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Game #5030

Aston Villa

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Won

6th (-)

Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩

Premier League

Attendance: 42,585

Newcastle United

Villa Park

Villa end the season with victory to relegate Newcastle and their infamously sobbing fans as Villa finish 6th for a second successive season disappointed that their form to February couldn't have achieved more.

Aston Villa

1-0

Newcastle United

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

The Holte End prompts a new rivalry as the renowned thin skinned and perennially weak Newcastle are mocked all the way to relegation, Sunday, 24 May 2009.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 24 May 2009

⚽ | 38’ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Damian Duff
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United
🔁 | 75’ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Emile Heskey
🔁 | 84’ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Nigel Reo-Coker
🔁 | 89’ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
🟥 | 90’+4 Sending off, (Newcastle United), David Edgar
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United

ON THIS DAY

Villa end the season on a high with a second win in four and sixth place in the Premier League having only dropped out of the top five on the penultimate game of the season.

Villa’s season had been remarkable in many ways as their form from August to February was scintillating enabling Martin O’Neill’s side to ride to third and spend the vast majority of the season in the top five.

Equally remarkable was O’Neill’s penchant for playing weakened teams in Cup matches which ultimately cost Villa progression in the UEFA Cup and set in motion a downturn in results that was scarcely believable.

Ultimately Martin O’Neill had built an outstanding first XI but so good was that first choice team, and so poor the wider squad recruitment, that a 45 game season would prove a challenge, let alone a 55 match campaign. When the squad was called upon it inevitably failed to reach the same standards as the first XI and in consequence results suffered.

Nothing, not even Martin O’Neill’s Moscow surrender could take away from the first 6 months of the campaign when a top three spot or maybe something better seemed eminently possible.

Meanwhile, Villa’s paper thin squad would be further weakened ahead of 2009-10 as Gareth Barry made his final appearance for Villa aged 28 before moving on to Manchester City for just £12,510,000 in June 2009.

Barry had made his Villa debut as a 17 year old in May 1998 and went on to be the record appearance holder for the club in the modern era.

Barry’s loss would simply make the required squad improvements even more necessary and inevitably more difficult, having already lost Wilfred Bouma and Martin Laursen to career ending injuries, the Villa 1st XI needed significant support if they were to better 2008-09.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Newcastle United

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1954-55

FIXTURE HISTORY

Newcastle United

Previous 5 vs. Newcastle: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #55 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #138 |
Sunday, 24 May 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Chris Foy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Kick off: 4.00pm
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

🕒 138 | 🟩 | 54 🟨 | 45 🟥 39 | 1.50

Career Form:

Top 8

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Foy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 4 Mar 09, Villa 0-2 Abu Dhabi (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Andrew Butler, Bob Pollock

Cards:

Villa

None

Newcastle United

🟥 🟨 🟨

Chris Foy

TEAM NEWS

Craig Gardner replaces Emile Heskey.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.70 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 37.37 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.96 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

Alan Shearer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
LB Nicky Shorey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🔁 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔴 |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Newcastle United

GK Steve Harper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Fabricio Coloccini | 🇦🇷 |
CB Steven Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB David Edgar | 🇨🇦 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
M Kevin Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Danny Guthrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nicky Butt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Damien Duff | 🇮🇪 |
CF Obafemi Martins | 🇳🇬 |
CF Peter Løvenkrands | 🇩🇰 | 🔁 |
CF Mark Viduka | 🇦🇺 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 75’ |
🔁 M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 84’ |
🔁 M Steve Sidwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | 89’ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Kevin Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (F Michael Owen | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | CF Peter Løvenkrands | 🇩🇰 | (LB José Enrique | 🇪🇸 |)
🔁 | CF Mark Viduka | 🇦🇺 | (CF Shola Ameobi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Tim Krul | 🇳🇱 |
CB Jonás Gutiérrez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Ryan Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alan Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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

Match Symbols:

⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

🔴 M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 10

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

“I think we’ve played with great gusto and panache, we’re open, we create opportunities to win and I guess there’s always the possibility we’ll concede a goal. That’s our season.

“I’m delighted with my players - thrilled with them - we’ve played 14 games more than a lot of our rivals, I think, and yet we’re used the fewest number of players along with Fulham.

“Fatigue possibly cost us a top four spot, but it’s tough to get into that group.

“As for the future - we would be delighted to keep Gareth Barry, of course. He has a year left to run and has been a fantastic servant, but while I’d love to keep him, I accept the fact that there are other things that may materialise. I’ll say no more than that.”

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 24 May 2009

*Newcastle United’s 16-year stay in the top flight ended in the tamest fashion possible as they dropped into the Championship with defeat at Aston Villa.*

Damien Duff’s unfortunate own goal - deflecting in Gareth Barry’s 20-yard shot seven minutes before the interval - ensured Alan
Shearer’s mission to save Newcastle from relegation ended in devastating failure.

