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Game #4775

Aston Villa

Lost

17th (-4)

Saturday, 8 November 2003

Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟥

Premier League

Middlesbrough

Villa Park

Attendance: 29,898

Aston Villa

0-2

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose for the first time at home under David O'Leary and now have just two wins in twelve Premier League games under his leadership.

KEY MAN

Juan Pablo Ángel, tried a 'Beckham' from the half way line

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 8 November 2003

🥅 | 30’ Goal, 0-1, (Middlesbrough), Boudewijn Zenden
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Middlesbrough
🥅 | 49’ Goal, 0-2, (Middlesbrough, pen), Michael Ricketts
🔁 | 51’ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
🔁 | 51’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Darius Vassell
🔁 | 71’ Sub off, Marcus Allbäck, Sub on, Dion Dublin
🟨 | 90’+2 Booking, Olof Mellberg
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough

ON THIS DAY

Villa, without a win in six, lose their fifth League game under David O'Leary and crucially had played five winnable games without picking up maximum points in any.

Aston Villa

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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Saturday, 8 November 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Dermot Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Oxfordshire, 1990-2007
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 14 | 🟩 | 4 🟨 | 5 🟥 5 | 1.21

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Dermot Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Oxfordshire, 1990-2007
Matches Officiated: 17
🟩 : 8
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 6
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 28 Jan 03, Villa 5-2 Middlesbrough (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Middlesbrough

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Lee Hendrie, Marcus Allbäck and Olof Mellberg replace Thomas Hitzlsperger, Ulises de la Cruz and Dion Dublin.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.43 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 34.44 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.18 |

MANAGER

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

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Aston Villa

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

MANAGER

Steve McLaren | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Middlesbrough

GK Carlo Nash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Frank Queudrue | 🇫🇷 |
LB Colin Cooper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Danny Mills | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M George Boateng (ex) | 🇳🇱 |
M Juninho Paulista | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Gaizka Mendieta | 🇪🇸 |
M Doriva | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 |
W Boudewijn Zenden | 🇳🇱 | ⚽ |
CF Michael Ricketts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |

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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 M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 51’ |
🔁 F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 51’ |
🔁 CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Marcus Allbäck | 🇸🇪 | 71’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Juninho Paulista | 🇧🇷 | (M Jonathan Greening | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |)
🔁 | CF Michael Ricketts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | (CF Massimo Maccarone | 🇮🇹 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
F Stefan Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Ross Turnbull | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Chris Riggott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Szilard Nemeth | 🇸🇰 |

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Homegrown: 6/16

SQUAD STATS

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

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

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Too many of the team he has inherited from Graham Taylor seem to be a mirror image of the club they are representing - living on past reputation, lacking ambition and generally clueless." Duncan Mackay, The Guardian.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 9 November 2003

*Zenden and Ricketts put paid to dilapidated Villa* Aston Villa suffered their first home defeat since David O’Leary took over as manager, and on the evidence of this sorry performance it will not be their last. The scale of the job facing O’Leary if Villa are not to find themselves mixing it at the bottom with his former employers Leeds appears immense. The Irishman had written in his programme notes about how delighted he had been by the previous Saturday’s draw at Newcastle, but all that optimism evaporated in the course of an afternoon that saw Villa booed off at half- and full-time. The fear for the chairman Doug Ellis must be that they will now join the thousands of other fans who, judging by the huge swathes of empty seats, had already voted with their feet. This was Villa’s lowest league gate of the season. ‘You’re killing the club,’ one fan yelled at Ellis at the end. Upon his appointment O’Leary had insisted that he would be able to work without a budget stretching into millions. That is a claim that is fast appearing to lack substance. Too many of the team he has inherited from Graham Taylor seem to be a mirror image of the club they are representing - living on past reputation, lacking ambition and generally clueless. And O’Leary does not seem to be able to do anything about it. The only entertainment for those Villa fans who did turn up was the chance to boo their former players Gareth Southgate and George Boateng, whose only crime appears to be wanting to play for a club which is not stagnating. Middlesbrough fans usually look forward to away trips in the same way that tourists look forward to a cruise on the Aurora, which is probably why there were so few who bothered to travel. Those that did were rewarded with the chance to see Juninho start his first match in nine. The Brazilian was off the pace at the start but provided the turning point once he had settled in. That came in the 30th minute when he collected the ball in the centre circle and had the vision to transfer play to the overlapping left-back Frank Queudrue. He put in a cross that Boudewijn Zenden met with a glancing header and put beyond Thomas Sorensen for his first goal since his switch from Chelsea. Villa had nothing to offer in retaliation beyond Juan Pablo Angel trying a Beckham from the halfway line, but which came closer to hitting the corner flag. Their fate was effectively sealed four minutes after the interval when Lee Hendrie bundled over Zenden for a penalty that was comfortably converted by Michael Ricketts, a Birmingham City fan. The fans must have thought things can’t get any worse. O’Leary must fear they will.

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