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Game #5170

Aston Villa

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Lost

16th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Norwich City

Attendance: 26,803

Carrow Road

Norwich City

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa end a most difficult season with just seven wins in thirty eight Premier League games as Alex McLeish's tenure ends exactly as many predicted but no one wanted.

KEY MAN

Emile Heskey can't help Villa to a first win in ten on his and Alex McLeish's final appearance as Villa end the season with just seven wins in thirty eight Premier League games, Sunday, 13 May 2012.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 13 May 2012

๐Ÿฅ… | 8โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Norwich City), Grant Holt
๐Ÿฅ… | 21โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Norwich City), Simeon Jackson
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Norwich City 0-2 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Chris Herd, Sub on, Barry Bannan
๐ŸŸจ | 54โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Sub on, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Warnock, Sub on, Nathan Baker
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Stephen Ireland
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Norwich City 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa end the campaign without a win in ten, on their lowest points tally since another unpopular Scot, Billy McNeill, took Villa down in 1986-87.

In setting such an unwanted record, McLeish had masterminded 14 losses and 18 draws in a 38 game season.

The irony however was that up until April 2012 McLeishโ€™s record was actually better than that of his predecessor however the last eight games of the campaign - having lost skipper Stiliyan Petrov - were simply torrid and a respectable 15th, in a more competitive League than 2010-11 and with the same points gained as under Gรฉrard Houllier, became 16th, no win in eight and once again an escape from relegation on the penultimate game of the season.

Nobody would chose to be in a second successive relegation fight of course, however, from an objective point of view up until April the campaign had been an improvement.

A manager who, in total contrast to his predecessor, wanted to be there - however much a huge swathe of fans understandably didnโ€™t, oversaw a partial rebuild and galvanisation of a squad recovering from the destruction of the previous manager.

That Villa had to deal with a huge injury list not only in numbers but also in influence and quality was just another reason to have cut some slack.

But equally the football was often poor and overtly negative even in the better days and the managerโ€™s provenance was never forgiven.

It was right to part ways of course but the season itself deserves an objective re-evaluation away from the knee-jerk reaction to an unpopular appointment.

The final eight games were inexcusably bad, and a season of standing still became a season of unwanted broken records of failure. However, taken as a whole, what had come immediately before and what would soon be upon Villa was immeasurably worse.

Off the field an increasing culture of disconnection grew between the leadership of the club and the fan base and had led to two successive appointments of the wrong managers, at the wrong time, for the wrong club.

The Villa hierarchy then simply couldnโ€™t get a third successive managerial appointment wrong and a significant chunk of Villa fans had already made clear their favoured candidate sat in the opposition dug-out.

Centre back Richard Dunne made his final appearance for Villa aged 32 before moving on to Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in July 2013. Dunne would miss the entire 2012-13 season through injury having made 111 appearances and scored 5 goals for Villa.

Centre back James Collins made his final appearance for Villa aged 28 before returning to West Ham United for ยฃ2,880,000 in August 2012. Collins made 108 appearances and scored 6 goals during his 3 seasons with Villa but would be sold by Paul Lambert on his arrival as Villaโ€™s new boss.

Centre back Carlos Cuรฉllar made his final appearance for Villa aged 30 before moving on to Sunderland on a free transfer in July 2012. Cuรฉllar made 121 appearances and scored 3 goals during his 4 seasons with Villa.

Centre forward Emile Heskey made his final appearance for Villa aged 34 before retiring from football. Heskey made 110 appearances and scored 14 goals during his 4 seasons with Villa.

Right back Stephen Warnock made his final appearance for Villa aged 30 before moving on to Leeds United on a free transfer in January 2013. Warnock was a solid player who served Villa well over his 3 seasons and 101 appearances during which he scored 3 goals, however he was treated abominably by Gรฉrard Houllier and later by Paul Lambert both of whom ostracised Warnock from first team consideration and considerably weakened the defensive options of the team.

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

Norwich City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1984โ€“85

FIXTURE HISTORY

Norwich City

Previous 5 vs. Norwich: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #42 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #42 |
Sunday, 13 May 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 42 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 9 ๐ŸŸจ | 17 ๐ŸŸฅ 16 | 1.05

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2003-2022
Matches Officiated: 26
๐ŸŸฉ : 10
๐ŸŸจ : 6
๐ŸŸฅ : 10
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 27 Aug 11, Villa 0-0 Wolves (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Dave Bryan, Glenn Turner

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Norwich City

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

James Collins and Gabriel Agbonlahor replace Alan Hutton and Charles N'Zogbia.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.52 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 36.09 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 22.73 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Norwich City

GK John Ruddy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Russell Martin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Ryan Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Naughton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Bradley Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Wes Hoolahan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Elliott Bennett | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Simon Lappin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Jonny Howson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Grant Holt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Simeon Jackson | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Jonny Howson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Andrew Crofts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Grant Holt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Steve Morison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Simeon Jackson | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | (CF Aaron Wilbraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Adam Drury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dave Fox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andrew Surman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: ยฃ43.79m
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
Homegrown: 4/11

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 : 8/18
Homegrown: 9/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: ยฃ11.26m

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 : 8/11

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 : 15/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 5 |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

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

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

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 LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2009-12 | ๐Ÿ•’ 101 | 100 (1) | โšฝ 3 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 8 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 4 | #820 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 2009-12 | ๐Ÿ•’ 111 | 111 (0) | โšฝ 15 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 1 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 3 | #822 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 2009-12 | ๐Ÿ•’ 108 | 104 (4) | โšฝ 6 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 7 | #821 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2008-12 | ๐Ÿ•’ 121 | 114 (7) | โšฝ 3 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 4 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 31 | #811 |
๐Ÿ”ด CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2009-12 | ๐Ÿ•’ 110 | 71 (39) | โšฝ 14 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 4 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 17 | #814 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 10
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 6

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œThat was an unacceptable performance in Aston Villa colours and I have to change that, and there will be change,โ€ said McLeish, a controversial appointment to replace Gรฉrard Houllier, who left Birmingham City following their relegation last season. โ€œI cannot accept that because I have been used to winning trophies all of my career as a player and a manager. I might not have had the riches to spend of other managers but I believe I can turn Aston Villa round by adding quality and players who are going to work their socks off. โ€œI am not a quitter. I can totally understand the fansโ€™ frustrations and I am the man who carries the can for the performances, but it is also frustrating for me to watch that kind of stuff. I am the guy who is responsible for results and am the one who is going to get hammered. โ€œI accept that and it happens to any manager. It is up to me to turn the opinion around and I will do my best. I have to get a team in that Villa jersey with winning mentality and I can change the fansโ€™ opinion.โ€ Alex McLeish.

MATCH REPORT