Monday, 3 March 2003
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
If September's defeat was a surprising embarrassment this loss to Birmingham, only Villa's second in fifteen years, was simply shameful, on and off the pitch with the manager compounding defeat with needless arrogance.
Assist(s) | None
Dion Dublin feigns a headbutt and gets a red as Villa put on a shameful performance on and off the pitch to leave them well beaten by a relegation threatened Birmingham side, Monday, 3 March 2003
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Stefan Moore, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji
🟥 | 51’ Sending off, Dion Dublin
🥅 | 74’ Goal, 0-1, (Birmingham City), Stan Lazaridis
🟨 | 75’ Booking, Joey Guðjónsson
🥅 | 77’ Goal, 0-2, (Birmingham City), Geoff Horsfield
🟨 | 81’ Booking, Joey Guðjónsson
🟥 | 81’ Sending off, Joey Guðjónsson
🔁 | 89’ Sub off, Alan Wright, Sub on, Peter Crouch
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Birmingham City
ON THIS DAY
Villa lose for the third successive game and have now failed score in fourteen of 29 league matches and Graham Taylor records a 20th Premier League defeat in 42 games. The once venerated manager is no longer the subject of deference as his defeatist, dismissive and self absorbed response to defeat exacerbates the chasm that this most torrid of seasons had begun to create.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1962-63
Previous 5 vs. Birmingham: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥
Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #51 |
Monday, 3 March 2003
Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013 🆘
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 26 Dec 02, Villa 1-3 Manchester City (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨
Jlloyd Samuel, Dion Dublin, Lee Hendrie and Stefan Moore return with Alpay Özalan, Ulises de la Cruz, Mark Kinsella and Peter Crouch drop out.
Starting XI Average Age
| 25.94 |
Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴 | 33.88 |
Youngest Player |
F Stefan Moore | 🏴 | 19.44 |
Graham Taylor | 🏴 |
Steve Bruce | 🏴 |
GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴 | 🔁 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴 |
M Joey Guðjónsson | 🇮🇸 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴 | 🟥 |
F Stefan Moore | 🏴 | 🔁 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴 |
GK Nico Vaesen | 🇧🇪 |
LB Jamie Clapham | 🏴 |
CB Kenny Cunningham | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
CB Matthew Upson | 🏴 |
RB Jeff Kenna | 🇮🇪 |
M Robbie Savage | 🏴 | 🔁 |
M Damien Johnson | 🇬🇧 |
M Stephen Clemence | 🏴 |
W Stan Lazaridis | 🇦🇺 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Clinton Morrison | 🏴 | 🔁 |
CF Christophe Dugarry | 🇫🇷 |
🔁 M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 | for CF Stefan Moore | 🏴 | 46’ |
🔁 CF Peter Crouch | 🏴 | for LB Alan Wright | 🏴 | 89’ |
🔁 | M Robbie Savage | 🏴 | (M Darren Carter | 🏴 |)
🔁 | W Stan Lazaridis | 🇦🇺 | (M Paul Devlin | 🏴 | (🟨) )
🔁 | CF Clinton Morrison | 🏴 | (CF Geoff Horsfield | 🏴 | ⚽ |)
GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 |
GK Ian Bennett | 🏴 |
CF Stern John | 🇹🇹 |
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 10/16
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
"As referee Mark Halsey mulled over whether to book the Villa striker for a late tackle on Savage, Dublin then headbutted the Birmingham midfielder."
Monday, 3 March, 2003
*Blues win fierce derby*
For the second time this season the Midlands derby ended disastrously for Aston Villa, who finished the game with nine men as they went down to their local rivals.
Dion Dublin and Joey Gudjonsson were sent off for the home side as Birmingham scored twice in the last 16 minutes.
Goals from Stan Lazaridis and Geoff Horsfield helped the visitors move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Horsfield profited from another piece of lame goalkeeping from Peter Enckelman, who had given away a bizarre own goal in the first meeting at St Andrews.
As with that first meeting, this game also saw fans running on to the pitch in the closing stages as the match degenerated into farce.
Dublin was dismissed five minutes into the second half.
As referee Mark Halsey mulled over whether to book the Villa striker for a late tackle on Savage, Dublin then headbutted the Birmingham midfielder.
Gudjonsson was red-carded for a two-footed tackle on Matthew Upson nine minutes from time.
A couple of Savage’s challenges, particularly one on Gudjonsson, had set the tone for this bruising encounter.
Gudjonsson and Christophe Dugarry had also clashed intermittently throughout the match and their running feud saw the Frenchman appear to spit at the Icelandic player.
Despite the feisty tackling it took 35 minutes before Halsey booked a player - showing a yellow card to Kenny Cunningham for his high tackle on Gareth Barry.
At least when the ball did intermittently reach either penalty area the tackling was more judicious.
Notably when Jeff Kenna denied Barry with a last-ditch tackle, while Dublin was similarly thwarted by Jamie Clapham.
Two spectacular long-range volleys also stood out in a frenetic first half.
Lee Hendrie drove just wide of the Birmingham post, while at the other end of the pitch Peter Enckelman reacted quickly to tip a dipping effort from Dugarry over the bar.
Clinton Morrison should have also done better with a header from a Damien Johnson cross.
On 74 minutes Lazaridis got on to the end of a Kenna cross to give Birmingham the lead.
Soon after, Horsfield doubled Birmingham’s advantage after he capitalised on Enckelman’s indecision, and Gudjonsson was dismissed four minutes later.
Horsfield ended the game in goal for Birmingham after Nico Vaesen was injured clearing the ball.
The win leaves Birmingham six points ahead of third-from-bottom West Ham.