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Game #4461

Aston Villa

Saturday, 22 February 1997

Drew

6th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 25,239

Nottingham Forest

City Ground

Villa are held at the City Ground but extend their unbeaten Premier League run to three games.

Nottingham Forest

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡, robbed of a goal by the refereeing of Graham Barber.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 22 February 1997

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Nottingham Forest 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Steve Staunton, Sub on, Riccardo Scimeca
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Nottingham Forest 0-0 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Fernando Nรฉlson

ON THIS DAY

Former Villa forward Dean Saunders lined up for Forest as a poor refereeing decision robs Villa of an 88' winner.

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

Nottingham Forest

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1989-90

FIXTURE HISTORY

Nottingham Forest

Previous 5 vs. Forest: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #34 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #115 |
Saturday, 22 February 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Nottingham Forest

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Barber

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.57 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.61 |

Youngest Player
F Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 23.49 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Stuart Pearce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

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

Nottingham Forest

GK Mark Crossley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Des Lyttle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Steve Chettle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Colin Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alf-Inge Hรฅland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M David Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Scott Gemmill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Nigel Clough | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Bart-Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bryan Roy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dean Saunders (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Bryan Roy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (M Ian Woan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alan Fettis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Steve Blatherwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Allen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Paul McGregor | 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 : 10/16

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 : 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 : 14/16

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

"Villa boss Brian Little was in earnest conversation with the Surrey official as the teams went down the tunnel at the end but Milosevic surprisingly put a friendly arm around the referee's shoulder as team-mates moved in to add their protests."

*Sunday Tribune*
Sunday, 16 February 1997

Forest avoid drop zone

REFEREE Graham Barber controversially disallowed an 88th minute Aston Villa 'goal' by Savo Milosevic to help keep Nottingham Forest out of the Premiership's bottom three ahead of the City Ground club's crucial take-over meeting on Monday night.

Milosevic thought he had finally scored only his eighth goal of the season when he clipped Dwight Yorke's pass beyond goalkeeper Mark Crossley but it was wiped out, presumably for a narrow offside decision against one of his team-mates.

Villa boss Brian Little was in earnest conversation with the Surrey official as the teams went down the tunnel at the end but Milosevic surprisingly put a friendly arm around the referee's shoulder as team-mates moved in to add their protests.

Player-manager Stuart Pearce, completing a two-match suspension, dropped lan Woan and recalled Nigel Clough, but Forest's passing was poor and they rarely threatened Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

Villa would have had the game wrapped up by half time but for a frustratingly familiar spate of misses by Milosevic. The big Yugoslav, caught fractionally offside when racing clear onto Andy Townsend's pass in the 10th minute, then headed high and wide of an empty goal two minutes later when Crossley's miscued clearance from an awkward back-pass flew straight to him at the edge of the penalty box.

Milosevic wasted an even better opportunity five minutes later when Yorke set him up perfectly after slipping between two defenders.

And even 17-goal top scorer Yorke caught the chance missing bug when he failed to put away Alan Wright's superb cross at the far post.

Yorke nearly atoned in brilliant style just before the break when he shrugged off a David Phillips challenge to fire powerfully into the side netting from an improbable angle. But Villa's luck was still out in the second half which they still largely controlled despite losing Steve Staunton with a pulled hamstring in the opening minute after the break.

Mark Draper's header was cleared off the line by Forest's Steve Chettle after great work by Milosevic, Yorke and Wright opened up the defence. And Crossley pulled off the save of the match from Yorke's drilled low drive before being let off by that late, late decision against Milosevic.