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Game #5128

Aston Villa

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Won

9th (+4)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Liverpool

Attendance: 42,785

Villa Park

Aston Villa

1-0

Liverpool

Assist(s) | Marc Albrighton | 33โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa end a season littered with turmoil with successive wins to lift them to a scarcely believable ninth placed finish nine points above the relegation places.

KEY MAN

Stewart Downing celebrates his winner on his final appearance as Villa end a season of turmoil in fine style with consecutive wins under caretaker Gary McAllister to finish nine points clear of relegation in ninth place, Sunday, 22 May 2011.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 22 May 2011

๐ŸŸจ | 7โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ” | 27โ€™ Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
โšฝ | 33โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Stewart Downing, Assist by Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
๐ŸŸจ | 57โ€™ Booking, Kyle Walker
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 89โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Michael Bradley ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Caretaker Gary McAllister confounds all expectations and ends the season on a high with a second successive win against a top 6 side to rise to 9th in the table nine points clear of the relegation places.

Although the final placing flattered a Villa side that under Gรฉrard Houllier looked to be free falling towards relegation, the final five games with a galvanising focus on tight and consistent team selection, suggested the capability had been there all along and a better managerial appointment would have extracted the optimum out of a set of players who often seemed distracted and below par.

Sadly the mess that the Villa hierarchy had made of the appointment and the struggles the club faced left a number of players of the mindset that they were better off out of the club they had served so well.

Gรฉrard Houllier had already shipped out John Carew, Steve Sidwell and Curtis Davies during his short, disastrous tenure; he had also ostracised Stephen Warnock for no apparent reason.

Now, the exodus would continue, the loanee Kyle Walker would of course leave, but so would the excellent Brad Friedel, Stewart Downing and most critically Ashley Young.

Few sides could survive that number of squad losses, let alone players of the quality of Carew, Friedel, Downing, Young and Warnock. But Lerner, Houllier and Faulkner had set the rot in progress and few could have any complaints that a player of the talent and commitment of Ashley Young - who had arguably wasted a season - looked elsewhere to take his career to the level it had once seemed possible with Villa.

It would be almost a decade before Villa saw players of a similar quality return to the club as one of the most challenging periods in Villaโ€™s history that had begun with Houllier accelerated in earnest over the following few season.


Goalkeeper Brad Friedel made his final appearance for Villa aged 40 before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in July 2011. Friedel had made 131 appearances over his 3 seasons with Villa.

Winger Stewart Downing made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Liverpool for a fee of ยฃ20,520,000 in July 2011. Downing had made 79 appearances and scored 11 goals over his 2 seasons with Villa.

Winger Ashley Young made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Manchester United for a fee of ยฃ16,200,000 in July 2011. Young had made 190 appearances and scored 38 goals over his 5 seasons with Villa.

Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker made his final appearance for Villa aged 27 before moving on to Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in 1 July 2011. Villa had paid ยฃ11,250,000 for Reo-Cokerโ€™s services and he went on to make 125 appearances and scored 3 goals over his 4 seasons with Villa.

Right back Kyle Walker made his final appearance for Villa aged 21 before returning to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his loan spell. Walker made 17 appearances, 1 as a substitute, over his 5 months with Villa.

Midfielder Michael Bradley made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before returning to Borussia Mรถnchengladbach at the end of his loan spell. Bradley made just 4 appearances, 3 as a substitute, over his 4 months with Villa.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 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

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2005-06

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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โ€‹Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #46 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #5 |
Sunday, 22 May 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Gary McAllister (Caretaker) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Motherwell, 2011
Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 5 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 2 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 1 | 1.60

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Matches Officiated: 11
๐ŸŸฉ : 6
๐ŸŸจ : 3
๐ŸŸฅ : 2
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 Jan 11, Villa 3-1 Blackburn (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Madley, John Flynn

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Liverpool

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Gary McAllister names an unchanged line for the second time in five games. McAllister had made only three changes over that period in stark contrast to the haphazard, confusing and often detrimental mass changes regularly undertaken by Gรฉrard Houllier. Unsurprisingly McAllister's approach delivered Villa's best results of the campaign.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.44 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 40.04 |

Youngest Player |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.00 |

MANAGER

Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Liverpool

GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Fรกbio Aurรฉlio | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Jon Flanagan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Raรบl Meireles | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jay Spearing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Luis Suรกrez | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 27โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Michael Bradley | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 89โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF David Nโ€™Gog | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jay Spearing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Pรฉter Gulรกcsi | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Danny Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Jack Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Andre Wisdom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Christian Poulsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: ยฃ87.90m
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: 0/11

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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: ยฃ81.72m
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 : 5/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 5 |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | Watford
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Stoke
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Newcastle
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Leeds

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

๐Ÿ”ด GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2008-11 | ๐Ÿ•’ 131 | 131 (0) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 19 | #807 |
๐Ÿ”ด RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2011 | ๐Ÿ•’ 18 | 17 (1) | โšฝ 2 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 3 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #830 |
๐Ÿ”ด M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2007-11 | ๐Ÿ•’ 124 | 107 (17) | โšฝ 3 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 5 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 30 | #799 |
๐Ÿ”ด W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2009-11 | ๐Ÿ•’ 79 | 73 (6) | โšฝ 11 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 9 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 1 | #823 |
๐Ÿ”ด W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ”ด M Michael Bradley | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2011 | ๐Ÿ•’ 4 | 1 (3) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 5 | #834 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 58%
Possession A | 42%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

"The victory moved the Midlands club up to a respectable ninth-place finish and despite under-achieving for much of the season, they ended it with just one defeat in their last eight games to provide some encouragement for the future."

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