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Dunne punishes ex-club City to earn draw for Villa

EX-MANCHESTER City captain Richard Dunne scored against his former club to earn Aston Villa a 1-1 draw in the Premier League yesterday.

Dunne - reluctantly offloaded last month by City after nine years - headed in Stephen Warnock's 15th-minute corner, outjumping former Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

But the Irish defender, still popular with City fans, did not celebrate the goal.

"I don't have a celebration - to score is usually a surprise," Dunne said. "Playing against a former club, players seem to score. I'm pleased as it gave us a good start to the game, but unfortunately we couldn't continue from there.

"City are a top side and will challenge for the top four."

City remained in the ascendancy after Dunne scored, but didn't manage to equalize until the 67th when Emmanuel Adebayor cut the ball back for Craig Bellamy to score with a powerful shot from close range.

The point lifted City to fourth, five points behind leader Chelsea with a game in hand. Martin O'Neill's Villa, which has also beaten Liverpool this season, moved up to seventh.

"It's a very good start," Dunne said. "We believe we are able to push the top teams."


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