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Game #4450

Thursday, 26 December 1996

Attendance: 39,339

Lost

Premier League

5th (-1)

Chelsea

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa lose for the first time in six Premier League games as Chelsea win at Villa Park.

Aston Villa

0-2

Chelsea

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

"Bosnich could have done better with both goals."

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡, Sub on, Tommy Johnson
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Mark Draper, Sub on, Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡
๐Ÿฅ… | 66โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Gianfranco Zola
๐Ÿฅ… | 70โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Chelsea), Gianfranco Zola
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Riccardo Scimeca

ON THIS DAY

Future Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo and future Villa assistant manager Steve Clarke lined up for Chelsea

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1970-71

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #104 |
Thursday, 26 December 1996

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Paul Danson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 1987-2005
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Danson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 1987-2005
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 8 April 1996, Villa 3-0 Southampton, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Chelsea

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Paul Danson

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.98 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.45 |

Youngest Player
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.55 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Ruud Gullit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |

Chelsea

GK Frode Grodรฅs | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Dan Petrescu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Steve Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Michael Duberry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Andy Myers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ruud Gullit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Craig Burley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Roberto Di Matteo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Eddie Newton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Andy Myers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Terry Phelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carl Tiler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Kevin Hitchcock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Erland Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Frank Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Mark Nicholls | 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 : 5/11

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 : 9/16

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 : 6/11

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 : 9/16

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

"Bosnich could have done better with both goals.

โ€œThe first was slightly deflected but he certainly should have dealt with the second goal long before there was any danger."

Brian Little.

*The Daily Mirror*
Friday, 27 December 1996

GIANFRANCO ZOLA added Aston Villa to his growing list of victims with a devastating display of world class finishing.

The tiny Italian destroyed Villa's championship dream with a decisive two-goal burst in the space of just four minutes.

It was the ยฃ4.5 million striker's first Premiership double since his arrival from Parma last month and more than enough to shatter Villa's five-match winning streak.

Now, Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit is ready to make superstar striker Gianluca Vialli wait on the bench to make his first team return.

Brian Little's side have seen their title odds slashed in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 demolition of Wimbledon's long unbeaten run.

But all the title talk was coming from Gullit's revitalised side after soccer's latest superstar import had restored London pride.

Zola, playing the first Christmas soccer of his career, was given the perfect introduction to festive football by Villa's generous defence.

First he was allowed to cut across from the right before delivering a low 65th-minute shot which beat keeper Mark Bosnich with the aid of a slight deflection off Ugo Ehiogu. And four minutes later, Zola was first to react to another Bosnich blunder when the Australian keeper hesitated and then missed as he came out to collect a back-header from Fernando Nelson.

The Chelsea hot-shot was left all on his own at an acute angle, but didn't even hesitate before squeezing his shot inside the near post for his fourth goal in seven games in English football.

Little complained: "Bosnich could have done better with both goals. The first was slightly deflected but he certainly should have dealt with the second goal long before there was any danger."

Gullit, just as pleased with his side's first clean sheet in 17 games, was full of praise for his latest signing. "The rest of the team have been supplying the bullets and he's our big gun to finish them off," he said. "His first couple of weeks were always going to be difficult, but now he has moved into a house, has settled in and is beginning to feel appreciated by everyone else here.

"The other players like the fact that even though he is such a very good player technically, he is still prepared to work hard, run back and do his fair share of defending."

But just as crucial to this victory was Gullit's own role in the middle of a three-man defence. Deputising for the suspended Frank Leboeuf Gullet showed the class that made him the world's greatest player to blunt Villa's previously rampant attack.

Villa, looking to establish a club record sixth successive Premiership victory, managed just one real effort on goal.