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Game #4935

Aston Villa

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Lost

14th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 42,640

Liverpool

Villa Park

Villa lose on the opening day as big spenders Liverpool win in the 87' at Villa Park.

Aston Villa

1-2

Liverpool

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry, equaliser.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 11 August 2007

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐ŸŸจ | 26โ€™ Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐Ÿฅ… | 31โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool), Martin Laursen o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Martin Laursen, Sub on, Gary Cahill
๐ŸŸจ | 58โ€™ Booking, Wilfred Bouma
๐ŸŸจ | 67โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Wilfred Bouma, Sub on, Luke Moore
โšฝ | 85โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Gareth Barry (pen)
๐Ÿฅ… | 87โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Lucky, lucky Liverpool, just as Villa have an annual defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup so they have a day dedicated to late Liverpool goals. And so it proved again. Meanwhile, midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining from West Ham United for a fee of ยฃ11,250,000 in July 2007.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2005-06

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #43 |
Saturday, 11 August 2007

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 5.15pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 43 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 13 ๐ŸŸจ | 17 ๐ŸŸฅ 13 | 1.30

Career Form:

Mid Table

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 2 Dec 06, Villa 2-2 Portsmouth (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill selects Stuart Taylor in goal as Scott Carson is ineligible due to his loan terms. O'Neill also hands a debut to Nigel Reo Coker.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.98 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 30.47 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.72 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

Liverpool

GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Steve Finnan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB รlvaro Arbeloa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Daniel Agger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB John Arne Riise | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Xabi Alonso | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Fernando Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CB Gary Cahill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 71โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Ryan Babel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Fernando Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (F Andriy Voronin | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (M Mohamed Sissoko | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Charles Itandje | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Sami Hyypiรค | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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: 6/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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 : 3/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

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UNAVAILABLE

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Player Positions:

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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

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 18
Touches F | 574
Touches A | 578
Passes F | 367
Passes A | 356
Tackles F | 29
Tackles A | 24
Clearances F | 29
Clearances A | 64
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 2
Offsides A | 3
Offsides F | 1
Fouls F | 20
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWe got ourselves back in the game after they took the lead.

โ€œWe tried to play strongly against a very fine side, but didnโ€™t quite have real self belief. I think I have more belief in the team than they have.

โ€œWeโ€™re a young side. Weโ€™re in the throes of building a team, but we donโ€™t want to take too long about it.โ€

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 11 August 2007

*Steven Gerrardโ€™s dipping free-kick ensured Liverpool secured a narrow win.*

Liverpool took a first-half lead with a helping hand from Villa through Martin Laursenโ€™s own goal after Stuart Taylor pushed away Fernando Torresโ€™ shot.

The visitors missed a catalogue of chances and with five minutes left Gareth Barryโ€™s penalty pulled Villa level after Jamie Carragherโ€™s handball.

But Gerrard had the last word - as he has so often - arcing the ball over the Villa wall into the roof of the net.

Carragherโ€™s indiscretion had looked like it was going to cost Liverpool two points as the visitors failed to build on their first-half lead.

Before scoring, Gerrard had gone close with a couple of shots, while substitute Ryan Babel went also close with two efforts.

If manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping his side become more adept at killing games off, he will have been encouraged by Torresโ€™ debut.

Of the host of players Benitez splashed out ยฃ45m on during the summer only Torres was deemed worthy of a place in Liverpoolโ€™s starting line-up.

The former Atletico Madrid striker showed some intelligent forward play and struck up a good understanding with Dirk Kuyt.

It was the Dutchmanโ€™s dummy that allowed Gerrardโ€™s pass to run through to Torres in the build-up to the first goal.

Taylor managed to get a hand to Torresโ€™ shot, but Kuyt was quick to reach the ball before it went out for a corner and his cross was stubbed into the net by the luckless Laursen, who was substituted at the interval.

While Benitez has spent lavishly, Martin Oโ€™Neill has adopted an altogether more frugal approach - so far - to the transfer market and on the evidence of this 90 minutes Villa could do with some fresh blood.

Craig Gardner forced a save from Jose Reina with a rising shot early on, while Carragher also needed to be alert to block an effort from John Carew.

Villa rallied at the conclusion of the first-half, Stilian Petrov shooting straight at Reina, while Young should have done better when the Liverpool goalkeeper failed to hold a cross from the left.

After Gardner threw himself at the ball to block a Gerrard shot, the Liverpool captain, who was playing in the centre of midfield, drew a fine save from Taylor following another Liverpool counterattack.

With 15 minutes left Ryan Babel made his Liverpool debut, immediately going close when he lashed a shot wide.

Babelโ€™s cameo appearance was also impressive, the Dutchman firing in another shot that required Taylor to push the ball away.

With five minutes remaining Villa found themselves level when Barry calmly stroked the penalty home after Carragherโ€™s handball.

It was unfortunate for Carragher, who had marshalled the Liverpool defence very effectively for the previous 84 minutes.

But Villa were to be level only momentarily as Gerrardโ€™s brilliance secured Liverpool all three points.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œWe got ourselves back in the game after they took the lead.

โ€œWe tried to play strongly against a very fine side, but didnโ€™t quite have real self belief. I think I have more belief in the team than they have.

โ€œWeโ€™re a young side. Weโ€™re in the throes of building a team, but we donโ€™t want to take too long about it.โ€

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