2013–14 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2013–14 season
Chairman Randy Lerner
Owner Reform Acquisitions LLC
Manager Paul Lambert
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Benteke (10)
All:
Benteke (11)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2013–14 season was Aston Villa's 139th professional season; their 103rd season in the top-flight; and their 26th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, in his second season in charge.[1]

Contents

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

The club announced its pre-season plans would begin with a tour of Germany. The tour took place between 10–14 July 2013 and saw Villa play three games against SV Rodinghausen,
SC Paderborn and VFL Bochum, all which finished 1–1.[2][3][4][5] The club then returned to England to play four more games against Wycombe Wanderers (finished 2–2),[6] Luton Town
(finished 2–0 to Luton),[7] Crewe Alexandra (finished 5–1 to Villa)[8] and Walsall (finished 5–0 to Villa).[9] The penultimate pre-season game saw Villa travel to the Republic of Ireland for a match against Shamrock Rovers (finished 2–0 to Villa),[10] before a match at Villa Park against Málaga (finished 3–2 to Villa),[11] completed the schedule.[12][13][14]

The Premier League fixtures were announced on 19 June, and Villa faced Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the first game of the season on 17 August. Coincidentally, this repeated the opening day fixture of the 2006–07 season. Villa then hosted Liverpool a week later in their first top flight home game of the season. The first West Midlands derby of the season, against West Bromwich Albion, was played at The Hawthorns on 23 November, with the return game at Villa Park taking place on 28 January 2014. Villa faced the first of the promoted clubs on 5 October, with a game against Hull City at the KC Stadium. Games against Cardiff City and Crystal Palace take place at Villa Park on 9 November & 26 December respectively.[15][16]

Transfer Summary[edit]

On 7 June, Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev agreed to join the club from Lech Poznan, with the fee rumoured at £2.5 million, to become their first signing of the summer.[17][18] On 13 June, Villa continued recruiting players early as they signed both Jores Okore and Leandro Bacuna from Nordsjælland and Groningen respectively. Okore, a 20-year-old Danish international, stated
'I want to bring something new to our game and really help the team into a new era.' He also acknowledged 'we have a good coach and this is a really good club. This is the right club for me, I feel it straight away'. Upon his arrival Bacuna said 'it's a new beginning for me, a new step and I'm looking forward to being part of this young, hungry team we have at Villa.'[19][20][21] Villa's fourth signing was confirmed five days later, as Nicklas Helenius signed a three-year deal and they then completed their fifth signing with left-back Antonio Luna sealing a move on
20 June.[22][23][24][25] On 26 June, the club announced they had agreed a deal with Norwich City to sign goalkeeper Jed Steer, as back up to first-choice Brad Guzan. The 20-year-old will join on a free transfer on 1 July.[26][27]

It was announced that Jean Makoun would be the first player to leave Villa in the summer, as Stade Rennais made his loan move from the previous season permanent on 30 March 2013.
The player officially left on 1 July.[28] On 5 June, Richard Dunne, Eric Lichaj and Andy Marshall left the club after being released from the first-team as their contracts had expired.
Four academy players: Callum Barrett, Daniel Devine, Josh Barton and Courtney Cameron were also released. Additionally, Simon Dawkins returned to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan had finished.[29][30] On 22 June, the club confirmed that Brett Holman's contract had been terminated by mutual consent, freeing the player to join UAE team Al Nasr.[31][32] Young defender
Derrick Williams became the next player to leave the club, after he turned down a new deal with Villa to join Bristol City.[33][34]

On 8 July, reports surfaced that Christian Benteke had handed in a transfer request at Villa. This was later confirmed by the club, who stated that he will be allowed to leave if a suitable offer is made 'within an appropriate timeframe'.[35] Just 11 days later (19 July), Benteke made a U-turn and withdrew his transfer request, simultaneously signing a new four-year deal with club.[36]
On 8 August, after signing a new contract in the summer, 19-year-old forward Graham Burke joined Shrewsbury Town on loan until January 2014.[37][38] Two days later (10 August), the last season's NextGen captain, Samir Carruthers, joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on loan until January.[39][40] On 16 August, record signing Darren Bent joined Fulham on an initial season-long loan.[41][42] Nathan Delfouneso re-joined Blackpool on loan, until 1 January, on the same day.[41][43]

