Game #4909

2005-06

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Position:

14th (+1)

Premier League

Everton

Villa Park

Attendance: 32,432

Monday, 26 December 2005

Villa receive a Christmas gift from referee Mike Riley that sets them up for a first Premier League win in four and their fifth in eighteen games under David O'Leary.

Aston Villa

4-0

Everton

Scorer(s) | Milan Baroš | 34’ | 84’ | Mark Delaney | 48’ | Juan Pablo Ángel | 82’ |

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 34’ | James Milner | 48’ | Milan Baroš | 82’ | Aaron Hughes | 84’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4909

Season | 2005-06 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #107 |
Monday, 26 December 2005

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | David O’Leary |
KO | 5.15pm |
Referee | Mike Riley, West Yorkshire |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 4-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LDDLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mike Riley

Villa

None

Everton

None

🟨 | 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
| 24.74 |

Oldest Player |
RB Mark Delaney | 29.64 |

Youngest Player |
F Luke Moore | 19.88 |

TEAM NEWS

Luke Moore replaces Eirik Bakke.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

David O'Leary

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Roy Aitken

STARTING LINE UP

GK Thomas Sörensen |
LB Aaron Hughes |
RB Wilfred Bouma |
RB Mark Delaney |
CB Liam Ridgewell |
M Gareth Barry |
M Gavin McCann |
M Steven Davis |
W James Milner |
F Milan Baroš |
F Luke Moore |

SUBSTITUTES

M Eirik Bakke for W James Milner | 62’ |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel for F Luke Moore | 70’ |
M Craig Gardner for M Steven Davis | 83’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor
RB Ulises de la Cruz

THE OPPOSITION

Martyn, Krøldrup, Yobo, Neville, Hibbert, Arteta, Davies, Cahill (Ferguson), Osman (Bent), Beattie, McFadden. Manager: David Moyes.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa bag a huge win, literally and metaphorically, that is as unexpected as it is welcome as an Everton side, level on points in the table, are swept aside by a youthful Villa side at a half-full Boxing Day Villa Park.

The win makes it five in the last 23 games under David O'Leary but also just one defeat in six as, despite the Villa boss's unpopularity, thoughts turn to whether he might herald an about turn in form as impressive as the one that had occurred under his watch in 2003-04.

Meanwhile midfielder Craig Gardner makes his Villa debut aged 19 having joined as a schoolboy.

In less positive news, a player as loyal and committed as they come, Mark Delaney, is pushed to demand a transfer as the club refuses to discuss a new deal: “It’s obviously down to the club. I’ve spoken to them about it.

“They’re obviously not willing to do much so I’ve got to try and work out what’s best for me.

“If that’s away from here, then it’s away from here but, hopefully, it’s here.

“It’s difficult to take. I’ve given as much as I can to the club.

“Sometimes, it’s just not enough with different management and different strategies, and a different way of going about things.”

Villa celebrate their hammering of Everton - just their fifth win in eighteen Premier League games under David O'Leary, Monday, 26 December 2005.

Source: bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4552650.stm

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MATCH TIMELINE

34’ Goal, 1-0, Milan Baroš, Assist by Gareth Barry
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
48’ Goal, 2-0, Mark Delaney, Assist by James Milner
62’ Sub off, James Milner, Sub on, Eirik Bakke
70’ Sub off, Luke Moore, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
82’ Goal, 3-0, Juan Pablo Ángel, Assist by Milan Baroš
83’ Sub off, Steven Davis, Sub on, Craig Gardner DEBUT
84’ Goal, 4-0, Milan Baroš, Assist by Aaron Hughes
FT Aston Villa 4-0 Everton

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“I thought the first goal was important.

“I was delighted it came because I thought we should have been two or three up before that.

“It might have been fortunate, I haven’t seen it, but we got it and we deserve a break this season - and if we got it, I’m delighted.

David O’Leary.

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*BBC Sport*
Monday, 26 December 2005

"Baros put Villa ahead controversially after 35 minutes, when he handled before lobbing Nigel Martyn."

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Aston Villa’s Milan Baros was on target twice as Everton slumped to their second successive four-goal thrashing.

Baros put Villa ahead controversially after 35 minutes, when he handled before lobbing Nigel Martyn.

Transfer-seeking Mark Delaney swept home a second two minutes after the interval and substitute Juan Pablo Angel added a neat third late on.

