Game #4629

1999-00

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Position:

4th Round

League Cup 4th Round

Southampton

Villa Park

Attendance: 17,608

Wednesday, 1 December 1999

Villa win for the first time in seven as they hammer Southampton in the fourth round of the League Cup thanks to a brace from Dion Dublin, Steve Watson’s first for the club and Julian Joachim’s second in four. Meanwhile David James keeps a second consecutive clean sheet.

Aston Villa

4-0

Southampton

​Scorer(s) | Steve Watson | 22’ | Julian Joachim | 66’ | Dion Dublin | 72’ | 90’ |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #4629

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #20 |
Manager Game | #78 |
Wednesday, 1 December 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | John Gregory |
Referee | Barry Knight, Kent |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 4-0 |
Last 5 Games | LLLDW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Barry Knight

MATCH INCIDENTS

Barry Knight

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Southampton

🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.30 |

Oldest Player |
CB Colin Calderwood | 34.88 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | 18.78 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

John Gregory

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Deehan

STARTING LINE UP

GK David James |
FB Steve Watson |
LB Alan Wright |
CB Colin Calderwood |
CB Gareth Southgate |
M George Boateng |
M Gareth Barry |
M Ian Taylor |
M Lee Hendrie |
CF Dion Dublin |
F Julian Joachim |

SUBSTITUTES

M Steve Stone for M Ian Taylor | 74’ |
M Paul Merson for F Julian Joachim | 75’ |
M Alan Thompson for M Lee Hendrie | 79’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

FB Najwan Ghrayib
GK Peter Enckelman

THE OPPOSITION

Jones, Colleter, Richards, Lundekvam, Kachloul (ex) (Boa Morte), Soltvedt (Le Tissier), Ripley (Dodd), Oakley, Hughes, Pahars, Tessem. Manager: Dave Jones.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the first time in seven as they hammer Southampton in the fourth round of the League Cup thanks to a brace from Dion Dublin, Steve Watson’s first for the club and Julian Joachim’s second in four. Meanwhile David James keeps a second consecutive clean sheet.

Steve Watson, opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, Wednesday, 1 December 1999.

Source: Villa News & Record, Saturday, 18 September 1999, Bradford City.

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Source: Villa News & Record, Saturday, 18 September 1999, Bradford City.

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MATCH TIMELINE

22’ Goal, 1-0, Steve Watson, Assist by Alan Wright
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton
66’ Goal, 2-0, Julian Joachim
72’ Goal, 3-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Steve Watson
74’ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, Steve Stone
75’ Sub off, Julian Joachim, Sub on, Paul Merson
79’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Alan Thompson
90’ Goal, 4-0, Dion Dublin
Booking, Julian Joachim
Booking, George Boateng
FT Aston Villa 4-0 Southampton

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*The Guardian*
Thursday, 2 December 1999

"Having lost at home to Southampton in the Premiership last month, enjoyed a considerable upturn of fortune last night with goals from Steve Watson, Julian Joachim and two from Dion Dublin."

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*Fortune favours Gregory as Villa stun Saints*

It is possible, having drawn the lucky losers Darlington in the third round of the FA Cup, that a little of that lucky tag has rubbed off on Villa’s beleaguered manager John Gregory.

Certainly Villa, having lost at home to Southampton in the Premiership last month, enjoyed a considerable upturn of fortune last night with goals from Steve Watson, Julian Joachim and two from Dion Dublin rushing them through to a Worthington Cup quarter-final against West Ham United.

After a frantic and largely inconsequential opening, with Southampton creating the slightly better chances but without threatening David James’s goal, Villa took the lead in the 22nd minute with a Watson header, his first goal for the club since joining them from Newcastle United last year.

This was only his second match in two months, Watson being one of many expensive Gregory signings, including Steve Stone and Paul Merson, who have spent an inordinate amount of time on the substitutes’ bench. Had it been the Villa manager paying nearly £2m for LS Lowry’s painting yesterday, and not the PFA, he would presumably have immediately stuck it in a dark cupboard under the stairs.