On transfer deadline day Villa signed Czech forward Libor Kozák, the top scorer in the 2012–13 Europa League, from Lazio. He joined on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be between £5–7 million.[44][45] Barry Bannan left the club, after nine years, to join Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee[46][47] and Stephen Ireland joined Stoke City on a season-long loan.[48][49]

August[edit]

The draw for the 2013–14 League Cup second round took place on 8 August. Villa faced Rotherham United of League One at Villa Park, on 28 August.[50][51][52]

Villa began the season with a 1–3 away win over Arsenal at the Emirates, becoming the first team to beat the Gunners on the opening day in 13 years. Olivier Giroud sent the hosts into an early lead but a Christian Benteke double and a debut goal for Antonio Luna gave Villa the victory.[53][54] Four days later, Villa faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a rescheduled fixture. Chelsea won 2–1 but the match saw two controversial refereeing decisions go against Villa. The first involved Branislav Ivanovic (who went on to score the winner in the 73rd minute) escaping a sending off for an elbow on Christian Benteke and the second a late penalty being denied, after the ball had hit John Terry on the arm .[55][56] The first game of the season at Villa Park, and also the club's third game in seven days, was against Liverpool, where a first half Daniel Sturridge goal gave the away side a 0–1 win.[57][58] On 28 August, Villa made it through to the League Cup third round after beating Rotherham United 3–0. The match was also the first time in 30 competitive outings that Villa had kept a clean sheet.[59][60] Villa then drew Tottenham Hotspur, played on 24 September.[61][62][63]

August league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
11 Cardiff City 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
12 Newcastle United 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
13 Aston Villa 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
14 Crystal Palace 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
15 Everton 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3

Updated to games played on 31 August 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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 4 2 0 2 7 4 3 Progression to League Cup third round

September[edit]

Villa's first game after the international break ended up in a defeat to Newcastle United. Newcastle won the match 2–1, with goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran cancelling out
Christian Benteke's equaliser.[64][65] It was later confirmed that defender Jores Okore had sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury during the match, and would be out for up to nine months.[66] The next match saw Paul Lambert win again at Carrow Road against former club Norwich City, as Villa ran out 1–0 winners. Libor Kozák got the winner, his first goal for the club, just seconds after replacing the injured Christian Benteke. It also marked the first time in 26 league matches that Villa had kept a clean sheet.[67][68] Three days later, it was confirmed that Benteke would be out for up to six weeks with a hip flexor injury.[69] The day after the confirmation of Benteke's injury (26 September), Villa were knocked out of the League Cup, after being beaten 0–4 by Tottenham Hotspur.[70][71] Villa had gone into the match with eight first team players out injured.[72] However the result didn't dishearten the players, as the next match resulted in a 3–2 win against Manchester City. City had twice led through Yaya Toure and Edin Džeko but goals from Karim El Ahmadi, Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann saw Villa earn their first points at home of the season.[73][74]

September league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Manchester City 6 3 1 2 14 7 +7 10
8 Hull City 6 3 1 2 6 7 −1 10
9 Aston Villa 6 3 0 3 9 8 +1 9
10 West Bromwich Albion 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8
11 Cardiff City 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8

Updated to games played on 30 September 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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 4 2 0 2 5 7 6 Eliminated from League Cup

October[edit]

An uneventful 0–0 draw at Hull City, followed the Man City victory, as Villa recorded their first draw and second clean sheet of the season.[75][76] After a two week international break, Villa returned to league action against Tottenham Hotspur. The game finished 0–2 to Spurs, after goals from Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado. Christian Benteke made his comeback from injury after coming on as a 61st minute substitute.[77][78] This defeat was followed by another, again at home, as Everton left Villa Park with three points courtesy of a 2–0 win. Christian Benteke had a first half penalty saved by Tim Howard and Villa were made to rue this mised opportunity, as two second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman sealed an Everton victory.[79][80]

October league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
12 Fulham 8 3 1 4 9 10 −1 10
13 West Bromwich Albion 9 2 4 3 8 10 −2 10
14 Aston Villa 9 3 1 5 9 12 −3 10
15 Cardiff City 9 2 3 4 8 13 −5 9
16 West Ham United 8 2 2 4 8 8 0 8

