Game #5169

Season | 2010-11 |

Matchday | #46 |
League Game | #38 |
Premier League Match-week | #37 |  
Manager Game | #5 |
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Premier League | Home | Liverpool | Villa Park | 42,785 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Gary McAllister (Caretaker) | 

KO | 16.00 |
Referee | Lee Probert | 

HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DLDWW | 

Scorers | Stewart Downing | 33’ |

Assists | Marc Albrighton | 33’ |

League Position | 9th | +4 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Friedel | FINAL |
RB Luke Young |
RB Kyle Walker |
BOOKED | 57' | FINAL |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Nigel Reo-Coker |
BOOKED | 7' | SUB OFF | 68' | FINAL |
M Fabian Delph | SUB OFF | 27' |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W Stewart Downing |
GOAL | 33' | FINAL | 
W Ashley Young | SUB OFF | 89' | FINAL |
F Darren Bent |

Substitutes |

W Marc Albrighton ASSIST | 33' | for M Fabian Delph | 27’ | 
F Gabriel Agbonlahor for M Nigel Reo-Coker | 68’ | 
M Michael Bradley
FINAL | for W Ashley Young | 89’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Andy Marshall
M Robert Pirès
CF Emile Heskey
CB Ciaran Clark

Cards |

 Yellow | Nigel Reo-Coker | 7’ |

 Yellow | Kyle Walker | 57’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.44 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Friedel | 40.04 |

Youngest Player | RB Kyle Walker | 21.00 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

M Jean Makoun | 

Bomb Squad |

M Moustapha Salifou |

RB Habib Beye |

LB Stephen Warnock | 

Loaned Out |

CF John Carew | Stoke City | 21 January 2011 - 26 May 2011 | 

M Jonathan Hogg | Portsmouth | 25 January 2011 - 31 May 2011 |

M Stephen Ireland | Newcastle United | 31 January 2011 - 31 May 2011 |

D Eric Lichaj | Leeds United | 9 February 2011 - 31 May 2011 |  

Match Stats |

Possession F | 58
Possession A | 42
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 12

 On this day 22 May 2011 

Villa secured their second successive victory to achieve a wholly unexpected 9th placed finish after a season of incompetent and destructive management. Gérard Houllier had already shipped out midfielder Steve Sidwell and defender Curtis Davies during his short, disastrous tenure; he had also ended the Villa careers of Jonathan Hogg, John Carew and Isaiah Osbourne and ostracised Stephen Warnock, Habib Beye and Moustafa Salifou. Now, the exodus would continue, the loanees would of course leave, as would Brad Friedel, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young and Nigel Reo-Coker. Few sides could survive that number of squad losses, let alone players of the quality of Carew, Friedel, Downing, Young and Warnock.​ Lerner, Houllier and Faulkner had set the rot in progress.​

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel made his final appearance for Villa aged 40 before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in July 2011. Friedel had made 131 appearances over his 3 seasons with Villa.​

Winger Stewart Downing made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Liverpool for a fee of £20,520,000 in July 2011. Downing had made 79 appearances and scored 11 goals over his 2 seasons with Villa.​

Winger Ashley Young made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Manchester United for a fee of £16,200,000 in July 2011. Young had made 190 appearances and scored 38 goals over his 5 seasons with Villa.​

Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker made his final appearance for Villa aged 27 before moving on to Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in 1 July 2011. Villa had paid £11,250,000 for Reo-Coker’s services and he went on to make 125 appearances and scored 3 goals over his 4 seasons with Villa.​

Right back Kyle Walker made his final appearance for Villa aged 21 before returning to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his loan spell. Walker made 17 appearances, 1 as a substitute, over his 5 months with Villa.​

Midfielder Michael Bradley made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before returning to Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of his loan spell. Bradley made just 4 appearances, 3 as a substitute, over his 4 months with Villa.

Match Report


BBC Sport

Sunday, 22 May 2011

*Liverpool failed to end their revival with a spot in the Europa League as they finished sixth in the Premier League after defeat at Aston Villa.*

England winger Stewart Downing grabbed the only goal when he fired in after a cross from Marc Albrighton.

Reds midfielder Raul Meireles almost equalised but keeper Brad Friedel impressively clawed away his shot.

In a game which failed to sparkle, Villa finished the stronger and James Collins almost added a second.

The victory moved the Midlands club up to a respectable ninth-place finish and despite under-achieving for much of the season, they ended it with just one defeat in their last eight games to provide some encouragement for the future.

The same can also be said for Liverpool, even though they have lost their final two games of the campaign, and they are expected to embark on a summer of major strengthening via the transfer market.

Ahead of the game, the Merseysiders knew a Europa League place would be theirs if they could better Tottenham’s result against Birmingham at White Hart Lane and claim fifth place.

As events transpired, they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999 but there might not be too much angst felt at Anfield about not playing in a competition with a reputation among some clubs for being more of a hindrance than an honour.

Joe Cole was given his first start for Liverpool since 17 March as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish chose to leave out Andy Carroll, Maxi and Glen Johnson.

Carroll’s absence was the most notable with the striker emerging as a doubt to play for England at the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark this summer because of injury concerns.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who has been injured since the start of March, opted to watch the final game of the season from among the Reds fans at Villa Park - but there was little for him to get excited about with more injuries than goal attempts in the first half.

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing was first to depart as he felt the effects of a Nigel Reo-Coker challenge after 12 minutes, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on as his replacement.

Centre-back Jamie Carragher had to go off briefly to have running repairs to a head wound before Villa lost midfielder Fabian Delph, who was replaced by Albrighton.

Liverpool went close when Lucas Leiva’s effort was cleared off the line by Ashley Young, but Villa responded by opening the scoring themselves as Albrighton provided a cross to the far post where Downing controlled on his chest before firing an angled shot high into the Reds net.

Villa had conceded 59 goals in previous games this season and that record provided a Liverpool side, who improved after the break, with hope of getting back into the game.

The visitors thought they were set to do so when the tricky Luis Suarez outwitted Villa right-back Kyle Walker and squared the ball for Meireles.

The Portuguese international midfielder had the Villa net at his mercy but 40-year-old Friedel, making his 400th Premier League appearance, scampered across to claw away the shot.

Thereafter, the home defence stood firm and it was Villa who looked the more likely to score.

Young’s free-kick was guided narrowly wide by Collins before Gabriel Agbonlahor agonisingly failed to get an outstretched leg to a Darren Bent cross.

Ashley Young has been linked to a move away from Villa and when he went off to an ovation as he clapped the fans on his way off after 89 minutes will do little to deter speculation about his future.

And, despite a frustrating season, Villa’s fans were celebrating after the final whistle, giving off a huge roar when the relegation of local rivals Birmingham, who lost at Spurs, was confirmed.