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Game #5107

Aston Villa

Drew

15th (-)

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 41,222

Chelsea

3-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Nigel Reo-Coker | 41’ | Stewart Downing | 47’ | Marc Albrighton | 91’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa snatch a late draw but now have just three wins in fourteen under Gérard Houllier as more ill-judged comments and question marks over honesty and integrity overshadow a well earned point.

KEY MAN

Ashley Young celebrates his first half equaliser from the penalty spot as Villa secure a thrilling draw at Stamford Bridge but now have just three wins in fourteen Premier League games under Gérard Houllier, Sunday, 2 January 2011.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 2 January 2011

🟨 | 20’ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
🟨 | 22’ Booking, Brad Friedel
🟨 | 23’ Booking, James Collins
🥅 | 23’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea, pen), Frank Lampard
🟨 | 28’ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
⚽ | 41’ Goal, 1-1, Ashley Young (pen)
🟨 | 42’ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
🟨 | 45’ Booking, Ciaran Clark
🕒 | HT Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
⚽ | 47’ Goal, 2-1, Emile Heskey, Assist by Stewart Downing
🟨 | 49’ Booking, Emile Heskey
🥅 | 84’ Goal, 2-2, (Chelsea), Didier Drogba
🔁 | 85’ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
🥅 | 89’ Goal, 2-3, (Chelsea), John Terry
⚽ | 90’+1 Goal, 3-3, Ciaran Clark, Assist by Marc Albrighton
🕒 | FT Chelsea 3-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

A rare battling performance under Gérard Houllier - a tenacity seemingly lost since O'Neill left - earned Villa a draw at top four chasing Chelsea in the opening game of 2011. In doing so Villa had broken a run of six defeats in seven to hold onto 15th place in the Premier League table, two points off the relegation places and just three off last place.

But yet again the performance is overshadowed by Houllier’s comments as he effectively admits to have misled fans in previous comments about dressing room unrest.

Gérard Houllier 11 December 2010

“There was not an incident with Richard Dunne [an angry reaction and argument to being dropped for today’s game and stripped of the club captaincy by Houllier]. Not at all. I took a football decision not to play him.”

Gérard Houllier 17 December 2010

“I’ve read about dissent in the squad over training methods but it is not true.”

Gérard Houllier Saturday, 1 January 2011

“Dunne is back because his performances have improved in training,

“He [Dunne] had a word which lasted half a second with Macca [McAllister]. I took him out of the team because he was under performing and he was not the only one.

“I have watched all the training he has done and I think I’ll give him the chance.

“With Stephen [Ireland], we will see. I have been pleased with him. He has a different attitude to the beginning so he will soon be back.”

Meanwhile, Villa face their first ever £200m line up, just a game following their match against Manchester City's £197m side. By contrast, Villa's line up is just shy of £70m worth.

Aston Villa

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

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2009-10

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Sunday, 2 January 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 | Thérouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Lee Mason | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 1.30pm
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Score: 🟨 3-3
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 18 | 🟩 | 5 🟨 | 5 🟥 8 | 1.11

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Mason | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 2006-2021
Matches Officiated: 15
🟩 : 6
🟨 : 7
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 16 Oct 10, Villa 0-0 Chelsea (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Peter Bankes

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

Chelsea

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Gérard Houllier's infamous 'bomb squad' of first team players not to be considered for duty gets a new member as Stephen Warnock, for no obvious reason, joins Stephen Ireland, Habib Bèye and Moustapha Salifou in the twilight zone.

Meanwhile, Richard Dunne is released from purgatory and joins Ashley Young, Emile Heskey and Ciaran Clark in replacing Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Stephen Warnock.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.77 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 39.65 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 21.37 |

MANAGER

Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 🟨 |
CB James Collins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 | ⚽ |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🟨 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Stewart Downing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | ⚽ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Carlo Ancelotti | 🇮🇹 |

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Chelsea

GK Petr Čech | 🇨🇿 |
LB Ashley Cole | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB John Terry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | (⚽) |
CB Jeffrey Bruma | 🇳🇱 |
RB Paulo Ferreira | 🇵🇹 | 🔁 |
M Michael Essien | 🇬🇭 |
M Ramires | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Frank Lampard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Florent Malouda | 🇫🇷 |
CF Didier Drogba | 🇨🇮 | ⚽ |
CF Nicolas Anelka | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 85’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Paulo Ferreira | 🇵🇹 | (RB Boswinga | 🇵🇹 |)
🔁 | M Ramires | 🇧🇷 | (W Salomon Kalou | 🇨🇮 |)
🔁 | CF Nicolas Anelka | 🇫🇷 | (CF Daniel Sturridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Andy Marshall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Eric Lichaj | 🇺🇸 |
M Robert Pirès | 🇫🇷 |
M Barry Bannan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Chris Herd | 🇦🇺 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Ross Turnbull | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Patrick Van Aanholt | 🇳🇱 |
M Josh McEachran | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Jacob Mellis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: £69.73m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/18
Homegrown: 6/18

SQUAD STATS

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Chelsea, the first £200m opposition:

Team Cost: £200.39m

1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Bomb Squad | 4 |
M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 |
RB Habib Bèye | 🇸🇳 |
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out on Loan | 2 |
CB Shane Lowry | 🇦🇺 | Sheffield United
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 | Hull

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 | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 20

MATCH QUOTES

“Am I fighting for my job? If I have to do that, then I am in the wrong club. I don’t think so. “Mr Lerner knows we are going through a difficult period. “In difficult times you see the people around you - and they have been top class. “What’s a fair timescale for me to be judged fairly? I didn’t expect to go that down [the table]. “But at the same time I think it’s an exciting challenge, even more so. “What I need is to get some players fighting together to get some results and see where we are in February.” Gérard Houllier.

