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Game #5021

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Attendance: 41,205

Lost

Premier League

5th (-1)

Tottenham Hotspur

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

The post European surrender fall out continues as Villa lose for the second successive game and fall to fifth - their lowest League position since December - with a tilt at the title gone just three games after Martin O'Neill staked European glory and his reputation on delivering just that.

Aston Villa

1-2

Tottenham Hotspur

Assist(s) | James Milner | 85โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Under pressure Martin O'Neill faces a third defeat in four winless games as tempers and tolerance fray to mask the achievements in the first seven months of the season, Sunday, 15 March 2009.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 5โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Jenas
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
๐Ÿฅ… | 50โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Darren Bent
๐ŸŸจ | 54โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, Zat Knight, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Craig Gardner
โšฝ | 85โ€™ Goal, 1-2, John Carew, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose for the third time in four Premier League games having lost three in the previous nineteen and as a result dropped back to fifth in the table - their lowest position since December.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 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

Tottenham Hotspur

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Tottenham Hotspur

Previous 5 vs. Spurs: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #46 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #129 |
Sunday, 15 March 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

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: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 7 Feb 09, Villa 2-0 Blackburn (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Steve Rubery, Martin Yerby

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Tottenham Hotspur

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Steve Bennett

TEAM NEWS

Nigel Reo-Coker (first start in 11) replaces Curtis Davies.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.92 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.44 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Harry Redknapp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Luke Young | 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 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Tottenham Hotspur

GK Heurelho Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Benoรฎt Assou-Ekotto | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Ledley King | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jonathan Woodgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Didier Zokora | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Luka Modriฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Aaron Lennon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Robbie Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | for CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 60โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |โ€‹

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Didier Zokora | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | (CB Vedran ฤ†orluka | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Luka Modriฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jamie Oโ€™Hara | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Michael Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tom Huddlestone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Bentley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Roman Pavlyuchenko | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ |

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 : 8/11
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 : 13/18
Homegrown: 4/18

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 : 5/11

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 : 9/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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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 | 13
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œThe first goal knocked us back a bit but it looked like we would get a goal, and coming into the dressing room at half-time there was plenty of confidence.

โ€œThe second goal was a major setback, we were trying to chase the game and we became ragged and lost composure for next 10-20 minutes, and Tottenham took advantage.

โ€œI felt we would always break them down and a goal was always on the cards, some moments it might not go in for you, but if you can get a few options together it might go for you. We shouldnโ€™t have let the setbacks kills us off.

"In November we lost two games in six days and then went on a 13-match unbeaten run.

"We probably have to get something from the next two games which will be pretty difficult, but I believe it is possible that we can still fight back, and the players feel that, too."

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 15 March 2009

*Goals right at the start of each half helped Tottenham to an unlikely but hard-fought victory at Aston Villa.*

Jermaine Jenas gave Spurs an early lead with a diving header after Brad Friedel parried Aaron Lennonโ€™s cross but Villa went on to dominate the first half.

Darren Bent made sure Robbie Keaneโ€™s goalbound shot crossed the line after the restart, again set up by Lennon.

Substitute John Carewโ€™s late header from a James Milner cross gave Villa hope but Spurs held on for victory.

Tottenham began brightly, with Jenas quickest to react when Friedel pushed out Lennonโ€™s pass from the right wing, but their early breakthrough just ushered in a period of total domination by Villa.

The visitorsโ€™ defence took a pummelling as Villa went all out in attack, with Ashley Young their tormentor-in-chief.

Didier Zokora had no answer to Youngโ€™s pace on the left wing and was fighting such a losing battle that he had already been booked before he was released from his torment and replaced by Vedran Corluka after just half an hour.

Stilyan Petrov flashed a long-range shot just over and Emile Heskey put the ball in the side netting as Villa hammered their opponents, but despite their dominance, a combination of poor final balls and impressive defending by Jonathan Woodgate restricted them to few clear chances.

Villaโ€™s cavalier approach also left them open to the counter attack, and Tottenham had a couple of chances to add to their lead.

Only a timely touch by Nigel Reo-Coker prevented Bent having a decent crack at goal, and Keane cut a frustrated figure when Luka Modric tried his luck from an angle, rather than pass to the striker who was unmarked in box.

A hugely entertaining first-half ended with Villaโ€™s best chance to that point - Gareth Barry volleyed a delightful pass in from the left wing and Heskey climbed above the challenge of Ledley King to rattle the bar with a powerful header.

The second half started just like the first - with a Spurs goal set up by Lennon.

His pass from the right put in Keane, whose shot across the goalmouth was probably going to creep in at the far post anyway, but Bent slid in to make sure it went over the line.

Villa seemed shell-shocked to find themselves further behind but the introduction of attacker Carew in place of defender Zat Knight showed manager Martin Oโ€™Neill was determined to try and fight his way back into the game.

Friedel had to be at his best to prevent Keane extending Spursโ€™s lead with a full-stretch save after he shot from outside the box.

As the minutes ticked by and their side failed to make inroads on Tottenhamโ€™s lead, the frustration of the Villa fans was plain to hear.

With five minutes to go, Carew got above Woodgate to head home Milnerโ€™s cross, raising hope of a late Villa revival, but ultimately they were made to pay for failing to make the most of their first-half dominance.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œThe first goal knocked us back a bit but it looked like we would get a goal, and coming into the dressing room at half-time there was plenty of confidence.

โ€œThe second goal was a major setback, we were trying to chase the game and we became ragged and lost composure for next 10-20 minutes, and Tottenham took advantage.

โ€œI felt we would always break them down and a goal was always on the cards, some moments it might not go in for you, but if you can get a few options together it might go for you. We shouldnโ€™t have let the setbacks kills us off."