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Game #4637

Saturday, 18 November 2000

Attendance: 14,979


Premier League

6th (-1)


Last 5 | ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

The Dell

Villa lose for the first time in six and only the third time in thirteen as acrimony continues to build behind the scenes as Doug Ellis again refuses to spend.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Dion Dublin, shadow of himself




๐Ÿฅ… | 22โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Southampton), James Beattie
๐Ÿฅ… | 24โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Southampton), James Beattie
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Southampton 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Steve Stone, Sub on, Mark Delaney
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, David Ginola
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Southampton 2-0 Aston Villa


Two goals in two minutes sink Villa and end their run of three league wins.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1975-76



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


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #13 |
Manager Game | #128 |
Saturday, 18 November 2000


Manager | John Gregory |
Referee | Peter Jones, Loughborough |
KO | 3.00pm |
HT Score | 0-2 |
FT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | WLWWL |


Referee: Peter Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loughborough, 1988-2002
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 22 October 2000, Villa 0-0 Sunderland, Villa Park.
Cards: None






Peter Jones


Villa name an unchanged line up.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.58 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.69 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.75 |



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

Glenn Hoddle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Paul Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Wayne Bridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dean Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Claus Lundekvam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Jason Dodd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Matt Oakley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jo Tessem | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Kevin Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF James Beattie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Marians Pahars | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” | RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CF Kevin Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Mark Draper (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marians Pahars | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป | (M Kevin Gibbens | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
F Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Neil Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Francis Benali | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Uwe Rรถsler | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |


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
Homegrown: 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 : 11/16
Homegrown: 2/16



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 : 7/11

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 : 11/16



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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โ€œWe were second best to everything in the first half and that is not like us.

โ€œAt 2-0 down we had a mountain to climb, and though we had a fair crack at it after the break, we gave ourselves far too much to do.

John Gregory.

โ€œI do not want to fall out with anybody, but there comes a time when you have to act.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re talking to the wrong personโ€.

John Gregory on Chairman Doug Ellisโ€™ refusal to spend.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 19 November, 2000

*Beattie bests tame Villa*

Fortunes can change dramatically in football, as opposing centre-forwards James Beattie and Dion Dublin can testify. Just two weeks ago, Beattie was wondering where his next goal was coming from, having gone 18 months without scoring.

Now he is the toast of this part of the South Coast, having scored two first-half goals to end Villaโ€™s five-match unbeaten run and take his personal tally to five in the past three games.

Dublin, on the other hand, looks a shadow of the player who hit a hat-trick here two years ago. The former England striker has scored only two goals this season and looks way off his game, missing chances he would previously have buried without a second thought.

With Julian Joachim just as shy in front of goal, Villa rely heavily on the inspiration of Paul Merson in midfield. Unfortunately for Villa, Merson also had an off day and was substituted at half-time by John Gregory, who was clearly unhappy with his sideโ€™s opening 45 minutes.

โ€˜We were second best to everything in the first half and that is not like us,โ€™ he said. โ€˜At 2-0 down we had a mountain to climb, and though we had a fair crack at it after the break, we gave ourselves far too much to do.โ€™

Southampton started sharper and more purposefully, and were rewarded when Beattie put them ahead in the 22nd minute. Jason Dodd chipped the ball forward from the right and Beattie ghosted between Gareth Southgate and David James to head the ball over the stranded goalkeeper and into an empty net. โ€˜That was straight off the training ground,โ€™ said a delighted Glenn Hoddle afterwards.

Southampton were 2-0 ahead just two minutes later when Marian Pahars slipped the ball past a line of Villa defenders appealing in vain for offside and Beattie hammered in a shot that James got his hand to but failed to stop.

Coming after his spectacular goals against Chelsea and Sunderland in the previous two games, the young strikerโ€™s confidence is understandably high. โ€˜He canโ€™t wait for the next game to come,โ€™ added Hoddle. โ€˜His finishing and work rate are excellent, and I cannot fault him. Crystal Palace were interested in him but I didnโ€™t really want to sell.โ€™

Beattie could have had a swift hat-trick if James had not charged out of his area to tackle the former England Under-21 striker in the 25th minute, as Southampton threatened to run riot.

Villa looked more like a top-five side after the break, but found Paul Jones in defiant mood. The Southampton goalkeeper did not have a save to make until the 71st minute, when he dived full-length to keep out a piledriver from George Boateng, and he topped that shortly afterwards when he tipped over a point-blank shot from Villa substitute Lee Hendrie.

โ€˜It was a fantastic save,โ€™ said Hoddle, whose side are now unbeaten in three games. โ€˜We are on a bit of a run now and have to build on that - especially at home.โ€™


*The Guardian*
Monday, 20 November, 2000

They call Doug Ellis โ€œDeadlyโ€, but John Gregory does not want a chairman with that name; he wants a lethal striker.

There is tension in the air with Aston Villa and not only from the dressing-room row that followed the managerโ€™s half-time substitution of an incandescent Paul Merson here on Saturday.

He was not the only one to be angry. Gregory himself appears close to boiling point over his chairmanโ€™s refusal to prise open his chequebook and strengthen the Villa squad enough to lift them from fifth in the table into a Championsโ€™ League spot.

โ€œI do not want to fall out with anybody,โ€ said Gregory ominously, โ€œbut there comes a time when you have to act.โ€

Asked if it was worth taking the gamble of buying a striker with that Championsโ€™ League place now within Villaโ€™s grasp, Gregory again pointed the finger. โ€œYouโ€™re talking to the wrong personโ€.

It may seem odd that Ellis should hold back, given the cash available to teams playing in Europeโ€™s premier competition. But maybe the old boy has his reasons.

And, after watching Villaโ€™s wretched first-half performance at the Dell on Saturday, he would certainly be within his rights to assert that the teamโ€™s problems go way beyond Gregoryโ€™s assessment.

On this evidence the chairman would probably have to spend the next 10 yearsโ€™ TV money to rebuild a side capable of mounting a serious top-three challenge.

A more realistic view is that Villa are fortunate to be as high as they are in an ordinary division and dreams of a Championsโ€™ League place are about as realistic as a Ralph Nader presidency.

All it took to stymie Gregoryโ€™s side in Saturdayโ€™s decisive first half was the sort of tactical nous that was lost to England when they replaced Glenn Hoddle with Kevin Keegan.

By keeping Villaโ€™s wing-backs busy with two wide men in a 4-1-4-1 formation, the Southampton manager perplexed the away side and removed much of their attacking outlet.

With Matthew Oakley just in front of the Saintsโ€™ back four to stifle Merson and Southampton first to everything, the home side took an unbroken grip on the game.

Their cause was further helped by David James. Some believe he is a good enough goalkeeper to play for England. Unfortunately he continues to share their tendency for suspect judgment.

On 21 minutes he made a suicidal dash from his line to intercept Jason Doddโ€™s cross, got nowhere near the ball and watched helplessly as James Beattieโ€™s header looped over him into the net. Two minutes later Beattie stole in front of Ozalan Alpay and the strikerโ€™s header appeared to go through James on the line.

After replacing Merson and Steve Stone at half-time, Villa played better, forcing Southamptonโ€™s Paul Jones into several saves including a point-blank tip-over from Lee Hendrie.

But Villa were still far from inspired and eventually the home side laid claim to their seventh point from the last nine. Beattieโ€™s contribution to that run has been five goals, after an 18-month spell without even one. Which is why, despite Southampton being 10 places below Villa, theirs was the more positive outlook on Saturday evening.