Sunday, 15 April 2012
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟥
Villa suffer a heavy defeat to end a run of successive draws as Alex McLeish calls for "three home Cup finals" to avoid relegation after posting just seven wins in thirty three Premier League games under his leadership.
Assist(s) | None
Alex McLeish calls for "three Cup finals" as Villa make it just seven wins in thirty three Premier League games, Sunday, 15 April 2012.
🥅 | 7’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney
🟨 | 38’ Booking, Gary Gardner
🥅 | 43’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck
🕒 | HT Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 51’ Booking, Alan Hutton
🔁 | 64’ Sub off, Ciaran Clark, Sub on, Emile Heskey
🥅 | 73’ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney
🔁 | 75’ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Samir Carruthers
🔁 | 83’ Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Charles N’Zogbia
🟨 | 90’+1 Booking, Barry Bannan
🥅 | 90’+3 Goal, 0-4, (Manchester United), Nani
🕒 | FT Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Alex McLeish's Villa face a fourth game against a top 6 side in five matches as they face off against Ashley Young equipped League leaders Manchester United. The defeat - their first in three - leaves Villa in 15th six points clear of the relegation places with five games left to play.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2010-11
Previous 5 vs. United: 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥
Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #37 |
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Manager: Alex McLeish | 🏴 | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-2
FT Score: 🟥 0-4
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟥
Referee: Mark Halsey | 🏴 | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013 🆘
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 5 Feb 12, Villa 1-2 Newcastle (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Darren Bond, Ron Ganfield
Ciaran Clark and Gary Gardner replace Stephen Warnock and Chris Herd.
Starting XI Average Age
| 24.84 |
Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 | 36.01 |
Youngest Player |
M Gary Gardner | 🏴 | 19.81 |
Alex McLeish | 🏴 |
Alex Ferguson | 🏴 |
GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 |
CB James Collins | 🏴 |
CB Nathan Baker | 🏴 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴 | 🟨 |
RB Eric Lichaj | 🇺🇸 |
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 | 🔁 |
M Barry Bannan | 🏴 | 🟨 |
M Gary Gardner | 🏴 | 🟨 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴 |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 | 🔁 |
GK David De Gea | 🇪🇸 |
LB Patrice Evra | 🇫🇷 |
CB Rio Ferdinand | 🏴 |
CB Johnny Evans | 🇬🇧 |
RB Rafael | 🇧🇷 |
RB Antonio Valencia | 🇪🇨 |
M Michael Carrick | 🏴 | 🟨 |
M Paul Scholes | 🏴 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Ashley Young (ex) | 🏴 | (🤡) 🔁 |
CF Wayne Rooney | 🏴 | ⚽ | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Danny Welbeck | 🏴 | ⚽ |
🔁 CF Emile Heskey | 🏴 | for CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 64’ |
🔁 M Samir Carruthers | 🇮🇪 | for M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 | 75’ |
🔁 W Charles N’Zogbia | 🇫🇷 | for F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 | 83’ |
🔁 | M Paul Scholes | 🏴 | (M Tom Cleverley | 🏴 |)
🔁 | W Ashley Young (ex) | 🏴 | (W Nani | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 | ⚽ |)
🔁 | CF Wayne Rooney | 🏴 | (CF Dimitar Berbatov | 🇧🇬 |)
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
M Daniel Johnson | 🇯🇲 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴 |
GK Ben Amos | 🏴 |
CB Phil Jones | 🏴 |
W Ryan Giggs | 🏴 |
CF Javier Hernández | 🇲🇽 |
1st XI: £34.34m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 8/18
Team Cost: £219.15m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 11/18
Injury | 6 |
M Jermaine Jenas | 🏴 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
M Fabian Delph | 🏴 |
F Darren Bent | 🏴 |
M Chris Herd | 🇦🇺 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴 |
Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
Out on Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | 🇨🇲 | Olympiacos Piraeus
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 | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 25
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 17
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 9
“I didn’t think it was a penalty. Ashley has thrown his leg towards Ciaran. And Ciaran, having seen the replay, tries to pull his leg away.
