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Game #4741

Aston Villa

Saturday, 21 December 2002

Lost

15th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 38,284

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Villa lose for the third time in four in all competitions to leave them with six wins in nineteen Premier League games under Graham Taylor as they remain 15th in the table.

Chelsea

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Peter Enckelman, woeful goalkeeping

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 21 December 2002

๐ŸŸจ | 30โ€™ Booking, Steve Staunton
๐Ÿฅ… | 42โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Eidur Guรฐjohnsen
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 51โ€™ Booking, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿฅ… | 57โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Chelsea), Frank Lampard
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Mark Kinsella
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, ร–yvind Leonhardsen, Sub on, Juan Pablo รngel
๐Ÿ” | 62โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐ŸŸจ | 76โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa fail to score in the Premier League for the eleventh time in nineteen games to leave Graham Taylor with 15 defeats, 9 wins and 8 draws in 32 League games since taking over in 2001-02.

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

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #40 |
Saturday, 21 December 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 40 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 13 ๐ŸŸจ | 9 ๐ŸŸฅ 18 | 1.20

Career Form:

Bottom 8

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 1 Jan 02, Villa 1-2 Sunderland (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Chelsea

None

TEAM NEWS

Mustapha Hadji and Steve Staunton replace Ulises de la Cruz and Ronny Johnsen.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.79 |

Oldest Player |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.94 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | 20.73 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Claudio Ranieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M ร–yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Chelsea

GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Graeme Le Saux | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB William Gallas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mario Melchiot | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Jody Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Boudewijn Zenden | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Mario Staniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M ร–yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 62โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Boudewijn Zenden | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (LB Celestine Babayaro | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Mario Staniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (W Jesper Grรธnkjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Ed de Goey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Albert Ferrer | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 5/11

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
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 : 4/11

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 : 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not reported

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

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

โ€‹

Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not reported

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"I thought that for the first 30 minutes today it was hard to see who was in the top three and who wasn't."

Graham Taylor.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 21 December, 2002

*Chelsea cruise past Villa*

Chelsea maintained the pressure on leaders Arsenal with a deserved victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Eidur Gudjohnsen fired Chelsea into a first-half lead after the hosts had survived a good period of Villa pressure.

And Frank Lampard made sure of all three points with a bizarre second after the interval that left Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman facing another appearance on Auntieโ€™s Bloomers.

The win moves Claudio Ranieriโ€™s men into second place, with Manchester United playing Blackburn on Sunday, and reaffirms Chelseaโ€™s status as real challengers for the Premiership crown.

Gianfranco Zola was dropped from the Chelsea starting line-up for the first time in three months.

The Italian striker was at fault for the goal that sent his side crashing out of the Worthington Cup against Manchester United on Tuesday.

Zolaโ€™s absence gave Gudjohnsen the chance to rekindle his once prolific partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

That it took 42 minutes for Hasselbaink to set up the Icelandic forward for Chelseaโ€™s opener said much about Villaโ€™s first-half display.

Graham Taylorโ€™s men had matched their London hosts in the early exchanges and Villaโ€™s adventurous, attacking approach almost brought them a goal from the outset.

First Lee Hendrieโ€™s goal-bound shot was deflected away by Graeme Le Saux and then Olof Mellberg struck the crossbar from the resulting corner with only a minute gone.

Mustapha Hadji, impressive against Liverpool, continued his improved form and caused Chelsea problems on the left.

The Moroccan also went close to giving Villa the lead, but he dragged his shot across the face of Carlo Cudiciniโ€™s goal

However, Gudjohnsen was unerringly accurate with his finish from a similar position and punished Villa for not capitalising on their early dominance.

If Villa were unlucky to be behind at the break, they could have no complaints about conceding soon after the interval.

Gudjohnsen was denied a second goal by a brilliant piece of agility from Enckelman, who somehow managed to deflect away the Chelsea strikerโ€™s effort with his body.

But the Villa goalkeeper was distracted by Gudjohnsen moments later.

Enckelman was guilty of watching the player rather than the ball as Lampardโ€™s cross from the left evaded everyone and finished in the back of the net to end the game as a contest.

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