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Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 3 - Stats

Aston Villa
0 - 3

FA Cup Semi Final


10/4/10 - 5pm


Referee: Howard 'I'm Competent' Webb

Aston VillaChelsea
Drogba (67), Malouda (88), Lampard (95)
Friedel     Cech    
Cuellar     Ferreira    
Dunne     Terry    
Collins     Alex    
Warnock     Lampard    
Downing     Cole     65
Petrov     Mikel    
Milner     Malouda    
A. Young     Zhirkov    
Carew     82 Deco     76
Agbonlahor     Drogba     80
Guzan     Hilario    
L. Young     Ivanovic    
Beye     Belletti    
Sidwell     Ballack     76
Delph     Kalou     65
Delfouneso     Sturridge    
Heskey     82 Anelka     80
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
It was ours to lose it and it was ours to tire just as Terry said. Sadly we did both without much of a whimper unless you class Heskey on again as anything more than a whimper?

Ok caste iron penalty and at least two red cards again we can blame as proof we should've been 1-0 up and playing 10 men for most of the match, and 9 for the period we shall now call 'the final Villa flop' which could've made a difference but truth be told, just like Man U we could've been playing 8 men and I'm not convinced we'd have won.

1 decent cross in every 10 attempts is not good enough. 3 shots on target all match is thoroughly pathetic. I could go on and on but I won't.

All that is brilliant about the Villa was on show in the first half, all that is wrong with us - players and manager - was on show all match. Effort, commitment was fantastic...dare I say terrific. They gave their all, but when their all runs out substitutes don't. They stay sat on the bench, just like different ideas stay sat in the brains of other managers.

Chelsea knew exactly how we'd set up, how we'd play and what we'd do. When we had them on the ropes we needed to do something different, something to confuse them, something to shake them up. We didn't, so it was only a matter of time and Chelsea were worthy of their 3 could've been more and even the most blinkered Villan can only claim a penalty and a red card. Not much in the grand scheme of things is it?

It's easy to be angry over our failings again, the lack of subs, lack of plan B etc etc etc but it's also very easy to be proud of the lads today. The first half was magnificent and all you could ask for. Even the second half when tiredness hit, yes it took it's toll but they didn't give up running, they kept going the best they could even if it wasn't good enough. We were playing Chelsea afterall.

Good mix of emotions at the moment and I promised to do a match report but I'm not sure I can after that, I'm not sure what I'd put. It's easy rambling, I don't have to make sense.

We have hit our level though, our failings, and those of the manager mean we'll get no further. That doesn't mean we haven't done well though. We're in the hunt for Top 6 again this season, we've bagged a final and a semi final in the domestic cups (we'll ignore the Europa feckups) so all in we haven't done too badly...I just go to sleep every night wondering how much better we could be doing and that's what sticks with me.

I said at halftime to much giggle bring on Delph and Delboy and take off Downing and Ash. Go 433 because Chelsea would never see it coming, they'd have a hell's game organising marking because nowhere in their week would they have planned for that. It would've been both a brave decision, but also ridiculous, lunatic and mental. The alternative was what we do every game, which rarely works. Heskey on, I'm surprised we didn't see Sidwell - but the outcome was what everybody could expect and saw coming. Great managers do things nobody expects, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We do what everyone expects, namely because it's what we've done for months. That's what is stopping me from truly enjoying today, second half we knew we'd lose, our legs were going, Chelsea were coming back into and we did the same we always do. Had Monny done something mental at halftime and we'd still lost I'd be a hell of a lot happier at the moment. At least it would've been an effort.

It takes no intelligence or effort to simply do the same thing we do every match that invariably brings the same bloody result.

Where's that head banging smilie gone?

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday April 10 2010
Time: 7:24PM


feel for Most of the players today, they did well against maybe the best club in the country, but had no chance when Chelsea bought on 3 fresh players and we had near enough the same 11 we've had all year....I've had it now, MoN is an idiot, good Managers recognise when a change is needed, and he never does, I've finally lost patience with him now, we can't blame the referee all the time, these things happen...we didn't score and our players were knackered.
10/04/2010 19:35:00
10 mins to go we need a goal and we bring on Heskey! genius
10/04/2010 19:45:00
And yes ant, I agree that is where MON is wrong, that is where a Bent Gudjohnson or Keane could have helped us so much at matches like today, but alas, we didn't, the money wasn't there apparently! I think this whole season is fizzling out big time, and reflecting now we will probably be lucky to get into the Top 6!
10/04/2010 19:49:00
you guys destroyed chelsea in the 1st half and should have been rewarded a penalty....if you go up 1-0 in first you guys could have won it i believe but better luck next year PS howard webb is a disgrace to think he is our best ref its a joke!!
10/04/2010 19:51:00
Oh and John Terry's tackle on Milner was a disgrace and a straight red.The ref booked him so he must have had a clear view of it,that was a worse decision than not giving the pen.
10/04/2010 20:10:00
Gutted, absolutely gutted. Typical bloody Villa. 'The Nearlymen'.
10/04/2010 20:18:00
Proud of the lads in the first half .. wondered where the frick they were in the last 30 mins .. hate to agree with Terry but i think he's spot on with his comments . Villa Fans beat Chelsea Fans 10-0 pity Martin didn't play his part . Too predictable.. Thought he might have tried something different for this game but same old story .
10/04/2010 20:29:00
Players couldn't have given more. They've played without a break all season and were understandably knackered after 70 minutes. Martin O'Neill isn't learning a thing. It's tactics that lost this game (and crap refereeing). I won't blame the players (though I thought Carew and Heskey were not up to it). I now reluctantly think MoN has taken Villa as far as he can. If he can't change and learn, he should go. I'll get my coat.
10/04/2010 20:50:00
I think people are forgetting we aren't a league-winning team, we have only been beaten in the finals by the prems top two teams! Man. u and Chelsea. Champions League teams. We, in fairness, would be asking for a miracle to beat either of those. We aren't really competing up front yet, drogba anelka vs gabby and carew/heskey? Villa need some firepower, that will put us in good stead next season. As for the referee, i'm saying nothing, what happened, happened. I don't think we should be disappointed or down, we played well for most of the game... But what was Cuellar doing for the first goal? running in early for full time or something, odd, he seemed to be running away from the ball.
10/04/2010 21:33:00
Classless team with a manager with no idea.
10/04/2010 21:57:00
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