Saturday, 18 January 2014
Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨
Villa earn a creditable draw at Anfield but now have just a single win in eight Premier League games under Paul Lambert.
Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 25’ | 36’ |
Gabby Agbonlahor bursts through but cannot add to Villa's tally as they have to settle for the draw at Anfield to leave them with one win in eight under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 18 January 2014.
🟢 | 1’ Debut, Ryan Bertrand
🟨 | 16’ Booking, Ciaran Clark
🟨 | 21’ Booking, Karim El Ahmadi
⚽ | 25’ Goal, 1-0, Andreas Weimann, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
⚽ | 36’ Goal, 2-0, Christian Benteke, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
🥅 | 45’ Goal, 2-1, (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge
🕒 | HT Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa
🟨 | 48’ Booking, Ryan Bertrand
🔁 | 49’ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Grant Holt 🟢
🥅 | 53’ Goal, 2-2, (Liverpool, pen), Steven Gerrard
🔁 | 62’ Sub off, Karim El Ahmadi, Sub on, Yacouba Sylla
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Ryan Bertrand, Sub on, Antonio Luna 🔴
🟨 | 88’ Booking, Leandro Bacuna
🕒 | FT Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Paul Lambert’s Villa secure a creditable draw at Anfield following their victory on the ground in 2012, the point, ending a run of two defeats, meant Lambert had delivered just six wins in twenty two Premier League matches this season but rose to 10th place in the table with sixteen games to play, six points clear of the drop zone.
Meanwhile, left back Ryan Bertrand, 24, made his debut after joining on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season as did centre forward Grant Holt, 32, after joining on loan from Wigan Athletic unfit and overweight earlier this month.
Left back Antonio Luna made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 just 5 months after his debut. Luna had been a first team regular during his first months with the club before appearing to disappear from first team consideration. In total Luna made 18 appearances and scored once - on his debut. Luna moved on to SD Eibar on a free transfer in July 2015.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2011-12
Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥
Season | 2013-14 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #71 |
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Manager: Paul Lambert | 🏴 | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Jonathan Moss | 🏴 | West Riding, 2005-2022
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Score: 🟨 2-2
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨
Referee: Jonathan Moss | 🏴 | West Riding, 2005-2022 🆘
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 4 Dec 13, Villa 3-2 Southampton (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Darren England, Simon Bennett
Leandro Bacuna, Andreas Weimann and Ryan Bertrand (debut) replace Nathan Baker, Antonio Luna and Matt Lowton.
Starting XI Average Age
| 25.41 |
Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 | 29.38 |
Youngest Player |
M Leandro Bacuna | 🇨🇼 | 22.43 |
Paul Lambert | 🏴 |
Brendan Rodgers | 🇬🇧 |
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
LB Ryan Bertrand | 🏴 | 🟢 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CB Ron Vlaar | 🇳🇱 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
M Karim El Ahmadi | 🇲🇦 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Ashley Westwood | 🏴 |
M Fabian Delph | 🏴 |
M Leandro Bacuna | 🇨🇼 |
CF Christian Benteke | 🇧🇪 | ⚽ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴 | 🔥 | 🔥 | 🔁 |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 | ⚽ |
GK Simon Mingolet | 🇧🇪 |
LB Aly Cissokho | 🇫🇷 |
CB Kolo Touré | 🇨🇮 |
CB Martin Škrtel | 🇷🇸 |
RB Glen Johnson | 🏴 |
M Steven Gerrard | 🏴 | ⚽ |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jordan Henderson | 🏴 |
W Raheem Sterling | 🏴 | 🟨 |
CF Luis Suárez | 🇺🇾 |
CF Daniel Sturridge | 🏴 | ⚽ |
🔁 CF Grant Holt | 🏴 | 🟢 | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴 | 49’ |
🔁 M Yacouba Sylla | 🇲🇱 | for M Karim El Ahmadi | 🇲🇦 | 62’ |
🔁 LB Antonio Luna | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 | 🔴 | for LB Ryan Bertrand | 🏴 | 81’ |
🔁 | M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | (M Lucas Leiva | 🇧🇷 |)
🔁 | M Lucas Leiva | 🇧🇷 | (M Joe Allen | 🏴 |)
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 |
M Gary Gardner | 🏴 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | 🇩🇰 |
GK Brad Jones | 🇦🇺 |
RB Martin Kelly | 🏴 |
W Victor Moses | 🇳🇬 |
CF Iago Aspas | 🇪🇸 |
CF Luis Alberto | 🇪🇸 |
1st XI: £30.78m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/18
Team Cost: £128.97m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 6/14
Injury | 6 |
W Charles N’Zogbia | 🇫🇷 |
CB Jores Okore | 🇩🇰 |
LB Joe Bennett | 🏴 |
M Chris Herd | 🇦🇺 |
CF Libor Kozák | 🇨🇿 |
CB Nathan Baker | 🏴 |
Bomb Squad | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴 |
Out on Loan | 5 |
M Samir Carruthers | 🏴 | MK Dons
F Darren Bent | 🏴 | Fulham
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | Notts County
GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 | Middlesbrough
LB Enda Stevens | 🇮🇪 | Doncaster
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
LB Ryan Bertrand | 🏴 |
CF Grant Holt | 🏴 |
LB Antonio Luna | 🇪🇸 |
Possession F | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 14
“We should have had three or four goals in the first half. We were fantastic, really good. We came here last year and won 3-1 and I thought we played a lot better today. In the first half we were outstanding.
