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Aston Villa 3 - Doncaster Rovers 1

Villa Park


Attendance: 24 203

Villa March On In FA Cup (Match Report)

Villa are in the 5th round.

That is the only thing that matters really!

Listening to that orrible geezer Tony Butler on Radio WM as I drove home you'd think we'd lost 20-0 and that Villa were not only out of the FA Cup but also relegated!

What is it with the negativity?

I repeat, Villa are in the 5th round.

The game wasn't pretty - it never was going to be - and Doncaster Rovers weren't ever going to be a walkover, in fact if they had been able to finish, things could have been VERY different. BUT things weren't different and if I haven't mentioned it as yet, Villa are in the 5th round.

The game wasn't really that engaging. The Rovers fans were great, they came in their droves - over 4000 and with 26 official coaches - and our lot were having a quiet night most of the time so the atmosphere was a bit strange - not to mention absolutely sodding freezing...!

Villa took an early lead in the 15th minute with a fairly easy tap in for the otherwise fairly anonymous Steve Sidwell (come on Sidders, time to click now!) following a good shot from Craig Gardner which was palmed away by Neil Sullivan.

The 19th minute Villa all but killed the game off when John Carew took a shot FROM OUTSIDE THE BOX (so good to see that, we do it so seldomly!) which took a nice deflection to loop over the head of Sullivan who had no chance at all of stopping it.

That should really have been it, game over. But hey, we all know the Villa, why do it the easy way when you can stress out the fans!??!?! Just before half time Nathan Delfouneso (I think we'll go with the Fonz in future, I really can't remember how to spell that, I keep missing the e, not like me that!!) tried to play the ball out from our box and lost it leading to a well taken Doncaster Rovers goal.

At this stage I feel I should apologise. I wore a hat. I seldom if ever wear a hat. My fault, it was an unlucky hat, a very naughty hat and one that has now been put in the recycling. Anyway, I received a text enquiring as to why I'd got said hat on. I took it off, apologised and from thereon in, Villa were fine. The Fonz scored a great goal via neat cross from Nicky Shorey, directing a lovely header into the back of the net and that really was game over.

Rovers didn't stop coming forward and did try from start to finish, but the quality we had in the finishing stakes made the difference. They did moan about the ref but I thought he was just average both ways, fans sat there amazed at some of the free kicks and Martin O'Neill certainly spent a few times calling to him asking 'how the hell was that a free kick'.

I think it is clear that some of the second string are simply not good enough but that has to be a worry for another day. As said, the game wasn't pretty, who cares, we are winning, it might be ugly but Villa are in the 5th round... I get the feeling I've mentioned that before but with all the doom and gloom you often hear, I think it is worth mentioning.

Next up, Everton who dispatched Liverpool in the dying moments of extra time last night. We face Everton at Goodison Park where we have a fantastic record. Bring on the Toffees and bring on a cup run. We owe it to the fallen heroes and holteenders in the sky Johnny Dixon (captain of the 1957 FA Cup winning team) Vic Crowe and the much loved and much missed Paul Birch.

Star Player

The Doncaster Rovers fans.

Player Ratings

Brad Guzan 6

could he have done better for the goal? Not sure but did pull off another very good save later.

Luke Young 6

solid enough game and in his favoured right-back position

Nicky Shorey 7

much maligned but he made some good runs and set up a goal. Would love to see him start as left-back and Luke at right-back v Blackburn.

Curtis Davies 6

solid, as expected

Carlos Cuellar 6

solid enough as well

Craig Gardner 6

good shot, deserved a goal from it but it did lead to our first with Sidwell. Missed a great chance later as he played towards the Holte and nearly took some fans heads off with his shot!

Steve Sidwell 6

extra mark because he did score but we did lose a great deal of possession in midfield last night, in fact at times I wasn't sure we had a central midfield

Moustapha Salifou 5

pretty awful unfortunately

Ashley Young 7

good to see him back, he adds some sublime touches and a real threat

John Carew 6

looked knackered after 10 mins so great for him to get a full 90 mins in to gain match fitness. Good shot from outside the box which led to the deflected goal.

Nathan Delfouneso 7

great goal, ok made one mistake but he is young and learning, he'll not do that again.

Osbourne on for Ashley Young on 78

Nowt to say really!

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 5 2009

Time: 12:45PM

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Agree with everything you say Fear, you are indeed a God amongst men. :o)))
The Fear
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05/02/2009 12:50:00

Think that is an extremely fair report and the ratings are all fair, except i thought Young did nothing all night, if Gardner only managed a 6, then Young was a 4 or a 5 at a push. Very disppointed with him. Never turns up for the cup games unfortunately.
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05/02/2009 12:52:00

ha ha , Fear you are turning into a dictator, prasing yourself now haha Vital villa the axis of evil.
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05/02/2009 12:53:00

well you see no one else will praise me so I'm doing it myself, I have to do everything else myself so I might as well work on my ego building on my tod also! LOL
The Fear
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05/02/2009 13:05:00

GOod to see us through to the 5th round...almost feels like being n the final with our diabolical cup runs of recent years. Everton at Goodison will be a tough cookie to crack, fingers crossed though - it's been a while since the words 'Villa' and 'quarter-final' were uttered in the same sentence.
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05/02/2009 13:53:00

And christ what a cold night, still defrosting.
el sid
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05/02/2009 14:16:00

Me too el sid. I had 6 layers on, and it still managed to get through!!!
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05/02/2009 14:20:00

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05/02/2009 14:55:00

Young_Jonah, Which "Young" did nothing all night? Unfortunately this is one game i failed to watch, it wasn't being streamed anywhere i could find :(
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05/02/2009 16:03:00

Good to meet you el sid !
The Fear
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05/02/2009 16:15:00

Ashley Young. Once again he failed to turn up against a 'smaller' team, i suspect he will be on top form come the Chelsea game though.
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05/02/2009 17:29:00

Well done Villa! Did well to get past Rovers with so many second string players! MON got it just right I would say, Job done, and players rested for the weekend! Tough game next up though, but we do have a good record at Goodison. I think the winner of that game may go on to lift the cup! Hope its us!
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05/02/2009 18:00:00

I'm really glad everyone is moaning about Butler. He wound me up to the point where I rang in for the first time ever. I even got on air and told him he was talking out of his backside. The bit when he said Villa fans should be worried was laughable. I'm really worried about being in the last 16 of FA Cup, last 32 of UEFA Cup and 4th in the Prem!!!
Adam Deuce
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05/02/2009 20:43:00

The Fonz making a mistake that cost us a goal but not letting it interfere with his confidence tells me that he has the temperament to do well.
pongo wearing
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05/02/2009 21:01:00

The Fonz has scored every game he's played pretty much. Would be nice to see him feature in the PL
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05/02/2009 21:32:00

Pleasure was all mine Jon, wanted to talk to you longer but didn't want to spoil your enjoyment of the game. I have the same seats by you for Everton in April, see you there.
el sid
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06/02/2009 11:03:00

I'm better in small doses el sid, or so I'm told!!!!!
The Fear
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06/02/2009 12:23:00

agree pongo, showed real maturity and I'm sure will learn from that mistake.
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06/02/2009 12:23:00


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