Game #4873

Season | 2004-05 |

Matchday | #26 |
League Game | #23 |
Premier League Match-week | #23 |  
Manager Game | #71 |
Saturday, 15 January 2005
Premier League | Home | Norwich City | Villa Park | 38,172 | 

Game Summary

Manager | David O’Leary | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Mike Riley | 

HT Score | 2-0 |
FT Score | 3-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWLLW | 

Scorers | Own Goal | 9’ | Lee Hendrie | 27’ | Nolberto Solano | 76’ | 
Assists | Juan Pablo Ángel | 27’ | Lee Hendrie | 76’ |

League Position | 10th | - |

Line Up |

GK Thomas Sörensen |
RB Mark Delaney |
FB Jlloyd Samuel |
CB Olof Mellberg |
CB Liam Ridgewell |
M Gareth Barry |
GOAL | 27' |
M Lee Hendrie | ASSIST | 76' |
M Mathieu Berson | SUB OFF | 77' |
W Nolberto Solano | GOAL | 76' | SUB OFF | 82' |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | ASSIST | 27' |
CF Carlton Cole | SUB OFF | 74' |

Substitutes |

F Luke Moore for CF Carlton Cole | 74’ | 
M Thomas Hitzlsperger for M Mathieu Berson | 77’ | 
M Steven Davis for W Nolberto Solano | 82’ | 

Unused Substitutes |

RB Ulises de la Cruz
GK Stefan Postma 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.00 | 

Oldest Player | W Nolberto Solano | 30.12 |

Youngest Player | CB Liam Ridgewell | 20.50 |

Match Report

The Guardian

Monday, 17 January, 2005

Match report by Adrian Milledge

Ashton likely to go back where he came from


Dean Ashton’s journey from the Football League to the Premiership took the best part of four years. On the evidence of Norwich City’s display on Saturday, the return trip will be somewhat quicker - four months at a guess. 

Even if the £3m England Under-21 international replicates the goalscoring feats he achieved with Crewe Alexandra, the chances are his efforts will be sabotaged by Norwich’s defence. 

Their goals-against tally of 42 is the second worst in the Premiership and the fact that Villa could afford yet another blank day from their misfiring strikers Juan Pablo Angel and Carlton Cole and still match their best victory of the season is testimony to Norwich’s vulnerability. 

Inevitably, and despite compelling evidence to the contrary at Villa Park, Ashton remains optimistic about his new club’s prospects of retaining their Premiership status. 


“All the lads believe we can survive,” he said. “If we go away, work hard on the training pitch and work hard next Saturday, we believe we can get results.” 

In terms of getting a result on his debut, Ashton could hardly have made a more inauspicious start. His attempt to help out in defence when Villa were awarded a free-kick proved ill-fated as Liam Ridgewell’s glancing header deflected off him and past Robert Green. 

The Canaries keeper was left similarly helpless to intervene when Lee Hendrie added Villa’s second. Set up by Angel’s pass, Hendrie had time and space in abundance to send his shot across Green and into the far corner. 

The freedom given Hendrie on that occasion typified Norwich’s futile attempts to counter the midfielder’s advanced role. Deployed just behind Villa’s strikers, Hendrie was a constant threat. 

He was denied a second by Green when a curling shot, hit with the outside of his right foot, was pushed round a post by the diving keeper. 

And it came as little surprise that Hendrie was involved in the build-up to Villa’s third, chipping the ball into the six-yard box for Nolberto Solano to head home after Norwich had failed to clear Gareth Barry’s cross. 


It all added up to another man-of-the-match display from Hendrie who, after looking anything but a player who once represented England, has thrived since David O’Leary became Villa manager. 

“Everybody told me to get rid of him,” said O’Leary. “Even Lee told me that he’d been told he was history here. I told Lee the score from day one and he has responded.” 

Hendrie’s goals - he has now scored five in the Premiership - have been especially welcome; likewise Solano’s six. 

All of which has not escaped O’Leary. “It’s a priority,” he said, “to get a striker in on loan or short-term contract before the transfer window shuts.”