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Game #4546

Monday, 21 December 1998

Attendance: 20,043

Won

Premier League

1st (-)

Charlton Athletic

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

The Valley

Villa consolidate top spot in the Premier League but need an own goal to beat Charlton at the Valley ahead of a critical Christmas period in their title ambitions under John Gregory.

Charlton Athletic

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

John Gregory, entered the critical Christmas period for Villa's title challenge, Monday, 21 December 1998.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 3โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Richard Rufus
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Charlton Athletic 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 56โ€™ Sub off, Stan Collymore, Sub on, Riccardo Scimeca
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Charlton Athletic 0-1 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Thompson
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Steve Watson
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor

ON THIS DAY

Former Villa defender Carl Tiler and future Villa midfielder Mark Kinsella lined up for Charlton as Villa recorded their second successive victory to leave them clear at the top of 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

Charlton Athletic

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1946-47

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #36 |
Monday, 21 December 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Kick off: 9.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 26 September 1998, Villa 1-0 Derby, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Charlton Athletic

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Stan Collymore returns after a four game absence with Gareth Barry dropping out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.43 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.57 |

Youngest Player |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.61 |

MANAGER

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

MANAGER

Alan Curbishley (ex) | 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 | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Charlton Athletic

GK Sasa Iliฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Chris Powell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Danny Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Rufus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carl Tiler (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Neil Redfearn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Shaun Newton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W John Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Steve Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Andy Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 56โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Shaun Newton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Clive Mendonca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Simon Royce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Paul Konchesky | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Keith Jones | 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 : 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 : 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 : 14/16

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

"Villa came into the game with their championship self-belief reinvigorated by their epic comeback from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 nine days ago."

*The Guardian*
Monday, 21 December 1998

*Villa scramble back to the top*

Villa came into the game with their championship self-belief reinvigorated by their epic comeback from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 nine days ago.

The catalyst for that stirring victory was John Gregoryโ€™s gamble to bring on Stan Collymore as a third striker alongside Dion Dublin and Julian Joachim.

The triple-play worked so well that last night Gregory, scenting wounded prey in a Charlton team without a win in their previous seven games, decided to โ€œunleash the dogs of warโ€, as he put it, from the start.

Gregoryโ€™s decision to rest the young defender Gareth Barry and switch from Villaโ€™s normal 5-3-2 to 4-3-3 also extricated him from a predicament, because with Collymore moaning about life on the bench and Joachim having scored four goals in the previous four games it was difficult to know who to leave out.

That Villa went ahead after 2min 40sec may sound like instant vindication for Gregoryโ€™s courage but the goal had more to do with pussycat defending than the dogs of war. Dublin took the ball to the right byline in the area and knocked in an innocuous cross which hit the defender Richard Rufus and bobbled into the net past Sasa Ilic.

It was the sort of start Charlton could have done without because they came into this game having lost their last four. They had also only scored three goals in the previous six games. In an attempt to freshen things up, Charltonโ€™s manager Alan Curbishley recently replaced Clive Mendonca with Steve Jones.

On the half hour Jones went close when the Welsh international winger John Robinson beat Steve Watson on the left and fired in a low cross which fell at the strikerโ€™s feet three yards out, but it cannoned off him for a goal-kick.

Jonesโ€™s partner Andy Hunt also headed just over, again from a Robinson cross, but generally Charlton lacked enough bodies and height in the box to make their possession count.

However, Charltonโ€™s defence, with the former Villa player Carl Tiler replacing the suspended Eddie Youds, were rarely troubled. Ilic made a fine low save to deny Dublin after 12 minutes and just before the break the strikerโ€™s overhead shot was headed off the line by Mark Kinsella.The second half started with a new referee. Gary Willard replaced Steve Dunn who pulled a hamstring, but the delay in sorting out the substitute extended the half-time break to 25 minutes.

Curbishley made use of the extra time to drum it into his players that they must not defend so deep, press Villa better and get more bodies into the box.

The plan quickly showed signs of working. On 51 minutes Shaun Newton cleverly beat Alan Wright on the right of the Villa area and flashed a shot just wide.

Then two minutes later the ever-impressive Robinson launched a delicate chip towards the top corner of Michael Oakesโ€™s goal which the keeper tipped over impressively. From the corner, a scramble on the six-yard line ended with Robinson stabbing a shot goalwards which Wright cleared off the line.

Gregoryโ€™s response was immediate. He kennelled one of the dogs of war, Collymore, and replaced him with the defender Ricardo Scimeca in a reformed, and more secure, 3-5-2 line-up. Charlton responsed by bringing on a third striker of their own, Mendonca.