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Game #4698

Saturday, 12 January 2002

Attendance: 28,881


Premier League

7th (+2)

Derby County

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time in five Premier League games to climb to 7th in the table under John Gregory as the frustrated boss makes a pointed dig at the 'speculative' way the club is run.

Aston Villa


Derby County

Assist(s) | Juan Pablo รngel | 12โ€™ | Ian Taylor | 26โ€™ |


Juan Pablo รngel celebrates scoring against Derby to secure Villa's first win in five Premier League games as Villa climb to 7th in the table under an increasingly frustrated John Gregory, Saturday, 12 January 2002.




โšฝ | 12โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Juan Pablo รngel
๐Ÿฅ… | 23โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Derby County), Darryl Powell
๐ŸŸฅ | 24โ€™ Sending off, (Derby County)
โšฝ | 26โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Juan Pablo รngel, Assist by Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-1 Derby County
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, Hassan Kachloul
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
๐ŸŸจ | 69โ€™ Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Derby County


Villa record their second win in fourteen games to rise to 7th in the 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

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


Derby County

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


Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #189 |
Saturday, 12 January 2002


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 30 Sep 01, Villa 2-0 Blackburn (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Derby County

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mark Halsey


Mark Delaney returns to the starting line up after a 7 game absence in place of Alan Wright.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.04 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 38.18 |

Youngest Player |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.81 |



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

Colin Todd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |

Derby County

GK Mart Poom | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Luciano Zavagno | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Paul Boertien | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Danny Higginbotham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Chris Riggott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Franรงois Grenet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Pierre Ducrocq | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Daryl Powell | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | โšฝ |
CF Malcolm Christie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Fabrizio Ravanelli | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |


๐Ÿ” M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Luciano Zavagno | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Adam Bolder | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CB Steve Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Giorgi Kinkladze | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
F Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |


GK Andy Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Youl Mawรฉnรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Deon Burton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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: 3/11

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 : 7/16
Homegrown: 4/16



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 : 5/11

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 : 8/16



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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"We are seventh in the Premiership and in contention for a place in Europe, and for a club which speculates in the way we speculate is just about on course.

โ€œThat [European qualification] may look a tall order, but it only takes a run of three or four wins to send you shooting up the table.โ€

โ€œThe players rolled up their sleeves and got along with it.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 13 January, 2002

*Angel lifts Villa clear*

Wishful thinking or not, John Gregory says his Villa players still believe they can qualify for a top four, Champions League place next season.

โ€œThat may look a tall order, but it only takes a run of three or four wins to send you shooting up the table,โ€ he wrote in yesterdayโ€™s programme note.

Well, Villa tucked this one under their belt, only the second time in 14 league and cup games that they have come out on top. But the quality fell a long way short of what is needed to make up the leeway on those above them.

Ten-man Derby, who sank deeper into trouble, gave them an uncomfortable afternoon, soaking up plenty of pressure while looking lively on the break. Villa just about deserved to prevail in a niggling sort of match, but they will need to play a good deal better to convince supporters that they are capable of turning the campaign round.

These two teams may have been nursing FA Cup wounds, but they contrived to produce a first half-hour full of incident with three goals and a sending-off.

Although he was up all night on Thursday with his fiancรฉe, who gave birth to twin girls on Friday, Paul Merson insisted to his manager, John Gregory, that he was eager to play, and it was Mersonโ€™s enterprising work that helped give Villa the advantage. So much so that Colin Todd, who had already made four changes to his starting line-up after the embarrassing defeat by Bristol Rovers, soon made another switch. Todd took off Steve Elliott, reorganised his defence and brought on Giorgi Kinkladze, a player who has been told he can leave the club, in midfield.

Villa went ahead when Peter Schmeichel came 30 yards out of his area to float in a free-kick that Juan Pablo Angel flicked on for Darius Vassell to drive sweetly into the top far corner.

Two minutes later, Schmeichel seemed slow to react to Lloyd Samuelโ€™s backpass, enabling Malcolm Christie to cross low for Darryl Powell to nudge home.

Before Derby had time to consolidate, Franรงois Grenet went in high on Lee Hendrie and with the Villa player left in a heap, referee Mark Halsey delivered an instant red card.

Gregory, despite having Moustapha Hadji and Hassan Kachloul available after injury, kept both on the bench, restricting himself to one change - Mark Delaney returning for Alan Wright.

His team regained the lead courtesy of Ian Taylorโ€™s diagonal cross and Angelโ€™s far-post header that registered his 13th goal of the season.

There was more danger for Derby when Steve Staunton lined up an in-swinging free-kick wide right, but Fabrizio Ravanelli was back helping out his defenders and darted in ahead of Angel at the near post to clear.

Kinkladzeโ€™s first real run at the Villa defence released Christie, whose shot was blocked. Villa came away through Taylor, whose ball in to Hendrie was stabbed just wide.

While Todd called over Kinkladze for instructions from the touchline, Villa were forced into a substitution, the limping Taylor making way for Kachloul.

The 10 men were giving a good account, and Ravanelli turned away in delight after knocking in the rebound after Christie rounded off a weaving run with a shot pushed out by Schmeichel. But an offside flag ruled out the goal.

Staunton took the opportunity to advance again, this time firing in a shot that Kinkladze blocked. Samuel was shown yellow for a challenge that left Christie needing treatment. Then Derby introduced Adam Bolder for Luciano Zavagno.

Ravanelli spurned the opportunity to try his luck with a free-kick 25 yards out, preferring instead to set up Danny Higginbotham, who was left cursing his luck as a cracking effort flew just over.

As tempers shortened, Olof Mellberg, Kinkladze and Paul Boertien went into the refereeโ€™s book.