Blackpool held by 10-man Villa

Ian Holloway saw Blackpool end a run of five straight defeats with a stirring display in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Bloomfield Road.

Last Updated: 12/02/11 at 17:41 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Premier League. Click here to bet.

Agbonlahor: Opens the scoring

Agbonlahor: Opens the scoring

When Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring for Villa after 10 minutes of Saturday's Premier League clash, it could have opened the floodgates.

Instead Blackpool regrouped quickly and equalised four minutes later thanks to Elliot Grandin.

Villa were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Jean Makoun was given a straight red card after a challenge on DJ Campbell.

But they had lacked drive before then and that must be a concern to manager Gerard Houllier.

Villa were as poor in the second half as they were bright in the first half. Darren Bent had sight of goal inside the first minute after Agbonlahor picked him out but his effort was blocked.

Blackpool again found themselves on the back foot moments later when Ashley Young released Stuart Downing but his cross was scrambled away.

Villa made the breakthrough in the 10th minute following a swift counter attack that left the home side exposed.

Bent laid the ball off to Agbonlahor and he showed a blistering turn of pace before going around Richard Kingson and firing a shot into the corner.

However not for the first time this time this season Holloway's side stormed back and equalised in the 14th minute.

Grandin got a vital touch at the near post after Villa failed to deal with a corner from Charlie Adam.

Two minutes later Luke Varney should have put Blackpool ahead only to head wide from six yards following a cross from Marlon Harewood.

Play switched back down the other end and Stewart Downing came close to regaining the lead for the visitors in the 30th minute.

The former Middlesbrough winger carved out an opening for himself on the edge of the area only to see his curler come back off the outside of the post.

Bent, however,was not getting things all his own way at this stage but the England striker was happy to track back if needed.

Blackpool hit back in the 54th minute and almost took the lead with Adam at the heart of the move.

The Scotland midfielder released Varney on the left wing and he skipped to the byline before delivering the cross.

Campbell got on the end of it at the near post but clipped his effort wide of the target when it seemed easier to score.

Houllier then decided to freshen things up in attack with Emile Heskey replacing Bent in the 57th minute.

Blackpool were growing in confidence and Adam swung in a free-kick six minutes later but Villa managed to scramble the ball to safety.

Then Varney laid the ball into the path of Harewood on the edge of the area. However he blazed a shot high over the bar before Puncheon sent his effort wide.

Villa were then reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Makoun was sent off for a challenge on Campbell.

Adam was pulling the strings in the middle of the park and released substitute Matt Phillips with a glorious ball in the 80th minute.

Phillips got a good touch but then then found himself crowded out as he attempted to get in a shot.

Back came Villa and Young had an appeal for penalty turned down in stoppage time after he went to ground following Ian Evatt's challenge before scuffing a shot wide.

Bet with SkyBet  Premier League. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton 2-3 C Palace Report
Man City 2-2 Sunderland Report
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham  
Sunday, 13 April 2014
16:07
Swansea 0-1 Chelsea Report
13:37
Liverpool 3-2 Man City  
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
C Palace 1-0 A Villa Report
Fulham 1-0 Norwich Report
Southampton 0-1 Cardiff  
Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle  
Sunderland 0-1 Everton Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Championship: Burnley beat Blackpool to move closer to automatic promotion

Burnley moved to the brink of promotion to the Premier League after beating Blackpool 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.

Top three falter in League Two

Promotion nerves hit the top three clubs in Sky Bet League Two as Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale all failed to win on Good Friday.

Brentford promoted, Wolves hit six

Brentford sealed promotion from League One with a 1-0 win over Preston, coupled with defeats for Rotherham and Leyton Orient.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property