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Game #4639

Aston Villa

Saturday, 2 December 2000

Drew

7th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 34,255

Newcastle United

Villa Park

Villa draw successive games as they fall back to seventh in the table without a win in three Premier League games.

Aston Villa

1-1

Newcastle United

Assist(s) | David Ginola | 4โ€™ |

KEY MAN

David Ginola, rare start

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 2 December 2000

โšฝ | 4โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by David Ginola
๐ŸŸจ | 41โ€™ Booking, Alan Wright
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United
๐ŸŸจ | 51โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, David Ginola, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
๐Ÿฅ… | 82โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Newcastle United), Nolberto Solano
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle United

ON THIS DAY

Dion Dublin scores an early goal once again but for the second game in succession can only draw 1-1 against lesser opposition. Once again it is a future Villa winger, Nolberto Solano, who scores the late equaliser just as Mustapha Hadji had in the previous game, as future Villa players Shay Given and Aaron Hughes also lined up for Newcastle.

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

Newcastle United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1954-55

FIXTURE HISTORY

Newcastle United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #20 |
League Game | #15 |
Manager Game | #130 |
Saturday, 2 December 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 129 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 61 ๐ŸŸจ | 31 ๐ŸŸฅ 37 | 1.66

Career Form:

Top 6

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 1 November 2000, League Cup, Villa 0-1 Manchester City, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Newcastle United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

David Elleray

TEAM NEWS

David Ginola replaces Ian Taylor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.50 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.88 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.79 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Bobby Robson | 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 | ๐ŸŸจ |
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 Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Newcastle United

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Warren Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Andy Griffin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alain Goma | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
M Clarence Acuรฑa | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Rob Lee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gary Speed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
W Kieron Dyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Daniel Cordone | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Alain Goma | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (LB Didier Domi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | (CB Steven Caldwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Rob Lee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Lomano LuaLua | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M John McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Richard Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Steve Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Christian Bassedas | 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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 10/16
Homegrown: 5/16

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 : 8/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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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

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Match Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Villa had problems of their own. Their lack of options up front has been well documented but on this occasion an injury to Ian Taylor prompted John Gregory to reshuffle his midfield, with David Ginola making a rare start against a former club."

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 3 December, 2000

*Solano canes Villa for missed chances*

This result would have been impossible not so long ago. Newcastle, in the most trying of circumstances having been forced by injuries into extensive changes in tactics and personnel and a goal down after only four minutes, produced a second-half performance of tremendous spirit and no little skill to take a precious point from the Premiershipโ€™s most parsimonious defence.

Having lost to Birmingham in midweek, Newcastle would have preferred to avoid an immediate return to the city in which their Worthington Cup hopes have crashed in the last two years. While their Premiership visits to this venue have been more successful - four wins and just one defeat in the last seven games - the loss of Alan Shearer, troubled by back and hamstring injuries all week before succumbing to knee injury, would have done little to raise their confidence against the top flightโ€™s best home defence.

Villa had problems of their own. Their lack of options up front has been well documented but on this occasion an injury to Ian Taylor prompted John Gregory to reshuffle his midfield, with David Ginola making a rare start against a former club.

The game was only three minutes old when he made his first telling contribution, crossing from the left for Dion Dublin to score with a trademark header. The Newcastle defence had their thoughts elsewhere at the time as seconds earlier Paul Mersonโ€™s flick had released Lee Hendrie only for Shay Given to block well. Hardly had they breathed a sigh of relief when the ball was in their net.

Newcastle could have been further punished in a first half dominated by the home side. In the 20th minute Hendrie was released by Ginola, but delayed his shot long enough for Alain Goma to deflect it wide. Goma was again to the rescue after half an hour as George Boateng raced into the box but, with Gary Speed attached limpet-like to his shirt, the Frenchman took his chance to intervene.

Gomaโ€™s heroics were curtailed, though, after 36 minutes when he became the second Newcastle defender of the afternoon to depart injured.

