2012–13 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2012–13 season
Chairman Randy Lerner
Manager Paul Lambert
Owner Reform Acquisitions LLC
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Christian Benteke (19)
All:
Christian Benteke (23)
Highest home attendance 42,084
(12 May 2013
vs Chelsea, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 15,319
(28 August 2012
vs Tranmere Rovers, League Cup)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2012–13 season was Aston Villa's 138th professional season; their 102nd season in the top-flight; and their 25th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, their third manager in three seasons, after Alex McLeish was sacked on 14 May 2012, having himself only been in charge for eleven months.[1][2]

An under-21 Aston Villa team competed in the new Professional Development League 1 that replaced the Premier Reserve League.[3] The under-19 Aston Villa team once again took part in the NextGen Series, after competing in the inaugural season and reaching the quarter finals.[4] The team went all the way to win the competition to become only the second team to be crowned NextGen champions.[5][6]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Brett Holman's transfer was announced in mid-March 2012.

The club began making plans for pre-season as early as 12 March 2012, when the free transfer of Australian Brett Holman was announced, with the player officially joining on 1 July after his deal with former club AZ expired.[7] Later that month, the club announced a pre-season tour of the US, which would see them travelling to Chicago, Philadelphia and Portland.[8] Following the conclusion of the previous season, Alex McLeish was sacked as manager on 14 May 2012 as a direct result – after Villa finished 16th in the league.[1] Managerless Villa then released a number of players, on 23 May 2012, after their contracts had expired. First team players released included: Carlos Cuéllar, Emile Heskey and Brad Guzan, as well as a host of academy players.[9] Villa hired Paul Lambert as their new manager on 2 June 2012, after the manager had impressed during his three-year spell at Norwich City.[2] The move was endorsed by players and fans alike who, after the disappointing previous season, saw this as a major positive step for the club.[10][11][12] Lambert set about making the job his, by appointing his two trusted allies: Ian Culverhouse – who became the new Villa Assistant Manager – and Gary Karsa – who was given a new role of 'Head of Football Operations' – from old club Norwich City as they were deemed surplus to requirements by Lambert's replacement Chris Hughton.[13] Long-time staff member Kevin MacDonald, who had been with the club since 1995 in a number of roles, most recently reserve team manager but former caretaker manager in 2010, left the club on 9 June 2012. On his departure MacDonald stated: "I've had an incredible 17 years at Aston Villa, one of the biggest clubs in the country, and wish to thank all the staff and players I have worked with during my time at the club. I wish Aston Villa every success in the future."[14]

Ron Vlaar – Villa's fourth signing of the Summer and new captain for the season.

Lambert made his first signing a month into his reign (2 July) at Villa, when he signed Moroccan midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £2 million. El Ahmadi stated before his arrival that joining the club, and playing in the Premier League, would be a 'dream come true' and that he was looking forward to 'dictating games' for Villa.[15][16] Four days later (6 July), Lambert made his second summer signing when young defender Matthew Lowton joined for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £3 million from Sheffield United[17] Following his move to Aston Villa, Lowton stated that he hoped to emulate former Sheffield United player Phil Jagielka in reaching the England squad.[18] The new manager announced on 16 July that the club would be re-signing Brad Guzan on a three-year deal, after he was previously released in May.[19] Lambert later stated that he had re-signed Guzan so that he could challenge Shay Given for the no.1 spot, and Guzan backed this up by declaring he had not returned to sit on the bench.[20] 1 August 2012 saw two transfers at the club – one in, one out – as James Collins returned to his former club West Ham United for £2.5 million, to pave the way for Villa to recruit central defender Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord – the second player of the summer to join Villa from the Rotterdam club (after El Ahmadi) and the third from the Eredivisie (after El Ahmadi and Holman). The club again announced the transfer as an undisclosed fee but the media reported the deal to be worth about £3 million. Vlaar immediately declared his ambition to become a Villa great and aimed to become a club legend in central defence, just as Paul McGrath and Martin Laursen had done so previously.[21][22] It was announced that Darren Bent would become Villa's new club captain whilst Stiliyan Petrov was absent, recovering from acute leukaemia.[23]

Villa's schedule saw them kick off their pre-season at Burton Albion on 14 July, with the Villans winning 2–1 thanks to an own goal and a debut goal for Brett Holman.[24] The Villa squad then made their way to the US for their tour with matches against Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers. The first two games resulted in 1–0 victories for Villa, with Nathan Delfouneso and Gabriel Agbonlahor getting the goals against Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire respectively.[25] [26] The final game turned out to be a dramatic 2–2 draw with the Villa goals scored by defenders Ciaran Clark and new boy Matthew Lowton, who chalked up his first goal for the Claret and Blues. Ironically, both Villa goals came from set pieces, a feat Villa failed to achieve in the entirety of the last season. The Timbers equalised twice with goals from Sebastian Rincón and Rodney Wallace, which sent the game into a penalty shootout (a tradition for pre-season games in America). Villa eventually ran out winners after a tense 5–4 shootout win.[27] The squad returned to England after staying undefeated in their tour and played their next friendly six days later against Peterborough United. The club continued their unbeaten pre-season record by recording a 2–0 win, courtesy of goals from youngster Daniel Johnson and a second goal for the club for Brett Holman.[28] Lambert and his new look Villa side eventually suffered defeat in the next match, a 1–3 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Barry Bannan's free kick, which levelled the scores at 1–1, was not enough for the Villa after two goals from Lewis McGugan and a killer third from Marcus Tudgay sealed victory for the Championship side.[29] The last fixture in their pre-season schedule saw Villa travel to Germany for a friendly against four-time Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen. The match was the final chance for Lambert to test out his new squad and hopefully decide his starting line up for the opening fixture against West Ham United, a week later. An exhilarating match, which brought six goals in a 3–3 draw, saw Villa lose the lead twice after initially being 1–0 down and Darren Bent grabbing a brace. Ciaran Clark scored his second goal of pre-season with Niclas Füllkrug, Eljero Elia and Aaron Hunt getting the goals for Bremen. Lambert said after that the brace for Bent would fill him with confidence ahead of the upcoming season.[30][31]

August[edit]

Month summary[edit]

