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Game #5104

Aston Villa

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Won

15th (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

West Bromwich Albion

Attendance: 37,015

Villa Park

Aston Villa

2-1

West Brom

Assist(s) | Ashley Young | 25โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for only the third time in eleven under Gรฉrard Houllier as he remains deeply unpopular for his ill-judged comments following the Liverpool defeat.

KEY MAN

Ashley Young celebrates Stewart Downing's goal that set Villa up for a desperately needed third win in eleven Premier League games under maligned Gรฉrard Houllier, Saturday, 11 December 2010.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 11 December 2010

โšฝ | 25โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Stewart Downing, Assist by Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan, Sub on, Nigel Reo-Coker
โšฝ | 80โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Emile Heskey, Assist by Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (West Bromwich Albion), Paul Scharner
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+3 Sub off, Marc Albrighton, Sub on, Chris Herd
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

ON THIS DAY

Villa won for the first time in six matches under Gรฉrard Houllier but all the focus was on his idiotic comments after the Liverpool defeat and the growing demands for his immediate dismissal.

Meanwhile, although a large swathe of senior players also felt the same way the spineless nature of the Villa boardroom saw no such action and instead a public show of support despite widespread criticism.

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

West Bromwich Albion

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1967-68

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Bromwich Albion

Previous 5 vs. Albion: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #15 |
Saturday, 11 December 2010

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 15 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 5 ๐ŸŸจ | 4 ๐ŸŸฅ 6 | 1.27

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Matches Officiated: 35
๐ŸŸฉ : 11
๐ŸŸจ : 10
๐ŸŸฅ : 14
๐Ÿ†˜ : 4
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 23 Oct 10, Villa 0-1 Sunderland (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Garratt, Simon Beck

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Gรฉrard Houllier's infamous 'bomb squad' of first team players not to be considered for duty gets a new member as Stephen Ireland joins Habib Bรจye and Moustapha Salifou in the twilight zone.

Meanwhile, Ashley Young, Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Barry Bannan and Eric Lichaj replace Ciaran Clark, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Richard Dunne and Luke Young.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.93 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.59 |

Youngest Player |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 21.04 |

MANAGER

Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Roberto Di Matteo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

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West Bromwich Albion

GK Scott Carson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Marek ฤŒech | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Gabriel TamaลŸ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |
CB Gonzalo Jara | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Somen Tchoyi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M James Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Chris Brunt | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Graham Dorrans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Jerome Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Marc-Antoine Fortunรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 73โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | for W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+3 |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Gonzalo Jara | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (RB Steven Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M James Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (CF Ishmael Miller | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marc-Antoine Fortunรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซ | (CF Simon Cox | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Boaz Myhill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Pablo Ibanez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Youssef Mulumbu | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: ยฃ51.39m
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: 4/11

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 : 10/18
Homegrown: 6/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: ยฃ22.72m
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 : 6/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 6 |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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

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 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 | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 14

MATCH QUOTES

6 December 2010 โ€œIf I have got to lose 3-0, I would prefer it to be to them as I like Liverpool.โ€ Gรฉrard Houllier --- 8 December 2010 โ€œTo the fans who travelled to Liverpool and to all Villa supporters, let me assure that we are working as hard as we possibly can to achieve the level of success which this great club aspires to. โ€œEverybody is hurting because of recent results and I and my staff are working on putting this right. โ€œNo-one likes to lose 3-0 against any team and, if comments I made in the immediate aftermath of our defeat by Liverpool have been misconstrued - comments which were intended to be humorous, by the way.โ€ Gรฉrard Houllier --- 10 December 2010 โ€œItโ€™s โ€˜as you wereโ€™ for us. Itโ€™s not even a vote of confidence, as nothing has changed. โ€œHe [Houllier] is incredibly hard-working and doing everything he can. โ€œWe knew it was going to be hard [when he took over] and we are on a bad run,โ€ [For context Villa had finished 6th for the third successive season, had been runners up in the League Cup and lost in the FA Cup Semi Final to Champions Chelsea. Villaโ€™s only two changes to 2009-10 were a) the loss of James Milner and b) the appointment of Gรฉrard Houllier] โ€œBut the answer is to work even harder - and Gerard is doing that. Of course, West Brom is a massive game, itโ€™s a local derby, but everyone who cares for Villa should stick together. โ€œOur stance has been, ever since Randy took charge of the club in 2006, to build for the long term. Continuity always pays off. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. โ€œGerardโ€™s great to work with. Itโ€™s only three league games ago when we were eighth and Sir Alex said we should have been 6-0 up against his team before drawing. โ€œThe manager arrived in September and has been trying to make changes in the way things are done and make changes in the playing style. โ€œWithout wishing to make excuses, the injury list has been horrendous. Thankfully, players are starting to come back now. โ€œFans should demand and expect total commitment from a manager and Gerard is fully focused on Aston Villa.โ€ โ€œWeโ€™ll give him the support and the resources to do his job. โ€œBut January has never been the ideal time to make extensive recruitment. If opportunities present themselves, then we will look to improve the squad.โ€ CEO Paul Faulkner --- 11 December 2010 โ€œThere was not an incident with Richard Dunne [an angry reaction and argument to being dropped for todayโ€™s game and stripped of the club captaincy by Houllier]. โ€œNot at all. I took a football decision not to play him [Dunne] and [Carlos] Cuellar came in and did extremely well and he will be playing against Wigan on Saturday.โ€ [On the alleged โ€˜punishmentโ€™ game] โ€œIt is not a punishment when you play a behind-closed-doors game to help players keep their fitness. โ€œIt is a punishment when you donโ€™t play at all, when you are left out, but I had a lot of players who either had not played for a long time or needed a game to restart like Nigel Reo-Coker. โ€œWe wanted to have that game. We would probably have done it a week or two earlier but because of the snow we couldnโ€™t do it so it was an ideal opportunity to have it with Leicester. โ€œRobert Pires, John Carew, Nathan Delfouneso, Stephen Ireland; all those not involved for a long time played that game. Some we gave 70-80 minutes, others played the full game. โ€œIt was just an ideal means of training and keeping the match fitness because the problem is the reserves donโ€™t have many games and, because of the weather, a lot of games have been called off.โ€ Gรฉrard Houllier --- 11 December 2010 โ€œI was pleased with the attitude. When you go through a bad patch, you need to keep cool and more focused. โ€œThe feeling is one of relief. I was proud of the response of the players.โ€ Gรฉrard Houllier

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