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Game #4749

Sunday, 2 February 2003

Attendance: 29,171

Won

Premier League

11th (+1)

Blackburn Rovers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa record successive wins for the second time this season and the second time in a month to make it ten wins in twenty six Premier League games under Graham Taylor as they climb to 11th in the table.

Aston Villa

3-0

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | Joey Guรฐjรณnsson | 2โ€™ | Gareth Barry | 40โ€™ | Ulises de la Cruz | 81โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin celebrates his brace against Blackburn to secure consecutive wins and make it ten wins in twenty six Premier League games under Graham Taylor, Sunday, 2 February 2003.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 2โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Joey Guรฐjรณnsson
๐ŸŸจ | 34โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 40โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Stefan Moore, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz
โšฝ | 81โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Gareth Barry, Assist by Ulises de la Cruz
๐Ÿ” | 84โ€™ Sub off, Mark Delaney, Sub on, Steve Staunton
๐Ÿ” | 89โ€™ Sub off, Joey Guรฐjรณnsson, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Less than a month after being humiliated by the same opposition at home, Villa, apparently rejuvenated, put Blackburn to the sword to record successive victories and climb to 11th in the table.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #48 |
Sunday, 2 February 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 4.05pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 14 Dec 02, Villa 2-1 Albion (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean

TEAM NEWS

Graham Taylor names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.00 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.81 |

Youngest Player |
F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.36 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Graeme Souness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (๐Ÿคก)

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
M Joey Guรฐjรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nils-Eric Johansson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Vratislav Greลกko | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Martin Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Jay McEveley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB John Curtis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tugay KerimoฤŸlu | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Garry Flitcroft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Andrew Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Dwight Yorke (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | for CF Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 84โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Joey Guรฐjรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 89โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Vratislav Greลกko | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | (CF Matt Jansen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | RB John Curtis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Egil ร˜stenstad | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |)
๐Ÿ” | M David Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Keith Gillespie | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alan Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jonathon Douglas | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 6/11
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 : 8/16
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 : 6/11

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 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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not reported

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"It's been a great week. One of our problems is we've not been able to get successive wins.

โ€œDion has always been a leader and his attitude has been first class. I canโ€™t see Sven picking him but if he has a problem on the left-hand side, which everyone keeps telling him he has, then I think Gareth is well worth a look.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 3 February, 2003

*Evergreen Dublin defies the doubters*

Dion Dublin was so out of favour towards the end of last season that Aston Villaโ€™s manager Graham Taylor sent the striker out on loan to Millwall in the hope that he would like life with the Lions so much that they would be daft enough to take him off the Villa Park wage bill.

But after two goals here swelled Dublinโ€™s Premiership haul to nine in 12 matches, he might feel justified in sitting close to his phone on Saturday night in the expectation that Sven-Goran Eriksson will offer him a recall to the England side.

Eriksson, who was here to monitor the progress of Gareth Barry and Darius Vassell, might even have taken the opportunity to have a word with Dublin, who won the last of his four caps against the Czech Republic three years ago

With his 34th birthday approaching, he might be a bit long in the tooth for Erikssonโ€™s kindergarten squad. But apart from James Beattie and Alan Shearer, who has retired from the international scene, there is no English-born striker in such a rich vein of scoring form.

Eriksson was just settling into his seat when Dublin rose to head home a free-kick from Joey Gudjonsson 90 seconds into the game. Just to prove that his threat is not all aerial, as some people might have thought, he cushioned a pass from Barry five minutes from half-time before drilling it past Blackburnโ€™s goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Taylor said: โ€œDion has always been a leader and his attitude has been first class. I canโ€™t see Sven picking him but if he has a problem on the left-hand side, which everyone keeps telling him he has, then I think Gareth is well worth a look.โ€

If Taylor can feel a certain smugness at getting what almost amounts to a new striker for nothing in Dublin, the feeling will be balanced by the embarrassment of paying ยฃ5m to replace him with the now out-of-favour Peter Crouch, who looks as though he was born to play in the NBA.

Dublinโ€™s form apart, you would have thought that the socially active Eriksson would have better things to occupy his Sunday afternoons. The supporters of both sides certainly did, with Villa announcing a crowd of 29,171, their second-lowest attendance in the Premiership this season.

A big reason for that was doubtless the fact that fans could sit at home and watch the match on television, with the added bonus, given the quality of much of the play, of switching channels.

Even so, it is a worrying trend, suggesting that fans are beginning to adjust to the idea of football as a fireside game, freeing them from the trouble and expense of actually leaving home to support their team. Blackburn, admittedly shorn of many of their more exciting players, were a pale shadow of the side that won here 4-1 in the third round of the FA Cup last month, Barry completing their misery with a neatly taken goal that will have done nothing to harm his England chances.

Afterwards Graeme Souness, the Blackburn manager, said: โ€œWe werenโ€™t at the races today. It was a miserable day for us but I was angry that Ronnie Johnsen tried to get our young defender James McEveley sent off. I thought he was a proper player but now heโ€™s just another Johnny Foreigner, like so many of them.โ€

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*The Guardian*
Tuesday, 4 February, 2003

*Souness faces FA rap after blast at Johnsen*

The Blackburn Rovers manager Graeme Souness could find himself in trouble with the Football Association following his verbal blast at Aston Villa defender Ronny Johnsen.

Souness has already requested a personal FA hearing after being charged following an altercation with the fourth official Matt Messias during Roversโ€™ Worthington Cup quarter-final win at Wigan in December which ended with the fiery Scot being sent from the dugout.

The former Liverpool manager did not hold back yesterday as he accused former Manchester United and Norway centre-back Johnsen of trying to get Rovers defender James McEveley sent off during his sideโ€™s 3-0 defeat at Villa Park.

McEveley was involved in a heavy challenge with the Villa full-back Mark Delaney, which forced the Wales international to be substituted with an ankle problem 10 minutes from time. But Sounessโ€™s wrath was directed at Johnsen after he protested about the challenge by McEveley to referee Mike Dean.

โ€œIโ€™m extremely upset with Johnsen,โ€ said Souness. โ€œI thought he was a proper player, but he wanted our young player [McEveley] to be sent off. It was two young lads going for the ball and Johnsen raced over to the ref to tell him to send our player off.

โ€œI always thought he was a proper player, but now to me heโ€™s just another Johnny Foreigner - and there are a few of those around.โ€