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Game #4319

Monday, 11 April 1994

Attendance: 19,287

Lost

Premier League

10th

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Ewood Park

Villa's horror run continues as they fail to score for the sixth time in seven winless Premier League games, losing five.

Blackburn Rovers

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Ray Houghton, incisive.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 10โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Shearer
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Dean Saunders, Sub on, Ray Houghton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now scored just once in 7 Premier League games, losing 5.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1927โ€“28

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1993-94 |
Matchday | #52 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #154 |
Monday, 11 April 1994

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: David Allison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Lancaster, 1980-1997
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Allison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Lancaster, 1980-1997
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 16 March 1994, Villa 0-2 Leeds, Elland Road.
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Blackburn Rovers

None

David Allison

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up from the team that drew with Norwich last time out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.40 |

Oldest Player |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.37 |

Youngest Player |
F Graham Fenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.90 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Kenny Dalglish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Shaun Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
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 | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Graham Fenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dalian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Tim Flowers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Henning Berg | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB David May | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Hendry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Graeme Le Saux | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Batty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stuart Ripley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jason Wilcox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Mike Newell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Alan Shearer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for F Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M David Batty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Paul Warhurst | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Stuart Ripley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Alan Wright | 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 Bobby Mimms | 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 : 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 : 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 : 14/14

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

"VILLA last night returned to the graveyard of last year's championship aspirations and breathed new life into a season which had been dying on its feet."

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Tuesday, 12 April 1994

VILLA last night returned to the graveyard of last year's championship aspirations and breathed new life into a season which had been dying on its feet.

Alan Shearer's clinical 10th-minute strike may have condemned Ron Atkinson's men to their seventh Premiership match without a win, but that hardly seemed to matter.

While Blackburn revelled in the dizzy heights alongside Manchester United at the top of the table, Villa returned home with the quiet satisfaction of having proved an important point.

On the ground where their title hopes were rubbed unceremoniously into Lancashire turf almost 12 months ago, the Coca-Cola League Cup holders more than matched Kenny Dalglish's high-fliers for most of an entertaining contest.

True, they still have only one goal to show for their endeavours over the last 630 minutes of Premiership football.

All the signs at Ewood Park though were that Atkinson has a sound base on which to follow up the Coca-Cola Cup triumph with a sustained title challenge in 1984/5.

Motivation may have been something of a problem since that glorious day at Wembley a couple of weeks ago, but once the cutting edge is sharpened, there is little question that Villa can re-emerge as a Potent force.

Strangely enough, it was after a Dean Saunders back injury had forced them to abandon their successful Wembley tactics that the visitors really blossomed.

Saunders had spent the first half fighting a lone battle upfront as Villa strung five players across midfield but were never quite able to provide the support he needed.

But when the Welsh striker failed to appear for the second period, Villa reverted to a conventional 4-4-2 and looked far more effective.

Skipper Kevin Richardson had already got through a phenomenal amount of work and suddenly his graft was complemented by substitute Ray Houghtonโ€™s guile.

Houghton, out of favour in recent weeks, displayed all the hunger of a man determined to make Irelandโ€™s World Cup squad as he announced his arrival with a succession of sharp and intricate passes.

And with Dalian Atkinson and youngster Graham Fenton pushing into their more accustomed forward roles, Blackburn had to endure a fair amount of discomfort before the final whistle brought them both relief and delight.

One superb move almost brought an equaliser in the 50th minute, Atkinson laying off Houghtonโ€™s piercing through ball for Fenton to drill a ferocious drive which Tim Flowers brilliantly turned away or a corner.

It was a world-class save which even upstaged the one Mark Bosnich had produced to tip round Tim Sherwood's stinging low drive after only five minutes.

Blackburn, oozing confidence and knocking the ball around with awesome accuracy, were the undisputed masters of those early stages and it was no great surprise when they went in front.

Jason Wilcox's left wing cross was headed down by Mike Newell at the far post and the ball spun off Shaun Teale's knee allowing Shearer to thump an angled drive beyond a helpless Mark Bosnich for his 33rd goal of the season.

Shearer and Newell though were subsequently rendered ineffective by the classy Teale and his defensive partner Ugo Ehiogu, rated by Atkinson as arguably Villaโ€™s best player after an uncertain opening 10 minutes.

It was just a pity Villa could not find the finishing touch to some of their highly impressive approach work.