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Game #4892

Aston Villa

Sunday, 7 May 2006


16th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 33,820


Villa Park

Villa end the season with a tenth Premier League victory in thirty eight games under David O'Leary as the disliked manager and his Chairman would exit the Villa stage during the summer as a new chapter dawned.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | Steven Davis | 43โ€™ |


Gareth Barry celebrates his opener in Villa's final day win over Sunderland as David O'Leary's unpopular reign ends with a tenth win in thirty eight Premier League games, Sunday, 7 May 2006.




Sunday, 7 May 2006

โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gareth Barry, Assist by Steven Davis
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Sunderland
๐ŸŸจ | 48โ€™ Booking, Gavin McCann
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Gary Cahill
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Kevin Phillips ๐Ÿ”ด, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ’ฅ | Missed Penalty, Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Liam Ridgewell
๐ŸŸจ | 81โ€™ Booking, Liam Ridgewell
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, James Milner ๐Ÿ”ด, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿฅ… | 88โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Sunderland), Danny Collins
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland


Despite his protestations to the contrary and with his delusion still bubbling away this would indeed prove to be David Oโ€™Learyโ€™s final game in charge of Villa.

Oโ€™Leary would be removed from post as part of the deal that saw American Randy Lerner buy the club - a move that would also end Herbert Ellisโ€™ long, oft debilitating control of the club.

David Oโ€™Leary was not a popular appointment in 2003, by 2005 he was a pariah and by the end of his reign a figure of mirth.

In truth Oโ€™Leary confounded the critics across a 6 month spell in 2003-04 and delivered a truly unexpected 6th placed finish, thereafter however Villaโ€™s 10th and 16th placed finishes flattered their manager.

However therein lay the paradox, Oโ€™Leary was often excellent in the transfer market, frequently unlucky with injuries and consistently blooding youth team talent. But Oโ€™Leary could demotivate any team that was in front of him and the kernel of a strong side was undermined by his rash comments, constant changes and willingness to dispose of talent far too early.

Combined with a truly divisive personality and a dismissive attitude to the fans it was no surprise he got on well with his Chairman but equally no surprise that there was no warmth - or quarter given - to fall back on when things, as many had expected from the first day of his appointment, went very wrong.

Villa had, like any club, under achieving managers before, and had appointed people out of their depth, unsuited or simply unlucky but never before had there been an individual subject to such a depth of dislike and distrust almost from day one.

Did that stop Oโ€™Leary achieving his aims? Firstly, Villa had no aims during his reign, there was no plan and no goal, a managerial appointment in the image of the Chairman. Secondly, Oโ€™Leary had form, at Leeds as manager and at Arsenal as a player. This was not an appointment that would ever be a catalyst for harmony.

Did Villa fans expect too much? Were they โ€œsugarbagsโ€ after all?

No, they just werenโ€™t fooled by the man in the dugout.

Forward Kevin Phillips played his final game for Villa aged 32 after just one season with the club. In total Phillips played 27 games, scoring 5 goals before being sold on to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of ยฃ945,000 in August 2006 as new Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill deemed the veteran striker as surplus to requirements.

James Milner, 20, played the final game of his season long loan from Newcastle United. Although earmarked as one of Martin Oโ€™Neill and Randy Lernerโ€™s first signings, and with a contract agreed, shenanigans from the notoriously amateurish Newcastle board prevented the transfer and left the player and club bereft. Milner would of course return, but he never should have left.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1972-73



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


Season | 2005-06โ€‹ |
Matchday | #45 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #131 |
Sunday, 7 May 2006


Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


๐Ÿ•’ 131 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 47 ๐ŸŸจ | 35 ๐ŸŸฅ 49 | 1.34

Career Form:

Mid Table

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 4 Mar 06, Villa 1-0 Portsmouth (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Juan Pablo รngel, Kevin Phillips and Liam Ridgewell replace Milan Baroลก, Olof Mellberg and Gabriel Agbonlahor.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.93 |

Oldest Player |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.89 |

Youngest Player |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.35 |



David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Kevin Ball | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (Caretaker)

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Gary Cahill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Kelvin Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Gary Breen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Steven Caldwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Nyron Nosworthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
RB Justin Hoyte | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
M Dean Whitehead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Tommy Miller | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Andy Welsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Anthony Le Tallec | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Chris Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | (CB Danny Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |)
๐Ÿ” | CB Steven Caldwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (CF Daryl Murphy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Tommy Miller | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Grant Leadbitter | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


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


GK Ben Alnwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kevin Kyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |


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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 4/11

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 : 12/16
Homegrown: 7/16



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 : 7/11

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 : 11/16



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game



๐Ÿ”ด W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ”ด F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Not recorded


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โ€œWe should have won by more goals - with the movement and passing, we should have been well ahead and the first goal summed that up.

