The first goal of the 2010-11 Premier League was scored at Villa Park, Stewart Downing giving Aston Villa an early lead over West Ham United. Goals by Stiliyan Petrov and the seemingly soon-to-be departed James Milner gave Villa a 3-0 win.
West Ham seemed to come alive in the first few minutes of the second half, or perhaps their powers were triggered by the thunder and lightening. But they only managed possession for about fifteen minutes before Villa regained domination.
In the 66th, it was all about the man that's set so many tongues a-waggin' recently. Marc Albrighton, who was spot-on all match, sent a lovely ball into James Milner, who positively smacked it into the back of the net. He didn't celebrate much (choosing to take the classy route and give the credit to Albrighton) but Villa Park erupted, and they gave him a standing ovation when he left the pitch soon after, being replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker. If that was his Villa swan song, I'll take it.