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Game #4589

Saturday, 4 December 1999

Attendance: 34,531

Lost

Premier League

14th= (-1)

Newcastle United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villaโ€™s winless Premier League run extends to nine games with defeat at home to Newcastle. Villa fall to 14th in the table as manager John Gregory faces a very uncertain future.

Aston Villa

0-1

Newcastle United

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Benito Carbone, denied

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ” | 9โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Alan Thompson
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United
๐Ÿ” | 52โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Benito Carbone
๐Ÿฅ… | 65โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Newcastle United), Duncan Ferguson
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Alan Thompson, Sub on, Paul Merson
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle United

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Thompson
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Mark Delaney
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, George Boateng
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Wright

ON THIS DAY

Villaโ€™s winless Premier League run extends to nine games with defeat at home to Newcastle. Villa fall to 14th in the table as manager John Gregory faces a very uncertain future.

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

Newcastle United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1954-55

FIXTURE HISTORY

Newcastle United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #79 |
Saturday, 4 December 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 13 Oct 99, Villa 3-0 United (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Newcastle United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley

TEAM NEWS

Mark Delaney returns in place of Steve Watson.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.12 |

Oldest Player |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 34.89 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.79 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Ruud Gullit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Newcastle United

GK Steve Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alessandro Pistone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Franck Dumas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Hรฉlder Cristรณvรฃo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Nikolaos Dabizas | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Temuri Ketsbaia | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Silvio Mariฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Rob Lee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary Speed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Alan Shearer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 9โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 52โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 73โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Temuri Ketsbaia | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |)
๐Ÿ” | W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | (RB Warren Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Silvio Mariฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Duncan Ferguson | โšฝ | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stephen Glass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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 : 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 : 13/16

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 : 5/11

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 : 9/16

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

"Itโ€™s rather difficult to take at the moment so I shall leave now.

โ€œWhat can I say?

โ€œItโ€™s a kick in the goolies and itโ€™s very difficult to take.

โ€˜We didnโ€™t stop the cross coming in and we got a right punch on the nose for it.

โ€œItโ€™s very disappointing because Newcastle only had one real chance in 90 minutes and they have taken it.

โ€œIf Newcastle finish halfway theyโ€™ll be ecstatic.

โ€œThereโ€™s loads and loads of games left yet [to get Villa into Europe].โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 5 December 1999

*Duncan signals disaster for Villa*

He may be the forgotten man of Newcastle, but Duncan Ferguson succeeded in jogging a few memories here after emerging as a second-half substitute to claim his first Premiership goal in 372 days and increase the odds of John Gregory imminently joining the nationโ€™s unemployed. The strike extended Villaโ€™s torrid sequence of League matches without a victory to nine, leaving them six from bottom with the vultures gathering.

A vote of confidence ringing in his ears, Gregory has been assured that chairman Doug Ellis is still behind him. Whether that is with the purpose of plunging a knife into his back remains open to debate. โ€˜What can I say?โ€™ lamented the beleaguered boss. โ€˜Itโ€™s a kick in the goolies and itโ€™s very difficult to take.โ€™

Winning or losing, the anxiety always shows with Gregory, who spent most of his afternoon hopping around like a deranged Basil Fawlty, barking commands and generally making the most of his liberty ahead of a six-match touchline ban for his prolonged bout of referee-baiting.

However, his insistence that European qualification remains a viable prospect sounded far from convincing considering the free-fall that has left his team hovering perilously above the relegation zone.

Even more disconcerting was his admission that he would have happily settled for a goalless draw against opponents who have not won away since 3 April.

After an hour of woeful inadequacy, it seemed Gregory would get his wish, with both sides lacking any invention in attack. But the 58th-minute introduction of Ferguson for Silvio Maric paid instant dividends for Bobby Robsonโ€™s side.

The Scottish striker had been on the pitch only seven minutes before claiming the only goal. Temuri Ketsbaia cut in from the right to deliver a tantalising cross for Ferguson to hold off the challenge of Colin Calderwood and do what he does best from six yards.

Villa clearly had not done their homework for it was Newcastleโ€™s 11th headed goal of the season, making them the Premiershipโ€™s most prolific team in the air.

โ€˜We didnโ€™t stop the cross coming in and we got a right punch on the nose for it,โ€™ said Gregory โ€˜Itโ€™s very disappointing because Newcastle only had one real chance in 90 minutes and they have taken it.โ€™

After spending the majority of his first 12 months at Newcastle on the treatment table, Ferguson can now look forward to a rare first-team start alongside Alan Shearer as they attempt to retrieve a 1-0 deficit against Roma in the Uefa Cup on Thursday. โ€˜He can put a bit of fear into them,โ€™ Robson said afterwards. โ€˜Iโ€™m just anxious to get him in tip-top condition because he can be an awesome player.โ€™

Robson also had kind words for Gregoryโ€™s situation, but the Midlands clubโ€™s lack of quality in the final third of the pitch meant that Steve Harper in Newcastleโ€™s goal was relatively inactive until late acrobatics to deny the Villa substitute Benito Carbone - a contender for save of the season, according to an exuberant Robson.

