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Aston Villa 1 - Blackburn 1

Villa Park

26/1/08 - 3.02pm

Attendance: 39,602

Referee:

Aston Villa
1 - 1
Blackburn
Young (73)
 
Derbyshire (25 - missed pen), Santa Cruz (68)
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 39,602
The Teams
Carson
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Mellberg
 
 
 
Emerton
 
 
Laursen
 
 
 
Ooijer
 
 
Davies
 
 
 
Samba
 
 
Bouma
 
 
 
Warnock
 
 
Petrov
 
 
60
 
Reid
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
 
Dunn
 
 
Barry
 
 
 
Bentley
 
 
Young
 
 
 
Pedersen
 
 
Carew
 
 
 
Santa Cruz
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Derbyshire
 
 
88
Substitutes
Osbourne
 
 
 
Brown
 
 
Harewood
 
 
60
 
Khizanishvili
 
 
Taylor
 
 
 
Berner
 
 
Gardner
 
 
 
Roberts
 
 
88
Knight
 
 
 
McCarthy
 
 
Game Statistics
5
Goal Attempts
9
3
On Target
4
13
Crosses
13
2
Corners
7
3
Offside
1
14
Fouls
15
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
57
%
43




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2008

Time: 5:11PM

Your Comments

Good game lads, id say we both had our chances to seal the game, im counting ourselves unlucky, though the crossbar did save us once, good luck with the rest of the season lads
sasman
How can we have 57% at home and still have fewer goal attempts? Something wrong with our froward line or supply to the forwards me thinks.
Villain Of The North
Villainof the north what are you talking about there must be something wrong with ourfront line???? we're the 3rd top scorers in the prem!!!! jusy because we didn't seal the win our front are to blame, dont talk s***e. have you ever thought it could be Blackburn muted our attacking options????
gappy65
I counted 1 shot on target all game from open play and that was by Harewwod. Are we relying to much on our set-pieces...?
deemz
Tough game, always was going to be. Either team could have nicked that but a draw was about fair. Bloody phyisical team that at the ref didn't help the game flow at all fussy git!
The Fear
I think saying we rely too much on set pieces is silly. Does it matter? If we're scoring the goals then it's ok. I think our biggest worry is the fact that we seem unable to keep a clean sheet. Seems like forever since we last did, despite our defence.
Carlosio
Three points would have seen Villa in the top four OK Liverpool would have had 2 games in hand but Everton and Man City would have had one and been playing catch up, they still have to play each other next month. I would have loved Villa to be there even if it was only for a week or so just to let the players and supporters see what could be at Villa. If Villa cant win these type of games when the opposition come for a scrap then MON needs to bolster the squad with quality players who can rise above the teams who survive on grunt football.
col8
well siad Carlosio it dont matter where the goals come from as long as they do. You never hear fans say we rely on our strikers to much. or we rely on goals fromopen play too much. Its a nonesense we are 3rd top scorers in th prem whats the problem.
gappy65
It was always going to be a tough game, a severe test of our credentials, too many supporters blinded by our 4-0 triumph at Ewood Park. They are not a bad team, only three points behind us, and they've only lost two away games all season. They make it difficult for the opposition to play, but at the same time contain quality that will make you pay at the slightest opportunity. We were below par, in front of, despite another outstanding turn out, a surprisingly muted Villa Park.
glensider
Everton play Blackburn next week. Muted Glensider? Seriously? I thought the singing was great today.
Adam Deuce
Another draw there would be nice Adam...
YatesyVillain
I thought we were 4th top scorers in the premier...
Hoss The Villain
gappy65, I totally agree, the fact that we are one of the highest scoring teams in the league is indisputable but look where those goals have come from. Comparatively few have come from our strikers and our joint second highest scorer is a CB. There are, so far, 8 players that have reached double figures, two of which are MUTD players. 7 of the 8 players play as a striker with the exception of Ronaldo who is not only a freak but also has a pretty free role. So what I'm talking about is quite clear and not really a matter of opinion but of fact. Our first choice strike partnership is doing OK but far from well and when you concider our position in the league and the number of goals we have scored it suggests two things to me; 1. that our strikers are not pulling their weight (not necessarily their fault - could be the lack of supply) 2. that with a more effective and clinical front line (our strikers have a poor ratio of goals scored compared to shots taken I believe)we could and probably would be comfortably in fourth place now and in a position to make an assault on the title next year (with significant strengthening of course). We are only doing so well as the team as a whole pulls together and we are getting goals from all areas of the pitch. If you want to question me that's fine but please have something to back it up. Not to mention the fact that I said that the problem might not be with our forward line but with the supply but you conveniently forgot to address that part of my post. Don't be so blind. We are doing fantastically well but there is still massive room for improvement.
Villain Of The North
With regards to Villian of the north, we havea a slight problem and that is we do not have the stature of the ManU's Arsenal's, Chelskis of this world we may in years to come but we cant attract world class players your talking about, so we have to cut our cloth accordingly and with our current crop we are doing tremendously well and concistently so what i'msaying is it does not matter where the goals come from as long as they do!! would you be saying we score to many goals from strikers in open play if our strikers with all the goals. When Manu started there assault on the league in the begining of the nineties they scored goals from all over the pitch. not just strikers and without the goal machine called Alan Shearer. But nobody said they need a 25 goals a season man. If the only way any teams gin success is with a 25 goals aseason striker then we are all doomed to failiure.
gappy65
Didn't see the game but there are more problems than just our forwards having an off day. Only 2 corners and so few shots regardless of whether they were on target. The bench is full of kids and second rate players. The squad desperately needs some new blood ASAP.
Villan444
Muted very definitely Adam Deuce. I know its only opinion, but yes, I thought that for a 40,000 attendance the noise level was pretty poor. Not solely accusing the Holte, it was the same all around our magnificent stadium.
glensider
 

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