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Game #5021

Aston Villa

Lost

5th (-1)

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,205

Aston Villa

1-2

Tottenham Hotspur

Assist(s) | James Milner | 85’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

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.

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

Sunday, 15 March 2009

🥅 | 5’ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Jenas
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
🥅 | 50’ Goal, 0-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Darren Bent
🟨 | 54’ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
🔁 | 60’ Sub off, Zat Knight, Sub on, John Carew
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Craig Gardner
⚽ | 85’ Goal, 1-2, John Carew, Assist by James Milner
🕒 | 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: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Tottenham Hotspur

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Tottenham Hotspur

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 129 | 🟩 | 52 🟨 | 41 🟥 36 | 1.53

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Matches Officiated: 30
🟩 : 12
🟨 : 7
🟥 : 11
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥
Last Match: 🟩 7 Feb 09, Villa 2-0 Blackburn (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Steve Rubery, Martin Yerby

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Tottenham Hotspur

🟨 🟨 🟨

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 | 🇺🇸 | 37.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 22.44 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Harry Redknapp | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Tottenham Hotspur

GK Heurelho Gomes | 🇧🇷 |
LB Benoît Assou-Ekotto | 🇨🇲 |
CB Ledley King | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Jonathan Woodgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Didier Zokora | 🇨🇮 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Jermaine Jenas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Wilson Palacios | 🇭🇳 |
M Luka Modrić | 🇭🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Aaron Lennon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Darren Bent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
F Robbie Keane | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | ⚽ | for CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 60’ |
🔁 CF Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 79’ |
🔁 M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 82’ |​

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Didier Zokora | 🇨🇮 | (CB Vedran Ćorluka | 🇭🇷 |)
🔁 | M Luka Modrić | 🇭🇷 | (M Jamie O’Hara | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Nicky Shorey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Carlo Cudicini | 🇮🇹 |
CB Michael Dawson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tom Huddlestone | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W David Bentley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Roman Pavlyuchenko | 🇷🇺 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/18
Homegrown: 4/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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 | 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

MATCH QUOTES

“The 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. “The 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. “I 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 shouldn’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.

MATCH REPORT

*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 Lennon’s cross but Villa went on to dominate the first half. Darren Bent made sure Robbie Keane’s goalbound shot crossed the line after the restart, again set up by Lennon. Substitute John Carew’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 Lennon’s pass from the right wing, but their early breakthrough just ushered in a period of total domination by Villa. The visitors’ defence took a pummelling as Villa went all out in attack, with Ashley Young their tormentor-in-chief. Didier Zokora had no answer to Young’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. Villa’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 Villa’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 O’Neill was determined to try and fight his way back into the game. Friedel had to be at his best to prevent Keane extending Spurs’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 Tottenham’s lead, the frustration of the Villa fans was plain to hear. With five minutes to go, Carew got above Woodgate to head home Milner’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 O’Neill:* “The 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. “The 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. “I 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 shouldn’t have let the setbacks kills us off."

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