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Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City

Aston Villa v Leicester

Team badge of Aston Villa

Aston Villa 2

Bacuna 68′ Sinclair 89′

Team badge of Leicester City

Leicester 1

Kramaric 90′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 0-0


15 February 2015
Last updated at
14:49

  • New Villa manager Tim Sherwood in stands
  • Villa transformed after Sherwood words at break
  • Leandro Bacuna scores 16th goal of Villa’s season
  • Leicester create best openings of flat first half

New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood watched from the stands as his side reached the FA Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Leicester City.

Leandro Bacuna’s curled strike put Villa ahead after a flat first half, before Scott Sinclair scored late on to seemingly secure the victory.

The home side’s nerve was tested after Andrej Kramaric grabbed one back for Leicester in injury-time.

But Villa held on to win the fifth-round tie.

Both clubs had endured a tumultuous week, with Leicester boss Nigel Pearson’s position having been the

subject of speculation,

and Villa

parting company with Paul Lambert

before hiring

Tim Sherwood as new manager

on Saturday.

With former Tottenham boss Sherwood watching on from the directors’ box, the home fans’ reaction to his presence was muted. The 28,098 attendance was well short of Villa Park’s 42,682 capacity, but there was a largely positive reaction to his appointment.

After Sherwood addressed his new side in the dressing room at the break, Villa responded positively.

In a flat opening half that reflected both sides’ poor Premier League form, bottom club Leicester’s Marcin Wasilewski clipped the post with a header from a Matty James corner, while 18th-placed Villa struggled to create clear openings.


Striker Christian Benteke was back in the starting line-up, but Villa looked toothless in attack and Leicester again came close when Shay Given made an exceptional save from Matty James’ fierce left-foot drive.

Benteke had the ball in the back of the net, only for his low strike to be correctly ruled out for offside, but Villa’s more direct approach almost paid instant dividends in the second half.

The volume of the home crowd’s support grew as Villa pressed for just their 16th goal of the season in all competitions. It was midfielder Bacuna who provided it, curling past Mark Schwarzer with his right foot from outside the box with just over 20 minutes to play.

Andreas Weimann had a goal ruled out for offside before Scott Sinclair’s scuffed finished was fumbled into the net by Leicester goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Foxes’

record signing Kramaric

gave the away side hope of a replay with a powerful header late on but Villa held their nerve with a win that was deserved for their second-half showing alone.

Aston Villa caretaker manager Scott Marshall:

“The game was great today, the boys produced a good performance. The most important thing was the energy and the togetherness was good.

“One or two will learn from [conceding late on] as well, but the determination was always there to see the game out.”

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

“The first 15 minutes, I don’t think we were very fluent with the ball but after that we did pretty well. In the second half, we just could not keep hold of the ball, it kept coming back at us.

“The reason we are having a frustrating season is because we don’t reproduce performances. All but one player was in the side who started against Arsenal, which was a good performance, and for today we did not do well enough for long periods.

“We have to make sure our performances are more consistent. That is what is more annoying. Players, when they are in the side, have to make sure they produce performances that make it difficult to make changes.”

Tim Sherwood

New Villa manager Sherwood was appointed on Saturday, following the sacking of Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s performance improved markedly after new boss Tim Sherwood’s half-time address

Shay Given

Shay Given’s spectacular save kept Villa level at half-time

Ciaran Clark and Ron Vlaar challenge Andrej Kramaric

Leicester created the better openings in a flat first half

Leandro Bacuna

Leandro Bacuna’s goal was Villa’s 16th in all competitions

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Aston Villa

  • 31 Given
  • 21 Hutton
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 06 Clark
  • 23 Cissokho
  • 08 Cleverley
  • 15 Westwood
  • 16 Delph
  • 07 Bacuna (Sinclair – 77′ )
  • 20 Benteke
  • 10 Weimann (Grealish – 83′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Guzan
  • 05 Okore
  • 09 Sinclair
  • 12 Cole
  • 24 Sánchez
  • 34 Lowton
  • 40 Grealish

Leicester City

  • 32 Schwarzer
  • 17 Simpson Booked
  • 27 Wasilewski (Ulloa – 65′ )
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Upson
  • 03 Konchesky Booked
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 08 James
  • 19 Cambiasso
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 40 Kramaric

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 09 Vardy
  • 10 King
  • 11 Albrighton
  • 12 Hamer
  • 18 Moore
  • 23 Ulloa
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 28,098


Match Stats

Possession

52




48

Shots

17




10

On target

8




2

Corners

5




8

Fouls

7




4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +2:31

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +2:12

Hand ball by Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa).

90:00 +2:00

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

90:00 +1:31 Booking

Booking Danny Simpson (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:29

Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:29

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

90:00 +0:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.

88:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 0. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

86:14

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

84:27

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

83:24

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

83:24

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Andreas Weimann.

79:53

Attempt missed. Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

79:14

Hand ball by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

76:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair replaces Leandro Bacuna.

75:37

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

74:44

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

74:44

Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:56

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

71:28

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Aly Cissokho.

70:41

Offside, Aston Villa. Christian Benteke tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

69:31

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

69:06

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

67:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Leicester City 0. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ron Vlaar.

66:32

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

64:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Marcin Wasilewski.

64:11

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

59:36 Booking

Booking Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:31

Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:31

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

58:42

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

57:42

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna following a set piece situation.

56:40

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:40

Foul by Matt Upson (Leicester City).

55:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:15

Delay in match Matt Upson (Leicester City) because of an injury.

53:41

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aly Cissokho with a cross.

52:24

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

50:17

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a headed pass.

49:46

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

48:53

Hand ball by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

46:05

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Leicester City 0.

44:34

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

42:50

Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Leandro Bacuna is caught offside.

39:24

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ron Vlaar.

38:32

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

36:55

Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Leandro Bacuna is caught offside.

35:32

Foul by Matt Upson (Leicester City).

35:32

Shay Given (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:58

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

31:53

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

31:15

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Shay Given.

31:14

Attempt saved. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

29:58

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

29:58

Matt Upson (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:15

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

28:43

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Shay Given.

28:17

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

28:15

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

24:50

Attempt saved. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.

24:26

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

23:31

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matt Upson.

23:28

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aly Cissokho.

20:21

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

20:21

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:36

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) hits the right post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

11:10

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

9:34

Offside, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton tries a through ball, but Leandro Bacuna is caught offside.

5:56

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

4:02

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

2:21

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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