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Game #5033

Aston Villa

Monday, 24 August 2009

Won

12th (+4)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Liverpool

Attendance: 43,667

Anfield

Liverpool

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Nicky Shorey | 45โ€™+2 | Nigel Reo-Coker | 75โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa put their opening day disappointment behind them as they register an impressive win at Anfield to get their season up and running after successive defeats. O'Neill however remained his tetchy self and took the opportunity to let everyone know it after recording just his third win in nineteen matches.

KEY MAN

Curtis Davies scores Villa's second to cruise to victory at Anfield, Monday, 24 August 2009.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 24 August 2009

๐ŸŸจ | 12โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
โšฝ | 34โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Lucas Leiva
โšฝ | 45โ€™+2 Goal, 2-0, Curtis Davies, Assist by Nicky Shorey
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 57โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿฅ… | 72โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Liverpool), Fernando Torres
โšฝ | 75โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Ashley Young (pen)
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Just as an early season pall of gloom was beginning to descend, Villa deliver one of their best performances for months to see off Liverpool at Anfield and suddenly, against expectation, Villa's season was up and running. However all was not happy in the camp as following his two other major rickets during his time as Villa boss, Martin O'Neill displayed his petulant side in response to what he saw as unjust criticism of his performance. Given Villa had won just three of the last nineteen games under O'Neill the fans' concerns could be understood. An opinion amplified by the perceived lack of activity to date in the transfer market to materially improve a paper thin squad as clubs around Villa had invested heavily. Likewise, despite the difficulties of the latter stages of 2008-09, Villa were immeasurably improved from where they were before O'Neill arrived, and signings, such as the injured Stewart Downing had been made, so the manager's position also warranted sympathy. What was clearly unnecessary and easily avoidable was picking a fight over the difference of opinion - a more measured personality would have looked at the bigger picture and the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong by actions both on and off the pitch. O'Neill though was a combustible character and often his own worst enemy as his Moscow Moment and the sale of Gary Cahill showed. The third major chasm then had opened up and each one, so frustratingly, was easily avoidable if the manager had allowed reason rather than reaction to dictate his behaviour.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2005-06

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #3 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #141 |
Monday, 24 August 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 141 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 55 ๐ŸŸจ | 45 ๐ŸŸฅ 41 | 1.49

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Matches Officiated: 16
๐ŸŸฉ : 5
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 7
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 22 Mar 09, Villa 0-5 Liverpool (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Philip Sharp, Trevor Massey

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Brad Friedel, Stiliyan Petrov and Gabriel Agbonlahor replace Emile Heskey, Brad Guzan and Craig Gardner.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.71 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.30 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.88 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Liverpool

GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Emiliano Insรบa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Glenn Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Javier Mascherano | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Yossi Benayoun | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Fernando Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (F Andriy Voronin | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Yossi Benayoun | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (W Ryan Babel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Diego Cavalieri | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Martin Kelly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Daniel Ayala | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Andrea Dossena | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
W Albert Riera | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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SQUAD STATS

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Not Recorded

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 3/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

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 Halfโ€จ

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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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 32%
Possession A | 68%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 21
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 15

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œIโ€™m staggered by whatโ€™s going on." Martin O'Neill.

MATCH REPORT