Clarence Acuna could have punished Villaโ€™s profligacy in first-half injury time but, from Kieron Dyerโ€™s pass, he could only prod on to a post with David James beaten.

Villa, mindful of having taken an early lead against Coventry last week only to concede a late equaliser, were extremely timid as play resumed. They lazily gifted possession to Newcastle rather than commit players forward and found themselves unable to cruise down the pitch once Newcastleโ€™s reorganisation saw them match Villaโ€™s numbers in midfield.

Newcastleโ€™s confidence visibly grew, but it would surely have been higher still had Shearer, rather than the limited Daniel Cordone, been leading their line. Shearer would certainly not have wasted the brilliant opening crafted for Cordone by Nolberto Solano and Kieron Dyer in the 66th minute. A free header, though, sailed harmlessly wide of Jamesโ€™s goal.

But Villa had obviously left the lessons of Coventry unlearned, and were made to pay in the 82nd minute. Solano raced into the box to chip deftly over James. Still Dublin had a late chance to win the game but his last-minute header, like so much of Villaโ€™s second-half play, was wide of the mark.

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*The Guardian*
Monday, 4 December, 2000

*Familiar twist has Gregory bearing crosses instead of changing tactics*

There are said to be only six plots for a novel. In football they would include the relentless walkover, the stirring comeback, the eternal blank. John Gregory is fed up with another - the one where Villa score early, waste their few chances from much possession and get caught late.

After Newcastle repeated Coventryโ€™s snatch of the previous week the Villa manager had nothing to say - or nothing new - and sent his coach as post-match spokesman. He might have sent the transcript from Coventry or his physio, more practised with flannel.

Gregory himself, if a Sunday newspaper is to be believed, was in discreet talks with Newcastle, who allegedly want him to work alongside Bobby Robson until Alan Shearer is ready. This may be sooner than they think. Shearer wants to play three more years but, already nursing back and hamstring problems, he missed Saturday with tendinitis and consults a surgeon today to see if his knee can take another steroid injection. Robson called him โ€œa flogged horseโ€.

Asked about money for players, the Newcastle manager produced one of the โ€œยฃโ€ signs Villa fans waved at their chairman Doug Ellis. Gregory might find all frying pans come alike.

At least Newcastle had spirit after their Worthington capitulation to Birmingham. They needed it after losing that goal and two centre-backs before half-time, leading to their 12th and 13th back-lines in 16 games. โ€œThe boys [Andy Griffin, 21, and Steve Caldwell, 20] knew they were on a googly wicket and put bat and pad together,โ€ said Robson. Warren Barton swept, a libero by latest yardsticks worth ยฃ30m.

Newcastleโ€™s goal was more a full toss, flicked on by Gary Speed and lobbed over David James by Nolberto Solano - reward for the Peruvianโ€™s deft footwork but also for Robsonโ€™s half-time adjustments that imposed shape on dislocation and shut down Paul Merson with Robert Lee before he threw on an extra forward.

Gregory had said David Ginola was standing by for his first start in two months. Some would say he had been standing by, on or off field, all season. Free now from niggling injuries to everything from hair to foot, he set up the goal for Dion Dublin, his second in two games, and showed much of his old flair and hunger.

The crosses flowed - from Merson and Steve Stone on the right, Ginola and Alan Wright on the left, the fruits of good midfield understanding - but Dublin, alone to receive them, was regularly outnumbered. In the absence of a decoy it was unerringly senseless.

With Benito Carbone gone, Luc Nilis out for the season and now Julian Joachim injured too, Villa need an alternative idea or closer support of Dublin. Two golden chances fell to Lee Hendrie but, indecisive as a voter with no more liking for Gush than Bore, he purveyed pregnant chads.

For all Villaโ€™s position, players and fans are restless at a perceived lack of ambition. They could be more concerned at a lack of management. Gregory called this his a โ€œblueprint teamโ€. Tactically it was more of a misprint and Robson might have corrected it.