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Game #5123

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Attendance: 34,672


Premier League

9th (+5)

West Ham United

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩

Upton Park

Villa record consecutive victories for the first time since January and only the second time this season to make it eight wins in twenty seven Premier League games under Gérard Houllier as they beat second from bottom West Ham to jump to ninth place, eight points above the relegation places.

West Ham United


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Luke Young | 36’ | Ashley Young | 90’ |


Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates his injury time winner that puts an entirely different reflection on the table as despite just eight wins in twenty seven Premier League games under Gérard Houllier they jump to 9th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation places, Saturday, 16 April 2011.




🥅 | 2’ Goal, 0-1, (West Ham United), Robbie Keane
⚽ | 36’ Goal, 1-1, Darren Bent, Assist by Luke Young
🕒 | HT West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
⚽ | 90’+1 Goal, 2-1, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Ashley Young
🕒 | FT West Ham United 1-2 Aston Villa


Villa win a second consecutive Premier League game for the first time since January and only the second time under Gérard Houllier to lift the team seven points clear of the relegation zone as results fall nicely for Villa.

Villa rise to a scarcely credible 9th in the table as Gérard Houllier’s disastrous and demoralising 34 games in charge effectively came to an end.

That those two wins had pushed the club to 9th when they had been languishing in 16th place just a week earlier should not distract from the fact that Houllier had turned the previous three season’s sixth placed team, and last season’s League Cup runners up and FA Cup semi finalists into a shadow of the side they had previously been.

Being given funds that his predecessor could only dream of for a single player and spending over £25m, Houllier’s team underperformed to an incredible extent as reports of player unrest at the attitude and approach of the manager became legion.

Illness forced Houllier to relinquish the duties to which he would never return. He was not missed. But his legacy of failure would live on in subsequent years as poor man management and player ostracism continued much to the detriment of the club he left behind.

Houllier passed away in 2020 leading to a re-evaluation of his contribution in some quarters however objectively his had been a poor appointment that undid all that had been built over the previous four seasons.

Aston Villa

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

West Ham United

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1979-80


West Ham United

Previous 5 vs. West Ham: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩


Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #34 |
Saturday, 16 April 2011


Manager: Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 | Thérouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩


Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 11 Dec 10, Villa 2-1, Albion (h)
Cards: None
Assistants: Mike Cairns, Simon Long




West Ham United


Mark Halsey


Emile Heskey and Nigel Reo-Coker replace Gabriel Agbonlahor and Jean Makoun.


Starting XI Average Age
| 29.42 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 39.94 |

Youngest Player |
RB Kyle Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.90 |



Gérard Houllier | 🇫🇷 |

Avram Grant | 🇮🇱 |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
CB James Collins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
RB Kyle Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
W Stewart Downing | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Darren Bent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

West Ham United

GK Robert Green | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Wayne Bridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Matthew Upson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Manuel Da Costa | 🇲🇦 | 🔁 |
RB Lars Jacobsen | 🇩🇰 |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger (ex) | 🇩🇪 |
M Mark Noble | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gary O’Neil | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
F Victor Obinna | 🇳🇬 | 🔁 |
F Robbie Keane | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ |
CF Carlton Cole (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |


🔁 F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 78’ |


🔁 | CB Manuel Da Costa | 🇲🇦 | (CB Danny Gabbidon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |)
🔁 | M Gary O’Neil | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Demba Ba | 🇸🇳 |)
🔁 | F Victor Obinna | 🇳🇬 | (W Zavon Hines | 🇯🇲 |)


GK Andy Marshall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
M Robert Pirès | 🇫🇷 |
M Jean Makoun | 🇨🇲 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |


GK Ruud Boffin | 🇧🇪 |
CB Jonathan Spector | 🇺🇸 |
M Luis Boa Morte | 🇵🇹 |
CF Frederic Piquionne | 🇫🇷 |


1st XI: £82.71m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 0/11

Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/18
Homegrown: 3/18



Team Cost: £26.28m

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

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



Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 |
RB Habib Bèye | 🇸🇳 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out on Loan | 8 |
CB Shane Lowry | 🇦🇺 | Sheffield United
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 | Hull
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 | Watford
CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | Stoke
M Jonathan Hogg | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Portsmouth
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 | Newcastle
RB Eric Lichaj | 🇺🇸 | Leeds
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Burnley


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

🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game


⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 11
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 3
Fouls A | 8


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“The turning point is probably the short meeting we had together before the Everton game [on April 2].

“We just said we were starting a new league, of just three games. In those we’ve picked up seven points and, more importantly, twice come back from going behind. The fighting spirit for me is the base. Whatever talent you have, you need to work and fight.”

Gérard Houllier

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 16 April 2011

*Gabriel Agbonlahor’s injury-time header earned Aston Villa a deserved victory over fellow strugglers West Ham United after a dominant second-half display.*

The Hammers had the perfect start when Robbie Keane fired them ahead from six yards inside two minutes.

But Darren Bent headed Villa level from Luke Young’s cross and they carved out a succession of chances after that.

Bent and the superb Ashley Young both went close on several occasions before substitute Agbonlahor won it late on.

The England man’s calm close-range header from Young’s floated right-wing cross earned Villa a win that puts them within touching distance of safety.

Manager Gerard Houllier has endured a tough time at Villa Park but his side are now seven points above the bottom three with five games remaining.

However Wigan’s 3-1 victory over Blackpool means West Ham have dropped to second bottom and they face Chelsea and Manchester City in their next two games.

But an expectant home crowd, buoyed by a moving tribute to legendary former skipper Bobby Moore and the work carried out by the cancer fund set up in his memory, could hardly have enjoyed a better start to their afternoon.

A half-cleared corner was headed back into the danger area by Thomas Hitzlsperger and Keane, showing great awareness to stay onside, swivelled neatly and crashed the ball past Brad Friedel.

And the Hammers seemed intent on building on their perfect start.

Manager Avram Grant’s decision to play Carlton Cole, Victor Obinna and Keane in a three-pronged attack caused problems from the start.

Cole was the main goalscoring threat and saw a shot blocked after being slipped in by Keane and then from Gary O’Neil’s searching long ball he forced Friedel into a superb sprawling stop.

Cole also had a shout for a penalty waved away and the hosts barely had time to lament the absence of their midfield mainstay Scott Parker, who was missing with his Achilles injury.

But Manuel da Costa was forced off through injury and Villa began to settle after after their poor start.

The pace of Ashley Young and power and knowhow of Emile Heskey were now proving every bit as threatening as Keane’s guile and Cole’s direct running.

Ashley Young wriggled inside from the left flank but his shot deflected wide and the winger also tested Robert Green from 20 yards.

Bent then headed home from Stewart Downing’s fine right-wing cross but the goal was harshly disallowed for a push on Lars Jacobsen.

However, Bent did not have to wait long and, as good as the finish was by the England striker, Hammers manager Grant will have been furious with the defensive disaster that allowed him the chance.

Mark Noble dallied on the ball in his penalty box allowing Heskey to win possession and when the ball was cleverly worked into the box via Luke Young, Bent glanced his header past Green.

The visitors grew in confidence and began the second half in blistering fashion with Bent and Ashley Young once again the main threats.

Bent’s persistence created a chance but Green made a decent block at his near post and then Cole hacked away from his own line when James Collins headed towards goal.

The pressure was relentless. Ashley Young curling’s free-kick was superbly tipped away by Green and Villa’s top scorer Bent also curled an 18-yard strike just wide via a deflection.

West Ham were becoming increasingly disjointed and with their confidence looking brittle after two heavy defeats in their last two outings, Villa sensed the victory was theirs for the taking.

Kyle Walker’s fine run teed up another chance for Bent but the striker somehow fluffed his kick from close range and Ashley Young then drifted a shot agonisingly wide.

West Ham’s only noteworthy chance of the second half came in the final four minutes when Cole was unable to loop a tricky bouncing ball over Friedel.

And moments later the visitors were celebrating maximum points when Ashley Young retrieved the ball on the right wing and his delightful cross was gleefully headed home from point-blank range by Agbonlahor.

For Villa, it was only the second time they have won back-to-back matches this season, while the Hammers have slipped to a third consecutive defeat.


*BBC Sport*
Thursday, 21 April 2011

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier in hospital

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has been admitted to hospital, the club has confirmed.

The 63-year-old was taken to hospital in Birmingham overnight.

He has spoken to the club’s chief executive Paul Faulkner and his condition is said to be comfortable.

Assistant manager Gary McAllister will take Thursday’s training session. Houllier has thanked supporters for their concern.

He is expected to remain in hospital for several days and is undergoing tests.

*’Big shock’*

McAllister will take charge of the team on Saturday for their game against Stoke at Villa Park.

Villa striker Darren Bent said: “Obviously everyone in the squad wishes that Gerard has a speedy recovery and that he is back soon, but yeah it was a big shock to all the players.

“But the main thing is his health and that he gets that right and hopefully he will be back soon.”

Mr Faulkner said Houllier had sounded “positive” when he spoke to him.

He said: “I’ve also received a lot of good wishes from fans and I would like to thank them for their kind thoughts in wishing Gerard a speedy recovery.

“I will see him this afternoon, along with Gary, and we will pass on the fans’ messages.

“I know they will mean a lot to him. We would ask everybody to respect his privacy and that of his family at this time.”

Houllier had major surgery after suffering heart-related problems in 2001 when he was manager of Liverpool FC.

Houllier arrived at Villa Park in September to succeed Martin O’Neill.

When he took the position Houllier revealed he had consulted his heart surgeon before accepting the job.

He said he had returned to speak to Dr Abbas Rashid, the man who led the team who performed his 11-hour operation, and was given a clean bill of health.

“When you go into a job you know there will be pressure, that it will be hard work and you won’t sleep every night,” he said at the time.

“You need to make sure your body is ready. I have checked that. I am much healthier and fitter now than I was before.”

Villa have been hovering around the relegation zone in recent weeks, although they have won their past two matches and the club previously said Houllier had their “total support” as he attempts to guide them to Premier League safety.