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Game #4714

Aston Villa

Won

8th (+1)

Saturday, 11 May 2002

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩

Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 40,709

Chelsea

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Steve Stone | 21’ | 63’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa make it consecutive wins at the end of the season with their strongest performance under Graham Taylor to finish the campaign in eighth. That however masked the true state of a club in freefall on and off the pitch after John Gregory's untimely and unnecessary departure in February.

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, secured the points.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 11 May 2002

🟨 | 12’ Booking, Thomas Hitzlsperger
⚽ | 21’ Goal, 1-0, Peter Crouch, Assist by Steve Stone
🕒 | HT Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 53’ Sub off, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
⚽ | 63’ Goal, 2-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Steve Stone
🥅 | 70’ Goal, 2-1, (Chelsea, pen), Eiður Guðjohnsen
🔁 | 85’ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Dion Dublin
🔁 | 85’ Sub off, Peter Crouch, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
⚽ | 88’ Goal, 3-1, Dion Dublin
🕒 | FT Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa boss Graham Taylor ended the season with the worst record of any permanent manager. Taylor had achieved a win rate of 23% after winning just 3 of his 13 games in charge.

That, concerning, as it was, was not the full story.

For all the obvious conflict between the culture of 1980s football and 2000s football that Taylor was struggling to deal with, he had lowered the average age of the Villa XI which in recent seasons had risen to alarming heights, and he had begun a more focused team selection policy than the ever changing merry-go-round under John Gregory.

The flip side however was that Taylor made the nonsensical decision of effectively marginalising Villa’s best player, Juan Pablo Ángel, and lent on the talents of the likes of Paul Merson and Lee Hendrie far less than a progressive, attacking manager would.

Taylor’s purchase of the likeable Peter Crouch sadly typified the stereotype of the “big man up front” to which Taylor was so wedded, however Crouch’s ability made the consequence of that decision far less impactful on the style of football than it could have been.

Still though the wretched run under Taylor until the final three games showed that he was not the long term solution to Villa’s Doug Ellis shaped problems and that a different approach was desperately needed to help the kernel of a strong team blossom in 2002-03.

The process towards that nucleus of a team - accelerated by Taylor - had been begun by John Gregory as he began to marginalise, and dispose of, the troubled malcontents that had blighted Villa’s squad in recent seasons.

A core team of Crouch, Hitzlsperger, Mellberg, Delaney, Barry and Ángel, supported by Hendrie, Samuel and Vassell with a sprinkling of old heads for experience and guidance from the likes of Merson, Stone and Dublin promised much if the right calls were made over the close season.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1999-00

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #49 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #13 |
Saturday, 11 May 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟩 3-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 13 | 🟩 | 3 🟨 | 4 🟥 6 | 1.00

Villa Career Form:

Relegation

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Matches Officiated: 7
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 3
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 5 Mar 02, Villa 0-3 Blackburn (a)
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Chelsea

None

TEAM NEWS

Graham Taylor names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.62 |

Oldest Player |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 | 33.33 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 20.11 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M George Boateng | 🇳🇱 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steve Stone | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | 🔥 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Claudio Ranieri | 🇮🇹 |

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Chelsea

GK Carlo Cudicini | 🇮🇹 |
CB William Gallas | 🇫🇷 |
LB Graeme Le Saux | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
RB Mario Melchiot | 🇳🇱 |
CB John Terry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Frank Lampard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Boudewijn Zenden | 🇳🇱 | 🔁 |
M Emmanuel Petit | 🇫🇷 |
W Jesper Grønkjær | 🇩🇰 | 🔁 |
CF Carlton Cole | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gianfranco Zola | 🇮🇹 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 53’ |
🔁 CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | for F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 85’ |
🔁 CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | for CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 85’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Graeme Le Saux | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CB Robert (Huth | 🇩🇪 |)
🔁 | M Boudewijn Zenden | 🇳🇱 | (M Samuele Dalla Bona | 🇮🇹 |)
🔁 | W Jesper Grønkjær | 🇩🇰 | (CF Eidur Guðjohnsen | 🇮🇸 | ⚽ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Wayne Henderson | 🇮🇪 |
M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Ed De Goey | 🇳🇱 |
W Mario Stanic | 🇭🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Homegrown: 5/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/16
Homegrown: 2/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"The victory not only brought Villa’s run of seven consecutive away defeats to an end, but pushed the Midlanders up to eighth in the Premiership."

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 11 May, 2002

*Villa treble downs Blues* Aston Villa claimed a well-deserved victory at Stamford Bridge, with an impressive display against Chelsea. Goals from Peter Crouch, Darius Vassell and Dion Dublin secured the points for the visitors, despite a second-half penalty from Eidur Gudjohnsen. The victory not only brought Villa’s run of seven consecutive away defeats to an end, but pushed the Midlanders up to eighth in the Premiership. After 12 wins in the past 19 games games, the match represented a disappointing end to the season for Chelsea, who slipped to sixth in the table. The home side could have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute after some delightful trickery from Gianfranco Zola. The Italian beat two defenders with nimble footwork before laying off the ball to Jesper Gronkjaer, whose cross-shot slid inches wide of goalkeeper Peter Enckelman’s far post. If that was close then in the 10th minute goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini demonstrated why he has been Chelsea’s most consistent performer this season. A superbly balanced run from Vassell opened up the Chelsea defence and when the cross came over, 6ft 7in Crouch’s header was finger-tipped away by the flying Italian. Cudicini’s efforts drew huge applause from the home crowd, but minutes later there was little he could do when Crouch met an inswinging Steve Stone corner to give Villa a timely lead. In the 26th minute, Cole should have levelled for Chelsea, but the precocious teenager showed why he will probably miss as many as he scores. He stole into a superb central position, totally unmarked, but when the cross came over he snatched at the chance and his free header skimmed harmlessly wide. The miss certainly summed up Chelsea’s season - lots of promise but too often disappointment in the delivery. In a search for extra penetration Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri made a three-way substitution at half-time, bringing on Eidur Gudjohnsen for Gronkjaer, Sam Dalla Bona for Boudewijn Zenden and 17-year-old Robert Huth to make his debut in place of Graeme le Saux. Again it was Villa who found the net first, however, when Vassell volleyed in to double their lead - no doubt to the delight of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. Gudjohnsen halved the deficit for Chelsea from the spot, when Mark Delaney brought down Dalla Bona. Against the run of play, Villa should have extended their lead when full-back Mark Delaney found himself clear on goal and in acres of space. But on the stroke of time Villa grabbed a deserved third when Dublin knocked the ball into the net, after Alan Wright’s impressive shot had rebounded off the crossbar.

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