Updated to games played on 27 October 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
October 3 0 1 2 0 4 1

November[edit]

A 0–0 draw against West Ham United extended Villa's winless, and goalless, run to four games.[81][82] This run was eventually ended in the next match with a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City at Villa Park. Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozák both got their second goals for the club and Villa kept their first clean sheet at home for 17 games, as well as first back-to-back clean sheets since November 2012.[83][84] Villa returned to action, after another international break, in the first West Midlands derby of the season against West Bromwich Albion. Albion raced into a 2–0 lead within 11 minutes after two goals from Shane Long but Villa responded in the second half as Karim El Ahmadi pulled one back. Ashley Westwood then rescued a point for Villa with a goal from 25-yards out, his first for the club, as the match finished 2–2.[85][86] Villa finished the month with a 0–0 draw against Sunderland at Villa Park.[87][88]

November league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
9 Tottenham Hotspur 13 6 3 4 11 14 −3 21
10 Hull City 13 5 2 6 12 16 −4 17
11 Aston Villa 13 4 4 5 13 14 −1 16
12 West Bromwich Albion 13 3 6 4 15 16 −1 15
13 Swansea City 13 4 3 6 17 19 −2 15

Updated to games played on 1 December 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
November 4 1 3 0 4 2 6

December[edit]

Villa produced a great result in their first game of December, by beating Southampton 2–3 at St Mary's. Southampton twice equalised after Villa had lead through Gabriel Agbonlahor's first goal of the season and then a Libor Kozák header. Fabian Delph grabbed the winner ten minutes from time with a 25–yard strike, his first ever Premier League goal.[89][90] However four days later Villa suffered only their second away defeat of the season, after a disappointing performance in an eventual 2–0 defeat against Fulham.[91][92] On the same day, Villa drew Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup.[93][94] Manchester United were the visitors in the next game, and they left Villa Park with all three points after a 0–3 victory. A brace from Danny Welbeck and a third from Tom Cleverley gave the champions their first win in four games.[95][96] Villa then slipped to a third consecutive defeat as they were beaten 2–1 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch scored either side of Libor Kozák's fourth of the season.[97][98] The traditional Boxing Day fixture saw Villa face Crystal Palace at Villa Park and resulted in a fourth straight defeat for the Claret and Blues. The match looked as though it would end in stalemate, however Eagles' substitute Dwight Gayle fired in a 92nd minute winner.[99][100] Villa eventually stopped the rot with a 1–1 draw against Swansea City, in their last game of 2013. Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Villa an early lead but Roland Lamah equalised for the Swans before half-time, as it finished all square.[101][102]

December league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
11 Stoke City 19 5 6 8 18 29 −11 21
12 Swansea City 19 5 6 8 24 25 −1 21
13 Aston Villa 19 5 5 9 18 25 −7 20
14 Norwich City 19 5 4 10 16 32 −16 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 19 3 9 7 22 27 −5 18

Updated to games played on 29 December 2013.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
December 6 1 1 4 5 11 4

January[edit]

Villa started the new year with victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal, repeating the outcome of the match the season before.[103][104] However, Villa were then knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league team for a second consecutive season. This time it was Sheffield United who condemned Villa to defeat, after winning 2–1 at Villa Park.[105][106] The defeat came days after it was revealed that striker Libor Kozák would miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg in training.[107] The next match saw the same result for Villa, as Arsenal ran out 2–1 winners at Villa Park. Arsenal all but wrapped up the win before half time, after two goals in a minute from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud. Christian Benteke ensured a nervy end for Arsenal, with his first goal since September, but they held on for all three points.[108][109] Villa earned a point at Anfield next, despite leading Liverpool 2–0 at one point. The Merseysiders equalised through goals from Daniel Sturridge and a Steven Gerrard penalty, after Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke had put Villa two goals to the good.[110][111]
Villa followed up their impressive performance against Liverpool, with a 4–3 win in a pulsating derby with West Bromwich Albion. Albion had gone 2–0 up in the first nine minutes but, just as at
The Hawthorns earlier in the season, Villa fought back to 2–2. Fabian Delph then put Villa into the lead with a wonder–strike, before Youssouf Mulumbu again drew the teams level before half-time. Christian Benteke then won and converted a penalty, his third goal in successive matches, which won it for Villa.[112][113]

