Game #5169

2010-11

Position:

9th (+4)

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Premier League

Liverpool

Villa Park

Attendance: 42,785

Sunday, 22 May 2011

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.

Aston Villa

1-0

Liverpool

Scorer(s) | Stewart Downing | 33’ |

Assist(s) | Marc Albrighton | 33’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5169

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Gary McAllister (Caretaker) |
KO | 4.00pm |
Referee | Lee Probert, Wiltshire |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DLDWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Andy Madley, John Flynn

MATCH INCIDENTS

Lee Probert

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Liverpool

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £87.9m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.44 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 40.04 |

Youngest Player |
RB Kyle Walker | 21.00 |

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 Gérard Houllier. Unsurprisingly McAllister's approach delivered Villa's best results of the campaign.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
M Jean Makoun |

Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou |
RB Habib Beye |
LB Stephen Warnock |

Loan | 5 |
F Andreas Weimann | Watford |
19 Jan 11 | - 31 May 11 |
CF John Carew | Stoke City |
21 Jan 11 - 26 May 11 |
M Jonathan Hogg | Portsmouth |
25 Jan 11 - 31 May 11 |
M Stephen Ireland | Newcastle United |
7 Feb 12 - 31 May 11 |
Eric Lichaj | Leeds United |
9 Feb 11 - 31 May 11 |

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

MANAGER

Gary McAllister

STAFF

First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans

STARTING LINE UP

GK Brad Friedel |
RB Luke Young |
RB Kyle Walker |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Nigel Reo-Coker |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W Stewart Downing |
W Ashley Young |
M Fabian Delph |
F Darren Bent |

SUBSTITUTES

W Marc Albrighton for M Fabian Delph | 27’ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor for M Nigel Reo-Coker | 68’ |
M Michael Bradley for W Ashley Young | 89’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall
M Robert Pirès
CF Emile Heskey
CB Ciaran Clark

THE OPPOSITION

GK Pepe Reina (ex), LB Fábio Aurélio, CB Jamie Carragher, CB Martin Škrtel, RB Jon Flanagan, M Raúl Meireles, M Joe Cole (ex) (CF David N’Gog), M Lucas Leiva, M Jay Spearing (M Jonjo Shelvey), CF Luis Suárez, CF Dirk Kuyt.

Manager: Rafa Benítez.
Team Cost: £81.72m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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 Gérard 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.

Gérard 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 Villa’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 £20,520,000 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 £16,200,000 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 £11,250,000 for Reo-Coker’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 Mönchengladbach at the end of his loan spell. Bradley made just 4 appearances, 3 as a substitute, over his 4 months with Villa.

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.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/05/22/match-report-villa-1-0-liverpool

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MATCH TIMELINE

7’ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
27’ Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
33’ Goal, 1-0, Stewart Downing, Assist by Marc Albrighton
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
57’ Booking, Kyle Walker
68’ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Gabby Agbonlahor
89’ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Michael Bradley FINAL
FT Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 22 May 2011

"Liverpool failed to end their revival with a spot in the Europa League as they finished sixth in the Premier League after defeat at Aston Villa."

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*Liverpool failed to end their revival with a spot in the Europa League as they finished sixth in the Premier League after defeat at Aston Villa.*

England winger Stewart Downing grabbed the only goal when he fired in after a cross from Marc Albrighton.

Reds midfielder Raul Meireles almost equalised but keeper Brad Friedel impressively clawed away his shot.

In a game which failed to sparkle, Villa finished the stronger and James Collins almost added a second.

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.

The same can also be said for Liverpool, even though they have lost their final two games of the campaign, and they are expected to embark on a summer of major strengthening via the transfer market.

Ahead of the game, the Merseysiders knew a Europa League place would be theirs if they could better Tottenham’s result against Birmingham at White Hart Lane and claim fifth place.

As events transpired, they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999 but there might not be too much angst felt at Anfield about not playing in a competition with a reputation among some clubs for being more of a hindrance than an honour.

Joe Cole was given his first start for Liverpool since 17 March as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish chose to leave out Andy Carroll, Maxi and Glen Johnson.

Carroll’s absence was the most notable with the striker emerging as a doubt to play for England at the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark this summer because of injury concerns.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who has been injured since the start of March, opted to watch the final game of the season from among the Reds fans at Villa Park - but there was little for him to get excited about with more injuries than goal attempts in the first half.

