Match Report The starting line up was the “alternative” version as discussed yesterday which saw Diaby start on the left and Walcott up front. Here’s the line up from yesterday: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Senderos, Clichy, Hleb, Fabregas, Flamini, Diaby, Adebayor, Walcott. We started brightly and showed a resolve to forget the events of last saturday. Walcott starting up front, looked dangerous and forced a save from Carson early on. The play was quick and precise, but Villa were always a threat. Agbonlahor and Young, on either wing, with freedom to roam, caused problems and it was the former who started to cause us problems. It’s these types of games, against pacey forwards that Senderos is most suspect and he was continually caught out by the Villa front line. He and Gallas seemed nervous and their partnership didn’t look that great when under pressure. It was Agbonlahor who eventually “scored” when he broke free once more from our back line and with pace crossed through the middle. Senderos unfortunately was in the way, and his slide pushed the goal into his own net. 1-0 to Villa. This seemed to bring confidence to the away team and it was a while before we got back into the groove. But when we did, we really did and started to build chances galore – not enough in the final third though, too many missed passes but to be honest, Villa’s defence was outstanding – as we knew they could be. The game seemed to change with the introduction of Bendtner, to replace Diaby which saw Walcott go out on the right. It was a tactical game, with O’Neill playing the tactics to a tee. As the game reached the final third, we started to dominate and went forward with intent. We started to realise that we could actually lose this game. Senderos and Flamini were replaced with Denilson and Gilberto and we went with a kind of 2-5-3 formation. Also known as Gung-ho. We literally threw the kitchen sink at Villa, with Cesc, Walcott & Ade testing the keeper. In actual fact, looking across the whole game, Walcott had a few chances, Cesc one golden opportunity in the first half, Hleb had chances, Flamini too and it was not for a matter of trying that we failed. We were about 1% off our game and Villa were 10% more on theirs (if that makes any sense), but our determination finally paid off. Hleb and Cesc traded passes, rolled the ball back to Clichy who crossed to the far post. Ade knocked the ball down and Bendtner finished cooly and on the final minute of stoppage time, it was 1 – 1.