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Game #5082

Aston Villa

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Lost

6th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Blackburn Rovers

Attendance: 41,799

Villa Park

Aston Villa

0-1

Blackburn Rovers

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa suffer an unlucky final day defeat - just their third in seventeen - as their finest season under Martin O'Neill comes to a close. Sadly it also proves to be the end of O'Neill himself and the start of nearly a decade of hitherto undreamt of failure on and off the pitch.

KEY MAN

Richard Dunne and Villa end a fine season with an own goal, the Chairman however would commit an even bigger one over the summer to change the club's destiny , Sunday, 9 May 2010.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 9 May 2010

๐ŸŸจ | 7โ€™ Booking, Richard Dunne
๐Ÿ” | 41โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Warnock, Sub on, Luke Young
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐ŸŸจ | 78โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers), Richard Dunne o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Villa end the season as they ended 2009 - with successive defeats - as a successful campaign fizzled out at the last.

Indeed it was a season that deserved so much more than it had already delivered - sixth place, League Cup runners up, FA Cup semi finalists, European competition and John Carew in his pomp.

It was actually, however, the end of an era.

Martin Oโ€™Neill would walk out on Villa on the eve of the 2010-11 in a petulant and childish move with no little spite thrown in.

There were reasons of course but a calmer individual would have rationally explained their thought process and actions and justified their decision, and critically, their timing.

Martin Oโ€™Neill wasnโ€™t the saviour, he was just a very naughty little boy.

Indeed, if Villaโ€™s previous boss David Oโ€™Leary was everyoneโ€™s enemy, and he often was, then his successor Martin Oโ€™Neill was his own worst enemy.

In truth he made five major mis-steps over his four seasons as Villa boss each of which would have been sufficient for any previous manager to be hounded out by the notoriously demanding Villa fans.

But such was the latitude proffered to Oโ€™Neill that each of his mistakes was taken, digested and the mercurial Villa boss allowed to live another day.

Yet despite the largesse offered, Oโ€™Neillโ€™s rancour and belligerence increased as did the pressure of chasing success and yet his demeanour was accepted as part of the package that brought his special talent to the role.

Indeed Oโ€™Neill was a great manager, probably one of the best of the modern era for Villa, and certainly a major upgrade on his immediate predecessors. He built a genuinely excellent first XI, took Villa to the top 6 on three occasions with 2007-08 notable and his final season his finest, yet beyond that is where Oโ€™Neillโ€™s failings lay.

Despite significant outlays Oโ€™Neill, even after four years in the role, had nothing resembling a squad. With all due respect to the players outside the first XI they were either young and inexperienced - youth often struggling for game time under Oโ€™Neill - or they were expensive, older and simply nowhere near first team level.

Indeed it was the outlay that Oโ€™Neill had made on players that barely seemed considered for selection that was the cause of the financial concerns of Chairman Randy Lerner, and ironically it was the dismantling of the first team squad that began with Gareth Barryโ€™s sale that was needed to compensate financially for the at times truly wretched squad recruitment.

Squad recruitment was not Oโ€™Neillโ€™s only fault but it was the critical one.

Lacking a squad capable of maintaining the standards of the first team meant a consistent 38 game campaign was challenging whilst a 55 game season (as in 2008-09) was an impossibility.

The gap in quality was so large that performances were immediately impacted by the presence of lesser squad players and their obvious struggles then led them to be demoted away from further selection creating a self harming process of an ever depleting squad.

In reality Oโ€™Neill had done an exceptional job in getting his first XI to deliver three consecutive top 6 finishes, had he undertaken better squad recruitment he really could have taken Villa to new heights.

As it was however Oโ€™Neillโ€™s talent for motivation was lost on the rocks of stubbornness far too often for the ultimate success he obsessively craved to be delivered.

Martin Oโ€™Neill was a great Villa boss, he could have been a legendary one if only he had allowed himself to be.

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

Blackburn Rovers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Blackburn Rovers

Previous 5 vs. Blackburn: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #52 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #190 |
Sunday, 9 May 2010

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: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 190 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 80 ๐ŸŸจ | 60 ๐ŸŸฅ 50 | 1.58

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Matches Officiated: 34
๐ŸŸฉ : 14
๐ŸŸจ : 7
๐ŸŸฅ : 13
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 16 Mar 10, Villa 2-1 Wigan (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Long, Martin Yerby

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Blackburn Rovers

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the sixth successive game for the first time this season and the first time since taking over ... in his final, and 190th, game as Villa boss.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.52 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.00 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.59 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Sam Allardyce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Blackburn Rovers

GK Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Martin Olsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Christopher Samba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Gaรซl Givet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Grant Hanley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Mรญchel Salgado | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M David Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Amine Linganzi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Keith Andrews | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Junior Hoilett | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CF Jason Roberts | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 41โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 75โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Gaรซl Givet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CB Phil Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Amine Linganzi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (M Morten Gamst Pedersen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jason Roberts | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | (W Brett Emerton | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jason Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Lars Jacobsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Vince Grella | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Nikola Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 6/11
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: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 3/11

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 : 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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:

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 | 52%
Possession A | 48%
Shots F | 16
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 12
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œIt was up to us to take it to them, there was a penalty at either end that was not given, but Blackburn played strongly. โ€œWe have ended sixth for the third successive year so we have cemented our top-six place. โ€œBut for the players I think it has been a terrific season. โ€œWe have to try and remain as competitive as ever, and thatโ€™s not easy. โ€œThese are the things I will sit and discuss with the chairman. We have to try and improve the team just to stand still.โ€ Martin Oโ€™Neill.

MATCH REPORT