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Game #4522

Aston Villa

Won

7th (+1)

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

Saturday, 2 May 1998

Premier League

Sheffield Wednesday

Hillsborough

Attendance: 34,177

Sheffield Wednesday

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Fernando Nélson | 21’ | Julian Joachim | 25’ | Dwight Yorke | 50’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

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.

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry, debut

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 2 May 1998

⚽ | 21’ Goal, 1-0, Dwight Yorke, Assist by Fernando Nélson
⚽ | 25’ Goal, 2-0, Lee Hendrie, Assist by Julian Joachim
🕒 | HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Aston Villa
🔁 | 49’ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, Gareth Barry 🟢
⚽ | 50’ Goal, 3-0, Julian Joachim, Assist by Dwight Yorke
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Darren Byfield
🥅 | 89’ Goal, 3-1, (Sheffield Wednesday), Francesco Sanetti
🕒 | 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 49’ 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 35’ substitute.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Sheffield Wednesday

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1990–91

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sheffield Wednesday

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Martin Bodenham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Looe, 1981-1998
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Score: 🟩 3-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 12 | 🟩 | 9 🟨 | 0 🟥 3 | 2.25

Villa Career Form:

Champions

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Bodenham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Looe, 1981-1998
Matches Officiated: 25
🟩 : 9
🟨 : 7
🟥 : 9
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 18 February 1998, Villa 0-2 Manchester United, Villa Park.
Cards: 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Sheffield Wednesday

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TEAM NEWS

Michael Oakes, Fernando Nélson and Simon Grayson return for Mark Bosnich, Savo Milošević and Steve Staunton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.16 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 29.93 |

Youngest Player
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.97 |

MANAGER

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Simon Grayson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Fernando Nélson | 🇵🇹 | 🔥 |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
M Mark Draper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Dwight Yorke | 🇹🇹 | ⚽ | 🔥 |
CF Julian Joachim | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Ron Atkinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Sheffield Wednesday

GK Kevin Pressman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Peter Atherton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Earl Barrett (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Des Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Dejan Stefanović | 🇷🇸 | 🟨 |
CB Émerson Thome | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
LB Andy Hinchcliffe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mark Pembridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Graham Hyde | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Benito Carbone | 🇮🇹 |
CF Paulo Di Canio | 🇮🇹 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | for M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 49’ |
🔁 | CF Darren Byfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 68’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Earl Barrett (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Jim Magilton | 🇬🇧 |)
🔁 | CB Émerson Thome | 🇧🇷 | (CF Guy Whittingham (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | M Mark Pembridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | (F Francesco Sanetti | 🇮🇹 | ⚽ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Adam Rachel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Stan Collymore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Matt Clarke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Lee Briscoe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

🟢 M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH 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."

MATCH REPORT

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*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. Gregory’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.

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