Stew scores as Villa put Pompey out

Date published: Tuesday 1st December 2009 9:38

Downing suffered a fractured foot in May, but Villa boss Martin O’Neill deemed him ready for a starting place and he wrapped up victory at Fratton Park.

Avram Grant’s side had taken the lead after just 10 minutes when Stiliyan Petrov sliced a corner into his own net.

However, the visitors replied just two minutes later through Emile Heskey.

England winger James Milner then struck just before the half-hour mark to nudge O’Neill’s men ahead.

Downing increased the visitors’ advantage with a well-taken header on 74 minutes.

Kanu poked home to give Pompey a lifeline on 87 minutes but Villa hit back again within two minutes, Ashley Young firing home to put them into the last four.

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