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Game #5053

Aston Villa

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Won

4th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 35,852

Stoke

Villa Park

Villa beat Stoke's team of journeymen for the first time after their re-emergence as a top flight side the previous season. As a result Villa extend their unbeaten run to eight with six wins including the last five in all competitions.

Aston Villa

1-0

Stoke City

Assist(s) | Ashley Young | 61โ€™ |

KEY MAN

John Carew celebrates his winner against Stoke, Saturday, 19 December 2009.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 19 December 2009

๐Ÿ” | 23โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 1-0, John Carew, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Stewart Downing, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke City

ON THIS DAY

Villa make it four consecutive League wins in eight unbeaten games but remain fourth in the table tied on points with third place Arsenal who are up next and who Villa beat with ease on their own ground last season.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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

Stoke

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1971-72

FIXTURE HISTORY

Stoke

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #161 |
Saturday, 19 December 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 161 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 67 ๐ŸŸจ | 51 ๐ŸŸฅ 43 | 1.57

Career Form:

Top 8

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 31 Oct 09, Villa 1-1 Everton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Newbold, Gary Stott

Cards:

Villa

None

Stoke

๐ŸŸจ

Lee Probert

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the third successive game for the first time this season and for the first time since April 2008.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.66 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.62 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.20 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Tony Pulis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Stoke

GK Thomas Sรธrensen (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Danny Higginbotham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Danny Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Abdoulaye Faye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
RB Andy Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Salif Diao | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Dean Whitehead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tuncay ลžanlฤฑ, | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Mamady Sidibรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | โšฝ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Salif Diao | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (CF Ricardo Fuller | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Mamady Sidibรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF James Beattie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Steve Simonsen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Leon Cort | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ |
LB Danny Pugh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Liam Lawrence | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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 : 11/18
Homegrown: 1/18

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 : 8/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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:

โ€‹

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 | 57%
Possession A | 43%
Shots F | 17
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a really tough game and we knew it would be, so we had the mindset for it.

โ€œStoke are very strong and very good, and considering the games that weโ€™ve had recently I thought it was our best win.

โ€œI think itโ€™s even more difficult to break into the top four this year, but itโ€™s great that we are going into games against Arsenal and Liverpool with great confidence.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 19 December 2009

*Aston Villa underlined their Champions League credentials as Stoke City were undone by a second-half header from substitute John Carew.*

Villa broke the deadlock on the hour when Ashley Young crossed for Carew to nod home the winner from six yards.

Stoke defended doggedly throughout, but offered little by way of goal threat beyond a disallowed first-half effort from Mamady Sidibe.

Steve Sidwell might have added a late second for Villa, but twice fired wide.

It was a fourth successive Premier League win for Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s men, who are unbeaten in seven games since early November and now sit fourth in the table, having briefly overtaken third-placed Arsenal before the Gunnersโ€™ 3-0 win over Hull.

But while Villaโ€™s statistics are impressive, their lack of fluency in the face of some impressively stubborn Stoke defending was at times less so, and it would have been an injustice to the visitorsโ€™ resilience had Sidwell done better with two late efforts from just outside the box.

That said, it was a game of numerous blocks and late saving tackles from both defences, and Oโ€™Neill will be justifiably delighted by a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Oโ€™Neillโ€™s Stoke counterpart, Tony Pulis, had spoken of a nose-to-the-grindstone approach in training this week, but while his players were typically long on endeavour, they were also characteristically short on menace.

Stoke have scored fewer away goals this season than any other Premier League side, and offered little attacking threat beyond a few long-range pot shots from Glenn Whelan and Sidibeโ€™s disallowed header, which was ruled out for a push on Stephen Warnock.

In a week when the death of former goalkeeper Dennis Herod evoked a strong sense of nostalgia around the Potteries, how Stoke could have done with a proven poacher like Harry Burrows.

Burrows, who had signed from Villa only a few months earlier, netted the only goal of the game when Stoke last won at Villa Park back in November 1965.

The following season he scored a hat-trick for Stoke against his former club in a 6-1 home win that hastened Villaโ€™s slide towards eventual relegation.

The modern-day outlook could hardly be more different, for while no Stoke player has scored more than two league goals this season, Villaโ€™s sights are set firmly on the top four.

For an hour, however, you would hardly have guessed as much, Stoke staging a defensive master-class to stifle Villaโ€™s usual flair.

After a slow start during which Stoke enjoyed plenty of possession but did little with it, Villa did threaten briefly to go through the gears.

Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen was forced into a rapid-fire double save, parrying a stinging Stiliyan Petrov effort before stretching out a foot to block Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s follow-up.

But Villaโ€™s momentum was arrested following the withdrawal of Emile Heskey, who was injured in a challenge with Danny Higginbotham.

Heskey was replaced by Carew, but Villa remained strangely becalmed.

With Tuncay increasingly influential for Stoke after the break, the pressure was on Villa to up the attacking ante.

Cometh the hour, they obliged, unlocking Stokeโ€™s previously impregnable defence with a goal of admirable simplicity as Ashley
Young crossed from the right for Carew to plant a firm close-range header past Sorensen.

Having dropped points in the corresponding fixture last March, when they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 - and subsequently managed just two more wins all season - it was vital to Villaโ€™s Champions League aspirations that they held on.

And despite continued Stoke pressure they did so, maintaining the feel-good factor around Villa Park ahead of their visit to Arsenal next Sunday, which comes two days before they entertain Liverpool at home.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a really tough game and we knew it would be, so we had the mindset for it.

โ€œStoke are very strong and very good, and considering the games that weโ€™ve had recently I thought it was our best win.

โ€œI think itโ€™s even more difficult to break into the top four this year, but itโ€™s great that we are going into games against Arsenal and Liverpool with great confidence.โ€