ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, October 28, 2010
Brad Friedel and Eric Lichaj were the only Yanks involved in Carling Cup play, each playing a grueling 120 minutes for Aston Villa as they sweated out a late sending off to beat Burnley for a second straight quarterfinal berth.
Aston Villa 2 - 1 Burnley
Gerard Houllier opted for Brad Friedel to retain his starting position as keeper but kept Eric Lichaj in the starting 11, meaning Brad Guzan was on the bench as Aston Villa welcomed Burnley to Villa Park.
The first half was all Villa, as Lee Grant made save after save to keep Burnley afloat. Friedel was called into action midway through the second half however, making a double save after tipping away Martin Paterson's shot, and quickly turned to save Jay Rodruigue's rebound.
Ashley Young had sent in many inviting balls, but it took Emile Heskey coming off the bench to make a difference. The retired English forward made the best of Young's low cross, tapping in from close range in the 86th minute.
Villa could not keep their focus however, and let Burnley equalize to force the game into extra time. Ross Walace was able to whip in a dangerous cross for Clarke Carlisle to rise above the Villa back line and head past Friedel.
Stewart Downing scored the game winner six minutes into added time after being given the time to work the ball onto his favored right foot. Grant gave himself a chance by getting a hand to it, but the shot had too much power and ended in the back of the net.
Marc Albrighton was sent off after a professional foul four minutes after the goal, joining Nigel Reo-Coker and Heskey in the book. Villa progress into the next round, and face rivals Birmingham at home on Sunday.
Jonathan Spector did not make the bench as West Ham won 3-1 at home to Stoke after extra time.
Marcus Hahnemann was on the bench as Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 3-2 at Manchester United in the Carling Cup.
Seb Harris was an unused substitute as Northampton fell 3-1 at Ipswich in the Carling Cup.