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Game #5096

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Attendance: 40,688


Premier League

14th (-4)

Birmingham City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa fail to score for the third consecutive Premier League game under Gรฉrard Houllier and are winless in four as they fall back to 14th in the table.

Aston Villa


Birmingham City

Assist(s) | None


Nigel Reo-Coker takes time out from his running battle with Craig Gardner to focus on the ball as Villa fail to score for the third time in four winless Premier League games under Gรฉrard Houllier, Sunday, 31 October 2010.




๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™+2 Booking, Stephen Warnock
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Steve Sidwell, Sub on, Barry Bannan
๐ŸŸจ | 78โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City


Villa fail to score for the third successive League game under Gรฉrard Houllier and after 10 games have a record of P10 W3 D3 L4 as they fell back to 14th in the table - their lowest position of the season. Meanwhile, Steve Sidwell made his final appearance for Villa aged 27 before moving on to Fulham for a fee of ยฃ540,000 in January 2011. Villa had paid Chelsea ยฃ5,670,000 for Sidwellโ€™s services in July 2008 and made 64 appearances, 27 of which were as a substitute and scored 4 goals.

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

Birmingham City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1962-63


Birmingham City

Previous 5 vs. Birmingham: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Game | #10 |
Manager Game | #7 |
Sunday, 31 October 2010


Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Howard Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Kick off: 12.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Howard Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 10 Apr 10, Villa 0-3, Chelsea (n) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Stephen Child, Jake Collin



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Birmingham City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Howard Webb


Luke Young, Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne, Stewart Downing, Emile Heskey and James Collins replace Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Habib Bรจye, Marc Albrighton and Stephen Ireland.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.91 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.48 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 21.19 |



Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Birmingham City

GK Ben Foster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Stephen Carr | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Liam Ridgewell (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Roger Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Scott Dann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Sebastian Larsson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Craig Gardner (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿคก |
M Barry Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Keith Fahey (yth) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Aleksandr Hleb | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Nikola ลฝigiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |


๐Ÿ” M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Aleksandr Hleb | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ | (CF Cameron Jerome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Maik Taylor | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Stuart Parnaby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Jean Beausejour | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Michel | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Lee Bowyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kevin Phillips (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ68.13m
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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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 : 10/18
Homegrown: 4/18



Team Cost: ยฃ33.80m

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

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



Injury | 4 |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester


Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œIt is about players and staff. We do have a job on our hands. We know we can play better football, but whether it is possible in derbies I donโ€™t know.โ€

โ€œHe (Ireland) needs to work harder. He played against Chelsea and did well, then played against Sunderland and was not good enough for me.

โ€œThe skill is one thing but you need to compete. It is a difficult period for him but we will support him and back him. Heโ€™s come to a new club with a different manager in between.

โ€œWe know he is a good player but I donโ€™t want to have players who say โ€˜heโ€™s a good player butโ€ฆโ€™ If you say: โ€˜heโ€™s a good player but he doesnโ€™t defend, but he doesnโ€™t run back, but he loses too many balls in crucial areasโ€™ thatโ€™s difficult. He needs to get rid of these โ€˜butsโ€™ and be a good player.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 31 October 2010

*Aston Villa and Birmingham City shared the points after they fought out a dour midlands derby deadlock at Villa Park.*

Gerard Houllier had set his sights on victory in his first confrontation with arch-rivals Birmingham since his appointment as Villa boss - and saw his side waste the best of the chances in an encounter that was high on endeavour but desperately lacking in serious quality.

Ciaran Clark almost grabbed a late winner for Villa when his close-range header was only inches wide, and Ashley Young came even closer seconds later when he hit the woodwork with City keeper Ben Foster beaten.

But Blues boss Alex McLeish will feel his sideโ€™s defensive discipline and work ethic, with Roger Johnson outstanding, made them worth a point, and it was clear the visitors were happier with the result at the final whistle.

And Birmingham will also state a convincing case that they could have had more rewards, with referee Howard Webb ignoring a clear handball by Villa captain Nigel Reo-Coker in the first half.

Birmingham still nurse a sense of injustice after losing to a late penalty at Villa Park last season, and they clearly felt the fates were against them again here.

Villa boss Houllier gave Clark a midfield role in the absence of Stilyan Petrov, but after a bright opening the game swiftly became a war of attrition so often associated with derbies.

Emile Heskey was only inches away from getting a crucial touch on to Ashley Youngโ€™s shot and Reo-Coker almost charged down Fosterโ€™s clearance, the rebound dropping narrowly wide.

But Birminghamโ€™s gameplan soon reduced Villa to too many long balls aimed in Heskeyโ€™s direction as the early creativity all but disappeared from their play.

And the away side were rightly infuriated nine minutes before the interval when referee Webb, despite looking right at the incident, ignored Reo-Cokerโ€™s obvious handling offence inside the Villa penalty area.

Chances were once more at a premium after the break, but Reo-Coker tested Foster with a shot that the Birmingham keeper was able to collect with the minimum of fuss.

McLeish introduced Cameron Jerome for the subdued Alexander Hleb with 19 minutes left, and his impact was almost instant as he outmuscled Richard Dunne - no mean feat - and worked his way into the area, only to hit his cross straight at Brad Friedel with Nikola Zigic unmarked and waiting for a simple finish.

Reo-Coker had been having an eventful afternoon in an uneventful game, and he was eventually successful in earning himself a booking for a flare-up with Craig Gardner, who had been shown a yellow card early on after the pair clashed.

Villa substitute Barry Bannan had been lively, and his 20-yard effort brought a fine diving save from Foster with only nine minutes remaining.

John Carew was eventually introduced for Reo-Coker with nine minutes left, and his header set up a chance for Clark, who could only direct his finish wide under heavy pressure from Foster, sustaining a nose injury for his bravery.

Villa were ending the game the stronger side, and Ashley Young almost made the decisive contribution in the final minute with a rising drive that crashed to safety off the angle of post and bar.

It was the final act of a colourless game - although there was still time for Reo-Coker to re-enter the pitch looking for an argument after the final whistle. As with his earlier efforts, he had little satisfaction.