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Blackburn Rovers 0 - Aston Villa 4

Ewood Park

28/11/2007

Attendance: 20 776

Villa Party At Blackburn

Another great away match report from our very own Glensider

Well I think first of all I need to take five, calm down, and collect my thoughts. Did we party at Ewood Park tonight? Great travelling support, tremendous atmosphere, and to a man (and woman) we let the lads know that we were behind them from start to finish. At the end, the celebrations could no doubt be heard back in Brum. I thought we'd won the F.A. Cup. So did the lads in the claret and blue I think. They came over to join in the celebrations after this routing of Blackburn Rovers. Great stuff.

Yet just as at The Riverside on Saturday, we weathered a first half storm, real backs to the wall stuff, and this after taking the game to Hughes' lads from the get go. For the first five minutes we were bright, inventive, earned two corners, and looked (as was proved the case, full of goals). Then the home side, obviously deciding that enough was enough came forward in droves, but as we've come to expect from the lads at the back, we defended stoutly, if at times, and it must be said, rather luckily. Scotty Carson too was in superb form, denying the Rovers at every opportunity. He made one great save from our old nemesis David Dunn, and that save gave the very clear message that nothing was going to get past Scotty tonight. Freddie Bouma continued where he left off on Saturday by again showing to all that he's a real unsung hero, while Olof, Martin, and Zat were solid to a fault, ready to throw themselves into everything and anything.

Anyway, with Rovers not able to capitalise on what was an impressive opening twenty-five minutes or so, and let me say here and now, they looked a very good side, a class above Birmingham and Middlesbrough, our previous two opponents, we took the lead when Big J.C. struck, a glancing header past Brad Friedel that started a lot of hugging, kissing, and dancing behind Scot Carson's goal. Personally I like John Carew, think that he's much maligned by some, yet he is the perfect foil for Gabby and Ashley, particularly with the pace and ability those two top quality youngsters possess. He's a handful to any defence he comes up against.

That goal allowed us to settle, and we looked good. Stilyan Petrov looked the quality player that he so obviously is. Definitely his best performance in a Villa shirt since, oh I don’t know, since I was in my teens. Stan, Gareth, and Nigel were keeping Rovers' array of midfield talent (wouldn't mind seeing David Bentley in a Villa shirt) pretty quiet, and suddenly we were almost 2-0 up, Friedel making the block from Gabby. We probably should have scored.

Half-time arrives, and the feel good factor that we enjoyed at The Riverside, was very definitely with us again. The words, 'Can we make it four on the trot'? were on everyone's lips. No, we hadn't served up a sparkling first half, nor were we at our best, but once again the feeling and belief was very strong, that this team that Martin is assembling doesn't roll over and surrender all that easily.

The second half was heaven, sheer heaven. I'm still hoarse from giving vocal encouragement, and providing the lads out on the pitch the benefit of my expert knowledge.

Nelsen, not the first defender to find out this season that when it comes to out-pacing and out-foxing, Gabby, you haven't got a chance, decided to tug back our wonder-boy, giving away a spot kick, and earning himself a straight red from the referee in the process.

Up steps Gareth, 2-0, we're on our way.

Rovers, now down to ten, did what they had to do, namely push forward in the hope they might sneak one back, to give themselves a fighting chance. It was never going to happen, even with close to forty minutes on the clock to aid their cause.

Ash superbly finished off a cut-back from Gabby, 3-0, giving Friedel no chance, and leaving Rovers dead and buried.

The party was well and truly now in full swing, Christmas come early. What a thoroughly impressive demolition job, against what is a very good and strong Blackburn team, certainly a team that will be up there competing with us for a top six finish.

And, believe it or not, it wasn't over.

Friedel could only parry Big Johns shot, and there was Marlon to roll home number four. His 100th League goal I was informed by the chap sitting in front of me (so please don’t hold me to that).
We were in full voice now, better than I've experienced away from home in a long, long time. Tremendous volume of noise. Really enjoyed joining in the 'stick' hurled at David Dunn throughout the game. Good footballer at times he may well be, but he's also something of a con-artist, and that’s an area of his game he needs to eliminate.

So, in summing up, we beat a very good side in Blackburn Rovers. Yes we rode our luck for the first twenty five minutes or so, but this set of lads hang in there, they fight and compete for every ball. They are obviously proud to wear that shirt.

Martin, I don’t know what you're doing exactly, but keep on doing it. Aston Villa Football Club are back, and back with a vengeance.

Tonight I'm very proud, as each and every one of us should be, to be a Villan. Aren't we always? MON's claret and blue army are on the march. Something very good is happening, lets all get behind them and support the cause.

Must add that the 4-0 scoreline made that walk back up the hill to the car, and the drive back to Beautiful Brum a lot, lot easier.




