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Game #5274

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Attendance: 24,684


Premier League

13th (-2)

West Bromwich Albion

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

The Hawthorns

Villa lose for the first time in six but the seventh time in sixteen under Paul Lambert and fail to score for the eighth time this season.

West Brom


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Jores Okore can't prevent ten man Villa losing to Albion as Paul Lambert masterminds a seventh defeat in twelve, Saturday, 13 December 2014.




๐ŸŸฅ | 22โ€™ Sending off, Kieran Richardson, Late tackle
๐ŸŸจ | 42โ€™ Booking, Tom Cleverley
๐Ÿ•’ | HT West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
๐Ÿฅ… | 72โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (West Bromwich Albion), Craig Gardner
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Carlos Sรกnchez, Sub on, Ron Vlaar
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Aly Cissokho, Sub, on, Andreas Weimann
๐Ÿ•’ | FT West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Aston Villa


Paul Lambertโ€™s Villa lose for the first time in six but the seventh time in sixteen and fail to score for the eighth time this season.

As a result Villa fall back to 13th in the table.

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

West Bromwich Albion

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1967-68


West Bromwich Albion

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


Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #16 |
Manager Game | #104 |
Saturday, 13 December 2014


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 23 Aug 14, Villa 0-0 Newcastle (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: John Brooks, Simon Long



๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean


Kieran Richardson replaces Ashley Westwood (injury).


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.31 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.28 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 22.35 |



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

Alan Irvine | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Charles NZogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

West Bromwich Albion

GK Ben Foster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Sรฉbastien Pocognoli | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth McAuley | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Andre Wisdom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M James Morrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿคก | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Graham Dorrans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stรฉphane Sessรจgnon | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ |
W Silvestre Varela | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Brown Ideye | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | for RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 78โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Graham Dorrans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (CF Saido Berahino | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Boaz Myhill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Youssuf Mulumbu | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |
M Chris Baird | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Cristian Gamboa | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Sebastian Blanco | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |


1st XI: ยฃ47.11m
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: 2/11

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 : 7/18
Homegrown: 5/18



Team Cost: ยฃ19.97m
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 : 8/12



Injury | 5 |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 11 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Aalborg BK
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Kayseri Erciyesspor
LB Antonio Luna | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hellas Verona
W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Celtic
RB Janoi Donacien | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ | Tranmere
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Yeovil
LB Enda Stevens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Doncaster
F Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Oldham
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton


Not Recorded

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 | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 17


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โ€œIโ€™m disappointed but I felt we did well with 10 men.

โ€œThe sending off changed the course of the game.

โ€œI donโ€™t think there was any malice in it from Kieran but I can understand why the refโ€™s sent him off.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 13 December 2014.

โ€œIโ€™d disagree. I donโ€™t think they are one of the main clubs in the Midlands. Whatโ€™s wrong with West Brom? We have been in the Premier League five, six years on the bounce.

โ€œWe are an established Premier League side with massive players playing for us. Does having a bigger stadium and winning a couple of things make you a bigger club?

โ€œIโ€™ve played for Villa. Iโ€™m not having a dig at them. I speak from the heart. I have never had a bad word to say about Villa and I never will as I learnt my trade there.

โ€œI am a Blues fan, that is no secret, but now I am at West Brom.

โ€œYou can say Villa are the bigger club but it is West Brom that are used to being up there more recently.โ€

Craig Gardner, Villa, Birmingham, Sunderland and Albion fan *delete as applicable

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 13 December 2014

Craig Gardnerโ€™s first Premier League goal in over a year gave West Brom a much-needed 1-0 victory over 10-man Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.

The visitors were up against it after just 21 minutes when Kieran Richardson was shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Stephane Sessegnon.

The dismissal forced Villa on to the back foot and their resistance was finally broken in the 72nd minute following the introduction of Saido Berahino.

Just minutes after coming on, Berahino put in a dangerous cross from the right that Brad Guzan couldnโ€™t clear and the ball fell for Gardner - a former Villa player and Birmingham City fan - to fire home.

Christian Benteke wasted Villaโ€™s best chance to equalise in the dying stages when he shot wide, but in the end it was a deserved and important victory for West Brom.

Certainly the importance of Gardnerโ€™s goal was clear on the touchline as Baggies boss Alan Irvine pumped his fists in celebration at the strike.

Irvine has been under pressure in recent weeks following the disappointing run but was positive with his team selection as he handed starts to Silvestre Varela and Brown Ideye.

Villa made one enforced change from their win over Leicester City, with the injured Ashley Westwood replaced by Richardson.

Neither side offered much of a goal threat in the early stages, although most of West Bromโ€™s best moments came down the left.

Sebastien Pocognoli forced Guzan into a save from a tight angle after he stepped inside Alan Hutton, while Valera also beat the full-
back but saw his dangerous cross into the six-yard box cleared.

With 20 minutes gone there looked to be little between the sides, but Richardson then did the Baggies a huge favour when he went lunging in on Sessegnon and was dismissed.

The former Baggie was always chasing the ball after a heavy touch and Mike Dean had little choice but to show him a straight red for the studs-up tackle.

But the Baggies were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage before the break and didnโ€™t test Guzan until the 41st minute, when Sessegnon had a shot that the keeper saved with his legs.

After the interval it was a different story as West Brom dominated possession and started to threaten more regularly.

Varela saw a close-range volley blocked before Ideye missed a header and then blazed over the bar from eight yards out when he should have at least hit the target.

Villa were seeing little of the ball but it looked as though they might hold out until Gardner finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute.

Berahino, who had only come on a few minutes earlier, put in a dangerous cross from the right that Guzan didnโ€™t deal with properly.
The ball fell to Sessegnon and although his shot was blocked, Gardner made no mistake with the follow-up as he fired into the bottom corner.

It was no more than West Brom deserved for their second-half dominance, but Villa almost snatched a draw after a couple of late openings.

First, Benteke flicked a shot past the far post in the 80th minute, before the Belgian sliced wide from the edge of the area after a knock down from Gabriel Agbonlahor in stoppage time.

That was to be the last chance for Villa as the Baggies held on to secure a vital victory.