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Game #4625

Aston Villa

Sunday, 27 August 2000


16th (-5)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 27,056


Villa Park

Villa record a second successive Premier League draw to start the season unbeaten in two but sit in a lowly 16th place in the early table.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | Alan Wright | 10โ€™ |


Luc Nilis celebrates one of the great Villa Park goals on his debut but Chelsea hit back to hold Villa to a second successive Premier League draw, Sunday, 27 August 2000.




Sunday, 27 August 2000

โšฝ | 10โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Luc Nilis, Assist by Alan Wright
๐Ÿฅ… | 30โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Chelsea), Marcel Desailly
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea
๐Ÿ” | 70โ€™ Sub off, Luc Nilis, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea


Luc Nilis scores one of the great Villa Park goals to open the scoring against Chelsea. Behind the scenes, and in the terraces however all is not well with Gareth Southgate and Julian Joachim proving destabilising influences and demanding moves away from the club to destinations unknown.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00



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


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #116 |
Sunday, 27 August 2000


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


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


๐Ÿ•’ 115 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 55 ๐ŸŸจ | 27 ๐ŸŸฅ 33 | 1.67

Career Form:

Top 6

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


Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 14 May 2000, Villa 0-1 Manchester United, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ






Paul Durkin


John Gregory recalls the fit again Luc Nilis for David Ginola.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.20 |

Oldest Player |
F Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.28 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.52 |



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

Gianluca Vialli | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿคก |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿคก |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | 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 |
F Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Celestine Babayaro | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Frank Leboeuf | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Marcel Desailly | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
RB Christian Panucci | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Gustavo Poyet | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Dennis Wise | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Roberto Di Matteo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
W Mario Stanic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tore Andrรฉ Flo | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” | CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 70โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 88โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | W Mario Stanic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jody Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


CB ร‰merson Thome | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |


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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 12/16
Homegrown: 3/16



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 : 1/11

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 : 2/15



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward


Match Symbols:


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




Not recorded


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โ€œOne lapse in concentration cost us the match.

โ€œThe minute we scored we went on the back foot.

โ€œToo many of my players started walking and we gave the ball away too cheaply.

โ€I feel it is two points lost.โ€

John Gregory.


โ€œIt is disappointing because we pride ourselves on our defending.

โ€œIt has been a difficult period.

โ€œI have made my position clear, but while I am at Aston Villa I will give everything for them.โ€

Gareth Southgate

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 27 August, 2000

*Vialli draws little comfort*

Neither Aston Villa nor Chelsea were entitled to take anything more than muted satisfaction from yesterdayโ€™s draw at Villa Park.

While Villa preserved their unbeaten Premiership record and Chelsea avoided a second defeat after losing dully at Bradford City last Tuesday the poverty of the football said little about the chances of these teams making a serious championship challenge this time.

An outstanding early goal from Luc Nilis, the Belgian striker making his first league appearance for Villa since joining them on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven, promised Villa Park a treat that never ensued. By half-time a header from Marcel Desailly, helped by another of David Jamesโ€™s flat spots, had brought the scores level and there they were always likely to remain.

Since Aston Villa had not beaten or scored against Chelsea at home in a league fixture since Christmas 1994, they were perhaps entitled to feel a little happier with the result.

Yet the readiness of the home supporters to boo two of the players who have expressed a desire to leave, Gareth Southgate at the start and Julian Joachim when he came on for the last 20 minutes, suggested that Villa are going to have to work a little harder to please their followers.

More is expected of Chelsea this season, given the addition of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to their attack and Christian Panucci and Mario Stanic to the defence and midfield. But yesterday their football functioned only in fits and starts and in any case Stanic went off after 25 minutes with the recurrence of a knee injury.

Normally the most consistently accurate passers in the Premiership, Chelsea kept wasting the ball through casual distribution and showed a depressing tendency to lump it high towards goal, which is not their style.

Yet they could and should have won the match in the penultimate minute when Eidur Gudjohnsen, the Icelander signed from Bolton, cleverly set up a chance for Tor Andre Flo, whose chip beat James but floated wide.

While a win for Chelsea would have been hard on Villa, whose all-round effort could not have been faulted, it might have spared Gianluca Vialli some breast-beating after the game. Under pressure after the defeat at Valley Parade, the Chelsea manager complained that, according to some people, that is the media, โ€œunless we win the league by 25 points we are shitโ€™โ€™.

โ€œI can take criticism,โ€ Vialli continued, โ€œbut for the players it is difficult sometimes because we think people keep picking on Chelsea for some reason.

โ€œMaybe it is because we have a lot of foreigners and people think they are just here for easy money and donโ€™t care about the club. Maybe itโ€™s because I am a foreign manager.

โ€œWe are here to do our best and give something to the English game, which is fantastic. But weโ€™ve got no friends and thatโ€™s the way it is.โ€™โ€™

This is remarkably early in the season for any manager to be suffering from press paranoia. A lot of the criticism of Chelsea has concerned their inconsistency and seeming inability to produce the quality of football for the bread-and-butter fixtures, Bradford away for example, that they have shown in the big games.

After losing at Valley Parade Vialliโ€™s peace of mind could ill-afford another setback. The way Aston Villa began, however, suggested that Chelsea would struggle again.

With Lee Hendrie and Paul Merson taking on opponents with the ball and establishing early links with Nilis and Dion Dublin, Chelsea found it difficult to get into the match, let alone achieve a rhythm of their own.

After 10 minutes Dublin nodded the ball out to Alan Wright whose centre from the left found Nilis nipping across Frank Leboeuf to gain possession before beating Carlo Cudicini with a superb left-footed shot on the turn.

Cudicini had come into the Chelsea goal at the last minute after the first choice, Ed de Goey, had strained a muscle during the kick-in.

Early in the second half Cudicini did exceptionally well to push away a shot from Hendrie aimed towards the top far corner of the goal, by which time Villa were rueing a lapse by James similar to the error which had led to Chelseaโ€™s winning goal in the FA Cup final.

As Dennis Wise swung over a corner a minute before the half-hour James failed to get to the ball and Desailly, just as he had done at Wembley, headed hard towards the net. This time, however, a finishing touch from Roberto Di Matteo was not needed.

Far from blaming James, John Gregory, the Aston Villa manager, said his defenders had lost concentration in allowing Desailly a free header. James, he claimed, had been obstructed by Flo but Villa had not been awarded a free-kick because Paul Durkin, the referee, felt the goalkeeper was not going to reach the ball. If that was the case Durkin is not a bad judge.