The Premier League fixture list was announced on 18 June 2012 and it gave Villa an away tie against newly promoted West Ham United to open the new season. There were no meetings between the two clubs last season as West Ham were consigned to the Championship, but ironically this was the opening fixture for Villa in the 2010–11 season which resulted in a 3–0 victory in Villa's favour, in which James Milner scored his last goal in his final appearance for the Villans before his move to Manchester City.[32][33][34] The League Cup second round draw also took place in August with Villa being handed a home tie versus League One side Tranmere Rovers to be played on 28 August.[35][36][37] Villa's first league game of the new season ended in defeat as they went down 0–1 to West Ham United, courtesy of a Kevin Nolan strike, at Upton Park.[38][39] On 24 August, the club were dealt a massive blow when promising, young midfielder Gary Gardner was ruled out for the entire season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee. This was his second anterior cruciate ligament injury after previously injuring his left knee, in December 2009.[40] The same day, Jean Makoun completed a long awaited loan move to Stade Rennais. After experiencing supposed work permit issues, unabling him to take any part as a player of Aston Villa, Paul Lambert admitted he had never even met the player and that he was not part of his plans.[41][42][43][44] A day later, Villa lost their second league game of the season 1–3 to Everton. Goals from Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavić gave the Toffees a 3–0 half time lead, before Ciaran Clark was sent off for Villa after fouling Jelavić, who at the time was the last man. Karim El Ahmadi scored from 30 yards, his first goal for Villa, but ultimately it was just a consolation.[45][46] Villa and Lambert's first win of the new season came in the League Cup against Tranmere Rovers. Goals from Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and a first competitive goal since February 2012 for Darren Bent sealed a 3–0 victory for the Villans.[47][48] The following day, Villa signed England under-21 left back Joe Bennett from Middlesbrough on a four-year deal, for a fee rumoured to be between £2.5 and 4 million. Upon his arrival, Bennett stated:"I am really excited to have joined a massive club in Aston Villa and I'm eager to fight for a starting place and get in the team."[49][50][51] On 30 August, Villa drew Manchester City in the third round of the League Cup. The match took place on 25 September at the Etihad Stadium.[52][53][54]

Ashley Westwood

A busy summer transfer deadline day 2012, saw Villa sign three new players: midfielder Ashley Westwood signed from Crewe Alexandra on a four-year deal, and strikers Christian Benteke and Jordan Bowery from Genk and Chesterfield respectively.[55][56][57][58] Bowery signed a three-year deal and cost the club a rumoured £500,000 with the fee rising to £1 million with add ons, while Benteke signed a four-year deal for a fee believed to be £7 million making him the most expensive transfer of the window for Villa .[59][60][61] Earlier in the day, a £7 million bid was also accepted by Fulham for American forward Clint Dempsey but the player ultimately rejected the deal as he favoured a move to Liverpool. The move to Liverpool later fell through and the player eventually joined Tottenham Hotspur.[62][63] One player also departed the club, as Nathan Delfouneso joined Blackpool on a season-long loan.[64][65]

August league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
17 Norwich City 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 1
18 Queens Park Rangers 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 1 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Southampton 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0
20 Aston Villa 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0

Updated to games played on 26 August 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

August game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
August 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 Progression to League Cup third round

September[edit]

Month summary[edit]

Villa earned their first point of the season in the next game, after drawing 1–1 with Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena. Ciaran Clark's first half goal was cancelled out by a wonder strike from Hatem Ben Arfa and Villa's performance was reported to be much improved after the Everton game. The draw also lifted Villa off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone, at this early stage.[66][67] The club's first league win of the season and first in 13 league matches came two weeks later, after the international break, as they beat Swansea City 2–0 at Villa Park – a reverse score of the fixture last season. A first competitive goal for the club for Matthew Lowton, a swerving volley, and a goal on his debut for substitute Christian Benteke wrapped up the points for Villa. Ron Vlaar was named captain for the match, replacing Darren Bent who had captained the side in the previous matches.[68][69][70] On 21 September, Stephen Warnock joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan. The left back had not made a competitive appearance beforehand after falling out of favour with the new manager.[71][72] The following day (22 September), Villa suffered a shock defeat at the hands of newly promoted and bottom of the table Southampton, going down 1–4 at St Mary's. Villa took the lead through Darren Bent's first league goal of the season in the first half. However, goals from Nathaniel Clyne, a Ciaran Clark own goal and a brace, including a penalty, for Rickie Lambert saw the South Coast club emphatically earn their first points of the season. Ron Vlaar was again named Villa captain, leading it to be believed that he had replaced Darren Bent as team captain.[73][74] Villa didn't let this result affect their next performance however, as they recorded a shock 4–2 victory against champions Manchester City in the League Cup on 25 September. Villa twice came back after being behind, first being 1–0 down and then 2–1 down. Mario Balotelli gave City a half time lead but a Gareth Barry own goal against his former club put Villa level. Aleksandar Kolarov scored a trademark free kick, before Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the season to send the tie into extra time. Charles N'Zogbia netted Villa's third after Agbonlahor's shot was parried by Costel Pantilimon before Agbonlahor grabbed his second and Villa's fourth, courtesy of a defelction, sending them through to the next round.[75][76] Villa's reward for defeating City was a potentially tricky away tie to League One side Swindon Town, managed by former West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio, to be played on 30 October.[77][78][79] Villa's final game of the month was a highly anticipated West Midlands derby against early high flyers West Bromwich Albion, which ended 1–1. Each team wanted to show the other that they were the top team in the West Midlands, and Villa went about setting the Baggies straight with a dominant first half performance. However it was West Brom who took the lead early in the second half, as James Morrison beat an attempted offside trap and crossed a low ball towards Shane Long, before Villa captain Ron Vlaar's attempted clearance hit Long's foot and rolled past Brad Guzan. Villa equalised through substitute Darren Bent in the 80th minute, after he cooly put in the rebound after a goal mouth scramble from a corner. The draw sees Villa register their worst ever start to a Premier League season, with only five points from six games.[80][81][82]

September league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
13 Sunderland 5 1 4 0 5 4 +1 7
14 Liverpool 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3 5
15 Aston Villa 6 1 2 3 6 10 −4 5
16 Wigan Athletic 6 1 1 4 5 11 −6 4
17 Southampton 6 1 0 5 10 18 −8 3

Updated to games played on 30 September 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

September game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
September 5 2 2 1 9 8 5 Progression to League Cup fourth round

October[edit]

Month summary[edit]

