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Game #4982

Aston Villa

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Drew

7th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Liverpool

Attendance: 41,647

Villa Park

Aston Villa

0-0

Liverpool

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa are held by Liverpool as James Milner makes his debut following his permanent move to the club with Martin O'Neill's first XI looking Villa's strongest for well over a decade.

KEY MAN

Gabby Agbonlahor goes close but Villa can't break through against a packed Liverpool defence, Sunday, 31 August 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 31 August 2008

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, James Milner ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Nicky Shorey, Sub on, Craig Gardner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

James Milner makes his debut after returning to the club following his loan season under David O'Leary in 2005-06. James Milner joined from Newcastle United for a fee of ยฃ13,500,000 earlier this month.

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 ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Game | #3 |
Manager Game | #90 |
Sunday, 31 August 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 2.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 90 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 33 ๐ŸŸจ | 32 ๐ŸŸฅ 25 | 1.46

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Matches Officiated: 12
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 5
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 5 Apr 08, Villa 4-0 Bolton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mo Matadar, Richard West

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names James Milner in the squad and recalls Martin Laursen, Ashley Young, Stiliyan Petrov, John Carew, Nicky Shorey and Luke Young in place of Moustapha Salifou, Marlon Harewood, Isaiah Osbourne, Wayne Routledge, Craig Gardner and Zat Knight.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.65 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.32 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.90 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

MANAGER

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Liverpool

GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB รlvaro Arbeloa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Andrea Dossena | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Xabi Alonso | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Javier Mascherano | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Robbie Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Fernando Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | F Robbie Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (W Yossi Benayoun | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Fernando Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (CF David Nโ€™Gog | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (LB Fรกbio Aurรฉlio | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Wayne Routledge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Diego Cavalieri | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Daniel Agger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
W Ryan Babel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Nabil El Zhar | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 1/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

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:

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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 W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 44%
Possession A | 56%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œIt was a tough game and I thought they came here and played a physical game. โ€œI think in the end that was probably the right result. โ€œWe have a habit of scoring goals so I think us managing to keep a clean sheet is an absolute positive for us.โ€ Martin O'Neill.

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