By Martin Morris
UAE-owned club sees worst opening start in Premier League history as Aston Villa carves out comfortable win.
Goals from James Milner and Gabby Agbonlahor were enough to see Aston Villa cruise to a comfortable win on Saturday and condemn UAE-owned Portsmouth to the worst start by a club in Premier League history.The rot set in early as Pompey defender Younes Kaboul launched a desperate covering tackle on Agbonlahor after the Villa striker had initially run through the Pompey back four with ease.
In a frantic opening 10-minute spell Aaron Mokoena went down the other end, only to blast his shot high over the Villa bar.
On loan Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, later attempted a 45-yard lob over Villa goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, only to see it also go over the Villa bar.
Villa broke the stalemate after 34 minutes when Milner converted a penalty after Stiliyan Petrov had been fouled by Nadir Belhadj.
Eight minutes later Agbonlahor latched on to a pumped ball forward, turned Tal Ben Haim and slotted past England goalkeeper David James.
Pompey managed to rally in the second half as shots from Belhadj, O’Hara and Fredric Piquionne tested Villa.
But it was too little, too late as the Midlands club chalked up a comfortable win.
Elsewhere, a late goal from Fernando Torres sealed three points for Liverpool in a 3-2 win at West Ham, while Arsenal hammered Wigan 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
In other results, Bolton and Stoke shared the points at the Reebok in a 1-1 draw, while Birmingham won 1-0 at Hull and Burnley eased past Sunderland 3-1 at home.
On Sunday Manchester United host Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City, while Chelsea will look to cement their position at the top of the Premiership as they entertain cross-town rivals Tottenham.
Other fixtures include Everton vs. Blackburn and Wolves vs. Fulham.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This club is now a shambles, the owner has not come out and said anything and he is not even sensible enough to get a new manager in. This has now come too far, Sack Paul Hart! We are having a protest soon if things don't change! (Possibly Against Tottenahm! Hart Out!
Mork calling Fahim, come in Fahim. This week we have learnt that having a bad squad is not the only thing that matters, having a missing owner and a 3rd Division manager also matter. Thank you Orson, this was Mork.
I am sure this club will beat all the teams. They should know by now that we are from Abu-Dhabi and we can buy them all.
Al Fahim has caused chaos at our club and we must have the only arab owner who has no money and never makes a statement to the fans. There will be a protest this coming Saturday against Everton to get rid of the FAKE DOCTOR.