Game #4104

1988-89

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Position:

14th (-)

Division One

Derby County

Baseball Ground

Attendance: 18,112

Saturday, 6 May 1989

Villa lose successive games to leave them 14th in the table but still on 39 points and still only three clear of the relegation places with one to play. With a superior goal difference Villa cannot realistically go down as they face a Coventry side who have never won at Villa Park.

Derby County

2-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | David Platt | 26' |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #4104

Matchday | #46 |
League Match | #37 |
Manager Game | #97 |
Saturday, 6 May 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Graham Taylor |
Referee | John Martin, Alton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | WDDLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: John Martin

MATCH INCIDENTS

John Martin

Villa

🟨 |

Derby County

🟨 |

🟨 | 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
| 26.03 |

Oldest Player |
CB Steve Sims | 31.87 |

Youngest Player |
D Darrell Duffy | 18.31 |

TEAM NEWS

Mark Lillis (second start of the season), Darrell Duffy (debut) and David Hunt (first start of the season) and Tony Daley replace Allan Evans, Chris Price, Martin Keown and Ian Ormondroyd.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Graham Taylor

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Ward

STARTING LINE UP

GK Nigel Spink |
CB Steve Sims |
D Darrell Duffy |
M David Hunt |
M Stuart Gray |
M Mark Lillis |
M David Platt |
W Tony Daley |
W Nigel Callaghan |
W Tony Daley |
F Ian Olney |

SUBSTITUTES

M Paul Birch for W Nigel Callaghan | 73' |
CF Ian Ormondroyd for Tony Daley | 86' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

THE OPPOSITION

Shilton, Hindmarch, Forsyth, Blades, Wright, Hebberd (g), Micklewhite, Williams, McMinn, Goddard, Saunders (ex) (g). Manager: Arthur Cox.

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 second consecutive game despite David Platt opening the scoring at the Baseball Ground and find themselves in a precarious position one point off the drop zone with a game to play in a very tight First Division where any one of five clubs - including Villa - could be relegated on the final day of the season.

Meanwhile, Darry Duffy made his one and only appearance for Villa aged 18 after joining from school football in March 1985 before moving on to Moor Green in February 1993.

Midfielder Mark Lillis made his final Villa appearance aged 29 before moving on to Scunthorpe United in September 1989 for a fee of £40,000. Lillis played for Villa in 1987-88 and 1988-89 making 37 appearances and scoring 4 goals.

Midfielder David Hunt made his final appearance for Villa aged 30 before moving on to Mansfield in June 1988.

Hunt played for Villa in 1987-88 and 1988-89 making 15 appearances.

Graham Taylor, “I have not enjoyed my last two years at Villa Park", Saturday, 6 May 1989.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Darrell Duffy
26’ Goal, 1-0, David Platt
36’ Goal, 1-1, (Derby County), Dean Saunders
HT Derby County 1-1 Aston Villa
57’ Goal, 1-2, (Derby County), Trevor Hebberd
73’ Sub off, Nigel Callaghan, Sub on, Paul Birch
86’ Sub off, Tony Daley, Sub on, Ian Ormondroyd
Booking, Stuart Gray, Heavy tackle
FT Derby County 2-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"If we go down there will have to be a lot of heart searching.

“I have not enjoyed my last two years at Villa Park.

"People were calling my players 'donkeys' and that was my reply.

"How can you expect to enjoy a job when we have struggled. there is no continuity, players are coming and going all the time because I am trying to improve the team, we go up by the skin of our teeth and now we are close to the bottom of the table?

"The club hasn't stabilised and there is continual speculation. In any job there are periods when you don't enjoy It.

"I get things wrong. I sign players who don't come off. What do you think I am? Some sort of God. You've got a normal human being.

"I got hold of a club that was going into the Third Division and we ended up in the First. I have been trying to turn the club inside out.

"I'm In the kind of Job where sackings are ten a penny. It's because people don't care about other people in this profession.

"There is life outside football. It is not the be all and end-all of everything. Whatever will be, will be.”

Graham Taylor.


“There is no rift [with Graham Taylor]. It is a load of rubbish. I am on good terms with the manager. We had a meeting this week...a normal weekly meeting.

"He came on the understanding that there would be no interference in team matters from me and I was more than happy to do that.

“The best proof is in the money that has been provided.”

Chairman Doug Ellis.


“The fans appreciate that I have always done my best.

“I hope to sort out my breathing before Saturday [after a broken nose]. I will do my damnedest to make sure Villa win I went to finish the job for Villa.

"I spoke with the manager just after Christmas. I said then I wanted to leave at the end of the season. I continue to do so."

Martin Keown.


"If a player wishes to go we cannot stop him. It is Martin's prerogative to leave that is the contractual position."

Graham Taylor.


"I know this is likely to be my last game, and even though I won't share in Villa staying in the First Division I'll do everything to help keep them there."

Allan Evans.

