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Johnny Ertl fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rob Kozluk.
Stiliyan Petrov scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-3 Aston Villa.Marc Albrighton provided the assist for the goal.
Jordan Slew on for Elian Parrino.
James Collins on for Nigel Reo-Coker.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Leon Britton misses to the left of the target.
Nick Montgomery sends in a cross.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Stewart Downing decides to take the corner short.
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Rob Kozluk from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The referee books Stiliyan Petrov for unsporting behaviour. Handball by Stiliyan Petrov. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Ward from right channel, Richard Dunne makes a clearance. Johnny Ertl takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Corner taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Ertl.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.
The referee red cards Ashley Young for second bookable offence. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Kyle Bartley. Direct free kick taken by Rob Kozluk.
Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. David McAllister gets a block in.
David McAllister joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Williamson.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Nick Montgomery takes the free kick.
Ashley Young produces a cross, save by Steve Simonsen.
Close range shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Nick Montgomery results in a free kick. Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Pires by Nick Montgomery. Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick. Stewart Downing on for Robert Pires. Stiliyan Petrov comes on in place of Barry Bannan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ched Evans on Nigel Reo-Coker. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Ashley Young goes into the book. Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Elian Parrino. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
The offside flag is raised against Ched Evans. Carlos Cuellar takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Daniel Bogdanovic results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young from left wing, save by Steve Simonsen.
Daniel Bogdanovic takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
Carlos Cuellar challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ched Evans, Ashley Young gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward, Foul by Johnny Ertl on Ciaran Clark, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Barry Bannan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Montgomery. Free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.
The ball is crossed by Lee Williamson.
Jamie Ward scores a penalty. Sheff Utd 1-2 Aston Villa.Jamie Ward delivers the ball, Unfair challenge on Lee Williamson by Carlos Cuellar results in a Penalty.
Centre by Johnny Ertl.
Effort on goal by Ashley Young from just inside the area clears the bar.
Shot from just outside the box by Elian Parrino misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Daniel Bogdanovic. Elian Parrino takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, save made by Steve Simonsen.
Foul by Johnny Ertl on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Unfair challenge on Ched Evans by Ciaran Clark results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rob Kozluk.
The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark, Ciaran Clark fouled by Lee Williamson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Pires.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Bogdanovic on Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Marc Albrighton grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-2 Aston Villa.Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.
Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans. The ball is swung over by Jamie Ward, Headed effort from inside the area by Ched Evans misses to the right of the goal.
The official flags Daniel Bogdanovic offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, save by Steve Simonsen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Nick Montgomery. Robert Pires takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward from the right by-line, Shot on goal by Kyle Bartley from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Bogdanovic, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
The referee shows Rob Kozluk a yellow card. Rob Kozluk challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Ertl gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Robert Pires takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Rob Kozluk.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Leon Britton concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
Kyle Walker scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Barry Bannan.
The ball is swung over by Elian Parrino, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Foul by Elian Parrino on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Rob Kozluk from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
The game gets underway.
The half-time whistle blows.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Injuries hinder Blades' Cup bid
Sheffield United manager Micky Adams is "down to the bare bones" for the FA Cup third-round tie with Aston Villa.
Striker Richard Cresswell is the latest casualty at Bramall Lane after suffering a shoulder problem in Monday's 2-2 draw with Doncaster which will keep him out for four to six weeks.
Midfielder Stephen Quinn continues his three-match ban after a red card for his part in the melee at Norwich and he is joined by loanee Andy Reid, who received a retrospective ban for his involvement in that scuffle, though he would not have been eligible to play anyway.
Matty Lowton (groin), Richard Wright (thigh), Nyron Nosworthy and Stephen Jordan (both ankle) are sidelined while Jordan Slew will be assessed after reporting ill on Thursday.
Aston Villa's new signing, right-back Kyle Walker, is included in the squad against his former club.
Walker has joined Villa on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the season. He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at QPR.
Villa striker Emile Heskey will start a three-match suspension tomorrow for his straight red card against Sunderland in mid-week.
He will also miss the derby with Birmingham at St Andrew's and the home encounter with Manchester City.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is set to switch from a wide role into the main striking role.
But defender Luke Young and midfielder Fabian Delph are still side-lined with knee injuries.
Walker on target as Villa progress
Kyle Walker enjoyed the perfect start to his Aston Villa career to help ease the pressure on manager Gerard Houllier.
The 20-year-old defender, signed on loan from Tottenham, could hardly have written the script better himself as he scored a brilliant goal nine minutes into his debut in a 3-1 victory against Sheffield United, the club he supported as a boy and where he began his career.
Marc Albrighton made it 2-0 before the break and Villa were able to withstand a second-half fightback by the Blades, for whom Jamie Ward scored from the spot, before Stiliyan Petrov - after Ashley Young's dismissal - secured their place in the hat for the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Houllier, who had included Robert Pires in his starting line-up despite his fellow Frenchman's critical comments this week, would have been encouraged as Villa made a blistering start at Bramall Lane.
Micky Adams' side looked intimidated and their feeble start was summed up perfectly when Walker strode through to give the visitors the lead.
The right-back slipped away from one challenge just inside the United half and advanced into space before side-stepping Rob Kozluk and slotting home past Steve Simonsen.
It was a tremendous goal but Walker kept his celebrations muted against his old club.
The home side had shown little in response but should have taken advantage when Richard Dunne's weak header allowed in Ward but Brad Friedel spread his big frame to block.
Ched Evans, the Blades' former Manchester City striker, sent a header wide from Leon Britton's free-kick but the tie seemed as good as over when Albrighton volleyed home for Villa in the 33rd minute.
Young made the goal with a trademark burst down the left and lovely dinked cross to the far post that left Albrighton with an open goal to crash in his volley.
Gabriel Agbonlahor then threatened to make it a first-half rout but was denied by a brave save from Simonsen.
The Blades, after a first half that could not have been much worse, started off the second in the best possible way.
In the 48th minute Lee Williamson enticed Carlos Cuellar to trip him inside the box and referee Michael Jones was well placed to award the penalty. Ward smashed it home down the middle with Friedel diving to his right.
The goal fired up United and Williamson then drifted an effort onto the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Walker, Villa's hero of the first half, tried a trick on the edge of his own area and was hurried into a pass which ended up at Daniel Bogdanovic's feet and only Friedel's acrobatics prevented further embarrassment for the young debutant.
With 25 minutes left Houllier made a double substitution to try to stop the rot with Petrov and Downing replacing Barry Bannan and Pires.
Villa did look stronger as a result and Agbonlahor used his pace to get ahead of the defence but his low shot hit the side-betting.
Petrov should have sealed Villa's place in the hat for the fourth round draw with two chances in two minutes.
First of all he was put through by Downing and tried to tuck in under Simonsen but the keeper made a good block, then his header from Downing's corner bounced just the wrong side of the post.
United needed some fresh encouragement and received it when Young was given his second booking after a foul on Kyle Bartley.
An overhead kick - by centre-half Johnny Ertl of all people - brought a terrific save out of Friedel.
In injury time Petrov made amends for his earlier miss with a clinical finish following a one-two with the impressive Albrighton.
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