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Game #4775

Saturday, 8 November 2003

Attendance: 29,898

Lost

Premier League

17th (-4)

Middlesbrough

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

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.

Aston Villa

0-2

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Juan Pablo รngel, tried a 'Beckham' from the half way line

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 30โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Middlesbrough), Boudewijn Zenden
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Middlesbrough
๐Ÿฅ… | 49โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Middlesbrough, pen), Michael Ricketts
๐Ÿ” | 51โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐Ÿ” | 51โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Marcus Allbรคck, Sub on, Dion Dublin
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+2 Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐Ÿ•’ | 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: ๐Ÿ†
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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Dermot Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxfordshire, 1990-2007
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Dermot Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxfordshire, 1990-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 28 Jan 03, Villa 5-2 Middlesbrough (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Middlesbrough

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Lee Hendrie, Marcus Allbรคck 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 | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 34.44 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.18 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Steve McLaren | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |

Middlesbrough

GK Carlo Nash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Frank Queudrue | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Colin Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Danny Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Juninho Paulista | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gaizka Mendieta | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Doriva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Boudewijn Zenden | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
CF Michael Ricketts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 51โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 51โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 71โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Juninho Paulista | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jonathan Greening | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Michael Ricketts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | (CF Massimo Maccarone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Ross Turnbull | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Chris Riggott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Szilard Nemeth | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 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 : 8/16
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 : 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 : 8/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

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 recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY 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.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 9 November 2003

*Zenden and Ricketts put paid to dilapidated Villa*

Aston Villa suffered their first home defeat since David Oโ€™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 Oโ€™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 Saturdayโ€™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 Villaโ€™s lowest league gate of the season. โ€˜Youโ€™re killing the club,โ€™ one fan yelled at Ellis at the end.

Upon his appointment Oโ€™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 Oโ€™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 canโ€™t get any worse. Oโ€™Leary must fear they will.