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Game #4797

Aston Villa

Saturday, 20 March 2004

Lost

8th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 37,532

Blackburn Rovers

Villa Park

Villa suffer a shock home defeat to Blackburn as they lose for the second time in three Premier League games but remain in 8th place in the table after a run eight wins in fourteen top flight games under David O'Leary.

Aston Villa

0-2

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Liam Ridgewell, full debut

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 20 March 2004

๐Ÿฅ… | 26โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Garry Flitcroft
๐Ÿ” | 29โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿฅ… | 36โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Blackburn Rovers), Jon Stead
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-2 Blackburn Rovers
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Nolberto Solano, Sub on, Luke Moore
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Peter Crouch
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Villa are surprisingly defeated at home by relegation threatened Blackburn as David O'Leary's men suffer a home defeat for the first time since January.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #36 |
Saturday, 20 March 2004

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Andy D'Urso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Essex, 1994-2015
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 36 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 16 ๐ŸŸจ | 7 ๐ŸŸฅ 13 | 1.53

Career Form:

Top 8

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy D'Urso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Essex, 1994-2015
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 25 October 2003, Villa 0-0 Everton, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Andy D'Urso

CARDS

Villa

None

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Liam Ridgewell makes his first Villa start in place of Ronny Johnsen.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.45 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 29.64 |

Youngest Player |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.68 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Graeme Souness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Blackburn Rovers

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Michael Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Lucas Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Craig Short | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Todd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (๐ŸŸจ)
M Tugay KerimoฤŸlu | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Martin Andresen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Garry Flitcroft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Andrew Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jon Stead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Lucas Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | (CB Markus Babbel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jon Stead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Lorenzo Amoruso | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CF Matt Jansen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

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
Homegrown: 6/11

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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 8/16

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 : 6/11

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 : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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 Halfโ€จ

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:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œYou saw the formation by the end of the match.

โ€œWe had a lot of youngsters on the pitch and the midfield hardly had a player over the age of 21.

โ€œWe have got some good youngsters but we need more experienced players to come in if you want to be in the top six.โ€

Juan Pablo รngel

*The Guardian*
Monday, 22 March, 2004

*Rovers are Souness mended*

Graeme Souness eating humble pie and a prestigious trophy bearing claret-and-blue ribbons were just two ingredients in a cocktail of wonders at Villa Park on Saturday.

Almost as unlikely before kick-off had been the prospect of a Blackburn side riven with internecine strife and threatened with relegation beating a buoyant Aston Villa who had the whiff of Europe in their nostrils.

The Rovers strikers Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke had arrived in the wake of some very public criticism of Sounessโ€™s management methods. Yet at the end, after Rovers had completed an untroubled win to strengthen their Premiership foothold, the pair were left to restore their toys to the pram after Souness reclaimed the high ground with an apology. โ€œI am far from blameless in terms of what has gone on in the last seven days,โ€ he said.

If that was an unlikely occurrence, then how about the name of the Rovers striker Jonathan Stead alongside those of Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer at the top of the Premiershipโ€™s scoring charts?

Stead has scored 21 goals this season, 18 of them for Third Division Huddersfield Town before he moved to Rovers in January.

โ€œThe goalscoring charts do look good from my point of view,โ€ he said. โ€œItโ€™s a bit surreal really. At the moment it is going well but I wonโ€™t get carried away, however nice it looks. Obviously I want to be up there on merit one day.โ€

The seamless transition Stead has made to life in the Premiership suggests he may well be: his expertly executed goal following Gary Flitcroftโ€™s opener took his tally to three in four games for Rovers.

For the home side not even the sight of Jim Lewis, the Villa supporting owner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate, parading the trophy at half-time could inspire a line-up shorn of experience and supplemented by colts.

Villa were already missing Gavin McCann, Ronny Johnsen and Mark Delaney when Gareth Barry went off because he was unwell and then Nobby Solano pulled a hamstring.

It left Villaโ€™s manager David Oโ€™Leary with no option but to turn to his youngsters, with Liam Ridgewell making his full debut and Luke Moore and Peter Whittingham later pitched into a largely one-sided contest.

โ€œYou saw the formation by the end of the match,โ€ said the Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel. โ€œWe had a lot of youngsters on the pitch and the midfield hardly had a player over the age of 21. We have got some good youngsters but we need more experienced players to come in if you want to be in the top six.โ€

In the meantime Angel is prepared to try to lessen the problem by asking Colombia to let him play in next Saturdayโ€™s game against Charlton Athletic.

Colombia are due to play a World Cup qualifier against Peru on Wednesday week and Angel hopes to be given permission to report a day late.

โ€œI plan to speak to the Colombian coach and persuade him that I need to play against Charlton and then catch a plane on Sunday,โ€ added Angel.

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