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Game #4462

Aston Villa

Sunday, 2 March 1997

Won

6th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,339

Liverpool

Villa Park

Villa win for the third time in four unbeaten Premier League games as Villa beat Liverpool at Villa Park.

Aston Villa

1-0

Liverpool

Assist(s) | Andy Townsend | 83โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Ian Taylor, "honest toiler" hit the matchwinner to beat Liverpool.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 2 March 1997

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Steve Staunton, Sub on, David Hughes ๐ŸŸข
โšฝ | 83โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ian Taylor, Assist by Andy Townsend
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Centre back David Hughes made his first appearance for Villa as a substitute aged 19 after joining the club as a trainee and signing professional forms in July 1996.

Future Villa centre forward Stan Collymore, future Villa โ€˜keeper David James and future Villa winger Patrik Berger all featured for Liverpool.

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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1994-95

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Game | #28 |
Manager Game | #116 |
Sunday, 2 March 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 22 December 1996, Villa 5-0 Wimbledon, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Liverpool

None

Steve Dunn

TEAM NEWS

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.59 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.63 |

Youngest Player
F Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 23.51 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Roy Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

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

Liverpool

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Stig Inge Bjรธrnebye | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Dominic Matteo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Bjรธrn Tore Kvarme | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Mark Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jason McAteer | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jamie Redknapp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W John Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve McManaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Robbie Fowler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Stan Collymore (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡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 Tony Warner | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Neil Ruddock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Harkness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Mark Kennedy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 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 : 10/16

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

CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Not a striker by repute, but an honest toiler in the midfield, lan Taylor was Villa's match winner."

*The Irish Independent*
Monday, 3 March 1997

THE championship of English football is not lightly won or lost by the beginning of March. But the manner in which Liverpool went down so neatly at Villa Park yesterday, and the way Newcastle United had surrendered at home against Southampton on Saturday, suggests that the Premiership is Manchester United's unless the defending champions choose to lose it.

Not a striker by repute, but an honest toiler in the midfield, lan Taylor was Villa's match winner. There were seven minutes remaining and the game, played on a difficult, heavily sanded and rutted pitch, had reached a level of stalemate and mediocrity that must have made viewing an absolute relaxation to the Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson.

Andy Townsend delivered a searching, accurate, driven centre that bisected Liverpool's central defenders, Mark Wright and Dominic Matteo. Behind them, unseen, unmarked and unhurried. Taylor came and he had the composure to cushion the ball on his left thigh and the time to use his right foot to hook it into the net.

In the beginning, everything had looked urgent. Three times. Mark Wright. who would be many people's choice as an England defender still, was lured out of defence and passed with alarming ease by Savo Milosevic, Dwight Yorke and then Mark Draper.

The last of those, in the tenth minute. involved a scintillating burst of verve and pace. It was stopped by Bjorn Kvarme, the Norwegian recruit from Rosenberg, who giving an object lesson to the English in the art of defending, matched Draper for speed and then stretched out his foot to knock the ball to safety.

Next, Taylor caught John Barnes dwelling on the ball - vigour beating wisdom - but Yorke. too quick for Stig Bjornebye and Matteo only invited the save from James with a rising shot.

Within seconds. Stan Collymore, clean through and aided by the impetuous way Mark Bosnich had rushed out of his area, for some inexplicable reason scooped the ball high over the bar. It would have been line at Twickenham but it was so wasteful on the Villa sands.