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Aston Villa 1 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

05/10/09

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
 
 
(50)
Stiliyan Petrov
 
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
Steve Sidwell
 
 
 
Wright-Phillips
 
 
Ashley Young
 
 
(81)
 
Carlos Tevez
 
 
(68)
Gabriel Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Craig Bellamy
 
 
John Carew
 
 
(69)
 
Emmanuel Adebayor
 
 
Substitutes
Bradley Guzan
 
 
 
Stuart Taylor
 
 
Fabian Delph
 
 
 
Micah Richards
 
 
Emile Heskey
 
 
(69)
 
Silvio Sylvinho
 
 
Nigel Reo-Coker
 
 
(81)
 
Stephen Ireland
 
 
(50)
Nicky Shorey
 
 
 
Michael Johnson
 
 
Habib Beye
 
 
 
Martin Petrov
 
 
Craig Gardner
 
 
 
Roque Santa Cruz
 
 
(68)
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
9
6
On Target
7
6
Corners
6
10
Fouls
8
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
50
%
50
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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 5 2009

Time: 10:22PM

Your Comments

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.
BlueWolfie
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..
mcfctop4
My MOTM was Bellamy. He scored a cracker and worked his ass off.
Tudor
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
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
Thought Bridge played exceptionally well. its still early days in terms of team development and this was a good learning step.
eighthsin
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
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.
Kevinho
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
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
Bellamy has been your best player for sure.
lucyryder
The stats on TV showed we had 81% possesion during the first 20mins of the second half.
Thaibluefan
 

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