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Game #4573

Tuesday, 24 August 1999

Attendance: 19,161

Won

Premier League

3rd= (+2)

Watford

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Vicarage Road

Villa recover from their first defeat of the season to win for the third time in five and climb to 3rd in the Premier League table.

Watford

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Mark Delaney, scored his first goal for Villa, Tuesday, 24 August 1999.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Watford 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 68โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Mark Delaney
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, George Boateng
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Watford 0-1 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, George Boateng

ON THIS DAY

Bouncing back from their first defeat of the season, Mark Delaney's first goal sends Villa to second place.

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

Watford

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #63 |
Tuesday, 24 August 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Watford

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Paul Merson makes his first start of the season in place of Alan Thompson.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.27 |

Oldest Player |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 34.61 |

Youngest Player |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.28 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
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 |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Watford

GK Chris Day | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Peter Kennedy | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
LB Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Mark Williams | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Steve Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Robert Page | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Des Lyttle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Micah Hyde | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Clint Easton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Michel Ngonge | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tommy Mooney (yth) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Micah Hyde | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Alexandre Bonnot | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Clint Easton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Jรณhann Guรฐmundsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Michel Ngonge | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | (CF Dominic Foley | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Najwan Ghrayib | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Herwig Walker | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Nigel Gibbs | 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 : 14/16

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 : 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 : 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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Mooney, their matchwinner on both occasions, had particular incentive to try to make it three in a row. Not only were Villa his first club but he knew another goal would make him the first Watford player since April 1987 to score in three successive top-flight games."

*The Guardian*
Wednesday, 25 August 1999

*Delaneyโ€™s first strike puts Villa second*

Do not be fooled by the scoreline or the table this morning. Villa may be second in the Premiership but they looked far from championship contenders in eking out a win against supposed relegation certainties last night.

Watford deserved better than to lose to Mark Delaneyโ€™s second-half goal and only an excellent 85th-minute save by David James from Tommy Mooneyโ€™s volley kept them out in a frantic finish.

Villa had suffered a miserable eight days, conceding a last-minute goal in 2-2 draw with West Ham and losing at Chelsea, Watford were buoyed by victories over Liverpool and Bradford.

Mooney, their matchwinner on both occasions, had particular incentive to try to make it three in a row. Not only were Villa his first club but he knew another goal would make him the first Watford player since April 1987 to score in three successive top-flight games.

Not surprisingly Graham Taylor, Watfordโ€™s manager then and now, stuck with the team who had seen off Bradford on Saturday. He may have seen last night as a chance to thank the Villa fans for their support during his spell there, but he knew points were too precious to dole out favours as well.

Villa gave a first start of the season to Paul Merson in place of Alan Thompson, but it was route one which provided their first chance, Dion Dublin flicking on a goalkick by James only for Julian Joachim to shoot hurredly wide.

With chances in the early period as rare as a solid England batting display, one of footballโ€™s true rarities was heard: two sets of supporters chanting their appreciation of Taylor. Turnip he is not in the eyes of these clubs, both of whom he led to runners-up spot in the First Division.

Villaโ€™s creativity was largely stifled with Steve Palmer rarely more than spitting distance from Merson. And it was James who was forced into the first save of the match, tipping wide Michel Ngongeโ€™s stooping header from Peter Kennedyโ€™s cross in the 26th minute.

Although Ngonge outstripped James in a chase for Colin Calderwoodโ€™s misdirected header and crossed for Mooney to stab wide under pressure, Watford found it increasingly hard to create meaningful chances. But roared on by a raucous crowd of 19,161 they gave at least as good as they got.

Not that they were getting a great deal. Villa perked up briefly after the break but were still woefully short of ideas. When Delaney broke free down the right and sent in a dangerous cross, Dublin sent a free header wide from eight yards.

Only a slice of fortune prevented Watford going ahead in the 67th minute when Alan Wrightโ€™s clearance bounced off Paul Robinson and over but within a minute Villa were ahead. Robert Page tried to head Wrightโ€™s cross clear but the ball fell to Delaney just inside the area and he volleyed his first goal for Villa.