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Game #4888

Sunday, 16 April 2006

Attendance: 40,158

Won

Premier League

15th (-)

Birmingham City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Whatever League, whatever form, Villa always have time to beat Birmingham. As a result David O'Leary records his ninth win in thirty four Premier League games this season.

Aston Villa

3-1

Birmingham City

Assist(s) | Aaron Hughes | 10โ€™ | Kevin Phillips | 56โ€™ | James Milner | 78โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Gary Cahill celebrates scoring Villa's goal of the season that also helps to beat Birmingham and earn David O'Leary just his ninth win in thirty four Premier League games, Sunday, 16 April 2006.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 10โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Milan Baroลก, Assist by Aaron Hughes
๐Ÿ” | 24โ€™ Sub off, Steven Davis, Sub on, Craig Gardner
๐Ÿฅ… | 25โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Birmingham City), Chris Sutton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Birmingham City
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Milan Baroลก
โšฝ | 56โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Gary Cahill, Assist by Kevin Phillips
๐ŸŸจ | 56โ€™ Booking, Gary Cahill, excessive celebration
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Kevin Phillips, Sub on, Juan Pablo รngel
๐ŸŸจ | 69โ€™ Booking, Gavin McCann
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Milan Baroลก, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, James Milner, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐ŸŸจ | 86โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-1 Birmingham City

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the first time in seven and see young defender Gary Cahill score the goal of the season and add to a burgeoning and exciting reputation as a star centre back of the future at the club. As a result of the victory Villa stay 15th and David O'Leary records his ninth win in the last 39 Premier League games.

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

Birmingham City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1962-63

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2005-06 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #127 |
Sunday, 16 April 2006

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 12.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 19 Feb 06, Villa 1-1 Manchester City (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Birmingham City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Poll

TEAM NEWS

Jlloyd Samuel, Gareth Barry and James Milner replace Gabriel Agbonlahor, Wilfred Bouma and Lee Hendrie.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.07 |

Oldest Player |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.83 |

Youngest Player |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.29 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Gary Cahill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Milan Baroลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |

Birmingham City

GK Maik Taylor | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Martin Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kenny Cunningham | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Mat Sadler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olivier Tรฉbily | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Damien Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Jermain Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Chris Sutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 24โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 59โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Kenny Cunningham | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (W Stan Laziridis | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)
๐Ÿ” | M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Mikael Forssell | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Nico Vaesen | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Alex Bruce | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |

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 : 9/11
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 : 12/16
Homegrown: 7/16

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 : 9/11

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€œI have never looked at the relegation zone. I have kept my eyes on the teams we have a chance of catching above us.

โ€œIf we defended set plays with our two young centre backs in the second half I thought we would go on from there.

โ€œIโ€™m delighted for the players and the supporters. We were worthy winners.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 16 April 2006

Two goals from Milan Baros and a breathtaking strike from Gary Cahill earned Aston Villa victory over troubled rivals Birmingham.

Villa led when Baros was left unmarked to lash in Aaron Hughesโ€™ cross from close range but Birmingham drew level through Chris Suttonโ€™s low drive.

The hosts went back in front on 56 minutes when Cahill leapt and sent a spectacular volley over Maik Taylor.

And Baros wrapped up victory with a crisp finish from a difficult angle.

The result puts Villa 10 points clear of the drop zone but leaves Birmingham, who dropped into the bottom three on Saturday after Portsmouthโ€™s win, three points from safety with four games remaining.

The Blues suffered another blow before the kick-off when Matthew Upson ruptured his Achilles tendon in the warm-up.

But Steve Bruceโ€™s side made a positive start, with Sutton and Emile Heskey looking to outmuscle Aston Villaโ€™s young centre-backs Cahill and Liam Ridgewell.

Thomas Sorensen was called into action inside four minutes, saving from Nicky Butt, but the keeper did not help ease the nerves of his defence with several terrible clearances early on.

However, as soon as Villa went on the attack for the first time, they discovered the visitorsโ€™ backline was equally suspect.

To be fair to Birmingham, the linesman should have flagged when James Milner caught Matthew Sadler in the face with a high boot.

Milner then fed Hughes, whose cross evaded everyone except the unmarked Baros, who, from two yards out, had time to pull the ball down before finishing.

Bruce looked on exasperated and matters got worse for the Blues boss when David Dunn, who had looked sharp, limped off to be replaced by Mikael Forssell.

However, Villa were to suffer an injury blow of their own when Steven Davis came off to be replaced by Craig Gardner and moments after, Birmingham drew level.

Sutton and Heskeyโ€™s menace in the box proved decisive, the latter winning a header which dropped for his strike partner to drive in through a crowd of players.

But it was another defensive lapse which eventually led to Villaโ€™s second, nine minutes after the restart.

Olivier Tebilyโ€™s weak header hit Kevin Phillips in the box and he eventually headed towards Cahill.

The 20-year-old, in only his fourth appearance for the club, launched himself into the air and volleyed over Taylor and into the opposite corner.

The youngster was booked for celebrating his first goal for Villa with the fans, but you could hardly blame him for his over-exuberance.

Birmingham immediately went in search of another equaliser, and Sorensen kept his side in front when he got down quickly to smother Forssellโ€™s snapshot.

But with the visitors dominating, Villa struck on the counter-attack, Baros beginning and ending the move which ended Birminghamโ€™s hopes of a recovery.

*Aston Villa manager David Oโ€™Leary:*

โ€œI have never looked at the relegation zone. I have kept my eyes on the teams we have a chance of catching above us.

โ€œIf we defended set plays with our two young centre backs in the second half I thought we would go on from there.

โ€œIโ€™m delighted for the players and the supporters. We were worthy winners.โ€