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Ossie's Hand For Howard

Midfielder hails goalkeeper for keeping Blues in contest.

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Leon Osman hailed Tim Howard as Saturday's match-winner despite the midfielder assisting and scoring the Blues' goals at Villa Park.

Emerging from the bench midway through the second half, Osman first set up the red-hot Romelu Lukaku before sealing the win over the Villans nine minutes from time.

The jubilation seen among the players and fans after both goals and the final whistle was a stark contrast to the opening stages - no less so than the moment Christian Benteke earned a penalty for the hosts.

With Aston Villa starting the brighter side, their own Belgian forward looked set to take centre stage from 12 yards after being felled by Seamus Coleman.

But Howard had other ideas, magnificently palming the spot-kick away before a string of first-half stops kept it goalless until Osman's introduction.

After the action, the England international said: "It's always going to be difficult coming to places like this. They started quickly and got the crowd behind them and it took a couple of excellent saves from our goalkeeper to keep us in the game.

"He's been performing like that for a good few seasons for us now. He makes those penalty saves regularly in training and the hard work he puts in shows in moments like that."

A frustrating stalemate until his pivotal introduction, Osman insists the Blues were always confident of finishing the contest on top, especially with Lukaku in top form.

He added: "The longer the game went on, the more we grew into it and certainly felt like we could win in the end.

"We kept the ball in their half a bit more and were a bit more penetrative in our play.

"When you do that, you end up getting chances. And when you've got a striker like we've got at the minute, he'll score one for you."

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santa krshnanossie .. u r a true pro.. great job coming in.. shows how good our bench is..just this cud be the difference between this n last season where we got bogged down in feb march.. great job guys..IMWT

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