell him to do but I cannot follow the players around 24 hours a day - maybe I will in the future. "But I don't know what any player is doing in their private life and I can't put my finger on it. I know it started a year ago, and it's a pity because he's very skilful and a very good player. "Any player that belongs to the squad we always try to get the best out of but it is not all one way, the player also needs to do his job." New signing Thomas Hitzlsperger is likely to miss out on the trip to his former club after suffering a thigh injury playing for Germany in midweek.

Formation:451Manager:

Aston Villa

Formation: 451Manager: Avram Grant

West Ham

  • Brad Friedel
  • Luke Young
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Richard Dunne
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Stewart Downing
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Stiliyan Petrov
  • James Milner
  • Ashley Young
  • John Carew
  • SUBS
  • Bradley Guzan
  • Emile Heskey
  • Nigel Reo-Coker
  • Habib Beye
  • Andreas Weimann
  • Eric Lichaj
  • Barry Bannan

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Match Report

Milner on target as Villa down Hammers James Milner turned the jeers to cheers after his strike sealed a comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Ham in what could be his final appearance for Aston Villa. The England international appears to be on the verge of signing for Manchester City in a deal, believed to be worth #30million, which could see Stephen Ireland move in the opposite direction. Milner's name was booed when it was read out before the match but his second-half strike at the Holte End brought Villa Park to its feet. Villa were already well in the ascendancy, courtesy of first-half goals from Stewart Downing and Stiliyan Petrov, as they proved there can be life after Martin O'Neill. Kevin MacDonald was left to take charge after O'Neill walked out as manager earlier in the week but Villa put all that disruption behind them with a commanding performance. Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton ripped the hapless Hammers to shreds, Downing was named man of the match, and Villa were unfortunate not to have won by double the scoreline. Albrighton, who made his England Under-21 debut in midweek, was given his first Premier League start and he looked right at home while West Ham failed to handle Young's pace and movement. Villa started like a train and barely let up in intensity. Richard Dunne and John Carew both missed with close-range headers after being picked out by Downing before West Ham's defending touched on the farcical. Carew should have put Villa ahead when he latched on to a dreadful back-pass from James Tomkins. A poor first touch gave Robert Green time to race off his line and his deflection ricocheted off Tomkins and onto the post. Somehow West Ham cleared but a Villa goal seemed inevitable and it duly came after 15 minutes. Green parried Young's fierce cross out to Albrighton, who volleyed the rebound goalwards and forced the visiting keeper into a diving save. But Green could only push the ball to Downing who scored from the six-yard line. The officials waved away West Ham's strong appeals for offside. Young almost doubled Villa's advantage when he escaped the West Ham defence but Green produced an excellent save to tip his shot over the bar. Milner thought he had won a penalty when he was challenged by West Ham debutant Winston Reid on the edge of the box but referee Mike Dean waved play on. Reid was struggling on his Premier League debut and was even penalised for a foul throw as West Ham failed to relieve the almost constant pressure. Carlton Cole made one powerful run past Dunne and into the Villa box but he had no-one in support and his shot was dragged across the face of goal. West Ham's defence was all at sea as Downing and Albrighton made the most of the space and time they were being afforded down the flanks. Albrighton once again got the better of Herita Ilunga before pulling the ball back to Young, who picked out Petrov's driving run into the box, and the Bulgarian headed Villa into a 2-0 lead. Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel was called into serious action only once in the half and he was equal to Luis Boa Morte's shot after the former Portugal international had made space inside the box. Grant sent on Pablo Barrera and Frederic Piquionne in the second half and West Ham briefly flickered into life but Tomkins powered a header wide of Friedel's post. Barrera's first real contribution was to concede a free-kick, which Downing curled towards the top corner and Green was relieved to see it dip just over the bar. But Villa soon wrapped up the game. Albrighton bustled his way past Tomkins and pulled the ball back for Milner, who lashed a first-time shot past Green. Milner barely celebrated in front of the Holte End but he did acknowledge the standing ovation from the Villa Park crowd after being replaced before the end. Villa pushed for a fourth goal and Petrov picked out Carew in the box but the Norwegian striker once again failed to find the target with a close-range header. Carew then squeezed a shot against the post but the ball refused to go in, rolling across the line, and Young could only turn it into the side-netting.

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