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Game #5258

Aston Villa

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Won

6th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Stoke

Attendance: 27,478

Britannia Stadium

Stoke City

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

After a terrible two seasons and with Paul Lambert still in charge Villa surprise with an opening day win at the Britannia.

KEY MAN

Andreas Weimann celebrates hitting the winner as Villa open the season with a surprise away victory, Saturday, 16 August 2014.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 16 August 2014

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Kieran Richardson, Philippe Senderos, Aly Cissokho
๐ŸŸจ | 14โ€™ Booking, Ashley Westwood
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 50โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Andreas Weimann
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia Sub on, Jack Grealish
๐ŸŸจ | 80โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Leandro Bacuna
๐ŸŸจ | 86โ€™ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambert's Villa open the season with a win - only their second in ten games - as Alan Hutton played for the first time Sunday, 6 May 2012 following the apparent disbanding of manager Paul Lambert's counter productive and damaging โ€˜bomb squadโ€™ that had ostracised key senior players from the first team over the last two seasons. Other previously banished players Darren Bent (last played Sunday, 19 May 2013) and Shay Given (25 January 2013) made the bench.โ€‹

Winger Charles Nโ€™Zogbia played his first game since Monday, 22 April 2013 after missing the entire 2013-14 season through injury.

Centre back Philippe Senderos made his Villa debut aged 29 after joining on a free transfer from Valencia CF in July 2014.โ€‹

Left back Kieran Richardson made his Villa debut aged 29 after joining from Fulham for ยฃ675,000 in July 2014.โ€‹

Right back Aly Cissokho made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining from Valencia CF for ยฃ2,250,000 earlier this month.

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

Stoke

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1971-72

FIXTURE HISTORY

Stoke

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #88 |
Saturday, 16 August 2014

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee:ย Anthony Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wythenshaw, 2006-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 88 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 28 ๐ŸŸจ | 19 ๐ŸŸฅ 41 | 1.17

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Anthony Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wythenshaw, 2006-
Matches Officiated: 12
๐ŸŸฉ : 6
๐ŸŸจ : 2
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 2 Mar 14, Villa 4-1 Norwich (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Jake Collin, Scott Ledger

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Stoke

None

TEAM NEWS

Paul Lambert hands debuts to Philippe Senderos, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho whilst quite astonishingly, Alan Hutton makes his return after two full seasons in Lambert's infamous 'bomb squad' of first team players not to be considered for duty, to make his first appearance for the club since Sunday, 6 May 2012.

Why he had returned no one was sure. Why he was banished was even less clear.

Meanwhile Charles N'Zogbia made his return after being ruled out of the entirety of the 2013-14 season with injury.

Equally mystifyingly Shay Given and Darren Bent, appeared in the squad for the first time since 2012-13 as they too appear to have been deemed fit for duty after their banishment.

Whether this was due to the departure of the simply idiotic pair of assistants under Lambert in 2013-14 is unclear. What was clear however was that there was little logic in the way Villa were being run but at least, for whatever reason, they now had a full squad to choose from.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.62 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 29.95 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 23.05 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Philippe Senderos |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ๐ŸŸข |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Charles NZogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |

MANAGER

Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

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Stoke

GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
LB Erik Pieters | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ryan Shawcross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Phil Bardsley (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stephen Ireland (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Marko Arnautoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Mame Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Bojan Krkic | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | for F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Charlie Adam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Mame Diouf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (CF Peter Crouch (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Thomas Sรธrensen (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Robert Huth | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Marc Muniesa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Steve Sidwell (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jon Walters | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: ยฃ33.07m
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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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 : 9/18
Homegrown: 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: ยฃ35.66m

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 : 2/11

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 : 5/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 4 |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

Out on Loan | 6 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Aalborg BK
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Kayseri Erciyesspor
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Doncaster
LB Antonio Luna | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hellas Verona
F Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Chesterfield
W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Celtic

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐ŸŸข CB Philippe Senderos |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ|
๐ŸŸข RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 37%
Possession A | 63%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 14

MATCH QUOTES

โ€I thought we were excellent apart from the first 10 minutes where we were a bit nervous. โ€œIt was a solid performance. The whole back four were great and the goal was excellent. We never got bullied and stood up to it. โ€œI thought there were massive performances. It was an outstanding team display. Everyone played their part.โ€ Paul Lambert, Saturday, 16 August 2014.

MATCH REPORT