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Game #5011

Aston Villa

Won

4th (-)

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Premier League

Portsmouth

Fratton Park

Attendance: 19,073

Portsmouth

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 21’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

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.

KEY MAN

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.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Emile Heskey
⚽ | 21’ Goal, 1-0, Emile Heskey, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
🕒 | HT Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
🟥 | 71’ Sending off, (Portsmouth), Nadir Belhadj
🟨 | 80’ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
🔁 | 83’ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nicky Shorey
🟨 | 87’ Booking, James Milner
🕒 | FT Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

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 £3,330,000, 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: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Portsmouth

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 2007-08

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Peter Walton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Northamptonshire, 1998-2012
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 119 | 🟩 | 50 🟨 | 38 🟥 31 | 1.58

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Walton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Northamptonshire, 1998-2012
Matches Officiated: 8
🟩 : 4
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 27 Sep 08, Villa 2-1 Sunderland (h)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Ron Ganfield

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Portsmouth

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TEAM NEWS

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.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.59 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 37.72 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 22.19 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🟨 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Tony Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Portsmouth

GK David James (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Glen Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Hermann Hreiðarsson | 🇮🇸 |
CB Sylvain Distin | 🇫🇷 |
CB Sol Campbell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
LB Nadir Belhadj | 🇩🇿 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
M Hayden Mullins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Sean Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Jermaine Pennant | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Peter Crouch (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Nwankwo Kanu | 🇳🇬 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Steve Sidwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 65’ |
🔁 LB Nicky Shorey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 83’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Sol Campbell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CB Younès Kaboul | 🇫🇷 |)
🔁 | CF Nwankwo Kanu | 🇳🇬 | (W John Utaka | 🇳🇬 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
M Isaiah Osbourne | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Asmir Begović | 🇧🇦 |
RB Noe Pamarot | 🇫🇷 |
LB Armand Traoré | 🇸🇳 |
M Arnold Mvuemba | 🇫🇷 |
CF David Nugent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/18
Homegrown: 5/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

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

MATCH QUOTES

“It was an impressive debut by Emile and he won the game for us. His whole performance was terrific. I could not be more pleased. “Portsmouth put us under a lot of pressure but we won the game. “Although we looked to be out on our feet it was a fantastic effort. The performance epitomised our spirit.” Martin O'Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*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 Agbonlahor’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 O’Neill’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. O’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 Petrov’s strike wide of the Pompey goal after 16 minutes was just about the first real attempt on goal. Pompey’s passionate home support really got behind their team and the players tried to respond, with Mullins’ 20-yard shot deflecting off Carlos Cuellar but flying narrowly wide of Brad Friedel’s goal. Villa had rarely suggested they were likely to score before Friedel’s long ball was flicked into Heskey’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 Heskey’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 Villa’s lead when he inexplicably shot wide after the ball had skimmed off Sean Davis’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 Crouch’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 Villa’s defence held firm, with Friedel saving at the feet of substitute John Utaka. *Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill:* “It was an impressive debut by Emile and he won the game for us. His whole performance was terrific. I could not be more pleased. “Portsmouth put us under a lot of pressure but we won the game. “Although we looked to be out on our feet it was a fantastic effort. The performance epitomised our spirit.”

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