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Game #4317

Saturday, 2 April 1994

Attendance: 26,075

Lost

Premier League

10th

Manchester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Maine Road

Despite Villa's recent poor League form it is still a shock as they are beaten by relegation threatened Manchester City to leave them winless in five Premier League games, scoring once.

Manchester City

3-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Tony Daley, threatening pace

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 39โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City), Peter Beagrie
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester City), Paul Walsh
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 53โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester City), Uwe Rosler
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Garry Parker, Sub on, Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa fail to score for the fourth time in five Premier League games.

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1993-94

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester City

Previous 5 vs. Manchester City: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1993-94 |
Matchday | #50 |
League Game | #35 |
Manager Game | #152 |
Saturday, 2 April 1994

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 2 October 1993, Villa 0-2 Newcastle, Villa Park.
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester City

None

Paul Durkin

TEAM NEWS

Villa make three changes from the team that drew with Everton last time out as Graham Fenton, Tony Daley and Andy Townsend are recalled with Dwight Yorke, Ray Houghton and Steve Froggatt dropping out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.61 |

Oldest Player |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.35 |

Youngest Player |
F Graham Fenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.88 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Brian Horton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Shaun Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Garry Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Graham Fenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Manchester City

GK Andy Dibble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB David Brightwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Keith Curle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Michel Vonk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Andy Hill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ian Brightwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Rocastle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve McMahon (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Peter Beagrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Paul Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Uwe Rรถsler | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | for M Garry Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Uwe Rรถsler | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CF Mike Sheron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Neil Cox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Martyn Margetson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Steffen Karl | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 10/14

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 : 9/11

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 : 11/14

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

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"DON'T try asking Villa's players to find reasons for their most emphatic defeat of the season."

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 4 April 1994

DON'T try asking Villa's players to find reasons for their most emphatic defeat of the season.

The chances are, they don't have a clue how it happened. Come to think of it, more than 26,000 spectators left Maine Road equally bemused, even if the vast majority of them were too ecstatic to contemplate even a post-match analysis.

City's supporters had more important matters to occupy their thoughts, like the fact that survival is still possible despite their team's nosedive down the Premiership table.

For Villa, it seems, winning the Coca-Cola League Cup and attaining a place in next season's UEFA Cup represents the completion of their season's work.

Ron Atkinson's men will, no doubt, entertain us during their remaining fixtures, but the need to finish third in the table was removed by last week's glorious Wembley display.

Big Ron's relaxed after-match demeanour said it all. He wasn't exactly jumping for joy about a three-goal drubbing, but you got the impression he wasn't about to lose any sleep, either.

That's not to suggest Villa will be throwing in the towel at the first sign of danger during these last few weeks of the campaign, but Saturday was a classic case of the team needing the points showing greater urgency.

In view of the scoreline, it may seem silly to suggest that in terms of sheer quality, Villa were streets ahead, but they were.

For most of the first half, they sliced through City's defence almost at will, with Andy Townsend, Kevin Richardson and Garry Parker providing a succession of precision passes and Tony Daley's pace threatening to spark an avalanche of goals.

What Villa failed to do, though, was to get in where it hurt, with most of their blows thrown from long range and carrying insufficient menace to threaten a breakthrough.

Like a heavyweight in the corner, City were content to weather the storm and wait for the chance of a counter attack.

In the event, Horton's battlers delivered a sharp one-two from Peter Beagrie and Paul Walsh in the space of six minutes before half-time, and followed up with Uwe Rosier'a knockout blow eight minutes after the re-start.

No wonder Villa looked punch-drunk for the remainder of the match as they searched in vain for some sort of consolation to show for their impressive approach work.

As Atkinson pointed out, Villa's performance in the opening half hour or so was as good as anything they have produced in the league for some considerable time.

There are days, though, when it just isn't going to happen, and this was one of them.

Teenage striker Graham Fenton tested goalkeeper Andy Dibble with a fierce low drive towards the end, but otherwise Villa's raids went nowhere.

Where they had earlier been assured, there was a touch of self-doubt which inhibited their creative output and made everything they did rather predictable.

It might have been worse, too, for City's three-goal cushion gave them the confidence to be more adventurous. Mark Bosnich had to turn away a goal-bound Beagrie shot and Parker cleared off the line from Michel Vonk's close range header.

Had those efforts gone in, it would have been really embarrassing, for Villa, while disappointing in the second half, were most certainly never outclassed.

They simply paid the price for 14 catastrophic minutes either side of the interval, when even the otherwise solid Shaun Teale and Ugo Ehiogu went AWOL.