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Determined Villa hold on in Prague

Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.39CET
SK Slavia Praha 0-1 Aston Villa FC
John Carew's first-half deflection proved enough to earn the visitors three points but only after weathering a second-half storm from the Czech side.
Determined Villa hold on in Prague
Steve Sidwell and Zat Knight celebrate Villa's goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Slavia PrahaAston Villa

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
7
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.39CET

Determined Villa hold on in Prague

SK Slavia Praha 0-1 Aston Villa FC
John Carew's first-half deflection proved enough to earn the visitors three points but only after weathering a second-half storm from the Czech side.

Aston Villa FC held off a determined SK Slavia Praha comeback to claim a narrow win that gives them an early three-point advantage atop UEFA Cup Group F.

Contrasting halves
Karel Jarolím was yesterday named Czech Coach of the Year but celebrations were cut short on a frustrating evening at Eden Stadium. Villa were dominant before the interval, even if their goal midway through the first half owed much to good fortune as Steve Sidwell's shot took a heavy deflection off John Carew, leaving goalkeeper Martin Vaniak helpless as it span into the far corner. Slavia could have been two or three down by the break but the second half was all theirs, possession and chances alike – albeit without an end result.

Experimental side
A combination of injury, paternity leave and Martin O'Neill's decision to rest several of his first choices gave Villa's starting XI an unusual appearance, and they initially struggled to gel. Twice the visitors were almost punished for giving their opponents too much space, with right-back Matej Krajčík firing wide, before Jaroslav Černý's excellent low shot from 25 metres forced Brad Guzan to beat the ball away convincingly. Yet the English side posed a big threat going forward themselves, and though Vaniak did well to keep out a Craig Gardner volley, he could do nothing about the opener on 26 minutes.

Villa dominant
Slavia have the best defence in the Czech 1. Liga, having conceded only seven goals in 12 games, yet Villa could have doubled the advantage almost immediately as Young's curling free-kick rattled the upright, with Vaniak beaten. The keeper was better placed on 34 minutes to deny Carew after Young's clever cutback as the Birmingham club looked to cement their authority. Slavia were not out of it, however, and Marek Jarolím could and should have equalised before half-time, failing to get enough purchase on his left-footed effort, which allowed Guzan to save at his near post. It was a sign of things to come.

Slavia response
Within four minutes of the restart Tomáš Necid had an attempt chalked off for offside and, after Krajčík's cross-shot whistled past the post, the excellent Guzan did well to frustrate Černý. Space was opening up for Černý and Jarolím, while Necid grew in stature, and the young striker perhaps went closer than anybody to an equaliser with a header that dropped just the wrong side of the upright as Villa held on.

Last updated: 07/11/08 1.30CET

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Lineups

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Slavia Praha

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Aston Villa

28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
22
GuzanBrad Guzan (GK)
Yellow Card85
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
4
SidwellSteve Sidwell
Goal26
Yellow Card63
3
BrabecErich Brabec (C)
7
YoungAshley Young
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
Substitution66
10
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution90+3
10
JarolímMarek Jarolím
11
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Substitution89
11
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution41
15
DaviesCurtis Davies (C)
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
16
KnightZat Knight
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
17
SalifouMoustapha Salifou
23
VolešákLadislav Volešák
Substitution46
21
ShoreyNicky Shorey
24
NecidTomáš Necid
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
26
J. ČernýJaroslav Černý
26
GardnerCraig Gardner
Yellow Card30

Substitutes

22
DivišJakub Diviš (GK)
1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
6
LatkaMartin Latka
2
YoungLuke Young
8
JandaPetr Janda
5
LaursenMartin Laursen
9
ToleskiGoce Toleski
6
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution89
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Substitution66
14
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
Substitution90+3
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
Substitution41
18
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution46
20
Reo-CokerNigel Reo-Coker

Coach

Karel Jarolím (CZE) Martin O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Assistant referees

Frixos Petrou (CYP), Michael Soteriou (CYP)

Fourth official

Panayiotis Gerasimou (CYP)

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