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Game #4743

Aston Villa

Won

14th (+2)

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟩

Saturday, 28 December 2002

Premier League

Middlesbrough

Villa Park

Attendance: 33,637

Aston Villa

1-0

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | Juan Pablo Ángel | 11’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the second time in six Premier League games to make it seven wins in twenty one Premier League games under Graham Taylor as they climb back to 14th in the table.

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, winner

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 28 December 2002

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Rob Edwards
🔁 | 4’ Sub off, Mustapha Hadji, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz
⚽ | 11’ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Juan Pablo Ángel
🟥 | 24’ Sending off, (Middlesbrough), Mark Wilson
🟨 | 33’ Booking, Ulises de la Cruz
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Middlesbrough
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Ronny Johnsen, Sub on, Alan Wright
🟨 | 55’ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
🟨 | 78’ Booking, Gareth Barry
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Marcus Allbäck
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Middlesbrough

ON THIS DAY

Villa record their second win in five League games to climb two places to 14th in the table as Graham Taylor ends 2002 with a record of 10 wins in 34 Premier League matches.

Aston Villa

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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

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Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #29 |
League Game | #21 |
Manager Game | #42 |
Saturday, 28 December 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Rob Styles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 42 | 🟩 | 14 🟨 | 9 🟥 19 | 1.21

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Styles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Matches Officiated: 7
🟩 : 5
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 30 Mar 02, Villa 2-3 Bolton (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨

Middlesbrough

🟥 🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Stefan Postma, Ronny Johnsen and Juan Pablo Ángel return and Rob Edwards is handed his debut as Ulises de la Cruz, Darius Vassell, Steve Staunton and Peter Enckelman drop out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.57 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.71 |

Youngest Player |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 20.02 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Stefan Postma | 🇫🇮 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🟢 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 | 🔁 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Mark Kinsella | 🇮🇪 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Steve McLaren | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Middlesbrough

GK Mark Schwarzer | 🇦🇺 |
LB Frank Queudrue | 🇫🇷 |
CB Ugo Ehiogu (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Stuart Parnaby | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
RB Luke Wilkshire | 🇦🇺 | 🔁 |
M Mark Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟥 |
M Jonathan Greening | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Njitap Geremi | 🇨🇲 |
CF Joseph-Désiré Job | 🇨🇲 |
F Szilard Németh | 🇸🇰 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 🟨 | 🔁 | for M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 | 4’ |
🔁 LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 46’ |
🔁 F Marcus Allbäck | 🇸🇪 | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 81’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Stuart Parnaby | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Massimo Maccarone | 🇮🇹 |)
🔁 | RB Luke Wilkshire | 🇦🇺 | (LB Tony Vidmar | 🇦🇺 |)
🔁 | F Szilard Németh | 🇸🇰 | (CF Noel Whelan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Wayne Henderson | 🇮🇪 |
F Stefan Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Mark Crossley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
CF Dean Windass | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 4/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/16
Homegrown: 6/16

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16

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

🟢 CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not reported

MATCH QUOTES

"As the second period developed, the variety of ways Villa almost scored a second goal multiplied. Angel sent a free-kick crashing wide and had a header chested off the line by Stuart Parnaby. De La Cruz sent a succession of crosses just above unmarked attackers, and Barry had two drives blocked."

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Sunday 29 December 2002

*Dangerous Dion snatches a win* Steve McLaren has turned Middlesbrough into an admirably consistent side. But although they are imperious at home, they invariably sulk into frightened-rabbit mode once they hit the road. This was Middlesbrough’s sixth straight away defeat in the Premiership, and it was largely of their own making. Slack marking allowed Dion Dublin a goal he should never have scored, before Mark Wilson was dismissed with less than half an hour on the clock. That the decision was an excessively harsh one is all but immaterial. A side with lofty ambitions never approached the levels of drive and desire needed to be a success in the Premiership. Middlesbrough’s last away goal and win both came at Spurs in September. Villa, meanwhile, put an end to a three-game losing run, and they can look forward to Bolton’s visit on Wednesday with renewed cheer. Graham Taylor stuck some fresh patches on to his ragged coat of a side, most notably giving a debut at right-back to Rob Edwards, just 20. When Mustapha Hadji limped off after four minutes, it took to five the number of changes to the Villa side who lost 3-1 at Manchester City on Boxing Day. Maybe the fresh blood helped, because Villa started impressively and scored before Middlesbrough settled. Juan Pablo Angel’s direct cross created the chance. Dublin’s volley might have taken a deflection off the unfortunate Wilson; either way, its looped flight finished in Mark Schwarzer’s net. Ten minutes later the veteran striker almost doubled the dose, but Schwarzer recovered to tip the ball over. By this stage Villa were dominating possession and play, with Gareth Barry and Jlloyd Samuel combining elegantly down the left, and Angel at the heart of every manoeuvre. Yet the man with the biggest impact on proceedings was the referee, Rob Styles. When Wilson brought down Samuel it was a foul but scarcely foul play. Mr Styles thought otherwise, however, and with Wilson already having been shown the yellow card, the referee reached for red. The contorted bodies and impassioned howls from the Middlesbrough bench stated eloquently their view of Mr Styles’s decision. The home side then poured forward. Samuel obliged Schwarzer to make a smart save, but the Australian keeper could do nothing about Barry’s finger-burning drive. On that occasion, the bar saved him. As the second period developed, the variety of ways Villa almost scored a second goal multiplied. Angel sent a free-kick crashing wide and had a header chested off the line by Stuart Parnaby. De La Cruz sent a succession of crosses just above unmarked attackers, and Barry had two drives blocked. McLaren switched to three at the back to bolster his midfield, allowing his side to maintain the illusion that a comeback was possible. Geremi twice got in promising positions on Boro breaks, but on both occasions the midfielder lashed wide. The Cameroon international did much better with a subsequent free-kick, sending Postma scurrying to his left to tip round the post, but it was former Villa man Ugo Ehiogu who spurned the best chance. In a late scramble he hit a shot - and Middlesbrough’s chance of redemption - high into the despairing Boro supporters.

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