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Game #4838

Saturday, 5 March 2005

Attendance: 34,201

Won

Premier League

10th (+1)

Middlesbrough

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the third time in seven Premier League games and second time in three having lost ten in fifteen but any positivity is wrenched asunder by more demoralising dribbles of drivel from David O'Leary.

Aston Villa

2-0

Middlesbrough

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Luke Moore celebrates his first goal for Villa to secure a second victory in three Premier League games as David O'Leary vile barbs continue regardless, Saturday, 5 March 2005

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Luke Moore
โšฝ | 64โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Martin Laursen, Assist by Luke Moore
๐ŸŸจ | 73โ€™ Booking, Steven Davis
โšฝ | 79โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Luke Moore, Assist by Nolberto Solano
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Middlesbrough

ON THIS DAY

Villa's curious yo yo form continued as they beat Boro to record just their fifth win in 16 games. Despite their regular reversals, Villa rose to 10th in the table. What had not changed however was David O'Leary's bizarre proclamations that seemed designed to denigrate the club whilst distancing himself from any responsibility. Whether that was having an effect on the dressing room wasn't clear but something had affected the same set of players who had evidently overachieved to such a high degree the previous season according to O'Leary.

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

Middlesbrough

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2003-04

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

Previous 5 vs. Middlesbrough: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #32 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #77 |
Saturday, 5 March 2005

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 12.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 11 Sep 04, Villa 0-0 Chelsea (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Middlesbrough

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Rob Styles

TEAM NEWS

Martin Laursen (first start in 30 games), Lee Hendrie, Darius Vassell (first start in 21 games), Mathieu Berson and Steven Davis replace Eric Djemba Djemba, Juan Pablo รngel, Luke Moore and Thomas Hitzlsperger.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.44 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 30.59 |

Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 20.19 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Steve McLaren | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | โšฝ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Mathieu Berson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Middlesbrough

GK Carlo Nash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Frank Queudrue | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Chris Riggott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Stuart Parnaby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Doriva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Boudewijn Zenden | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
F Szilard Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Joseph-Dรฉsirรฉ Job | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Szilard Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | (CF Danny Graham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK David Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Tony McMahon | 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 : 5/11
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 : 7/16
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 : 10/16

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

โ€œWe are a mid-table team who got into sixth place last year.

โ€œCan we achieve what we did last year? Itโ€™s a big ask. I thought it was a big ask last season, and we did it.

โ€œWe needed that after last weekโ€™s 3-1 defeat by Everton - I knew it wasnโ€™t going to be pretty, but the bottom line was to get a result.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 5 March, 2005

Aston Villa produced a fine second-half display to ease past a disappointing Middlesbrough side at Villa Park.

After an insipid first half, Martin Laursen gave Villa the lead after the hour mark by prodding in from six yards from substitute Luke Mooreโ€™s flick on.

Moore wrapped up the points by firing into the top corner from close-range as the visitorsโ€™ defence caved in.

Boroโ€™s best chance fell to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but his stinging drive was fabulously blocked by Olof Mellberg.

Villa boss David Oโ€™Leary rang the changes after their dismal 3-1 home defeat against Everton last weekend and the hosts controlled the opening exchanges, with Gareth Barry and Matthieu Berson both getting early shots in on the Boro goal.

But the game soon became bogged down in midfield and neither side looked particularly likely to prize open the oppositionโ€™s defence.

Ray Parlour set up Hasselbaink on the edge of the box, but his goalbound shot was diverted away by the lunging figure of Mellberg.

Nolberto Solano was trying his best to inject some life into a desperately dull encounter, but the Peruvianโ€™s team-mates were not on the same wavelength and some good Villa openings were wasted.

If the first half was lacklustre, the second half was positively dramatic in comparison.

Boro winger Stewart Downing skipped past a couple of tackles before testing Thomas Sorensen with a low 25-yard right-foot shot.

Then Solano had a fabulous chance to open the scoring, but he could only slice wide on the turn from six yards with the Boro goal at his mercy.

Oโ€™Leary sent on striker Moore to replace the ineffective Darius Vassell, and the 19-year-old wasted no time making an impact.

Villa nearly went ahead when Lee Hendrie burst through the middle, only to be stopped by a last-ditch Gareth Southgate block, but they were not to be denied for long.

Solano swung over a cross from the right and Moore flicked it on to Laursen inside the six-yard box, the Dane poking the ball over the line.

With 12 minutes left Villa got the crucial second goal to make sure of the points, Moore finishing neatly inside the box after Carlo Nash had failed to hold Solanoโ€™s free-kick.

The Villa fans had used the occasion to protest against owner Doug Ellisโ€™ lack of investment in the club, but Ellis was beaming at the final whistle as his side moved into the top half of the Premiership.

*Villa boss David Oโ€™Leary:*

โ€œWe are a mid-table team who got into sixth place last year.

โ€œCan we achieve what we did last year? Itโ€™s a big ask. I thought it was a big ask last season, and we did it.

โ€œWe needed that after last weekโ€™s 3-1 defeat by Everton - I knew it wasnโ€™t going to be pretty, but the bottom line was to get a result.โ€