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Game #4967

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Attendance: 20,388

Lost

Premier League

6th (-)

Portsmouth

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Fratton Park

Villa lose for only the second time in fifteen Premier League games as mega-spenders Portsmouth beat them for the second time this season and climb above them in the table.

Portsmouth

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Villa contemplate their second defeat in fifteen Premier League games as luck deserts them at Fratton Park, Saturday, 15 March 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 12โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Portsmouth), Jermaine Defoe
๐Ÿฅ… | 38โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Portsmouth), Nigel Reo-Coker o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Portsmouth 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Shaun Maloney, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
๐ŸŸจ | 64โ€™ Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Wilfred Bouma, Sub on, Moustapha Salifou
๐ŸŸฅ | 81โ€™ Sending off, (Portsmouth), Sulley Muntari
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐ŸŸฅ | 89โ€™ Sending off, Olof Mellberg
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Portsmouth 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose for only the second time in thirteen Premier League games as they again can't get to grips with a combination of a tiny, ramshackle ground, a bloke with a bell and some very, very highly remunerated players. As a result Villa fall back to seventh in the table with eight to play.

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

Portsmouth

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1949-50

FIXTURE HISTORY

Portsmouth

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #75 |
Saturday, 15 March 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 3 Feb 08, Villa 1-2 Fulham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Portsmouth

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Chris Foy

TEAM NEWS

Olof Mellberg replaces Craig Gardner.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.42 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 31.07 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.44 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Harry Redknapp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Portsmouth

GK David James (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Laurรฉn | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Glen Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Hermann Hreiรฐarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Sylvain Distin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Lassana Diarra | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Papa Bouba Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Sulley Muntari | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Niko Kranjฤar | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Milan Baroลก (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jermain Defoe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | for RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Milan Baroลก (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | (CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jermain Defoe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | (W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jamie Ashdown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Lucien Aubey | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Pedro Mendes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

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: 2/11

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 : 10/16
Homegrown: 3/16

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

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

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 20

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œLuck deserted us but itโ€™s all about winning games and weโ€™ve got to get back to that.

โ€œWe wonโ€™t give up. There are still eight games to go and if we are capable of winning most of them.

โ€œThere are plenty of twists and turns left even though the margin for error is growing less.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 15 March 2008

*A delightful Jermain Defoe lob and a bizarre Nigel Reo-Coker own goal saw Portsmouth leapfrog Aston Villa in the Premier League table.*

Defoe neatly controlled Glen Johnsonโ€™s long ball to beat the culpable Scott Carson from the edge of the box.

And Carson was at fault for the second when the goalkeeperโ€™s clearance ended in the back of the net via Reo-Coker.

Both teams ended the game with 10 men when Sulley Muntari and Olof Mellberg were sent off in separate incidents.

The visitors performed better than they had during the lacklustre 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, but Portsmouth ruthlessly penalised silly errors.

Carson was caught in no-manโ€™s land when he was beaten by Defoe, who, in front of the England manager Fabio Capello, scored his sixth goal since his January move from Tottenham.

Villa responded positively, with Ashley Youngโ€™s trickery and pace causing Pompey problems. But for all their attacking promise the visitors were toothless in attack.

John Carew, having done the hard work by beating two defenders, was guilty of missing a great opportunity 10 minutes before the break.

And Carew was to rue his profligacy when Portsmouth doubled their lead.

Carson came rushing out of his area to clear the danger posed by Muntariโ€™s through ball. The keeper kicked the ball straight at Reo-Coker and, to everyoneโ€™s surprise, the ball bounced off the midfielderโ€™s toes into the back of the net.

Villa should have halved the deficit immediately after the break, but Gabriel Agbonlahor failed to connect with Shaun Maloneyโ€™s cross for what would have been a simple tap-in.

Marlon Harewood came on for Maloney as Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill sought to out-muscle the Portsmouth defence.

But the home side stood firm despite a bombardment of free-kicks into their box.

Portsmouth should have scored a third only for Niko Kranjcar to shoot wastefully wide from a promising position.
Villa finally found the back of the net - but it was disallowed as Harewood was offside.

Minutes later and Youngโ€™s free-kick forced a fine reflex save from ex-Villa keeper David James, who was making his 161st consecutive appearance in the Premier League.

Portsmouth were then reduced to 10 men when Muntari received a second yellow for a foul on Villa substitute Moustapha Salifou.

Yet, even with a man advantage, Villa were unable to break Pompeyโ€™s defence and, three minutes before the end, Villaโ€™s frustrations came to a boiling point when Mellberg was sent off for a second yellow card.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œLuck deserted us but itโ€™s all about winning games and weโ€™ve got to get back to that.

โ€œWe wonโ€™t give up. There are still eight games to go and if we are capable of winning most of them.

โ€œThere are plenty of twists and turns left even though the margin for error is growing less.โ€