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Game #5011

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Attendance: 19,073


Premier League

4th (-)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Fratton Park

Villa extend their League unbeaten run to eleven and eight wins as they leave Fratton Park with the points thanks to Emile Heskey's debut goal. Could Martin O'Neill be the man to get the mercurial front man scoring and send Villa to the title? Villa sit one point off joint second place with Liverpool, Chelsea and League leaders Manchester United in their sights.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 21โ€™ |


Emile Heskey scores on debut to send Villa third as Portsmouth are beaten at Fratton Park to make it eleven unbeaten Premier League games, Tuesday, 27 January 2009.



๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Emile Heskey
โšฝ | 21โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Emile Heskey, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 65โ€™ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
๐ŸŸฅ | 71โ€™ Sending off, (Portsmouth), Nadir Belhadj
๐ŸŸจ | 80โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nicky Shorey
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, James Milner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa


Emile Heskey scores on debut to beat Portsmouth and leave Villa unbeaten in eleven, winning eight and secure in fourth place. Heskey's arrival, from Wigan Athletic for a fee of ยฃ3,330,000, added much needed strength and experience to a squad whose bench often looked one or two leagues below the standard of the first team.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 2007-08


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


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #23 |
Manager Game | #119 |
Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Peter Walton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northamptonshire, 1998-2012
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Peter Walton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northamptonshire, 1998-2012
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 27 Sep 08, Villa 2-1 Sunderland (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Ron Ganfield



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Martin O'Neill hands Emile Heskey his debut as Luke Young and Craig Gardner are recalled with Nigel Reo-Coker, Steve Sidwell and Nicky Shorey dropping out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.59 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.72 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.19 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


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

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |


GK David James (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Glen Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Hermann Hreiรฐarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Sylvain Distin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Sol Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Nadir Belhadj | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Hayden Mullins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Sean Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Peter Crouch (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Sol Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Younรจs Kaboul | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (W John Utaka | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
RB Noe Pamarot | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Armand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Arnold Mvuemba | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF David Nugent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ 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: 3/11

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 : 13/18
Homegrown: 5/18



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 : 8/18



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




Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 17
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 10


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โ€œIt was an impressive debut by Emile and he won the game for us. His whole performance was terrific. I could not be more pleased.

โ€œPortsmouth put us under a lot of pressure but we won the game.

โ€œAlthough we looked to be out on our feet it was a fantastic effort. The performance epitomised our spirit.โ€

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 27 January 2009

*Emile Heskey scored on his debut as Aston Villa moved up to third in the Premier League table and heaped more pressure on Portsmouth boss Tony Adams.*

Heskey smashed the ball home with a first time right-foot strike after Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s flick-on.

Agbonlahor was later played through on goal but failed to hit the target.

Hayden Mullins narrowly shot over for Pompey, while Peter Crouch missed the target from six yards and Nadir Belhadj saw red after a second booking.

Pompey boss Adams was looking for his team to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Championship side Swansea on Saturday.

His team were the better side for large parts of the game but the facts are that the south coast club have now won just two of 14 Premier League matches since Adams became manager and have picked up just two points from the last 21 available.

It was hardly a vintage Villa performance but, unlike Pompey, Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s team have developed a winning habit.

Villa have now won their last four Premier League games and their last six away from home - and the result at Fratton Park moves them above Chelsea and level on points with Liverpool, both of whom play on Wednesday.

Oโ€™Neill accommodated Heskey by deploying him alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor in a 4-4-2 formation.

Adams made four changes from the team that lost to the Swans as he sought to manufacture a change of fortune.

Mullins made his first appearance since his transfer from West Ham, while Kanu made a rare start alongside Peter Crouch up front.

With so many new faces and combinations on display there was little fluency to the opening phase of the match, and Stiliyan

Petrovโ€™s strike wide of the Pompey goal after 16 minutes was just about the first real attempt on goal.

Pompeyโ€™s passionate home support really got behind their team and the players tried to respond, with Mullinsโ€™ 20-yard shot deflecting off Carlos Cuellar but flying narrowly wide of Brad Friedelโ€™s goal.

Villa had rarely suggested they were likely to score before Friedelโ€™s long ball was flicked into Heskeyโ€™s path.

The England international is often accused of not scoring enough but he scored the winner for Wigan at Fratton Park earlier in the season and marked his first appearance for Villa with a crisp finish into the ground and beyond James.

Jermaine Pennant picked out Mullins with a cross from the left and the unmarked midfielder almost emulated Heskeyโ€™s debut goal but his strike on the turn flew inches over from 12 yards.

Neither side had really taken control but Agbonlahor wasted a great chance to extend Villaโ€™s lead when he inexplicably shot wide after the ball had skimmed off Sean Davisโ€™s head and given the striker a clean run at goal.

The game became stretched after the break and Villa looked menacing with their attacking pace, while Glen Johnson forced Friedel into action and Belhaj shot wide as Pompey pushed for an equaliser.

Crouch really should have levelled the scores but he failed to hit the target with an instinctive shot inside the six-yard box after Pennant drilled the ball towards him.

Another chance came Crouchโ€™s way but he could not keep his header on target and their prospects of taking something from the game depreciated when Belhadj was sent from the field.

He might have been given a straight red in the first half after cynically kicking out at Craig Gardner but escaped with a booking.

But he did see red when he was booked for a second time by referee Peter Walton for protesting a decision after he was penalised for handball.

Nonetheless, Pompey continued to press forward but Villaโ€™s defence held firm, with Friedel saving at the feet of substitute John Utaka.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was an impressive debut by Emile and he won the game for us. His whole performance was terrific. I could not be more pleased.

โ€œPortsmouth put us under a lot of pressure but we won the game.

โ€œAlthough we looked to be out on our feet it was a fantastic effort. The performance epitomised our spirit.โ€