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Game #4652

Saturday, 10 February 2001

Attendance: 28,912

Drew

Premier League

13th (-1)

Middlesbrough

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa can only draw at home to Middlesbrough to leave them stranded in thirteenth in the Premier League table.

Aston Villa

1-1

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | Steve Staunton | 38โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Juan Pablo รngel, struggles

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 38โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Steve Stone, Assist by Steve Staunton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Middlesbrough
๐Ÿฅ… | 49โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Middlesbrough) Ugo Ehiogu
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub off, Dion Dublin
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™ Booking, Alpay ร–zalan
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Middlesbrough

ON THIS DAY

Ugo Ehiogu returns to face Villa for the first time since his move to relegation threatened Middlesbrough and scores to claim a draw as the minnows try to beat the drop.

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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

Previous 5 vs. Middlesbrough: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #25 |
Manager Game | #143 |
Saturday, 10 February 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Clive Wilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gloucester, 1990-2003
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Clive Wilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gloucester, 1990-2003
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 10 February 2001, Villa 1-1 Middlesbrough, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Middlesbrough

๐ŸŸจ

Clive Wilkes

TEAM NEWS

Steve Stone and Julian Joachim come in for Gareth Barry and Darius Vassell.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.99 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.92 |

Youngest Player |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.75 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Terry Venables | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Middlesbrough

GK Mark Schwarzer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Colin Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
RB Gianluca Festa | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Curtis Fleming | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Keith O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Christian Karembeu | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Ince | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Okon | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Hamilton Ricard | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Alen Bokลกiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |75โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Keith O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (LB Dean Gordon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Christian Karembeu | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Phil Stamp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Alen Bokลกiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Brian Deane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Crossley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Robbie Mustoe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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: 2/16

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 : 3/11

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 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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"It was an awful goal to concede.

โ€œBut to be fair to the big man [Ugo Ehiogu] he took it well. I just wish he had done that sort of thing for us.

โ€˜[Juan Pablo รngelโ€™s] having a tough time off the field.

โ€œHis wife has been very ill and his three-week-old baby has also been ill, and the playerโ€™s living out of a suitcase. The demands on him are massive. I am sure when he settles he will get better.

โ€œI comfort myself with people like Bergkamp and Henry who came out of Serie A and spent three months getting used to the Premiership. After that theyโ€™ve never looked back.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 11 February, 2001

*Ugo and upset him soโ€ฆ*

Point by point, Terry Venables continues to tutor his team in the art of Premiership survival.

Four draws in the last four league games may not be the stuff of dreams. But considering that three of those have been away from home and in view of the failings of the sides below them, the tally is a satisfactory one. At this rate Middlesbrough are bang on course for the 40-points safety net.

The toast of Teesside has now steered them to 12 unbeaten matches - with a whiff of FA Cup success thrown in - and there is sure to be an extra sparkle in his Manager of the Month champagne. Had substitute Phil Stamp earned the penalty that Steve Stoneโ€™s late challenge seemed to merit, it could be positively fizzing.

Villa manager John Gregory admitted the offence was blatant, while at the same time arguing that his record signing Juan Pablo Angel was the victim of an equally clear penalty-box push earlier.

When Stone punished a rare absence of defensive discipline with a close range header from Steve Stauntonโ€™s corner, Villa looked well capable of gaining their first league victory at home for three months.

Instead, Gregory was left to reflect ruefully on an equaliser just after half-time by Ugo Ehiogu, the man he sold to Middlesbrough for ยฃ8million, and who delivered the perfect response to a crowd who gave him an uncomfortable homecoming by converting a corner from Keith Oโ€™Neill with a thumping header.

Ehiogu milked the goal for all it was worth - and who could blame him?

โ€˜It was an awful goal to concede,โ€™ said Gregory, concerned at the absence of a marker. โ€˜But to be fair to the big man he took it well. I just wish he had done that sort of thing for us.โ€™

While his team have enough points in the bank to prevent being sucked into the relegation battle, Gregory is concerned about a lack of forward power, with ยฃ9.5million signing Angel continuing to struggle with the pace of the English game.

โ€˜Heโ€™s having a tough time off the field,โ€™ said Gregory. โ€˜His wife and baby son have both been ill and heโ€™s being living out of a suitcase. The demands on him are massive. I am sure when he settles he will get better.โ€™

In terms of possession, Villa enjoyed much more of this game. But for all the prompting and probing of Paul Merson, they often ran into blind alleys against a team whose organisation was again spot on.

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*The Guardian*
Sunday, 11 February, 2001

*Ehiogu proves his point*

The manager of the month was in philosophical mood on Saturday evening. โ€œThe journey of 90 minutes can take you many ways,โ€ he opined. โ€œItโ€™s not much different from the whole season.โ€ Terry Venables might have been talking about his whole life.

For anyone hitching a ride on the latest Venables wagon, it has been safe rather than spectacular. Boring? โ€œFor everyone else maybe, but weโ€™ll keep on doing what we believe in,โ€ Venables retorted.

The so-called saviour of Teesside is not for the moment a visionary but a pragmatist thumbing tested textbooks. โ€œSo many times you think when you are drawing โ€˜we can win thisโ€™ and push people forward and you end up getting nothing. You can get carried away, but then the brain must come in. Iโ€™ve got to get habits in whereby we get results.โ€ The end - a four-point distance from the dread zone - justifies the means.

Ugo Ehiogu used to call Villa Park โ€œmy manorโ€ but, now running with a different gang, the ยฃ8m defender was jeered from his first touch. His crushing header from a corner saw him wheel away, conspicuously cocking his left ear to his tormentors. Almost instantly came the defiant chant: โ€œYouโ€™ll never play for England.โ€

He has, of course, if only once - under Venables. That was in China during the infamous run-up to Euro 96. โ€œI have been disappointed he hasnโ€™t gone on to earn more,โ€ said the former England coach. โ€œIโ€™m happy heโ€™s on our side.โ€

John Gregory, without a trace of grudge, complimented Ehiogu, even if Villaโ€™s manager thought his goal was as soft as the header from the 5ft 8in Steve Stone from another corner that briefly raised hopes of a first home league win for three months.

Villa Park waited 12 minutes for Juan Pablo Angelโ€™s first touch - a misplaced header - and another 63 for his overdue replacement by Dion Dublin.

It is not only the strikerโ€™s lack of a goal - or even the hint of one - that made Angel look, in Gregoryโ€™s words, โ€œthe most anxious Iโ€™ve seen him in his five gamesโ€. Villaโ€™s manager revealed that his ยฃ9.5m record signing โ€œis having a tough time off the field in particular. His wife has been very ill and his three-week-old baby has also been ill, and the playerโ€™s living out of a suitcaseโ€.

Angelโ€™s wife Paula is in hospital undergoing tests after suffering abdominal pains, but the baby boy has now recovered after being affected by the long flight to England. Gregory also underlined the strikerโ€™s professional problems. โ€œHeโ€™s finding it difficult adjusting to the Premiership; the ball spends a long time in the air, which is different from what heโ€™s accustomed to.

โ€œI comfort myself with people like Bergkamp and Henry who came out of Serie A and spent three months getting used to the Premiership. After that theyโ€™ve never looked back.โ€

Those are supportive words but Gregory must fear that Angel will be the biggest flop in the clubโ€™s history. And that includes one Stanley Collymore.