“Their goal gave them a lifeline going into half-time. I am not so sure about the penalty, I think Brad Guzan has pulled his arms away. I don’t think it is a penalty. With the magnitude of the game you have to be 100% sure, Brad’s arms have been pulled away.
“I don’t think we could have done any more except win the game. There were major plus points, Nearly every player was outstanding.”
Paul Lambert, Saturday, 18 January 2014.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Aston Villa denied victory at Liverpool after Luis Suárez wins penalty
Liverpool dropped a couple of home points against a surprisingly dynamic Aston Villa, though at least the club’s American owners saw a few goals and an entertaining game. The home side came back from two goals down to share the points on an evening that put some of the recent title talk around Anfield into perspective. It is true, as Brendan Rodgers keeps saying, that Liverpool still have to play most of the leading contenders at home, though evidently it is also the case that they cannot take results against sides lower down the table for granted. Villa won this fixture last year, and until Gabriel Agbonlahor was forced off early in the second half looked capable of doing so again.
“We lost Gabby at a vital time, because he was proving unplayable,” Paul Lambert said. “Some of our players put in massive performances today. I thought we could have been out of sight by half‑time.”
That is only a slight exaggeration. Not realising his side would soon be two goals to the good, Paul Lambert had his head in his hands just 45 seconds into the game when Villa missed a great chance to open the scoring, Agbonlahor latching on to Christian Benteke’s flick but poking the ball wide in front of the Kop with only Simon Mignolet to beat. If that was a lucky escape for Liverpool then luck soon evened itself out, Leandro Bacuna surviving a penalty appeal when the ball clearly hit his arm.
Villa’s away kit is every bit as hideous as purple and white quarters suggests, though the visitors were no shrinking violets. They took the game to Liverpool in the early stages, with Agbonlahor and Benteke both causing problems for Kolo Touré and Martin Skrtel, and the Kop goal had another let-off when Ciaran Clark struck the foot of Mignolet’s post with a firm header from a corner.
With Liverpool struggling to get into their stride, Villa took a deserved lead with a well-executed counterattack. Benteke sent Agbonlahor galloping beyond Touré into space on the left, and Andreas Weimann sprinted 80 yards to supply the far-post tap-in when the cross came along the goalline.
There was a suspicion of offside because Weimann had got beyond the Liverpool defenders, though replays confirmed he was not in front of his team-mate when the pass was released.
Brad Guzan saved from Raheem Sterling as Liverpool attempted to get back on terms, but Villa gained further reward when Mignolet and Skrtel got in each other’s way and failed to deal with an Agbonlahor cross from the right that left Benteke with a straightforward header. The ball crossed the line almost apologetically, and to make matters worse Liverpool’s next chance to reply fell to Aly Cissokho just before the interval, and the defender appears to have modelled his finishing technique on a Jason Puncheon penalty.
Fortunately, Daniel Sturridge does know how to find the net, and when a neat touch from Jordan Henderson turned a Luis Suárez pass into something more dangerous in stoppage time, the England striker’s angled shot reduced the arrears.
Rodgers made a change at half-time, sensibly deciding that this was not the game to leave Lucas Leiva on the bench, and introduced the defensive midfielder at the expense of Philippe Coutinho. The younger Brazilian lasted only 20 minutes before he too made way, for Joe Allen. Villa also made an enforced change a couple of minutes after the restart, Agbonlahor pulling up after a collision with the perimeter hoarding to allow Grant Holt the chance to make his debut.
Scorer of a memorable goal here for Norwich, though considered too portly to hold down a place at Wigan, Holt had the briefest of chances to make an immediate impression before Liverpool levelled the scores from the penalty spot. Suárez touched the ball past Guzan from Steven Gerrard’s inspired pass and the goalkeeper brought him down. That is what the referee decided in any case.
Contact appeared to be minimal but the goalkeeper sold himself and Suárez knows what to do in those situations. Gerrard calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
Suárez and Henderson had shots saved as Liverpool pressed for a winner, Suárez went close with a free-kick and Bacuna was booked for cheekily wasting time by presenting the ball to a member of the crowd.
On this occasion, Suárez was unable to come to Liverpool’s rescue; it happens sometimes. Neither side could produce enough urgency in the final half-hour to deserve all three points. A draw was fair. Even Rodgers thought so. “It was a good point in the end,” the Liverpool manager said. “We weren’t great but we got something.”