“But Ashley has got his team a penalty. We know what Ashley is like in terms of the dummy - he tries to sell people - maybe we should have done better in that moment.
“But that early United goal set us back because we had started great. Andi had a good chance.
“The second goal was rotten. That was one we could have done without because it set us back a country mile. At one-down you’re still in it.
“It looked a bread and butter cross, there was not great pace on it and it eluded everyone.
“Big Nathan let it go. I don’t know why. He maybe thought there was no-one behind him.
“But that’s one the young players will look at and think ‘next time I will get my foot behind it and lace it out the pitch.’
“He has made that decision but I don’t blame him in any way, shape or form because I thought he had another commanding game.
“I am proud of the young players again. They have had to grow up really quickly this season.
“Some haven’t even played a full season in the reserve league. That is a measure of where we are with our resources.
“The young lions have come to the Theatre of Dreams, the champions, a world-class club side playing against people like Scholes thinking can we get close to them, can we stop them playing?
“Tactically we tried to do that. But actually putting it into practice is another ball game for the guys.
“They stuck manfully to it. But the goals were disappointing.
“Now we have three cup finals in the next couple of weeks. There’s two at home and one away at West Brom. The players have got to be at their teeth in those games.
“We go into the Sunderland game and look for the three points. If we play like we have for the last couple of home matches, we have a really good chance.”
Sunday, 15 April 2012
*Manchester United re-established a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League but their victory over Aston Villa was aided by another controversial penalty.*
Ashley Young, who won a spot-kick last week against QPR, was involved again, adjudged to be tripped by Ciaran Clark.
Contact between the pair was minimal but Wayne Rooney converted before Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 at the back post.
Villa improved after the break but Rooney and Nani sealed victory.
United were the superior team, especially in the first half, and the win also cut Manchester City’s goal difference advantage to four goals.
But questions will be asked of Young, after Clark appeared to pull his foot away from the winger.
Young’s former team-mates failed to improve a wretched record against United, which now extends to one win in 31 games.
More importantly, they remain just six points above the relegation zone but they will look at games against Sunderland, Bolton and West Brom as a better chance of accruing points than a trip to Old Trafford.
For United, victory was a perfect response after losing at Wigan on Wednesday and they were not put under any sustained pressure, hard as Villa fought.
Before the spot-kick controversy, Andreas Weimann had tested David de Gea and Clark almost made amends for his transgression later in the half when his header whistled wide.
Stephen Ireland’s curling shot also went close, but United were well on top and could have extended their lead through efforts by Welbeck, Rooney and Paul Scholes.
Visiting keeper Shay Given had to be on top form to tip one Welbeck shot over, and he was severely let down by his defence for United’s second.
Patrice Evra overlapped on the left and although his low cross was delivered into a dangerous area, it was well within the reach of James Collins and Nathan Baker, who inexplicably chose to leave it allowing Welbeck to slide in at the back post.
Scholes was once again the dictator in midfield, having being left out of the defeat by Wigan.
But the 37-year-old was booked for an ugly tackle on Gabriel Agbonlahor early in the second half, as Villa attempted to impose themselves on the game.
They had some success in stemming the flow towards their goal and Emile Heskey, who replaced the injured Clark, had a header tipped over by De Gea, while Nathan Baker also headed inches wide from a corner.
McLeish may take a dim view of the first goal, but Villa can have few complaints about the result - if there were any doubts about the direction of the game, Rooney made sure when he tucked in Antonio Valencia’s cutback for his 32nd goal of the season.
And Nani came on to boost United’s goal total when he scored from close range.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team now host Everton before they travel to Etihad Stadium to face City, where - following this result - victory could secure them their 20th top-flight title.