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Game #4744

Aston Villa

Won

14th (-)

Wednesday, 1 January 2003

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩

Premier League

Bolton Wanderers

Villa Park

Attendance: 31,838

Aston Villa

2-0

Bolton Wanderers

Assist(s) | Alan Wright | 8’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win consecutive Premier League games for the first time for the first time this season to make it eight wins in twenty two Premier League games under Graham Taylor but they remain 14th in the table.

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin opens the scoring on 8' to secure Villa consecutive wins for the first time this season and make it eight wins in twenty two Premier League games under Graham Taylor, Wednesday, 1 January 2003

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 1 January 2003

⚽ | 8’ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Alan Wright
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
🟨 | 55’ Booking, Thomas Hitzlsperger
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Lee Hendrie
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, Juan Pablo Ángel, Sub on, Darius Vassell
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sub on, Mark Kinsella
⚽ | 80’ Goal, 2-0, Darius Vassell
🔁 | 88’ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Stephen Cooke 🟢
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

ON THIS DAY

Villa open the New Year with a win - their second in succession, and third in six League games - taking Graham Taylor’s haul to 11 wins in 35 Premier League matches, 16 defeats and 8 draws.

Aston Villa

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

Bolton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1957-58

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bolton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Bolton: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

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Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #43 |
Wednesday, 1 January 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Matt Messias | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 43 | 🟩 | 15 🟨 | 9 🟥 19 | 1.26

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Matt Messias | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Matches Officiated: 4
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 6 November 2002, League Cup, Villa 3-0 Oxford, Kassam Stadium.
Cards: 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨

Bolton Wanderers

None

TEAM NEWS

Alan Wright (first start in 22) Lee Hendrie and Ulises de la Cruz replace Mustapha Hadji, Mark Kinsella and Ronny Johnsen.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.69 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.72 |

Youngest Player |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 20.03 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 🔁 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Sam Allardyce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Bolton Wanderers

GK Jussi Jääskeläinen | 🇫🇮 |
LB Simon Charlton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Ricardo Gardner | 🇯🇲 |
CB Guðni Bergsson | 🇮🇸 |
CB Mike Whitlow | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Anthony Barness | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Per Frandsen | 🇩🇰 | 🔁 |
M Jay-Jay Okocha | 🇳🇬 |
M Kevin Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Michael Ricketts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Henrik Pedersen | 🇩🇰 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 66’ |
🔁 M Mark Kinsella | 🇮🇪 | for M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 66’ |
🔁 M Stephen Cooke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 88’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Per Frandsen | 🇩🇰 | (M Stig Tøfting | 🇩🇰 |)
🔁 | M Kevin Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Bülent Akin | 🇹🇷 |)
🔁 | CF Henrik Pedersen | 🇩🇰 | (CF Delroy Facey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
CB Liam Ridgewell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Kevin Poole (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Danny Livesey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/16
Homegrown: 8/16

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not reported

MATCH QUOTES

"Darius Vassell took his goal without thinking and I'm delighted with the win. “We’ve had an inconsistent season.” Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 1 January, 2003.

*Villa outclass Bolton* Goals from Dion Dublin - his third in three games - and Darius Vassell were enough to put the brakes on Bolton’s recent resurgence in a hard-fought game at Villa Park. Villa’s win moved them 10 points clear of the relegation zone as their good run of home form continued. But Bolton - who paid the price for some careless defending - find themselves back in trouble at the wrong end of the table. The visitors, beaten just twice in their previous nine league games, made a confident start and a JLloyd Samuel mistake let in Bolton’s Jay-Jay Okocha, but his shot was blocked. Villa’s eighth-minute opener came against the run of play as they hit Bolton on the counter-attack in their first real attack of the game Alan Wright’s cross from the left outfoxed the daydreaming Bolton defence and Lee Hendrie’s intelligent dummy gave Dublin the space to sidefoot the ball into the net from 10 yards. Gareth Barry wasted the chance to double Villa’s lead in the 16th minute when he headed straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen from Tomas Hitzlsperger’s corner. Bolton had chances to recover, with striker Kevin Nolan firing over from six yards on 20 minutes after getting on the end of Jay-Jay Okocha’s inch-perfect cross. Ricardo Gardner then completely miscued from a similar position and Michael Ricketts swivelled inside the box but his effort lacked accuracy. Villa keeper Stefan Postma, keeping his place despite Peter Enckelman’s recovery from injury, saved good shots from Nolan and Henrik Pedersen as Okocha’s creativity put the home side on the back foot. Nevertheless, Villa continued to look dangerous on the break with Juan Pablo Angel having plenty of success in the air against the Bolton back four. And Angel’s knockdown to Dublin put Ulises de la Cruz in, but a poor first touch from the Ecuadorian saw the chance vanish. Villa made a promising start to the second half, but they squandered another great chance within 60 seconds of the restart - the story of Villa’s season so far. De la Cruz’s deep cross found Barry unmarked 10 yards out, but his shot flew just past the post. But second-half substitute Darius Vassell showed his team-mates the way on 80 minutes after he capitalised on Gudni Bergsson’s error at the back. Vassell caught the defender dithering in possession and robbed him of the ball before coolly finishing from a narrow angle to ensure a deserved three points for Graham Taylor’s men.

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