FA CUP LIVE: Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa – follow the action from the Memorial Stadium as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Bristol Rovers host Aston Villa at the Memorial Stadium to conclude Saturday's third round action. The odds are stacked against the managerless League Two side as they prepare to take on Alex McLeish's Premier League outfit. Email me your thoughts on the match at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Aston Villa (5.30pm)
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Bristol Rovers: Poke, Woodards,
Downes, Bolger, Sawyer, Anyinsah, Stanley, Dorman, Carayol (McGleish 28), Zebroski,
Subs: Cronin, Smith, Lee Brown, Anthony, McLaggon,
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Dunne,
Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Bent, Heskey.
Subs: Marshall, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Delph, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner.
Goals: Albrighton 35.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
35min: GOAL! Bristol Rovers 0-1 ASTON VILLA
Excellent goal this and it's fitting Marc Albrighton scores it as he has been superb. Petrov plays a superb through ball, and the winger on the edge of the box ghosts behind the defence before firing low and hard past Poke.
33min: Heskey is rubbish! Doesn't deserve the ball!! #avfc #brfc
Keri-Ann Rotheroe, twitter
I still think booing him for that is harsh, but you do have agreement from colleagues surrounding me.
31min: It's quietened down on and off the pitch in the last five minutes. McLeish's side still seem to have control of the game on a whole though.
28min: Rovers have been forced into an early change as veteran Scott McGleish replaces the injured Mustapha Carayol.
26min: Villa are playing much better now and are unlucky not to be ahead. Stiliyan Petrov beats Poke to a long ball but his knock-on for Heskey is cleared by a a defender at the last possible moment.
23min: And from that corner Villa nearly score as Michael Poke tips over Heskey's powerful header.
22min: And now Stephen Warnock is having joy down the left as after running unmarked into the box, he plays a low pass across goal for Heskey.
The striker's shot is blocked before the visitors win a corner.
19min: The away side are having a big say on proceedings now as another excellent Albrighton cross is cut out at the far post with Darren Bent waiting to tap home.
17min: Villa's best chance. Ireland chips a delicate ball into the box but Heskey is put under just enough pressure to clip a first-time chance over the bar. That's a warning for the League Two side.
15min: Villa's best player so far has been Albrighton, who has delivered a couple of dangerous balls from the right flank where he is finding time and space.
No hungry strikers to gobble them up at the moment though.
13min: Ah, why not Eliot Richards finds space 25 yards out, and with his boyhood cup dreams inside his head, has a crack at goal.
It doesn't go to plan though as he slices his effort well wide.
12min: While chances are low, I will throw this one out into the open.
Every time Emile Heskey gets the ball he is getting booed…why
10min: Richard Dunne's header from it fails to trouble the goal and Rovers clear. Plenty of home fans in the ground and they are making fantastic noise.
9min: Rovers still having the better of this game but Villa have a chance here after Marc Albrighton's cross is blocked for a corner.
6min: Good effort, but Chris Zebroski's side-foot effort from 23 yards is easily taken by Brad Guzan.
3min: It's not a great pitch and that's one excuse for Villa who have started slowly. Bristol Rovers dictating this game so far.
Kick-off: Aston Villa get us going.
17.30: Before we kick off there will be a minutes' applause for Denis Dunford, the Bristol Rovers President and former Chairman who passed away this week aged 89.
17.27: And just before kick-off, please read this piece from Sportsmail's Michael Walker on how the City of Bristol can have some glory years ahead in its two football sides.
17.24: Fair play to McLeish, that's a very respectable squad he has put out and it's good to see a mid-table manager taking this competition seriously.
Too many sides outside the top six in the Premier League don't put enough focus in this competition when it presents a brilliant chance of success.
Six of the best: Bristol Rovers were too strong for Totton in the last round
17.21: From the Memorial Satdium:
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Bristol Rovers: Poke, Woodards, Downes, Bolger, Sawyer, Anyinsah, Stanley, Dorman, Carayol, Zebroski, Richards. Subs: Cronin, Smith, McGleish, Lee Brown, Anthony, McLaggon, Goddard.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Bent, Heskey. Subs: Marshall, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Delph, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
17.18: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish makes three changes to his starting line-up for this evening's FA Cup third-round tie against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
Carlos Cuellar's thigh injury means a recall for Alan Hutton at right-back, while Emile Heskey gets the nod ahead of Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack and Marc Albrighton relegates Charles N'Zogbia to a place on the bench.
Rovers caretaker manager Shaun North, in charge for the first time following the departure of Paul Buckle in midweek, makes just one change from the side beaten against Barnet as an injury to leading scorer Matt Harrold sees Joe Anyinsah come in to midfield.
17.15: Talk about going from one extreme to the other. In the last round Bristol Rovers were the big guns when they defeated Totton 6-1, but the mood has changed a bit since then with the club's struggles in League Two resulting in the departure of manager Paul Buckle.
As minnows today, in theory this should be easy meat for Aston Villa but Alex McLeish's side have been so inconsistent this season I won't be placing a stake on them to win this evening. Team news coming up.
No slip ups: Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov (left) will hope to avoid an embarrassing defeat at Bristol Rovers