โ€œI thought it would be a good game to end the season with, as you would have two teams having a go at each other.

โ€œBut we havenโ€™t taken enough points here, although weโ€™ve done well on the road. We didnโ€™t put our chances away.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 7 May 2006

Gareth Barry and Liam Ridgewell were on target as Aston Villa wrapped up the season with a victory - and Sunderland bade farewell to the Premiership.

Barry started and finished a four-man move just before the interval by drilling his shot past Kelvin Davis.

After Barryโ€™s second-half penalty was well saved by Davis, Ridgewell made it 2-0 with a header from a corner.

Danny Collins, who earlier had a header cleared off the line by Barry, headed in a consolation in the dying minutes.

With both sides looking to end a disappointing season with a win, Villa boss David Oโ€™Leary rested Milan Baros and Olof Mellberg ahead of this summerโ€™s World Cup finals.

But Sunderlandโ€™s Davis was the busier keeper in the early stages, holding a low strike by James Milner and punching clear when Ridgewell was left unmarked six yards out.

Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen was not seriously tested by his old team in the first half, with Justin Hoyte off-target from distance, while Dean Whitehead wasted a free-kick in a good position by blazing high and wide.

Another ex-Sunderland man, Kevin Phillips, had been recalled to the starting line-up but headed wide from a Milner centre.

Milner, in possibly his last appearance for Villa, was a constant threat on their right but Sunderland skipper Gary Breen was on hand to nod a dangerous cross behind, although Juan Pablo Angel hooked his shot wide from the resulting corner.

Davis then parried a fierce drive from the Colombian before Breen did well to block Milnerโ€™s rebound effort.

Both sides were lacking a killer instinct and Sunderlandโ€™s problems increased after losing defenders George McCartney and Stephen Caldwell to injury in the first half-hour.

But Villa eventually went ahead when Barry began a neat passing sequence - with Angel and Milner involved before Steven Davis teed up the Villa skipper to carefully place his shot past keeper Davis into the bottom left corner.

Buoyed by the goal, Villa nearly grabbed a second before the interval when Milnerโ€™s cross deflected off Collins and struck the foot of the post before it rebounded off the keeper and hit the post again before Sunderland could clear the danger.

Despite having Collinsโ€™ effort from a rare corner hacked off the line by skipper Barry just after the break, the Black Cats were soon on the rack again as the impressive Milner - on loan from Newcastle and booed by the away fans - shot over.

Another good move led to Barry and Milner teeing up Steven Davis, who rattled Sorensenโ€™s left-hand post with a fierce drive but Gavin McCann fired the rebound wide.

Villa finally had the chance to make the game safe when lively substitute Gabriel Agbonlahor, on for Phillips, was scythed down by Breen.

Barryโ€™s firmly-struck spot-kick was well saved by Davis low to his left but Villaโ€™s pressure finally told from the resulting corner.

Ridgewellโ€™s initial header brought another good save by Davis but the England Under-21 man made no mistake with another header when the ball fell to him seconds later.

Sorensen was able to take a back seat for much of the game but was briefly called into action when Nyron Nosworthyโ€™s mis-hit shot fell kindly to Daryl Murphy, whose shot was well held by the Villa keeper.

The Dane had no chance when Collinsโ€™ firm header from Dean Whiteheadโ€™s corner gave the Black Cats a late consolation goal.
However, it was too little, too late for Sunderland - and their season.

Aston Villa manager David Oโ€™Leary:

โ€œWe should have won by more goals - with the movement and passing, we should have been well ahead and the first goal summed that up.

โ€œI thought it would be a good game to end the season with, as you would have two teams having a go at each other.

โ€œBut we havenโ€™t taken enough points here, although weโ€™ve done well on the road. We didnโ€™t put our chances away.โ€

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