Game #4807

2003-04

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Position:

16th (-2)

Premier League

Manchester City

City of Manchester Stadium

Attendance: 46,687

Sunday, 14 September 2003

Despite taking a deserved first half lead Villa are well beaten in the second half to leave them with one win in five Premier League games under David O'Leary to sit 16th in the table.

Manchester City

4-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Juan Pablo Ángel | 31’ |

Assist(s) | Lee Hendrie | 31’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4807

Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #5 |
Sunday, 14 September 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | David O’Leary |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mark Halsey, Lancashire |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-4 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LDLWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Halsey

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mark Halsey

Villa

💥- | 💥- | 🟨 |

Manchester City

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.18 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | 34.28 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | 19.03 |

TEAM NEWS

Marcus Allbäck replaces Darius Vassell.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

David O'Leary

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Roy Aitken

STARTING LINE UP

GK Thomas Sörensen |
RB Mark Delaney |
FB Jlloyd Samuel |
CB Olof Mellberg |
CB Ronny Johnsen |
M Gavin McCann |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger |
M Lee Hendrie |
W Peter Whittingham |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel |
F Marcus Allbäck |

SUBSTITUTES

CB Alpay Özalan for CB Olof Mellberg | 37’ |
M Mustapha Hadji for CB Ronny Johnsen | 66’ |
CF Dion Dublin for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 76’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma
M Mark Kinsella

THE OPPOSITION

Seaman, Sommeil, Distin, Sun, Tarnat (g), McManaman, Barton (Sibierski), Sinclair, Wright-Phillips, Wanchope (Reyna), Anelka (g) (g) (g). Manager: Kevin Keegan.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa's first five games under David O'Leary suggest the hangover from 2002-03 has not cleared with 3 losses, 1 win and a draw to leave Villa 16th but the rejuvenation of Juan Pablo Ángel and more adventurous football suggests better times ahead.

Midfielder Mustapha Hadji made his final appearance for Villa aged 32 before moving on to RCD Espanyol on a free transfer in January 2004. Hadji played for Villa between 2001-02 and 2003-04.

Juan Pablo Ángel celebrates putting Villa in front on 31' but Manchester City fight back to inflict a third defeat in five Premier League games on David O'Leary, Sunday, 14 September 2003.

Source: bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/photo_galleries/3107340.stm

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MATCH TIMELINE

31’ Goal, 1-0, Juan Pablo Ángel, Assist by Lee Hendrie
37’ Sub off, Olof Mellberg, Alpay Özalan
HT Manchester City 0-1 Aston Villa
48’ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester City, pen)
50’ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester City)
52’ Booking, Ronny Johnsen
66’ Sub off, Ronny Johnsen, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji FINAL
68’ Goal, 1-3, (Manchester City, pen)
76’ Sub off, Juan Pablo Ángel, Sub on, Dion Dublin
83’ Goal, 1-4, (Manchester City)
FT Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 14 September, 2003

"The new City of Manchester Stadium looked as though it might still be waiting for a first home win as Villa deservedly led at half-time courtesy of Juan Pablo Angel’s header."

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*Anelka hat-trick sinks Villa*

*Nicolas Anelka fired a second-half hat-trick as Manchester City finally claimed their first win in the Blue Camp.*

The new City of Manchester Stadium looked as though it might still be waiting for a first home win as Villa deservedly led at half-time courtesy of Juan Pablo Angel’s header.

But City, inspired by another former Real Madrid man in debutant midfielder Steve McManaman, roared back in spectacular style after the break to move up to third place in the Premiership.

McManaman was the driving force behind Kevin Keegan’s team.

The summer signing from Madrid was the only City player to carry any real threat in a disjointed first half and continued to pull the strings as Villa choked after the break.

It was McManaman’s mazy run early in the second half that sparked the City turnaround.

A determined drive into the box only ended when Marc Delaney handled under pressure, giving Anelka the chance to slam City level from the penalty spot.

Two minutes later, City’s dizzy turnaround was well under way thanks to a stunning free-kick from German full-back Michael Tarnat.

