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Game #4653

Saturday, 24 February 2001

Attendance: 27,289


Premier League

14th (-1)

Derby County

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Pride Park

Villa's terrible run continues as they are beaten by relegation certainties Derby to leave them with six defeats in eight Premier League games and freefalling to 14th in the table.

Derby County


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Gareth Barry, conceded pen



๐Ÿฅ… | 42โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Derby County, pen), Deon Burton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Derby County 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, George Boateng
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Alan Wright, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, David Ginola
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Derby County 1-0 Aston Villa


Villa had now won just twice in 14 games. Off the pitch, John Gregory, a man likeable in so many ways, behaves like an absolute prat over Juan Pablo's acclimatisation to English football. Billy Britain at its worst.

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

Derby County

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1974-75


Previous 5 vs. Derby County: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #34 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #144 |
Saturday, 24 February 2001


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Alan Wiley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Staffordshire, 1995-2010
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Alan Wiley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Staffordshire, 1995-2010
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Derby County



Dion Dublin, Gareth Barry and Ian Taylor return with Mark Delaney, Julian Joachim and Lee Hendrie dropping out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.90 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.96 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.02 |


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


Jim Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Derby County

GK Andy Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Taribo West | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Danny Higginbotham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Chris Riggott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Seth Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Daryl Powell | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Craig Burley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Lee Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Deon Burton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Branko Strupar | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” | F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | F Lee Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Adam Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Branko Strupar | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (LB Paul Boertien | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Lee Grant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Lilian Martin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Con Blatsis | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |


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: 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: 3/16



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 : 10/16



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€œPablo is desperately short of confidence. Heโ€™s probably too keen to impress and is not doing the simple things, but heโ€™s got to dig in and he canโ€™t run away from it; heโ€™s got to face it head on.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 25 February, 2001

*Burton gem detaches Villa*

The Villa fans who yesterday enjoyed taunting Derby about going down should get a fright when they look at the Premiership table today. Doomed Derby are only two points behind their Midlands rivals and moving in the right direction.

This match was billed as one Derby had to win to ease their relegation fears, but maybe the onus was more on Villa. With only two wins from their previous 13 matches, Villaโ€™s chances of being sucked in at the bottom were beginning to look greater than any hopes of European qualification.

They seemed mindful of their plight when they started the match as if it were their last. The positive approach nearly paid off with a goal in the opening seconds, but Dion Dublin headed narrowly over the bar from Paul Mersonโ€™s cross.

That Villa duo did not make the first squad of watching England manager Sven-Gรถran Eriksson, but they had done enough to spark Villa into life as they dominated the start.

Derby, playing three up front, were being overrun in midfield, and rarely threatened early on. Villa, meanwhile, had a sharper edge to their play and Dublin went close again on the half-hour from an Alan Wright cross.

Perhaps Villa were having it too easy - because they suddenly went all narcoleptic and could have been three goals down in the next five minutes. Sloppy Villa passing twice gifted Branko Strupar one-on-one chances against David James and the Belgianโ€™s poor, almost embarrassing, finishing resulted in easy saves.

But James had no chance, in the 41st minute, after Gareth Barry jumped on Deon Burton to concede a penalty. Burton took the spot kick himself and sent James the wrong way.

After all that, Villa could have equalised on the stroke of half-time when Dublin hit a 25-yard volley against a post and the ball rebounded on to Oakes and off for an unlikely corner.

Villaโ€™s ยฃ9.5million signing Juan Pablo Angel had been so off the pace that he was at the heart of Derbyโ€™s best play in the first half . So it was no surprise that John Gregory replaced him with Julian Joachim for the start of the second.

More perplexing was how Villaโ€™s George Boateng was only booked for a 54th minute dust-up with Derbyโ€™s Seth Johnson, who had his shirt collar ripped from his neck and was also cautioned for his tackle which started the row.

That entertaining episode could not make up for the lack of action on the ball, though. Villa remained slightly the better team, but Derby seemed resigned and just about capable of defending their lead.


*The Guardian*
Sunday, 25 February, 2001

*Gregory banishes his earthbound Angel*

A day of milestones and millstones for Aston Villa while as far as Derby County were concerned, a grey-haired woman in the main stand, who could barely bring herself to watch the final 10 minutes, cogently summed up the relief provided by three vital points: โ€œWe were rubbish but we donโ€™t care.โ€

This was John Gregoryโ€™s third anniversary as manager of Villa, which given his chairmanโ€™s past record might be viewed as a long-term stay. But if Gregory has a guardian angel watching over his relationship with Doug Ellis, it most certainly is not called Juan Pablo.

Here is an Angel who fears to tread in the penalty box, and who was pulled off by Gregory at half-time, all ยฃ9.5m worth of him, โ€œfor his own goodโ€. Rumours that the Colombian may return to River Plate this summer have already been denied, but on Saturday he looked as forlorn as a cat in the rain.

โ€œPablo is desperately short of confidence. Heโ€™s probably too keen to impress and is not doing the simple things, but heโ€™s got to dig in and he canโ€™t run away from it; heโ€™s got to face it head on,โ€ said Gregory, while expressing the trenchant view that even allowing for โ€œthe amount of time the ball is in the airโ€ in the Premiership, six games should have seen the goalless striker settle in by now.

It might also be argued that three years is long enough for a manager to get a firm grip on a club, but this has been a poor season for Villa, wretchedly poor considering their European ambitions.

For long periods, and almost the whole of the second half, they dominated Derby without ever looking convincing, although Andy Oakes saved well from Dion Dublin and Angelโ€™s substitute, Julian Joachim.

There had been much chuntering in Birmingham that Sven-Goran Eriksson, present at this match, had chosen to ignore both Paul Merson and Gareth Barry. On this performance the England managerโ€™s decision was vindicated. Barry clumsily felled Deon Burton, who duly scored the penalty, and Merson, although he never gave up looking for the ball, rarely hit a decent pass.

As for David Ginola, he was brought on too late. It could be argued that Gregory distrusts flair, unless it is directly related to sweat. If Merson has an off day, and if Ginola is not present, the Villa midfield is distinctly guileless. Angel was clearly used to having the ball at his feet in South America, while Dublinโ€™s head remained the prime target for Villaโ€™s midfield save for Merson.

Branko Strupar, who began the season so well, but who has just returned from a prolonged spell of injury, had the chances to make the game safe for Derby by half-time, but he is clearly not match fit. โ€œThen we allowed Villa, like we have so many teams this season, to take control,โ€ said Craig Burley. โ€œWe stopped going forward and just defended deeper and deeper.โ€

Fortunately Derby defended well - notably Danny Higginbotham, who made a number of excellent tackles and interceptions. But against a team with a more clinical cutting edge than Villa, Derby would have been in deep trouble. As it is, they are edging towards safety.

Villa, who have won only two of their past 14 Premiership matches, taking 11 points from 42, have a heel in the relegation mire, but no more. A bit more devil, and considerably more genuine Angel, should see them step clear.