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Game #4644

Aston Villa

Lost

11th (-2)

Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

Monday, 1 January 2001

Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 33,159

Chelsea

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

David James gifts the points to Chelsea to leave Villa with Boxing Day and New Year defeats as they tumble back to eleventh in the Premier League table.

KEY MAN

David James, calamity

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 1 January 2001

🥅 | 45’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
🕒 | HT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Darius Vassell
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Steve Staunton, Sub on, John McGrath 🟢
🟨 | 86’ Booking, Ian Taylor
🕒 | FT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

David James makes another mistake against Chelsea to have now lost Villa the last three games against the West London side. In doing so Villa open 2001 with a defeat to close rivals Chelsea as left back Steve Staunton appeared for Villa for the first time since rejoining from Liverpool on a free transfer. Meanwhile, forward Gilles De Bilde made his final appearance for Villa before returning to Sheffield Wednesday after his 3 month loan ended. De Bilde had made 4 appearances for Villa. And midfielder John McGrath made his Villa debut aged 20 after signing professional forms with the club in August 1999. McGrath had joined Villa from Belvedere FC.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1999-00

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #135 |
Monday, 1 January 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Paul Durkin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 134 | 🟩 | 62 🟨 | 33 🟥 39 | 1.63

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Dorset, 1987-2004
Matches Officiated: 21
🟩 : 6
🟨 : 5
🟥 : 10
🆘 : 3
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 27 August 2000, Villa 1-1 Chelsea, Villa Park.
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Chelsea

None

TEAM NEWS

Mark Delaney (first start since the opening game of the season in July), Dion Dublin, Ian Taylor (first start in 6) and Steve Staunton (first start since returning to the club in December) come in with Gareth Barry, Lee Hendrie, Alpay Özalan and David Ginola drop out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.83 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 32.81 |

Youngest Player |
FB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 24.65 |

MANAGER

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK David James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🤡 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Paul Merson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M George Boateng | 🇳🇱 |
M Steve Stone | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
F Gilles De Bilde | 🇧🇪 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Claudio Ranieri | 🇮🇹 |

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Chelsea

GK Carlo Cudicini | 🇮🇹 |
LB Jon Harley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Frank Leboeuf | 🇫🇷 |
CB John Terry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Mario Melchiot | 🇳🇱 |
M Gustavo Poyet | 🇺🇾 |
M Slavisa Jokanovic | 🇷🇸 |
M Jody Morris | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Samuele Dalla Bona | 🇮🇹 |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | 🇳🇱 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Eidur Guðjohnsen | 🇮🇸 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Darius Vassell 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 76’ |
🔁 | M John McGrath | 🇮🇪 | 🟢 | for LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 | 82’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Jon Harley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Dennis Wise | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | 🇳🇱 | (F Gianfranco Zola | 🇮🇹 |)
🔁 | CF Eidur Guðjohnsen | 🇮🇸 | RB Albert Ferrer | 🇪🇸 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Michael Standing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Ed De Goey | 🇳🇱 |
CB Bernard Lambourde | 🇫🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/16
Homegrown: 4/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

🔴 F Gilles De Bilde | 🇧🇪 | 2000-01 | 🕒 4 | 4 (0) | ⚽ 0 | 🔥 0 | 🇺 9 | #748 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“I have to confess I was on my way down to the dressing room for the half-time chat so I haven’t seen it [David James’ latest mistake], but I gather it was pretty horrific.” John Gregory.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Tuesday, 1 January, 2001

*James calamity spurs Chelsea* The Football Association must be tempted to investigate whether David James is on the payroll at Stamford Bridge. In May the Aston Villa goalkeeper dropped a free-kick to hand Chelsea the FA Cup. Yesterday his embarrassing blunder gave Claudio Ranieri’s side three points. The expression on the 30-year-old’s face as he handed his gloves to a Villa supporter at the end told the story. In striking a clearance at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink just before half-time he had offered the Dutch striker an open goal and decided the match in favour of a fitful Chelsea. Neither James’s otherwise impressive performance nor a late foray forward for a corner could undo the damage. A fine early save from Gus Poyet will soon be forgotten and his talent seems certain forever to be undermined by these flashes of incompetence. No doubt the England keeper will be making as grovelling an apology to his manager John Gregory as Gregory did to Doug Ellis last week. “I have to confess I was on my way down to the dressing room for the half-time chat so I haven’t seen it,” Gregory said, “but I gather it was pretty horrific.” He knows the impact this will have on a man who has been gradually shaking off the “Calamity James” tag he earned during his time at Anfield. James must hope Sven-Goran Eriksson does not get a copy of the video and he will take little comfort from learning that Poyet, Chelsea’s captain in place of the dropped Dennis Wise, described the mistake as “the difference” between the teams. Ranieri’s side just about deserved to win, having created the better chances and struck the bar, but they gave a far from convincing performance and were becoming increasingly frustrated by Villa’s defensive approach at the time the goal arrived. When Chelsea moved the ball at pace with one or two touches, as they did at the start of both halves, they looked impressive. Yet too often they failed to find that fluency. After Hasselbaink had hit the woodwork early in the second half they created almost nothing. It was their good fortune that the long spells of possession Villa enjoyed after the interval produced little end product. Gilles de Bilde, playing the last game of his three-month loan from Sheffield Wednesday, should have equalised and Gregory will hope Juan Pablo Angel gets clearance to make his debut soon. The Colombian will play in a fortnight at the earliest, Gregory says. It will help Chelsea in their desire to get back into Europe if they can start to replicate their success at home on their travels. It is seven wins and a draw at Stamford Bridge since Ranieri took over and still not a victory has been gained away. After the collapse from 2-0 up at Ipswich, the Italian at least showed his ruthlessness. Dropped to the bench were not only Wise but Gianfranco Zola and the goalkeeper Ed de Goey. In a glimpse of the future, Chelsea paraded their young Danish signing Jesper Gronkjaer before kick-off and fielded six outfield players aged 24 or under, half of them English. One of those, Jon Harley, was involved in much of Chelsea’s good early work as they created four chances inside 20 minutes. James was forced off his line to clear as Hasselbaink bore down on goal and then made his fine stop when Poyet headed a Harley cross goalwards. But all that was to be undermined as half-time loomed. Booting a Steve Staunton back pass upfield seemed simple enough but James struck the ball straight at Hasselbaink’s feet and the striker, despite mishitting his shot, squeezed a looping effort just over the line before Gareth Southgate could clear. For James, memories of the dropped free-kick that allowed Roberto di Matteo that Wembley winner may have flooded back. After Hasselbaink’s thunderous shot had struck the bar, with Sam Dalla Bona volleying the rebound over, Villa threatened with new adventure. But De Bilde allowed Carlo Cudicini to save at his near post when Mario Melchiot underhit a backpass and James was left to contemplate a very unhappy new year.

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