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Game #4757

Saturday, 19 April 2003

Attendance: 39,358

Won

Premier League

13th (+1)

Chelsea

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time in eight as they beat Chelsea to make it eleven wins in thirty four Premier League games under Graham Taylor.

Aston Villa

2-1

Chelsea

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 11โ€™ | Darius Vassell | 78โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Marcus Allbรคck, brace to beat Chelsea

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 11โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Marcus Allbรคck, Assist by Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 18โ€™ Sub off, Joey Guรฐjรณnsson, Sub on, Steve Staunton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Marcus Allbรคck, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Chelsea), John Terry
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™ Booking, ร–yvind Leonhardsen
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea

ON THIS DAY

As if from nowhere Villa conjure up a first win in eight against 4th placed Chelsea with Marcus Allbรคck, a player who had hitherto looked less than likely to score, hit a brace to deliver Graham Taylor his 14th top flight win in 47 matches since his return.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #43 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #56 |
Saturday, 19 April 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 28 Dec 02, Villa 1-0 Middlesbrough (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Chelsea

None

Rob Styles

TEAM NEWS

ร–yvind Leonhardsen, Ronny Johnsen and Joey Guรฐjรณnsson return in place of Steve Staunton, Mustapha Hadji and Lee Hendrie.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.41 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 33.88 |

Youngest Player |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 20.33 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Claudio Ranieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Rob Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M ร–yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Joey Guรฐjรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | โšฝ |

Chelsea

GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Graeme Le Saux | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Marcel Desailly | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB William Gallas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Mario Melchiot | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Quique de Lucas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Joey Guรฐjรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 18โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (LB Celestine Babayaro | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | (CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Stephen Cooke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Ed de Goey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Boudewijn Zenden | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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 : 4/11
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 : 6/16
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 : 4/11

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 : 4/16

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 was no more than Graham Taylorโ€™s men deserved as they outplayed opponents who came into the match on the back of four successive wins."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 19 April, 2003

*Allback double sinks Chelsea*

Aston Villa eased any lingering relegation fears and dealt a blow to Chelseaโ€™s Champions League hopes with a fine performance at a windswept Villa Park.

Two Marcus Allback strikes proved the difference, with the Swede volleying home in the 11th minute and adding a second 12 minutes from time, before John Terryโ€™s late header for Chelsea.

And it was no more than Graham Taylorโ€™s men deserved as they outplayed opponents who came into the match on the back of four successive wins.

The victory takes Aston Villa nine points clear of the relegation zone, and leaves Chelsea just two points ahead of Liverpool in the fourth Champions League place.

Chelsea failed to turn parity of possession into meaningful chances in the early stages, while Villa had several good opportunities to make the win more comfortable.

It was all Villa in the early stages and Carlo Cudicini was kept busy from shots by Gareth Barry and Thomas Hitzlsperger.

But Cudicini was powerless to stop Allbackโ€™s first, a right-volley after a sweeping move involving Barry and Joey Gudjonsson.

Gudjonsson was injured soon after and replaced by Steve Staunton, with Barry pushed into the left side of midfield.

Chelsea were fortunate not to concede a penalty when William Gallas looked to have brought down Allback, but play was waved on.

Moments later the visitors were on the attack and Zola played in Graeme Le Saux, whose cross was inches too high for Carlton Cole.

But Villa soon reasserted their authority, with Darius Vassell causing chaos in the Chelsea defence, and boss Claudio Ranieri went down the tunnel an angry-looking man at the break.

In a bid to turn things around, Ranieri brought on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Mario Melchiot to link up with Zola and Cole.

It was an attacking move but the problems remained defensive, and Vassell split the Chelsea rearguard with a flick that sent Rob Edwards through on goal.

The young defender outpaced Marcel Desailly and produced a superb chip that beat Cudicini, but grazed the bar.

A dangerous cross from Edwards followed soon after but failed to find a Villa forward, and a second goal looked to be a matter of time.

Further penalty appeals were rejected after a challenge by Desailly on Hitzlsperger, and Staunton struck a powerful shot against the post in the 54th minute.

Chelseaโ€™s first clear-cut chance of the match came on the hour when Cole played in Enrique de Lucas, but he fired over from eight yards.

Ranieri brought on Eidur Gudjohnsen and Celestine Babayaro for Zola and Le Saux with time running out, but it was Allback who again proved the sharpest, scoring his second in the 78th minute.

There were nervous final moments for Taylorโ€™s men after Terry scored with a header in the 89th minute from a Hasselbaink corner.

The Dutchman then had a late chance for an equaliser with a free-kick from the edge on the area, but could not capitalise.

And while victory should ensure Premiership survival for Villa, it leaves Chelsea looking nervously over their shoulders with four games remaining.