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing was first to depart as he felt the effects of a Nigel Reo-Coker challenge after 12 minutes, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on as his replacement.

Centre-back Jamie Carragher had to go off briefly to have running repairs to a head wound before Villa lost midfielder Fabian Delph, who was replaced by Albrighton.

Liverpool went close when Lucas Leiva’s effort was cleared off the line by Ashley Young, but Villa responded by opening the scoring themselves as Albrighton provided a cross to the far post where Downing controlled on his chest before firing an angled shot high into the Reds net.

Villa had conceded 59 goals in previous games this season and that record provided a Liverpool side, who improved after the break, with hope of getting back into the game.

The visitors thought they were set to do so when the tricky Luis Suarez outwitted Villa right-back Kyle Walker and squared the ball for Meireles.

The Portuguese international midfielder had the Villa net at his mercy but 40-year-old Friedel, making his 400th Premier League appearance, scampered across to claw away the shot.

Thereafter, the home defence stood firm and it was Villa who looked the more likely to score.

Young’s free-kick was guided narrowly wide by Collins before Gabriel Agbonlahor agonisingly failed to get an outstretched leg to a Darren Bent cross.

Ashley Young has been linked to a move away from Villa and when he went off to an ovation as he clapped the fans on his way off after 89 minutes will do little to deter speculation about his future.

And, despite a frustrating season, Villa’s fans were celebrating after the final whistle, giving off a huge roar when the relegation of local rivals Birmingham, who lost at Spurs, was confirmed.

*Liverpool failed to end their revival with a spot in the Europa League as they finished sixth in the Premier League after defeat at Aston Villa.*

England winger Stewart Downing grabbed the only goal when he fired in after a cross from Marc Albrighton.

Reds midfielder Raul Meireles almost equalised but keeper Brad Friedel impressively clawed away his shot.

In a game which failed to sparkle, Villa finished the stronger and James Collins almost added a second.

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.

The same can also be said for Liverpool, even though they have lost their final two games of the campaign, and they are expected to embark on a summer of major strengthening via the transfer market.

Ahead of the game, the Merseysiders knew a Europa League place would be theirs if they could better Tottenham’s result against Birmingham at White Hart Lane and claim fifth place.

As events transpired, they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999 but there might not be too much angst felt at Anfield about not playing in a competition with a reputation among some clubs for being more of a hindrance than an honour.

Joe Cole was given his first start for Liverpool since 17 March as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish chose to leave out Andy Carroll, Maxi and Glen Johnson.

Carroll’s absence was the most notable with the striker emerging as a doubt to play for England at the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark this summer because of injury concerns.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who has been injured since the start of March, opted to watch the final game of the season from among the Reds fans at Villa Park - but there was little for him to get excited about with more injuries than goal attempts in the first half.

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing was first to depart as he felt the effects of a Nigel Reo-Coker challenge after 12 minutes, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on as his replacement.

Centre-back Jamie Carragher had to go off briefly to have running repairs to a head wound before Villa lost midfielder Fabian Delph, who was replaced by Albrighton.

Liverpool went close when Lucas Leiva’s effort was cleared off the line by Ashley Young, but Villa responded by opening the scoring themselves as Albrighton provided a cross to the far post where Downing controlled on his chest before firing an angled shot high into the Reds net.

Villa had conceded 59 goals in previous games this season and that record provided a Liverpool side, who improved after the break, with hope of getting back into the game.

The visitors thought they were set to do so when the tricky Luis Suarez outwitted Villa right-back Kyle Walker and squared the ball for Meireles.

The Portuguese international midfielder had the Villa net at his mercy but 40-year-old Friedel, making his 400th Premier League appearance, scampered across to claw away the shot.

Thereafter, the home defence stood firm and it was Villa who looked the more likely to score.

Young’s free-kick was guided narrowly wide by Collins before Gabriel Agbonlahor agonisingly failed to get an outstretched leg to a Darren Bent cross.

Ashley Young has been linked to a move away from Villa and when he went off to an ovation as he clapped the fans on his way off after 89 minutes will do little to deter speculation about his future.

And, despite a frustrating season, Villa’s fans were celebrating after the final whistle, giving off a huge roar when the relegation of local rivals Birmingham, who lost at Spurs, was confirmed.