Sunday, 15 May 2005
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟥
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.
Assist(s) | Nolberto Solano | 67’ |
Gareth Barry, powerful shot
🥅 | 20’ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool, pen), Djibril Cissé
🥅 | 27’ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool), Djibril Cissé
🕒 | HT Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Luke Moore
🔁 | 48’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
🔁 | 64’ Sub off, Juan Pablo Ángel, Sub on, Carlton Cole
⚽ | 67’ Goal, 1-2, Gareth Barry, Assist by Nolberto Solano
🕒 | 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 O’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 O’Leary signing of) Nobby Solano and the continued class shown by Juan Pablo Ángel, Villa’s tumble down the table could have been much more severe.
What was abundantly clear however was that under David O’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 couldn’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 O’Leary were not encouraging. And just as he had surprised many with his achievements the previous season, there were few surprises that the O’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 O’Leary wasn’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 £3,240,000 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.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2002-03
Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟨
Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #86 |
Sunday, 15 May 2005
Manager: David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Barry Knight | 🏴 | Kent, 1991-2008
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-2
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟥
Referee: Barry Knight | 🏴 | Kent, 1991-2008
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 20 April 2005, Villa 0-0 Charlton, Villa Park.
Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djemba replace Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jlloyd Samuel.
Starting XI Average Age
| 27.14 |
Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 | 30.79 |
Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | 🇬🇧 | 20.38 |
David O'Leary | 🇮🇪 |
Rafa Benítez | 🇪🇸 |
GK Thomas Sörensen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Martin Laursen | 🇩🇰 |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 🇪🇨 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴 | ⚽ |
M Steven Davis | 🏴 |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba | 🇪🇨 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴 | 🔁 |
W Nolberto Solano | 🇵🇪 | 🔥 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 🔁 |
F Darius Vassell | 🏴 | 🔴 | 🔁 |
GK Scott Carson | 🏴 |
LB John Arne Riise | 🇳🇴 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴 |
CB Mauricio Pellegrino | 🇦🇷 |
CB Josemi | 🇪🇸 |
CB Jamie Carragher | 🏴 |
M Xabi Alonso | 🇪🇸 |
M Igor Bišćan | 🇭🇷 | 🔁 |
W Antonio Núñez | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
W Harry Kewell | 🇦🇺 | 🔁 |
CF Djibril Cissé | 🇫🇷 | ⚽ | ⚽ |
🔁 CF Luke Moore | 🏴 | for CF Darius Vassell | 🏴 | 46’ |
🔁 RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴 | for M Lee Hendrie | 🏴 | 48’ |
🔁 CF Carlton Cole | 🏴 | 🔴 | for CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | 64’ |
🔁 | M Igor Bišćan | 🇭🇷 | (M Dietmar Hamman | 🇩🇪 |)
🔁 | W Antonio Núñez | 🇪🇸 | (RB Steve Finnan | 🇮🇪 |)
🔁 | W Harry Kewell | 🇦🇺 | (CF Milan Baroš | 🇨🇿 |)
GK Wayne Henderson | 🇮🇪 |
M Gavin McCann | 🏴 |
GK Jerzy Dudek | 🇵🇱 |
CB Sami Hyypiä | 🇫🇮 |
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 9/16
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 3/14
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
F Darius Vassell | 🏴 |
CF Carlton Cole | 🏴 |
“We have a chance to improve the squad.
“I’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.
“If we’re going to improve we have to have better players - I hope to bring in four players to strengthen my team.”
Sunday, 15 May, 2005
Striker Djibril Cisse gave manager Rafael Benitez a timely reminder of his prowess 10 days ahead of the Champions League final against AC Milan.
Starting his first full game since October, Cisse won and scored a penalty and clipped home a low shot to convert Josemi’s cross in the first half.
Gareth Barry scored Villa’s goal, powering in a shot past Scott Carson.
Both sides hit the bar in the second-half, John Arne Riise for Liverpool and Luke Moore for Villa.
Cisse’s goals must have made uncomfortable viewing for Milan Baros - the Czech Republic striker’s last goal in the Premiership came back in the beginning of February.
On the hour Baros came off the bench to replace Harry Kewell, though the two Liverpool strikers had few chances to link up.
Before Cisse’s devastating two-goal burst, Villa had looked the more likely to score, Carson pawing away Lee Hendrie’s curling shot.
A superb run and shot from Jamie Carragher that hit the side netting had the effect of shaking Liverpool out of their lethargy.
Liverpool’s other central defender - the much maligned Mauricio Pellegrino - also went close in the opening half with a backheel,
Thomas Sorensen doing well to save from close range.
In between those two chances Cisse grabbed his brace, his first goal the result of his willingness to chase a lost cause as much as Mark Delaney’s reckless tackle.
When Sorensen pushed away Kewell’s shot there looked little danger as Delaney and Cisse chased the ball.
But the Villa defender was surprised by the Frenchman’s pace and as the Liverpool striker reached the ball first he was felled by Delaney.
Cisse stroked the penalty to the right of Sorensen giving the Villa keeper no chance.
Seven minutes later Cisse proved equally deadly when he rattled the ball into the same corner of the net after good work by Antonio Nunez and Josemi down the Liverpool right.
Villa’s goal had much to with Steven Davis’ wonderful pass with the outside of his boot to Nolberto Solano on the edge of the box.
The Peruvian headed across goal and Barry powered a shot past Carson.
Barry’s goal allied to some erratic defending from Pellegrino and Josemi gave Liverpool some nervy moments.
Their shaking defending allied to Moore’s enthusiasm saw the Villa striker hit the bar with a header, while the Villa striker also went close with a couple of shots.
Not that Liverpool were solely content to defend their lead, with Riise’s venomous shot striking the bar.