Apart from that, however, there was precious little to get excited about in a drab affair played in a torrential downpour, and Gregoryโ€™s problems were exacerbated by injuries to his leading scorer Dion Dublin and the industrious midfielder Lee Hendrie. Just for added measure, Gregory is suffering from the flu. It was not his day.

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*The Guardian*
Monday, 6 December 1999
Match report by David Lacey

*Gregory endures another Doug day afternoon*

John Gregoryโ€™s closing line on Saturday could have been taken for a valediction. โ€œItโ€™s rather difficult to take at the moment so I shall leave now,โ€ said the Aston Villa manager after his team lost to Newcastle United, extending their run of Premiership games without a win to nine and dropping into the last six.

In fact Gregory was merely winding up the post-match press conference, although seasoned Villa watchers thought they sensed a chill in the atmosphere which had nothing to do with the coldness of the afternoon. Gregory, after all, had recently received a vote of confidence from his chairman, which from Doug Ellis is like getting the black spot from Blind Pew.

Five years ago Ron Atkinson was dismissed as Villa manager only eight days after being assured of Ellisโ€™s backing. A poor result against Darlington in the FA Cup this weekend followed by a failure against Sheffield Wednesday, the bottom team, a week later in the league and Gregory may be no more.

For the Villa manager Saturdayโ€™s defeat by Bobby Robsonโ€™s steadily improving Newcastle side was a Doug day afternoon. Two of the players most likely to break down a defence no longer shipping goals by the bucketful, Lee Hendrie and Dion Dublin, were forced off by injuries. Alan Thompson and Benito Carbone replaced them. Then Paul Merson replaced Thompson. Gregoryโ€™s bench continues to ask as many questions about his judgment as those posed by the performances of his team.

It is not just about one bad run either. Earlier this year Villa lost 10 of their last 16 league fixtures.

Robson did his best to support a fellow manager. โ€œJohn Gregoryโ€™s players are working very hard,โ€ he insisted. โ€œI did not see any Aston Villa player who was not fully committed, but once youโ€™re on the banana slide itโ€™s hard to get off it. They have a nice team structure but they need a win.โ€

When he was England manager Robson capped Gregory, then a workaday midfielder with Queens Park Rangers, six times including the 1-0 home defeat by Denmark which led to England missing the 1984 European Championship in France. Gregoryโ€™s analysis of Villaโ€™s performance against Newcastle, plenty of hard work but not enough quality, echoed the criticism of England that night.

In truth there was not a lot to choose between the sides when it came to creative ideas, or rather the lack of them. For Villa George Boateng, Ian Taylor and Thompson toiled myopically, for Newcastle Nolberto Solano and Silvio Maric looked like those tourists who wander around Oxford Circus during the rush hour gazing blankly at maps of the underground.

The central strikers Dublin, until he went off, and Newcastleโ€™s Alan Shearer were apt to meet near the halfway line in their search for any kind of half-decent service. Spectatorsโ€™ attention soon wandered.

Nevertheless for Robson and Newcastle the afternoon was a singular triumph. Their first away win of the season in the Premiership was achieved through Duncan Fergusonโ€™s first goal for the club in 372 days, a sharp header glanced past David James from Temuri Ketsbaiaโ€™s centre. Ferguson had replaced Maric nine minutes earlier and with his arrival Shearer, having previously stooged around gloomily after a week laid up with tonsillitis, became more animated. Maybe there is hope for the dream team yet.

At the heart of Newcastleโ€™s victory, however, lay the ability of their defenders to operate as an efficient unit, which under Ruud Gullit had become a lost art. Nikos Dabizas, Franck Dumas and Helder were now speaking the same language football-wise, and when Steve Harper flung himself across goal to push Carboneโ€™s header wide five minutes from the end Newcastle sensed their job was virtually done.

โ€œWe showed the discipline, hard work and good organisation that you need when youโ€™re scrapping for points,โ€ said Robson, who has now taken Newcastle up to 14th, their highest of the season. โ€œIf Newcastle finish halfway theyโ€™ll be ecstatic,โ€ said Gregory, while insisting that his own team could still get into Europe.

โ€œThereโ€™s loads and loads of games left yet,โ€ he insisted, but it is the next Premiership match which matters. Lose that and, for Gregory, the rest may become irrelevant.