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Game #4511

Aston Villa

Saturday, 28 February 1998

Won

14th= (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,372

Liverpool

Villa Park

Former player and assistant manager John Gregory returns to Villa Park as Brian Little's replacement as a very different temperament and approach to management lands Villa a first win in four as Liverpool are beaten.

Aston Villa

2-1

Liverpool

Assist(s) | Dwight Yorke | 10โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Stan Collymore, brace and a booking to beat his former club

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 28 February 1998

๐Ÿฅ… | 6โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool, pen), Michael Owen
โšฝ | 10โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Stan Collymore, Assist by Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
โšฝ | 65โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Stan Collymore
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Stan Collymore, Sub on, Darren Byfield
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Stan Collymore
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Dwight Yorke

ON THIS DAY

John Gregoryโ€™s first game in charge of Villa, replacing a true legend of the club who had left his post so surprisingly. John had big Little shoes to fill, an ex-Villa player himself whilst he may not have reached the heights of his predecessor on the pitch, as a manager he would go on to create his own legend.

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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #39 |
League Game | #28 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 28 February 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 15.00
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 1 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 1 ๐ŸŸจ | 0 ๐ŸŸฅ 0 | 3.00

Career Form:

Champions

John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 4 Oct 97, Villa 1-0 Bolton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Poll

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ and Fernando Nรฉlson make way for Dwight Yorke and Lee Hendrie.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.80 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.76 |

Youngest Player
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.80 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

John Gregory | 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 Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | 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 |
M Lee Hendrie | 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 | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |

Liverpool

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stig Inge Bjรธrnebye | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Steve Harkness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Rob Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M ร˜yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Ince | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M David Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve McManaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Karl-Heinz Riedle | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Michael Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Darren Byfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Rob Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Danny Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M ร˜yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | (W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Lee Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Bjรธrn Tore Kvarme | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Nicky Rizzo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |

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 : 13/16

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 : 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 : 9/16

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:

โ€‹

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

"Stan was really up for this game as he had had 40,000 Liverpool fans on his back when he went back to Anfield earlier in the season.

โ€œHe was determined to do well and that was a magnificent performance.โ€

John Gregory.

*Sunday Tribune*
Sunday, 1 March 1998

Collymore puts final nail into Liverpool

STAN Collymore effectively killed off what remote hopes Liverpool had of catching Manchester United with two goals which ensured a winning start for Villa manager John Gregory. Collymore gained some measure of revenge over the club which rejected him last summer and may have brought Roy Evans closer to the end of his reign as Liverpool manager.

Collymore had failed to live up to his ยฃ7m price tag since his summer move from Anfield, with just five goals in his previous 32 appearances. But it was the Collymore of old who caused havoc when he ran at the Liverpool defence. He could easily have had a hat-trick before being withdrawn from the action 13 minutes from time to a standing ovation from the Villa fans.

Gregory reverted to a 3-4-3 system and Villa certainly posed a threat with a Collymore, Yorke, Joachim combination up front. The three points are vital in their battle against relegation. Injury-hit Liverpool also played their part in one of the most entertaining matches at Villa Park this season, with rival keepers Mark Bosnich and Brad Friedel outstanding.

But defeat leaves Liverpool 12 points off the pace in the Premiership and looks to have ended any lingering title aspirations for Evans.

Gregory was given the worst possible start, with Michael Owen putting Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot after only six minutes with his 18th goal of the season. Bosnich brought down Oyvind Leonhardsen after he had been put clear by Steve McManaman and Owen sent Bosnich the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.

Villa then suffered a setback when leading scorer Yorke picked up his fifth booking of the campaign which leaves him facing a suspension. But in the 10th minute Collymore struck an opportunist goal to bring Villa level. Yorke and Joachim were involved in the build-up and when the ball came to Collymore on the edge of the area, he fired a low drive past Friedel, who had replaced David James.

But three minutes later, Collymore was involved in a midfield flare-up with Paul Ince which saw both players collect yellow cards. Both sides played with great freedom and Collymore could have struck again when he shrugged off the challenge of Jamie Carragher, then lofted his chip over Friedel but wide of the post.

Friedel, whose inclusion ended James's record of 212 successive games for Liverpool, had to cling on to a low drive from Yorke and a curling Collymore free kick.

But Liverpool enjoyed a period of supremacy before the interval, with Bosnich brilliantly tipping over a 20 yard curler from Owen and then received to see McManamanโ€™s deflected shot fly inches past the post.

Collymore again looked menacing after the break and one surging run left the Liverpool defence in his wake before he released the ball to Joachim. He was odds on to score, but Friedel did exceptionally well to spread himself the full length of his goal and block Joachimโ€™s shot.

Bosnich was relieved to see a shot from Owen which took a wicked deflection off Wright, hit the post as he scrambled across the goal.

Then in the 65th minute Collymore sent Villa Park wild with delight as he grabbed his second goal of the game. Taylor was put clear by Yorke and his shot beat Friedel comprehensively but rebounded back off the post. However the razor sharp Collymore was on hand to convert the rebound.

"Stan was really up for this game as he had had 40,000 Liverpool fans on his back when he went back to Anfield earlier this season,โ€ said John Gregory afterwards. โ€œHe was determined to do well and that was a magnificent performance.โ€

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