Game #4961

Season | 2006-07 |

Matchday | #28 |
League Game | #24 |
Premier League Match-week | #24 |  
Manager Game | #28 |
Saturday, 20 January 2007
Premier League | Home | Watford | Villa Park | 35,892 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Martin O’Neill |

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Peter Walton | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 2-0 |
FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDLLW

Scorers | Own Goal | 86’ | Gabby Agbonlahor | 90’+2 |

Assists | Gavin McCann | 90’+2 |

League Position | 14th | +1 |

Line Up |

GK Thomas Sörensen |
RB Wilfred Bouma |
RB Phil Bardsley |
DEBUT | 
CB Olof Mellberg | BOOKED | 74' |
CB Gary Cahill |
M Gavin McCann |
ASSIST | 90’+2 |
M Gareth Barry
M Steven Davis |
BOOKED | 66' | 
F Milan Baroš | SUB OFF | 79' | FINAL |
F Gabby Agbonlahor | GOAL | 90’+2 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | SUB OFF | 72' |

Substitutes |

W Patrik Berger for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 72’ | 
FB Jlloyd Samuel
FINAL | for F Milan Baroš | 79’ |  

Unused Substitutes |

LB Aaron Hughes
CB Liam Ridgewell    
GK Stuart Taylor

Cards | 

 Yellow | Steven Davis | 66’ |

 Yellow | Olof Mellberg | 74’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.92 | 

Oldest Player | CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 31.26 |

Youngest Player | F Gabby Agbonlahor | 20.28 |

 On this day 20 January 2007 

Right back Phil Bardsley made his Villa debut aged 21 after joining on loan from Manchester United.

Forward Milan Baroš made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Olympique Lyonnais in exchange for Villa legend John Carew. Baroš had joined Villa in August 2005 from Liverpool for a fee of £7,960,000 making 51 appearances and scoring 13 goals before moving on later this month after just 17 months with the club.

Full back Jlloyd Samuel made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in July 2007. Jlloyd had made his debut aged just 18 and between 1998-99 and 2006-07 made 200 appearances scoring 3 goals. Tragically Jlloyd was killed in a car accident aged just 37 in May 2018.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 20 January 2007

*Aston Villa ended a run of 11 league games without a win by beating Watford.* 


Both sides had lacked a cutting edge in front of goal with Milan Baros the main culprit for the Villa as he failed to convert two one-on-one chances. 
 

But the deadlock was broken when an angled Gavin McCann shot struck Gavin Mahon on the six-yard line and went in. 
 

The goal deflated a valiant Watford and they conceded a second in injury-time when Gabriel Agbonlahor shrugged off Danny Shittu and slotted home. 
 

The defeat was harsh on Watford against a Villa side who had started with the lack of belief, confidence and authority that saw them go into the game bottom of the Premiership form table. 
 

There was plenty of effort from the home side but attacks regularly broke down because of stray passes and Watford tried to capitalise. 
 

The visitors mounted some early pressure only to miss the creativity and quality in the final third of the pitch to take advantage of a fragile Villa. 
 

But the Midlanders gradually realised that they could end their recent poor run against the Premiership’s basement club and had the chances to take the lead without showing the conviction to do so. 
 

Gareth Barry cut inside a defender and looked set to score with a left-foot strike only for Foster to stick out an arm and divert the strike against the post. 
 

At the other end, Hameur Bouazza sent a rasping volley just high before keeper Thomas Sorensen tipped a Will Hoskins strike over his crossbar as the Hornets finished the first half on the front foot. 
 

Villa’s fortunes and play did not improve after the break and the frustration of the home fans grew as the game wore on. 
Hoskins again went close for the visitors when he flicked a shot just wide as Villa struggled amid the obvious frustration being vented by their supporters. 

 

Baros could have lifted the Villa gloom when he was played through on goal by Agbonlahor but was denied when the on-rushing Foster came out of his goal to save. 
 

Another chance for Baros saw him send an angled shot wide with keeper Foster to beat as Watford were almost caught out by Agbonlahor as they waited for an offside flag which failed to arrive. 
 

Foster was an irritating barrier who continually thwarted Villa but he could do nothing when McCann’s shot went in off Mackay and then Mahon before Agbonlahor sidefooted in during injury time. 

*Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill:*
 

“I’m not so sure what I feel,” he said. “Obviously, I’m relieved and delighted we won.
 

“I think we deserved to win had a no of clear cut chances in the game. 
 

“I thought under pressure we did very well. I thought our approach play was very good we just could not finish anything off.” 


*Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd:*


“I won’t pretend it’s not hard. I want to win every match and we go into each game aiming for exactly that.
 

“Not winning is difficult to take, particularly this season. I’m not a big believer in luck - at least I wasn’t before this season. 
 

“What we have to do now is get on with it.” 


*Aston Villa:* Sorensen, Bardsley, Mellberg, Cahill, Bouma, Davis, McCann, Barry, Agbonlahor, Angel (Berger 72), Baros (Samuel 79). 


Subs Not Used: Taylor, Hughes, Ridgewell. 
 

*Booked:* Davis, Mellberg. 
 

*Goals:* Mahon 86 og, Agbonlahor 90. 
 

*Watford:* Foster, Mariappa, Mackay, Shittu, Stewart, Smith, Mahon, Francis, Bouazza (Powell 70), Priskin (Henderson 54), Hoskins (Ashikodi 80). 
 

Subs Not Used: Lee, DeMerit. 
 

*Att:* 35,892 
 

*Ref:* P Walton (Northamptonshire).