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Vital Villa Match Report: Away To Man City

Manchester City
5 - 0
Aston Villa

Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47072


After a confidence building victory against the Citizens in the League Cup this young Villa team may have been forgiven for dreaming of three points, particularly after their sharp attacking display against City rivals, United. Indeed, after 41 minutes of stout defending, with the half time whistle looming, Aston Villa might have felt that they were in with a chance. Not so.

A scramble in the box allowed David Silva to stick the ball into the top left corner, just before half time, sending Villa into the dressing room feeling that their hard work had been undone. A look at the records would have told them that defending from deep and conceding the majority of possession against the reigning champions, a team who have taken 86 of the last 90 points available at home was a tough ask. Only a world class defence with an exemplary record could have any hope of sucking it up for 90 minutes. Villa are a long way from such an asset.

Villa did manage to show a little of their counter attacking prowess mid way through he first half when Agbonlahor was able to break with power down the left, though Christian Benteke's inevitable header was saved acrobatically by England International, Joe Hart.

Any chance of Aston Villa getting back into the game was dashed when City were awarded an innocuous penalty, the linesman judging Andreas Weimann to have handled at the near post having led with his arm when no real contact was made. Villa surrounded the official but to no avail. Sergio Aguero promptly dispatched the penalty to the left of Villa keeper Guzan.

Aston Villa, heads down, were guilty of beginning to capitulate and could find no answer to the high line, possession play that pegged them back into the last third of the field. Even the introduction of the trojan Holman and wide man Albrighton could not stem the flow. Man City did not have to wait long for their third though. A David Silva in swinging corner led to the award of yet another penalty after Barry Bannan handled on the ground. Tevez was quick to take the ball and wasted no time in putting the ball passed Guzan once again. 3-0 City.

City's fourth then came two minutes later after another attack from City. Sergio Aguero shot from a tight angle at the edge of the six yard box, the ball finding its way into the net. The flood gates had now opened, raising questions about the character and integrity of this young side and their ability to stem the flow of City attacks. They managed to do so for just six minute. Carlos Tevez capitalised on Villa's sinking spirits with a goal from close range, the Argentine tucking the ball neatly into the bottom right hand corner.

Jordan Bowery came on for Benteke, who was mercifully removed from the field, giving Bowery his first taste of the Premier League. It will be one he might want to forget. He will have no doubt seen a rampant City, who, for their 59% possession and 21 shots on goal, certainly looked more than deserving of a win against a very poor Villa side who conceded only to capitulate. The score line did not flatter City and could well have been heavier.

Undoubtedly, poor decision making from the Referee and his assistants will leave Aston Villa feeling aggrieved though their can be no excuse for the manner of their capitulation and the ease with which Man City swept this young Villa team aside. With Reading winning and Southampton looking to push on, Aston Villa will now be looking nervously over their Claret and Blue shoulders as Arsene Wenger's hot streak Arsenal prepare to come to town.

Star Player

Man of The Match: Lowton

Room for Improvement: Bannan

Date:Saturday November 17 2012
Time: 6:10PM

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Fight for a point v Arsenal maybe, then the real battle begins, reading, qpr etc.
The Fear
17/11/2012 18:11:00
After the usual bad mood when my other half tells me to stop being a child, I'm finally looking at this result with a bit of clarity. This month was always going to be tough, but if we can pick up 6 points against Sunderland and Reading then maybe it will keep our heads above water going into December when we can pick up a few more points...this is me trying to be positive...especially as I like in Manchester and Monday at work WONT be fun!
17/11/2012 18:38:00
this is not the first time that a score at the Citeh of stadium has flattered to deceive - yes we should have kept the score down for the sake of GD but they were gifted a 3 - 0 lead. I feel it becomes difficult when you start to believe the ref will book you for looking the wrong way at him or his clients. Sometimes, just sometimes, its not capitulation - that was Southampton, and last week to a certain extent as well.
17/11/2012 19:51:00
They were not gifted a 3-0 lead??? What other dross, malacaxeta. Pressure creates mistakes and when your defending from the last third backward, there is going to be waves of it. The first penalty was very dubious but Weimann, on the near post, jumping with his arm stuck right out in front of him??? You are asking for trouble. Even if it does go against you, you still have to take it on the chin, unfair as it is, and go and play and fight your way back into it. No chance of that today.
17/11/2012 21:08:00
Unfortunately as you will see when we ply QPR etc, it won't be much difference, team set up and tactics are wrong, we are now gallant losers and still cannot defend
18/11/2012 00:35:00
Just to say I'm not reading the match report (sorry), I saw enough. I will say, I watched the match and that first one was NEVER a penalty100% I dn't know who was more ngry, Weimann or me! But he had lost itand was taken off before he got sent off I think. The camera were on him as he was subbed as he was livid! If he "knew" he'd handled it, he wouldn't of acted like that.
Pride of Lions
18/11/2012 00:48:00
Weimann did not handle and it was a stupid, awful decision but it did not cost us the game. The poor performance cost us the game.
18/11/2012 01:27:00
Obviously the team that Randy built was always going to lose at City but two dodgy penalties made it a formality. The players and manager are blameless. The present financial package is as parsimonious as it was over-generous a few years ago. Villa are not even spending their income let alone being subsidised by Lerner. This is not about FFP this looks like revenge.
18/11/2012 11:32:00
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