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Game #4707

Saturday, 23 March 2002

Attendance: 25,247

Drew

Premier League

7th (+1)

Ipswich Town

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Portman Road

Outplayed by bottom club Ipswich, Villa manage to draw at Portman Road under Graham Taylor to leave them with one win in eight Premier League games since John Gregory's departure.

Ipswich Town

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Peter Schmeichel, constantly ranting

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 44โ€™ Booking, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Ipswich Town 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 57โ€™ Booking, Mark Delaney
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, George Boateng, Sub on, Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Ipswich Town 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa now have one win in six under Graham Taylor as they are held by relegation threatened Ipswich.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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

Ipswich Town

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1980-81

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Ipswich: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #42 |
League Game | #31 |
Manager Game | #6 |
Saturday, 23 March 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: David Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1996-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1996-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 24 October 2001, Villa 1-0 Charlton, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Ipswich Town

None

TEAM NEWS

Dion Dublin (first start in 11) and Steve Stone (first start in 7) replace Paul Merson and Hassan Kachloul.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.91 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 38.37 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | 19.98 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

George Burley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |

Ipswich Town

GK Matteo Sereni | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Hermann Hreiรฐarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Mark Venus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Chris Makin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB John McGreal | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jamie Clapham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matt Holland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jermaine Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marcus Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Finidi George | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marcus Stewart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Chris Makin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Jim Magilton | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Finidi George | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Alun Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marcus Stewart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Martijn Reuser | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
F Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Pablo Counago | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 4/11

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
Homegrown: 4/16

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 : 7/11

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

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

"We may not have played as well as I would have liked but there can be no accusations thrown at those Villa boys."

Graham Taylor.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 24 March, 2002

*Trap door draws closer for Ipswich*

Seven games to go and three of their last four fixtures are against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool - Ipswich Town are back in the relegation zone with not much hope of forcing their way out of it.

They had to win and on paper this looked like being the easiest match of their run-in. They were the better team, but they were held by a stubborn Aston Villa side and have now failed to win in six games.

Villa, with nothing but pride to play for, tried hard enough, but Ipswichโ€™s eager home support and greater need for points gave them a competitive edge, and there was more zip about their play. Their final pass was too often lacking in quality, though, and the Villa defence were not rattled often enough.

Peter Schmeichelโ€™s constant ranting was more likely to unsettle the Villa back four, but when Ipswich did break through the Danish goalkeeper played well enough to justify his tantrums. He made one good diving save to keep out a long-range volley from Finidi George in the 13th minute and then pulled off an outstanding, point-blank block to deny Marcus Bent, before reacting instantly to smother the Ipswich strikerโ€™s follow-up attempt.

Dion Dublin was the focus of what little attacking play Villa offered, although he had only a header wide to show for his efforts by half-time. Neither he nor his team-mates really tested Ipswich goalkeeper Matteo Sereni until Darius Vassell burst clear with eight minutes to go and the Italian made an excellent low stop to his right.

Schmeichel, however, had continued to show great reflexes when Marcus Stewart got on the end of a cross by Jermaine Wright with a skilful header on the hour. Each missed chance, coming so infrequently as they did, added to the anxiety of the Ipswich supporters - and the players, too, looked increasingly jittery. But they all thought they had scored with 22 minutes to go when Jim Magilton tried to steer in a Bent drive, only for Schmeichelโ€™s feet to get in the way again. This time the rebound attempt clattered against a post.

A tense finish followed, but that proved to be Ipswichโ€™s best and last chance of the match. George Burleyโ€™s team will feel they deserved to win, but they have only themselves to blame for failing to do so.

Indeed, they even might have lost had Sereni not made two superb, fingertip saves in the final minute of time added on at the end.