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Game #5281

Aston Villa

Saturday, 17 January 2015


15th (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,758


Villa Park

Villa, winless in seven under Paul Lambert, lose for the second successive game as they continue their slide towards relegation.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | None


Thirty defeats in sixty League matches winning just fifteen including eight in thirty home fixtures since 2013-14 as Paul Lambert's get out of jail free card Christian Benteke can't save him this time, Saturday, 17 January 2015.




Saturday, 17 January 2015

๐Ÿฅ… | 24โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool), Fabio Borini
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Jores Okore
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Carles Gil ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿฅ… | 79โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Tom Cleverley, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool


Paul Lambertโ€™s Villa lose their tenth game in twenty two Premier League matches and have now failed to score in thirteen and won just two home games in eleven.

Since the start of 2013-14 Paul Lambert had led Villa to thirty defeats in sixty League matches winning just fifteen including eight in thirty home fixtures.

Of his total of 111 games in charge, Lambert had lost 53.

Yet those appalling figures are enough for an abject leadership to issue a counter-productive vote of confidence in Lambert.

Almost a year since the unhelpful statements of Paul Faulkner in defending Lambert, his successor, Tom Fox, issues a similar reality bending missive.

Rather than reassure there was a plan in place and there was a shared concern for the predicament Villa were in, the nonchalant commentary reinforced a view of a club sleepwalking to inevitable relegation.

Meanwhile, winger Carles Gil made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from Valencia CF for a fee of ยฃ3,780,000 earlier this month.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #111 |
Saturday, 17 January 2015


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


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


๐Ÿ•’ 111 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 33 ๐ŸŸจ | 26 ๐ŸŸฅ 52 | 1.13

Career Form:

Bottom 8

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


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 31 Aug 14, Villa 2-1 Hull (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Beck, Mark Scholes






Mark Clattenburg


Nathan Baker and Fabian Delph replace Ciaran Clark (suspension) and Joe Cole.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.45 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.38 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 22.45 |



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 Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Simon Mingolet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Alberto Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Mamadou Sakho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Emre Can | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Lazar Markoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Raheem Sterling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Fabio Borini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸข | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 59โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | for M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Alberto Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (LB Josรฉ Enrique | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Raheem Sterling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Jordon Ibe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Fabio Borini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | (CF Rickie Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |


GK Danny Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Javier Manquillo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M MJ Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Adam Lallana | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ39.33m
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 : 6/11
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 : 8/18
Homegrown: 3/18



Team Cost: ยฃ147.33m
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 : 4/14



Injury | 3 |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Suspension | 1 |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Out on Loan | 10 |
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
LB Joe Bennett | 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 Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Derby
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Forest
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Wigan


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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


๐ŸŸข W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |



Possession F | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œThe second half I thought we were excellent. I didnโ€™t think there was too much in it in the first half.

โ€œWe lost a poor goal but the second half was relentless pressure from us and their goalkeeper has probably kept them in it with the save from Christian Benteke.

โ€œI donโ€™t think anyone could fault us for the way we played in the second half.

โ€œWe just have to keep doing what we did today, keep getting the chances and they will go in.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 17 January 2015.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 17 January 2015

*Liverpool increased the pressure on Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert by beating his struggling side to secure a third away league win in succession.*

The threat of a pre-match protest by Villa fans did not materialise but the home side went behind when Fabio Borini prodded in a Jordan Henderson cross.

Christian Benteke had a chance to level but his powerful strike was saved.

Liverpool survived a number of other scares before Rickie Lambert arrowed in an 18-yard shot to secure victory.

The Reds have lost only one of their last 10 league games and earned the three points without captain Steven Gerrard, who had not been risked after going off with a tight hamstring during last Saturdayโ€™s win at Sunderland.

Villa, who improved after the break, failed to score for a fifth league game on the trot and they are now three points above the relegation zone, with their next two top-flight games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Some Villa fans had threatened a protest by boycotting their seats in the Holte End for the first eight minutes of the match to mark each year that Randy Lerner had owned the club.

Villaโ€™s Lambert had urged against such action and the supporters appeared to have listened to his request with hardly an empty seat to be seen.

However, the home side found themselves behind after striker Borini guided home an inviting Henderson cross to score his first goal of the campaign.

Villa could have fallen further behind but Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling failed to take two promising chances for the Reds.

Keeper Brad Guzan also kept Villa in the game when he tipped a Martin Skrtel header against the post.

Carles Gil, signed by Villa this week, came on to make his debut and his arrival signalled a spell of pressure from the home side.

However, Benteke had a well-struck half-volley saved by fellow Belgium international Simon Mignolet, while Baker headed a corner just over.

Benteke also volleyed wide before Lambert gave Liverpool the breathing space they needed by scoring his third goal of the season with a low shot into the bottom corner.
BBC Sport
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert backed by chief executive Tom Fox

*Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox says manager Paul Lambert has the full support of the club and remains important to owner Randy Lerner.*

Villa have taken only 12 points from their last 18 Premier League games, but Fox told BBC Sport sacking Lambert mid-season would be like โ€œflipping a coinโ€.

โ€œWhen things arenโ€™t going well, fans bay for that type of blood,โ€ Fox said.

โ€œThatโ€™s not the way that I or the owner are going to make a decision. Itโ€™s a false narrative.โ€

Villa have scored only 97 goals in 98 games during former Norwich City manager Lambertโ€™s time in charge.

But Fox defended the statistics and believes Villaโ€™s players are close to delivering on their hard work on the training pitch.

โ€œI think footballโ€™s a funny business and I think to put it all on the manager, again, thatโ€™s a bit of a false narrative,โ€ he added.

โ€œThereโ€™s a lot of things happening at this football club, and clearly what happens on the pitch is a focal point.

โ€œClearly the manager is the one person who can really influence that, so everyone focuses on it.

โ€œOur focus for the last couple of months has been on making sure we support Paul to make us as successful as possible, and I think weโ€™re heading in the right direction.โ€

Villa, who made a good start to the season with 10 points from their first four games, are 15th in the Premier League table, just three points above the relegation zone.

Fox, who joined Villa in August after five years as commercial manager of Arsenal, said American owner Lerner was โ€œhaving fun with the clubโ€ despite putting them up for sale last year.

โ€œHeโ€™s very involved in the football club, he watches every match,โ€ he said.

โ€œIโ€™ve been at his house watching matches together and both of us are standing up pacing around at various points of time - depending on whatโ€™s happening - so he knowโ€™s whatโ€™s happening here.

โ€œHeโ€™s very, very well informed as to the business side of whatโ€™s happening on the pitch,โ€ he added.

โ€œI donโ€™t think heโ€™s a motivated seller right now. I think heโ€™ll want to make sure that heโ€™s put Aston Villa on the best possible path for the future.โ€