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Game #5088

Aston Villa

Lost

7th (-3)

Monday, 13 September 2010

Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟥

Premier League

Stoke

Britannia Stadium

Attendance: 25,899

Stoke City

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 35’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa finally appoint a replacement for Martin O'Neill but he is too busy to take up the post immediately to leave Villa defeated by Pulis-ball once again to make it three defeats in six under caretaker Kevin MacDonald.

KEY MAN

Stewart Downing gives manager-absent Villa the lead but they are beaten at the last by Stoke to make it two defeats in four Premier League games, Monday, 13 September 2010.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 13 September 2010

🟨 | 14’ Booking, Stephen Warnock
⚽ | 35’ Goal, 1-0, Stewart Downing, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
🕒 | HT Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa
🥅 | 80’ Goal, 1-1, (Stoke City), Kenwyne Jones
🔁 | 86’ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Emile Heskey
🥅 | 90’+3 Goal, 1-2, (Stoke City), Robert Huth
🟨 | 90’+4 Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
🕒 | FT Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Stoke secure a 93rd minute winner to claim their first victory of the season against Villa but the bad news doesn’t stop there as Villa’s new boss search is completed

And the winner is…. ~~Kevin MacD~~ … Gérard Houllier.

Quite what possessed Randy Lerner and his non-footballing cohorts is unclear, but chasing and appointing a manager who was too busy to start the job and who had known issues with at least three senior members of the small Villa squad he inherited, suggested at best naivety but more accurately reckless stupidity.

With a straight face the hapless Faulkner had claimed:

“Two of the key qualities which we identified as being of crucial importance in our search for the new manager were experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad. Gerard Houllier comfortably satisfies these criteria.”

Of course there was the calculation that some of the Villa support would welcome an ex-manager from a “big club” but for every one who bought in to the appointment there were many more who saw the writing on the wall.

Distant, dismissive and disrespectful. One of the most one-eyed managers seen in the game and a dour demeanour and persona were certainly a departure from Martin O’Neill, in fact the only trait they shared in common was a penchant for player fall-outs.

Were Houllier’s ‘qualities’ what was necessary to rebuild and reinvigorate a squad that had lost its heart and head - James Milner?

In one telling, O’Neill’s petulant, childish and spiteful walk out on the eve of the season left Villa exposed and desperate; the alternate, and more accurate, telling however is that O’Neill had been walking around with a sign reading “Lack of commitment” since Villa’s hammering at Chelsea in April and a better run club would have either managed the issues or planned for the inevitable, preferably both.

Villa however did neither and set in stone a decline unlike anything seen in B6 since the mid 60’s.

Aston Villa

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

Stoke

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1971-72

FIXTURE HISTORY

Stoke

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Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #6 |
Monday, 13 September 2010

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Kevin MacDonald (Caretaker) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Inverness, 2010
Referee: Lee Probert | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Kevin MacDonald 2010 | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | (Caretaker)

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 6 | 🟩 | 2 🟨 | 1 🟥 3 | 1.14

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Matches Officiated: 9
🟩 : 4
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 18 Apr 10, Villa 2-1 Portsmouth (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Simon Beck, Stephen Child

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Stoke

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces John Carew.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.28 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 39.35 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.83 |

MANAGER

Kevin MacDonald 2010 | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | (Caretaker)

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
CB James Collins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🟨 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Stewart Downing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Tony Pulis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

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Stoke

GK Thomas Sørensen (ex) | 🇩🇰 |
CB Robert Huth | 🇩🇪 | ⚽ |
CB Danny Collins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Marc Wilson | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
CB Ryan Shawcross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Abdoulaye Fayé | 🇸🇳 |
M Dean Whitehead | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Rory Delap | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
M Matthew Etherington | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Jonathan Walters | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
CF Kenwyne Jones | 🇹🇹 | ⚽ |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

