Aston Villa gives Liverpool 1-0 win

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

A 36th minute own goal from Aston Villa's Mark Delaney gave Liverpool a 1-0 win in the English Premier League at Anfield on Saturday.

Aston Villa gives Liverpool 1-0 win

Liverpool:

A 36th minute own goal from Aston Villa's Mark Delaney gave Liverpool a 1-0 win in the English Premier League at Anfield on Saturday. It was the third win in a week for the Merseysiders, who stay fifth in the table, but harsh on Villa, who slip to 10th and have now won just twice in their last 30 away games in the Premiership. Liverpool had the chance to build on last Wednesday's surprise win over Chelsea and further reduce the pressure on coach Gerard Houllier as they took on Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday. They also welcomed back Michael Owen from a three month injury lay-off, but the England striker looked a little rusty and somehow managed to waste a golden opportunity on 12 minutes. Unbelievably, Owen hit the crossbar from less than a metre out. Villa produced some combative football and were never outplayed by their hosts, but a slice of bad luck nine minutes before the break proved decisive. Harry Kewell cut in from the right, his cross was flicked on by Emile Heskey and the ball deflected into the net past a stranded Thomas Sorensen in the Villa goal. Liverpool's Danny Murphy claimed it, but the replay showed that Villa defender Mark Delaney got the final touch. The second half produced as few clear cut chances as the first. Dietmar Hamman went close with a rocket of a free-kick on the hour, but Liverpool were unable to find a second goal and Villa were always in with a chance of snatching an equaliser. They very nearly did that 13 minutes from time. Hamman slipped and was dispossessed in midfield by Villa substitute Stefan Moore, but the 20-year-old striker couldn't control his shot as he bore down on the Liverpool goal. There was still time at the other end for another replacement, Bruno Cheyrou, scorer of the vital goal at Chelsea, to set up Harry Kewell once more, but the Australian could only find the side netting and the score remained 1-0. Soon after it was all over. Houllier could content himself with his side's third win in seven days and Liverpool remain fifth in the table. The unfortunate visitors slip a place to 10th. (AP)

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