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Aston Villa 2 - Arsenal 2

Premier League

Villa Park

26/12/08 - 5.15pm

Attendance: 42,585

Referee: L. Mason

Aston Villa
2 - 2
Arsenal
Barry (65 pen), Knight (92)
 
Denilson (40), Diaby (49)
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 42,585
The Teams
Friedel
 
 
 
Almunia
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
 
Sagna
 
 
Davies
 
 
 
Eboue
 
 
Knight
 
 
 
Toure
 
 
L. Young
 
 
 
Silvestre
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Billong
 
 
43
Sidwell
 
 
 
Denilson
 
 
Petrov
 
 
 
Nasri
 
 
82
Barry
 
 
 
Diaby
 
 
A. Young
 
 
 
Gallas
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Van Persie
 
 
Substitutes
Delfouneso
 
 
 
Vela
 
 
Salifou
 
 
 
Ramsey
 
 
43
Osbourne
 
 
 
Clichy
 
 
82
Guzan
 
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
Harewood
 
 
 
Wilshere
 
 
Shorey
 
 
 
Fabianski
 
 
Gardner
 
 
 
 
 
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
8
9
On Target
6
23
Crosses
5
7
Corners
6
3
Offside
0
10
Fouls
10
4
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
0
45
%
55




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 26 2008

Time: 7:17PM

Your Comments

I will happily take that!
Layzee
get in, what a game, yeah we could of won and maybe should of but after 91 mins id of taken a point.
1982benny
and on another point i know knight and reo-cocker get a hard time due to their technical ablilities but they give 100% everytime they get a chance and thats all we can ask
1982benny
i have never...been so out of breath. so angry, then so elated. we have shown, i think, that we are favourites to finish in the top 4. i am off to drink and be merry
ric112
we could have won that easily if ashley had been playing ! was he injured or rested ?
atkinson villa
on the plus side tho sidders is getting better by the game !
atkinson villa
atkinson villa i am now officially confused?? are you talking about ashley young?? you know he played 90 mins right. sidders was my man of the match though just gotta get that finishing touch i see a little of platty in him
1982benny
4 points off 2 games against Arsenal and it feels like a defeat... Happy times for us Villa fans :D More than deserved draw today, and with a few signings in January, we won't be far away from the Champions League coming May!! UTV
delirium
benny no need to get confused it was just me being sarcastic i love the way ash plays he just didnt seem to be up for it tonight , we all have off days ,even me! the boys desererved a win especially after that first half performance! UTV
atkinson villa
LOL!! Get in!! Brilliant. I never doubted we'd get something from that game even at 0-2 down. Never Say Die! We shall not, we shall not be moved!
Adam Deuce
sarcasm goes right over my head...lol. i though he did alright though. that was a strange old game though. not sure if i should be happy, sad, angry, jubilant. i dont know ill go with drunk
1982benny
beat you to it benny [hic]
atkinson villa
What a finish from knight! Who needs carew?! Better yet the two of them up front together, unstoppable in the air. Laursen centre forward as well in a 4-3-3, why not?
NorthcliffeBandit
Well, there was amazing elation in the North Stand after the game, but lets just pause and think for a minute. We drew...we threw away two goals. Why? We lost our shape for 15-20 minutes. Players didnt get back into their positions quick enough and the class of Van Persie et al. took advantage. If we want to be top 4 we have to be on the ball for the whole 90. Ash and Barry - imo our best players - didnt perform today. Stop dreaming about the top 4 - we are not ready...yet.
PiperUK
Reo-Coker was excellent today
gunnerkid107
I agree gunnerkid, NRC was outstanding tonight. I was there freezing my ass off in the very weather I tried to run away from. But god it was worth every minute. I'm so proud:) Up the Villa!!!
Villan-in-Cyprus
WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Games like this would never had happened a year or two ago...we are definately part of the top 5...journalists/broadcasters take note - sick of hearing about Villa breaking into the top 4. it's now a top 5!! I know the media have their favourite areas and Birmingham is always left out in the cold but I cant wait to rub all their noses in it. Great christmas, bring on 2009!! UTV
industrial_musical
real happy for knight, its good to have a player like him who is willing to bide his time, although this is his hometown club of course. I like him since he scored against chelsea in his first game last season just he is inconsistent, but ill let his goal wipe the slate clean =) and at least we didnt lose, and arsenal didnt win. we just ended their title hopes
AussieVilla
a very well deserved point in the end.......but I have to say, if you had had a bit of better luck early on...you would have beaten them out of sight.....!!!
lincolnblue
Eight yellow cards dished out, that would suggest a niggly encounter, but I think that it was anything but. Was it two points dropped though? Only time will tell.
glensider
Hero's one and all, every Villan played his part. To go 2-0 down after dominating for so long was a cruel blow, but all credit to the lads for rolling up their sleeves, and fighting back to salvage a point when all looked lost.
glensider
 

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