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Game #4794

Aston Villa

Drew

7th (-)

Sunday, 22 February 2004

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

Premier League

Birmingham City

Villa Park

Attendance: 40,061

Aston Villa

2-2

Birmingham City

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 21’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa's excellent run under David O'Leary continues but the result doesn't match the performance as Birmingham snatch a draw in the final seconds of a game they had been well-beaten in.

KEY MAN

Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates putting Villa two goals up but they are held at the last by Birmingham to leave them unbeaten in four with seventh Premier League wins in their last eleven under David O'Leary, Sunday, 22 February 2004.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 22 February 2004

⚽ | 21’ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Gareth Barry
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City
⚽ | 47’ Goal, 2-0, Thomas Hitzlsperger
🔁 | 52’ Sub off, Ronny Johnsen, Sub on, Dion Dublin
🔁 | 56’ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
🥅 | 60’ Goal, 2-1, (Birmingham City), Mikael Forssell
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Luke Moore 🟢
🥅 | 90’+4 Goal, 2-2, (Birmingham City), Stern John
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Birmingham City

ON THIS DAY

Villa were now unbeaten in four games and as a result a team that two months previously was in 18th place and firmly in the relegation places had consolidated 7th place in the League.

It could have been even better for Villa but a game that almost became an exhibition display for the home team, bred over confidence allowing their near neighbours to score in the final seconds of stoppage time.

The celebrations of the St Andrews’ men for earning a point at their more accomplished neighbours was something to behold. Despite the Small Heath team having spent much of the season above Villa in the table and having finished above Villa for the first time in decades the previous season, manager Steve Bruce and his backroom staff invaded the pitch amid delirious celebrations from players and fans alike.

The media got over excited too, but the reactions of the two camps spoke volumes and reinforced the reality that there was a huge gap between the clubs that regardless of results on the pitch was unlikely to be narrowed very soon.

Ironically just over a decade later Steve Bruce would be manager of Villa and would extend Villa’s winning record over his former club many times over, never invading the pitch in doing so.

Forward Luke Moore made his Villa debut aged 18 after coming through the ranks as a schoolboy and signing professional forms on July 2003.

Aston Villa

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

Birmingham City

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1962-63

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

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Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #33 |
Sunday, 22 February 2004

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Jeff Winter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough, 1992-2004
Kick off: 12.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟨 2-2
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 33 | 🟩 | 15 🟨 | 7 🟥 11 | 1.58

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jeff Winter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough, 1992-2004
Matches Officiated: 23
🟩 : 8
🟨 : 10
🟥 : 5
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 31 January 2004, Villa 5-0 Leicester, Walkers Stadium.
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Birmingham City

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TEAM NEWS

Ulises de la Cruz replaces Mark Delaney.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.75 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 34.73 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | 21.90 |

MANAGER

David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |

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Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sörensen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | 🔁 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 🇩🇪 | ⚽ |
W Nolberto Solano | 🇵🇪 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (🤡)

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Birmingham City

GK Maik Taylor | 🇬🇧 |
CB Kenny Cunningham | 🇮🇪 |
CB Darren Purse | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Olivier Tébily | 🇨🇮 |
RB Jeff Kenna | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
M Robbie Savage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Bryan Hughes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Damien Johnson | 🇬🇧 |
M Stephen Clemence | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Mikael Forssell | 🇫🇮 | ⚽ |
CF Christophe Dugarry | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CB Ronny Johnsen | 🇳🇴 | 52’ |
🔁 W Peter Whittingham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 56’ |
🔁 F Luke Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 81’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Jeff Kenna | 🇮🇪 | (CF Stern John | 🇹🇹 | ⚽ |)
🔁 | M Stephen Clemence | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M David Dunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | CF Christophe Dugarry | 🇫🇷 | (CF Clinton Morrison | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | 🇳🇱 |
CF Peter Crouch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Ian Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Martin Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Homegrown: 7/16

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/16

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

🟢 F Luke Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“It’s a game we should have won, and it’s a game we should have won well. “Good luck to Birmingham for fighting back but we had loads of chances to wrap up the three points.” “We did not play in the last half-hour. “Too many of our players didn’t perform in that period and that brought them back into the game. “When we were performing, there was only one team in it - and that was us. “It also didn’t help us that we lost two influential players in Ronny Johnsen and Gareth Barry through injury.” David O’Leary.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Monday, 23 February, 2004