The team started the month with a trip to north London to play Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The match finished 2–0 to Spurs, with goals from Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon condemning Villa to their fourth loss and continued their poor start to the season.[83][84] After a two-week international break, Villa returned to league action on 20 October against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Villa continued their worst start to a season in 26 years by losing their fifth game, as a late Chris Baird goal gave Fulham a 1–0 win. This loss left Villa one place and one point above the relegation zone.[85][86] On 23 October, promising youngster Daniel Johnson joined League One outfit Yeovil Town on a month's loan.[87][88] The next match saw Lambert face his old club Norwich City for the first time since leaving them to join Villa in the summer. The match ended 1–1 after Christian Benteke gave Villa the lead but Norwich replied through Michael Turner, ten minutes from time. Joe Bennett was sent off for Villa, after receiving two yellow cards, with Villa leading 1–0. This result meant that Villa did not win a league match in October and had still won only one so far this season.[89][90] Also this loss saw Villa record their worst start to a season in 43 years, having already recorded their worst start in the Premier League and in 26 years.[91] However, Villa continued to excel in the League Cup as they knocked out Swindon Town, to advance. The match finished 3–2 to Villa but it took a 90th minute winner from Christian Benteke to see Villa book their place in the quarter-finals. Villa had led 2–0, after goals from Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, and looked to be easing to a win before Swindon managed to level the score with two quickfire goals from 18-year-old substitute Miles Storey. However, Benteke's late winner sent Villa through and made sure of their only win in October.[92][93] The draw for the quarter-finals was made the following day, with Villa getting an away tie at Paul Lambert's former club Norwich City to be played on 11 December.[94][95][96]

October league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
15 Wigan Athletic 9 2 2 5 10 15 −5 8
16 Norwich City 9 1 4 4 7 18 −11 7
17 Aston Villa 9 1 3 5 7 14 −7 6
18 Reading 8 0 4 4 11 17 −6 4 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Southampton 9 1 1 7 14 26 −12 4

Updated to games played on 27 October 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

October game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
October 4 1 1 2 4 6 1 Progression to League Cup quarter-finals

November[edit]

Month summary[edit]

The month started with a victory for Villa as they ran out 1–0 winners against Sunderland, managed by former manager Martin O'Neill, at the Stadium of Light. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game, his first in the league for 12 months, as Villa recorded their first away win since January.[97][98] Villa hosted Manchester United in the next game, and roared into an unexpected 2–0 lead thanks to two goals from Andreas Weimann, his first goals of the season. However two goals from substitute Javier Hernández and an own goal from Ron Vlaar, gave United a 3–2 victory at Villa Park.[99][100] The spirited performance the players showed in the last game (despite the loss) was soon forgotten as Villa were taught a lesson in their next match against the champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. City thrashed Villa 5–0 with braces each for Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tévez, which included a highly controversial penalty, and a goal from David Silva. The result meant they dropped down into the relegation places.[101][102] On 22 November, Alan Hutton joined Nottingham Forest on an emergency loan until 1 January. The right-back had not made a single appearance this season and had been banished from first team training, having been made to train with the reserve squad all season.[103][104] The club ended a trio of matches against former Premier League champions with a home tie against Arsenal. The match was a stalemate finishing 0–0, with Villa earning a valuable point to go a point ahead of fellow strugglers Reading, before their vital relegation scrap three days later (27 November).[105][106] The month finished the way it started for Villa as they grabbed a much needed win, as well as a clean sheet, against Reading. The match ended 1–0 courtesy of a late Christian Benteke header. This result, coupled with Southampton's draw with Norwich, meant Villa entered December outside of the relegation places.[107][108]

November league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
15 Wigan Athletic 14 4 2 8 15 25 −10 14
16 Sunderland 13 2 7 4 12 16 −4 13
17 Aston Villa 14 3 4 7 11 22 −11 13
18 Southampton 14 3 3 8 21 31 −10 12 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Reading 13 1 6 6 16 23 −7 9

Updated to games played on 28 November 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

November game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
November 5 2 1 2 4 7 7

December[edit]

Month summary[edit]

December started with an away match against a winless Queens Park Rangers team, rooted to the bottom of the table. Brett Holman gave Villa the lead within the first 10 minutes, with his first goal for the club. Jamie Mackie equalised for Rangers 10 minutes later and the score stayed that way until the end, finishing 1–1.[109][110] The draw for the third round of the FA Cup was made the next day (2 December), with Villa getting a home tie against Championship side Ipswich Town. The match was to be played on 5 January 2013.[111][112][113] Another draw followed the QPR game, as Villa drew 0–0 versus clean sheet specialists Stoke City at Villa Park. Darren Bent made his return for Villa, coming on as a substitute, having not played since 30 October.[114][115] Villa's next match came in the form of a League Cup quarter-final against Paul Lambert's former club Norwich City. Much was made of Lambert's first return to Carrow Road, made even more intense by the reported lawsuits being filed between both parties. The Villa team made it a very happy return for Lambert, running out 4–1 winners against the Canaries. Andreas Weimann grabbed his second brace of the season and goals from Brett Holman and Christian Benteke booked Villa's place in the semi-finals for the second time in four seasons.[116][117] This result filled the young Villa team with massive confidence going into their next game against Liverpool at Anfield, where they gained only their second away win of the season with a 3–1 success. A brace from Christian Benteke and a third from Andreas Weimann meant Villa had led 3–0, before Steven Gerrard got a late consolation for the reds. The result extended Villa's unbeaten run to six games in all competitions and lifted them up to 14th in the Premier League, their highest position since 22 September.[118][119] The draw for the semi-finals of the League cup was made on 19 December, eight days after Villa had booked their place, following the Leeds/Chelsea quarter-final. Villa will play Bradford City over two legs, the first being played away at Valley Parade on 8 January 2013, with the second at Villa Park on 22 January 2013.[120][121][122] Villa's unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt in the last game before Christmas as the team went down 0–8 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, their heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League.[123][124] Villa's Christmas misery continued into the next game after they were beaten 0–4 by Tottenham Hotspur. The first goal was scored by Jermain Defoe, before Gareth Bale got his first Premier League hat-trick to seal a convincing win for Spurs.[125][126] Villa's festive period nightmare continued further as they lost their third game in a row against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic 0–3. An early goal from defender Ivan Ramis and second half goals from Emerson Boyce and Arouna Koné sent Wigan above Villa in the table. Villa finish 2012 in 17th place, only one point off the relegation places but with a much inferior goal difference than their rivals after conceding 15 goals in the three festive period games.[127][128]