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Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 86’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Marc Wilson | 🇮🇪 | (W Jermaine Pennant | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | M Rory Delap | 🇮🇪 | (M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 |)
🔁 | W Jonathan Walters | 🇮🇪 | (CF Ricardo Fuller | 🇯🇲 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 |
RB Habib Bèye | 🇸🇳 |
M Jonathan Hogg | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Asmir Begović | 🇧🇦 |
CB Danny Higginbotham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Andy Wilkinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Eidur Gudjohnsen | 🇮🇸 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: £68.13m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/18
Homegrown: 4/18

SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: £37.95m

1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
M Fabian Delph | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Reported

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 | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 11

MATCH QUOTES

"He [Houllier] understands the ethos of our club and shares our core values." Paul Faulkner.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Monday, 13 September 2010

Robert Huth’s injury-time goal stole victory over Aston Villa as Stoke’s persistence was rewarded with their first points of the season. The German defender diverted Matthew Etherington’s scuffed effort past Brad Friedel to spark wild celebrations. The hosts’ bright start had been negated by Stewart Downing’s precise header from Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross. But Kenwyne Jones nodded in to level, and Ricardo Fuller went close before Huth’s dramatic late strike. Stoke boss Tony Pulis was delighted as the winner went in for his side’s first win of the season. And his presence was particularly welcomed by the Stoke fans given that he was expected to miss the match after the death of his mother earlier in the day. Pulis took his place on the bench in the second half, which was more than his opposite number, new Villa manager Gerard Houllier, who was unable to take charge because of his ongoing contract release negotiations with the French Football Federation. So Kevin MacDonald’s caretaker period continued with third place a possibility for his side before kick-off. Stoke’s contrasting start to the season had seen them fail to register a point in their first three games, but record signing Jones, in search of his first goal since joining from Sunderland, was immediately involved. The £8m summer buy was a menacing early presence and Stephen Warnock’s concentration was required to clear Etherington’s cross from his path after only 30 seconds. The striker squandered a one-on-one from Marc Wilson’s fine through ball in the best of three early chances, before directing a header over the bar and thumping a long-range shot too close to Friedel. Wild efforts from Downing and Marc Albrighton had been the limit of Villa’s attacking threat as they initially looked ruffled by Stoke’s energetic opening. But 10 minutes from the break, Agbonlahor’s curling cross cleared a rooted Huth for Downing to plant a diving header back across Thomas Sorensen and into the bottom corner of the net. Referee Lee Probert turned down appeals for a penalty as James Collins appeared to handle under pressure from Jones, but the hosts were only spared slipping two goals behind by Ashley Young’s wastefulness at the other end. Another excellent cross from Agbonlahor, from the left flank on this occasion, picked out the winger but he contrived to glance his header wide as the goal gaped in front of him. The half ended with Villa clearly on top and Sorensen denied James Collins and Downing in quick succession before Ashley Young’s cross skirted perilously across the face of his goal. Pulis took his place on the sidelines after the break and saw Jones warm Friedel’s palms with a sharp header from an acute angle. He summoned Fuller and Jermaine Pennant from the bench, and may have been tempted to make changes at the back after seeing Huth and Sorensen’s indecision almost allow Nigel Reo-Coker in. Sorensen was then briefly troubled by an Albrighton snap shot that squirmed from his grasp, but with Downing’s effort the only difference between the sides Villa never looked entirely secure and were made to pay. Jones’ industry was finally rewarded after Etherington followed up his own blocked shot and dug out a far-post cross that the Trinidad and Tobago forward nodded past a helpless Friedel ahead of Richard Dunne. A enthralling last ten minutes followed as the match teetered in the balance. Reo-Coker saw a shot snuffed out by Danny Collins after a perceptive square ball from Agbonlahor at one end, before Fuller tricked his way past James Collins and tested Friedel with a solid shot at the other. But in the last of three minutes of injury time, Villa failed to clear Pennant’s free-kick and Huth’s reflexes were fast enough to steer home as Etherington’s effort flashed past.

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