Transfer summary[edit]

Villa made their first January signing on 14 January, when Grant Holt joined on loan from Wigan Athletic until the end of the season.[114][115] Three days later Villa brought in a second player on loan, in left-back Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea.[116][117]

Stephen Ireland left the club after three-and-a-half years, as his loan move to Stoke City was made permanent on 14 January.[118][119] On 30 January, Nathan Delfouneso left the club on loan for the second time of the season, joining Coventry City.[120]

January league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
8 Newcastle United 23 11 4 8 32 28 +4 37
9 Southampton 23 8 8 7 31 27 +4 32
10 Aston Villa 23 7 6 10 26 32 −6 27
11 Swansea City 23 6 6 11 29 32 −3 24
12 Norwich City 23 6 6 11 18 36 −18 24

Updated to games played on 29 January 2014.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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 5 2 1 2 9 9 6 Eliminated from FA Cup

February[edit]

Villa could not continue their good form into their next match, as they went down 1–2 at Everton. Leandro Bacuna had given Villa the lead but the Toffees emerged victorious after goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas.[121][122] Villa then proceeded to lose their eighth league match at home, after a 0–2 defeat to West Ham United, courtesy of two goals in two minutes from Kevin Nolan.[123][124] Another disappointing result followed as despite a number of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities, Villa had to settle for a 0–0 draw at Cardiff City.[125][126] Villa then lost their last game of February, 1–0 against Newcastle United, meaning they only acquired one point from a possible 12 in the month. This left Villa just four points off the relegation places, despite them lying in 13th place.[127][128]

February league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
11 Hull City 27 8 6 13 29 31 −2 30
12 Swansea City 27 7 7 13 36 40 −4 28
13 Aston Villa 27 7 7 13 27 37 −10 28
14 Norwich City 27 7 7 13 20 39 −19 28
15 Stoke City 27 6 9 12 27 42 −15 27

Updated to games played on 24 February 2014.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
February 4 0 1 3 1 5 1

March[edit]

Villa somewhat made amends for their poor results in February, with a 4–1 home win against Norwich City in their first match of March. First half goals from Christian Benteke (2), Leandro Bacuna and an own goal from Sébastien Bassong gave Villa the victory, after Wes Hoolahan had given Norwich an early lead.[129][130] Villa followed the victory with another, this time against league leaders Chelsea. Fabian Delph scored the only goal with a deft flick, in a match where Chelsea finished with nine men after having Willian and Ramires sent off, as well as manager José Mourinho being sent to the stands late on. The result also marked the first time in three-and-a-half years that Villa had won consecutive home games.[131][132] However Villa's season-long inconsistency, especially at home, continued in their next match as they went down 1–4 to Stoke City. It looked as though Villa would continue where they left off in their last match, as Christian Benteke gave them the lead in the first five minutes. However three first half goals from Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch and Steven N'Zonzi effectively ended the match as a contest, before Geoff Cameron ensured that Villa's home resurgence was abruptly ended.[133][134] Villa lost by the same margin in their next match, this time against Manchester United. Ashley Westwood had scored a free-kick to give Villa an early lead but United had turned it around by half time, courtesy of two Wayne Rooney goals. In the second half, goals from Juan Mata and Javier Hernández condemned Villa to a consecutive 1−4 defeat.[135][136]

March league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
10 Stoke City 32 10 10 12 37 45 −8 40
11 West Ham United 31 9 7 15 34 41 −7 34
12 Aston Villa 31 9 7 15 34 46 −12 34
13 Swansea City 32 8 9 15 45 48 −3 33
14 Hull City 32 9 6 17 33 40 −7 33

Updated to games played on 29 March 2014.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
March 4 2 0 2 7 9 6

April[edit]

