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Game #4740

Aston Villa

Lost

Quarter Final

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥

League Cup

Liverpool

Villa Park

Attendance: 38,530

Aston Villa

3-4

Liverpool

Assist(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose in the League Cup Quarter Final in farcical scenes on and off the pitch that underlined the parlous state of the running of the football club under Taylor and Ellis.

KEY MAN

Ellis' folly years in the making reaches a pinnacle on a freezing cold winter evening, Wednesday, 18 December, 2002.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

⚽ | 23’ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell (pen)
🥅 | 27’ Goal, 1-1, (Liverpool), Danny Murphy
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
🥅 | 54’ Goal, 1-2, (Liverpool), Milan Baroš
🥅 | 67’ Goal, 1-3, (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard
⚽ | 72’ Goal, 2-3, Thomas Hitzlsperger
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
🔁 | 83’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Mark Kinsella
⚽ | 88’ Goal, 3-3, Own Goal, Stéphane Henchoz
🥅 | 90’+2 Goal, 3-4, (Liverpool), Danny Murphy
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 3-4 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Euphemistically called 'ticketing problems'. More accurately it was yet another example of the parsimonious and incompetent way the club was being run. An out of touch Chairman cut back on turnstiles to reduce costs. Cue queues. As unnecessary as it was embarrassing it was yet another sign that the 2002-03 season was a watershed one with incompetence prevalent on and off the pitch. As strange as it may sound the Ellis apologists, of whom there were still a few, began to waver in their support - not because of his myriad failures to support his managers and the fans' ambition - but because they were made to wait in the cold to watch another Villa capitulation under Graham Taylor.

Aston Villa

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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2000-01

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #26 |
Manager Game | #39 |
Wednesday, 18 December 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 7.45pm, KICK-OFF DELAYED UNTIL 9.05pm DUE TO TICKETING PROBLEMS
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Score: 🟥 3-4
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 39 | 🟩 | 13 🟨 | 9 🟥 17 | 1.23

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004 🆘
Matches Officiated: 19
🟩 : 7
🟨 : 5
🟥 : 7
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 30 November 2002, Villa 1-3 Arsenal, Highbury.
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Liverpool

🟨 🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Ulises de la Cruz replaces Steve Staunton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.50 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.68 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 20.72 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 🔁 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | ⚽ |
M Öyvind Leonhardsen | 🇳🇴 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 |

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Liverpool

GK Chris Kirkland | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB John Arne Riise | 🇳🇴 |
CB Stéphane Henchoz |🇨🇭| 🟨 |
CB Sami Hyypiä | 🇫🇮 | 🟨 |
CB Markus Babbel | 🇩🇪 | 🔁 |
CB Djimi Traoré | 🇲🇱 |
M Danny Murphy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ | 🟨 |
M Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Salif Diao | 🇸🇳 |
CF Milan Baroš | 🇨🇿 | ⚽ |
F Michael Owen | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 79’ |
🔁 M Mark Kinsella | 🇮🇪 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 83’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Markus Babbel | 🇩🇪 | (CB Jamie Carragher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | F Michael Owen | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 |
F Marcus Allbäck | 🇸🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jerzy Dudek | 🇵🇱 |
M Vladimir Šmicer | 🇨🇿 |
CF El-Hadji Diouf | 🇸🇳 |

SQUAD STATS

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

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

SQUAD STATS

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Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/13

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

“Football can be a cruel game and it has been very cruel to us today.” Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT