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Game #5107

Aston Villa

Sunday, 2 January 2011


15th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 41,222


Stamford Bridge

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



Aston Villa

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


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 Gรฉrard Houllier, Sunday, 2 January 2011.




Sunday, 2 January 2011

๐ŸŸจ | 20โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐ŸŸจ | 22โ€™ Booking, Brad Friedel
๐ŸŸจ | 23โ€™ Booking, James Collins
๐Ÿฅ… | 23โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea, pen), Frank Lampard
๐ŸŸจ | 28โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
โšฝ | 41โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Ashley Young (pen)
๐ŸŸจ | 42โ€™ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 47โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Emile Heskey, Assist by Stewart Downing
๐ŸŸจ | 49โ€™ Booking, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Chelsea), Didier Drogba
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Chelsea), John Terry
โšฝ | 90โ€™+1 Goal, 3-3, Ciaran Clark, Assist by Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Chelsea 3-3 Aston Villa


A rare battling performance under Gรฉrard 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 Houllierโ€™s comments as he effectively admits to have misled fans in previous comments about dressing room unrest.

Gรฉrard Houllier 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]. Not at all. I took a football decision not to play him.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier 17 December 2010

โ€œIโ€™ve read about dissent in the squad over training methods but it is not true.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier Saturday, 1 January 2011

โ€œDunne is back because his performances have improved in training,

โ€œHe [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.

โ€œI have watched all the training he has done and I think Iโ€™ll give him the chance.

โ€œWith 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.โ€

Meanwhile, Villa face their first ever ยฃ200m line up, just a game following their match against Manchester City's ยฃ197m side. By contrast, Villa's line up is just shy of ยฃ70m worth.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2009-10



Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


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


Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 1.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 3-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 16 Oct 10, Villa 0-0 Chelsea (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Peter Bankes



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Lee Mason


Gรฉrard 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 Bรจye 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.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.77 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.65 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 21.37 |

Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |



Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Carlo Ancelotti | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |


GK Petr ฤŒech | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB Ashley Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | (โšฝ) |
CB Jeffrey Bruma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Paulo Ferreira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Essien | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Ramires | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Frank Lampard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Florent Malouda | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Didier Drogba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | โšฝ |
CF Nicolas Anelka | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Paulo Ferreira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | (RB Boswinga | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | M Ramires | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (W Salomon Kalou | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Nicolas Anelka | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Daniel Sturridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |


GK Ross Turnbull | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Patrick Van Aanholt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Josh McEachran | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jacob Mellis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ69.73m
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: 2/11

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 : 9/18
Homegrown: 6/18



Chelsea, the first ยฃ200m opposition:

Team Cost: ยฃ200.39m

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

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 : 7/18



Injury | 2 |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 4 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 2 |
CB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Sheffield United
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hull


Not Reported

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




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


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โ€œAm I fighting for my job? If I have to do that, then I am in the wrong club. I donโ€™t think so.

โ€œMr Lerner knows we are going through a difficult period.

โ€œIn difficult times you see the people around you - and they have been top class.

โ€œWhatโ€™s a fair timescale for me to be judged fairly? I didnโ€™t expect to go that down [the table].

โ€œBut at the same time I think itโ€™s an exciting challenge, even more so.

โ€œWhat I need is to get some players fighting together to get some results and see where we are in February.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier.

*Sky Sports*
Sunday, 2 January 2011

*Clark to Villaโ€™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.


The draw provides a much-needed boost for Villa, with Gerard Houllierโ€™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 Ancelottiโ€™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 todayโ€™s match buoyed from ending their worst set of results for 11 years in Wednesday nightโ€™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.

Villaโ€™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 Chelseaโ€™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 Petrovโ€™s heels and Villaโ€™s pressure finally told when Essienโ€™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 Downingโ€™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 Ancelottiโ€™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 Lampardโ€™s ball through the keeperโ€™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, โ€œYouโ€™re getting sacked in the morning!โ€, at Ancelotti.

But Drogba came to his managerโ€™s rescue six minutes from time with the ugliest of equalisers.

The struggling strikerโ€™s mis-control set up Kalou, whose shot was blocked back for Drogba to rifle home via Carlos Cuellar.

Drogba then nodded over Maloudaโ€™s corner after Villa had brought on Albrighton for an injured Agbonlahor.

With barely a minute remaining, Chelsea snatched what they thought was a winner.

Drogbaโ€™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 Albrightonโ€™s cross.

There was still time for Drogba to volley Bosingwaโ€™s cross wide and Albrighton to mishit a volley as both sides poured forward in search of a winner.