December league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
15 Newcastle United 20 5 5 10 26 37 −11 20
16 Wigan Athletic 20 5 3 12 22 35 −13 18
17 Aston Villa 20 4 6 10 15 39 −24 18
18 Southampton 19 4 5 10 26 37 −11 17 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Reading 20 2 7 11 22 37 −15 13

Updated to games played on 29 December 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

December game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
December 7 2 2 3 8 18 5 Progression to League Cup semi-finals

January[edit]

Month summary[edit]

Villa started 2013 with a 2–2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Wayne Routledge gave the Swans an early lead, before an Andreas Weimann strike on the stroke of half-time brought Villa level. Villa looked to have snatched a vital win, when they earned an 84th minute penalty (their first in almost a year) which was converted by Christian Benteke. However, a stoppage time equaliser from Danny Graham made sure the points were shared.[129][130] The club gained their first win of the new year, as they beat Ipswich Town 2–1 in the FA Cup on 5 January. Villa had to come from behind however, as Michael Chopra's deflected shot gave Ipswich a half time lead. Darren Bent equalised immediately after the break with a goal against his former club and
Andreas Weimann booked Villa's place in the fourth round with an 83rd minute winner.[131][132] Villa were then drawn to face Millwall at The Den in the fourth round of the FA Cup to be played on 25 January.[133][134][135] The first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Bradford City was next for Villa three days later. The match did not go the way Villa would have thought, wanted or hoped for though as they lost 1–3 to the Bantams at Valley Parade. Bradford took the lead early in the first half as Nahki Wells beat the offside trap to finish neatly past Shay Given after a deflected shot. Matt Duke made a series of inspired saves throughout both halves keeping Villa at bay, before Rory McArdle put Bradford 2–0 up in the 77th minute. Villa pulled a goal back five minutes later through Andreas Weimann but Bradford regained their two goal advantage when Carl McHugh fired a header past Given to give Bradford a shock victory and leave Villa with all the work to do in the second leg to reach the final.[136][137] Villa's League Cup hangover continued as they were beaten 0–1 by fellow strugglers Southampton in a must win six-pointer. Rickie Lambert converted a highly controversial penalty won by Jay Rodriguez, who looked to have gone done with no contact under the challenge of Enda Stevens. This result meant Southampton leapfrogged Villa, who dropped back into the relegation places for the first time since November.[138][139] The team then competed in a local derby against West Bromwich Albion, where they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2–2. Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Villa a half time lead but Chris Brunt pulled a goal back immediately after the break for the Baggies. They continued to attack, controlling the game, and eventually Peter Odemwingie equalised meaning the points were shared.[140][141] Villa's misery then continued, as the team was knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Bradford City. After losing 1–3 in the first leg, Villa had to win by two clear goals to take the tie to extra-time. However, they could only manage a 2–1 victory (3–4 on aggregate) and exited the competition as a result.[142][143] Yet more gloom and doom followed as the team were knocked out of a second cup in four days. after losing 1–2 against Millwall in the FA Cup. Darren Bent gave Villa the lead but Danny Shittu equalised five minutes later for the hosts, with Villa conceding from yet another corner. Just as a replay looked on the cards, John Marquis grabbed the winner for the Championship outfit, to send them through and pile even more pressure onto the extremely fragile Villa team and manager Paul Lambert.[144][145] Villa's awful January was compounded in their last game of the month, against Newcastle United. Newcastle raced into a 2–0 half time lead after goals from Papiss Cissé and Yohan Cabaye but Christian Benteke pulled a goal back for Villa early in the second half from the penalty spot. However, it was not enough as the Toon held on for the win, despite a major Villa fightback. This result was Villa's fourth home defeat in a row.[146][147]

Deadline day saw Villa make their only transfers of the January transfer window, as they signed defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla from Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot as well as Simon Dawkins on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.[148][149][150][151] Both players continued Paul Lambert's system of buying inexperienced, cheap players as opposed to the experienced players Villa desperately required. Lambert later stated that he just didn't have the money to buy big names, pay high wages and compete with their rivals, with some sources stating the kitty to be as low as
£3 million.[152]

Stephen Warnock left Villa to join Leeds United, having not made an appearance all season, after three years at the club.[153][154] Alan Hutton had also left, as he joined Spanish side Real Mallorca on 29 January in a loan until the end of the season.[155][156]

January league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
17 Reading 24 4 8 12 30 45 −15 20
18 Wigan Athletic 24 5 5 14 27 45 −18 20 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Aston Villa 24 4 8 12 20 46 −26 20
20 Queens Park Rangers 24 2 10 12 18 37 −19 16

Updated to games played on 29 January 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

January game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
January 8 2 2 4 11 13 2 Eliminated from League Cup
Eliminated from FA Cup

February[edit]

Month Summary[edit]

February started with a mixed result for Villa as they drew 3–3 with high flying Everton. On one hand, Villa picked up a vital and unexpected point however they had led 3–1 at one point, after goals from Christian Benteke (2) and Gabriel Agbonlahor. They then conceded another goal and a stoppage time equaliser as Marouane Fellaini made sure the points were shared. This result kept Villa second from bottom in the Premier League.[157][158] Villa finally ended their eight-game winless run, as well as four home defeats in a row with a 2–1 victory over West Ham United at Villa Park. A lackluster first half saw few chances for either side, with the only one of note seeing Andreas Weimann shoot wide from six yards after Jussi Jääskeläinen had spilled a Christian Benteke shot. Benteke then scored a penalty to give Villa a 74th-minute lead, before Charles N'Zogbia, who had himself won the penalty, scored a sublime free kick four minutes later. An Ashley Westwood own goal made for a nervy last few minutes but Villa held on for a precious three points, to move out of the relegation zone.[159][160] Despite the brilliant win against West Ham, Villa lost their last game of the month against Arsenal 1–2 after a late winer from Santi Cazorla, leaving them in 18th place at the end of February.[161][162]

February league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
16 Southampton 27 6 9 12 38 49 −11 27
17 Wigan Athletic 27 6 6 15 33 51 −18 24
18 Aston Villa 27 5 9 13 26 52 −26 24 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Reading 27 5 8 14 33 51 −18 23
20 Queens Park Rangers 27 2 11 14 19 43 −24 17

Updated to games played on 23 February 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

February game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
February 3 1 1 1 6 6 4

March[edit]

Month Summary[edit]

