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Game #4743

Aston Villa

Saturday, 28 December 2002

Won

14th (+2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 33,637

Middlesbrough

Villa Park

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.

Aston Villa

1-0

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | Juan Pablo รngel | 11โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, winner

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 28 December 2002

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Rob Edwards
๐Ÿ” | 4โ€™ Sub off, Mustapha Hadji, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz
โšฝ | 11โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Juan Pablo รngel
๐ŸŸฅ | 24โ€™ Sending off, (Middlesbrough), Mark Wilson
๐ŸŸจ | 33โ€™ Booking, Ulises de la Cruz
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Middlesbrough
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ronny Johnsen, Sub on, Alan Wright
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
๐ŸŸจ | 78โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐Ÿ•’ | 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: ๐Ÿ†
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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 42 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 14 ๐ŸŸจ | 9 ๐ŸŸฅ 19 | 1.21

Career Form:

Bottom 8

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 30 Mar 02, Villa 2-3 Bolton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Middlesbrough

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Rob Styles

TEAM NEWS

Stefan Postma, Ronny Johnsen and Juan Pablo รngel 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 | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.71 |

Youngest Player |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 20.02 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Steve McLaren | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Middlesbrough

GK Mark Schwarzer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Frank Queudrue | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Ugo Ehiogu (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Stuart Parnaby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Luke Wilkshire | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mark Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Jonathan Greening | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Njitap Geremi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CF Joseph-Dรฉsirรฉ Job | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
F Szilard Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” | for M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 4โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Stuart Parnaby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Massimo Maccarone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | RB Luke Wilkshire | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | (LB Tony Vidmar | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Szilard Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | (CF Noel Whelan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Wayne Henderson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Crossley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Windass | 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 : 4/11
Homegrown: 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 : 6/16
Homegrown: 6/16

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 : 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 : 8/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not reported

UNAVAILABLE

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 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

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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

๐ŸŸข CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not reported

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY 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."

*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 Middlesbroughโ€™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.

Middlesbroughโ€™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 Boltonโ€™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 Angelโ€™s direct cross created the chance. Dublinโ€™s volley might have taken a deflection off the unfortunate Wilson; either way, its looped flight finished in Mark Schwarzerโ€™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 Stylesโ€™s decision.

The home side then poured forward. Samuel obliged Schwarzer to make a smart save, but the Australian keeper could do nothing about Barryโ€™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 Middlesbroughโ€™s chance of redemption - high into the despairing Boro supporters.