Date: 25th January 2012 at 10:41pm
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Villa battled admirably against the 13 individuals seemingly representing Marseille tonight.

Unfortunately we paid the price for not converting our own chances during the game, but with a referee who gave Marseille every dive and doubt and the less said about the lineswoman and her offside decisions is probably for the best. The battle was more uphill than we could manage.

The lads should be very proud of themselves tonight. It’s been years since I’ve seen such incompetent officiating, yet they still put in a grand performance, for large parts of the game ran Marseille ragged only failing in not scoring more and they battled for every ball and went until the final minute.

They should be proud.

Villa:

Barrett, Lewis, Webb, Williams, Kinsella (Caira 25), Carruthers (Graham 82), Gardner, Johnson, Cameron, Burke (Grealish 61), Drennan.

Subs:

Melvin, Watkins, Nelson-Addy, Robinson.

Bookings:
Drennan, Johnson

Goals:
Gardner (90)

Marseille:

Sy, Abergel, Andonian, Aloe, Charles, Azouni, Abdullah (Kouch ET), Gadi, Omrani (Bonelli ET), Loiacono, Pommier (Santiago ET).

Subs:

Cesarini, Enukidze, Fabri, Anam.

Bookings:
Andonian

Goals:
Gadi (36), Omrani (101)

Att: 3500-4000 estimated.

Officials – hold your heads in shame.

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