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Game #4675

Sunday, 16 September 2001

Attendance: 31,668

Drew

Premier League

10th (-2)

Sunderland

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa extend their unbeaten Premier League run to four but are held four the third time as they fall back to 10th place under John Gregory.

Aston Villa

0-0

Sunderland

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Paul Merson, at the forefront

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland
๐Ÿ” | 55โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, David Ginola
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Boลกko Balaban
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland

ON THIS DAY

Villa make it four league games unbeaten but can only draw and fall back to 10th in the early Premier League table.

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

Sunderland

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1972-73

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sunderland

Previous 5 vs. Sunderland: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #166 |
Sunday, 16 September 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Uriah Rennie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Uriah Rennie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 27 Jan 01, FVilla 1-2 Leicester (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Sunderland

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Uriah Rennie

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up for the first time this season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.34 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 37.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.27 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Peter Reid | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Sunderland

GK Jรผrgen Macho | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Michael Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Jody Craddock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Bernt Haas |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Kevin Kilbane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stefan Schwarz | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Julio Arca | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Niall Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 55โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 68โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Niall Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CF Lilian Laslandes | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Ingham | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Darren Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Thirlwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF David Bellion | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡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 : 6/11
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 : 7/16
Homegrown: 3/16

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 : 5/11

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

โ€œVictory at Liverpool should be followed up by a win at home.

โ€œBut there was a lack of urgency from some of my players; perhaps they felt it would be easy. Weโ€™ve got to set our standards higher than that, especially if we are to realise our ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 17 September, 2001

*Gregory unhappy with sloppy Villa*

John Gregory had described the visit of Sunderland as a bread and butter fixture following champagne displays against Liverpool and Manchester United.

In the event Villa, confronted by opponents nursing the hangover of their Worthington Cup exit to Sheffield Wednesday, lost their appetite and left their manager with the bitter taste of disappointment.

โ€œVictory at Liverpool should be followed up by a win at home,โ€ Gregory said. โ€œBut there was a lack of urgency from some of my players; perhaps they felt it would be easy. Weโ€™ve got to set our standards higher than that, especially if we are to realise our ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.โ€

Gregoryโ€™s feeling of let down says much about the way his team has started the season and Villaโ€™s early play, with Paul Merson and Darius Vassell in the forefront, smacked of confidence gained from the success at Anfield and near miss against the champions. It was characterised by neat flicks and defence-challenging one-twos but, perversely, their best effort in what became a torpid first half owed much to the Wimbledon Book of Soccer Tactics, 1988 edition.

Peter Schmeichel launched a long clearance, Dion Dublin headed the ball on and Vassellโ€™s left-foot volley forced the diving Jurgen Macho to concede a corner. Schmeichel became their saviour when an inswinging right wing corner resulted in Niall Quinnโ€™s header being palmed to safety by the Dane.

While Villaโ€™s more ambitious approach in the second period suggested a few choice words from Gregory, the end product remained the same. Likewise Sunderland. โ€œI thought we passed the ball quite well but were unable to maintain any fluency in our play, said the Sunderland manager Peter Reid. โ€œThere were too many whistles out there instead of the advantage rule being played. โ€œI think supporters like a good tackle and I fear for the physical side of the game - we had four players cautioned and Iโ€™m not sure why.โ€

One of those yellow cards, for Kevin Phillips, could have been followed by red when the striker appeared to elbow Lee Hendrie in an incident that climaxed a catalogue of argy bargy between the pair.

Reid claimed he had not seen the incident while Gregory added: โ€œI donโ€™t think Kevin Phillips has got it in him to do that sort of thing. If he did then it surprises me.โ€

Television replays suggest Gregory will be in for a surprise, which is what Merson almost gave Macho shortly after the break. Bringing the ball down with one touch, Merson volleyed goalwards with his next and the Sunderland keeper did well to tip the subsequent lob over the bar.

But it was the Turkish international defender Alpay who ensured Gregoryโ€™s team preserved their unbeaten run with a timely intervention to deny Phillips a late goal.

*Man of the Match:* Darius Vassell (Aston Villa)