Villa started March as they had ended February with defeat to one of the higher ranking sides, losing 0–1 to Manchester City at Villa Park. A Ciaran Clark slip in his own half eventually led to Carlos Tévez grabbing the winner for City.[163][164] However Villa then won back to back matches in the Premier League for the first time since May 2011, after beating two major relegation rivals in Reading and QPR. The Reading game marked the first time in the season that Villa had come from behind to win, eventually winning 2–1.[165][166] They then managed to achieve this feat again when they defeated QPR who had led 1–0. The match eventually finished 3–2 to Villa, temporarily putting a six-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.[167][168] The next match however saw Villa's mini revival come to an end as they were defeated 1–2 by Liverpool at Villa Park, seeing them again slip into the relegation zone on goal difference.[169][170]

March league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
16 Sunderland 31 7 10 14 33 43 −10 31
17 Wigan Athletic 30 8 6 16 36 56 −20 30
18 Aston Villa 31 7 9 15 32 58 −26 30 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Queens Park Rangers 31 4 11 16 28 51 −23 23
20 Reading 31 5 8 18 36 61 −25 23

Updated to games played on 31 March 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

March game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
March 4 2 0 2 6 6 6

April[edit]

Month Summary[edit]

Villa started April perfectly, with a 3–1 away victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Villa an early lead that lasted until the 80th minute when Michael Kightly equalised for Stoke. However, a spectacular volley from Matthew Lowton put Villa back in front with less than 5 minutes to go. From 30 yards out, Lowton chested down a clearance from a corner and sweetly struck the ball past Asmir Begovic. Christian Benteke then skipped through the Stoke defence and slid the ball into the back of the net, to wrap up the points for Villa as well as the third win in their last four games.[171][172] Villa drew 1–1 in their next game against Fulham, with Charles N'Zogbia giving Villa the lead but a Fabian Delph own goal meant the points were shared.[173][174] Villa then faced Manchester United, with United being crowned champions if they won. They did so, 3–0, after Robin Van Persie scored a hat-trick within the first 33 minutes of the game.[175][176] Villa's final game of the month saw them thrash Sunderland 6–1 at Villa Park, giving them their best result of the season and of Paul Lambert's reign. The result was also Villa's biggest home win in 17 years and the first time they had scored six in a match since the 2007–08 season. Christian Benteke scored his first hat-trick for Villa, becoming the first player to do so in five years, which meant he both exceeded Dwight Yorke's record of 17 Premier League goals in a season and became the first Villa player to reach 20 goals in a season in nine years.
Gabriel Agbonlahor also scored, making him Villa's highest Premier League goalscorer with 61 goals. Captain Ron Vlaar, with his first goal for the club, and Andreas Weimann wrapped up a memorable night for Villa as they went five points clear of the drop zone and above Newcastle United on goal difference, after an 11 goal swing.[177][178][179]

April league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
14 Norwich City 35 8 14 13 33 54 −21 38
15 Sunderland 35 9 10 16 39 51 −12 37
16 Aston Villa 35 9 10 16 42 64 −22 37
17 Newcastle United 35 10 7 18 43 66 −23 37
18 Wigan Athletic 34 8 8 18 39 62 −23 32 2013–14 Football League Championship

Updated to games played on 29 April 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

April game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
April 4 2 1 1 10 6 7

May[edit]

The first game of the month saw Villa continue their good form by beating Norwich City 2–1 at Carrow Road, to send them up to 13th in the table as well as to the 40-point mark.
Gabby Agbonlahor scored both of Villa's goals, including the 89th minute winner, either side of a Grant Holt penalty.[180][181] On 9 May, club captain Stiliyan Petrov announced his retirement from football, after battling acute leukaemia for over a year. Villa added Petrov to the club's hall of fame, an honour only twelve other players have received.[182][183] Villa lost their last home game of the season 1–2 against Chelsea. Both teams had a man sent off, Ramires for Chelsea and Villa's goalscorer Christian Benteke. Frank Lampard became Chelsea all-time top scorer as he scored both of their goals.[184][185] Villa's final game of the season came against Wigan Athletic. Wigan had been relegated mid-week after defeat to Arsenal which confirmed Villa's safety. The match itself finished 2–2, with Villa's goals coming from Darren Bent and Ron Vlaar in either half. Villa finished the season in 15th place, five points clear of relegation.[186][187]

May league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
13 Stoke City 38 9 15 14 34 45 −11 42
14 Southampton 38 9 14 15 49 60 −11 41
15 Aston Villa 38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41
16 Newcastle United 38 11 8 19 45 68 −23 41
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 41 54 −13 39

Updated to games played on 19 May 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

May game stats[edit]

Month Games Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Points Other
May 3 1 1 1 5 5 4

Key events[edit]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

In the 2010–11 season the Premier League introduced new rules on squad lists. The rules included a cap on the number of players at 25; players under the age of 21 on 1 January of the year in which the season starts are exempt from the list of 25. A "home-grown rule" also requires clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.[189][190][191]

Players under 21 do not need to be named and can still be used. Squad subject to change during summer transfer window.


First team squad[edit]

