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Game #3473

Aston Villa

9-6-8, 24 PTS

Drew

11th (-1)

Monday, 2 January 1978

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟨

Division One

Queens Park Rangers

Villa Park

3-9-12, 15 PTS

Attendance: 34,750

Aston Villa

1-1

Queens Park Rangers

Assist(s) | Andy Gray | 22' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa are forced to play on the increasingly poor Villa Park pitch and once again face a referee reluctant to award clear penalties as they fail to overcome a poor QPR in their first game on 1978.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 2 January 1978

⚽ | 22’ Goal, 1-0, Brian Little, Assist by Andy Gray
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
🥅 | 62’ Goal, 1-1, (Queens Park Rangers), Gordon Smith, o.g.
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it nine wins, six draws and eight defeats in twenty three division one games this season.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1976-77

Queens Park Rangers

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1966-67

FIXTURE HISTORY

Queens Park Rangers

Previous 5 vs. QPR: 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #32 |
League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #191 |
Monday, 2 January 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Neil Midgley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Salford, 1977-1992 🆘
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 191 | 🟩 | 91 🟨 | 49 🟥 51 | 1.69

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Neil Midgley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Salford, 1977-1992 🆘
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 1
🆘 Refused Villa two clear penalties, adding insult by awarding a free kick outside the area, before allowing a foul to go unpunished that immediately led to Rangers' goal.
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Queens Park Rangers

None

TEAM NEWS

Gordon Cowans replaces Frank Carrodus.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.00 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 29.92 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.20 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
F John Deehan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Frank Sibley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Queens Park Rangers

GK Phil Parkes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Don Shanks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tommy Cunningham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ernie Howe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Ian Gillard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stan Bowles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Leighton James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M John Hollins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gerry Francis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Peter Eastoe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Don Givens | 🇮🇪 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Peter Eastoe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Martyn Busby | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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FB Mick Buttress | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/12

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"The pitch was a source of problems to both sides but we really should have been awarded two penalties. “Dennis Mortimer was clearly tripped in the second half and John Deehan was also fouled two yards inside the area. "But we are not supposed to complain against refereeing decisions and I can say no more.” Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT

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