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Game #4721

Wednesday, 28 August 2002

Attendance: 33,494

Won

Premier League

13th (+4)

Manchester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time in five to secure their first Premier League win of the season to beat top-flight no hopers Manchester City and climb into 13th place under Graham Taylor.

Aston Villa

1-0

Manchester City

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Darius Vassell, scored the winner on 64', Wednesday, 28 August 2002

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 28โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester City
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Alan Wright, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
โšฝ | 64โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Peter Crouch
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City

ON THIS DAY

Villa stop a run of three losses with their first League win of the season as Peter Schmiechel returns to Villa Park.

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

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Manchester City: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Game | #3 |
Manager Game | #20 |
Wednesday, 28 August 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: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1996-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 23 March 2002, Villa 0-0 Ipswich, Portman Road.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Manchester City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Juan Pablo รngel is recalled for his first start of the season in place of Ulises de la Cruz.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.26 |

Oldest Player |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.63 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.52 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Kevin Keegan | 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 | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Manchester City

GK Peter Schmeichel (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Niclas Jensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Steve Howey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Silvain Distin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jihai Sun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ali Benarbia | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
M Eyal Berkovic | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Marc-Vivien Foรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
W Shaun Wright-Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Darren Huckerby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Nicolas Anelka | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 88โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Eyal Berkovic | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (LB Danny Tiatto | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Darren Huckerby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Shaun Goater | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Carlo Nash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Terry Hurlock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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: 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 : 7/16
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 : 5/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not reported

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 reported

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s a relief for everyone.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002

*Vassell sinks City*

Aston Villa finally registered their first win of the season after a closely fought game at Villa Park.

Darius Vassell scored the only goal of the game - and Villaโ€™s first of the season - courtesy of a teasing Lee Hendrie free-kick.

But the goal was the only bright spot in a disappointing match.

Visitors Manchester City never really threatened the Villa goal, despite the presence of talismanic playmakers Eyal Berkovic and Ali Benarbia.

The opening half was generally a woeful affair with both sides lacking creativity and guilty of misplaced passes.

City created the first decent opportunity after 14 minutes when Sylvain Distin threaded a pass into the path of Nicolas Anelka.

The French striker managed to make room for a shot despite the presence of Steve Staunton but screwed his low effort across the face of the Villa goal.

Vassell then broke towards the City goal in a two-on-two attack but he failed to find strike partner Juan Pablo Angel, making his first appearance of the season.

Five minutes before half-time Anelka was unlucky when his glancing header from a Shaun Wright-Phillips cross hit the crossbar, but he was adjudged to have strayed offside.

Villa striker Peter Crouch squandered the best chance of the half two minutes before the interval.

Lee Hendrie and Angel stepped over the ball to leave Crouch with only Peter Schmeichel to beat but his low shot was not cleanly hit and the former Villa keeper saved easily.

Villa came out for the second half in a much more positive mood and Crouch missed another great opportunity to put Villa in front.

Hendrie supplied an inviting cross from the right flank and Crouch got clear of the City defence only to send his header wide of the post.

Hendrie then embarked on a mazy run which took him into the City penalty area before he was crowded out by a cluster of defenders.

The deadlock was finally broken on 62 minutes after a foul by City defender Sun Jihai on the impressive Hendrie.

The midfielder sent over a free-kick from the left flank and Crouch got a touch on the ball before it broke to Vassell who made no mistake with a shot from 10 yards.

Kevin Keegan responded by making an instant substitution, bringing on Danny Tiatto in place of Eyal Berkovic, but the visitors were unable to find a response.