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Game #4043

Aston Villa

Lost

16th (-3)

Tuesday, 3 January 1989

Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

Division One

Liverpool

Anfield

Attendance: 39,014

Liverpool

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Nigel Spink has another difficult game in the blustery conditions at Anfield as Villa lose by a single goal having faced the two main title protagonists in consecutive games.

KEY MAN

Nigel Spink, survived several blunders in the conditions.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 3 January 1989

🕒 | HT Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 58’ Sub off, Alan McInally, Sub on, Ian Olney
🥅 | 66’ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool), Ronnie Whelan
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Gordon Cowans, Sub on, Andy Gray
🕒 | FT Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa lose for the second successive League game and fall to 16th in the table.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1987-88

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1988-89 |
Matchday | #26 |
League Match | #20 |
Manager Game | #77 |
Tuesday, 3 January 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Roger Dilkes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Kick off: 7.30pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-1
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 77 | 🟩 | 36 🟨 | 20 🟥 21 | 1.66

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Roger Dilkes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 26 December 1985, Villa 1-3 Leicester, Filbert Street.
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Liverpool

None

TEAM NEWS

Martin Keown replaces Andy Gray.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.69 |

Oldest Player |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.25 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.23 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Chris Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Martin Keown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Derek Mountfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kevin Gage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stuart Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M David Platt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Alan McInally | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Kenny Dalglish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Liverpool

GK Mike Hooper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB David Burrows | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gary Ablett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Steve Nicol | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Ray Houghton | 🇮🇪 |
M Steve McMahon (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ronnie Whelan | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ |
M Jan Mølby | 🇳🇴 |
W John Barnes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Peter Beardsley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF John Aldridge | 🇮🇪 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Ian Olney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Alan McInally | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 58’ |
🔁 | M Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 78’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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CB Alex Watson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nigel Spackman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/13

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

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

"Spink had-survived a couple of remarkable first half blunders, in which the gusty conditions may have played a part."

MATCH REPORT

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*Irish Independent*
Wednesday, 4 January 1989

LIVERPOOL captain Ronnie Whelan grabbed his first goal for the club in over a year to set his side on course for a badly-needed home win against Aston Villa at Anfield last night. His 66th minute headed goal was a scrambled affair typical of an untidy, mistake-littered match on an ice cold windy Merseyside night. It came after Ray Houghton crossed from the right and John Aldridge challenged Allan Evans in the Villa area. Whelan stooped to lob the ball wide of a diving Nigel Spink amidst the confusion. Spink had-survived a couple of remarkable first half blunders, in which the gusty conditions may have played a part. He fumbled a Houghton corner under the cross bar after 14 minutes, only for Stuart Gray to hack the ball clear off the line. Three minutes later he should easily have cut out Houghton's cross-field pass, but raced out of his area and missed the ball completely, only for Aldridge to slide the wide of an empty net. Peter Beardsley twice drove narrowly wide and Whelan struck two powerful shots over the Villa bar in the first half, but Spink never tested again until Aldridge flicked Beardsley's cross into his arms four minutes into the second half. Steve Nicol burst through to head Steve McMahon's cross just over the Villa cross bar on the hour and Spink did well to block Aldridge's close range effort after 77 minutes. Villa, for their industry, rarely threatened and lost most of their attacking menace when Alan Mclnally went off injured after 58 minutes. He and Platt had carved out Villa's best chance for Stuart Gray after a McMahon blunder in the 25th minute, but Liverpool Mike Hooper blocked Gray's close-range shot with his legs. Then Gordon Cowans hooked a dipping shot just over the Liverpool bar after 52 minutes.

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