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Game #4111

Aston Villa

Won

2nd (-1)

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩

Wednesday, 11 April 1990

Division One

Arsenal

Highbury

Attendance: 30,060

Arsenal

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Tony Cascarino | 85' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the first time in four as Chris Price proves the Highbury hero but Villa are knocked off top spot following Liverpool's victory in one of their games in hand. As a result Villa sit second, three points behind Liverpool who retain a game in hand with five left to play.

KEY MAN

Chris Price, one of the Villa's most memorable goals keeps the title challenge alive at Highbury.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 11 April 1990

🕒 | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Kevin Gage, Sub on, Stuart Gray
⚽ | 85’ Goal, 1-0, Chris Price, Assist by Tony Cascarino
🕒 | FT Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor’s Villa make it eighteen first division victories in twenty six games as they remain second and seven points behind leaders Liverpool but open up an eight point gap ahead of third placed Arsenal.

Aston Villa

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

Arsenal

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1988–89

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

Previous 5 vs. Arsenal: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1989-90 |
Matchday | #47 |
League Match | #33 |
Manager Game | #145 |
Wednesday, 11 April 1990

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Ken Redfern | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 145 | 🟩 | 67 🟨 | 32 🟥 46 | 1.61

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ken Redfern | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993
Matches Officiated: 7
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 9 December 1989, Villa 1-1 Liverpool, Anfield.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

None

TEAM NEWS

Chris Price, Paul Birch and Andy Comyn replace Stuart Gray, Ian Olney and Ian Ormondroyd.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.37 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 31.70 |

Youngest Player |
CB Andy Comyn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.70 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Chris Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CB Andy Comyn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Kent Nielsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 |
RB Kevin Gage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Paul Birch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Platt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Tony Cascarino | 🇮🇪 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

George Graham (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Arsenal

GK John Lukic | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Lee Dixon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Steve Bould | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 |
CB Tony Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Nigel Winterburn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Michael Thomas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Martin Hayes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Perry Groves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Alan Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Kevin Campbell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Stuart Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for RB Kevin Gage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 65' |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Martin Hayes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Paul Merson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Mark Blake | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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CB Colin Pates | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/13

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/13

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

“It’s taken a long time coming. “I’ve hit the bar and post on many occasions, but the ball just would not seem to go in for me. “But if this turns out to be the goal that helps to take us to the First Division title there’ll be no complaints.” Chris Price.

MATCH REPORT

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*Irish Independent*
Thursday, 12 April 1990

CHRIS PRICE kept the championship pressure on Liverpool last night after Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink had slammed the door shut on Arsenal's title defence. Full-back Price stunned the Gunners five minutes from the end of the televised Highbury clash with his first goal since joining Villa from Blackburn for £150,000 nearly two years ago. And Arsenal, who desperately needed to win to retain any slender hope of keeping their crown, were left counting missed chances and cursing the form of Spink. He denied Alan Smith, Kevin Campbell. Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Hayes to keep alive Villa's hopes. And when Price popped up to score after 85 minutes it meant the gap between Villa and leaders Liverpool, who had thrashed Charlton 4-0, stayed at three points. Liverpool go to Highbury next Wednesday in another TV encounter and Villa manager Graham Taylor said: "We've just got to keep up the pressure and hope that Liverpool drop some points." Taylor had reverted to a five man defence, giving 20- year-old Andy Comyn only his third senior game alongside Paul McGrath and Kent Nielsen. And Arsenal, with Dixon switched to midfield in place of 'flu victim Kevin Richardson, made all the running. They would have opened up a comfortable gap, but for Spink's acrobatics, but they began to live dangerously in the second half as they became more and more committed to their goal search. England's David Platt nearly caught them out after 56 minutes with a solo counter charge that ended with his shot deflected over the angle off Adams. Price later saw a header land on top of the net but he kept his cool when Tony Cascarino played the pass between Adams and Winterburn, firing past John Lukic from 10 yards.

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