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Blades, Villa share spoils in 2-2 thriller

PREMIER LEAGUE Milan Baros scored his first goal in months for Aston Villa as they captured a draw against Sheffield United and rose to eighth place in the table

AFP , SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND

Sheffield United defender Leigh Bromby, left, battles for the ball with Aston Villa's Czech defender Milan Baros during their English Premier League soccer match at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, on Monday.

PHOTO: AP

Sheffield United and Aston Villa shared the spoils in an electric 2-2 thriller at Bramall Lane in the Premiership on Monday.

Villa were in front after just two minutes when Stiliyan Petrov uncorked a shot from 18m and Martin O'Neill's men held the upper hand until five minutes after the break.

That was the Bulgaria international's first goal for Villa since his ?6.5 million (US$12.7 million) signing from Celtic in the summer.

Then Stephen Quinn netted the equalizer on only the 20-year-old's second Premiership start when he volleyed home from 11m.

In a breathless spell the Blades went ahead for the first time in the 64th minute when Danny Webber scored with his back to goal.

But Villa responded seconds later when, from the restart, Steven Davis chipped into United's area with Milan Baros rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

That was Baros' first Premiership goal since he came up with a double against Birmingham last April.

United went close to grabbing the winner when Taylor had to excel to deny Rob Hulse's header.

The draw, Villa's seventh in nine away games, saw O'Neill's side climb to eighth spot while Sheffield United, denied a third straight win, also moved up a place into fifth from bottom, three points off the relegation zone.

Sheffield's man of the match Keith Gillespie was satisfied with the draw.

"We'll take a point in the end considering we went in at half-time losing. Every point in this division is vital. We're starting to believe we deserve to be here," he told Sky Sports.

Meanwhile the Football Association (FA) said Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel will not face any disciplinary action over an incident in which he appeared to elbow Sheffield's Chris Morgan.

Television pictures indicated that Angel's elbow had clearly made contact with the Blades captain's face in the closing minutes of the match.

Referee Mark Halsey took no action at the time but confirmed to the FA yesterday that he had seen the incident, which prevents the governing body from taking any further action.

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