Alan Wright’s long cross from the left, swinging slightly away from Paul Jones, should have been cleared by Southampton, but
Watson was virtually unchallenged as he headed over and beyond the exposed goalkeeper.

Hassan Kachloul previously had a shot blocked while Southampton had a fairly half-hearted appeal for a penalty against Joachim for handball as Marian Pahars moved in on goal.

Kachloul escaped the attention of the Villa defence a second time, but his low cross was played too far in front of his forwards - either that or they were too slow on the uptake. This was certainly true of Dean Richards and Patrick Colleter when Watson scored.

They appeared to be bemused by Wright’s cross, rather than attempting to attack it, and although Watson’s header was perfectly timed and placed, he had time aplenty.

Just before half-time Matthew le Tissier replaced Trond Soltvedt who had been injured when James came out to challenge his run on goal. The Saints needed a little magic.

But there was none from the portly Le Tiss. Another raking cross by Wright again eluded Saints’ defence and it took a sprawling save by Jones in the 65th minute to deny Joachim. But not for long. A minute later Joachim virtually sealed Southampton’s fate when a wretchedly poor back header by Colleter allowed the Villa forward to skip airily past the hapless Jones on the edge of the area.

Dublin added a third goal shortly afterwards when once again the frailty of the Southampton defence was horribly exposed. Watson cut in from the right and although his low cross was by no means perfect, Dublin had enough time to control and thump home, with no Saints defender within a yard. His second, and Villa’s fourth, was similarly embarrassing.

*Fortune favours Gregory as Villa stun Saints*

It is possible, having drawn the lucky losers Darlington in the third round of the FA Cup, that a little of that lucky tag has rubbed off on Villa’s beleaguered manager John Gregory.

Certainly Villa, having lost at home to Southampton in the Premiership last month, enjoyed a considerable upturn of fortune last night with goals from Steve Watson, Julian Joachim and two from Dion Dublin rushing them through to a Worthington Cup quarter-final against West Ham United.

After a frantic and largely inconsequential opening, with Southampton creating the slightly better chances but without threatening David James’s goal, Villa took the lead in the 22nd minute with a Watson header, his first goal for the club since joining them from Newcastle United last year.

This was only his second match in two months, Watson being one of many expensive Gregory signings, including Steve Stone and Paul Merson, who have spent an inordinate amount of time on the substitutes’ bench. Had it been the Villa manager paying nearly £2m for LS Lowry’s painting yesterday, and not the PFA, he would presumably have immediately stuck it in a dark cupboard under the stairs.

Alan Wright’s long cross from the left, swinging slightly away from Paul Jones, should have been cleared by Southampton, but
Watson was virtually unchallenged as he headed over and beyond the exposed goalkeeper.

Hassan Kachloul previously had a shot blocked while Southampton had a fairly half-hearted appeal for a penalty against Joachim for handball as Marian Pahars moved in on goal.

Kachloul escaped the attention of the Villa defence a second time, but his low cross was played too far in front of his forwards - either that or they were too slow on the uptake. This was certainly true of Dean Richards and Patrick Colleter when Watson scored.

They appeared to be bemused by Wright’s cross, rather than attempting to attack it, and although Watson’s header was perfectly timed and placed, he had time aplenty.

Just before half-time Matthew le Tissier replaced Trond Soltvedt who had been injured when James came out to challenge his run on goal. The Saints needed a little magic.

But there was none from the portly Le Tiss. Another raking cross by Wright again eluded Saints’ defence and it took a sprawling save by Jones in the 65th minute to deny Joachim. But not for long. A minute later Joachim virtually sealed Southampton’s fate when a wretchedly poor back header by Colleter allowed the Villa forward to skip airily past the hapless Jones on the edge of the area.

Dublin added a third goal shortly afterwards when once again the frailty of the Southampton defence was horribly exposed. Watson cut in from the right and although his low cross was by no means perfect, Dublin had enough time to control and thump home, with no Saints defender within a yard. His second, and Villa’s fourth, was similarly embarrassing.