Game #5391

2016-17

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Position:

1st Round

EFL Cup 1st Round

Luton Town

Kenilworth Road

Attendance: 7,412

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Villa make it two defeats from two in all competitions as questions are asked once again and suspicion abounds.

Luton Town

3-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Jordan Ayew | 13’ |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #5391

Season 2016-17
Matchday | #2 |
Manager Game | #2 |
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Roberto Di Matteo |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Gavin Ward, Surrey |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LDLLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Craig Hicks, Nicholas Cooper

MATCH INCIDENTS

Gavin Ward

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Luton Town

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.67 |

Oldest Player |
GK Mark Bunn | 31.75 |

Youngest Player |
W André Green | 18.05 |

TEAM NEWS

Despite a new team being brought together and one game played, Roberto Di Matteo makes mass changes for the League Cup.

Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jores Okore (who had refused to play for the club during their relegation season), Aaron Tshibola, André Green, Jordan Amavi and Jack Grealish come in.

UNAVAILABLE

Loaned Out | 5 |
LB Riccardo Calder |
Doncaster Rovers |
12 Jul 2016 - 2 Jan 17 |

W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
22 Jul 16 - 30 Jun 18 |

CB Easah Suliman |
Cheltenham Town |
4 Aug 16 - 2 Jan 17 |

RB Niall Mason |
Doncaster Rovers |
6 Aug 16 - 31 May 17 |

M Carlos Sánchez |
ACF Fiorentina |
9 Aug 16 - 30 Jun 17 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 56%
Possession A | 44%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 10

MANAGER

Roberto Di Matteo

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Steve Clarke
First Team Coach: Kevin Bond
Director of Recruitment and Scouting: Paddy Riley

STARTING LINE UP

GK Mark Bunn |
LB Jordan Amavi |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Jores Okore | FINAL |
CB Nathan Baker |
M Aaron Tshibola |
M Gary Gardner |
M Jack Grealish |
W André Green |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Ross McCormack |

SUBSTITUTES

F Rudy Gestede for F Ross McCormack | 46’ |
RB Alan Hutton for CB Nathan Baker | 46’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Pierluigi Gollini
CB Tommy Elphick
M Leandro Bacuna
M Ashley Westwood
LB Aly Cissokho

THE OPPOSITION

GK Christopher Walton, RB Stephen O’Donnell, CB Johnny Mullins, RB James Justin, M Glen Rea, M Jake Gray (g) (M Jonathan Smith), M Cameron McGeehan (g), M Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, M Olly Lee (CB Scott Cuthbert), CF Danny Hylton, CF Jack Marriott (CF Isaac Vassell).

Manager: Nathan Jones.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa’s earliest entry into the League Cup ever and consequently their earliest ever exit from the competition since its inauguration in 1960.

Centre back Jores Okore made his final appearance for Villa aged 24 before moving on to FC Copenhagen on a free transfer later this month.

Villa had paid FC Nordsjaelland £4,230,000 for Okore’s services in July 2013 and following an injury ravaged spell had made just 47 appearances, 5 as substitute, and scoring once across his 3 seasons with the club.

Okore scored an easily avoidable own goal in the match that attracted comment during and after the game as Villa fell to lower league opposition seemingly without a fight.

Okore would later be accused of match fixing at Aalborg Boldspilklub.

Jores Okore, later accused of match fixing, made his final appearance after passing the ball into his own net, 10 August 2016

Source: Villa News & Record, 7 December 2014, Leicester City

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Source: Villa News & Record, 7 December 2014, Leicester City

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MATCH TIMELINE

13’ Goal, 1-0, Jordan Ayew
17’ Booking, Ross McCormack
35’ Goal, 1-1, (Luton Town)
43’ Booking, Jordan Ayew
HT Luton Town 1-1 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, F Ross McCormack, Sub on, CF Rudy Gestede
46’ Sub off, CB Nathan Baker, Sub on, RB Alan Hutton
53’ Goal, 1-2, (Luton Town)
66’ Goal, 1-1, (Luton Town), Jores Okore o.g.
FT Luton Town 3-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

"Five-time winners Aston Villa were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the first round by League Two side Luton Town."

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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*Five-time winners Aston Villa were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the first round by League Two side Luton Town.*

Villa, without an away win since August 2015, took the lead at Kenilworth Road when Jordan Ayew scuffed home.

Jake Gray equalised with a neat finish and Cameron McGeehan capitalised on a fortuitous rebound to put Luton ahead against a side relegated from the Premier League last term.

Jores Okore turned into his own net to compound Villa’s misery.

The Denmark international diverted past Mark Bunn, after the keeper could only get his fingertips to Gray’s low ball into the area.

Villa, without a win in all competitions since February, had started the better when Ayew found the bottom corner after outmuscling the defence at a corner.

But after Gray’s first goal for the Hatters made it 1-1, former Norwich midfielder McGeehan was left with a tap in when Gray’s strike rebounded off Bunn and Jack Grealish into his path.