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*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 8 May 1989

"On Saturday at least they fought a good. honest fight, featuring a back four which, reading Duffy, Sims. Hunt, Gray, would have been regarded as fantasy at the start of the season. Not the fault of Ormondroyd or Callaghan but Villa's season turned for the worst after they were signed,"

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Good fight He remains anxious to protect his players from the worries attendant on failure. I cannot see why. They are grown up. well paid and should face the consequences like anyone else. Taylor pointed out that at this time last year County escaped the relega-
TESTING TIME FOR TAYLOR Derby County 2 Aston Villa 1 By LEON HICKMAN Manager Graham Taylor does not think Aston Villa will go (10 . The captain did not think the Belgrano would go down. The rest of the world did not think the Wright Brothers would stay up. Who knows? Life is one long round of ups and downs, although in football at least the end of season says all that is necessary. So we must wait until Saturday afternoon at 4.40, possibly later, to discover Villa's fate. Now is the time for anxious speculation and stern Inquest: the time to cry over spilt milk. Taylor has his share of we won ' t go hindsight, for whenever he recalls two-goal leads tossed away his managerial hackles hop in resentment. The true cost of Villa waste down, says was paid at the Baseball Ground where a squad laid bare by injury needed at least Villa boss a point to remain in control of the club's immediate destiny. There was never more than eight minutes' worth of chance, the time-zone between David Platt's opening goal and Dean Saunders's equaliser. For the remaining 82 minutes, Derby were comfortably superior in practically every position and Trevor Hebberd settled the issue in the 56th minute tion play-offs by one point and that Villa are following a parallel course of development. Maybe this Is true, provided Villa stay up, yet it would be difficult to argue that Villa have more than five players of proven First Division ability in their squad whereas Derby had several more. It was, regrettably, the degree of difference I have seen repeated a dozen times with Birmingham City this season. Manager Garry Pendrey lived with it for months. On Saturday at least they fought a good. honest fight, featuring a backfour which, reading Duffy, Sims. Hunt, Gray, would have been regarded as fantasy at the start of the season. Standing up to the pressure is part of the job but it does not stop each defeat hitting a manager like a sledgehammer. The midfield was scarcely more predictable: Callaghan. Platt. Lillis, Daley does not have the ring of championships about it and it does seem surprising that with such stretched resources a £650,000 player sat for all but four minutes on the bench. Taylor, probably as meticulous a club manager as any since Don Revie, is, I sense, as surprised as everyone else by the weight of the blows. Villa fans will hope fervently that lan Ormondroyd will next season fulfil Taylor's faith in him, for there is no doubt that the manager has some reputation riding on his winger. Not the fault of Ormondroyd or Callaghan but Villa's season turned for the worst after they were signed, disproving the theory that new fares boost an ailing team. F' . ~ r. •David Platt (left) is congratulated by Steve Sims after giving Villa the lead

Good fight He remains anxious to protect his players from the worries attendant on failure. I cannot see why. They are grown up. well paid and should face the consequences like anyone else. Taylor pointed out that at this time last year County escaped the relega-
TESTING TIME FOR TAYLOR Derby County 2 Aston Villa 1 By LEON HICKMAN Manager Graham Taylor does not think Aston Villa will go (10 . The captain did not think the Belgrano would go down. The rest of the world did not think the Wright Brothers would stay up. Who knows? Life is one long round of ups and downs, although in football at least the end of season says all that is necessary. So we must wait until Saturday afternoon at 4.40, possibly later, to discover Villa's fate. Now is the time for anxious speculation and stern Inquest: the time to cry over spilt milk. Taylor has his share of we won ' t go hindsight, for whenever he recalls two-goal leads tossed away his managerial hackles hop in resentment. The true cost of Villa waste down, says was paid at the Baseball Ground where a squad laid bare by injury needed at least Villa boss a point to remain in control of the club's immediate destiny. There was never more than eight minutes' worth of chance, the time-zone between David Platt's opening goal and Dean Saunders's equaliser. For the remaining 82 minutes, Derby were comfortably superior in practically every position and Trevor Hebberd settled the issue in the 56th minute tion play-offs by one point and that Villa are following a parallel course of development. Maybe this Is true, provided Villa stay up, yet it would be difficult to argue that Villa have more than five players of proven First Division ability in their squad whereas Derby had several more. It was, regrettably, the degree of difference I have seen repeated a dozen times with Birmingham City this season. Manager Garry Pendrey lived with it for months. On Saturday at least they fought a good. honest fight, featuring a backfour which, reading Duffy, Sims. Hunt, Gray, would have been regarded as fantasy at the start of the season. Standing up to the pressure is part of the job but it does not stop each defeat hitting a manager like a sledgehammer. The midfield was scarcely more predictable: Callaghan. Platt. Lillis, Daley does not have the ring of championships about it and it does seem surprising that with such stretched resources a £650,000 player sat for all but four minutes on the bench. Taylor, probably as meticulous a club manager as any since Don Revie, is, I sense, as surprised as everyone else by the weight of the blows. Villa fans will hope fervently that lan Ormondroyd will next season fulfil Taylor's faith in him, for there is no doubt that the manager has some reputation riding on his winger. Not the fault of Ormondroyd or Callaghan but Villa's season turned for the worst after they were signed, disproving the theory that new fares boost an ailing team. F' . ~ r. •David Platt (left) is congratulated by Steve Sims after giving Villa the lead