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Game #4754

Aston Villa

Drew

14th (-)

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨

Saturday, 22 March 2003

Premier League

Southampton

Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium

Attendance: 31,888

Southampton

2-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa stop a run of four consecutive defeats but are held at the last at St Mary's to make it ten wins in thirty one Premier League games under Graham Taylor as they remain 14th in the table.

KEY MAN

Lee Hendrie opens the scoring against Southampton but Villa are pegged back to leave them with ten wins in thirty one Premier League games under Graham Taylor, Saturday, 22 March 2003

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 22 March 2003

⚽ | 30’ Goal, 1-0, Lee Hendrie, Assist by Darius Vassell
⚽ | 36’ Goal, 2-0, Darius Vassell
🥅 | 43’ Goal, 2-1, (Southampton), James Beattie
🕒 | HT Southampton 1-2 Aston Villa
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Peter Crouch, Sub on, Marcus Allbäck
🟨 | 71’ Booking, Gareth Barry
🔁 | 87’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Stefan Moore
🥅 | 90’ Goal, 2-2, (Southampton), Kevin Davies
🕒 | FT Southampton 2-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa, with no win in five, can only draw with Southampton and now have just thirteen League wins in 44 games under Graham Taylor. At a time when Villa desperately needed quality, experience and leadership, left back Alan Wright played his final game for Villa aged 31 before moving to Middlesbrough on a free transfer in June 2003. An unsung hero of Villa, Wright had spent 9 seasons at the club between 1994-95 and 2002-03.

Aston Villa

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

Southampton

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Southampton

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Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #31 |
Manager Game | #53 |
Saturday, 22 March 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Score: 🟨 2-2
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 53 | 🟩 | 17 🟨 | 11 🟥 25 | 1.17

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004
Matches Officiated: 20
🟩 : 7
🟨 : 6
🟥 : 7
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 18 December 2002, League Cup, Villa 3-4 Liverpool, Villa Park 🆘
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Southampton

None

TEAM NEWS

Peter Crouch replaces Dion Dublin.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.90 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 33.80 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 20.98 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2002-03

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Aston Villa

GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔴 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 |
M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 |
CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Gordon Strachan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Southampton

GK Antti Niemi | 🇫🇮 |
LB Wayne Bridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Claus Lundekvam | 🇳🇴 |
CB Michael Svensson | 🇸🇪 |
RB Paul Telfer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Matt Oakley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Prutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Fabrice Fernandes | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jo Tessem | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
CF James Beattie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Brett Ormerod | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 F Marcus Allbäck | 🇸🇪 | for CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 70’ |
🔁 F Stefan Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 87’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M David Prutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Chris Baird | 🇬🇧 |)
🔁 | W Fabrice Fernandes | 🇫🇷 | (CF Kevin Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |)
🔁 | M Jo Tessem | 🇳🇴 | (CB Danny Higginbotham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
CB Rob Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Mark Kinsella | 🇮🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Paul Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
CB Paul Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Homegrown: 7/16

SQUAD STATS

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Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/14

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

🔴 LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1995-03 | 🕒 329 | 324 (5) | ⚽ 5 | 🔥 23 | 🇺 6 | #704 |

MATCH STATS

Not reported

MATCH QUOTES

"An injury-time goal from substitute Kevin Davies salvaged a point for Southampton against struggling Aston Villa."

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 22 March, 2003

*Saints fight back to deny Villa* An injury-time goal from substitute Kevin Davies salvaged a point for Southampton against struggling Aston Villa. Without a win in nearly two months it was cruel finale for a Villa side, who at one stage had led by two goals. Villa rediscovered the goalscoring habit - Graham Taylor’s side had failed to score in nearly five hours - in a match that exploded into life on 30 minutes. Lee Hendrie scored with a slick finish and Darius Vassell added a second six minutes later. Just before the interval James Beattie scored his 20th Premiership goal of the season and with time running out Davies popped up with that late finish. Standing forlornly amid the goalrush was the former Portsmouth striker Crouch, who has failed to score in any competition this season for Villa. Back on the south coast, he was roundly booed from the start and his confidence took a further battering as he missed a succession of chances. After four minutes Vassell pulled the ball back from the right, and Crouch completely missed his shot from eight yards. He then slid in at the far post but failed to touch Thomas Hitzlsperger’s cross home. Hendrie showed Crouch how to do it as the Villa midfielder sparked an enthralling passage of play. The ball squirted square to the little midfielder after a forward raid by Vassell - and Hendrie coolly stroked it past Antti Niemi. Claus Lundekvam’s then underhit his back-pass and Vassell took advantage to poke the ball past Niemi. After Villa’s first goal Beattie had met Fabrice Fernandes’ cross and powered a header against Stefan Postma’s left-hand post. His aim proved truer on 40 minutes when he latched onto a deflection to thump the ball home. Vassell then rounded Niemi but lost his balance and hit the post from right in front of goal. Niemi also saved from Crouch and Hendrie at the end of an thrilling 15 minute period of play. The pace and excitement of second half never matched the opening period, though Crouch delighted the home crowd when he headed wide from a great position. In the 68th minute Ronny Johnsen, on a forward raid, almost squeezed the ball past Niemi from a tight angle. Davies lashed home the equaliser in the 90th minute after a horrendous Johnsen error, slicing Wayne Bridge’s long ball high into the air.

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