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Game #4464

Saturday, 15 March 1997

Attendance: 35,992

Drew

Premier League

6th (-1)

West Ham United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa are held to a goalless draw at Villa Park by West Ham to sit 6th in the Premier League table with eight games to play.

Aston Villa

0-0

West Ham United

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Andy Townsend, shot past the post to no avail.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham United
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Mark Draper, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Julian Joachim, Sub on, Tommy Johnson
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham United

ON THIS DAY

Villa are held to a goalless draw at Villa Park by West Ham to sit 6th in the Premier League table with eight games to play.

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

West Ham United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1979-80

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Ham United

Previous 5 vs. West Ham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #118 |
Saturday, 15 March 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 1 January 1997, Villa 0-0 Manchester United, Old Trafford.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

West Ham United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

David Elleray

TEAM NEWS

Julian Joachim returns in place of Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.71 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.67 |

Youngest Player
CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 19.13 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Harry Redknapp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
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 |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

West Ham United

GK Ludek Mikloลกko | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB Julian Dicks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Slaven Biliฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Tim Breacker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Potts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Bishop | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John Moncur | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stan Lazaridis | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Paul Kitson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Hartson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Rio Ferdinand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Neil Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Les Sealey (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Marc Rieper-Jonsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CF Hugo Porfรญrio | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Iain Dowie | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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 : 7/11

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 : 12/16

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 : 11/16

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 was also the hero for Europe-chasing Villa in the 56th minute when he just beat the goal-bound Kitson to the ball after a Hanson pass."

*The Sunday Independent*
Sunday, 16 March 1997

Hardworking Hammers battled and scrapped for a rare away point to help their survival fight. And the East Enders might well have been celebrating their first Premiership win on their travels in six months if new ยฃ5.5m strikeforce John Hanson and Paul Kitson had taken the chances they had either side of interval.

Hartson looked as if he had to score when Kitson and recalled Aussie Stan Lazaridis combined to open up the Villa defence, only for Mark Bosnich to make a brilliant reaction save.

Bosnich was also the hero for Europe-chasing Villa in the 56th minute when he just beat the goal-bound Kitson to the ball after a Hanson pass.

And while they could not add to their meagre tally of seven goals away from Upton Park, the draw represented only the Hammers fourth away point of the last 30. a vital lifeline intheir bid to stay in the top flight

It had looked as if it would be that tight from the start. Both teams needed the points, albeit for very different reasons, and both were nervous.

Far too many passes were being misplaced, although Julian Joachim. replacing the injured Savo Milosevic, was busy for the home side, while at life other end Hartson, back after suspension and Kitson were willing workers.

Hartsonโ€™s strength almost opened the way for Kitson in the 10th minute, Gareth South making an excellent tackle, before Joachim shot over on the turn at the other end.

Lazaridis, for dissent, and fellow returnee Frank Lampard, for a foul, were booked for the Hammers, whose cause was not helped when Lampard was stretchered off in agony after his studs caught in the ground in the 31st minute.

The impressive Rio Ferdinand came on, and watched as Hartson then spurned the best chance of the half.

A one-two with Kitson put Lazaridis in on the Villa right and Hartson's near-post run was spotted. But white the ยฃ3.2m man made good sidefooted contact at point-blank range Bosnich blocked with his knees.

Villa responded through skipper Andy Townsend with a shot which slipped past the post, although there was nothing between the sides at the break.

The Hammers picked up the pace afterwards. Hartson causing real problems with his sheer size and power, and when he linked with Kitson in the 56th minute it looked as if the crucial goal would come.

But Kitson's first touch having got behind the back line was just a fraction too far ahead of him. Bosnich rushing off his line to make the save.

Still Redknapp must have believed that elusive away triumph would come as his side continued to hold sway without getting the tangible reward for their dominance.

The only danger was of them getting caught by the pace of Joachim and Dwight Yorke, although Ferdinand's outstanding job in midfield was breaking up most fleeting Villa counters.

In fact. the nearest Villa came was when substitute Lee Hendrie, on for Mark Draper, miskicked in front of goal from a Yorke cross.

Tommy Johnson perhaps making his final Villa appearance came on for Joachim although it was West Ham who still looked the more dangerous. But the Hammers settled for a point with 10 minutes left, and Villa's late flurry produced little real threat.