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Game #4477

Aston Villa

Saturday, 30 August 1997

Won

20th (-)

Last 5 | ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,027

Leeds United

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time this season as they beat Leeds in the Premier League after four successive defeats.

Aston Villa

1-0

Leeds United

Assist(s) | Steve Staunton | 67โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Dwight Yorke, hit the winner

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 30 August 1997

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Leeds United
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Gary Charles, Sub on, Fernando Nรฉlson
โšฝ | 67โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dwight Yorke, Assist by Steve Staunton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds United

ON THIS DAY

Villa won their first game of the season after 4 successive defeats but remained 20th in the Premier League table.

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

Leeds United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1991โ€“92

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leeds United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #131 |
Saturday, 30 August 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Brian Little |
Referee | Peter Jones, Loughborough |
KO | 3.00pm |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LLLLW |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 131 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 57 ๐ŸŸจ | 36 ๐ŸŸฅ 38 | 1.58

Career Form:

Top 8

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loughborough, 1988-2002
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 26 November 1996, League Cup, Villa 0-1 Wimbledon, Selhurst Park.
Cards: None

Peter Jones

CARDS

Villa

None

Leeds United

None

TEAM NEWS

Alan Wright and Simon Grayson return to the starting line up as Riccardo Scimeca misses out

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.88 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.26 |

Youngest Player
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 24.84 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

George Graham (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | 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”ฅ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |

Leeds United

GK Nigel Martyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Davie Robertson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB David Wetherall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Lucas Radebe | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
RB Gary Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Alf-Inge Hรฅland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Bruno Ribeiro | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M David Hopkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Harry Kewell | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Rod Wallace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M David Hopkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (RB Gunnar Halle | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Beeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Robert Molenaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Lee Bowyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Derek Lilley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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 : 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

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 : 8/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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 Halfโ€จ

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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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"The pre-season optimism about Villa mounting a title challenge evaporated after a disastrous opening three weeks in which Brian Little's side were beaten four times - their worst start to a campaign and conceded nine goals."

*Sunday Tribune*
Sunday, 31 August 1997

Villa rediscover winning ASTON VILLA 1 LEEDS UNITED 0

DWIGHT Yorke put the smile back on the face of Aston Villa with his second half goal securing his side's first win of the season at Villa Park.

The pre-season optimism about Villa mounting a title challenge evaporated after a disastrous opening three weeks in which Brian Little's side were beaten four times - their worst start to a campaign and conceded nine goals.

But there have been improved performances in the last two games, at Newcastle and Tottenham and Yorke ensured that unhappy run finally came to an end with his second goal of the season.

It was a massive relief to manager Brian Little and the 39,027 crowd and a much needed confidence booster before Villa launch their UEFA Cup campaign in just over a fortnight's time.

Only a splendid display by Leeds' keeper Nigel Martyn and an incredible first half miss from ยฃ7 million record signing Stan Collymore kept George Graham's side in the hunt for so long.

Villa were still not firing on all cylinders and there was still an uneasy look to their defence in the opening half with Harry Kewell posing problems down the left flank for an out-of-sorts Gary Charles.

But they gradually got a greater grip on the game.

In the second half, Leeds seldom posed a threat as Villa looked far more incisive and the confidence and self-belief slowly returned to their play. Martyn was tested in the first minute when he beat out a pile-driver from Steve Staunton but play was scrappy in the opening 15 minutes with both sides guilty of misdirected passing.

However, the game gradually came to life and Leeds skipper David Hopkin volleyed over the top when well placed after latching onto a centre from Rod Wallace.

Former Leeds reserve teamer Simon Grayson, recalled in place of the sold Andy Townsend. almost covered himself in glory in the 14th minute. He burst from midfield into the penalty area and his curling right-footed shot was turned around the post at full stretch by Martyn.

Eighteen-year-old Kewell impressed on the left flank but he should have done better when Davie Robertson picked him out in space inside the area as he fired high over the bar. Villa gradually put their game together and Martyn was called into action for the third time when he kept out a backward header from Collymore with a fine one-handed save.

Jimmy Flyod Hasselbaink twice volleyed over the bar for Leeds but it was Villa who ended the opening half with a flourish.

Collymore and Charles combined to set up a chance for Dwight Yorke whose low shot on the turn was deflected wide by Martyn. But the Leeds keeper should have been beaten a minute before half time when Collymore headed wide from six yards out after being picked out by a centre from Charles.

Charles was replaced at half-time by Portugese international Fernando Nelson, but it was Leeds who came closest to breaking the deadlock shortly after the restart.

Wallace released Bruno Ribero down the centre and he burst into the Villa penalty area only for keeper Mark Bosnich to block his low effort.

But Villa were generally the more threatening and Martyn pulled off another excellent save to deny Collymore in the 55th minute. Wright's inswinging corner picked out the onrushing Collymore at the near post but Martyn somehow managed to keep out his powerful downward header.

But Villa were not to be denied and the finally went ahead in the 67th minute. A free kick from Wright was flicked on by Collymore to Yorke at the far post and he steadied himself before planting a low drive past Martyn. Kewell could have snatched an equaliser in the 73rd minute after latching onto a long ball from Kelly but he blazed his shot into the side netting.

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