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Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 1

Premier League

Villa Park

21/2/09 - 12.45pm

Attendance: 42,585

Referee: M. Halsey

Aston Villa
0 - 1
Chelsea
 
Anelka (18)
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 42,585
The Teams
Friedel
 
 
 
Cech
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
 
Bosingwa
 
 
Davies
 
 
69
 
Alex
 
 
Knight
 
 
 
Terry
 
 
L. Young
 
 
 
Ferreira
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Mikel
 
 
Petrov
 
 
 
Ballack
 
 
Barry
 
 
 
Lampard
 
 
A. Young
 
 
 
Kalou
 
 
54
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Anelka
 
 
Heskey
 
 
 
Drogba
 
 
89
Substitutes
Guzan
 
 
 
Stoch
 
 
Gardner
 
 
 
Ivanovic
 
 
Sidwell
 
 
 
Mancienne
 
 
Delfouneso
 
 
 
Deco
 
 
54
Shorey
 
 
 
Quaresma
 
 
Carew
 
 
69
 
Hilario
 
 
Salifou
 
 
 
Belletti
 
 
89
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
18
5
On Target
12
6
Corners
11
9
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
42
%
58
Comments...
Oh well, back to 4th.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 21 2009

Time: 2:48PM

Your Comments

bloody time wasters.
benji_starsky_avfc
Gutteddd =[ ***** Off, Angry FFS. We played good, just the time wasters, what got me is, 2 chelsea players ran in to each other and got a free kick, i was left confused ? can the ref explain that...
Blitz
can the ref explain the free-kick he gave Villa right outside the box on an invisible foul? look, the ref's bad decisions didn't help either club today.
RadioactiveD
The ref had a shocker today,if we had played the first half in the same manner as the second we would have never lost that game.
Pking
Bit of bland performance today. Looked a bit stiff from thursday in my opinion. Such a shame but we'll keep going
medzy
Blame the ref for what, Chelsea scoring and dominating the first half ? Wake up everyone, wake up Second best doesn't count, 12 games to go no problem
avfc48
We need to sort out the home form. Drawing to many games and really struggling to break teams down. We don't seem as potent this year from set pieces. Maybe this is where Laursen is badly missed.
AMS78
as a Chelsea fan I have to say if someone other than us should win any trophies I hope it's you! You are one of the few teams I don't dislike. Arsenil drawed again today so I'm cheering for you to take the last CL place! Don't think u will finish above us but you never know! Think we deserved to win today but u put up a good game!
Rune3k
Thanx Rune3k.
Blitz
a draw would have been fair :(
benji_starsky_avfc
Not the best performance but Chelsea played well - apart from the time wasting but we should be used to that by now! At least Arsenal only picked up a point.
Adam Deuce
Gutted but it's not the end of the world. I feel we've been punching above our weight this season. We're surrounded by teams with world-class players where our squad, even though we don't seem very threatening on paper, come together really well as a team and have shown plenty of grit and determination this season. Never mind the ref, more of a worry is how we seem to only be able to play well in one half of a game and I agree with AMS78, I think we miss Laursen and Mellberg causing havoc from set pieces.
SuperTommyJohnson
Fonz might not be able to do it - but he has done enough to deserve a try. How will MON or any of us ever know whether the Fonz has the potential to be a teenage scoring sensation. But whether its Rooney Rodwell or Vaughan at Everton , Scholes, Beckham, Giggs, Neville x2 at Man Utd, or Little, Barry, Gary Shaw and Gabby at Villa - youngsters can come in and do well from the off and stay in. Age actually is irrelevant, if you're good enough you're old enough. He just might be our cutting edge. Gabby never looks like he will be an incisive striker despite his 10 goals, but he , MON and everyone has done great. It is not a time for big changes, just keep doing it. The Fonz has looked the part from very limited opportunities to date and has delivered goals and would be my one change to be given more of a run. It would be fantastic if we could still be up there when our captain invincible is fit again. Up the Villa
stennyvilla
6 points the gap between you and Arsenal and only 1 between us.Still a great chance but Chelsea will finish ahead of Villa I told in Vital Chelsea when Chelsea was really struggling and still telling the same.The th will be fought between you and Arsenal.
Saimon_blues
Throughout our great run we have never looked like steamrollering anyone. They have been close wins in the main. So when we don't get the rub of the green we get what happened today. Chelsea weren't that impressive but we weren't going to score either. So the slow start made all the difference.
JimmyG
apologies for the time wasting - it gets no support from me!
merlin
Not too disappointed by todays result. We gave Chelsea a good run for there money which is more than we could have hoped for a year ago......4th place is still ours as the gunners are piking it!......UTV
son_of_cher
Chelsea played very well they are a top team and we have player's out . i was more disappointed last week. UTV
chris the villan
I was left with the impression that we were playing with our foot to the floor while Chelsea were in second gear and didn't need to change up at all! A frustrating afternoon but no serious damage done. I think we're all getting a bit carried away with the possibility that we might win the title! Stay focussed - our aim is fourth!! Third would be brilliant, but fourth is realistic.
godzvilla
Sky said we had more shots. Ref was a *****er. We didn't really get going - even in second half we weren't near our best. Crud. Ahh well, at least le Arse drew.
NorthcliffeBandit
I tried to post this twice before but it didn't appear so I'll try again. Bugger!
Villan Of The North
was a good match. certainly one of two halves. we dominated the first, while your lot put in a good effort and a lot of pressure in the second. son_of_cher: you did give us a good run, but dont forget that you lot took 4 points off us last year and 0 this year. a bit strange, considering you all have been a serious challenge for us over the last decade...but when you are the best you have been in a long time, only then can we get results from ya. strange thing, football us. well done villa.
truebluetay
 

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