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Game #4540

Saturday, 14 November 1998

Attendance: 15,242

Won

Premier League

1st (-)

Southampton

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

The Dell

Villa win for the eighth time in twelve unbeaten Premier League games as Dion Dublin scores a hat-trick to keep Villa top of the table.

Southampton

1-4

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Steve Watson | 3โ€™ | Lee Hendrie | 56โ€™ | Stan Collymore | 77โ€™ | Ugo Ehiogu | 85โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, scored a hat-trick for his fifth goal in two games since debut, Saturday, 14 November 1998.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 3โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Steve Watson
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 53โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Southampton), Matt Le Tissier
โšฝ | 56โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Dion Dublin, Assist by Lee Hendrie
โšฝ | 77โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Paul Merson, Assist by Stan Collymore
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Stan Collymore, Sub on Mark Draper
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Julian Joachim
โšฝ | 85โ€™ Goal, 4-1, Dion Dublin, Assist by Ugo Ehiogu
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Southampton 1-4 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Stan Collymore

ON THIS DAY

Dion Dublin made it five goals in two games since joining as Villa made it 12 games unbeaten in the League, winning 8, and sitting atop the Premier League.

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

Southampton

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Southampton

Previous 5 vs. Southampton: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #30 |
Saturday, 14 November 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Neale Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1993-2006
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Neale Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1993-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 28 March 1998, Villa 4-1 Everton, Goodison Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Southampton

๐ŸŸจ

Neale Barry

TEAM NEWS

John Gregory names only his second unchanged line up in 17 games.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.26 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.67 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 17.73 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Dave Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Gareth Barry | 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 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ |

Southampton

GK Paul Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Francis Benali | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ken Monkou | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Claus Lundekvam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Jason Dodd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Scott Hiley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carlton Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matt Le Tissier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Matt Oakley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stuart Ripley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Egil ร˜stenstad | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Claus Lundekvam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | (CF James Beattie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Matt Le Tissier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Andy Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Neil Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dryden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

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 : 11/11

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 : 16/16

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

"As John Gregory looks to turn a club-record start of 12 League games undefeated into Villaโ€™s first championship trophy since 1981, these [next] fixtures will test his sideโ€™s other qualities."

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 14 November 1998

*Dublin faces sterner tests.*

The name on everyoneโ€™s lips was, naturally, Dublin. But those seeking a more accurate yardstick for Villaโ€™s title aspirations should perhaps think of Manchester, London or Liverpool.

In the next 28 days United, Arsenal and Anfieldโ€™s currently palsied crew will dock at Villa Park for the first time this season and it is the result of these three games rather than the five goals in the new strikerโ€™s first two starts which is likely to offer a firmer fix on Villaโ€™s championship hopes.

This is not to detract from Dion Dublinโ€™s achievements, which are likely to be recognised by an England start on Wednesday.

Villaโ€™s ยฃ5.75 million signing has obviously added potency to the cause, but an opportunist punisher of lax defending is not going to win every match, especially against the likes of Arsenal and United.

As John Gregory looks to turn a club-record start of 12 League games undefeated into Villaโ€™s first championship trophy since 1981, these fixtures will test his sideโ€™s other qualities.

After Dublin opened the scoring with a deftly-placed header on two and a half minutes, Villa struggled to find the invention to shake off Southamptonโ€™s pressing game. They kept possession for long periods but too often were forced backwards to do so, despite the chirpy midfield promptings of Lee Hendrie.

Villa were perhaps thankful that Southampton equalised, the goal crafted and scored by the wonderfully jinking feet of Matthew Le Tissier eight minutes into the second half. With thoughts of beating the leaders driving their play, Jonesโ€™s players surged forward on the attack. Within two minutes Ugo Ehioguโ€™s attempted clearance from the impressive Stuart Ripleyโ€™s cross whacked the Villa bar, encouraging Southampton to believe that this was the perfect tactic.

But in reality the Saints had merely forgotten their status - and their plan. In piling forward โ€œthey left the back door open againโ€ bemoaned the beleagured Jones. Villa took full advantage.

The type of penetrating run from midfield which England have lacked since Paul Gascoigneโ€™s demise helped restore the visitorsโ€™ lead. Encouragingly it came from Hendrie, who hopes to start on Wednesday. Dublin curled in the lay-off past Paul Jones from 20 yards.

Goal No. 3 was sparked by Gareth Barryโ€™s quick ball out of defence to Stan Collymore, whose equally quick pass to Paul Merson was swept home by the England forward, and the fourth came near the end when Ehiogu nodded down Hendrieโ€™s corner and Dublin flicked the ball home.

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John Gregory has told Manchester United they can buy the goalkeeper Mark Bosnich for ยฃ1 million now.

The Australian, whose contract at Villa Park runs out at the end of this season, making him available on a free transfer, is a likely replacement for Peter Schmeichel and Gregory said: โ€œIf United are concerned about the Schmeichel situation and they want to win the Premiership, then they can have Bosie for one million quid.โ€

Alex Ferguson retorted: โ€œI will not be offering ยฃ1 million for Bosnich. We are in no rush.โ€