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Game #4777

Saturday, 29 November 2003

Attendance: 31,285

Won

Premier League

17th (+1)

Southampton

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the first time in eight and third time in fourteen Premier League games under David O'Leary as the deeply unpopular Chairman is left in no uncertain terms as to his pariah status amongst the majority of fans.

Aston Villa

1-0

Southampton

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Villa fans protest against the incompetent reign of an unpopular Chairman as on the pitch Villa win for the third time in fourteen Premier League games under David O'Leary, Saturday, 29 November 2003.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 45โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Gavin McCann
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Stefan Moore
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Peter Whittingham, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton

ON THIS DAY

Villa win their first Premier League game in eight as the returning Dion Dublin scores the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time to lift Villa out of the relegation places into 17th.

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

Southampton

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Southampton

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Game | #14 |
Manager Game | #16 |
Saturday, 29 November 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Matt Messias | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Matt Messias | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1997-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 1 November 2003, Villa 1-1 Newcastle, St James' Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Southampton

๐ŸŸจ

Matt Messias

TEAM NEWS

Gavin McCann, Dion Dublin, Ulises de la Cruz and Juan Pablo รngel return in place of Thomas Hitzlsperger, Marcus Allbรคck, Ronny Johnsen and Mark Delaney.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.03 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 34.63 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.24 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Gordon Strachan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Southampton

GK Antti Niemi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Claus Lundekvam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Michael Svensson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Danny Higginbotham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Paul Telfer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Anders Svensson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M David Prutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Neil McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF James Beattie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Neil McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (CF Marians Pahars | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป |)
๐Ÿ” | M Anders Svensson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (RB Jason Dodd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Chris Marsden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Paul Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Agustรญn Delgado | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |

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 : 7/11
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 : 8/16
Homegrown: 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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 : 8/14

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

"Inside the stadium, the โ€˜Ellis Outโ€™ leaflets were a familiar sight with supporters unhappy that their chairman not making funds available to strengthen the struggling side."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 29 November, 2003

*Dublin eases Villa discontent*

Dion Dublinโ€™s winner for Aston Villa against Southampton helped relieve some of the growing pressure on club chairman Doug Ellis.

Villaโ€™s angry fans were brandishing โ€˜Ellis Outโ€™ leaflets before and during the game, but their spirits were lifted with a much-needed three points against Saints.

Dublin struck with an acrobatic overhead kick to secure Villaโ€™s third Premiership win of the campaign and move them out of the bottom three.

It assuaged the air of discontent from the home fans in the lead-up to kick-off as they vented their anger at Ellis with a demonstration outside the ground.

Inside the stadium, the โ€˜Ellis Outโ€™ leaflets were a familiar sight with supporters unhappy that their chairman not making funds available to strengthen the struggling side.

But, after a slow start, Villa began to impose themselves on the game which lifted the crowd.

Vassell might have done better than shoot straight at Saints keeper Antti Niemi after 20 minutes while the lively Juan Pablo Angel thought he had scored only to be ruled offside.

Angel sent a dipping shot onto the roof of the visitorsโ€™ net moments later while Peter Whittingham fired just wide of Niemiโ€™s goal on the half hour mark.

Villa eventually took the lead through Dublinโ€™s second goal of the season.

Dublin scored an overhead kick after Saints striker James Beattie failed to clear Gavin McCannโ€™s corner on the stroke of half time.

Beattie tried to make up for his error after the break but both he and Neil McCann could not connect with the ball as they flung themselves towards Kevin Phillipsโ€™ cross.

Dublin was proving an immense figure for Villa as he went close to adding a second, as well as producing a towering performance in the heart of the home defence.

Dublin was determined not to let Saints through even as the visitors played with three in attack for the final 15 minutes with Marian Pahars joining Beattie and Phillips up front.

But Villa held on for a first league win since September.