*John’s leveller makes Villa pay for prodigious profligacy* The Holte End spluttered in pained disbelief, but choking in the seething second city derby is rapidly becoming a common theme to undermine those in claret and blue. Aston Villa awake this morning deflated and with the joyous taunts of Birmingham City’s fans still ringing in their ears. Nothing has separated these two sides in their meetings this term, though Stern John’s equaliser deep into stoppage time here leaves the impression that Villa’s traumas against their bitter rivals have spilled into a second season. The sight of David O’Leary bickering with a disgusted home fan at the end reflected the sense of angry anti-climax among the majority. “Too many of my players stopped playing for the last half-hour,” growled the Villa manager. Last year this fixture ended in ugly scenes with the home side down to nine and defeated. Progress has been made since but, in the bitter circumstances, retaining a sense of perspective proved impossible. The 100th league spat between these sides should have been settled long before its frantic finale. The hopeful whistles had been shrill for over four minutes when Darren Purse punted into the Villa half, the excellent Mikael Forssell leapt above Dion Dublin to flick on and Clinton Morrison spun to spit a close-range shot at goal. Thomas Sorensen did well to palm that out, only for John to ram the loose ball into the roof of the net. Steve Bruce bounded on to the pitch as if re-enacting Brian Kidd and Sir Alex Ferguson’s madcap celebrations once sparked by his own headed injury-time goal for Manchester United against Sheffield Wednesday some 11 years ago. A smattering of fans did the same. “I thought he’d shanked it,” said the visitors’ manager. “Stern, single-handedly, did more than anybody to get us into the Premier League with eight goals in 15 games after he joined us. I’ll always be grateful to him for that.” Now he has another reason to enthuse over a player who has a knack of conjuring late goals. Villa were less amused, fuming at the length of stoppage time. Their mood was exacerbated by Robbie Savage’s suggestion that Jeff Winter had added on that much only because Villa failed to return possession after City had kicked into touch for Lee Hendrie to receive treatment five minutes from time. How they must regret that gamesmanship. In truth - and it says much for the mediocrity of the Premiership that Villa have motored from relegation zone to the fringe of European qualification within weeks - the home side will be baffled as to how they do not awake this morning in sixth. For an hour here they battered the Blues, establishing a two-goal advantage to deflect attention from their otherwise prodigious profligacy. Darius Vassell was the worst culprit, even if he plundered early. Sorensen’s throw and Ulises de la Cruz’s charge had Hendrie feeding Nolberto Solano on the right flank, with the Peruvian’s cross bypassing the clutter in the middle. Damien Johnson should have cleared but he was robbed too easily by Gareth Barry, who squared calmly for Vassell to side-foot into the gaping net. By then Purse had nodded against his own post as City creaked. Vassell, scuffing a shot from Solano’s pass then forcing Maik Taylor to deflect away a point-blank header, should have added to Villa’s first home league goal in a derby for 21 years. That frustration was eased two minutes from the restart when the England striker’s cross deflected from Purse to the edge of the area, where Thomas Hitzlsperger battered across Taylor and into the corner. The German’s hammer of a left foot has a reputation for good reason. “We hadn’t turned up,” bemoaned Bruce, and the disinterested Christophe Dugarry least of all. “Villa could have been out of sight, so I had a few words with my lads and reminded them that they were in a derby.” Where his half-time encouragement was wrecked by such a prompt concession, the subsequent introduction of Morrison and David Dunn did the trick. Savage, an infuriating presence who is yet to taste defeat against these opponents in 16 matches for Leicester or Birmingham, provided the spark on the hour with a slide-rule pass laid off by Morrison for Forssell to steer the goal he deserved beyond a static Sorensen and into the corner. The revival should have been checked by Vassell - latching on to Hitzlsperger’s header but lobbing over - and, shamefully, by Juan Pablo Angel, whose lazy finish wide of the far post from Luke Moore’s pass was inexcusable. John provided the late punishment. “To come back like that felt better than beating them 3-0 and 2-0 last year,” added Savage. Those embittered Villans might agree.

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