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Game #4522

Saturday, 2 May 1998

Attendance: 34,177

Won

Premier League

7th (+1)

Sheffield Wednesday

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Hillsborough

Villa recover from their second top flight defeat under John Gregory to win for the ninth time in eleven Premier League games and climb to 7th in the table.

Sheffield Wednesday

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Fernando Nรฉlson | 21โ€™ | Julian Joachim | 25โ€™ | Dwight Yorke | 50โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry, debut

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 21โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dwight Yorke, Assist by Fernando Nรฉlson
โšฝ | 25โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Lee Hendrie, Assist by Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 49โ€™ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, Gareth Barry ๐ŸŸข
โšฝ | 50โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Julian Joachim, Assist by Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Darren Byfield
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 3-1, (Sheffield Wednesday), Francesco Sanetti
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now won 8 of their 10 Premier League games under John Gregory to put them 7th in the table - their highest position of the season.

Midfielder Gareth Barry made his Villa debut aged 17 as a 49โ€™ substitute for Ian Taylor after joining Villa from Brighton & Hove Albion in July 1997.

Former Villa defender Earl Barrett and future Villa forward Benito Carbone lined up for Sheffield Wednesday with former Villa centre forward Guy Whittingham entering the fray as a 35โ€™ substitute.

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

Sheffield Wednesday

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1990โ€“91

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #50 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #12 |
Saturday, 2 May 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 18 February 1998, Villa 0-2 Manchester United, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Sheffield Wednesday

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Michael Oakes, Fernando Nรฉlson and Simon Grayson return for Mark Bosnich, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ and Steve Staunton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.16 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.93 |

Youngest Player
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.97 |

MANAGER

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

MANAGER

Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
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 |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Sheffield Wednesday

GK Kevin Pressman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Peter Atherton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Earl Barrett (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Des Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dejan Stefanoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB ร‰merson Thome | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Andy Hinchcliffe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Pembridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Graham Hyde | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Paulo Di Canio | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 49โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Darren Byfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 68โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Earl Barrett (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Jim Magilton | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |)
๐Ÿ” | CB ร‰merson Thome | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Guy Whittingham (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Mark Pembridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (F Francesco Sanetti | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Matt Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Briscoe | 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 : 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 : 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

M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"During the course of the game Sheffield boss Ron Atkinson changed tactics and personnel, but it did nothing to alter the outcome as Villa served notice of just what could be on offer next season in a complete campaign under Gregory."

*Sunday Tribune*
Sunday, 3 May 1998

ASTON Villa stayed on course for Europe by inflicting on Sheffield Wednesday their first home Premiership defeat in more than four months in a game that was marred by an angry fan confronting visiting boss John Gregory.

Gregoryโ€™s anxiety will have been eased though by goals from Dwight Yorke, Lee Hendrie and Julian Joachim which keep Villa on the brink of a place in next season's UEFA Cup.

Villa were never shackled at any time by Wednesday, who looked like a side at the end of their season and with nothing left to play for.

During the course of the game Sheffield boss Ron Atkinson changed tactics and personnel, but it did nothing to alter the outcome as Villa served notice of just what could be on offer next season in a complete campaign under Gregory.

Villa never looked troubled at any time in making it eight League wins in 10 games since Gregory took charge, stroking the ball around, playing patient football and waiting for the openings to appear. It did not take long for Wednesday to be prised apart.

In the 21st minute, Nelson whipped in a curling cross for Yorke to side foot home his 15th goal of the season from just outside the six-yard box.

Four minutes later, Villa doubled their advantage with a Lee Hendrie strike.

Former Villa boss Atkinson changed tactics 10 minutes from half-time but Villa continued to rip through the Wednesday rearguard at will and should have been four goals clear at the break.

Eventually, they went 3-0 up in the 50th minute with debutant Gareth Barry playing his part with his second touch of the ball.

Barry, on seconds earlier for the injured Taylor, provided a simple pass for Yorke to touch on to Joachim and the striker beat Pressman from six yards.

Italian teenager Francesco Sanetti showed he could be one for the future as he beat Oakes in the 89th minute. Too little, too late for Wednesday.