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Game #4762

Aston Villa

Lost

14th

Saturday, 16 August 2003

Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥

Premier League

Portsmouth

Fratton Park

Attendance: 20,101

Portsmouth

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa open the season, and David O'Leary's first game in charge, with defeat at newly promoted Portsmouth.

KEY MAN

Thomas Sörensen made his debut in a disappointing opening day defeat at Portsmouth, Saturday, 16 August 2003.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 16 August 2003

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Thomas Sörensen, Gavin McCann
🟨 | 20’ Booking, Gavin McCann
🥅 | 42’ Goal, 0-1, (Portsmouth), Teddy Sheringham
🕒 | Portsmouth 1-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | Sub off, Peter Whittingham, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
🥅 | 63’ Goal, 0-2, (Portsmouth), Patrik Berger
🔁 | Sub off, Juan Pablo Ángel, Sub on, Peter Crouch
🟨 | 79’ Booking, Lee Hendrie
⚽ | Goal, 2-1, Gareth Barry (pen)
🟥 | Sending off, Gareth Barry, foul & abusive language
🕒 | Portsmouth 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

New boss David O'Leary takes charge of his first Villa game. Not a universally welcomed appointment but a welcome change, O'Leary handed debuts to his summer signings, Thomas Sörensen and Gavin McCann - both arriving from relegated Sunderland but of significantly greater quality than other recent imports. Goalkeeper Sörensen made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining in July 2003 for a fee of £2,700,000.

Midfielder McCann made his debut for Villa aged 25 after joining in July 2003 for a fee of £3,040,000.

Aston Villa

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

Portsmouth

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1949-50

FIXTURE HISTORY

Portsmouth

Previous 5 vs. Portsmouth: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 16 August 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 12.30pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 1 | 🟩 | 0 🟨 | 0 🟥 1 | 0.00

Villa Career Form:

Relegation

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Barber | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Tring, 1994-2004 🆘
Matches Officiated: 21
🟩 : 7
🟨 : 6
🟥 : 8
🆘 : 3
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 22 March 2003, Villa 2-2 Southampton, Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium.
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟥 🟨

Portsmouth

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

New boss David O'Leary hands debuts to Thomas Sörensen and Gavin McCann whilst Alpay Özalan and Ronny Johnsen are selected ahead of Olof Mellberg as is Marcus Allbäck over Peter Crouch. Peter Whittingham starts the first game of the season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.59 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 34.21 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 18.95 |

MANAGER

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

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Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sörensen | 🇩🇰 | 🟢 |
CB Alpay Özalan | 🇹🇷 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟥 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Gavin McCann | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | 🟨 |
W Peter Whittingham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
F Marcus Allbäck | 🇸🇪 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Harry Redknapp | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Portsmouth

GK Shaka Hislop | 🇹🇹 |
CB Dejan Stefanović | 🇸🇰 | 🟨 |
CB Hayden Foxe | 🇦🇺 |
CB Arjan de Zeeuw | 🇳🇱 |
RB Boris Živković | 🇭🇷 |
M Nigel Quashie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Amdy Faye | 🇸🇳 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Steve Stone (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Patrik Berger | 🇨🇿 | ⚽ |
F Teddy Sheringham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Yakubu Ayegbeni | 🇳🇬 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | for W Peter Whittingham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 59’ |
🔁 CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 77’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Amdy Faye | 🇸🇳 | (RB Sébastien Schemmel | 🇫🇷 |)
🔁 | CF Yakubu Ayegbeni | 🇳🇬 | (CF Vincent Péricard | 🇫🇷 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Harald Wapenaar | 🇳🇱 |
M Gary O'Neil | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Deon Burton | 🇯🇲 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 4/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/16
Homegrown: 5/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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

🟢 GK Thomas Sörensen | 🇩🇰 |
🟢 M Gavin McCann | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Villa offered nothing in response until they were offered a very fortunate lifeline with eight minutes left."

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 16 August, 2003

*Pompey make dream start* Portsmouth’s veteran summer signings Teddy Sheringham and Patrik Berger gave the Premiership newcomers a winning start against Aston Villa. Former England striker Sheringham and Czech Republic midfield man Berger struck either side of half-time to make it a miserable start for new Villa boss David O’Leary at a vibrant Fratton Park. Gareth Barry pulled a goal back for Villa later on from the spot - but then piled on the misery for O’Leary when he was sent off for dissent with three minutes left. Portsmouth survived an anxious last few moments, but held on to make it a triumphant return to the top flight after romping to the First Division title last season. Villa new boy Gavin McCann’s debut got off to an eventful start as he had to leave the field after 10 minutes for lengthy treatment and five stitches in a head wound. He returned blood-spattered but was then harshly booked by referee Graham Barber for a foul on Sheringham. McCann was swiftly followed by Portsmouth debutant Amdy Faye after a clash with Lee Hendrie. Villa had the better of the first half - posing a particular danger from set-pieces. Marcus Allback had a header ruled out for a foul by Alpay - and then the Turkey defender missed a glorious chance to put Villa ahead after 31 minutes. Barry’s free-kick found Alpay totally unmarked eight yards out, but he sent a stooping header wide. And Villa paid a heavy price when Pompey took the lead through veteran Sheringham three minutes before the interval. Sheringham had already posted the warning signals with a 20-yard free-kick that drifted inches wide. And the veteran made no mistake when he scored from close range after Thomas Sorensen blocked an effort from Yakubu Ayegbeni. Villa threatened briefly after the break, but it was Pompey who doubled their advantage after 62 minutes, And it was another new boy Berger, who applied a brilliant left foot finish to instant control to punish hesitation in the Villa defence. Villa offered nothing in response until they were offered a very fortunate lifeline with eight minutes left. Barry stumbled under challenge from Boris Zivkovic, and referee Barber pointed to the spot despite no obvious contact. The Villa star recovered to score - but was then sent off five minutes later for dissent aimed at the referee’s assistant as Villa’s day ended in defeat

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