On 3 April, news broke that Christian Benteke would be out for "a minimum of six months" with a ruptured Achilles tendon injury. The injury, that occurred in training, will rule the Belgian out of the rest of Villa's season as well as the 2014 World Cup.[137][138] It didn't get any better for Villa as their next match again ended in defeat at home, this time to bottom club Fulham. The visitors took the lead before Grant Holt equalised with his first goal for the club, however Hugo Rodallega gave Fulham a survival lifeline with an 86th minute winner.[139][140] A further loss followed, this time against Crystal Palace. A Jason Puncheon strike gave Palace a 1–0 victory and saw Villa lose their fourth game in a row, resulting in them being just four points above the relegation zone.[141][142] Villa's poor run culminated in the suspensions of assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa, pending an internal investigation. Development team coach Gordon Cowans and veteran goalkeeper Shay Given were both promoted to interim co-assistant manager as a result.[143][144] Villa eventually stopped the rot, as well as putting a nightmare week behind them, with a 0–0 draw against Southampton at Villa Park.[145][146] The next match however, saw Villa slump to defeat yet again, this time 4–1 at Swansea City leaving them still in the thick of a fourth consecutive relegation battle.[147][148]

April league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
14 West Ham United 36 10 7 19 38 49 −11 37
15 West Bromwich Albion 35 7 15 13 42 54 −12 36
16 Aston Villa 35 9 8 18 36 53 −17 35
17 Norwich City 35 8 8 19 28 56 −28 32 2014–15 Football League Championship
18 Fulham 36 9 4 23 37 79 −42 31

Updated to games played on 26 April 2014.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
April 4 0 1 3 2 7 1

May[edit]

Villa eventually ended their six match winless run on the back of beating Hull City 3–1. This result saw the club all but guarantee their Premier League safety, due to their far superior goal difference over Norwich City, the team occupying the remaining relegation place. Ashley Westwood scored after 56 seconds and Andreas Weimann got a brace before half time, after Jordan Bowery had put through his own net.[149][150] However Villa ended a miserable season with a whimper, after two heavy defeats in four days. Villa travelled to the Etihad Stadium on 7 May for their re-scheduled game versus Manchester City in their penultimate match of the season. The eventual champions thrashed Villa 4–0, after the visitors had held out for an hour. Edin Džeko scored a brace before goals from Stevan Jovetić and Yaya Touré effectively wrapped up the title for City, who needed just a point from their final game against West Ham United (which they won 2–0) to win the league.[151][152] The season was wrapped up with a 3–0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, which saw Villa finish in 15th place for the second season running.[153][154]

On 12 May 2014, chairman Randy Lerner released a statement confirming that the club was up for sale. In the statement Lerner stated that 'I have come to know well that fates are fickle in the business of English football. And I feel that I have pushed mine well past the limit.' He also said that 'the last several seasons have been week in, week out battles' and claimed that he 'can see now that it is time, if possible, to hand these privileges and responsibilities to the next person or group to take the Club forward.'[155] This statement came after weeks of speculation about a possible decision to sell the club, after another statement from Lerner alluding to this at the end of April.[156]

May league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
13 West Ham United 38 11 7 20 40 51 −11 40
14 Sunderland 38 10 8 20 41 60 −19 38
15 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 39 61 −22 38
16 Hull City 38 10 7 21 31 53 −22 37 2014–15 UEFA Europa League
17 West Bromwich Albion 38 7 15 16 43 59 −16 36

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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
May 3 1 0 2 3 8 3

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.[176][177][178]

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]

Source
Last updated on 12 May 2014.

