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Game #4848

Aston Villa

Saturday, 13 August 2005



Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 33,263

Bolton Wanderers

Villa Park

Villa open the season with a remarkable draw against Bolton as all four goals come in the first nine minutes.

Aston Villa


Bolton Wanderers

Assist(s) | Aaron Hughes | 4โ€™ | Kevin Phillips | 9โ€™ |


Kevin Phillips celebrates his debut strike on 4' before another three goals in five minutes leave Villa with a draw against Bolton on the opening day for David O'Leary, Saturday, 13 August 2005.




Saturday, 13 August 2005

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Aaron Hughes, Kevin Phillips
โšฝ | 4โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Kevin Phillips, Assist by Aaron Hughes
๐Ÿฅ… | 6โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Bolton Wanderers), Kevin Davies
โšฝ | 8โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Bolton Wanderers), Ivรกn Campo
๐Ÿฅ… | 9โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Steven Davis, Assist by Kevin Phillips
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-2 Bolton Wanderers
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Bolton Wanderers


Villa's debutants combine to create and score two goals in 9' but the game ends in a draw as familiar frailties are exposed on the opening day of the season. Left back Aaron Hughes, 25, had joined from Newcastle United for a fee of ยฃ1,350,000 in July 2005 whilst forward Kevin Phillips, 32, arrived from Southampton for ยฃ1,350,000 in the same month.

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

Bolton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1957-58


Bolton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Bolton: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2005-06 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #87 |
Saturday, 13 August 2005


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


Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 20 Mar 05, Villa 0-2 Birmingham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Bolton Wanderers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley


David O'Leary hands debuts to new signings Aaron Hughes and Kevin Phillips.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.37 |

Oldest Player |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.16 |

Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 20.63 |



David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Sam Allardyce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Bolton Wanderers

GK Jussi Jรครคskelรคinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Nicky Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Radhi Jaรฏdi | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Ivรกn Campo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Tal Ben Haim (yth) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Kevin Nolan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary Speed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Ricardo Gardner | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CF Henrik Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CF Kevin Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF El-Hadji Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |


None |


๐Ÿ” | M Ivรกn Campo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M Jay-Jay Okocha | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)


GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Ian Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stelios Giannakopoulos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Ricardo Vaz Te | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Abdoulaye Faye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |


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
Homegrown: 3/11

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
Homegrown: 6/16



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 : 4/12



Not recorded


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


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance


LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |



Not recorded


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โ€œI thought our football was good, particularly in the first half - but against Bolton you have got to defend against set pieces.

โ€œWe did not do that and looked vulnerable all through the game - they could have scored more.

โ€œYou know what you are going to get all the time and if you donโ€™t defend well they will make life hard for you.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*The Guardian*
Sunday 14 August 2005

*Phillips first off the mark in Villa Park goal rush*

An intoxicating start that yielded four goals in the opening nine minutes could not be sustained, inevitably, as Villa and Bolton were forced to share a point apiece in this lively encounter.

Optimism is an unfamiliar concept for many Villa fans, though they will be encouraged by the display of Kevin Phillips in particular. The England international scored on his debut before setting up another and might have ended on the winning side but for Villaโ€™s frailties in defence.

Kevin Davies and Ivan Campo took advantage of poor marking to swing the match back in Boltonโ€™s favour. It was no more than the visitors deserved after taking the game to Villa for much of the second half during which El-Hadji Diouf might have had a penalty. Unfortunately, his reputation precedes him.

Phillips is one of four new faces at Villa Park this summer. Of the others, Aaron Hughes also made his debut. Patrik Berger failed to recover from a thigh injury and the former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor was on the bench.

For Bolton, Stelios Giannakopoulos, whom Manchester City are understood to have bid for, joined Jay-Jay Okocha in the dug-out. Given Okochaโ€™s talismanic qualities, it was a difficult decision to rationalise, as were the opening 10 minutes.

Phillips started the mayhem in Villaโ€™s first attack. Hughes, who impressed at right-back, swapped passes with Nolberto Solano and Juan Pablo Angel in a sweeping move before delivering a curling cross from the right for Phillips to head home. The former Southampton striker scoring on his debut for the third consecutive club.

Villa were still celebrating their breakthrough when Bolton drew level. Kevin Nolan delivered a long throw into the six-yard box where Rhadi Jaidi outjumped Jlloyd Samuel. The flick-on fell invitingly for Davies who hooked the ball past a startled Thomas Sorensen. Six minutes on the clock, two goals.

Villa, like those watching, were still pausing for breath when Bolton took the lead. Gary Speed swung in a corner from the right and Campo, completely unmarked, headed past Sorensen.

Oโ€™Learyโ€™s frustration was tangible. In his pre-match comments the Villa manager had spoken of the visitorsโ€™ threat at set-pieces. If only his players had heeded the warning.

They did, though, respond immediately. Phillips turned provider, hooking the ball beyond Boltonโ€™s Ricardo Gardner into the path of the onrushing Steve Davis. So perfectly timed was the young midfielderโ€™s run he did not have to break his stride before side-
footing a volley high into the roof of the net. Nine minutes on the clock, four goals.

The explosive start could not continue, though both sides carved further openings. Davies was unlucky to see a left-foot shot slide the wrong side of the post while Villa had a penalty appeal turned down when Samuel was upended. Predictably Diouf enhanced
his status as opposition fansโ€™ bete noire, picking up a yellow card for a reckless tackle on Samuel.

But Diouf, for all his foibles, remains a talent when he has the ball at his feet. That much was evident early in the second half when he cut in from the left before unleashing a right-foot shot from 25-yards that flashed past Sorensenโ€™s near post.

Sam Allardyce, sensing Bolton had regained the impetus, replaced Campo with Okocha. The Nigerianโ€™s impact was immediate. His long throw from the right was headed on by Jaidi - in a move remarkably similar to Boltonโ€™s first goal - only for Nolanโ€™s header to be repelled by Sorensen at the far post.

Bolton, though, will feel aggrieved they were denied a penalty midway through the second half. Diouf shaped to head towards goal only to bundled to the floor by a challenge from Solano. Mike Riley waved away the appeals.

Villaโ€™s threat was sporadic though Angel might have done better when he raced clear of the Bolton defence. The Colombian, though, lacks the confidence of Phillips, and the chance came to nothing.