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  • Date:03 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:20,717
  • Dunn (84)
    Dunn (84)
  • N'Zogbia (23)

Live Commentary

92:50 +2.50

A cross is delivered by Marcus Olsson, clearance by James Collins.

91:40 +1.40

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line.

91:23 +1.23

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Bradley Orr gets a block in.

90:32 +0.32

Marc Albrighton leaves the field to be replaced by Andreas Weimann.

90:06 +0.06

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Close range headed effort by Grant Hanley misses to the right of the goal.


Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Bannan.


Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.


David Dunn finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa.Bradley Orr provided the assist for the goal.


Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Shay Given makes a save.


Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by James Collins.


Inswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line, Bradley Orr makes a clearance.


Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.


The ball is sent over by Marcus Olsson, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.


Gary Gardner comes on in place of Chris Herd. Barry Bannan on for Charles N'Zogbia.


The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, save made by Shay Given.


Ayegbeni Yakubu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.


Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.


Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins. Morten Gamst Pedersen is cautioned. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.


David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.


Alan Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Olsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.


Scott Dann produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.


David Dunn has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.


The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by James Collins.


David Dunn challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Alan Hutton. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.


Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.


Foul by Scott Dann on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.

46:55 +1.55

David Hoilett takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.


Marcus Olsson takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Alan Hutton.


A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson.


Marcus Olsson replaces Radosav Petrovic. David Dunn on for Mauro Formica.


Stephen Ireland is ruled offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.


Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.


Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd takes a shot. Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Marc Albrighton. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.


The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, clearance by Shay Given.


Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Stiliyan Petrov produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.


Alan Hutton delivers the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance.


Radosav Petrovic challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.


Chris Herd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mauro Formica. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.


Stephen Ireland crosses the ball, Scott Dann gets a block in.


Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.


Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.


Marc Albrighton decides to take the corner short.


Charles N'Zogbia fires in a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Carlos Cuellar.


Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.


Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.


Marc Albrighton fouled by Bradley Orr, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.


Stephen Warnock challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.


The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton.


Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.


Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Alan Hutton gets a block in.


Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.


Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.


Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.


Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Bradley Orr manages to make a clearance.


Short corner worked by Marc Albrighton.


Alan Hutton delivers the ball.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mauro Formica by Chris Herd. Direct free kick taken by Mauro Formica.


Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, blocked by Bradley Orr.


Short corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line.


Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.


Shot by Ayegbeni Yakubu went wide right of the post.


Mauro Formica takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

Match Preview

Kean sets sights on overhauling Villa Blackburn boss Steve Kean has warned the likes of Aston Villa and Swansea the scrap to avoid Barclays Premier League relegation is far from cut and dried. Most pundits believe it is a case of three from five to go down into the Championship, with Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn, Wolves and QPR separated by only two points. Villa have a seven-point cushion and Swansea eight but Kean highlighted the plight last season of Blackpool, who went down despite being well above the bottom three for much of the campaign. The Rovers boss said: "You look back to last season and I think I'm right in saying Blackpool had 32 points at this stage, so we feel we can get back to teams, and not only Villa. Swansea are just above them, and we're looking to catch the teams above us. "We're playing well, we're picking up points and we go into this phase of games looking forward. We know we have to take care of our own points but some of the teams in and around us have got to go to the venues we've already been at and got points from. "We're confident at the end of this month we'll have points on the board and hopefully a bit of space between us and teams in and around us." Kean is taking encouragement from recent home performances, with wins over Fulham and QPR sandwiched by a defeat against Newcastle in a game they dominated. With Saturday's match with Villa followed by meetings with Wolves, Sunderland and Bolton, March is shaping up to be a crucial month for Rovers' survival hopes. They could be facing Villa at the right time after Robbie Keane returned to the United States and fellow dangerman Darren Bent was ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, but Kean is not underestimating the talent at Alex McLeish's disposal. He said: "They've still got (Gabriel) Agbonlahor, (Emile) Heskey, (Marc) Albrighton, Charles N'Zogbia, possibly (Stiliyan) Petrov coming back in again, so they've got lots of quality. Having said that, it's certainly not ideal for Alex." Martin Olsson, who picked up minor ankle and knee problems on international duty with Sweden, is the only doubt. David Dunn has recovered from a thigh injury but Gael Givet and Jason Lowe serve the last matches of their respective suspensions. McLeish has hit back at claims from fans he is too negative in his approach but admits he will look to bring in new players and "stamp his authority" on the squad this summer. McLeish came in for strong criticism from supporters who witnessed last weekend's goalless draw at Wigan. He admits the current side is not as strong as the one which just missed securing Champions League qualification two years ago and has been under instructions to reduce the wage bill. But McLeish is adamant he has always maintained a positive outlook in matches as Villa look to add to Rovers' relegation fears at Ewood Park. He said: "I've never put the shackles on the lads, never have done since the start of the season. "Yes, I want the forward players to get back and defend and help the other parts of the team just like any other major team in the world does, the Barcelonas, the Manchester Uniteds. "But I don't say to players `go and play negatively, go and pass the ball back'. It can be down to quality and maybe we've not shown it enough at certain times. "At the moment it is a Villa team that is trying to grow, trying to gel, and not exactly as strong as the Villa team a couple of years ago. "Sometimes players struggle for one reason or another but we certainly encourage them to get forward and get the victories." McLeish concedes the criticism Kean and, more recently, he himself have received from the respective sets of fans is commonplace in football these days. He said: "Steve Kean has had some criticism, I've had that too, it is not pleasant but part of the modern game when you are at this level. "No-one likes to see that happening, it is sad when it does, but it is the nature of the beast these days, it is the society we have created, the knee jerk and blame culture we are living in now. "We are in that results business and Steve has taken it brilliantly, bounced back with some positive results but they are still fighting for their lives. I don't think any team under 40 points is not fighting for their lives." McLeish will welcome back skipper and midfielder Stiliyan Petrov after a thigh injury.

