Villa 1 City 1: Bellamy bites back to deny MON third spot
By Villa reporter
Monday 05 Oct 2009 22:06:00
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Villa had to settle for a draw against Man City at Villa Park – after it looked like Richard Dunne had written the perfect script.

The former City skipper outjumped Gareth Barry, of all people, to head Villa into the lead, but a late Craig Bellamy goal denied MON’s men a win that would have taken them third.

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Villa had a bright start and Gabby Agbonlahor flicked a James Milner corner goalwards only for Shay Given to keep it out with his right boot.

Wayne Bridge's cross-shot from the left was deflected over and Emmanuel Adebayor headed tamely into the arms of Brad Friedel.

On a night when so much focus was on Barry, it was perhaps inevitable the other man facing his former side would score.

Stephen Warnock swung in a corner from the Villa right and Dunne got up above Barry to thump a header into the far corner past Shay Given. He didn't celebrate - and some City fans even applauded their former skipper.

Barry was denied by a superb Warnock challenge before Stiliyan Petrov was shown a yellow card for a lunge on Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Nigel de Jong was cautioned for a late challenge on Ashley Young after the winger had got away from Pablo Zabaleta. Young was left limping.

Adebayor’s header was kept out for Villa to go in at the break in the lead – and deservedly so.

James Milner shot just over and at the other end, Carlos Tevez played a fabulous pass inside the full-back to Shaun Wright-Phillips. His first touch set up a shooting chance, only for James Collins to slide into avert the danger.

Wright-Phillips was booked for hauling down Warnock.

Midway through the second half, City levelled. Stephen Ireland poked a ball into the Villa area to Adebayor, who peeled away from Collins, and he found Bellamy, who crashed a shot high into the net.

Young’s cross almost set up Milner for a late winner but at times in the dying moments, both sides looked content with the point – perhaps not surprising in a game that meant so much to both.

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