MATCH REPORT

*Sky Sports*
Sunday, 2 January 2011

*Clark to Villa’s rescue* Ciaran Clark saved the day for Aston Villa after snatching a stoppage-time goal against Chelsea to seal a 3-3 draw. The reigning Premier League champions thought they had three points in the bag after John Terry found the back of the net in the 89th minute to put them 3-2 ahead. But Villa, who fought hard all afternoon with an encouraging display at Stamford Bridge, were able to clinch a much-needed point as substitute Marc Albrighton floated in a superb cross to allow Clark to nod home a cool late equaliser. Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead with a penalty early on after James Collins brought down Florent Malouda in the area, but Ashley Young responded from the spot for Villa following a reckless tackle from Michael Essien on Nigel Reo-Coker. Emile Heskey, who contributed a dangerous display, added another for the visitors soon after the break and although Chelsea applied serious pressure until Terry broke through, Clark was able to earn Villa a share of the spoils. *Boost* The draw provides a much-needed boost for Villa, with Gerard Houllier’s men dangerously close to the relegation zone, while the Blues remain outside the top four and will be left rueing what could have been a crucial win. The result left Chelsea marooned in fifth place, six points behind Manchester United having played a game more, and crucially outside the Champions League places. That will place manager Carlo Ancelotti’s position under fresh scrutiny, while opposite number Houllier may enjoy some respite after ending a run of six defeats in seven games. Chelsea began today’s match buoyed from ending their worst set of results for 11 years in Wednesday night’s ugly 1-0 win over Bolton. But for all their early possession, they once again lacked any real penetration. Jeffrey Bruma - making his full Premier League debut - saw a header from a corner blocked but the better chances all fell to Villa, with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Young and Stewart Downing all going close. But a sudden loss of discipline cost them dear, captain Stiliyan Petrov booked for a stupid lunge on Florent Malouda moments before James Collins climbed all over the Frenchman to concede a penalty. Malouda did throw himself to the floor, and Brad Friedel and Collins were both cautioned for protesting, but it was a definite foul and Lampard stepped up to convert his first goal since August. Villa’s frustration got the better of them and they were penalised for more than one late tackle, while Reo-Coker, Agbonlahor and Clark were all booked before half-time. Clark and the recalled Richard Dunne both missed glorious chances to level when they headed and hooked over, respectively, from close range as Chelsea’s defence went to sleep. Dunne also produced a last-gasp tackle to stop Malouda and a vital clearance to thwart Essien. Ramires was booked for clipping Petrov’s heels and Villa’s pressure finally told when Essien’s clumsy tackle on Reo-Coker handed them a penalty four minutes before the break. Young made no mistake from the spot. Collins nodded another half-chance too close to Petr Cech before half-time and Villa picked up where they had left off right from the restart. And Heskey put them ahead just two minutes in when he climbed above young Bruma to power home Downing’s excellent right-wing cross. The former England player was then booked for a late tackle on Essien as Chelsea began to wake up to their predicament. Lampard, Drogba and Ramires all saw shots blocked before the latter drilled just wide after the ball broke to him in the box. The weakness of Ancelotti’s bench was summed up when he sent on Jose Bosingwa for Paulo Ferreira. Lampard was unlucky not to level in the 63rd minute when he sent a vicious volley straight at Friedel, who then brilliantly closed down Malouda as the forward tried to slot Lampard’s ball through the keeper’s legs. Ancelotti threw on Salomon Kalou for Ramires for the final 17 minutes. Downing drilled straight at Cech from 25 yards before Terry was carded for a lunge on Young and Ancelotti played his final card by introducing Daniel Sturridge for Nicolas Anelka. Chelsea were denied in the final 10 minutes by some desperate Villa defending as the visiting fans began to chant, “You’re getting sacked in the morning!”, at Ancelotti. But Drogba came to his manager’s rescue six minutes from time with the ugliest of equalisers. The struggling striker’s mis-control set up Kalou, whose shot was blocked back for Drogba to rifle home via Carlos Cuellar. Drogba then nodded over Malouda’s corner after Villa had brought on Albrighton for an injured Agbonlahor. *Snatched* With barely a minute remaining, Chelsea snatched what they thought was a winner. Drogba’s bullet header was parried by Friedel straight to Terry, who produced a superb side foot finish to spark wild celebrations, with Ancelotti mobbed by his own players. But the joy was short-lived, with Clark stealing in completely unmarked at the back post to nod in Albrighton’s cross. There was still time for Drogba to volley Bosingwa’s cross wide and Albrighton to mishit a volley as both sides poured forward in search of a winner.

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