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Aston Villa 1-0 Blackpool

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
  • Villa strike late to move into FA Cup fourth round
  • Championship's bottom club two minutes from replay
  • Benteke scores winner with a strike from 18 yards
  • Seasiders striker Miller denied by superb Given save

Christian Benteke scored two minutes from the end to save Aston Villa from embarrassment against Championship strugglers Blackpool.

The 24-year-old controlled Carlos Sanchez's pass on his chest and rifled a shot past Joe Lewis from 18 yards.

But an under-par Villa had to dig deep to reach the fourth round against a Blackpool team nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

The visitors were denied a goal when Shay Given saved Ishmael Miller's shot.

Villa's only other previous wins at Villa Park this term had been 2-1 league victories over Leicester last month and against Hull in August.

In what has been a tough season, Paul Lambert's side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Leyton Orient at home and the manager warned his players not to make the same mistake against a Blackpool side without an away win all season.

But the Seasiders, who last met Villa in the Premier League in 2011, proved tough opposition and will feel they deserved a replay.

Before Benteke's late strike - the Belgian's third goal of the season - the visitors had the best chance to go ahead, but substitute Miller's rasping drive was tipped over by Given.

Given, 38, was making only his second start of the season with number one Brad Guzan given the day off - one of five changes made by Lambert.

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The clubs last met in the FA Cup in January 1938, when Villa ran out 4-0 winners.

It was never going to be a goal fest this time with neither side showing much cutting edge.

Indeed Villa were on course for a third successive goalless draw at Villa Park - after sharing the points with Sunderland and Crystal Palace over the festive period - until Benteke's moment of magic.

While the result will be a relief for Lambert, it means more misery for Lee Clark, who took over at Blackpool in October but has guided them to only one win in 11 outings.

Aston Villa v Blackpool
Christian Benteke scored 11 goals for Villa last season - so far this term he has three
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Jack Grealish, whose only other Villa start this season came in the Capital One Cup, tangles with Blackpool debutant Mark Waddington
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Aston Villa had failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 16 FA Cup matches
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Blackpool's last away win was a 2-0 success at Wigan Athletic in April


Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Given
  • 21HuttonBooked at 22mins
  • 5Okore
  • 6ClarkBooked at 60mins
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forN'Zogbiaat 63'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 40GrealishSubstituted forWeimannat 75'minutes
  • 12ColeSubstituted forBacunaat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Benteke


  • 1Guzan
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10Weimann
  • 22Gardner
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 34Lowton
  • 39Calder


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 31O'Hara
  • 33WaddingtonSubstituted forTelfordat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 87'minutes
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forMillerat 63'minutes


  • 12Eagles
  • 17Miller
  • 21Parish
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 34Telford
  • 37Nosworthy
  • 40Cameron
Chris Foy

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBlackpool
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Blackpool 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Joe Cole.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Dominic Telford replaces Mark Waddington.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 1, Blackpool 0. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Andrea Orlandi.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cole (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

  11. Post update

    Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Shay Given.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Booking

    Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Andreas Weimann replaces Jack Grealish.

  19. Post update

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).