Aston Villa rue missed opportunity at Rovers | Opta Stats

Aston Villa rue missed opportunity at Rovers | Opta Stats

Well once again the match review headline descends on the lips of Aston Villa fans, reads “Aston Villa rue missed chances”.

Aston Villa yesterday travelled to Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park backed by approximately 3,000 fans, this is quite surreal to imagine sell out allocations in back to back away games in 7 days.Last weekend Aston Villa took 3,584 fans up to the northeast to Wigan Wanderers, but the two games have provided the same outcome.

Aston Villa travelled to Ewood Park in hope of being able to give them some breathing space away from the relegation zone. Aston Villa will feel more aggrieved following the way the 1-1 draw was achieved.

Villa secured their 12 draw of the Barclays Premier League 2011/2012 season with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.  Aston Vila took the lead midway in the first half of the game through Charles N’Zogbia, who was the beneficiary of Villa’s stand-in central defender Carlos Cuellar who broke from the midfield and coolly danced around the opposition players.  Charles N’Zogbia hit a left-foot rocket into the roof of the Blackburn Rovers net.

Although Aston Villa had less possession over the 90 minutes, they managed to get 16 shots away but only found their way towards the Blackburn Rovers goal on 5 occasions.  In the first half the majority of the game was played within the Blackburn Rovers half as Villa were resilient in their pursuit of the three points.

In the second-half Aston Villa had the tables turned on them with Blackburn Rovers penning them into their own half defending for most of the half and were rewarded by their constant attempts at the Aston Villa goal.  Steve Kean made a substitution late on in the game and decided to bring on David Dunn. David Dunn managed to salvage a point for Rovers with a header in the 85th minute from the back post.

Blackburn Rovers were denied an equaliser a few moments earlier when Morten Gamst Pedersen hit a crisply shot on target but Shay Given came to Villa’s rescue. Shay Given had a quieter game compared to his opposite number player in the Blackburn goal only being forced to make 3 saves during the game and had to restart play on fewer times.

Alex McLeish made a late and final substitution of the game on the stroke of 90 minutes bringing Austrian striker Andreas Weimann who almost scored the winner with a shot which was blocked by Blackburn’s Bradley Orr’s.

Aston Villa managed to complete 252 passes compared to their attempted 367 achieving a pass completion percentage of 69% this was 2% less than Blackburn Rovers.  Rovers attempted 432 passes but only managed to find the intended targets on 307 occasions giving them a pass completion percentage of 71%.

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Aston Villa’s defence has come under much scrutiny throughout this season only managing to keeper 6 clean sheets in the 27 games they have played.  Aston Villa against Blackburn Rovers managed to achieve a 92% tackle success rate, and also managed an impressive win percentage of 59% for ground duels won.

Although Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson was given the MOTM award I feel that Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland was was in serious contention.  Following his outfield disapproval for being blamed for Newcastle’s opener back in early February at the Sports Direct Arena, it would seem that Ireland has conducted himself in professional manner.  This is something which we wouldn’t have seen last season so maybe Ireland has matured since then and has responded differently and is now letting his football do the talking.

Stephen Ireland completed 35 passes out of 41 attempted giving him an impressive pass completion percentage of 85%.  He was in a familiar position on the field against the striker and his attack minded experience showed.  Stephen Ireland made 26 out of 32 passes count in the attacking half giving him an attacking half accuracy percentage of 81%.

Aston Villa now occupy 15th position in the Barclays Premier League and are 8 points above the relegation zone but things are all “Mills and Boom” a reverse of this is although sitting 15th they are only 6 points away from 8th.

Aston Villa now entertain Fulham on Saturday at Villa Park. This promises to be an interesting game for Villa as they haven’t won at home for 5 months since the 3-2 thriller at Villa Park on bonfire night against Norwich City.

After 27 games

Aston Villa 2010/2011 – W7 D9 L11 GF 31 GA 46 GDF -17 Points 30 Position 16

Aston Villa 2011/2012 – W6 D12 L9 GF 30 GA 35 GDF -5 Points 30 Position 15

Aston Villa 2010/2011 final league position was 9 on 48 points

I know majority of Aston Villa don’t want Alex McLeish as manager but the matter of the fact is he’s here and  isn’t going nowhere just get the behind the team.