One of the great images during last weekend’s Premier League football was seeing Steve Sidwell claim the assist Villa’s second goal against Hull, without the flame-haired Aston Villa midfielder even being on the field.
Sidwell carved himself a little piece of history by involving himself in James Milner’s superb 29th minute goal for the Villians.
Tigers keeper Matt Duke had raced out of his penalty area to head the ball out for a Villa throw-in when defending a home attack. But Sidwell, warming up on the touchline, managed to catch Duke’s clearance and, without a moment’s hesitation, the midfielder threw the ball to Gabby Agbonlahor who restarted play immediately.
With Duke hopelessly out of position after leaving his line, Agbonlahor’s quick throw-in found Milner who in-turn lobbed the ball into the gaping net from 25-yards.
Milner: “It was quick thinking from Siddy. Itâ€™s not easy to score goals in the Premier League so when you get a chance to think quick and maybe catch teams out you have to make sure you do that. Lucky enough it dropped into the net. It happened so quick. You know what you want to do and, hopefully, it comes off. With defenders running back it had to be just right and it managed to be.”
Footage of the incident can be seen here.