Newcastle’s performance was a prime example of why they have failed to survive this season, lacking any fire and urgency despite the scale of the prize on offer if they escaped.

And seconds before referee Chris Foy blew the whistle on Newcastle’s Premier League existence, defender David Edgar summed up a desperate day when he was sent off for his second bookable offence after fouling Ashley Young.

Newcastle had opportunities to grasp at a lifeline in the first half, with Obafemi Martins firing off target and Mark Viduka having a shot cleared off the line by Carlos Cuellar.

But when Newcastle needed to find inspiration in the second half, all that was on offer was an almost passive acceptance of their decline as they failed to exert any serious pressure on Villa - at times seeming barely aware of the fate that awaited them if they lost.

Michael Owen made an appearance as substitute midway through the second half, but he made no impact and barely touched the ball. It now appears relegation will almost certainly mark the end of his Newcastle career.

Shearer led the applause for Newcastle’s heartbroken fans as the despair of relegation sunk in - and it was clear their affection for the Tyneside icon has not diminished despite this bitter end to his spell in charge this season.

Owner Mike Ashley must now try to persuade Shearer to stay on and provide some semblance of stability to this most dysfunctional of clubs as they attempt to rebuild and reclaim their place in English football’s elite.

Shearer may have been the manager when they dropped into the Championship, but the damage was largely done before he attempted to come to the rescue.

And Newcastle’s hierarchy must now indulge in serious soul-searching after a season that saw Kevin Keegan’s reign as manager end in acrimony and Joe Kinnear’s surprise temporary appointment, which ended prematurely after he suffered health problems.

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood could not stop the rot, and the task of reviving Newcastle proved beyond Shearer.

For now, though, Newcastle can only try and digest the disappointment of relegation - and accept that they have been the architects of their own downfall.

It will be a summer of upheaval for whoever takes charge, with a collection of highly-paid players, led by Owen, likely to quit the club.

Owen was only fit enough to take a place on the bench as Newcastle went in search of the result that would preserve their Premier League status - but Shearer’s side were lively in attack during the opening exchanges. Villa keeper Friedel almost let Duff’s deflected shot slip in and Cuellar smuggled Viduka’s goal-bound shot off the line as Newcastle pressed for an early breakthrough.

Martins also volleyed over the top when he found space 12 yards out in the penalty area, with boss Shearer showing obvious frustration on the sidelines as another chance came and went.

Newcastle, however, were nowhere near as convincing at the back and Fabricio Coloccini was regularly threatened with embarrassment by Gabriel Agbonlahor’s raw pace. Craig Gardner brought a fine fingertip save from Steve Harper before Villa took the lead seven minutes before the interval, helped by a liberal sprinkling of good fortune.

Barry’s shot was struck with power, but it was a crucial deflection off Duff that took it out of the reach of Harper and into the bottom corner of the net.

Newcastle’s fans, who were in ecstasy when news of Manchester United’s goal at Hull filtered through, were stunned into silence as their Villa counterparts celebrated.

There was still time for another opportunity for Newcastle before the interval, with Martins sending a glancing header just wide from Nicky Butt’s free-kick.

Newcastle could not apply any pressure in the early stages of the second half, leaving Shearer to make his first change after 56 minutes. Jose Enrique replaced Peter Lovenkrands, leaving Duff to move forward into a more familiar attacking role on the left-flank.

And Shearer swiftly followed this move with the introduction of Owen, giving the injury-plagued England striker the opportunity to possibly end an unfulfilling spell on Tyneside with a flourish.

Barry then missed the chance that would have condemned Newcastle to Championship football. He robbed Butt 20 yards out, but then sent a curling shot inches wide with Harper helpless.

Newcastle were surprisingly lacking any sense of real urgency, and Shearer played his final card with 20 minutes left by sending on Shola Ameobi for the tiring Viduka.

Carew then contrived to waste another opportunity to finish off Newcastle when he somehow failed to find the target after being set up by Agbonlahor six yards out.

Newcastle, despite the increasing desperation of their situation, were offering nothing and Ashley Young fired just over the top after a powerful run.

Enrique’s speculative cross almost spared Newcastle in the dying seconds - but it drifted agonisingly wide and referee Foy’s final whistle was the catalyst for predictable tears among travelling supporters.

*Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill:*

“I think we’ve played with great gusto and panache, we’re open, we create opportunities to win and I guess there’s always the possibility we’ll concede a goal. That’s our season.

“I’m delighted with my players - thrilled with them - we’ve played 14 games more than a lot of our rivals, I think, and yet we’re used the fewest number of players along with Fulham.

“Fatigue possibly cost us a top four spot, but it’s tough to get into that group.

“As for the future - we would be delighted to keep Gareth Barry, of course. He has a year left to run and has been a fantastic servant, but while I’d love to keep him, I accept the fact that there are other things that may materialise. I’ll say no more than that.”