Squad No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Brad Guzan United States GK (1984-09-09) September 9, 1984 (age 29) Chivas USA 2012 2017 94 0
13 Jed Steer England GK (1992-09-23) September 23, 1992 (age 21) Norwich City 2013 N/A 3 0
31 Shay Given Republic of Ireland GK (1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 38) Manchester City 2011 2016 43 0 Player Interim Co-Assistant Manager
Defenders
2 Nathan Baker England CB / LB (1991-04-23) April 23, 1991 (age 23) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2016 74 0
3 Joe Bennett England LB (1990-03-28) March 28, 1990 (age 24) Middlesbrough 2012 2016 37 0
4 Ron Vlaar (captain) Netherlands CB (1985-02-16) February 16, 1985 (age 29) Feyenoord 2012 2015 64 2
5 Jores Okore Denmark CB (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 22) Nordsjælland 2013 2017 4 0
6 Ciaran Clark Republic of Ireland CB / LB / DM (1989-09-26) September 26, 1989 (age 24) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2016 107 5
14 Antonio Luna Spain LB / LW (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 23) Sevilla 2013 2016 18 1
23 Ryan Bertrand England LB / LW (1989-08-05) August 5, 1989 (age 25) Chelsea 2014 2014 16 0 On loan from Chelsea
32 Janoi Donacien Saint Lucia CB / RB (1993-11-03) November 3, 1993 (age 20) Aston Villa Academy 2013 N/A 0 0
34 Matthew Lowton England RB / CB (1989-06-09) June 9, 1989 (age 25) Sheffield United 2012 2017 69 2
Enda Stevens Republic of Ireland LB (1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 (age 24) Shamrock Rovers 2012 (Winter) 2015 9 0 On loan at Doncaster
Alan Hutton Scotland RB (1984-11-30) November 30, 1984 (age 29) Tottenham Hotspur 2011 2015 34 0 On loan at Bolton
Midfielders
7 Leandro Bacuna Netherlands CM / AM / RW / RB (1991-08-21) August 21, 1991 (age 23) Groningen 2013 2016 37 5
8 Karim El Ahmadi Morocco DM / CM (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 29) Feyenoord 2012 2015 55 3
12 Marc Albrighton England LW / RW (1989-11-18) November 18, 1989 (age 24) Aston Villa Academy 2009 2014 101 9
15 Ashley Westwood England CM (1990-04-01) April 1, 1990 (age 24) Crewe Alexandra 2012 2017 67 3
16 Fabian Delph England CM (1989-11-21) November 21, 1989 (age 24) Leeds United 2009 2015 105 6
17 Chris Herd Australia CM / CB / RB (1989-04-04) April 4, 1989 (age 25) Aston Villa Academy 2010 2015 42 2
18 Yacouba Sylla Mali DM / CM (1990-11-29) November 29, 1990 (age 23) Clermont Foot 2013 (Winter) 2016 24 0
22 Gary Gardner England CM (1992-06-29) June 29, 1992 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2011 2014 18 0
24 Aleksandar Tonev Bulgaria LW / RW (1990-02-03) February 3, 1990 (age 24) Lech Poznan 2013 2016 19 0
25 Samir Carruthers Republic of Ireland LW (1993-04-04) April 4, 1993 (age 21) Aston Villa Academy 2012 2015 3 0
36 Daniel Johnson England CM (1992-10-08) October 8, 1992 (age 21) Aston Villa Academy 2010 2015 0 0
40 Jack Grealish Republic of Ireland LW / RW / AM (1995-09-10) September 10, 1995 (age 18) Aston Villa Academy 2013 N/A 1 0
Charles N'Zogbia France LW / RW / AM (1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 28) Wigan Athletic 2011 2016 58 5
Forwards
9 Nicklas Helenius Denmark ST / SS / RW (1991-05-08) May 8, 1991 (age 23) Aalborg BK 2013 2016 6 1
10 Andreas Weimann Austria ST / SS / LW / RW (1991-08-05) August 5, 1991 (age 23) Aston Villa Academy 2010 2016 88 19
11 Gabriel Agbonlahor England ST / SS / LW / RW (1986-10-13) October 13, 1986 (age 27) Aston Villa Academy 2005 2015 316 77
20 Christian Benteke Belgium ST (1990-12-03) December 3, 1990 (age 23) Genk 2012 2017 67 34
21 Jordan Bowery England ST (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 23) Chesterfield 2012 2015 22 0
27 Libor Kozák Czech Republic ST (1989-05-30) May 30, 1989 (age 25) Lazio 2013 2017 15 4
29 Grant Holt England ST (1981-04-12) April 12, 1981 (age 33) Wigan Athletic 2014 2014 10 1 On loan from Wigan
37 Callum Robinson England ST (1995-02-02) February 2, 1995 (age 19) Aston Villa Academy 2013 N/A 5 0
38 Nathan Delfouneso England ST (1991-22-02) October 2, 1991 (age 22) Aston Villa Academy 2008 2014 44 9
39 Darren Bent England ST (1984-02-06) February 6, 1984 (age 30) Sunderland 2011 (Winter) 2015 64 25 On loan at Fulham
Graham Burke Republic of Ireland ST (1993-12-21) December 21, 1993 (age 20) Aston Villa Academy 2012 2015 2 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name Club League Transfer fee Notes Source
7 June 2013
MF
Bulgaria Aleksandar Tonev Poland Lech Poznan Poland Ekstraklasa £2.5m [17][18]
13 June 2013
DF
Denmark Jores Okore Denmark Nordsjælland Denmark Danish Superliga £4m [19][21]
13 June 2013
MF
Netherlands Leandro Bacuna Netherlands Groningen Netherlands Eredivisie £800,000 Fee according to Birmingham Mail article. [20][21][179]
18 June 2013
FW
Denmark Nicklas Helenius Denmark Aalborg BK Denmark Danish Superliga £2m [22][23]
20 June 2013
DF
Spain Antonio Luna Spain Sevilla Spain La Liga Undisclosed Differing fees claimed by various sources. [24][25][179]
1 July 2013
GK
England Jed Steer England Norwich City England Premier League £450,000 (compensation) Transfer was announced on 26/6/13.
Compensation was decided on 17/1/14.
[26][27][180]
2 September 2013
FW
Czech Republic Libor Kozák Italy Lazio Italy Serie A Undisclosed Fee rumoured at between £5 and 7 million. [44][45]
3 April 2014
DF
England Isaac Nehemie England Southampton England Premier League Free transfer Academy player; joined after expiry of contract with Southampton. [181]
3 April 2014
DF
England Tom Leggett England Southampton England Premier League Free transfer Academy player; joined after expiry of contract with Southampton. [182]


Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes Source
5 June 2013
GK
England Andy Marshall England Millwall England Championship Free transfer Joined Millwall on 8/8/13, following release. [29][183]
5 June 2013
DF
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne England Queens Park Rangers England Championship Free transfer Joined QPR on 15/7/13, following release. [29][184]
5 June 2013
DF
United States Eric Lichaj England Nottingham Forest England Championship Free transfer Joined Forest on 19/6/13, following release. [29][185]
7 June 2013
GK
England Calum Barrett N/A N/A Released Academy player [30]
7 June 2013
DF
Republic of Ireland Daniel Devine N/A N/A Released Academy player [30]
7 June 2013
MF
Northern Ireland Josh Barton Northern Ireland Portadown Northern Ireland NIFL Premiership Free transfer Academy player; joined Portadown on 29/10/13, following release. [30][186]
7 June 2013
MF
England Courtney Cameron England Torquay United England League Two Free transfer Academy player; joined Torquay on 8/7/13, following release. [30][187]
22 June 2013
MF
Australia Brett Holman United Arab Emirates Al Nasr United Arab Emirates UAE Pro League Free Transfer Player's contract was terminated by mutual consent. [31][32]
24 June 2013
DF
Republic of Ireland Derrick Williams England Bristol City England League One Free Transfer [33][34]
1 July 2013
MF
Cameroon Jean Makoun France Stade Rennais France Ligue 1 Undisclosed Transfer was announced on 30/3/13. [28][29]
2 September 2013
MF
Scotland Barry Bannan England Crystal Palace England Premier League Undisclosed [46][47]

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes Source
14 January 2014
MF
Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland England Stoke City England Premier League Undisclosed Had been on loan at club until move was made permanent [118][119]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Winter

Date Position Player name Club League Duration Return Date Source
14 January 2014
FW
England Grant Holt England Wigan Athletic England Championship
6 months
30 June 2014
[114][115]
17 January 2014
DF
England Ryan Bertrand England Chelsea England Premier League
6 months
30 June 2014
[116][117]

Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
10 August 2013
MF
Republic of Ireland Samir Carruthers England Milton Keynes Dons England League One
8 months
3 April 2014
Initially a loan until January but was extended on 9/1/14. [39][40][188]
16 August 2013
FW
England Darren Bent England Fulham England Premier League
Season-long
30 June 2014
[41][42]
16 August 2013
FW
England Nathan Delfouneso England Blackpool England Championship
5 months
1 January 2014
[41][43]
27 August 2013
DF
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Notts County England League One
28 days
24 September 2013
Emergency loan [168]
2 September 2013
FW
Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland England Stoke City England Premier League
4 months
14 January 2014
Initially a season-long loan but was made permanent on 14/1/14. [48][49]
[118][119]

