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Game #5008

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Attendance: 41,757


Premier League

4th (-)

West Bromwich Albion

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa extend their League unbeaten run to nine and six wins as they beat hapless West Brom at Villa Park but sadly it proves the final game for Villa great Martin Laursen who is subsequently forced to retire from the game through injury.

Aston Villa


West Brom

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 18โ€™ | 41โ€™ |


Martin Laursen's final game for Villa as Albion are beaten to send Martin O'Neill's side third in the table after 21 of 38 Premier League games, Saturday, 10 January 2009.



โšฝ | 18โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Curtis Davies, Assist by Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 41โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
๐Ÿฅ… | 49โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (West Bromwich Albion), James Morrison
๐ŸŸจ | 74โ€™ Booking, Martin Laursen
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Steve Sidwell, Sub on, Carlos Cuรฉllar
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich Albion


Villa, unbeaten in nine, winning six, see off bottom club Albion to open the year with successive wins and remain 4th in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Martin Laursen made his final appearance for the club aged 31 before retiring from football due to injury. Laursen had proved a colossus at the back for Villa striking up an impressive partnership with fellow legend Olof Mellberg. Sadly Laursen suffered a number of spells on the sidelines through injury during his Villa career and so between 2004-05 and 2008-09 he made only 91 appearances - far less than his talent should have allowed. Laursen wasnโ€™t just a defender however, he was a real goalscoring threat hitting 12 goals including 7 in one season. A special player with a special connection with the club and fans, Villa were lucky to have had him.

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

West Bromwich Albion

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1967-68


Previous 5 vs. Albion: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #21 |
Manager Game | #116 |
Saturday, 10 January 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 12.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 15 Nov 08, Villa 2-0 Arsenal (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mike Mullarkey, Dave Bryan




West Bromwich Albion



Martin Laursen, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry and Luke Young replace Nathan Delfouneso, Nicky Shorey, Craig Gardner and Zat Knight.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.27 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.68 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.26 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Tony Mowbray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

West Bromwich Albion

GK Scott Carson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Leon Barnett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jonas Olsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Carl Hoefkens | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Robert Koren | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Jonathan Greening | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M James Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Borja Valero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Luke Moore (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jay Simpson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M James Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (M Chris Brunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |)
๐Ÿ” | M Borja Valero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M Do-heon Kim | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | F Luke Moore (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Roman Bednรกล™ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Dean Kiely | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Marek Cech | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Ryan Donk | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Craig Beattie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |


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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 14/18
Homegrown: 4/18



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

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 : 9/18



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance



CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |


Possession F | 47%
Possession A | 53%
Shots F | 22
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 18


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โ€œGabriel Agbonlahor played when really a lot of lesser people wouldnโ€™t have bothered turning up.

โ€œHe has been ill all week, heโ€™s only done 10 minutes training and yet heโ€™s declared himself fit.

โ€œHe did brilliantly and he deserves that goal.โ€

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 10 January 2009

*Curtis Daviesโ€™ header and a Scott Carson own goal sent Aston Villa third in the Premier League with victory in the Midlands derby against West Brom.*

Davies returned to haunt his old club by stooping to nod Villa in front from Gareth Barryโ€™s right-wing cross against the run of play.

Villa doubled their lead when Carson let a low cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor squirm under his body and into the net.

James Morrison pulled one back but West Brom rarely looked like equalising.

Villa went into the first Premier League game of 2009 knowing that victory would take them back into the top three until at least after Manchester Unitedโ€™s clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

But despite their lowly league position it was West Brom who started the brighter only to fail to make the most of their early possession.

Borja Valero wasted the gameโ€™s first opening, curling a shot high and wide from 15 yards following a Jonathan Greening corner.

Robert Koren then burst on to a Jay Simpson pass but was frustrated to see a deflected shot held by Brad Friedel.

But against the run of play it was the home side who took the lead in the 19th minute after Paul Robinson needlessly conceded a corner.

The Baggies twice escaped when first Morrison and then Greening cleared off the line from Steve Sidwell following Barryโ€™s flag kick.

But when Barry was given the chance to deliver another cross, Davies reacted quickest to beat Carson.

With Villa having won all their previous Premier League matches in which they had scored first, the omens did not look good for West Brom.

They could have fallen further behind minutes later when Ashley Young curled a wicked right-foot effort inches wide from the edge of the box, with Carson beaten.

And the unmarked Sidwell should have doubled their lead when he side-footed wastefully wide from 18 yards after ghosting forward to meet James Milnerโ€™s low pass.

After surviving those scares Morrison wasted a chance to level when he could only head straight at Friedel from 12 yards from Robinsonโ€™s pinpoint cross.

He was made to pay four minutes before the break when a dreadful error by Carson, who spent last season on loan at Villa, gifted the home side a second.

Agbonlahor had no support from his team-mates when he cut in from the left but Carson gave him a helping hand by allowing the strikerโ€™s low cross to squirm under his body and over the line.

Milner went close to making it three with a stinging long-range drive that flew narrowly over but the game turned on Baggies boss Tony Mowbrayโ€™s decision to bring on Roman Bednar at half-time in place of Luke Moore.

It was a move that paid instant dividends as Bednar nodded into the path of Morrison, who turned inside Laursen before beating Friedel from 18 yards with the aid of a deflection.

West Brom were back in the game but they needed Carson to atone for his earlier error with two fine saves to prevent Villa from re-establishing their two-goal advantage.

Ashley Young and Sidwell were both denied by the Baggies keeper, while Barry also headed wide as Villa tried to reassert their authority.

The visitors replied, with Bednar warming Friedelโ€™s gloves with a stinging drive but they seemed to have lost their impetus once Morrison limped off midway through the second half.

Instead it was Villa who went closest to extending their lead at the death, with Agbonlahor fizzing a shot across the face of goal.

West Brom thought they might have won a penalty deep into stoppage time when Bednar and then Koren tumbled in the box, but referee Steve Bennett waved away their appeals and awarded a corner.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œGabriel Agbonlahor played when really a lot of lesser people wouldnโ€™t have bothered turning up.โ€

โ€œHe has been ill all week, heโ€™s only done 10 minutes training and yet heโ€™s declared himself fit.

โ€œHe did brilliantly and he deserves that goal.โ€