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Game #5164

Monday, 9 April 2012

Attendance: 30,100


Premier League



Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa draw for the second successive game to make it fourteen stalemates for the season and just seven wins in thirty two Premier League games under Alex McLeish.

Aston Villa


Stoke City

Assist(s) | Stephen Ireland | 32โ€™ |


Andreas Weimann celebrates his opener but it's a familiar story as Villa are pegged back for a fourteenth draw of the season to leave them with seven wins in thirty two Premier League games under Alex McLeish, Tuesday, 10 April 2012.




๐ŸŸจ | 8โ€™ Booking, Stephen Warnock
โšฝ | 32โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Andreas Weimann, Assist by Stephen Ireland
๐ŸŸจ | 39โ€™ Booking, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke City
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Warnock, Sub on, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿฅ… | 71โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Stoke City)
๐ŸŸจ | 73โ€™ Booking, James Collins, Robert Huth
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Chris Herd, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke City


Alex McLeish's Villa draw a second successive match - their fourteenth draw in 32 games - and are now without a home win in five months but remain 15th in the table, six points clear of the relegation places with a significantly better goal difference than those around them and six to play.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1971-72



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


Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #32 |
Manager Game | #36 |
Monday, 9 April 2012


Manager: Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 13 Nov 10, Villa 2-2 United (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adam Watts, Stuart Burt



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Mike Dean


Andreas Weimann replaces Emile Heskey.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.82 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 35.99 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 20.69 |



Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Tony Pulis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |


GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Robert Huth | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ryan Shawcross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ryan Shotton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Dean Whitehead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jon Walters | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 59โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 88โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CF Ricardo Fuller | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | (CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Thomas Sรธrensen (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Matthew Upson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jonathan Woodgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Cameron Jerome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ42.44m
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: 7/11

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 : 8/18
Homegrown: 10/18



Team Cost: ยฃ53.57m

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 : 4/11

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



Injury | 5 |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Olympiacos Piraeus


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

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 47%
Possession A | 53%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 9


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โ€œWe have to keep going. Every game is like a cup final from now on.โ€

Alex McLeish.

*The Guardian*
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

*Aston Villa would settle for being top dog in West Midlands right now*

These past two seasons have been an unhappy time to be a supporter of the club who won the 1982 European Cup.

The 30th anniversary of the greatest night in Aston Villaโ€™s history is fast approaching. But the European Cup final win over Bayern Munich in Rotterdam seemed a lifetime away as Villa struggled to a draw with Stoke City on Monday evening, much of the football as grim as the bank holiday weather in the West Midlands. Bayern Munichโ€™s current vibrant side can dream of another final in their home city next month but it will surely be a long time before Villa can dine again at Europeโ€™s top table.

Rather than aiming to be Europeโ€™s premier club, Aston Villa would settle for being the best side in the West Midlands, and West Bromwich Albion may have something to say about that. Villaโ€™s aim is no loftier than Premier League survival and Mondayโ€™s 1-1 draw with Stoke and Boltonโ€™s defeat at Newcastle earlier in the day have put daylight between Alex McLeishโ€™s side and the scrabble at the bottom.

It was another frustrating night for Villa supporters, however. One Premier League win in five months at Villa Park helped ensure that the crowd of 30,100 was their lowest league attendance of the season and the abiding image of the night was not of a spectacular goal from Andreas Weimann but of another young player, Chris Herd, staggering to his feet after coming off worst in an aerial challenge with Robert Huth and having his team-mate James Collins land on top of him.
Villa, too, are staggering towards safety. Last monthโ€™s dreadful news about Stilian Petrov offers perspective to the frustration of seeing Huth head an equalising goal, but it is hard to imagine that Villa still had European ambitions only a couple of seasons ago.

These have been an unhappy two seasons to be an Aston Villa supporter. Since Martin Oโ€™Neill walked out of the club five days before last season began, an exit never satisfactorily explained, the club have struggled. Gรฉrard Houllierโ€™s appointment was misjudged and McLeish was always going to struggle to win over fans.

There was a lot of phoney outrage when the Scot moved across the city from Birmingham last summer and McLeish has remained largely good-humoured despite the abuse he has encountered. But, although he bridled at the suggestion of overcautious play after a goalless draw at Wigan in February, he does have a reputation for defensive football. Monday nightโ€™s game saw a paucity of creative play from both sides.

McLeish must be relieved that Villa are not owned by Roman Abramovich. Randy Lerner has shown great patience and it is absurd that the American, who recently was reported to have invested another ยฃ25m of his own money in a club that has announced losses of nearly ยฃ54m for last year, has also come in for criticism from the anonymous army of social networkers out there.

Provided Villa stay up McLeish will almost certainly survive and the manager sees Villaโ€™s salvation in the number of young players emerging at the club. It was a sign of the changing times that Stokeโ€™s squad had three England internationals on the bench while Villaโ€™s included seven academy players, including the 20-year-old Austrian Weimann, who is helping make up for the failings of signings such as Charles Nโ€™Zogbia, an expensive flop since his much-heralded arrival from Wigan.

โ€œWe have to keep going. Every game is like a cup final from now on,โ€ said McLeish, who next has the task of lifting his young charges for a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday. Villa fans can only reflect ruefully that not so long ago they were in actual cup finals rather than struggling against Stoke to a backdrop of grumbling supporters as the rain lashed down from grey skies.