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Game #4533

Saturday, 3 October 1998

Attendance: 22,650

Won

Premier League

1st (-)

Coventry City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Highfield Road

Villa extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight with a sixth win at Highfield Road to consolidate first places in the table, six points clear.

Coventry City

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Paul Merson | 39โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Ian Taylor, scored a brace to win it for top of the table Villa, Saturday, 3 October 1998.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 29โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ian Taylor
โšฝ | 39โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Ian Taylor, Assist by Paul Merson
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Coventry City 0-2 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Gary Charles, Sub on, Simon Grayson
๐Ÿฅ… | 71โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Coventry City), Trond Egil Soltvedt
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Coventry City 1-2 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gary Charles
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Stan Collymore
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Thompson

ON THIS DAY

Villa open a 6 points lead at the top of the table as future Villa centre forward Dion Dublin and future Villa midfielder George Boateng line up for Coventry whilst former Villa winger Steve Froggatt made his debut for the Sky Blues.

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

Coventry City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1986-87

FIXTURE HISTORY

Coventry City

Previous 5 vs. Coventry: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 3 October 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 8 March 1998, Villa 1-0 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Coventry City

๐ŸŸจ

Steve Lodge

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Barry, Lee Hendrie and Paul Merson return as Julian Joachim, Mark Draper and Simon Grayson drop out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.25 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.56 |

Youngest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 17.62 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Gordon Strachan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | 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 |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |

Coventry City

GK Magnus Hedman | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Gary Breen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Richard Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Marc Edworthy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Roland Nilsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Barry Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Telfer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Steve Froggatt (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Noel Whelan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Gary Breen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CB Jean-Guy Wallemme | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | RB Barry Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Trond Egil Soltvedt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |)

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 Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Steve Ogrizovic | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Marcus Hall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Philippe Clement | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 10/11

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 : 15/16

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 : 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 : 8/16

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

"It has been suggested that Villa will not win the title until they sign a 20-goal-a-season striker, but the ever astute Dion Dublin pointed out in the Coventry programme that while John Gregoryโ€™s side may lack a dominant goalscorer they have a lot of players capable of getting on the scoresheet. So it proved."

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 3 October 1998

*Taylor-made for Villa.*

Villa helped themselves to two first-half goals, extending their lead at the top of the Premiership to six points in the process.

It has been suggested that Villa will not win the title until they sign a 20-goal-a-season striker, but the ever astute Dion Dublin pointed out in the Coventry programme that while John Gregoryโ€™s side may lack a dominant goalscorer they have a lot of players capable of getting on the scoresheet. So it proved.

Stan Collymore was retained in the Villa attack following his hat-trick in Europe in midweek, paired with Paul Merson at Julian Joachimโ€™s expense, but it was midfielder Ian Taylor who ensured the visitors stay on top of the table for another fortnight at least.

Not that this was any great feat of versatility. Taylorโ€™s grandmother could probably have scored both, such was the extent to which Villa sliced open the Coventry defence. To be fair to the home side, who bristled with endeavour and aggression in the first half and scarcely deserved to turn round two goals down, Villa enjoyed good fortune on both occasions.

Taylorโ€™s first came against the run of play as Coventry were beginning to find their range and cause Mark Bosnich some problems in the Villa goal.

New signing Stephen Froggatt had just shot narrowly over and Bosnich scrambled on his knees to clear from Noel Whelan when Merson spread the ball wide to Charles on the right for the full-back to send in a firmly struck, low centre. Sure enough Roland Nilsson managed to get in the block which prevented the ball reaching Collymore at the far post, but only at the cost of teeing it up invitingly for Taylor to smash home from close to the penalty spot.

If Coventry viewed that as unlucky, they regarded Taylorโ€™s second as scandalous. Merson looked well offside when he collected Lee Hendrieโ€™s pass up the right flank in the 39th minute, and with Coventryโ€™s stranded defenders reduced to protesting from the halfway line, the England player found it a simple task to round Magnus Hedman and leave the supporting Taylor a simple tap-in.

Referee and linesman were surrounded by angry City players but both were well-placed and appeared to check with each other before permitting the move to progress. Furthermore, Hendrieโ€™s intelligent ball forward was definitely played in the hope of catching Coventry out. It would take a video replay to establish the precise rights and wrongs of the case, but with Merson and Taylor running in one direction and Richard Shaw and Gary Breen belatedly moving up in the other the linesmanโ€™s margin of error may have been much narrower than it appeared to the rest of the ground.

Coventry enjoyed their best period between the two goals, with Bosnich saving a long shot from Paul Telfer and Froggatt doing what Strachan wanted for his ยฃ2 million, supplying a succession of dangerous crosses from the left. It was not his fault there was no one in the centre to take advantage. The former Wolves winger gained a reward of sorts in the second half, when he worked the ball in for the left to allow substitute Trond Soltvedt to pull a goal back, only the second Villa have conceded in the league this season and their first in 550 minutes of football.

It was no more than City deserved, after starting the second half brightly and seeing Telfer and George Boateng denied by Bosnich. Indeed, with Coventry dominating most of the second half the home side probably deserved something from the game, but they continue to be vulnerable on the break and a more clinical side than Villa would have dispatched them in a second half which produced chances at both ends.

Taylor could have had his hat-trick four minutes before Soltvedtโ€™s goal, just failing to get a foot to Collymoreโ€™s cross with the goal at his mercy. Simon Grayson had a goal disallowed for a handball in the build up and Hendrie saw a close-range shot beaten away by Hedman, but the most glaring miss of the afternoon was from Julian Joachim 10 minutes from the end.

Cleverly played clear on goal by Collymore, Joachim only had Hedman to beat but missed the target from six yards. If Villa ever do sign a bona fide striker they might become uncatchable.