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Date:Thursday November 29 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Once again Glensider, many thanks for a great report. Are you becoming a Stan fan?
Gordonsleftboot
Great report fella. 48 has been quiet for a while. Rubbish that M'ON isn't he???????
voiceoftheholte
Loved the extened highlights on SKY last night. Barry was quality and reo (depsite a few wayward passes) played well and out tackled a usually tough Blkackburn midfield. Petrov showed a few glimpses a magic. Cant believe we won 4 nil, the sending off was a joke.
son_of_cher
i saw the highlights and bouma was solid. Very unsung imho. Top left back.
simonbigron
For me the shrewdest thing MON did this season was dropping Petrov and not giving him a sniff for a few games. It let the fans calm down and Petrov got the kick up his arse. Now it seems he's doing the same with Marlon. He took him out when VP was on the verge of turning on him and we havent seen him for a while. Now he comes back with a goal and I'll bet my house he's eased into the fray slowly with ten minutes here or there. Next up Luke Moore?
coeur_de_lion
Well done guys. you guys played well. the match was a lot more even than Sky suggests but a victory was well deserved for you. The sending off however was absolutely ridiculous.
MikeyGamst
Yes, these sending offs to spoil games and to be fair, a penalty (which was the right decision) was surely punishment enough? Superb goals from Carew and Young!
The Fear
voice, not everything is about 48, lets just enjoy the wins without the need to go negative?
The Fear
Fantastic result and the fans were fantastic too. Well deserved win but have to agree about the sending off, harsh to say the least.
jonah
Cracking match report again Glensider, Its so nice when a 5 year plan comes together, no doubt there will be other wins away from home this season but lets not forget Blackburn are a quality team with similar ambitions to our own, on their recent results Villa would have been happy to come away from Ewood Park with a well earned point but to beat them 4-0 is beyond belief.
col8
quite result this fellas - not many go to blackburn and win, let alone win 4-0 do they... im looking forward to pompey's visit to villa park a week saturday - i'll be there hoping that we can keep our phenominal away run going...
pompeyrug
I'm still pinching myself, these results really can't be underestimated compared to the drivel we've seen over the last few seasons. At the start of this season seeing the investment by some other teams like spurs, west ham and blackburn i was really wondering how we'd keep up but MON really is proving a lot of people wrong...and i couldn't be more over the moon.
johnnyuk
Great report, great result. Penalty was the correct decision, but surely no need to send Nelsen off. We seemed to have developed a great habit of 'holding on' when we are under the cosh. Down to good collective defending, team spirit and belief. These attributes will really be put to the test on Saturday because Arsenal will without question have spells in the game when they enjoy the ascendency. We desperately need Gabby to be fit for that one. Any news on his injury? Luke is quick, but not explosive like Gabby, and we will need that against the Gunners. On current form though, you have to believe. Well done MON and the lads. UTV
krfeskivilla
totally agree jonah, the Villa travelling fans were immense last night, came over loud and clear on the radio and in the sky highlights later.
The Fear
Couldn't ask for much more really, good defensive display, another clean sheet and then 4 goals. Fantastic, and to add to that, young Cesc is apparently injured. What a confidence boost for Saturday. Maybe the lads can give me a 20th birthday present against the arse after all.
Carlosio
Interesting comment about seeing Bentley in a Villa shirt. A quailty right winger would really finish our midfield off and he fits into MON's plan of buying young and British. Well worth an Ashley Young equalling offer if you ask me.
DeanoVilla
Great report buddy... Where is 48?? do you think hes at home tucking into a hearty plate of his own word emh i wonder!!! as for the sending off it was a penalty for sure. but a sending off i thought a bit harsh. But he was the last man so i gues in the laws of the game he had to go??? what do you think?? well we are doing ok at the moment we're progressing slowly up the league without to much publicity which i like, we're playing with confidence and i think stan is playing well. But i always knew e would. lets cast our minds back to his debut it was inspirational stuff keep it up lads and especially stan. Come on you loins
gappy65
Bently is quality, doubt Blackbunr would ever sell him though. Would we sell Young?
son_of_cher
glensiders match report is spot on,great win bring on arsenal and then pompy at home ,jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way.
claretandblue
Yet another great read from Glensider. The "Mr" Fear can we not set up a radio link to the site and have our very on commentary from the man on the spot ?? would be better than having to listen to the drivel of Ross/Buttler and all the others ;) I think half the team should all give Petrov a rollaking as it seemed to work wonders on him, and as for Harewood getting a goal !!!! i nearly had a heart attack it was just to much. Well done to all our fans who traveled up there and were herd down here !! UTV
Mutt_Man
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Villa faiihtful that represent us at occasions such as this. All you could hear on the TV was the Villa crowd - outstanding!!! Circumstances prevent me joining you all, so I do appreciate you maintaining the Villa's reputation around the Country. Cheers everyone.
CLVilla
Sorry Fear. I just couldn't help having a little mention of 48. I know that you know that I know that you know that it was fully justified though. :o)
voiceoftheholte
and I rememeber you predicting 3-1 to blackburn glen! sounded like a great atmosphere even on my fm radio. Lets not get to carried away though weve even tougher fixtures and xmas on the horison the good times are certaintly back at villa though. lets top it off with smashing the arsenal at home.
villabikes29
I hold my hands up villabikes29. The lads did us proud. As MON has said Gareth was outstanding, but there were heroes all over the pitch. Gordonsleftboot, no, actually I've fought a lone battle at times sticking up for the merits of Stan, as I have done for Big John who has come in for criticism lately. Two quality footballers, quite different attributes, but both top notch in their own right.
glensider
Amazing, The Fear not slating Petrov and Carew and asking wether MON is up to the job. Mind you a couple of bad games and he will be back on the case. We now have a settled squad with everyone apart from that overpaid *****er Sorenson pulling in the right direction.
tarzansbrother
Great report glensider, I watched the sky highlight programme and plused it to watch again this evening. I got yhe impression everyone contributed and thought the mf in particular worked really well. WB is underated he is consistent as a defender yes going forward he doesnt add to much but you dont often get everything. I know Tony Gale played for Blackburn but please report things in a slightly unbiased way and Barry Horne (Hughes's welsh brown noser) was very limited in his credit for Villa. Finally for those who did go the noise they made was incredible on the TV and watching the end looks like the players really responded to it.
fatloser
 

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