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Game #4744

Wednesday, 1 January 2003

Attendance: 31,838


Premier League

14th (-)

Bolton Wanderers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

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.

Aston Villa


Bolton Wanderers

Assist(s) | Alan Wright | 8โ€™ |


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



โšฝ | 8โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Alan Wright
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐ŸŸจ | 61โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sub on, Mark Kinsella
โšฝ | 80โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Stephen Cooke ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Bolton Wanderers


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

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

Bolton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1957-58


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


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


Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Matt Messias | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Matt Messias | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 6 November 2002, League Cup, Villa 3-0 Oxford, Kassam Stadium.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Bolton Wanderers



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


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.69 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.72 |

Youngest Player |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 20.03 |


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


Sam Allardyce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |

Bolton Wanderers

GK Jussi Jรครคskelรคinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Simon Charlton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Ricardo Gardner | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Guรฐni Bergsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Mike Whitlow | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Anthony Barness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Per Frandsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jay-Jay Okocha | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Kevin Nolan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Michael Ricketts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Henrik Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Stephen Cooke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 88โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Per Frandsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | (M Stig Tรธfting | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Kevin Nolan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Bรผlent Akin | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Henrik Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | (CF Delroy Facey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Kevin Poole (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Danny Livesey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 5/11

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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 8/16



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 : 6/14



Not reported


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not reported


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"Darius Vassell took his goal without thinking and I'm delighted with the win.

โ€œWeโ€™ve had an inconsistent season.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*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 Boltonโ€™s recent resurgence in a hard-fought game at Villa Park.

Villaโ€™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 Boltonโ€™s Jay-Jay Okocha, but his shot was blocked.

Villaโ€™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 Wrightโ€™s cross from the left outfoxed the daydreaming Bolton defence and Lee Hendrieโ€™s intelligent dummy gave Dublin the space to sidefoot the ball into the net from 10 yards.

Gareth Barry wasted the chance to double Villaโ€™s lead in the 16th minute when he headed straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen from Tomas Hitzlspergerโ€™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 Okochaโ€™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 Enckelmanโ€™s recovery from injury, saved good shots from Nolan and Henrik Pedersen as Okochaโ€™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 Angelโ€™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 Villaโ€™s season so far.

De la Cruzโ€™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 Bergssonโ€™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 Taylorโ€™s men.