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Game #4149

Saturday, 19 January 1991

Attendance: 15,751

Lost

Division One

14th (-)

Coventry City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Highfield Road

Villa are undone by a late goal once again as they are beaten at Highfield Road to make it successive defeats in all competitions and their ninth defeat in thirty games under Jozef Vengloลก.

Coventry City

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Paul Birch | 52' |

KEY MAN

David Platt, a foul, a lob, a goal.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Coventry City 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 52โ€™ Goal, 1-0, David Platt, Assist by Paul Birch
๐Ÿฅ… | 54โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Coventry City), Micky Gunn
๐Ÿฅ… | 80โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Coventry City), David Speedie
๐Ÿ•’ FT Coventry City 2-1 Aston Villa

๐Ÿ” | Sub off, Andy Comyn, Sub on, Ian Ormondroyd
๐Ÿ” | Sub off, Kevin Gage, Sub on, Dwight Yorke

ON THIS DAY

Jozef Vengloลก' Villa lose at Highfield Road despite David Platt's opener.

Villa had now not won in five and had won just three in their last seventeen as Jozef Vengloลก debut season began to unravel.

Meanwhile, midfielder and Villa cult hero Paul Birch made his final appearance for Villa aged 28 before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in February for a fee of ยฃ400,000.

Birchy had played for Villa between 1983-84 and 1990-91 making 184 appearances and scoring 23 goals.

Birch, who tragically passed away aged just 46 from cancer in 2009, is still the subject of one of the most popular terrace chants that rings out from Villa home and away.

A wonderful player who will never be forgotten.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Coventry City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1986-87

FIXTURE HISTORY

Coventry City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1990-91 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Match | #22 |
Manager Game | #33 |
Saturday, 19 January 1991

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Ruลพomberok, 1990-1991
Referee: Brian Hill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kettering, 1978-1995
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Brian Hill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kettering, 1978-1995
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 25 November 1989, Villa 2-0 Wimbledon, Plough Lane.
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Coventry City

None

Brian Hill

TEAM NEWS

Andy Comyn and Kevin Gage replace Nigel Callaghan and Dwight Yorke.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.83 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.47 |

Youngest Player |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.48 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

Terry Butcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Chris Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kevin Gage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Kent Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Stuart Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Cascarino | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Coventry City

GK Steve Ogrizoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Paul Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Terry Butcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Trevor Peake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Brian Borrows | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Micky Gynn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Lloyd McGrath | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kevin MacDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M David Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF David Speedie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Cyrille Regis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Ian Ormondroyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ” CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | for RB Kevin Gage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Dean Emerson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kevin Drinkell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

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 : 8/11

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 : 9/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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 : 13/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Platt appeared to push Micky Gynn before lobbing the keeper to score.

"The referee was shaping to call a free kick before Platt's lob, but he gave the goal."

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 21 January 1991

DAVID SPEEDIE'S 80th-minute winner has really given Villa that sinking feeling.

A string of bad results has wrecked their season and they are perilously close to the relegation zone.

Speedie did nothing to ease their worries when he latched on to Brian Borrows' cross to head the winner at the near post.

Yet Villa had opened the scoring when Paul Birch found David Platt after 52 minutes.

Platt appeared to push Micky Gynn before lobbing the keeper to score.

The referee was shaping to call a free kick before Platt's lob, but he gave the goal.

Sky Blues player-boss Terry Butcher erupted in fury and was booked.

But Coventry equalised two minutes later when Speedie's shot ricocheted to Cyrille Regis, who fed scorer Gynn.

Villa can only hope Dr Jo comes up with a remedy before their condition is diagnosed as terminal.

Maybe that assessment sounds just a touch unsympathetic after a performance which offered genuine hope and improvement after Wednesday's Rumbelows League Cup debacle at Leeds.

But the fact remains that despite being bold enough to make significant changes for the second consecutive match, Villa still had nothing tangible to show for their efforts.

Defeat at Highfield Road left the suspicion that only an infusion of new blood is going to have the effect desired by manager Jozef Venglos.

He has indicated he will be making moves in that direction while his players enjoy a two-week break before their next match, and yet there was much to be said for the system employed on Saturday.

The return to a five-man back line was not an unqualified success, because the Sky Blues scored twice and created various other moments of panic.

Once Derek Mountfield has recovered from injury, though, it is surely Villa's best hope of defensive stability.

There may have been plenty passion and commitment in the final half hour as a laid back derby finally came to life.

Villa had controlled the first half, with Paul Birch and the recalled Kevin Gage dominant in midfield, and full-backs Chris Price and Stuart Gray overlapping menacingly.

But once Micky Gynn had stabbed his equaliser within two minutes, the game became something of a lottery.