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Game #4406

Aston Villa

Lost

6th (-1)

Wednesday, 31 January 1996

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

Premier League

Liverpool

Villa Park

Attendance: 39,332

Aston Villa

0-2

Liverpool

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa suffer a first defeat in seven in all competitions as they fall to Liverpool at Villa Park.

KEY MAN

Savo Milošević, served up a foreign cocktail of threats

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 31 January 1996

🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool
🥅 | 61’ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool), Stan Collymore
🥅 | 65’ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool)
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Paul McGrath, Sub on, Steve Staunton
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Future Villa centre forward Stan Collymore scored the opening goal and future Villa ‘keeper David James lined up for Liverpool as Villa great Nigel Spink leaves the club prematurely for Albion.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1993-94

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1994-95

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1995-96 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Game | #23 |
Manager Game | #60 |
Wednesday, 31 January 1996

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Roger Dilkes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 60 | 🟩 | 26 🟨 | 18 🟥 16 | 1.60

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Roger Dilkes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Matches Officiated: 15
🟩 : 6
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 6
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 9 September 1995, Villa 1-1 Blackburn, Ewood Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Liverpool

None

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up for the second consecutive game.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.24 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 | 36.18 |

Youngest Player |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 22.43 |

MANAGER

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | 🇦🇺 |
RB Gary Charles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Andy Townsend | 🇮🇪 |
M Mark Draper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Dwight Yorke | 🇹🇹 |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 |
CF Tommy Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Roy Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Liverpool

GK David James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Rob Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Phil Babb | 🇮🇪 |
CB John Scales | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Neil Ruddock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Jason McAteer | 🇮🇪 |
M Michael Thomas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W John Barnes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Steve McManaman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Stan Collymore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Robbie Fowler | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 | for CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 | 70’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Michael Oakes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tony Warner | 🇹🇹 |
CB Mark Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Ian Rush | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/14

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/14

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

"In four devastating second-half minutes, Collymore and Fowler both struck gold once more to end Aston Villa's recent run of rich form and extend the Merseysider's own unbeaten sequence to 10 matches."

MATCH REPORT

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*The Irish Independent”
Thursday, 1 February 1996

DYNAMIC goal-duo Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler struck again as Liverpool booked their dream ticket to ride in Newcastle's slipstream all the way up the finishing straight in the Premiership title race. In four devastating second-half minutes, Collymore and Fowler both struck gold once more to end Aston Villa's recent run of rich form and extend the Merseysider's own unbeaten sequence to 10 matches. Anfield's deadly strikeforce have now amassed 18 goals between them in that splendid run of results and Liverpool have now climbed above Manchester United to second place in the table. Villa, all fire and brimstone, again showed what their revival under manager Brian Little this season has been all about. At times, they stretched Liverpool to the limit with their aggressive, jet-paced, attacking football but Liverpool showed a steely determination to pass their way out of pockets of pressure and trouble and their attitude was suitably rewarded in the end. Collymore, who had seen a point-blank header incredibly saved by keeper Mark Bosnich in the first half, finally made the crucial breakthrough just after the hour with a stunning strike, his 10th goal of the season, which left the Villa keeper bewildered and bemused. The £8.5m record buy dug his left foot into a short free-kick by John Barnes and it bent and swerved from the corner of the penalty box, entering the net down the middle of the goal with Bosnich diving away from it. That strike choked the jeers of the Villa fans back down their throats after Collymore had spectacularly wasted two earlier opportunities. And within four minutes the home supporters were silence completely when Fowler let fly with a piece of pure speculation from 30 yards and saw the ball bounce pass the hapless Bosnich to go in by the foot of the far post for his 24th goal of the season. Defeat was tough on Villa who made the Merseysiders sweat buckets for the success. Trinidad and Tobago star Dwight Yorke and Serbian strike partner Savo Milosevic served up a foreign cocktail of threats as they consistently probed Liverpool's back five. Yorke was just off target with a lunging drive at Tommy Johnson’s cross early in the second half and Milosevic almost lobbed goalkeeper David James from 25 yards after latching onto a faulty clearance. The Liverpool goalkeeper needed every centimetre is his 6'5" to pluck the ball out from under the crossbar. But just when Villa looked ready to join the chasing pack behind leaders Newcastle, Collymore and Fowler struck in quick succession to stun a best of the season crowd of 39,332. Even then Villa threatened to come back with all action centre back Ugo Ehiogu going forward to put a pair of efforts over the crossbar from promising positions. With Villa totally committed to attack the elusive Steve McManaman had the chance to punish them again but he dragged his shot wide at the end of a fast break which turned defender Alan right inside out.

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