Formation:4231Manager: Steve Kean


Formation: 4231Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

  • Paul Robinson
  • Bradley Orr
  • Scott Dann
  • Grant Hanley
  • Martin Olsson
  • Radosav Petrovic
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • Mauro Formica
  • David Hoilett
  • Ayegbeni Yakubu
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • David Dunn
  • Anthony Modeste
  • Marcus Olsson
  • David Goodwillie
  • Simon Vukcevic
  • Adam Henley



Match Report

Dunn pegs back Villa David Dunn came off the bench to breathe life into Blackburn's Barclays Premier League relegation battle with an 85th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Ewood Park. Dunn headed home a Bradley Orr cross to grab the point Rovers' second half performance deserved, and frustrate a Villa side denied the chance to move further clear of the drop zone. Charles N'Zogbia had rocketed Alex McLeish's men into a 24th minute lead and such was their dominance it seemed likely Villa would go on to claim a comfortable win. But Rovers responded in superb fashion with Junior Hoilett, Scott Dann and Morten Gamst Pedersen all coming agonisingly close before Dunn's header secured their vital point. Villa dominated the early quarter of an hour, pinning the hosts back in their own half and almost grabbing a fourth minute lead through Marc Albrighton. N'Zogbia picked up the ball deep the Rovers box and laid the ball back to the midfielder, who lashed his shot over the bar from eight yards. Pedersen headed away a dangerous corner from Albrighton before Rovers had their first chance when Pedersen's goalbound drive was blocked by the head of Stephen Warnock. Villa grabbed a deserved lead in the 24th minute when Carlos Cuellar threaded the ball to N'Zogbia in the box and he slammed a left-foot shot past Paul Robinson into the roof of the net. N'Zogbia almost grabbed his second in the 44th minute when N'Zogbia struck a low, close-range shot which was superbly tipped away by Robinson. And for all Villa's dominance, Steve Kean's men almost grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the first half when Junior Hoilett met a Pedersen cross but shot over from six yards. Rovers looked brighter after the restart and came close to an equaliser in the 46th minute when Martin Olsson's low cross from the left just eluded Ayegbeni Yakubu in front of goal. Villa responded with a swift move which ended with Robinson blocking a low shot from Stephen Ireland, then recovering well to smother an attempted follow-up from Alan Hutton. The home side had another chance in the 55th minute when Steven Nzonzi headed across the box and Dann jumped to direct another header onto the roof of the net. Rovers were enjoying their best spell of the game and came close again in the 61st minute when substitute Dunn fed Hoilett, whose drive was parried by Shay Given. Given denied Rovers again in the 70th minute by reacted superbly to block a Pedersen shot after Orr's initial ball into the box had only been half-cleared. Villa came close to extending their lead in the 79th minute when Robinson got down well to palm away Gabriel Agbonlahor's header from a Warnock cross. But Rovers grabbed the equaliser their second half performance deserved in the 84th minute when Orr floated in a ball from the right and substitute Dunn headed past Given at point-blank range. Villa substitute Barry Bannan immediately responded with a long-range drive which Robinson did well to tip round his left-hand post. end M

Form Guide

  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Aston Villa

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 3 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 20/08/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 4 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 26/02/2011
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 21/11/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 09/05/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 26/09/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 07/02/2009

Top Scorers


  • A Yakubu 10
  • M Pedersen 3
  • M Formica 3
  • D Hoilett 3
  • D Goodwillie 2
  • R Rochina 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • S Dann 1
  • S Vukcevic 1
  • S Nzonzi 1
  • G Hanley 1

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 7
  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • S Petrov 4
  • M Albrighton 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1
  • S Ireland 1
  • C N'Zogbia 1



    • Total goals 96
    • Goals per game 37
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 14 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 13 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 29
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins