|The goalscorers share a special moment.|
Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa
|Super Stevie Ireland|
Labelled 'Superman' he deserves his chance to shine and he took it with two hands. Now leading the way into first team contention, he should deliver the goods.
However, just five minutes after the goal, Villa stunned Stamford Bridge by restoring parity much to the delight of the away support.
Dunne made up for his earlier mistake when his lofted ball found Stephen Ireland perfectly for him to then exchange a one-two with Charles N'Zogbia. N'Zogbia weaved his magic down to the byline before giving the ball back to Ireland for him to shot first time. When John Terry's hand deflected the ball away, Ireland was there for a second bite only for him to bury the ball into the back of the net.
His first goal for the club since joining last summer as part of a package deal including Milner, provided that little bit of magic needed.
After a clean breakaway and a bright counter attack, Charles N'Zogbia picked up the loose ball from defending a Chelsea corner on the edge of the eighteen yard box. Dribbling up to the half way line he then spread the ball to wing wizard Marc Albrighton. Then releasing a fizzling ball to set Gabby Agbonlahor free, the striker was faced with a one-on-one situation with Petr Cech. Unfortunately for Aston Villa, there was no final product produced by Gabby to put Villa in front.
Yet still Villa were there to steal it right at the end. Chelsea's defence; who had looked vulnerable all match; started to crumble and gaps appeared in the middle. Ciaran Clark took full advantage of that, threading a neat through ball into the path of Stiliyan Petrov, only for the Bulgarian to score his forth goal of the campaign.
Things went from bad to worse for Andres Villas-Boas' men when Lampard's pass was intercepted by Ireland who looked clear through on goal. Unselfishly squaring the ball to Darren Bent, the hit man finished off the move with a well hit finish.
"That was a fantastic result. Going into the New Year, the players were outstanding, they never gave up, went to the final whistle, defended well." McLeish told media.
Even though Villa weren't all over Chelsea, in my opinion, we were smart on the counter attck and gave as good as we got.
Aston Villa made sure to end 2011 with a bang thanks to attacking tactics, determination and a will to fight it out to the end.