Game #4887

2004-05

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Position:

10th (-)

Premier League

Manchester City

Villa Park

Attendance: 39,645

Saturday, 7 May 2005

Villa lose successive games to make it six wins in twenty three Premier League games under David O'Leary as yet more dribbling drivel gushes forth.

Aston Villa

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Manchester City

Scorer(s) | Juan Pablo Ángel | 61’ |

Assist(s) | Ulises de la Cruz | 61’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4887

Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #85 |
Saturday, 7 May 2005

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | David O’Leary |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Richard Beeby, Northamptonshire |
HT Score | 0-2 |
FT Score | 1-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | WDDLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Richard Beeby

MATCH INCIDENTS

Richard Beeby

Villa

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Manchester City

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🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.46 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | 30.77 |

Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | 20.36 |

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Sörensen, Lee Hendrie and Ulises de la Cruz replace Stefan Postma, Nolberto Solano and Liam Ridgewell.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

David O'Leary

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Roy Aitken

STARTING LINE UP

GK Thomas Sörensen |
RB Ulises de la Cruz |
RB Mark Delaney |
FB Jlloyd Samuel |
CB Martin Laursen |
M Gareth Barry |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger |
M Steven Davis |
M Lee Hendrie |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel |
F Darius Vassell |

SUBSTITUTES

W Nolberto Solano for M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 46’ |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba for FB Jlloyd Samuel | 46’ |
F Luke Moore for M Lee Hendrie | 78’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma
CB Liam Ridgewell

THE OPPOSITION

James (ex), Thatcher, Distin, Onuoha, Mills, Reyna, Musampa (g), Barton, Wright-Phillips S (g), Sibierski (Wright-Phillips B), Macken (Croft). Manager: Stuart Pearce.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose a second successive match to make it 12 defeats in the last 24 League games under David O'Leary as the Villa boss claims he is yet to have been able to put his preferred XI out on the pitch after 40 games. His protestations however feel slightly ridiculous as this defeat marks the final game for Villa of the talented Thomas Hitzlsperger. Just as a year previously O'Leary had got rid of Peter Crouch and so he would again with Hitzlsperger in what was one of the most ill-conceived player sales for a very long time. Aged 23, Hitzlsperger moved on to VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer having played for Villa between 2000-01 and 2004-05 making 113 appearances, 32 as a substitute, and scoring 12, mostly spectacular, goals. Meanwhile O'Leary had reintegrated the prodigiously untalented Eric Djemba-Djemba back into the matchday squad.

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MATCH TIMELINE

5’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City)
12’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester City)
HT Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City
46’ Sub off, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sub on, Nolberto Solano
46’ Sub off, Jlloyd Samuel, Sub on, Eric Djemba-Djemba
61’ Goal, 1-2, Juan Pablo Ángel, Assist by Ulises de la Cruz
75’ Booking, Nolberto Solano
78’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Luke Moore
FT Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“We’ve gifted a team a two-goal start and afterwards dominated, scored one and should have scored more.

“We can’t afford to be doing that. We’re a bit disjointed with injuries but losing goals has cost us big time.

“We’ve tried to sort things out at half-time recently, we’re not starting games properly. I haven’t been able to put the 11 I want out all season long.”

David O’Leary.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 May, 2005

"The Villa fans could scarcely believe their side’s woeful start and began booing their team at every opportunity."

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Manchester City continued their push for a place in Europe with a narrow victory away at Aston Villa.

City raced out of the blocks and Shaun Wright-Phillips put them in front with a wonder goal, dancing past Villa defenders and rifling into the corner.

Kiki Musampa doubled the advantage, volleying home from Jon Macken’s flick to capitalise on some poor defending.

Juan Pablo Angel lashed past David James to pull one back but City defended well to hold on for the win.

The last time Stuart Pearce won the manager of the month award, at Nottingham Forest in January 1997, he won just one of his next 15 games as the Reds were relegated from the Premiership.

He clearly was not going to allow the same collapse to happen to City and they started looking every bit the league’s in-form outfit.

