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Game #4720

Saturday, 24 August 2002

Attendance: 35,384


Premier League

17th (-2)

Tottenham Hotspur

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

White Hart Lane

Villa make it three consecutive defeats under Graham Taylor as Olof Mellberg is already forced to disabuse rumours of major unrest at the direction of the club under the manager and Chairman.

Tottenham Hotspur


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Darius Vassell, mayhem.



๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Mark Kinsella
๐Ÿฅ… | 26โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Redknapp
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Peter Crouch, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Juan Pablo รngel
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Aston Villa


Villa lose a third consecutive game and had now lost 8 of their 15 league games under Graham Taylor, winning 3, as concerns already mounted about the season ahead.

Taylorโ€™s penchant for half time substitutions showed again which to the cynic suggested one of three things. A lack of understanding or knowledge of the oppositionโ€™s tactics necessitating a change; panic in even the slightest adversity; or a tendency to field the wrong team in the first place. Whatever was the cause the impact was often disjointed performances and what seemed tactical unfamiliarity for those on the pitch.

A further cause for concern was the calibre of the new signings being brought into the club, honest and uncomplicated attitudes was refreshing but there were signs that these were not additions that materially improved the playing quality of the squad.

Irish international midfielder Mark Kinsella made his Villa debut aged 30 after joining from Charlton Athletic for a fee of ยฃ1,040,000 in July 2002.

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

Tottenham Hotspur

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1998-99


Previous 5 vs. Spurs: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #19 |
Saturday, 24 August 2002


Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Clive Wilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gloucester, 1990-2003
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Clive Wilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gloucester, 1990-2003
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 28 November 2001, League Cup, Villa 0-1 Wednesday, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Tottenham Hotspur

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Alan Wright replaces Alpay ร–zalan as Mark Kinsella is handed his debut ahead of Thomas Hitzlsperger.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.36 |

Oldest Player |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.62 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.51 |



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

Glenn Hoddle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸข |
CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Tottenham Hotspur

GK Kasey Keller | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Mauricio Taricco | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Anthony Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dean Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jamie Redknapp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Milenko Aฤimoviฤ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Christian Ziege ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Simon Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Les Ferdinand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Teddy Sheringham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” CF Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Goran Bunjevฤeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸจ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Christian Ziege ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | (LB Ben Thatcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Les Ferdinand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Gary Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)


GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |


GK Neil Sullivan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Sergei Rebrov | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |


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 : 7/11

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 : 9/16



Not reported


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


M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |



Not reported


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"We didn't make things happen and we're left very frustrated."

Graham Taylor.


โ€œThereโ€™s [not] any crisis in the dressing-room.

โ€œThere are a couple of players who are dissatisfied and that makes headlines.โ€

Olof Mellberg

*The Guardian*
Monday, 26 August, 2002

*Revitalised Redknapp is quick to earn his Spurs*

Glenn Hoddle lavished so much praise on Jamie Redknapp that it seemed as if Tottenham had finally found the missing link. This will surprise Spurs fans, who can be forgiven for thinking that the real prize has yet to arrive in the shape of any of the exotic strikers dangled tantalising before them all summer.

Redknapp had every reason, after his cruel injury history, to be delighted with his new start. Yet even he appeared surprised, despite his match-winner, at all the fuss, partly flowing from Hoddleโ€™s pre-match comparisons of his new free-transfer midfielder with Englandโ€™s icon. โ€œThe new Beckham?โ€ asked Redknapp, โ€œIโ€™m older than him, arenโ€™t I?โ€

Indeed he is, by two years, but there was no mockery in his voice. Now 29, the days of being heralded as Englandโ€™s great midfield hope, and his 17 caps, must seem from a different life. It did not prevent Hoddle saying: โ€œThere is no reason why he canโ€™t force himself back into the England scene.โ€

Redknapp himself, by virtue of natural modesty - and caution after his serious injuries - would not be drawn. He even insisted that he did not feel the slightest trace of bitterness as he watched England in the World Cup this summer. โ€œNot at all,โ€ he said. โ€œIโ€™m just dedicated myself to playing for Tottenham. When youโ€™re out of the game so long, all you do is dream about playing football again.

โ€œI feel very fortunate at the way things are going at the moment.โ€ He suggested that Liverpoolโ€™s offer of another yearโ€™s contract was โ€œout of loyaltyโ€ rather than any pointer to regular first-team football at Anfield. But he added: โ€œI couldnโ€™t be happier; Iโ€™ve got no regrets all.โ€

Hoddle believes that not only Tottenham will benefit from Redknapp. โ€œIts great not just for us, but for football, because heโ€™s a lovely player. He passes well and scores spectacular goals.โ€ Indeed the midfielderโ€™s style, composed and almost aloof, carries echoes of his current manager.

For Villa, Matt Holland has been presented as the missing link. But here Taylor missed the Ipswich captainโ€™s midfield strength less than the elusive ingredient of finishing power. Villaโ€™s manager deployed three strikers for the second half, with Darius Vassell causing mayhem down the right flank as Tottenham were overrun for long periods. But still Villa could not find their first goal of the season, Kasey Keller shutting the door with outstanding saves from Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Spurs old firm of Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand, both largely inconspicuous, fared no better. Redknapp took it on himself to strike, with a clever volley past the dazed Peter Enckelman. It was typical of Villaโ€™s grim fortune that the goalkeeper was struck on the head by one of his team-mates, Alan Wright, in the build-up.

Hoddle insists that Tottenham have still got โ€œquite a few optionsโ€ in their striker pursuit before the transfer window closes on Saturday.

Taylorโ€™s recruitment drive may suffer from lack of morale rather than money, even if that did not stop the ยฃ1m debutant Mark Kinsella rapidly answering Villaโ€™s call.

Like Kinsella, Olof Mellberg does not feel โ€œthereโ€™s any crisis in the dressing-roomโ€. But Villaโ€™s Sweden defender said: โ€œThere are a couple of players who are dissatisfied and that makes headlines.โ€