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.
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