Last updated on 19 May 2013
Squad No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Shay Given Republic of Ireland GK (1976-04-20) 20 April 1976 (age 38) Manchester City 2011 2016 43 0
22 Brad Guzan United States GK (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 29) Chivas USA 2012 2015 56 0 Re-signed this season.1
33 Andy Marshall England GK (1975-04-14) 14 April 1975 (age 39) Coventry City 2010 2013 0 0
39 Benjamin Siegrist Switzerland GK (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2012 2014 0 0
Defenders
2 Alan Hutton Scotland DF (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 29) Tottenham Hotspur 2011 2015 34 0 On loan at RCD Mallorca
4 Ron Vlaar Netherlands DF (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 29) Feyenoord 2012 2015 30 2
5 Richard Dunne Republic of Ireland DF (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 34) Manchester City 2009 2013 111 4 Team captain.2
6 Ciaran Clark Republic of Ireland DF (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 24) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2014 79 5
27 Joe Bennett England DF (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 24) Middlesbrough 2012 2016 30 0
29 Enda Stevens Republic of Ireland DF (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 24) Shamrock Rovers 2012 (Winter) 2015 9 0
30 Eric Lichaj United States DF (1988-11-17) 17 November 1988 (age 25) Aston Villa Academy 2008 2013 41 2
32 Nathan Baker England DF (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 23) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2014 43 0
34 Matthew Lowton England DF (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 25) Sheffield United 2012 2016 44 2
37 Derrick Williams Republic of Ireland DF (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 21) Aston Villa Academy 2012 undisclosed 1 0
Midfielders
7 Stephen Ireland Republic of Ireland MF (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 27) Manchester City 2010 2014 49 1
8 Karim El Ahmadi Morocco MF (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 29) Feyenoord 2012 2015 23 1
10 Charles N'Zogbia France MF (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 28) Wigan Athletic 2011 2016 58 5
12 Marc Albrighton England MF (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 24) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2014 80 9
14 Brett Holman Australia MF (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 30) AZ 2012 undisclosed 29 2
15 Ashley Westwood England MF (1990-04-01) 1 April 1990 (age 24) Crewe Alexandra 2012 2016 31 0
16 Fabian Delph England MF (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 24) Leeds United 2009 2015 69 0
17 Jean Makoun Cameroon MF (1983-05-29) 29 May 1983 (age 31) Olympique Lyonnais 2011 (Winter) 2014 11 0 On loan to Stade Rennais.
18 Yacouba Sylla Mali MF (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 23) Clermont Foot 2013 (Winter) 2016 11 0
19 Stiliyan Petrov Bulgaria MF (1979-07-05) 5 July 1979 (age 35) Celtic 2006 2013 218 12 Petrov was club captain but retired on 9 May 2013.2
25 Barry Bannan Scotland MF (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 24) Aston Villa Academy 2008 2014 82 2
31 Chris Herd Australia MF (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25) Aston Villa Academy 2008 2015 40 2
38 Gary Gardner England MF (1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2011 2014 18 0
40 Samir Carruthers Republic of Ireland MF (1993-04-04) 4 April 1993 (age 21) Aston Villa Academy 2012 undisclosed 3 0
Forwards
9 Darren Bent England FW (1984-02-06) 6 February 1984 (age 30) Sunderland 2011 (Winter) 2015 64 25
11 Gabriel Agbonlahor England FW (1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 27) Aston Villa Academy 2005 2015 285 72
20 Christian Benteke Belgium FW (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 23) Genk 2012 2016 39 23
21 Jordan Bowery England FW (1991-07-02) 2 July 1991 (age 23) Chesterfield 2012 2015 12 0
23 Nathan Delfouneso England FW (1991-22-02) 2 October 1991 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2008 2014 44 9 On loan to Blackpool.
24 Simon Dawkins England FW (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 26) Tottenham Hotspur 2013 (Winter) 2013 4 0 On from Tottenham Hotspur
26 Andreas Weimann Austria FW (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2010 2014 49 13
36 Graham Burke Republic of Ireland FW (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 20) Aston Villa Academy 2012 undisclosed 2 0
  • 1 Guzan was originally signed in 2008 but then released in May 2012, before being re-signed in July 2012 on a new three-year contract.[9][19][192]
  • 2 Petrov was Aston Villa's club captain but Vlaar was appointed 'team captain' for the season, as Petrov was in remission from leukaemia. Darren Bent was originally named 'team captain' but Vlaar replaced him from 15 September[23][70][193]

Reserve squad[edit]

Players listed in bold are also part of the first team squad, as listed on the club's official website.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
35 England MF Daniel Johnson
36 Republic of Ireland FW Graham Burke
37 Republic of Ireland DF Derrick Williams
39 Switzerland GK Benjamin Siegrist
40 Republic of Ireland MF Samir Carruthers
45 Republic of Ireland DF Daniel Devine
47 Spain MF Juan Serrano
No. Position Player
50 Hungary MF András Stieber
Scotland GK Calum Barrett
Saint Lucia DF Janoi Donacien
Northern Ireland MF Josh Barton
England MF Courtney Cameron
Republic of Ireland FW Michael Drennan

Squad numbers[edit]

Dutchman Ron Vlaar takes over the vacant No. 4 after his move from Feyenoord and Ciaran Clark receives the No. 6 after James Collins' departure to West Ham United. New striker Jordan Bowery takes over Clark's No. 21 while new signing Karim El Ahmadi receives the No. 8 shirt for this season, last worn by Jermaine Jenas after his short loan spell at Villa last season. Fellow new recruits, forward Brett Holman and defender Matthew Lowton, have been handed the No. 14 and No. 34 shirts respectively. The former occupier of the No. 14, Nathan Delfouneso, now takes the No. 23 shirt as a result of Holman's arrival. Brad Guzan retains the No. 22 after being re-signed by Paul Lambert, having previously been released in May 2012.

Deadline day signings Ashley Westwood and Christian Benteke will wear No. 15 and No. 20 respectively, whilst Joe Bennett acquires the No. 27.

Young goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist has been promoted to the first team for this season and has been handed the No. 39.

Player Position Previous squad number New squad number Previous player to wear number Notes Source
Netherlands Ron Vlaar
DF
N/A
4
England Steve Sidwell (2009–10 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][194]
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark
DF
21
6
Wales James Collins (2011–12 season) [191][194]
Morocco Karim El Ahmadi
MF
N/A
8
England Jermaine Jenas (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][194]
Australia Brett Holman
FW
N/A
14
England Nathan Delfouneso (2011–12 season) Delfouneso vacated the No. 14 upon Holman's arrival. [191][194]
England Ashley Westwood
MF
N/A
15
England Curtis Davies (2009–10 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][195][196]
Mali Yacouba Sylla
MF
N/A
18
England Emile Heskey (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191]
Belgium Christian Benteke
FW
N/A
20
Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][195][196]
England Jordan Bowery
FW
N/A
21
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][197]
England Nathan Delfouneso
FW
14
23
Senegal Habib Beye (2011–12 season) Squad number was previously vacant. [191][194]
England Simon Dawkins
FW
N/A
24
Spain Carlos Cuéllar (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191]
England Joe Bennett
DF
N/A
27
England Isaiah Osbourne (2010–11 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][198]
England Matthew Lowton
DF
N/A
34
Australia Shane Lowry (2011–12 season) Squad number was vacant upon player's arrival. [191][194]
Switzerland Benjamin Siegrist
GK
N/A
39
England Darren Bent (2010–11 season) Siegrist promoted to first team and received #39; squad number was previously vacant. [191][194]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes Source
1 July 2012
MF
Australia Brett Holman Netherlands AZ Netherlands Eredivisie Free transfer Transfer announced on 12 March 2012; player joined following expiry of contract at AZ. [7]
2 July 2012
MF
Morocco Karim El Ahmadi Netherlands Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be in region of £2 million. [15]
6 July 2012
DF
England Matthew Lowton England Sheffield United England League One Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be in region of £3 million. [17]
16 July 2012
GK
United States Brad Guzan Unattached N/A Contract renewal Player initially released in May, but rejoined the club on 16 July. [9][19][199]
1 August 2012
DF
Netherlands Ron Vlaar Netherlands Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie £3.2 million [22]
29 August 2012
DF
England Joe Bennett England Middlesbrough England Championship Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be between £2.5 and 4 million. [49][50][51]
31 August 2012
MF
England Ashley Westwood England Crewe Alexandra England League One Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be in region £2 million. [56][61]
31 August 2012
FW
England Jordan Bowery England Chesterfield England League Two Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be £500,000, rising to £1m based on appearances. [58][59][60]
31 August 2012
FW
Belgium Christian Benteke Belgium Genk Belgium Belgian Pro League £7 million [57][61]

