Game #4074

1988-89

Position:

12th (-4)

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Division One

Southampton

The Dell

Attendance: 16,007

Saturday, 12 November 1988

Villa lose for the first time in eight as a vibrant attack led by Matt Le Tissier leave them trailing at the Dell despite Tony Daley's first half equaliser.

Southampton

3-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Tony Daley | 22' |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #4074

Matchday | #16 |
League Match | #12 |
Manager Game | #67 |
Saturday, 12 November 1988

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Graham Taylor |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-3 |
Last 5 Games | WWWDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown

MATCH INCIDENTS

Unknown

Villa

🟨 |

Southampton

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.92 |

Oldest Player |
CB Allan Evans | 32.11 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | 21.08 |

TEAM NEWS

Graham Taylor names an unchanged line up.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Graham Taylor

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Ward

STARTING LINE UP

GK Nigel Spink |
RB Chris Price |
CB Martin Keown |
CB Derek Mountfield |
CB Allan Evans |
FB Kevin Gage |
LB Bernie Gallacher |
M Gordon Cowans |
M David Platt |
W Tony Daley |
CF Alan McInally |

SUBSTITUTES

M Andy Gray for W Tony Daley | 75' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Stuart Gray |

THE OPPOSITION

Burridge (ex), Moore, Wallace Ra, Statham, Osman, Baker, Cockerill, Case, Le Tissier (g) (g), Wallace Ro (g), Wallace D. Manager: Chris Nicholl (ex).

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa lose for the first time in eight games and had now lost just three times in the last 20 under Graham Taylor including the end of the 1987-88 campaign.

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MATCH TIMELINE

10’ Goal, 0-1, (Southampton), Matt Le Tissier
22’ Goal, 1-1, Tony Daley
HT Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
74’ Goal, 1-2, (Southampton), Matt Le Tissier
75’ Sub off, Tony Daley, Sub on, Andy Gray
81’ Goal, 1-3, (Southampton), Rod Wallace
Booking, Martin Keown, Foul
FT Southampton 3-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"Formations don't win and lose matches, players do.

"It's unusual for a team to have three forwards who can take opponents out of the game."

Graham Taylor.

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*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 14 November 1988

"Aston Villa's young pretenders learned in unceremonious fashion on Saturday just how far they are from even dreaming about the First Division crown. A run of seven matches without defeat had raised hopes among the Villa Park faithful that their heroes might be ready to make a genuine claim for honours. But Graham Taylor's preseason warning that solidarity rather than sensation was in prospect for 1988-89, was never more clearly illustrated than at The Dell."

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End of the run at classy Saints Southampton 3, Aston Villa Aston Villa's young pretenders learned in unceremonious fashion on Saturday just how far they are from even dreaming about the First Division crown. A run of seven matches without defeat had raised hopes among the Villa Park faithful that their heroes might be ready to make a genuine claim for honours. But Graham Taylor's preseason warning that solidarity rather than sensation was in prospect for 1988-89, was never more clearly illustrated than at The Dell. Villa, it should be stressed. were not nearly as bad as this result may indicate, even given that the scoreline might have been doubled but for Nigel Spink's experience and agility. These days, even in adversity, the team keep their shape and refuse to panic. Those fans who travelled to the south coast, though, will confirm that there is still an awesome gulf between Villa's gradually evolving team and the top of the table. Southampton, unlikely champions themselves, were so infinitely superior that even visiting supporters could only admire their silky skills and razor sharp finishing. Derek Mountfield has certainly not endured a busier 90 minutes since his move from Everton as he and his fellow defenders strove to quell the triple threat of Matthew Le nester and brothers Danny and Rodney Wallace . Villa were not the first team to suffer at the hands of BY ROB BISHOP football's most uno►thodox attack, although Taylor refused to accept that the Saints' system had destroyed his team's impressive run. "Formations don't win and lose matches, players do." he said. "It's unusual for a team to have three forwards who can take opponents out of the game." Nichol!, forced into this particular line-up because of injuries to Northern Ireland international Colin Clarke and ex-Villa man Paul Rldeout, must now be wondering if he will be able to find a place for his two more established strikers. While Le Tissier pounced twice one a gift from the otherwise faultless Spink, and one a brilliant riding shot -- Rod Wallace netted the Saints' other goal and his brother Danny was a constant menace. Tony Daley's 22nd minute equaliser was clinically executed, while David Platt and Alan Mclnally were both unlucky not to score in the second half.

End of the run at classy Saints Southampton 3, Aston Villa Aston Villa's young pretenders learned in unceremonious fashion on Saturday just how far they are from even dreaming about the First Division crown. A run of seven matches without defeat had raised hopes among the Villa Park faithful that their heroes might be ready to make a genuine claim for honours. But Graham Taylor's preseason warning that solidarity rather than sensation was in prospect for 1988-89, was never more clearly illustrated than at The Dell. Villa, it should be stressed. were not nearly as bad as this result may indicate, even given that the scoreline might have been doubled but for Nigel Spink's experience and agility. These days, even in adversity, the team keep their shape and refuse to panic. Those fans who travelled to the south coast, though, will confirm that there is still an awesome gulf between Villa's gradually evolving team and the top of the table. Southampton, unlikely champions themselves, were so infinitely superior that even visiting supporters could only admire their silky skills and razor sharp finishing. Derek Mountfield has certainly not endured a busier 90 minutes since his move from Everton as he and his fellow defenders strove to quell the triple threat of Matthew Le nester and brothers Danny and Rodney Wallace . Villa were not the first team to suffer at the hands of BY ROB BISHOP football's most uno►thodox attack, although Taylor refused to accept that the Saints' system had destroyed his team's impressive run. "Formations don't win and lose matches, players do." he said. "It's unusual for a team to have three forwards who can take opponents out of the game." Nichol!, forced into this particular line-up because of injuries to Northern Ireland international Colin Clarke and ex-Villa man Paul Rldeout, must now be wondering if he will be able to find a place for his two more established strikers. While Le Tissier pounced twice one a gift from the otherwise faultless Spink, and one a brilliant riding shot -- Rod Wallace netted the Saints' other goal and his brother Danny was a constant menace. Tony Daley's 22nd minute equaliser was clinically executed, while David Platt and Alan Mclnally were both unlucky not to score in the second half.