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Game #3638

Aston Villa

Saturday, 18 April 1981

Won

1st (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Division One

Nottingham Forest

Attendance: 34,707

Villa Park

Aston Villa

2-0

Nottingham Forest

Assist(s) | Tony Morley | 45' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa race to victory over Forest to extend their lead at the top of the table in the "most thrilling title race in many years." Ron Saundersโ€™ team remain in the title driving seat with three to play but it's less happy at Portman Road as Bobby Robsonโ€™s Ipswich, still chasing Villa, are the subject of more criticism for their lack of commitment and prima donna antics.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 April 1981

โšฝ | 29' Goal, 1-0, Gordon Cowans (pen)
โšฝ | 45' Goal, 2-0, Peter Withe, Assist by Tony Morley
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Nottingham Forest
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Nottingham Forest

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa win for the eleventh time in fourteen games to make it twenty five wins, seven draws and seven defeats in thirty nine League matches this season as they sit three points clear of Ipswich at the top of the Division One table.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1976-77

Nottingham Forest

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1979-80

FIXTURE HISTORY

Nottingham Forest

Previous 5 vs. Forest: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1980-81 |
Matchday | #43 |
League Match | #39 |
Manager Game | #356 |
Saturday, 18 April 1981

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ron Chadwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darwen, 1975โ€“1983
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 356 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 164 ๐ŸŸจ | 96 ๐ŸŸฅ 96 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ron Chadwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darwen, 1975โ€“1983
Matches Officiated: 4
๐ŸŸฉ : 2
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 5 April 1980, Villa 3-2 Forest, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Nottingham Forest

None

TEAM NEWS

Dennis Mortimer replaces Allan Evans.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.00 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.21 |

Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.42 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kenny Swain | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ken McNaught | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Des Bremner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Tony Morley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Peter Withe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Brian Clough | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Nottingham Forest

GK Peter Shilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Viv Anderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Einar Jan Aas | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB David Needham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Bryn Gunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Frank Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M John McGovern | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W John Robertson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Peter Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Trevor Francis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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FB Eamonn Deacy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Colin Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Suspension | 1 |
CB Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

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:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œOur fate is our own hands. โ€œThe supporters and the bookmakers will have us favourites again. โ€œBut the players can't afford to think like that. โ€œWe now have to win at Stoke and Saturday's results don't make it any easier. โ€œIt will be a fight and there are two more waiting for us against Middlesbrough and Arsenal. โ€œThe race will go on to the last day and that has got to be good for the game.โ€ Dennis Mortimer. โ€œI predicted it after they played us in December and I feel the same way now. โ€œVilla are a skilful side who compete. That is why they beat us. They competed slightly better than us." Forest assistant manager Peter Taylor. "When we saw Arsenal had scored again it made us go that bit harder." Peter Withe.

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