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Game #4731

Aston Villa

Drew

15th (-1)

Sunday, 3 November 2002

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟨

Premier League

Blackburn Rovers

Ewood Park

Attendance: 23,004

Blackburn Rovers

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa record their third draw in five winless games to make it just three wins in twelve Premier League games under Graham Taylor.

KEY MAN

“In all the time I’ve been a manager I cannot think of a similar run" Graham Taylor, three wins in twelve Premier League games, Sunday, 3 November 2002

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 3 November 2002

🕒 | HT Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Juan Pablo Ángel, Sub on, Stefan Moore
🟨 | 73’ Booking, Stefan Moore
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Peter Crouch
🟨 | 83’ Booking, Gareth Barry
🕒 | FT Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa secure a second successive away draw but fail to score for the eighth time in twelve games and now have just six wins in 25 Premier League games under Graham Taylor.

Aston Villa

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #30 |
Sunday, 3 November 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Mike Dean | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 30 | 🟩 | 8 🟨 | 8 🟥 14 | 1.07

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wirral, 1997-2022
Matches Officiated: 4
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 17 Dec 01, Villa 2-1 Ipswich (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Blackburn Rovers

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TEAM NEWS

Juan Pablo Ángel replaces Stefan Moore.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.36 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 34.44 |

Youngest Player |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.61 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Öyvind Leonhardsen | 🇳🇴 |
M Mark Kinsella | 🇮🇪 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Graeme Souness | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Blackburn Rovers

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
LB Nils-Eric Johansson | 🇸🇪 |
CB Lucas Neill | 🇦🇺 |
CB Craig Short | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Martin Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Garry Flitcroft | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Dunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M David Thompson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Damien Duff | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
CF Andrew Cole | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Dwight Yorke (ex) | 🇹🇹 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

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Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Stefan Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 70’ |
🔁 CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 76’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Martin Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Tugay Kerimoğlu | 🇹🇷 |)
🔁 | M David Dunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (W Keith Gillespie | 🇬🇧 |)
🔁 | F Dwight Yorke (ex) | 🇹🇹 | (CF Egil Østenstad | 🇳🇴 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Alan Kelly | 🇮🇪 |
CF Corrado Grabbi | 🇮🇹 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/16
Homegrown: 4/16

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not reported

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 reported

MATCH QUOTES

“Dion is sat in the dressing room and just can’t believe it. “It’s almost become a psychological barrier. We had the best chance of the game but all our strikers don’t seem able to score. We’ve had some quite incredible misses. “In all the time I’ve been a manager I cannot think of a similar run. It’s mystifying. “It’s still a good point for us after the draw at Manchester United,. “We’ve produced two good performances, but the points we’re getting are not appreciated because they don’t move us very far up the table.” Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Monday, 4 November, 2002

*Wasteful Dublin fails to cash in on Glasgow gloom* Glasgow provided a depressing Uefa Cup result for Blackburn in the midweek Battle of Britain, and Dublin should have done the same for their Premiership ambitions yesterday. Dion Dublin, the Aston Villa striker, was guilty of a miss which was extraordinary even by the recent abysmal standards set by Graham Taylor’s team, who have found goals so elusive this season. With 69 minutes gone, Dublin met Jlloyd Samuel’s cross six yards out but sliced his shot woefully wide, taking with it Villa’s chance of their first away win of the season. “Dion is sat in the dressing room and just can’t believe it,” said Taylor. A look at Villa’s scoring record shows only seven goals in 12 games and makes you wonder why Dublin was so shocked. This was the eighth time they had failed to find the target, and he and the other five strikers in their squad have managed only three goals between them. Taylor said: “It’s almost become a psychological barrier. We had the best chance of the game but all our strikers don’t seem able to score. We’ve had some quite incredible misses. “In all the time I’ve been a manager I cannot think of a similar run. It’s mystifying.” The fault doesn’t lie entirely with the strikers, however. They were left to feed on scraps yesterday as Villa created only two other clear opportunities - when Juan Pablo Angel headed wide in the 30th minute and Ian Taylor’s close-range shot was blocked by the Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. With his attack so devoid of inspiration, it is vital for Taylor’s future at Villa Park that his defence remain as organised as they were here. The midlands club have conceded only 11 goals this season, although they lived dangerously at times as Blackburn pursued their third successive Premiership victory. Dwight Yorke was the threat Villa highlighted before the start. It seemed preordained that Yorke, so impressive against Celtic, would score on his 31st birthday against his former club. Instead he couldn’t muster a single attempt on goal and was replaced by Egil Ostenstad after only 20 minutes of the second half. His partner Andy Cole was responsible for their best moments, prompted by Damien Duff, who was an increasingly influential figure as the game wore on. Cole went closest to a Blackburn goal after only three minutes when his header was touched against the bar by the keeper Peter Enckelman. Garry Flitcroft also shot over from a good opportunity created by David Thompson. Otherwise it was a first half to forget. After Friedel made his excellent save from Ian Taylor in the 47th minute Blackburn enjoyed their best spell. Enckelman saved Duff’s deflected shot with his trailing leg and there were openings for Flitcroft and Duff on either side of that escape for Villa. Blackburn’s final chance vanished when Cole was sent clear by Tugay Kerimoglu’s 78th-minute pass and scooped the ball over the bar, leaving Graeme Souness to open another debate about tired footballers. “We looked jaded and the very obvious reason is the hard game we had on Thursday. We didn’t get back until after 3am and there was the emotional factor of playing Celtic. “We were a yard off the pace because of Thursday’s game and, without it, we would have caused them a lot more problems. Those who starred in Glasgow found it difficult to get back to that level. “That’s the price of the ticket, though, and something we have to live with as long as we are in the Uefa Cup. Anyway, I’ve see