Winter

Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes Source
31 January 2013
MF
Mali Yacouba Sylla France Clermont Foot France Ligue 2 Undisclosed Fee rumoured to be in region of £2 million [148][149]

Total spending: Decrease £22 million +

Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes Source
23 May 2012
GK
United States Brad Guzan England Aston Villa England Premier League Contract renewal Player initially released in May, but rejoined the club on 16 July. [9][19][199]
23 May 2012
FW
England Emile Heskey Australia Newcastle United Jets Australia A-League Free transfer (Released) Joined Newcastle United Jets on 21 September 2012, following release from Villa. [9][200]
23 May 2012
DF
Spain Carlos Cuéllar England Sunderland England Premier League Free transfer (Released) Joined Sunderland on 2 July 2012, following release from Villa. [9][201]
23 May 2012
MF
England Ebby Nelson-Addy England Loughborough University England Midland Alliance Released Academy player; joined Loughborough University in November 2012, following release from Villa. [9]
23 May 2012
FW
England Connor Taylor England Walsall England League One Free transfer (Released) Academy player; joined Walsall on 29 July 2012, following release from Villa. [9][202]
23 May 2012
DF
England Charlie Ward Unattached TBD Free transfer (Released) Academy player [9]
23 May 2012
DF
Australia Reece Caira Australia Western Sydney Wanderers Australia A League Free transfer (Released) Academy player; joined WSW on 2 August 2012, following release from Villa. [9][203]
23 May 2012
DF
Republic of Ireland Richard Bryan England Hinckley United England Conference North Free transfer (Released) Academy player; joined Hinckley United, following release from Villa. [9]
23 May 2012
GK
England Matthew Coton England Rushall Olympic England Northern Premier League Premier Division Free transfer (Released) Academy player [9]
23 May 2012
FW
England Darious Darkin England Hinckley United England Conference North Free transfer (Released) Academy player; joined Hinckley United, following release from Villa. [9]
23 May 2012
DF
England Seb Jenkins Unattached TBD Released Academy player [9]
1 August 2012
DF
Wales James Collins England West Ham United England Premier League £2.5 million [21]

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes Source
31 January 2013
DF
England Stephen Warnock England Leeds United England Championship Free transfer [153][154]

Total income: Increase £2.5 million

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
31 January 2013
FW
England Simon Dawkins England Tottenham Hotspur England Premier League 6 months June 2013 [150][151]

Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
24 August 2012
MF
Cameroon Jean Makoun France Stade Rennais France Ligue 1 Season-long June 2013 [41][42]
31 August 2012
FW
England Nathan Delfouneso England Blackpool England Championship Season-long June 2013 [64][65]
21 September 2012
DF
England Stephen Warnock England Bolton Wanderers England Championship 3 months 22 December 2012 [71][72]

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
23 October 2012
MF
England Daniel Johnson England Yeovil Town England League One 1 month 21 November 2012 [87][88][204]
22 November 2012
DF
Scotland Alan Hutton England Nottingham Forest England Championship 1 month 1 January 2012 [103][104]
29 January 2013
DF
Scotland Alan Hutton Spain RCD Mallorca Spain La Liga 6 months June 2013 [155][156]

Club[edit]

Kit[edit]

Home
Home Alt.
Away
1ª Goalkeeper
2ª Goalkeeper
3ª Goalkeeper

Sponsorship[edit]

In February 2012, it was announced that Aston Villa will have a new kit sponsor for this season, ending the existing deal with Nike that has been running since 2007. Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron will produce the club's playing and training kits from 2012–13.[205] Aston Villa will become Macron's flagship club in the United Kingdom, and the deal will see the latter producing a full fashion range alongside kit commitments for the managerial and playing staff.

Aston Villa's club sponsorship deal with Malaysian-based group Genting Casinos will also continue.[206]

Managerial changes[edit]

The club have appointed a new manager for this season (the third in a row) after Alex McLeish was sacked on 14 May 2012. McLeish only lasted eleven months in charge after replacing Gérard Houllier in June 2011.

He was replaced by fellow Scot Paul Lambert on 2 June, who was signed from Norwich City.

Date of vacancy Outgoing manager Date of appointment Incoming manager Previous club Notes Source
14 May 2012 Scotland Alex McLeish 2 June 2012 Scotland Paul Lambert England Norwich City [1][2]

Season statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Last updated: 19 May 2013
Source: Squad stats and Start formations.
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used start formation.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).
Players listed are those who have most appearances in respected positions.
Includes Cup competitions as well (League Cup & FA Cup).

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. Games Notes
4 DF Vlaar  NED 28 Team captain1
6 DF Clark  IRL 11 Team captain
9 FW Bent  ENG 4 Team captain1
11 FW Agbonlahor  ENG 3 Team captain

Last updated: 19 May 2013
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.

1 Bent was originally named as Stiliyan Petrov's successor for the season but Vlaar replaced him from 15 September 2012.[23][70]

Goalscorers[edit]

Correct as of 19 May 2013
Players with the same amount of goals are listed by their position on the club's official website Source
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player had scored for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has scored for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player has scored for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Pos. Playing Pos. Nation Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW Belgium Christian Benteke 19 4 23
2 FW England Gabriel Agbonlahor 9 3 12
FW Austria Andreas Weimann 7 1 4 12
3 FW England Darren Bent 3 2 1 6
4 MF France Charles N'Zogbia 2 1 3
5 DF Netherlands Ron Vlaar 2 2
DF England Matthew Lowton 2 2
FW Australia Brett Holman 1 1 2
6 DF Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark 1 1
MF Morocco Karim El Ahmadi 1 1
MF England Fabian Delph 1 1
MF Australia Chris Herd 1 1
Own Goals 1 1
Total 47 3 17 67

Clean sheets[edit]

Includes all competitive matches.