They had to wait just five minutes to go ahead, and it was a moment of pure genius from Wright-Phillips that gave them the lead.

The little winger picked the ball up just inside the Villa half, brilliantly skipped past two defenders at pace and rifled the ball into the far corner from 18 yards.

City doubled their lead with another fabulous goal, Macken flicking Antoine Sibierski’s cross into Musampa’s path, the Dutchman hitting a stunning volley into the top corner.

The Villa fans could scarcely believe their side’s woeful start and began booing their team at every opportunity.

City were rampant, but they nearly gifted a goal away as the half drew to a close, Ben Thatcher’s header letting in Steven Davis only for James to make a brilliant save with his knee.

Villa boss David O’Leary brought on Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djemba at the interval and both went close within a minute of the restart as Villa upped the tempo.

On the hour mark they did get a footing in the game with a lovely goal, Lee Hendrie dummying for Angel, who powered into the box before blasting low past James’ despairing dive.

But Mark Delaney did his best to throw it all away, a careless back pass letting in Wright-Phillips who, out of character, chipped over both Sorensen and the crossbar.

Villa piled forward as they sought an equaliser but chances were few and far between, Gareth Barry’s header that drifted wide their best chance to earn a point.

City could have even made it 3-1, Musampa drilling against the post from 15 yards after another fine passing move.

*Aston Villa boss David O’Leary:*

“We’ve gifted a team a two-goal start and afterwards dominated, scored one and should have scored more,” he said.

“We can’t afford to be doing that. We’re a bit disjointed with injuries but losing goals has cost us big time.

“We’ve tried to sort things out at half-time recently, we’re not starting games properly. I haven’t been able to put the 11 I want out all season long.”

Manchester City continued their push for a place in Europe with a narrow victory away at Aston Villa.

City raced out of the blocks and Shaun Wright-Phillips put them in front with a wonder goal, dancing past Villa defenders and rifling into the corner.

Kiki Musampa doubled the advantage, volleying home from Jon Macken’s flick to capitalise on some poor defending.

Juan Pablo Angel lashed past David James to pull one back but City defended well to hold on for the win.

The last time Stuart Pearce won the manager of the month award, at Nottingham Forest in January 1997, he won just one of his next 15 games as the Reds were relegated from the Premiership.

He clearly was not going to allow the same collapse to happen to City and they started looking every bit the league’s in-form outfit.

They had to wait just five minutes to go ahead, and it was a moment of pure genius from Wright-Phillips that gave them the lead.

The little winger picked the ball up just inside the Villa half, brilliantly skipped past two defenders at pace and rifled the ball into the far corner from 18 yards.

City doubled their lead with another fabulous goal, Macken flicking Antoine Sibierski’s cross into Musampa’s path, the Dutchman hitting a stunning volley into the top corner.

The Villa fans could scarcely believe their side’s woeful start and began booing their team at every opportunity.

City were rampant, but they nearly gifted a goal away as the half drew to a close, Ben Thatcher’s header letting in Steven Davis only for James to make a brilliant save with his knee.

Villa boss David O’Leary brought on Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djemba at the interval and both went close within a minute of the restart as Villa upped the tempo.

On the hour mark they did get a footing in the game with a lovely goal, Lee Hendrie dummying for Angel, who powered into the box before blasting low past James’ despairing dive.

But Mark Delaney did his best to throw it all away, a careless back pass letting in Wright-Phillips who, out of character, chipped over both Sorensen and the crossbar.

Villa piled forward as they sought an equaliser but chances were few and far between, Gareth Barry’s header that drifted wide their best chance to earn a point.

City could have even made it 3-1, Musampa drilling against the post from 15 yards after another fine passing move.

*Aston Villa boss David O’Leary:*

“We’ve gifted a team a two-goal start and afterwards dominated, scored one and should have scored more,” he said.

“We can’t afford to be doing that. We’re a bit disjointed with injuries but losing goals has cost us big time.

“We’ve tried to sort things out at half-time recently, we’re not starting games properly. I haven’t been able to put the 11 I want out all season long.”