Everton were left embarrassed five minutes from time when Baros turned an Aaron Hughes cross past Martyn.

Goodison boss David Moyes gave a long-awaited debut to £5m summer signing Per Kroldrup, with fit-again Martyn replacing Richard Wright in goal.

And the Denmark defender was given a testing start to his career in the Premiership as Villa made a lively opening.

Luke Moore was narrowly off target and Baros was denied by Martyn diving at his feet after he evaded the attentions of Kroldrup.

Everton had the clearest early chance after 17 minutes when Mikel Arteta’s cross found James Beattie unmarked at the near post, but he glanced a header over the top.

Villa went ahead in contentious circumstances after 34 minutes when Baros clearly controlled Gareth Barry’s cross with his hand before lobbing a close-range finish over Martyn.

The goalkeeper led understandably furious Everton protests but they were waved away by Riley.

And as Everton looked to mount a recovery after the interval, Villa extended their lead after 47 minutes.

Milner whipped in a corner and Delaney - who has demanded to leave Villa Park - beat Tony Hibbert at the near post to flick home a neat finish.

Beattie had an opportunity to give Everton a lifeline, but the hard-working striker was blocked by sheer weight of numbers in the Villa penalty area.

Baros was being offered regular opportunities by a shaky Everton rearguard, forcing Kroldrup into a desperate block and then bringing a fine diving save from Martyn.

Simon Davies then forced Thomas Sorensen into his first serious save, a sign that for all Everton’s complaints about Baros’ goal, they were desperately lacking quality up front.

And Villa clinched the victory with eight minutes left when Baros linked superbly with Angel, playing in a brilliant pass for the substitute to score.

Baros added his second two minutes later as Everton collapsed again, scoring with a first-time finish from Aaron Hughes cross.

*Aston Villa boss David O’Leary:*

“I thought the first goal was important.

“I was delighted it came because I thought we should have been two or three up before that.

“It might have been fortunate, I haven’t seen it, but we got it and we deserve a break this season - and if we got it, I’m delighted.”

Aston Villa’s Milan Baros was on target twice as Everton slumped to their second successive four-goal thrashing.

Baros put Villa ahead controversially after 35 minutes, when he handled before lobbing Nigel Martyn.

Transfer-seeking Mark Delaney swept home a second two minutes after the interval and substitute Juan Pablo Angel added a neat third late on.

Everton were left embarrassed five minutes from time when Baros turned an Aaron Hughes cross past Martyn.

Goodison boss David Moyes gave a long-awaited debut to £5m summer signing Per Kroldrup, with fit-again Martyn replacing Richard Wright in goal.

And the Denmark defender was given a testing start to his career in the Premiership as Villa made a lively opening.

Luke Moore was narrowly off target and Baros was denied by Martyn diving at his feet after he evaded the attentions of Kroldrup.

Everton had the clearest early chance after 17 minutes when Mikel Arteta’s cross found James Beattie unmarked at the near post, but he glanced a header over the top.

Villa went ahead in contentious circumstances after 34 minutes when Baros clearly controlled Gareth Barry’s cross with his hand before lobbing a close-range finish over Martyn.

The goalkeeper led understandably furious Everton protests but they were waved away by Riley.

And as Everton looked to mount a recovery after the interval, Villa extended their lead after 47 minutes.

Milner whipped in a corner and Delaney - who has demanded to leave Villa Park - beat Tony Hibbert at the near post to flick home a neat finish.

Beattie had an opportunity to give Everton a lifeline, but the hard-working striker was blocked by sheer weight of numbers in the Villa penalty area.

Baros was being offered regular opportunities by a shaky Everton rearguard, forcing Kroldrup into a desperate block and then bringing a fine diving save from Martyn.

Simon Davies then forced Thomas Sorensen into his first serious save, a sign that for all Everton’s complaints about Baros’ goal, they were desperately lacking quality up front.

And Villa clinched the victory with eight minutes left when Baros linked superbly with Angel, playing in a brilliant pass for the substitute to score.

Baros added his second two minutes later as Everton collapsed again, scoring with a first-time finish from Aaron Hughes cross.

*Aston Villa boss David O’Leary:*

“I thought the first goal was important.

“I was delighted it came because I thought we should have been two or three up before that.

“It might have been fortunate, I haven’t seen it, but we got it and we deserve a break this season - and if we got it, I’m delighted.”