Game #5313

Season | 2014-15 |

Matchday | #13 |
League Game | #12 |
Premier League Match-week | #12 |  
Manager Game | #100 |
Monday, 24 November 2014
Premier League | Home | Southampton | Villa Park | 25,311 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 20.00 |
Referee | Phil Dowd | 

HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LLLDD | 

Scorers | Gabby Agbonlahor | 29’ |
Assists | Ciaran Clark | 29’| 

League Position | 16th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Alan Hutton |
RB Aly Cissokho |
CB Jores Okore |
BOOKED | 72' |
CB Ciaran Clark | ASSIST | 29' |
M Carlos Sánchez | SUB OFF | 74' |
M Tom Cleverley |
M Ashley Westwood |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
SUB OFF | 64' |
F Andreas Weimann |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
GOAL | 29' | 

Substitutes |

LB Kieran Richardson for W Charles N’Zogbia | 64’ | 

F Darren Bent FINAL | for M Carlos Sánchez | 74’ | 


Unused Substitutes |

GK Shay Given
M Leandro Bacuna
M Joe Cole
RB Matt Lowton
M Jack Grealish

Cards |

 Yellow | Jores Okore | 72’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.70 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 30.23 |

Youngest Player | CB Jores Okore | 22.30 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CF Libor Kozák |

M Fabian Delph |

CB Nathan Baker |

CB Ron Vlaar |

CB Philippe Senderos | 

Banned |

CF Christian Benteke |

Loaned Out |

CF Nicklas Helenius | Aalborg BK | 9 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

M Yacouba Sylla | Kayseri Erciyesspor | 14 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

LB Antonio Luna | Hellas Verona | 4 August 2014 - 1 February 2015 | 

W Aleksandar Tonev | Celtic | 11 August 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Tranmere Rovers | 18 August 2014 - 7 January 2015 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Brighton & Hove Albion | 20 August 2014 - 4 May 2015 |

M Gary Gardner | Brighton & Hove Albion | 26 August 2014 - 31 December 2014 | 

GK Jed Steer | Yeovil Town | 31 October 2014 - 1 February 2015 | 

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 6 November 2014 - 4 May 2015 | 

 FDaniel Johnson | Oldham Athletic | 10 November 2014 - 5 January 2015 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 37
Possession A | 63
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 14

 On this day 24 November 2014 

Paul Lambert's 100th game as Villa boss losing 49 of those fixtures. ​

Forward Darren Bent made his final appearance for Villa as a substitute aged 30 before moving on to Derby County on a free transfer in July 2015. Bent had joined Villa from Sunderland for £19,350,000 in January 2011 but was chronically underused by successive Villa managers. Lambert treated Bent abominably and it was credit to the player that he didn’t make a fuss despite Villa crying out for his goalscoring ability to complement Christian Benteke. Sadly by the time a sensible manager appeared on the scene Bent couldn’t be recalled from his loan spell and he never again had the chance to prove his worth in claret and blue. In total Bent made 71 appearances, 19 as a substitute and scored 24 goals over his 5 seasons with Villa;

Match Report

The Guardian

Monday, 24 November 2014

For long periods it looked like the form book would be turned on its head on a bitterly cold evening in the West Midlands but Nathaniel Clyne, Southampton’s man of the moment, enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a well-taken goal nine minutes from time to earn Ronald Koeman’s side a point.

It was no more than Southampton deserved on an evening when the apathy at Aston Villa plumbed new depths. Only 25,311 turned up – Villa’s lowest crowd in the Premier League for 15 years – and those that stayed at home had no cause to regret their decision. It was a desperately poor match. Even watching on television must have been an ordeal.

Villa, who managed to arrive for a home fixture late after their coach got stuck in what Paul Lambert described as “horrendous traffic”, took the lead from their only shot on target. It came about after a rare mistake from Fraser Forster, who dashed out of his area for a ball that he had no chance of getting. Gabriel Agbonlahor was not going to pass up an early Christmas present and gratefully accepted the Southampton goalkeeper’s gift, toe-poking the ball past him before slotting home. It was Agbonlahor’s third league goal of the season and Villa’s sixth in total.

The home side spent much of the remainder of the game clinging on to their lead, defending in numbers, counter-attacking sporadically and generally frustrating a Southampton team who had plenty of possession but lacked the craft and guile to break down a patched-up Villa defence.

Yet despite being on the back foot, Villa could easily have grabbed a second that might well have killed the game when Agbonlahor, following a swift raid up field, set up Andreas Weimann. The Austrian blazed his shot over the bar and the significance of that moment became clear two minutes later, when Southampton levelled.

It was a goal that summed up Southampton’s attacking ethos under Koeman and provided a measure of Clyne’s self-belief. Ryan Bertrand, who was on loan at Villa during the second half of last season, got forward on the left and cut the ball back for Clyne, who timed his run so perfectly that he did not need to break his stride before sweeping a fine first-time shot, from just inside the penalty area, into the far corner of the net.

Following his England debut against Slovenia and another impressive performance against Scotland four days later, it has been quite a fortnight for Clyne all in all. “One of his qualities is to play offensive, he has that freedom from the coach and it was an important goal,” Koeman said. “In my opinion he is the best right full-back in the Premier League.”

For Koeman, however, this was a result tinged with disappointment. Southampton, with 11 wins from their previous 12 matches, would have hoped to continue their excellent form against a Villa side missing key personnel and desperately short of confidence.

Not that Koeman has lost any of his optimism about what his team, still two points ahead of Manchester City in second place, can achieve this season. “After 37 games I don’t believe we will still be second in the table. But we might be third,” the Southampton manager said.

Although Southampton’s attacking players struggled to make much of an impression, credit must also go to Villa’s makeshift but resolute central defensive partnership of Jores Okore, who was making his first club appearance in 14 months, and Ciaran Clark. “I thought the two young centre-backs were outstanding,” said Lambert, who was celebrating his 100th game in charge of Villa.