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Played
November 28, 2012 4:00 AM MYT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 28692‎
 
80′ C. Benteke
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 1-0 Reading

Christian Benteke's late header is enough for the Villans to take all three points at home to the Royals and lift themselves out of the relegation zone

By Chris Teale at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    1
    0
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Made a superb save with his feet to deny Robson-Kanu and otherwise looked incredibly comfortable when called upon to deal with any Reading threats.

  • Ciaran Clark
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Found himself outmuscled at times by Jason Roberts in the centre of Villa’s defence but dealt with the striker’s physicality well and had a couple of good chances to score before picking up a booking.

  • Enda Stevens
    0
    0
    2.50

    Enda Stevens

    Showed signs of promise early in the game with a couple of good crosses, but was forced off with an injury in the 22nd minute and was replaced by Eric Lichaj.

  • Nathan Baker
    0
    0
    3.50

    Nathan Baker

    Looked comfortable in the air and kept Adam Le Fondre well shackled to complete a satisfying outing for the youngster.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Another who struggled at times with Roberts up front, but otherwise delivered another solid performance as he continues to deputise for the injured Ron Vlaar.

  • Brett Holman
    0
    0
    4.00

    Brett Holman

    The heartbeat of Villa’s attacking play, Holman covered virtually every blade of grass showing a superb range of passing that helped spark much of Villa’s forward movements before being taken off in the second half.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Westwood

    Overshadowed by Bannan and Holman in the midfield, Westwood was largely anonymous apart from a couple of decent crosses.

  • Barry Bannan
    1
    0
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Full of enterprise and hard work as ever in the centre of midfield, delivering some superb set pieces but sometimes struggled to keep possession and find a telling pass.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Captained the side in place of the injured Vlaar and showed a great deal of strength and guile to create a number of problems for Reading’s defenders and link up well with Benteke.

  • C. Benteke
    2
    0
    4.00

    C. Benteke Top of the Match

    Saw a superb chance denied by Adam Federici and was superb as a target-man throughout before scoring the winning goal late in the game.

  • Andreas Weimann
    0
    1
    1.50

    Andreas Weimann Flop of the Match

    Wasted a glorious chance in the first half from six yards out, and was largely lacking in his touch or finishing in what was a frustrating evening that was ended with his replacement by Albrighton.

Substitutions

  • Eric Lichaj
    0
    0
    2.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Came on for Enda Stevens in the 22nd minute and seemed to lack energy as he wasted possession a number of times and seemed reluctant to press forward in attack.

  • Stephen Ireland
    1
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Ireland

    Replaced Holman in the 67th minute and had some good moments but did not make any telling contributions.

  • Marc Albrighton
    1
    0
    2.50

    Marc Albrighton

    Brought on for Weimann in the 67th minute but struggled to make any real impact on the right-hand side.

  • Adam Federici
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adam Federici

    Looked superb under the high ball and made a great save to deny Benteke in the first half and enjoyed another solid evening for the Royals.

  • Nicky Shorey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nicky Shorey

    Overlapped well and showed an understanding with Jobi McAnuff on the right-hand side, letting fly some decent crosses that caused some headaches for the Villa defence.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adrian Mariappa

    Looked good aerially despite the pressure of Benteke and Agbonlahor but was unable to really impose himself on the game.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sean Morrison

    Strong in the air and in the challenge, this was another impressive outing for the young Irishman in the centre of Reading’s defence.

  • Shaun Cummings
    0
    0
    3.00

    Shaun Cummings

    Overlapped well and showed an understanding with Jobi McAnuff on the right-hand side, letting fly some decent crosses that caused some headaches for the Villa defence.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Largely anonymous as he struggled to deal with Holman’s tenacity and surging runs forward.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Had an early shout for a penalty turned down by referee Lee Probert and showed some enterprise on the right for little reward.

  • Jay Tabb
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jay Tabb

    Struggled in the centre of midfield and was guilty of a few sloppy passes as he tried in vain to assert himself.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Saw an early chance saved well by Brad Guzan and grew into the game as it went on, showing his superb pace as he caused Villa’s defence a number of problems before being replaced late in the game.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Lived off scraps for much of the game but showed a good understanding with Jason Roberts despite struggling to fashion himself many clear chances.

  • Jason Roberts
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jason Roberts

    Was Reading’s best threat going forward and caused numerous problems for the home side’s defence with his strength and link-up play before being replaced late in the game.

Substitutions

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    0
    2.00

    Garath McCleary

    Came on for Robson-Kanu in the 82nd minute but had too little time to make an impact.

  • Noel Hunt
    0
    0
    2.00

    Noel Hunt

    Replaced Roberts in the 78th minute but did not have enough time to have an impact on the game.

Results
 
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Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0