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Game #4894

Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Attendance: 37,329

Won

Premier League

5th (+5)

Reading

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win their first home game under Martin O'Neill as Reading are swatted aside.

Aston Villa

2-1

Reading

Assist(s) | Peter Whittingham | 61โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Juan Pablo รngel scores from the penalty spot as he sets Villa up for their first win under Martin O'Neill as Reading are beaten in the Premier League at Villa Park, Wednesday, 23 August 2006.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 4โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Reading), Kevin Doyle
๐ŸŸจ | 9โ€™ Booking, Gavin McCann
๐ŸŸฅ | 33โ€™ Sending off, (Reading), Ibrahima Sonko
โšฝ | 34โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Juan Pablo รngel (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Reading
๐ŸŸจ | 47โ€™ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Jlloyd Samuel, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Gareth Barry, Assist by Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Reading

ON THIS DAY

Martin O'Neill records his first win as Villa boss to rise to 5th in the early Premier League table.

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

Reading

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Reading

Previous 5 vs. Reading: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2006-07 |
Matchday | #2 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #2 |
Wednesday, 23 August 2006

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 25 Mar 06, Villa 0-0 Fulham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Reading

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Lee Mason

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill named an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.50 |

Oldest Player |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 30.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.87 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |
F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Reading

GK Marcus Hanhemann (yth) | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Graeme Murty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Ibrahima Sonko | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB รvar Ingimarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M James Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Bobby Convey | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |๐Ÿ” |
W Ky-hyeon Seol | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Leroy Lita | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Kevin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 59โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Bobby Convey | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M Stephen Hunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Leroy Lita | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Brynjar Gunnarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Kevin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CF Shane Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Graham Stack | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M John Oster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 6/11

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 : 11/16
Homegrown: 8/16

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 : 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 : 6/16

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€œWeโ€™re delighted with the points but we know weโ€™ve a lot of work to do.

โ€œIโ€™ve got to do a lot of work for the crowd to stay with us as theyโ€™ve seen a few false dawns in the past.

โ€œPsychologically the sending off gave us a big, big lift. Iโ€™m delighted with the three points.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Aston Villaโ€™s encouraging start under new manager Martin Oโ€™Neill continued with a win over 10-man Reading.

The visitors took an early lead after Seol Ki-Hyeonโ€™s cross was calmly headed in by Kevin Doyle, before Villa equalised with a
debatable penalty.

Ibrahima Sonko was adjudged to have fouled Luke Moore, which resulted in the Senegal defenderโ€™s dismissal and Juan Pablo Angelโ€™s converted penalty.

Villaโ€™s winner came after Gareth Barry headed in Peter Whittinghamโ€™s cross.

Oโ€™Neill had received a rapturous reception when he emerged from the tunnel before the start of the game and his decision to bring on Whittingham only served to further illustrate the former Celtic bossโ€™ apparent Midas touch.

With practically his first kick of the game Whittingham delivered an inviting cross that Barry was able to glance past Marcus Hahnemann.

Not that Oโ€™Neill did not experience some anxious moments in his first win as Villa manager as his team struggled to react to Readingโ€™s early goal.

Villa had secured a creditable draw away at Arsenal on Saturday by playing on the counterattack but Doyleโ€™s strike required the home side to adopt a different tactical approach.

Initially Villa appeared without the wit to unpick Reading, but Sonkoโ€™s clumsy defending allowed the home side to equalise as well providing them with a crucial man advantage.

To their credit even at a numerical disadvantage Reading were never outclassed by Villa, but they were unable to really stretch the home sideโ€™s defence.

In their opening Premiership match on Reading had conceded two early goals, but Steve Coppellโ€™s side did not make the same mistake on Wednesday as they took a fourth-minute lead.

Seol jinked past Moore before flighting the ball to the far post, a cross that was expertly headed in by the unmarked Doyle.

The South Korean midfielder - powerful and strong on the ball - had an impressive game for Reading and early in the second half he tested Sorensen with an accurate shot

Having taken an early lead it was Reading that continued to look the more likely side to score, notably when Steve Sidwell flashed a shot past the post.

Before Angel scored his penalty the Colombian had had the ball in the net, but he was ruled offside.

Moore also had a goal disallowed, again the result of Angel straying into an offside position.

Angelโ€™s decision making proved shrewder from the penalty spot after referee Lee Mason ruled Sonko had denied Moore a goalscoring opportunity and the Colombian sent Hahnemann the wrong way.

Sonkoโ€™s sending-off prompted a tactical switch as Coppell withdrew striker Leroy Lita, replacing him with Brynjar Gunnarsson.

Moore continued to trouble the Reading defence and although he was unable to add a third goal the visitors were never able to get enough men forward to threaten the Villa goal.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œWeโ€™re delighted with the points but we know weโ€™ve a lot of work to do.

โ€œIโ€™ve got to do a lot of work for the crowd to stay with us as theyโ€™ve seen a few false dawns in the past.

โ€œPsychologically the sending off gave us a big, big lift. Iโ€™m delighted with the three points.โ€