Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea: Dunne & Collins Seal Home Win

Martin O Neill Villa defenders punish Blues with headed goals.

Aston Villa condemned Chelsea to a second successive defeat away from home in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The Blues took the lead around the quarter-hour mark when Didier Drogba left James Collins for dead before smashing the ball into the bottom left corner from about 35 yards out.

Richard Dunne levelled the score in the 32nd minute when he headed home from an Ashley Young corner.

James Collins secured maximum points for the Villans thanks to his headed goal seven minutes into the second half from another Ashley Young corner.

Chelsea travelled to Villa Park sitting top of the table having won seven of their first eight Premier League games of the 2009/10 campaign. 

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Petr Cech following suspension while Florent Malouda was called into to action, replacing the injured Michael Ballack.

Villa manager Martin O’Neill opted to stick with John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack, leaving Emile Heskey on the bench.

The home side had appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Kevin  Friend in the 12th minute after Agbonlahor went to ground following a challenge from Bosingwa.

Perhaps a little fortunate not to be a goal behind and a man down, Chelsea surged forward looking for an opener.

The London-based outfit were rewarded for their attacking display in the 16th minute when
Didier Drogba drilled the ball past Brad Friedel from long range. 

The USA international goalkeeper might have felt he should have fared better as the ball flew into the bottom left corner of his goal.

Chelsea looked to be in control of the game but failed to double their advantage, much to their dismay.

With 32 minutes on the clock, an Ashley Young corner from the left was flicked on at the near post by Frank Lampard only for
Richard Dunne to beat Ricardo Carvalho to the ball and head home.

The Blues refused to give in and pushed forward searching for a second goal, Deco and Drogba seeing efforts thwarted by the home side.

Ancelotti’s side might have looked the more likely to find the net again  but seven minutes into the second half it was O’Neill’s team who did so.

The Blues were unable to deal with another Young corner whipped in from the left allowing
James Collins to nod the Birmingham-based club into the lead.

Chelsea once more pushed forward as they sought a way back into the match but efforts from Deco and Florent Malouda failed to trouble Friedel.

Villa might have made it 3-1 with 18 minutes to play, but Carew was unable to convert a James Milner pass, smashing the ball high over the Chelsea goal.

Nicolas Anelka drew another save from Friedel as the Blues refused to give up the opportunity to take a point back to London but Aston Villa held on for a fifth win on the season.


~ by footballdirecta on October 17, 2009.

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