English Premiership

Milner spot-on for Villa

2010-04-25 16:13
James Milner (AFP)

London - James Milner kept Aston Villa's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive by scoring a contentious penalty in a 1-0 derby win over Birmingham City here on Sunday.

The England midfielder scored from the spot seven minutes from time after City's Roger Johnson was ruled to have brought down Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box.

However, Birmingham were incensed by referee Martin Atkinson's decision, with replays indicating Johnson had won the ball.

Villa are now level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who currently occupy the last Champions League place on offer to English clubs, although thy have played one game more and have an inferior goal difference.

Chelsea will return to the top of the English Premier League table if they beat Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Victory would see Carlo Ancelotti's side go a point clear of reigning champions Manchester United with both teams having two league games left.

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