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Game #4972

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Attendance: 42,584

Won

Premier League

6th (+1)

Birmingham City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa chalk up fifteen goals in three Premier League games as Birmingham are humiliated at Villa Park against a rampant Martin O'Neill side that could have had double figures.

Aston Villa

5-1

Birmingham City

Assist(s) | Olof Mellberg | 28โ€™ | Ashley Young | 42โ€™ | Gareth Barry | 53โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Ashley Young celebrates Villa's fourth as Martin O'Neill's side inflict more humiliation on Birmingham City with a 5-1 Premier League win, Sunday, 20 April 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 28โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ashley Young, Assist by Olof Mellberg
โšฝ | 42โ€™ Goal, 2-0, John Carew, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham City
โšฝ | 53โ€™ Goal, 3-0, John Carew, Assist by Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 63โ€™ Goal, 4-0, Ashley Young
๐Ÿฅ… | 67โ€™ Goal, 4-1, (Birmingham City), Mikael Forssell
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 5-1, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Olof Mellberg, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham City

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now scored 15 goals in three games to rise back to 6th in the table with three 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

Birmingham City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1962-63

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

Previous 5 vs. Birmingham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #35 |
Manager Game | #80 |
Sunday, 20 April 2008

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: 12.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 5-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 1 Mar 08, Villa 1-1 Arsenal (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Birmingham City

๐ŸŸจ

Mark Clattenburg

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the second successive game.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.84 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 31.17 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.53 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

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

Birmingham City

GK Maik Taylor | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
LB David Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Liam Ridgewell (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Radhi Jaรฏdi | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ |
RB Stephen Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mehdi Nafti | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Fabrice Muamba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |
W Gary McSheffrey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F James McFadden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Mauro Zรกrate | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Cameron Jerome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Mauro Zรกrate | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Mikael Forssell | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | โšฝ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Cameron Jerome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Olivier Kapo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
W Wayne Routledge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Colin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Stuart Parnaby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Garry O'Connor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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 : 6/11
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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 2/16

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 : 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 : 8/16

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 | 20
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 20

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWinning was the most important thing, but to win so convincingly is a great boost for us.

โ€œI thought we played brilliantly. We are a really decent side going forward.

โ€œAshley Young and John Carew were both absolutely outstanding. Ashley couldnโ€™t have done any more in front of Fabio Capello.

โ€œWeโ€™re still there fighting for the Uefa Cup. Weโ€™re in full flow and the Everton game (on 27 April) is a massive one for us.

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 20 April 2008

*Ashley Young and John Carew both scored twice as Aston Villa outclassed Birmingham, keeping their local rivals deep in relegation trouble.*

Youngโ€™s rasping shot gave Villa the lead and Carew nodded home the wingerโ€™s free-kick shortly before the break.

Carew tapped in from close range for Villaโ€™s third and Young beat two players before scoring his second goal.

Mikael Forsell scored a consolation for Birmingham, but there was still time for Gabriel Agbonlahor to grab a fifth.

Villa have now scored 15 goals in their last three Premier League games as they keep the pressure on Everton - who they meet next Sunday - for a Uefa Cup place.

Birmingham enjoyed a decent spell of possession early on, culminating in an effort at goal from David Murphy, but the visitors failed to really test Villa keeper Scott Carson.

The home side soon began to stamp their authority on the game as they over-ran Birmingham in midfield, with Carew going close with a header from an inswinging corner and the influential Gareth Barry firing narrowly wide with a snap-shot from inside the area.

Birmingham, with in-form striker Mauro Zarate desperately short of service up front, were almost non-existent as an attacking force, and Villa had the next chance - Barryโ€™s free-kick drawing a reasonable save from Maik Taylor.

Stiliyan Petrovโ€™s swirling effort caused problems for the Blues keeper, and the dam finally burst when Olof Mellbergโ€™s mishit pass bounced into Youngโ€™s path.

With England coach Fabio Capello among the 42,640 sell-out crowd, Young did his international prospects the power of good as he unleashed a fantastic effort past Taylor and into the bottom corner.

There was a hint of controversy in the build-up though, with referee Mark Clattenburg breaking up a confrontation between Young and Mehdi Nafti with a full-blooded shove to the Birmingham defenderโ€™s chest as play went on.

Undoubtedly fired up by the unexpected intervention, Nafti beat two players in a narrow space moments later before firing over for the Blues.

But it was not long before Villa surged further ahead, as Youngโ€™s accurate free-kick found an unmarked Carew inside the six-yard box, allowing the big striker to nod home from point-blank range.

It was more of the same after the break, with Birminghamโ€™s defensive frailties ruthlessly exposed by a rampant Villa.

Young was involved again as his long ball found Barry - coming back from a borderline offside position - and the England midfielder unselfishly squared for Carew to guide the ball into an empty net.

With the match effectively over as a contest, Young scored his second on 63 minutes, beating two players before firing a low shot
towards goal.

Taylor saved the initial effort but the ball bounced perfectly into the 22-year-oldโ€™s path and he slotted home to cap an excellent individual display.

With his teamโ€™s fans pouring out of the ground by the minute, Blues substitute Forssell - on for Zarate, who had a mini-tantrum as he left the pitch - cut the gap after a good passing move.

But the final goal went the home sideโ€™s way after a howler from ex-Villa defender Liam Ridgewell allowed Agbonlahor to race through the middle and slide the ball into the centre of the goal.

It sealed his sideโ€™s biggest derby win since 1988 - and kept Birmingham in the bottom three of the table.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œWinning was the most important thing, but to win so convincingly is a great boost for us.

โ€œI thought we played brilliantly. We are a really decent side going forward.

โ€œAshley Young and John Carew were both absolutely outstanding. Ashley couldnโ€™t have done any more in front of Fabio Capello.

โ€œWeโ€™re still there fighting for the Uefa Cup. Weโ€™re in full flow and the Everton game (on 27 April) is a massive one for us.โ€

*Birmingham boss Alex McLeish:*

โ€œWe were on the end of a bruising from a really good Villa side.

โ€œVillaโ€™s front men were on fire and we were unable to string any passes together until the second half.

โ€œYou have to say that Villaโ€™s agenda is totally different to ours - the bottom line is that they are a better team.