Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace (01.01.2015) Live Commentary

We have seen a rather unattractive game. There haven’t been almost any interesting moments today. The home side had superiority over this game. The home team made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession. As for the away side, it’s obvious that defence had the highest priority for them.
Nothing more will happen today, Robert Madley has blown his whistle and the game is over.
The assistant referee raises his flag, and an attacking effort is stopped by the main referee’s whistle. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) is the one, who got caught in the offside position.
Flag goes up against Christian Benteke (Aston Villa). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
We will have 3 min. of added time.
Substitution. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) did his best and is replaced by Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace).
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is the one who was caught offside.
Joe Cole (Aston Villa) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) releases a promising shot from the free kick from around 20 metres out. The ball goes in the direction of the top right corner, but the goalkeeper makes a save and denies his attempt. The ball goes out-of-play. Aston Villa are awarded a corner kick.
Aston Villa earn a free kick which can lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
A yellow card for a tackle by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace). Robert Madley doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) timed his run perfectly to connect with the resulting corner kick. His finish from around the penalty spot was rather poor as it went way wide of the left post.
Corner kick. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) will deliver the ball.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) collects a pass inside the box, and he unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. The assistant referee makes a right call and Aston Villa will have a corner.
Substitution. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) will be replaced by Joe Cole (Aston Villa).
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Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) takes a shot after receiving a good pass, but his effort from the edge of the box goes just over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Robert Madley doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
14:6 – the statistics of total goal attempts.
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) attempts to find one of his teammates with a free kick, but the defence is well positioned and clears the ball away from danger.
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) unfairly held the opponent. The referee saw the whole situation and blows his whistle for a foul. Crystal Palace get a free kick.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) was too harsh with his tackle which made Robert Madley interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. There is a free kick near the sideline to Crystal Palace.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wasted a golden chance to score after he found some space inside the box and unluckily volleyed the ball narrowly over the bar.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) delivers a fine ball into the box from a free kick. However, the opposition’s defence didn’t let any of his teammates to challenge the goalkeeper.
Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Robert Madley blow the whistle. Aston Villa have a free kick.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The ball is out of bounds. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Aston Villa.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) missed a great opportunity! He finds himself some space near the penalty spot and plants a header goalwards which lacks the power and accuracy. The ball sailed well wide over the bar!
Paul Lambert has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) replacing Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa).
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) sends the corner into the box, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) intercepts it and averts the threat.
Wow, what an escape. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked. Crystal Palace get a corner.
That’s the end of the game for Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), who is replaced by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) connects with the corner kick around the penalty spot, but he steers his header just wide of the right post.
It’s going to be a corner kick. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) will try to put the ball on a teammate’s head.
The resulting corner from Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is averted by the opposition’s defence. Corner kick. Aston Villa will have an opportunity.
Jores Okore (Aston Villa) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players. The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa have been awarded a corner kick.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) commits a rough foul. Robert Madley stops the game and makes a call. Crystal Palace will take a free kick.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) collects a brilliant pass inside the box and finds himself in a goal scoring opportunity. He takes a shot, but the effort is well blocked by one of the defending players.
After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
Not a lot happening in the first half, it hasn’t been the best game so far in terms of quality. The control of the game belongs to the home side. Players of the home team present themselves with possession football and the away players focus especially on the well-organized defence.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
Fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) has a sight of goal and shoots from long range but his ambitious effort flies just over the bar.
The resulting free kick from 25 metres out, which was taken by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa), was blocked by the wall of defenders. The goalkeeper perfectly positioned the defensive wall.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle. Aston Villa are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Robert Madley calls for a foul. Crystal Palace earn a free kick.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) receives a pass and tries his luck with a long-range powerful effort. His poorly placed shot lacks accuracy and flies way over the crossbar.
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace), who smothers the ball.
The free kick from long range. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
Robert Madley calls for a foul. Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. That’s a free kick to Aston Villa.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) creates himself a good chance and fires a powerful close-range shot, but his effort ricochets off the crossbar.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is being substituted because of an injury. Paul Lambert sends Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) on the pitch.
Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) earns an applause from the crowd! He dives superbly to deny a dangerous first-time effort, which was sent from the edge of the six-yard box. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is the one who tested his reflexes. Nice piece of goalkeeping skills.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) is caught offside!
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is asking for a medical treatment. He is forced to go behind the sideline and his team will be playing with 10 players for a while.
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) makes some space to meet a perfect cross inside the box, but he blazes his shot over the bar. High, wide and not at all pretty. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) had a golden opportunity as he fired from point blank range. His volley was directed towards the bottom right corner, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) was alert and made an amazing save!
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The players are out and the match is about to start. Aston Villa will have the kick-off.
Today’s referee will be Robert Madley.
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