Villa striker Rudy Gestede’s effort was cleared off the line before McGeehan’s strike, and Okore’s misfortune secured Nathan Jones’ side a deserved victory.
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*Birmingham Mail*
19 May 2020

Aston Villa rebel investigated for alleged match-fixing - report

One-time Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore is being investigated amid concerns of alleged match-fixing in Denmark.

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet claim Okore’s late yellow card for Aalborg in the 1-0 victory over OB Odense back in October is being scrutinised.

The match took place on October 18, 2019 and, two minutes into added time, Okore appeared to stamp on opponent Oliver Lund’s chest sparking a mass brawl.

The defender, who was at Villa between 2013-2016, was given a yellow card and, amid alleged unusual betting activity, the incident was investigated by North Jutland Police in Denmark.

Ekstra Bladet claim how several bookmakers licensed in Denmark registered large gaming activity on Okore to be booked in that particular match. It’s also alleged that in-game bets were abruptly suspended for Okore to be booked amid large sums being wagered on that very outcome.

In a press release, Aalborg - Okore’s current club - pointed out how the police were investigating the specific incident of an on-field fight that broke out between players following Okore’s stamp.

North Jutland Police, meanwhile, according to Ekstra Bladet , confirmed it was investigating match fixing during Aalborg’s win over OB Odense on October 18, 2019.

The Danish media outlet has attempted to contact Okore and his representatives for comment. Aalborg have distanced themselves from the matter while police enquiries continue.

Okore, meanwhile, was signed for £4million under then-boss Paul Lambert back in 2013. He made a total of 47 appearances in three seasons, the last of which came in the shock 3-1 defeat away at Luton Town in the League Cup in August 2016.

The 27-year-old infamously refused to play for Villa again during their relegation year from the Premier League.

Stand-in manager Eric Black once said: “After (Bournemouth at Villa Park), he said that he didn’t want to be considered for any of the games going forwards.

“I didn’t have a choice apart from remove him. I don’t want people who don’t want to be at Aston Villa.”

*Five-time winners Aston Villa were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the first round by League Two side Luton Town.*

Villa, without an away win since August 2015, took the lead at Kenilworth Road when Jordan Ayew scuffed home.

Jake Gray equalised with a neat finish and Cameron McGeehan capitalised on a fortuitous rebound to put Luton ahead against a side relegated from the Premier League last term.

Jores Okore turned into his own net to compound Villa’s misery.

The Denmark international diverted past Mark Bunn, after the keeper could only get his fingertips to Gray’s low ball into the area.

Villa, without a win in all competitions since February, had started the better when Ayew found the bottom corner after outmuscling the defence at a corner.

But after Gray’s first goal for the Hatters made it 1-1, former Norwich midfielder McGeehan was left with a tap in when Gray’s strike rebounded off Bunn and Jack Grealish into his path.

Villa striker Rudy Gestede’s effort was cleared off the line before McGeehan’s strike, and Okore’s misfortune secured Nathan Jones’ side a deserved victory.
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*Birmingham Mail*
19 May 2020

Aston Villa rebel investigated for alleged match-fixing - report

One-time Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore is being investigated amid concerns of alleged match-fixing in Denmark.

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet claim Okore’s late yellow card for Aalborg in the 1-0 victory over OB Odense back in October is being scrutinised.

The match took place on October 18, 2019 and, two minutes into added time, Okore appeared to stamp on opponent Oliver Lund’s chest sparking a mass brawl.

The defender, who was at Villa between 2013-2016, was given a yellow card and, amid alleged unusual betting activity, the incident was investigated by North Jutland Police in Denmark.

Ekstra Bladet claim how several bookmakers licensed in Denmark registered large gaming activity on Okore to be booked in that particular match. It’s also alleged that in-game bets were abruptly suspended for Okore to be booked amid large sums being wagered on that very outcome.

In a press release, Aalborg - Okore’s current club - pointed out how the police were investigating the specific incident of an on-field fight that broke out between players following Okore’s stamp.

North Jutland Police, meanwhile, according to Ekstra Bladet , confirmed it was investigating match fixing during Aalborg’s win over OB Odense on October 18, 2019.

The Danish media outlet has attempted to contact Okore and his representatives for comment. Aalborg have distanced themselves from the matter while police enquiries continue.

Okore, meanwhile, was signed for £4million under then-boss Paul Lambert back in 2013. He made a total of 47 appearances in three seasons, the last of which came in the shock 3-1 defeat away at Luton Town in the League Cup in August 2016.

The 27-year-old infamously refused to play for Villa again during their relegation year from the Premier League.

Stand-in manager Eric Black once said: “After (Bournemouth at Villa Park), he said that he didn’t want to be considered for any of the games going forwards.

“I didn’t have a choice apart from remove him. I don’t want people who don’t want to be at Aston Villa.”