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Game #4939

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Attendance: 37,714

Won

Premier League

10th (+1)

Chelsea

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa make it successive Premier League victories as they see off Chelsea at Villa Park in an impressive performance.

Aston Villa

2-0

Chelsea

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 47โ€™ | Ashley Young | 88โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Zat Knight celebrates scoring on his debut to beat Chelsea at Villa Park and make it three successive wins in all competitions, Sunday, 2 September 2007.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Zat Knight
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea
โšฝ | 47โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Zat Knight, Assist by Gareth Barry
๐ŸŸจ | 56โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐ŸŸจ | 66โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐ŸŸจ | 71โ€™ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐ŸŸจ | 71โ€™ Booking, John Carew
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, John Carew
โšฝ | 88โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Chelsea

ON THIS DAY

Villa were now unbeaten in four since their unlucky opening day loss to Liverpool and in doing so dispatched Chelsea with aplomb as centre back Zat Knight made a goalscoring debut aged 27 after joining from Fulham for a fee of ยฃ4,230,000 in August.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 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

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2006-07

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #47 |
Sunday, 2 September 2007

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 13 May 07, Villa 2-2 Bolton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Chelsea

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Wilfred Bouma, Martin Laursen, Ashley Young, John Carew, Scott Carson and Zat Knight (debut) replace Stuart Taylor, Craig Gardner, Gary Cahill, Shaun Maloney, Isaiah Osbourne and Marlon Harewood.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.60 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 30.53 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.90 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Josรฉ Mourinho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | โšฝ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |

Chelsea

GK Petr ฤŒech | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB Ashley Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alex | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Juliano Belletti | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Claude Makรฉlรฉlรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Essien | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Mikel John Obi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Florent Malouda | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Shaun Wright-Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Didier Drogba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Claude Makรฉlรฉlรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Mikel John Obi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Claudio Pizarro | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | W Shaun Wright-Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Salomon Kalou | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Tal Ben Haim (yth) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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 : 7/11
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: 4/16

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 : 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 : 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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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

Possession F | 32%
Possession A | 68%
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 2
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 29
Touches F | 494
Touches A | 766
Passes F | 216
Passes A | 492
Tackles F | 43
Tackles A | 31
Clearances F | 95
Clearances A | 47
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 13
Offsides A | 1
Offsides F | 1
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"It's a great day. Chelsea are brilliant and we're delighted that we've won.

"Zat's goal calmed us down then Chelsea took the initiative slightly, but we kept at it and grabbed a second.

"I was very, very pleased with their attitude. It has been terrific since the opening day defeat to Liverpool and this will give us a big, big boost."

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*Sky Sports*
Monday 3 September 2007

*Chelsea crash to Villa defeat*

Chelseaโ€™s Villa Park jinx continued as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Aston Villa fan Zat Knight scored on his debut to help his new side shatter Chelseaโ€™s seven-month unbeaten Premier League record with a 2-0 win.

Knight, a ยฃ3.5million capture from Fulham, headed in the opening goal after 47 minutes and then with two minutes left Gabriel Agbonlahor made sure of victory with a second goal.

Defeat cost Chelsea the chance to regain top spot in the table from Liverpool, who were the last side to defeat the Blues in the league back in January.

Chelsea, however, have been jinxed at Villa Park and they have now not triumphed there in eight seasons.

Jose Mourinhoโ€™s side enjoyed far more possession but they struggled to create clear-cut openings against a well drilled Villa.

Martin Laursen, after an uncertain opening, had an excellent game at the heart of the home defence despite being given a difficult afternoon by Didier Drogba.

There was a desperation about Chelseaโ€™s play in the second half, but they only mustered two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes.

An increasing worry for Chelsea was that Drogba had to be helped off the pitch at the final whistle after suffering a leg injury.

*Penalty claim*

Chelsea had begun positively and had a strong claim for a penalty when Laursen appeared to bring Shaun Wright-Phillips down in the area, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved the protests.

Drogba was operating as the only out-and-out striker for Chelsea, but they attacked with purpose and pace in the early stages.

However, it was Chelsea keeper Petr Cech who was called upon to make the first meaningful save when Ashley Young, who was a threat throughout, produced a dangerous ball into the near post and picked out Agbonlahor who spun sharply and had his powerful left-footed drive parried away by Cech.

Chelsea, though, were soon back on the offensive and skipper John Terry was only just too high with a header from Florent Maloudaโ€™s curling corner.

Then Villa keeper Scott Carson was twice called into action to save low drives from Michael Essien and Wright-Phillips.

But Agbonlahor would have been disappointed to send a low attempt straight at Cech with no real power after the ball had rebounded off Alex.

Then the England Under 21 striker out jumped Ashley Cole to make contact with a Gareth Barry cross but his header went wide of the target.

Villa began the second half on the offensive and Cech tipped over a curling effort from Young after John Carew had laid the ball back into his path.

Then after 47 minutes Knight celebrated his debut by putting Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side in front.

*Debut goal*

Barry supplied the inswinging corner and Knight, who last weekend scored an own goal on the same ground in his last league match for Fulham, rose above Drogba to head past Cech.

Ashley Cole tried to keep out the downward header but could only help it over the line.

Mourinhoโ€™s instant response was to take off Mikel and bring on Claudio Pizarro as he reverted from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 formation and Chelsea launched an offensive onslaught.

Drogba showed great skill to spin past Laursen and race into the Villa box but Mellberg did well to cut out his low centre.

Mourinho then brought on Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou for Wright-Phillips and Claude Makelele and it was one-way traffic towards the Villa goal and Terry was only just too high with a powerful header from a Joe Cole corner.

But the Blues were still struggling to create clear-cut openings for all their lengthy spells of possession.

Then with two minutes left Agbonlahor turned home Youngโ€™s cross from the left flank to settle the issue.