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Game #4504

Saturday, 17 January 1998

Attendance: 24,834

Lost

Premier League

13th (-3)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Ewood Park

Villa suffer one of the worst days in the club's history as anarchy breaks out on the pitch at Ewood Park and Villa face a deep fracture having conceded nine without reply against Blackburn this season.

Blackburn Rovers

5-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡, a nadir

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 21โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Tim Sherwood
๐Ÿฅ… | 29โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Blackburn Rovers), Kevin Gallacher
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 54โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Blackburn Rovers), Kevin Gallacher
๐Ÿฅ… | 68โ€™ Goal, 0-4, (Blackburn Rovers), Kevin Gallacher
๐Ÿฅ… | 81โ€™ Goal, 0-5, (Blackburn Rovers), Stuart Ripley
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor

ON THIS DAY

A terrible day for everyone associated with Villa, the team had shipped 9 goals against Blackburn this season alone however even this appalling result was overshadowed by Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡โ€™s behaviour on the Ewood Park pitch. Hopelessly frustrated, Miloลกeviฤ‡ let his emotions take control and spat to the ground in front of the Villa fans. An inexcusable action made all the more bizarre by the fact that Villaโ€™s faithful had taken Miloลกeviฤ‡ to their heart throughout his time with the club providing him with unwavering support. Miloลกeviฤ‡โ€™s Villa career inevitably dwindled after this game but it is to the credit of all parties that he could take the field again in a Villa shirt, albeit less regularly, before leaving at the end of the season. Something that but for his stupid behaviour this winter afternoon didnโ€™t need to happen.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1994โ€“95

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #32 |
League Game | #23 |
Manager Game | #158 |
Saturday, 17 January 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Keith Burge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Tonypandy, 1986โ€“1999
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-5
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Keith Burge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Tonypandy, 1986โ€“1999
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 18 October 1997, Villa 1-2 Wimbledon, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ

Keith Burge

TEAM NEWS

Fernando Nรฉlson replaces Riccardo Scimeca.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.85 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.64 |

Youngest Player
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 24.39 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

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

Aston Villa

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

Blackburn Rovers

GK Tim Flowers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jeff Kenna | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Colin Hendry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Stรฉphane Henchoz | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Garry Flitcroft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Damien Duff | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Stuart Ripley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Jason Wilcox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kevin Gallacher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Chris Sutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Garry Flitcroft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Gary Croft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Kevin Gallacher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (M Billy McKinlay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | 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 Tore Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF James Beattie | 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 : 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 : 11/16

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 : 12/16

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

"Only twice did Villa threaten to score, but Milosovic was woefully off target and Collymore was denied by Flowers."

*Sunday Tribune*
Sunday, 18 January 1998

Blackburn fire five warning shots

KEVIN GALLACHER blasted a brilliant hat-trick as Blackburn signalled their intention that the Premiership title race is far from over. Rovers overwhelmed Aston Villa at Ewood Park, with the Scot in dazzling form as he took his goal tally for the season to 16.

Captain Tim Sherwood scored Rovers' first and Stuart Ripley a terrific fifth as Blackburn climbed to second in the Premiership, five points behind Manchester United.

The champions have a game in hand and play at Southampton on Monday but Rovers are refusing to concede the title.

Rovers went close to breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes when Damien Duff's header was nodded back by Sutton and touched on by Sherwood for Colin Hendry to unleash a drive which was deflected over the bar.

From the resulting corner they went one better when Flitcroft flicked on Duff's near-post corner for Sherwood to score his sixth goal of the season from close range.

Blackburn doubled their lead on the half hour when Sherwood turned from goal-taker to goal-maker for Gallaher. Sutton played the ball forward and Sherwood flicked it on for Gallacher to score.

Rovers were now coasting and after 32 minutes, Jason Wilcox. who had replaced Gary Croft at left-back, threaded Sutton through and his shot went narrowly wide.

Aston Villa have won just twice on their league travels this season and, on the evidence of this first-half display, it was not hard to see why.

Only twice did they threaten to score, but Milosovic was woefully off target and Collymore was denied by Flowers.

Flitcroft went close with two shots just after the interval: after Gallacher set him up for a drive which was blocked by Bosnich, he then fired a second effort over the bar.

Gallacher directed a header Just over the top from Jeff Kenna's cross in the 51st minute but the Scot scored Rovers' third with a superb piece of individual skill on 53 minutes. Gallacher latched on to Hendry's long clearance and turned Steve Staunton inside-out before slotting home at the far post.

Gallacher duly completed his hat-trick after 68 minutes when he headed home Ripley's corner from close range. The 31-year-old striker was substituted four minutes later and left the pitch to a standing ovation from the home supporters.

Rovers were not finished and 10 minutes from time Ripley cracked home a 25-yard drive for their fifth goal and his second of the season.

After the game, Blackburn manager Roy Hodgson said: "We scored five goals but we could have scored even more. It was a very satisfying performance and I hope we continue like that for the next 15 games."