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Game #4599

Tuesday, 25 January 2000

Attendance: 28,037

Drew

League Cup Semi Final

Semi Final

Leicester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa are held to a goalless draw by a pragmatic Leicester side in the first leg of the League Cup semi final at Villa Park.

Aston Villa

0-0

Leicester City

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

George Boateng, shot threatened only the executive boxes

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Leicester City
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Steve Stone, Sub on, Mark Delaney
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Steve Watson, Sub on, Richard Walker
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Leicester City

ON THIS DAY

Villa fail to score for the second successive game and hand Leicester the advantage in the League Cup Semi Final.

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

Leicester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1996-97

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leicester City

Previous 5 vs. Leicester: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #32 |
Manager Game | #89 |
Tuesday, 25 January 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Terry Heilbron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newton Aycliffe, 1993โ€“2000
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Terry Heilbron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newton Aycliffe, 1993โ€“2000
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 20 September 1995, League Cup, Villa 6-0 Peterborough, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Leicester City

๐ŸŸจ

Terry Heilbron

TEAM NEWS

Steve Stone replaces Benito Carbone.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.37 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.87 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.93 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
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 |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Leicester City

GK Tim Flowers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Phil Gilchrist | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Frank Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gerry Taggart | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Matt Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Andy Impey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Robbie Savage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Stefan Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve Guppy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Richard Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Andy Impey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Stuart Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | (CB Steve Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Steve Guppy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Theo Zagorakis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Neil Cutler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Pegguy Arphexad | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Graham Fenton (ex) | 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 : 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 : 15/16

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 : 13/16

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

"There is no doubt what Aston Villa ought to concentrate on in preparation for next weekโ€™s second leg: plenty of penalty practice, making sure Gareth Southgate keeps a low profile."

*The Guardian*
Wednesday, 26 January 2000

*Villa stall on Leicester grit*

There is no doubt what Aston Villa ought to concentrate on in preparation for next weekโ€™s second leg: plenty of penalty practice, making sure Gareth Southgate keeps a low profile.

Despite a flurry of late pressure which produced two clear chances, John Gregoryโ€™s side otherwise disappointed a far from capacity crowd at Villa Park last night as they failed to find a way past a typically gritty Leicester.

If this generally tight encounter was anything to go by, spot-kicks will decide who motors on to play Bolton or Tranmere at Wembley. Having seen off Leeds and Fulham from 12 yards, Leicester will fancy their chances.

Gregory cannot have expected an easy time. Two weeks ago he left Leicesterโ€™s quarter-final in London 10 minutes early convinced that Fulham, leading 2-0, would be Villaโ€™s opponents last night. Typically, Leicester scored twice in the last five minutes and went through on penalties. The next morning he received a mocking phone call from Martin Oโ€™Neill.

Leicesterโ€™s hopes of progress seemed to be bolstered by the return from injury last night of several key players, among them Muzzy Izzet, Gerry Taggart and Robbie Savage.

Resurgent Villaโ€™s main worry was always going to be in attack, where injuries and the ineligibility of Benito Carbone meant Paul Merson was pushed forward to partner Julian Joachim in a pairing lacking the height Gregory favours.

Certainly they looked lightweight despite applying most of the pressure during a predictably cagey and dull opening. Steve Stone began well on the right flank but clear-cut chances were rare. The nightโ€™s first shot, by George Boateng in the 18th minute, threatened mainly the executive boxes.

Leicesterโ€™s lack of attacking ideas at once showed why they arrived without a win in 90 minutes since late November, a run of 13 matches. They looked happy to keep things tight and strike with long passes to Emile Heskey and the makeshift striker Matt Elliott on the counter.

Then, after half an hour, they produced a flurry of activity. First, after Heskey was fouled by Ugo Ehiogu, Stefan Oakes curled in a free-kick from the right edge of the area which David Jones palmed clear. Then the goalkeeper had to move quickly off his line and save at Heskeyโ€™s feet as the striker chased Izzetโ€™s neat pass.

The boos that greeted Heskeyโ€™s every touch suggested he is not as popular with the Villa fans as he is with their manager. His initial misdemeanour was to lead with an elbow in a challenge with Gareth Barry, for which he was booked.

Not surprisingly, the sparse crowd seemed to lose enthusiasm as the game dragged on. The home fansโ€™ biggest cheers were reserved for the sight of Heskey collapsed in pain as he pulled up chasing a Steve Guppy pass. โ€œLet him die,โ€ the fans chanted. The match looked to be dying itself.

Not that anyone could have been surprised by Leicesterโ€™s grit. It was that quality which helped them past superior sides such as Leeds and Arsenal in cup matches this season, and they enjoyed the better of the early stages of the second half.

But Villa burst into life just before the hour when Gregory, seeing Wembley slipping away, gambled with a double substitution. On came Mark Delaney and the 22-year-old Richard Walker, who joined Merson and Julian Joachim in a three-pronged attack.

Not long after Delaney had shot wide, Villa came agonisingly close to taking the lead. Mersonโ€™s cross from the right was met with a glancing header by Ian Taylor but the ball flashed inches wide of the far post as Walker stretched in vain for a touch.

And when Walker headed on Mersonโ€™s free-kick, Flowers made a brilliant one-handed save to keep out Southgateโ€™s low volley.