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Game #5191

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Attendance: 44,607


Premier League

14th (+3)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Villa extend their unbeaten run to six in all competitions - winning for a second time in the League - as they produce their best result of the season to beat Liverpool at Anfield as many predict a turning of the corner after a torrid first three months under Paul Lambert's leadership.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Brett Holman | 29โ€™ | Christian Benteke | 40โ€™ |


Andreas Weimann celebrates his third in two games as Villa beat Liverpool at Anfield with widespread hopes a corner had been finally turned under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 15 December 2012.




โšฝ | 29โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Christian Benteke, Assist by Brett Holman
โšฝ | 40โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Andreas Weimann, Assist by Christian Benteke
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Christian Benteke, Assist by Brett Holman
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Matt Lowton
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Brett Holman, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan, Sub on, Karim El Ahmadi
๐Ÿฅ… | 87โ€™ Goal, 3-1, (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard
๐ŸŸจ | 88โ€™ Booking, Christian Benteke
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+2 Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa


Paul Lambert's Villa make it five Premier League games unbeaten in a performance that is as extraordinary as it was unexpected.

Given what had gone before under Lambert this season a trip to Anfield held particular foreboding but a Christian Benteke inspired Villa, as Brett Holman also continued his good recent form, saw Villa score more goals in 51' than they had in their previous five Premier League games.

What made the performance all the more remarkable was the fact that the side fielded was the youngest in the Premier League this season averaging 23 years, 309 days old.

Villa had now won four of seventeen Premier League games under Lambert and rose to a three month high of 14th place in the table yet they were still just three points off the relegation places.

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


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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2011-12



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


Season | 2012-13โ€‹ |
Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #21 |
Saturday, 15 December 2012


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Neil Swarbrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2005-2018
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Neil Swarbrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2005-2018
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 7 Oct 12, Villa 0-2 Tottenham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Ceri Richards



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Neil Swarbrick


Paul Lambert recalls Brad Guzan in place of Shay Given as Ashley Westwood, Andreas Weimann and Barry Bannan replace Karim El Ahmadi, Darren Bent and Fabian Delph.


Starting XI Average Age
| 23.87 |

Oldest Player |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 28.74 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 21.38 |



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

Brendan Rodgers | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Daniel Agger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Glen Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Stewart Downing (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Joe Allen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Luis Suรกrez | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Raheem Sterling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 90โ€™+2 |


๐Ÿ” | M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Brad Jones | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Sebastiรกn Coates | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Andre Wisdom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Suso | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |


1st XI: ยฃ35.24m
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: 6/11

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: 7/18



Team Cost: ยฃ133.25m
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 : 8/13



Injury | 7 |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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

Out on Loan | 4 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Forest


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 | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 25
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 16
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 4


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โ€œThe whole performance was fabulous. The goals were excellent, as was the way we defended.

โ€œI thought we were excellent. The goals were brilliant, the second goal, with the movement and the backheel, especially.

โ€œBenteke has been unbelievable while Andi Weimann knows where the goal is. Heโ€™s a natural finisher. His enthusiasm and work ethic are second to none.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 15 December 2012.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 15 December 2012

Liverpool were left stunned after their hopes of challenging for a top-four spot were hit by a loss to Aston Villa.

The home side went behind against the run of play when Christian Benteke arrowed a shot in off the post.

Bentekeโ€™s backheel set up Andreas Weimann for Villaโ€™s second, before the Reds were denied a penalty when Ciaran Clark pulled Daniel Aggerโ€™s shirt.

Benteke made it three from close range for a resurgent Villa before Steven Gerrard netted a late consolation goal.

It was a second defeat in 12 games for Liverpool and will serve as a reality check to their growing levels of optimism and expectancy that they might be able to launch an assault on the Champions League places.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had even claimed he was but those comments came back to haunt him after his side were beaten by an improving and youthful Villa, who extended their unbeaten league run to five games to move up to 14th place.

The Midlands side had reached the Capital One Cup semi-finals with a midweek win at Norwich and they translated that form to Anfield, with the finishing prowess of strike duo Benteke and Weimann showing Liverpool what they are missing.

The match had got under way following a minuteโ€™s applause for former Liverpool captain and manager Phil Taylor, who passed away recently aged 95.

When the action did start, the home side were quickly given a wake-up call when Benteke headed a Barry Bannan free-kick straight at Reds keeper Pepe Reina.

Liverpool took this as the cue to take a grip of the game as they passed and probed for openings, although their lack of a clinical edge in the final third let them down.

This was epitomised when Luis Suarez could have put Gerrard clean through on goal, only for the Uruguayan to put his pass behind his captainโ€™s surging run.

Even though the ball was quickly worked back to Gerrard, he sent his 12-yard shot straight at keeper Brad Guzan.

Liverpool again had the Villa goal in sight when Suarez robbed left-back Chris Herd of possession before laying the ball off to Jonjo Shelvey, who had the ball cleared off his toes by a last-ditch Nathan Baker tackle.

Having provided a warning to the Merseysiders when Weimann had earlier broken clear before being shepherded wide and then tackled by Reina, Villa shocked their hosts after 29 minutes.

Brett Holman laid the ball off to Benteke and, afforded time and space, the Belgian fired a low 22-yard shot in off the post.

Weimann put an effort onto the roof of the net as he almost capitalised on Liverpool right-back Glen Johnsonโ€™s poor back-header, before the Villa striker did extend his sideโ€™s lead.

Weimann and Benteke beautifully combined and the latterโ€™s backheel allowed the former to sweep a shot past Reina.

Rodgers brought on Joe Cole for Shelvey at half-time and, while Liverpool had a decent claim for a penalty turned down for Clarkโ€™s shirt-pulling of Agger, the home side rarely threatened a comeback.

Instead, Cole gave the ball away and Benteke waltzed through the gaping defence of the Merseysiders before slotting home a close-range shot.

Gerrard did find a way past Villa keeper Guzan with a header from Johnsonโ€™s shot but it was too little, too late.