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Game #4847

Aston Villa

Sunday, 15 May 2005

Lost

10th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Liverpool

Attendance: 43,406

Anfield

Liverpool

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Nolberto Solano | 67โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa end the season fittingly on three consecutive defeats to leave them with just six wins in twenty four Premier League games under a manager so detached from reality that their are concerns for his sanity. A tenth placed finish however is nothing short of miraculous over the course of a season packed with far more lows than highs and a manager seemingly hell bent on demoralising an already limited squad.

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry, powerful shot

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 15 May 2005

๐Ÿฅ… | 20โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool, pen), Djibril Cissรฉ
๐Ÿฅ… | 27โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool), Djibril Cissรฉ
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Luke Moore
๐Ÿ” | 48โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Carlton Cole
โšฝ | 67โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Gareth Barry, Assist by Nolberto Solano
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose a third successive match to make it 13 defeats in the last 25 League games under David O'Leary and so a season ended that had been more notable for the acrimonious way in which Oโ€™Leary operated and his seeming desire, from early in the season, to distance himself from the club and his responsibilities, than for any particular footballing highlights.

Villa had been poor for much of the season and the optimism that 2003-04 had unexpectedly given rise to was roundly dashed on the rocks of acrimony.

Seemingly happy to belittle and bemoan his squad both individually and collectively in public, there can be no doubt that a broadly similar squad, underachieved as a result.

Indeed but for the form of (the admittedly excellent David Oโ€™Leary signing of) Nobby Solano and the continued class shown by Juan Pablo รngel, Villaโ€™s tumble down the table could have been much more severe.

What was abundantly clear however was that under David Oโ€™Leary all was not harmonious.

The defeats had come thick and fast and the myriad of changes made to the match day squads was at times as confusing as it was worrying. Admittedly Villa suffered from poor luck on occasion but that couldnโ€™t explain away the issues.

Coupled with poor form, his denigration of his team and a tendency to discard genuine prospects with alacrity, prospects for the future under Oโ€™Leary were not encouraging. And just as he had surprised many with his achievements the previous season, there were few surprises that the Oโ€™Leary many had feared would arrive did so in 2004-05.

Admittedly key players like Martin Laursen and Olof Mellberg were often injured, as were influential and stabilising figures like Gavin McCann however equally it seemed that a haphazard and oft changing selection policy was also a destabilising factor in the failure of the team to find any consistent runs of form through the season.

The obvious conclusion was that things needed to change ahead of the 2005-06 season if there was going to be material improvement under an unpopular manager and Chairman. At a minimum new additions to the squad were required as was a clear vision for the both the team and club.

Nobody would be surprised if Oโ€™Leary wasnโ€™t in post by the start of 2005-06 but few thought the same could be said of the problematic Chairman.

Centre forward Carlton Cole made the final appearance of his loan spell from Chelsea aged 21. Cole had made 30 appearances, 10 as a substitute and scored 3 goals and numerous assists during his season with Villa.

Forward Darius Vassell played his final game for Villa aged 24 before moving on to Manchester City for a fee of ยฃ3,240,000 in July 2005. Vassell played for Villa between 1997-98 and 2004-05 making 201 appearances in total with 77 as a substitute. In total Vassell scored 43 goals for Villa over his 8 seasons with the club.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2002-03

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #86 |
Sunday, 15 May 2005

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Barry Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1991-2008
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 86 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 33 ๐ŸŸจ | 22 ๐ŸŸฅ 31 | 1.41

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Barry Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1991-2008
Matches Officiated: 14
๐ŸŸฉ : 7
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 20 April 2005, Villa 0-0 Charlton, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Liverpool

None

TEAM NEWS

Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djemba replace Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jlloyd Samuel.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.14 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 30.79 |

Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 20.38 |

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Liverpool

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB John Arne Riise | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Mauricio Pellegrino | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Josemi | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Xabi Alonso | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Igor Biลกฤ‡an | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Antonio Nรบรฑez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Harry Kewell | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Djibril Cissรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” CF Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 48โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 64โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Igor Biลกฤ‡an | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Dietmar Hamman | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | W Antonio Nรบรฑez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (RB Steve Finnan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | W Harry Kewell | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | (CF Milan Baroลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Wayne Henderson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jerzy Dudek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Sami Hyypiรค | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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: 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: 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 3/14

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 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

๐Ÿ”ด F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1998-05 | ๐Ÿ•’ 201 | 124 (77) | โšฝ 43 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 11 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 25 | #725 |
๐Ÿ”ด CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2004-05 | ๐Ÿ•’ 30 | 20 (10) | โšฝ 3 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 4 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 3 | #775 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe have a chance to improve the squad. โ€œIโ€™ve given the chairman a list of players that are gettable. If we do we will have a chance of challenging the likes of Spurs for a Uefa Cup place. โ€œIf weโ€™re going to improve we have to have better players - I hope to bring in four players to strengthen my team.โ€ David Oโ€™Leary.

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