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  • Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City: Milner scored

    Aston Villa keep finishing chances in the Champions League zone, thanks to a 1-0 win over Birminham City at Villa Park on Sunday (25/04/2010). They are now sitting in fifth position with 64 points, or just lost on goal difference from Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place.

    The result was quite a relief considering Villa get tough resistance from Birmingham. Since minutes early, both camps are equally threatening to develop an effective attack the opposing goal. Goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Joe Hart is the most busy person on this game.

    The first threat is released through James Colins Villa in the third minute. However, Hart managed to ward off a shot from outside the penalty box.

    Birmingham hit back through Sebastian Larsson in the ninth minute. This time, Friedel did not have to bother jumping here and there, because the execution Larsson deviated from the target.

    Birmingam not create a new threat when James Milner succeeded in forcing Hart to stretch the muscles in minute 17. Utilizing bait John Carew, he fired a shot which is blocked by Hart.

    A minute earlier, the fort Villa Birmingham pushed back and almost surpassed them, through a Larsson shot. This time, the shot distance away is accurate and fast. Unfortunately, its crude in the hands of Friedel.

    Action bargaining that continued until the end of the first round, without a single managed to outperform the others.

    Result 0-0 in the first round, again whipped up two camps to play better in the second round. Action exchange of any threat occurred again.

    Unlike the first round, this time Birmingham was the first to create opportunities through Liam Ridgewell scored in the 50th minute. Utilizing a cross Larsson, Ridgewell, gore ball from the middle to the middle of the opposing goal penalty, which is still raw in the hands of Friedel.

    New Villa strikes could repay it through Stilian Petrov on 56 minutes. Unfortunately, the shot distance away goal misses to the left side of Birmingham.

    Tempo game and then got declined. Each are equally change the tactics of the game is short and quick feedback to the control of the ball game. Although not a lot of goals marked the creation of opportunities, the game continues cried because both camps are equally adamant chase and snatch the ball.

    Eleven minutes spent time in the middle, Birmingham almost broke the deadlock through Lee Bowyer. Again, the execution will still be thwarted Friedel.

    Not wanting to lose the moment, Birmingham tried to keep the intensity of their attacks. However, after ten minutes of struggling, they were surprised by three successive attacks that led to James Milner scored from the penalty spot.

    The first threat was held by Emile Heskey in the 77th minute. In cooperation with one or two of Gabriel Agbonlahor, he managed to enter the penalty box, and cheat the ball from a narrow angle. However, the ball that led to the mast far it deviated from the target.

    A minute later, Dunne who managed to turn a corner with a welcome tandukan directly to the goal, which unfortunately bounced over the crossbar.

    The threat was made Birmingham a little tense and lose their inspiration strikes. Aftermath of the tension is a violation of Roger Johnson to Agbonlahor in the penalty box on 83 minutes.

    The referee immediately pointed to the white dot. Birmingham players could protest that decision because Johnson's first leg on the ball, before making the leg is blocked Agbonlahor.

    Loudly protested the penalty decision did not melt. Milner is then believed to execute a gift, Hart managed to break into the goal. Hard shots to the middle wicket barrier because Hart did not have misread the direction of the ball and instead slammed his body into the left side of the net.

    Abandonment and time is slim, making increasingly insistent Birmingham attack. Unfortunately, even managed to force the opponent to survive, they failed to score an equalizer until the long whistle sounded.

    Team line-up:
    Villa: 1-Brad Friedel; 25th-Stephen Warnock, 5-Richard Dunne, 29-James Collins, 24-Carlos Jimenez Cuellar; 6-Stewart Downing, 19-Stiliyan Petrov, 8-James Milner, Ashley Young's seven-, 10 - John Carew (18-Emile Heskey 70), 11-Gabriel Agbonlahor
    Birmingham: 25-Joe Hart, 27-Gregory Vignal (21-Stuart Parnaby 76), 6-Liam Ridgewell, 14-Roger Johnson, 2-Stephen Carr, 16-James McFadden, four-Lee Bowyer, 12-Barry Ferguson, 33 -Craig Gardner (9-Kevin Phillips 85), 7-Sebastian Larsson (18-Keith Fahey 76), 10-Cameron Jerome


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