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Premier League

  • October 16, 2010
  • • 17:30
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 40122

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    What a chance for Villa! Reo-Coker breaks free from the Chelsea defence and dinks the ball over Cech but the ball flies harmelessly wide. He should have doen better there.
  • 90' + 1'
    The Villa defence has hold firm and this is backed up but a clinical last ditch tackle by james Collins to deny Anelka
  • 90'
    There will be 4 minutes of added on time
  • 88'
    The woodwork for Chelsea again! Anelka finds space in the box and he meets a cross from the left with his head, but the ball clips teh bar and goes over
  • 86'
    Chance for Chelsea! Cole finds space on the left and his cross is diverted into the path of Malouda but his shot is charged down by the resilient Villa defence who just dont want to concede today.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionStephen Ireland Steve Sidwell
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Josh McEachran
  • 83'
    Chelsea are definitely trying to force the issue now with so little of the game left, but the Villa defence is holding firm although there seem to be a lot of tired bodies out there on the pitch for the home side.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Ashley Young
  • 79'
    Now it's Villa's turn to hit the woodwork! Young delivers a free kick from the left and young Ciaran Clark flicks the ball beyond Cech, only to see the ball bounce of the right hand post.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionRamires Josh McEachran
  • 76'
    Ivanovic hits the woodwork! A corner by Malouda is met by the head of Ivanovic and his powerful header cannon's off the post. What a let off for the Villa defence there. Where was the marking?
  • 75'
    SubstitutionPaulo Ferreira José Bosingwa
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Ciaran Clark
  • 74'
    SubstitutionJohn Alieu Carew Nathan Delfouneso
  • 73'
    Villa look to have sprung into life all of a sudden as Ferriera is forced to concede another corner. However Downing's corner is headed away by Malouda.
  • 70'
    A little bit of rest for the Villa defence as its the visitor's defence that is called into action as a corner on the right finds James Collins but his shot is blocked.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Stephen Ireland
  • 67'
    Anelka is looking the most likely to score for the visitors after another chance for the striker. Malouda takes on three Villa defenders, using his pace to beat them all and feeds the ball to Anelka, but his curling shot is wide.
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Stephen Warnock
  • 65'
    Villa left back Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick on the right. Malouda takes the resulting kick but it leads to nothing.
  • 63'
    After good play by Cole and Ramires on the left, the ball is played into the path of Malouda but his cross is caught by Friedel
  • 60'
    Yellow Card John Terry
  • 56'
    Villa have now settled down in the second half and are stringing some nice passes together although as soon as they get to the halfway line they seem to lack ideas.
  • 51'
    Chelsea are dominating possession at the moment as Villa strugle to get out of their own half. But the visitors cannot find that important first goal.
  • 48'
    A half hearted appeal by Chelsea as the ball strikes the elbow of Villa defender Clark, then Malouda forces Friedel into a smart save. Chelsea have started on the front foot here.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionGäel Kakuta Yuri Zhirkov
  • 46'
    Cole immediately attacks down the left but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
  • 46'
    We are back underway at Villa Park for the second half. Chelsea have made one sub with Zhirkov on for Kakuta.
  • AND THAT'S HALF TIME FOLKS! 0-0 at Villa Park and although the visitors have dominated possession it is the home side who have created the second half. It will be all to play for in the second half.
  • 45' + 9'
    Good play by Chelsea again as Mikel sends a long ball into the path of Anelka and the French striker uses great skill to unleash a powerful shot that is saved by Friedel
  • 45'
    there will be 1 added minute
  • 44'
    Ashley Young does well on the left and forces a corner, but his ball into the box from the set-play is cleared by Ramires
  • 41'
    Kakuta has another chance for the visitors but he mis-controls and Friedel is there to gather up the ball
  • 39'
    What a block by Ivanovic! The Serbian defender gets in the way of a goal bound shot by Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland after good build up play by Downing on the left.
  • 35'
    Chelsea come on the attack again but Essien's shot is saved with ease by Friedel.
  • 33'
    Kakuta does well on the left and plays in Cole but Villa defender Beye blocks the cross. Malouda swings in another corner and it is met by Kakuta but his half volley lands in the top tier of the stand.
  • 30'
    Half hour gone and the game is anybody's at the moment. Villa started the brighter of the sides and Stephen Ireland had a great chance to score but Chelsea have settled now and dominating posession.
  • 27'
    Chelsea looked to have improved their passing and Malouda lets loose Anelka down the left but the ball cannons of a Villa player for a corner. However from the set-play the ball is headed away but the home defence.
  • 27'
    Chelsea looked to have improved their passing and Malouda lets loose Anelka down the left but the ball cannons of a Villa player for a corner. However from the set-play the ball is headed away but the home defence.
  • 23'
    After a frantic opening to the game, the pace has dramatically slowed, as both teams are struggling to maintain possession of the ball at the moment.
  • 20'
    Villa are still looking to create the Chelsea defence all sorts of problems and Petrov hits a shot that flies just wide of Cech's post.
  • 16'
    Chelsea have another corner and this time the ball is played to Anelka and then successfully back to Malouda who whips in a ball to Kakuta, but his volley is high and wide.
  • 14'
    Chelsea are now settling down and they have their first corner of the game, but as Malouda plays the ball to Anelka, the french striker tries to play a backheel back, but the ball goes out of play.
  • 13'
    SubstitutionRichard Dunne Ciaran Clark
  • 13'
    Yellow Card Michael Essien
  • 12'
    Richard Dunne has had to go off after a cut to his ankle so young Ciaran Clark comes on to replace him
  • 10'
    First chance for Chelsea but as malouda crosses the ball hits Kakuta in the face. not a good moment for the young player there.
  • 2'
    Aston Villa have started the brighter and Downing takes on Ashley Cole before feeding in Ireland who sees his shot just fly wide of the post. Good chance for the home side.
  • 1'
    And we're underway at Villa Park!
  • THAT'S FULL TIME! Villa have produced a very impressive defensive display against Premier League champions to remain unbeaten in the league this season. Meanwhile Chelsea will be wondering how they were not able to find the win after dominating the game. It has finished 0-0 at Villa Park.
  • Another chance for Chelsea but Anelka's shot is blocked by his team mate Mikel. Then just moments later substitute Zhirkov produces a low cross on the left that is touched on by the foot of Villa defender Clark then gathered by Friedel.
  • The line-ups for tonight’s match: Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Ireland, Downing, Ashley Young, Carew. Subs: Guzan, Cuellar, Bannan, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Clark, Salifou. Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Essien, Malouda, Kakuta, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Borini, McEachran.
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