Aston Villa 1 - 0 Reading

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 27/11/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: L Probert Att: 28,692

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

A Villa

Christian Benteke 80



FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • FULL TIME. Aston Villa 1 Reading 0.

  • Outstanding play from Lowton on McCleary, the right-back clearing away before Le Fondre is penalised for handball when lining himself up to shoot. 30 seconds left now.

  • Westwood calmly heads back to Guzan, as Villa look to hold on to what would be a priceless victory in the battle to avoid relegation this season.

  • Three minutes of added time to be played.

  • Guzan makes the ball his after Morrison's knock on, and that could be a crucial save for his team as Hunt and McCleary lurked for the second ball.

  • Bannan gets his foot to McCleary's fizzed ball into the box and concedes a throw-in. Eventually, a foul is then given against Ireland for a tackle on Tabb.

  • Benteke goes through Shorey to control the ball, and Reading spray the ball out wide to McAnuff. Hunt is dispossessed by Banna though and Villa knock the ball around calmly and with composure.

  • Lowton leads Villa away, finding Ireland, but Lowton's ball into Benteke is shocking and ends up setting Reading away. McAnuff's ball is cleared by Clark and Lambert will breathe a sigh of relief on the touchline.

  • Cummings curls a good ball into the centre of the box and Hunt gets his head to it. It's a good chance, but the striker can only find the gloves of Guzan.

  • Hunt can't cushion a header down for McCleary, as Reading start to impose themselves more with defeat staring them in the face now.

  • Robson-Kanu is replaced by McCleary in a Reading change.

  • Tabb's sizzling run is cut out by a wonderful, timely tackle from Clark and it's end to end now as Agbonlahor draws a solid save from Federici.

  • The deadlock is finally broken as Bannan's corner is met by the head of Benteke who powerfully drives the ball into the floor which bounces past the diving Federici. 1-0 to Villa with ten minutes left!


  • Roberts' night comes to an end and Hunt comes on in his place.

  • Baker is brave to hack away a Reading free-kick, with Albrighton breaking and delivery a truly horrible ball from the right which quite justifiably draws angry moans from the home fans.

  • Ireland's lovely long ball is intercepted terrifically by Federici, denying Agbonlahor what would have been a terrific chance from the edge of the box.

  • Good move from the hosts as Bannan chips into Ireland whose header on goal lacks the power to trouble the confident Federici.

  • Federici is called into action with a diving punch, and as Villa look to knock the ball back forward, Ireland's poor pass draws further ire from the Villa fans.

  • Ireland wins Villa a corner, and this has looked the home side's best avenue of attack so far. Cue Bannan...


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