R No. Pos Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 22 GK United States Brad Guzan 5 0 1 6
TOTALS 5 0 1 6
As of 09:58, Saturday July 12, 2014 (UTC)

Disciplinary record[edit]

Correct as of 19 May 2013
Players with the same amount of cards are listed by their position on the club's official website Source
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season
One Red card = Two Booked

No. Nat Pos Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card
16 England MF Fabian Delph 7 4 11 0 0
34 England DF Matthew Lowton 10 10 0 0
6 Republic of Ireland DF Ciaran Clark 6 1 1 7 0 1
20 Belgium FW Christian Benteke 7 1 7 1 0
27 England DF Joe Bennett 4 1 1 5 1 0
30 United States DF Eric Lichaj 6 6 0 0
8 Morocco MF Karim El Ahmadi 5 1 61 0 0
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 4 1 5 0 0
10 France MF Charles N'Zogbia 1 3 4 0 0
25 Scotland MF Barry Bannan 3 1 4 0 0
32 England DF Nathan Baker 3 3 0 0
26 Austria FW Andreas Weimann 3 3 0 0
22 United States GK Brad Guzan 2 2 0 0
4 Netherlands DF Ron Vlaar 1 1 2 0 0
18 Mali MF Yacouba Sylla 2 2 0 0
15 England MF Ashley Westwood 2 2 0 0
29 Republic of Ireland DF Enda Stevens 1 1 0 0
7 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Ireland 1 1 0 0
12 England MF Marc Albrighton 1 1 0 0
31 Australia MF Chris Herd 1 1 0 0
9 England FW Darren Bent 1 0 0
14 Australia FW Brett Holman 1 1 0 0
21 England FW Jordan Bowery 1 1 0 0
TOTALS 72[207] 2 1 2 0 0 13 0 0 87 2 1
Notes

1El Ahmadi received his fifth yellow card of the season against Swindon Town on 30 October 2012. This was not documented on the BBC match report however the suspension was served.

Home Attendances[edit]

Correct as of 11 May 2013
      Win       Draw       Loss

Comp Week/Round Date Score Opponent Attendance
Premier League Wk 2 25 August 2012 1–3 Everton 36,565
League Cup Rd 2 28 August 2012 3–0 Tranmere Rovers 15,319
Premier League Wk 4 15 September 2012 2–0 Swansea City 34,005
Premier League Wk 6 30 September 2012 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 34,489
Premier League Wk 9 27 October 2012 1–1 Norwich City 33,184
Premier League Wk 11 10 November 2012 2–3 Manchester United 40,538
Premier League Wk 13 24 November 2012 0–0 Arsenal 34,607
Premier League Wk 14 27 November 2012 1–0 Reading 28,692
Premier League Wk 16 8 December 2012 0–0 Stoke City 30,110
Premier League Wk 19 26 December 2012 0–4 Tottenham Hotspur 36,863
Premier League Wk 20 29 December 2012 0–3 Wigan Athletic 33,374
FA Cup Rd 3 5 January 2013 2–1 Ipswich Town 24,854
Premier League Wk 22 12 January 2013 0–1 Southampton 32,500
League Cup SF (2) 22 January 2013 2–1 Bradford City 40,193
Premier League Wk 24 29 January 2013 1–2 Newcastle United 30,334
Premier League Wk 26 10 February 2013 2–1 West Ham United 30,503
Premier League Wk 28 2 March 2013 0–1 Manchester City 33,217
Premier League Wk 30 10 March 2013 3–2 Queens Park Rangers 38,594
Premier League Wk 31 31 March 2013 1–2 Liverpool 42,037
Premier League Wk 33 13 April 2013 1–1 Fulham 37,011
Premier League Wk 35 29 April 2013 6–1 Sunderland 37,428
Premier League Wk 37 11 May 2013 1–2 Chelsea 42,084
Total Attendance 746,501
Average League Attendance 35,509[208]
Average Attendance 33,932

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 15th 18 August 2012 19 May 2013
League Cup Template:Fb round2 2012–13 FL Cup R2 Semi-finals 28 August 2012 22 January 2013
FA Cup 3rd round 4th Round 5 January 2013 25 January 2013

Last updated: 19 May 2013
Source: Competitions

Pre season[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

US tour On 27 March 2012, the club announced plans for a pre-season tour of the US as part of the preparations for the 2012–13 season. The tour saw the club taking on Major League Soccer clubs from the three US cities of Portland, Chicago and Philadelphia between 18 and 24 July 2012.[8]

Villa won all three matches, after 1–0 victories over both Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire and a penalty shootout victory after an initial 2–2 draw with Portland Timbers.[25][26][27]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
13 Stoke City 38 9 15 14 34 45 −11 42
14 Southampton 38 9 14 15 49 60 −11 41
15 Aston Villa 38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41
16 Newcastle United 38 11 8 19 45 68 −23 41
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 41 54 −13 39


Games played 46 (38 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 6 League Cup)
Games won 16 (10 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 5 League Cup)
Games drawn 11 (11 Premier League)
Games lost 19 (17 Premier League, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 67 (47 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 17 League Cup)
Goals conceded 81 (69 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 9 League Cup)
Total goal difference −14 (−22 Premier League, 0 FA Cup, +8 League Cup)
Clean sheets 6 (5 Premier League, 1 League Cup)
Yellow Cards 87 (72 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 13 League Cup)
Red Cards 3 (3 Premier League)
Most appearances England Matthew Lowton (44)
Top scorer Belgium Christian Benteke (23)
Worst Discipline England Fabian Delph (11 Booked)
Best Result 6–1 vs Sunderland (H), Premier League (29 April 2013)
Worst Result 0–8 vs Chelsea (A), Premier League (23 December 2012)
Points 41

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41 5 5 9 23 28 −5 5 6 8 24 41 −17

Last updated: 19 May 2013.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A
Result L L D W L D L L D W L L D W D D W L L L D L D L D W L L W W L W D L W W L D
Position 15 20 17 13 14 15 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 17 15 16 14 16 16 17 16 18 17 19 19 17 18 18 17 17 18 16 17 17 16 13 16 15

Last updated: 19 May 2013.
Source: Premier League
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012-13 FA Cup
Round 3 4
Ground H A
Result 2–1 1–2

League Cup[edit]

Round 2 3 4 QF SF (1) SF (2)
Ground H A A A A H
Result 3–0 4–2
(aet)
3–2 4–1 1–3 2–1

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