Villa 0-0 Chelsea: League leaders frustrated at Villa

Table toppers Chelsea have been frustrated by Aston Villa in a scoreless draw at Villa Park.

Table toppers Chelsea have been frustrated by Aston Villa in a scoreless draw at Villa Park.

The match yielded seven yellow cards as Villa maintained their recent solid home form against Chelsea who have won just once in their past 12 trips.

Nicolas Anelka was denied a late winner as his header bounced up and against the crossbar but the Blues were able to stay on top of the table as Villa moved to eighth.

Aston Villa: 0
Chelsea: 0

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Crowd: 40,122
Referee: Lee Mason
Yellow cards: AV - Stephen Warnock 65’, Stephen Ireland 68’, Ciaran Clark 75’, Ashley Young 81’
CHE - Michael Essien 13’, John Terry 60’, Joshua McEachran 83’

Starting Line-Ups

AV
Brad Friedel (gk), Richard Dunne (Clark 13’), James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Habib Beye, Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Stephen Ireland (Sidwell 84’), Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, John Carew (Delfouneso 74’)

Subs - Brad Guzan (gk), Steve Sidwell (84’), Carlos Cuellar, Nathan Delfouneso (74’), Eric Lichaj, Ciaran Clark (13’), Barry Bannan

CHE
Petr Cech (gk), John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Paulo Ferreira (McEachran 76’), John Obi Mikel, Ramires (Bosingwa 76’), Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Gael Kakuta (Zhirkov 45’), Nicolas Anelka

Subs - Ross Turnbull (gk), Yuri Zhirkov (45’), Jose Bosingwa (76’), Jacob Mellis, Jeffrey Bruma, Fabio Borini, Joshua McEachran (76’)

 
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