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Game #4807

Saturday, 14 August 2004

Attendance: 36,690

Won

Premier League

1st=

Southampton

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa beat Southampton on the opening day of the season as they look to improve on their sixth placed finish under David O'Leary in 2003-04.

Aston Villa

2-0

Southampton

Assist(s) | Darius Vassell | 34โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Darius Vassell celebrates scoring Villa's first of the season on 12' as Southampton are beaten, Saturday, 14 August 2004.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Martin Laursen, Carlton Cole
โšฝ | 12โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 22โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
โšฝ | 34โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Carlton Cole, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Southampton
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Peter Whittingham, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Luke Moore
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Southampton

ON THIS DAY

Villa open the season with a victory over Southampton as loanee Carlton Cole shows a forward line presence unfamiliar to Villa for a long while.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #46 |
Saturday, 14 August 2004

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Uriah Rennie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Uriah Rennie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 4 Apr 04, Villa 1-1 Manchester City (h)
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Southampton

None

Uriah Rennie

TEAM NEWS

David Oโ€™Leary hands debuts to Martin Laursen and Carlton Cole.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.36 |

Oldest Player |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 28.27 |

Youngest Player |
CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.77 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Paul Sturrock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
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 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | โšฝ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |

Southampton

GK Antti Niemi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Graeme Le Saux | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Claus Lundekvam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Danny Higginbotham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jason Dodd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mikael Nilsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M David Prutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Yoann Folly | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Fabrice Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Brett Ormerod | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | for W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Mikael Nilsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Anders Svensson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Yoann Folly | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Brett Ormerod | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Peter Crouch (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Mathieu Berson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Paul Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Darren Kenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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: 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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 6/16

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 : 7/14

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

CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Villa made a very bright start to the match, Darius Vassellโ€™s pace forcing Claus Lundekvam into a hurried backward pass, only for
Gareth Barry to blaze over from 12 yards with just Niemi to beat."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 14 August, 2004

Aston Villaโ€™s strike pairing of Carlton Cole and Darius Vassell sparked them to a comfortable opening-day win over Southampton.

England striker Vassell gave Villa an early lead, reacting first after Lee Hendrieโ€™s shot was blocked. Vassell then turned provider with a pass that allowed Cole to race clear and bury his shot past Antti Niemi.

Southampton showed some improvement after the break, with Kevin Phillips and Fabrice Fernandes going close.

Villa made a very bright start to the match, Darius Vassellโ€™s pace forcing Claus Lundekvam into a hurried backward pass, only for
Gareth Barry to blaze over from 12 yards with just Niemi to beat.

Southamptonโ€™s defence was flat-footed again on seven minutes when Carlton Cole rose highest to Thomas Hitzlspergerโ€™s free-kick to thump in a header which Niemi palmed away.

Villa continued to ask questions and grabbed the lead on 12 minutes through Vassell.

Jlloyd Samuelโ€™s cross was hooked on by Barry for Lee Hendrie whose shot was blocked, and Vassell reacted first to stab the ball home from six yards.

Danger again loomed when Cole worked his way to the by-line, only for his cross to deflect safely into Niemiโ€™s arms.

Without the injured James Beattie, Southamptonโ€™s pint-sized strikeforce of Brett Ormerod and Kevin Phillips struggled to make any impact on Villaโ€™s solid central pairing of Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen.

In contrast, Villa were bright and sharp about their business and Lundekvamโ€™s interception provided substitute Peter Whittingham with another opportunity, but this time Niemi stood firm to parry.

Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen had been a spectator for the opening half-hour but produced an amazing point-blank save to deny Mikael Nilsson a debut goal after Ormerod had pulled the ball back.

Normal service was resumed, though, when Villa doubled their lead on 35 minutes.

Vassell simply dinked the ball over Southamptonโ€™s square back line and Cole outpaced Lundekvam to smack the ball home on the rise.

Saints emerged with more purpose after the break, no doubt following some stinging words from Paul Sturrock.

Half-time substitute Rory Delapโ€™s long throw was only half cleared to Fabrice Fernandes who volleyed wide from 18 yards.

It then needed a perfectly-timed tackle from Gavin McCann to deny David Prutton as Southampton opened Villa up for the first time, then Phillipsโ€™ stinging shot from 20 yards had to be grabbed at the second attempt by Sorensen.

Jason Dodd was harshly penalised for a foul on McCann, giving Hitzlsperger a sight of goal but from 20 yards out the German youngster drove wide of the target.

And Southamptonโ€™s miserable afternoon was summed up when Fernandesโ€™ goal-bound shot struck team-mate Phillips with Sorensen beaten.