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Game #4434

Aston Villa

Drew

6th= (-2)

Sunday, 15 September 1996

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨

Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 27,729

Chelsea

1-1

Aston Villa

Assists | Dwight Yorke | 18’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa are held for the second successive Premier League game as they draw at Stamford Bridge.

KEY MAN

Steve Staunton, "new dimension".

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 15 September 1996

⚽ | 18’ Goal, 1-0, Andy Townsend, Assist by Dwight Yorke
🥅 | 45’ Goal, 1-1, (Chelsea), Frank Leboeuf
🕒 | HT Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Savo Milošević, Sub on, Tommy Johnson
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Saša Ćurčić, Sub on, Ian Taylor
🕒 | FT Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

🟨 | Booking, Ugo Ehiogu
🟨 | Booking, Savo Milošević
🟨 | Booking, Fernando Nélson
🟨 | Booking, Andy Townsend
🟨 | Booking, Tommy Johnson

ON THIS DAY

Future Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo and future Villa assistant manager Steve Clarke lined up for Chelsea as Villa remained unbeaten for the last 5 League games, winning 3.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1970-71

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Game | #6 |
Manager Game | #88 |
Sunday, 15 September 1996

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Jeff Winter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough, 1992-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 88 | 🟩 | 39 🟨 | 26 🟥 23 | 1.63

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jeff Winter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough, 1992-2004
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 24 February 1996, Villa 3-3 Wimbledon, Selhurst Park.
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

Chelsea

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TEAM NEWS

Saša Ćurčić replaces Tommy Johnson.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.63 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | 🇮🇪 | 33.17 |

Youngest Player
GK Michael Oakes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 22.89 |

MANAGER

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Fernando Nélson | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 |
M Saša Ćurčić | 🇷🇸 | 🔁 |
M Mark Draper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Andy Townsend | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
CF Dwight Yorke | 🇹🇹 | 🔥 |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 🟨 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Ruud Gullit | 🇳🇱 |

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Chelsea

GK Kevin Hitchcock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Dan Petrescu | 🇷🇴 |
RB Steve Clarke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Frank Leboeuf | 🇫🇷 | ⚽ |
LB Andy Myers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Erland Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
M Dennis Wise | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Craig Burley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Roberto Di Matteo | 🇮🇹 | 🟨 |
CF Gianluca Vialli | 🇮🇹 |
CF Mark Hughes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Tommy Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 65’ |
🔁 | M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Saša Ćurčić | 🇷🇸 | 79’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Erland Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | (M Jody Morris | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | M Craig Burley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | (CF John Spencer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Adam Rachel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 |
CF Julian Joachim | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Nick Colgan | 🇮🇪 |
CB Michael Duberry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Mark Nicholls | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/16

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/16

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 may be a compliment that the team said to be better than you at the system you're playing had to change." ‘[I was] most pleased with Steve Staunton. He gave us a dimension down the left, but in the second half, when we were under pressure he hung in there." Brian Little.

MATCH REPORT

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*The Irish Independent*
Monday, 16 September 1996

Chelsea checked! BRIAN LITTLE, the Aston Villa manager, wore the look of a relieved man. He was reflecting on the moment just before halftime that Chelsea scored their equalising goal and described it as potentially decisive. In the event, Chelsea were denied the victory that would have put them on top of the FA Carling Premiership and had to settle for a draw. It was a just enough result after an excellent first half and a second half that faded away in the bright sunshine at Stamford Bridge. Little admitted that Chelsea's goal, put in on the blind side by Leboeuf, from Petrescu's curling pass, suddenly put his team under pressure. "You've got to come through that," he said, "and we were pleased to come through but disappointed in the way we gave the ball away. "In the first half, we did well and I was pleased with that. In the second half we gave it away too much for my liking. We had a good first touch, but we were sloppy with our second ball. We stopped it too often instead of keeping the ball moving. Because of that, they kept us in our own half." Significantly, Chelsea's manager, Ruud Gullit, still postponing his own, much awaited return to the field. changed his strategy after the interval. Johnsen, who was injured, came off and in his place, Gullit boldly sent on Jodie Morris, 17, a little, natural inside forward, whose confidence grows game by game. Switching his team's formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2, Gullit encouragingly showed that, unlike his predecessor, he makes neither a fetish nor a panacea of tactics. Little, for his part, told his own team: "It may be a compliment that the team said to be better than you at the system you're playing had to change." Villa did not change theirs, which worked pretty well defensively throughout the game. Little was "most pleased with Steve Staunton. He gave us a dimension down the left, but in the second half, when we were under pressure he hung in there." Villa played much attractive and progressive football in their first half, but it was a set-piece that brought them their goal in the 18th minute. Curcic was brought down just outside the penalty box by Burley. Cunningly, Yorke touched it to Townsend, the former Chelsea player, whose left foot shot soared into the far top corner, Hitchcock reaching it but failing to stop it. Hitchcock, however, had several distinguished moments in Chelsea's goal. As early as the seventh minute, he saved a point blank header by Milosovic. On the half-hour, Curcic, working a one-two with Draper, darted through the Chelsea defence, only for Hitchcock to save again. Then, 18 minutes into the second half, when Nelson latched on to a half-cleared corner to fire in a shot, Hitchcock blocked it; though he must surely have seen the ball late.

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