Villa substitute Alpay, on for injured captain Olof Mellberg, tugged at Paolo Wanchope on the corner of the penalty area, but could have had little inkling that his foul would be so emphatically punished.

Tarnat had only one thing in mind as he wound up for a fierce free-kick which Sorensen waved a fist at but only saw as a blur as the ball fizzed past him.

Villa’s stretched defence was missing the steadying influence of captain Mellberg and they were pulled apart again as City grabbed a third midway through the second half.

It came from another penalty after Shaun Wright-Phillips and Sun Jihai combined superbly down the right and Peter Whittingham clumsily ended the flowing move with a blatant trip on Chinese international Sun.

Anelka gratefully accepted the chance of a second from the spot, driving into the top corner despite the hapless Sorensen getting his fingers to the ball.

And the French striker superbly completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time when he easily outpaced the bemused Alpay and rattled a shot beyond Sorensen.

The remarkable turnaround ensured that Angel’s opener was little more than a distant memory for the City fans.

Angel remains Villa’s record buy having signed for £9.5m more than two years ago, but is like a new signing under David O’Leary.

The Columbian striker nearly opened the scoring on 16 minutes when he brilliantly flicked the ball over his own head and volleyed into the side netting.

But he found his range on 32 minutes when loose City defending allowed Hendrie to swing over a cross for Angel to arch a header beyond the reach of David Seaman.

The lead was no more than Villa deserved and the scoreline prompted a chorus of boos from the home fans at the half-time whistle.

But the jeers soon turned to cheers as City clinically turned the game on its head in the second half.

*Anelka hat-trick sinks Villa*

*Nicolas Anelka fired a second-half hat-trick as Manchester City finally claimed their first win in the Blue Camp.*

The new City of Manchester Stadium looked as though it might still be waiting for a first home win as Villa deservedly led at half-time courtesy of Juan Pablo Angel’s header.

But City, inspired by another former Real Madrid man in debutant midfielder Steve McManaman, roared back in spectacular style after the break to move up to third place in the Premiership.

McManaman was the driving force behind Kevin Keegan’s team.

The summer signing from Madrid was the only City player to carry any real threat in a disjointed first half and continued to pull the strings as Villa choked after the break.

It was McManaman’s mazy run early in the second half that sparked the City turnaround.

A determined drive into the box only ended when Marc Delaney handled under pressure, giving Anelka the chance to slam City level from the penalty spot.

Two minutes later, City’s dizzy turnaround was well under way thanks to a stunning free-kick from German full-back Michael Tarnat.

Villa substitute Alpay, on for injured captain Olof Mellberg, tugged at Paolo Wanchope on the corner of the penalty area, but could have had little inkling that his foul would be so emphatically punished.

Tarnat had only one thing in mind as he wound up for a fierce free-kick which Sorensen waved a fist at but only saw as a blur as the ball fizzed past him.

Villa’s stretched defence was missing the steadying influence of captain Mellberg and they were pulled apart again as City grabbed a third midway through the second half.

It came from another penalty after Shaun Wright-Phillips and Sun Jihai combined superbly down the right and Peter Whittingham clumsily ended the flowing move with a blatant trip on Chinese international Sun.

Anelka gratefully accepted the chance of a second from the spot, driving into the top corner despite the hapless Sorensen getting his fingers to the ball.

And the French striker superbly completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time when he easily outpaced the bemused Alpay and rattled a shot beyond Sorensen.

The remarkable turnaround ensured that Angel’s opener was little more than a distant memory for the City fans.

Angel remains Villa’s record buy having signed for £9.5m more than two years ago, but is like a new signing under David O’Leary.

The Columbian striker nearly opened the scoring on 16 minutes when he brilliantly flicked the ball over his own head and volleyed into the side netting.

But he found his range on 32 minutes when loose City defending allowed Hendrie to swing over a cross for Angel to arch a header beyond the reach of David Seaman.

The lead was no more than Villa deserved and the scoreline prompted a chorus of boos from the home fans at the half-time whistle.

But the jeers soon turned to cheers as City clinically turned the game on its head in the second half.