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Game #4592

Aston Villa

Sunday, 26 December 1999

Won

12th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 33,222

Derby County

Pride Park

Villa win successive Premier League games for the first time since August as Darius Vassell provides an impressive cameo after coming on at 56โ€™.

Derby County

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Darius Vassell | 68โ€™ | 78โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Darius Vassell, provided an influential cameo, Sunday, 26 December 1999.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 26 December 1999

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Derby County 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 56โ€™ Sub off, Benito Carbone, Sub on, Darius Vassell
โšฝ | 68โ€™ Goal, 1-0, George Boateng, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub off, Steve Stone
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Ian Taylor, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Derby County 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa win successive Premier League games for the first time since August as Darius Vassell provides an impressive cameo after coming on at 56โ€™.

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

Derby County

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1974-75

FIXTURE HISTORY

Derby County

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #82 |
Sunday, 26 December 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Alan Wilkie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Chester-le-Street | 1988-2000
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alan Wilkie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Chester-le-Street | 1988-2000
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 30 October 1999, Villa 0-3 Manchester United, Old Trafford.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Derby County

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Alan Wilkie

TEAM NEWS

Julian Joachim replaces Dion Dublin.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.29 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.79 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.85 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Jim Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Derby County

GK Mart Poom | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Steve Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Spencer Prior | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Jacob Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Tony Dorigo (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Seth Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lars Bohinen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Daryl Powell | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Craig Burley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Deon Burton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Branko Strupar | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Tony Dorigo (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Stefan Schnoor | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Lars Bohinen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | (CF Malcolm Christie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Deon Burton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Marvin Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Neil Cutler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Najwan Ghrayib | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Russell Hoult | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Horacio Carbonari | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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 : 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 : 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 : 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

"We know heโ€™s [Vassell] got a lot of ability but itโ€™s whether he can produce it consistently.

โ€œHe switched off in the last 10 minutes when we should have gone on and scored a couple more."

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 27 December 1999

*Vassellโ€™s pace catches Derby in a spin*

Glenn Hoddleโ€™s return to management may have to wait a while longer. John Gregory once again woke up to reports yesterday that the former England boss is being lined up to replace him but this second consecutive victory surely buys him more time.

With Doug Ellisโ€™s finger allegedly on the trigger, it might have appeared a risky decision by Gregory to ignore his chairmanโ€™s wishes and not recall the errant Stan Collymore from his footballing Siberia to replace the injured Dion Dublin.

But Gregory refuses to take a gamble on Collymore, preferring instead to place his faith in Darius Vassell, a 19-year-old he describes as โ€œwet behind the earsโ€. It was he who came off the bench in the 56th minute to swing the match in Villaโ€™s favour by setting up both goals.

His appearance certainly livened up a game which until then had been as palatable as another turkey dinner. It was not until three minutes into the second half that the crowd were roused from their slumbers when Julian Joachim fired in a low shot which the Derby goalkeeper Mart Poom touched on to the post. The Estonian then had to beat out the follow-up from Alan Wright.

Derby introduced a substitute Malcolm Christie but it was Vassell whose speed dramatically changed the course of the match. He had been on for 12 minutes when he out-paced the home defence and set up the over-lapping George Boateng to drive in his first Premiership goal for Villa.

The substitute was not content there, cruising effortlessly past the floundering Spencer Prior 10 minutes later to cross for Ian Taylor. The midfielder headed past Poom for his third goal in three matches.

But, if Vassell was expecting to be treated like a conquering hero by his under-pressure manager, he was in for a shock. โ€œWe know heโ€™s got a lot of ability but itโ€™s whether he can produce it consistently,โ€ said Gregory. โ€œHe switched off in the last 10 minutes when we should have gone on and scored a couple more.โ€

As for Derby, they really do make the perfect Christmas hosts, doling out the footballing equivalent of a nice drink and a mince pie to almost anyone who visits them. They have now lost 10 of their 13 matches in all competitions here this season and no side in the Premiership has scored fewer at home nor conceded so many.

Boos and catcalls echoed round the ground at the final whistle. At the turn of the 20th century, the match programme noted yesterday, Derby were similarly struggling to score goals before the legendary Steve Bloomer came along to rescue him.

As County stand on the edge of the next century they must desperately hope that history repeats itself.