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Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini scores against Aston Villa
Borini's goal against Villa was his first for the club since April 2013
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Liverpool increased the pressure on Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert by beating his struggling side to secure a third away league win in succession.

The threat of a pre-match protest by Villa fans did not materialise but the home side went behind when Fabio Borini prodded in a Jordan Henderson cross.

Christian Benteke had a chance to level but his powerful strike was saved.

Missed chances frustrate Lambert

Liverpool survived a number of other scares before Rickie Lambert arrowed in an 18-yard shot to secure victory.

The Reds have lost only one of their last 10 league games and earned the three points without captain Steven Gerrard, who had not been risked after going off with a tight hamstring during last Saturday's win at Sunderland.

Villa, who improved after the break, failed to score for a fifth league game on the trot and they are now three points above the relegation zone, with their next two top-flight games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Some Villa fans had threatened a protest by boycotting their seats in the Holte End for the first eight minutes of the match to mark each year that Randy Lerner had owned the club.

Villa's Lambert had urged against such action and the supporters appeared to have listened to his request with hardly an empty seat to be seen.

Holte End
Villa fans last saw their side score a league goal on 20 December

However, the home side found themselves behind after striker Borini guided home an inviting Henderson cross to score his first goal of the campaign.

Villa could have fallen further behind but Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling failed to take two promising chances for the Reds.

Keeper Brad Guzan also kept Villa in the game when he tipped a Martin Skrtel header against the post.

Rodgers happy with 'complete' display

Carles Gil, signed by Villa this week, came on to make his debut and his arrival signalled a spell of pressure from the home side.

However, Benteke had a well-struck half-volley saved by fellow Belgium international Simon Mignolet, while Baker headed a corner just over.

Benteke also volleyed wide before Lambert gave Liverpool the breathing space they needed by scoring his third goal of the season with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"It was always going to be a difficult game. Aston Villa are a hard team to try to break down but we were very complete in our performance.

"We passed the ball around really well at times and our counter-attack was very good and we probably should have exploited that more than we did.

"Importantly, when we had to defend at important moments of the game we stood up to the challenge."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"The second half I thought we were excellent. I didn't think there was too much in it in the first half.

"We lost a poor goal but the second half was relentless pressure from us and their goalkeeper has probably kept them in it with the save from Christian Benteke.

"I don't think anyone could fault us for the way we played in the second half.

"We just have to keep doing what we did today, keep getting the chances and they will go in."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Villa's goal drought now stands at 522 minutes in the Premier League
Rickie Lambert scores Liverpool's second at Aston Villa
Four of Rickie Lambert’s last five Premier League have been scored away from home
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 5OkoreBooked at 52mins
  • 2Baker
  • 23Cissokho
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 15WestwoodSubstituted forGilat 59'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forWeimannat 59'minutes
  • 20Benteke
  • 11Agbonlahor


  • 7Bacuna
  • 10Weimann
  • 18Richardson
  • 25Gil
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Given
  • 34Lowton


Formation 3-4-3

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 50Markovic
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Leiva
  • 18MorenoSubstituted forEnrique Sanchez Diazat 71'minutes
  • 31SterlingSubstituted forIbeat 85'minutes
  • 29BoriniSubstituted forLambertat 71'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 10Coutinho


  • 3Enrique Sanchez Diaz
  • 9Lambert
  • 19Manquillo
  • 20Lallana
  • 33Ibe
  • 49Williams
  • 52Ward
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamLiverpool
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).

  7. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Enrique.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Raheem Sterling.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  13. Booking

    Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  14. Post update

    Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

  17. Post update

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2. Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Enrique.

As It Stood

2Man City21145245202547
4Man Utd22117436211540
8West Ham219663225733
12Crystal Palace225892533-823
14Aston Villa2257101125-1422
15West Brom2156102029-921
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