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Aston Villa 1 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

Villa Park


Attendance: 37,924

Referee: Mike Dean

Aston Villa
1 - 1
Manchester City
Dunne (15)
Bellamy (67)
Venue: Villa Park
Attendance: 37,924
The Teams
Brad Friedel
Shay Given
Carlos Cuellar
Pablo Zabaleta
Richard Dunne
Joleon Lescott
James Collins
Kolo Toure
Stephen Warnock
Wayne Bridge
James Milner
Nigel De Jong
Stiliyan Petrov
Gareth Barry
Steve Sidwell
Ashley Young
Carlos Tevez
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Craig Bellamy
John Carew
Emmanuel Adebayor
Bradley Guzan
Stuart Taylor
Fabian Delph
Micah Richards
Emile Heskey
Silvio Sylvinho
Nigel Reo-Coker
Stephen Ireland
Nicky Shorey
Michael Johnson
Habib Beye
Martin Petrov
Craig Gardner
Roque Santa Cruz
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Richard Dunne was the official Man of the Match. Do you agree? Have your say, now.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 5 2009

Time: 10:22PM

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There was a lot wrong with our performance tonight - many will say that last year's team would have lost, which is fair enough, but with the quality we havem we should have put up more of a fight. Fair play Villa.
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05/10/2009 22:31:00

agreed mate.. there should have been more spark towards the end and we should have really tuner it on but we seemed to concede and let it ride its course in the last 10..
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05/10/2009 22:52:00

My MOTM was Bellamy. He scored a cracker and worked his ass off.
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06/10/2009 00:08:00

Barry looked shell shocked through out, he should have came of intead of dejong. If hughes knew barry would have been so effected, he wouldnt have played him. SWP, tevez and adebayor werent at the races. Santa cruzs arrivial ruined the fluidity of our attacks. The rest of the lads played really well and judging in terms of quality produced tonight - we are so much better technically then villa. Two points dropped. Happy with a point though.
enzo city
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06/10/2009 00:49:00

I don't totally disagree BW, but even going a goal down, we showed that we had the ability to come back against the best defense in the Premier in terms of goals conceded. We looked shaky at the back still and that will have to be addressed again. With De jong we are more solid in the middle, but with Ireland we then had a player that could give you that killer pass and that was the difference and it showed. Villa tok the game to us as expected of a home team, but we did the same in the second half and thats why we are now a top team. Still a fair result, but may have been different had we started with Ireland.
buzz lightyear
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06/10/2009 07:39:00

Thought Bridge played exceptionally well. its still early days in terms of team development and this was a good learning step.
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06/10/2009 08:55:00

Good match chaps, think the result was fairish, if we'd won I think we'd have just about deserved to edge it but hey, if you rely on one goal you get punished. Thought Mark Hughes reaction to the extra time was interesting, he was livid saying he thought it was 4. I thought he'd be pleased at the chance to win the game but was obviously worried about the chance to lose it. He took some banter from me in good spirit as well - half time walking back to the dug out I asked 'how much extra time then Mark' reply 'bloody loads if we are still losing' ! Quality!
The Fear
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06/10/2009 10:03:00

I totally disagree The Fear, Villa looked decent for 20-25 minutes but after that it was all one way traffic but City had little end product. I'm surprised that the possession stats say that it was 50-50 as ESPN had it 60-40 in Citys favour towards the end of the first half and we made all of the running in the 2nd half. Both Petrov and Santa Cruz were ready to come on when Bellamy scored and then RSC came on and Petrov didn't which was a mistake. Roque clearly isn't match fit and we were in the ascendency when he came on and we lost some impetus - Petrov could have absolutely ripped them apart.
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06/10/2009 10:58:00

No, think it was more end to end than that Kevinho, our problem is our strikers don't shoot, if they did you know what... they might actually score (bangs head against wall!) Heskey and Carew were a total waste of space, they should have gone 451 with Gabby alone up front as he was up for it and putting in the effort and very nearly scored in teh first few minutes. Thought our defence snuffed out pretty much every attack from City, Collins is looking a great signing, Dunne is getting the fuss rightly for last night and his first game against you etc but Collins won every header, looks hard as nails and puts his head in where it hurts! Our weakness is the fact we only really score from set pieces not open play.
The Fear
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06/10/2009 11:18:00

I depends on which stats you look at in Das Mail they go with Opta sportsdata and they have possession 43.2% Villa & %56.8% City. Villa 7 shots at goal 1 on target and 6 shots at goal for City 2 on target. passing success was 68% and 76.3% respectively, tackle success 75.8% to 87%, even on corners at 6 apiece and territorial possesion went to City with 52% to Villas' 48%. As you say fear a good game for the neutrals, end to end and could have been worse for you had Dunney not done some last ditch tackles, well deserved mom closely followed by Bellamy.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/10/2009 15:58:00

Bellamy has been your best player for sure.
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06/10/2009 19:58:00

The stats on TV showed we had 81% possesion during the first 20mins of the second half.
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