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Game #4702

Aston Villa

Saturday, 9 February 2002

Drew

7th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 41,137

Chelsea

Villa Park

The returning Graham Taylor is greeted with a euphoric reception for his transformative work on the club between 1987-90 but few are fooled that the appointment of a veteran manager with little understanding of modern football and footballers is anything but an effort to shore up the power base of a cynical Chairman. That Taylor is used as a pawn in this way is distinctly uncomfortable.

Aston Villa

1-1

Chelsea

Assist(s) | Darius Vassell | 28โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Paul Merson celebrates scoring Villa's first goal since John Gregory's departure as Graham Taylor starts with a Premier League draw against Chelsea, Saturday, 9 February 2002.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 9 February 2002

โšฝ | 28โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Paul Merson, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐ŸŸจ | 44โ€™ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Olof Mellberg, Sub on, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 56โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Steve Stone
๐Ÿฅ… | 64โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Chelsea), Frank Lampard
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea

ON THIS DAY

Underlining the sheer folly of Ellisโ€™ abrasive and allegedly duplicitous relationship with former boss John Gregory, Graham Taylor unexpectedly returns as Villa boss nearly 12 years - and significant reputational damage - since his last match in charge of the club.

Despite the concerns however Taylor was welcomed on the strength of his past achievements alone and Villa were now unbeaten in five - including this creditable draw with Chelsea - albeit without a win since John Gregory departed.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 9 February 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 1 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 0 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 0 | 1.00

Career Form:

Relegation

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 14 October 2001, Villa 2-0 Fulham, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Chelsea

๐ŸŸจ

Paul Durkin

TEAM NEWS

Villa field an unchanged line up for the third successive game for the first time this season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.59 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.92 |

Youngest Player |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.88 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Claudio Ranieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
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 | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

Chelsea

GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Graeme Le Saux | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Marcel Desailly | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Albert Ferrer | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Samuele Dalla Bona | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Mario Stanic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Albert Ferrer | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (CF Mikael Forssell | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)
๐Ÿ” | CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Joe Keenan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | (F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Boaz Myhill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
F Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Ed De Goey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Slavisa Jokanovic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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
Homegrown: 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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 5/16

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 : 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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 Halfโ€จ

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:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Chelsea shaded it and will be disappointed that they haven't won.

โ€œWe could have lost today.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 11 February, 2002

*Taylor makes his point for bravery*

Graham Taylor OBE, as he was reintroduced to an adoring crowd, detests one word above all others. It is neither turnip nor Koeman he cannot bear but coward. And as Aston Villaโ€™s returning manager waded through 20 photographers to salute an exultant Holte End at 2.58pm on Saturday, no one could call him that.

Staying in his non-executive director role at Villa would have been the easy option. Yet here was Taylor, coming out of retirement and risking his reputation at the club he led to second in the top flight in 1990. Yes, he admits, there may be an element of ego-feeding in his decision to take the post. But cowardice? Certainly not.

Since his reign with England turned sour, Taylor has been subjected to almost every conceivable insult. He knows if he fails he will be derided again, dismissed as โ€œyesterdayโ€™s manโ€ and told he โ€œshould not have come backโ€. But does he not like that? Far from it.

โ€œPeople can call me whatever they want to call me,โ€ he said. โ€œI would have accused myself of not having the guts if I hadnโ€™t taken it. I thought: โ€˜Donโ€™t tell me you donโ€™t have the bollocks to do this job.โ€™โ€

He will have to be shrewd and patient. A game Chelsea should have won confirmed Villa have some way to go before they can contemplate another runner-up finish.

They are too reliant on Paul Merson for creativity, lack a dominant central midfielder and require greater scoring threat. Only late misses by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mikael Forssell prevented defeat. Yet the welcome the home fans afforded a smiling Taylor suggested he will be given a lengthy second honeymoon.

His appointment appears to have at least partially healed divisions within the club. There were protests against Doug Ellis outside the ground but not a murmur was audible against the chairman inside. โ€œGet behind the Villa for 90 minutes,โ€ read one banner.

If Taylor was subdued in the dugout, he looked to be relishing his return when he chatted later. The 57-year-old jokes that his biggest achievement in management was avoiding Ellisโ€™s axe. โ€œHe didnโ€™t sack me the first time,โ€ he said. โ€œLetโ€™s give him a second chance.โ€

There was no mistaking Taylorโ€™s mark on an unchanged team. Villa looked to play at a quicker tempo and stationed Mustapha Hadji almost on the right touchline. From John Barnes to Lee Sharpe, via Tony Daley, Taylor has always been fond of width.

A dreadful pitch made slick passing difficult and Taylor was unfortunate to lose Olof Mellberg with a groin strain at half-time, forcing the centre-halfโ€™s withdrawal from Swedenโ€™s friendly against Greece on Wednesday.

Villaโ€™s best moments invariably arrived via the craft of Merson or the burst and bustle of Darius Vassell, watched by Sven-Goran Eriksson and called into the England squad.

Merson put Villa ahead from Vassellโ€™s run and cross and had their only other meaningful effort. Chelsea needed Gianfranco Zola to spark into life, his first touch helping to set up an equaliser from Frank Lampard.

A draw hardly enhanced Chelseaโ€™s hopes of Champions League qualification and Claudio Ranieri suffered a further blow as John Terry departed with a suspected fractured foot, on which an x-ray was due yesterday.

Ranieri has 12 games in which to force Chelsea into the top four and would do well to gamble on Zola behind Eidur Gudjohnsen and Hasselbaink.

โ€œI just hope Franco stays next year,โ€ said Lampard, who scored after Hasselbaink headed Zolaโ€™s chip into his path. The midfielder added that the squad held a meeting the week before last, looked at the table and decided it was time to โ€œroll up our sleevesโ€.

Hasselbaink and Forssell should have provided a third successive late victory but the script demanded otherwise. If Taylor continues to attract near-full houses, valuable revenue will accrue. Having taken the job, his real work starts now.