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
30 October 2013
MF
England Marc Albrighton England Wigan Athletic England Champiosnhip
28 days
27 November 2013
[169][170][189]
28 November 2013
GK
Republic of Ireland Shay Given England Middlesbrough England Champiosnhip
3 months
28 February 2013
Initially a 28-day emergency loan but was extended on 31/12/13. [171][172][190]
28 November 2013
DF
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Doncaster Rovers England Champiosnhip
7 months
30 June 2014
Initially emergency loan but was extended to end of season on 31/1/14. [173][174]
[191][192]
30 January 2014
FW
England Nathan Delfouneso England Coventry City England League One
6 months
30 June 2014
[120]
12 February 2014
MF
England Gary Gardner England Sheffield Wednesday England Championship
1 month
12 March 2014
Emergency loan [193]
15 February 2014
FW
England Jordan Bowery England Doncaster Rovers England Championship
28 days
15 March 2014
[194]
28 February 2014
DF
Scotland Alan Hutton England Bolton Wanderers England Champiosnhip
3 months
28 May 2014
Initially one-month loan but was extended until end of season on 31/3/14. [195][196][197]

Squad number changes[edit]

Player Position Previous squad number New squad number Previous player to wear number Notes Source
United States Brad Guzan
GK
22
1
Republic of Ireland Shay Given (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Nathan Baker
DF
32
2
Scotland Alan Hutton (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Joe Bennett
DF
27
3
England Stephen Warnock (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
Denmark Jores Okore
DF
N/A
5
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
Netherlands Leandro Bacuna
MF
N/A
7
Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland (2012–13 season) [198][199]
Denmark Nicklas Helenius
FW
N/A
9
England Darren Bent (2012–13 season) [198][199]
Austria Andreas Weimann
FW
26
10
France Charles N'Zogbia (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Jed Steer
GK
N/A
13
United States Michael Bradley (2010–11 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
Spain Antonio Luna
DF
N/A
14
Australia Brett Holman (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
Australia Chris Herd
MF
31
17
Cameroon Jean Makoun (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
England Gary Gardner
MF
38
22
United States Brad Guzan (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Ryan Bertrand
DF
N/A
23
England Nathan Delfouneso (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [200]
Bulgaria Aleksandar Tonev
MF
N/A
24
England Simon Dawkins (2012–13 season) Squad number was vacant. [198][199]
Republic of Ireland Samir Carruthers
MF
40
25
Scotland Barry Bannan (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Grant Holt
FW
N/A
29
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens (2012–13 season) Was given the #29 after loan move on 14 January. [201]
Saint Lucia Janoi Donacien
DF
N/A
32
England Nathan Baker (2012–13 season) Was given the #32 on 1 January. [104]
Republic of Ireland Shay Given
GK
1
35
England Daniel Johnson (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Daniel Johnson
MF
35
36
Republic of Ireland Graham Burke (2012–13 season) Was given the #36 on 24 September. [71]
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens
DF
29
37
Republic of Ireland Derrick Williams (2012–13 season) [71]
England Nathan Delfouneso
FW
23
38
England Gary Gardner (2012–13 season) [198][199]
England Darren Bent
FW
9
39
Switzerland Benjamin Siegrist (2012–13 season) [198][199]
Republic of Ireland Jack Grealish
MF
N/A
40
Republic of Ireland Samir Carruthers (2012–13 season) [152]

The #19 was retired for this season as a tribute to former captain Stiliyan Petrov.

Club[edit]

Current backroom staff[edit]

As of 15 April 2014.
Name Role
Paul Lambert Manager
Gordon Cowans Interim Co-Assistant Manager
Shay Given Player Interim Co-Assistant Manager
Scott Marshall First Team Coach / Defensive Coach
Terry Gennoe Goalkeeping Coach
Michael Watts Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chris Lorkin Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Roddy MacDonald Head of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Alan Smith Physiotherapist
Bryan Jones Academy Director
Steve Burns Assistant Academy Director
Tony McAndrew Youth Team Manager
Simone Farina Community Coach

Source: AVFC

Sponsorship[edit]

The club's two–year contract with Genting Casinos ended in the summer, meaning Villa would have a new main sponsor for the season. On 11 June 2013, the club announced that the new sponsor would be the Asian online betting website Dafabet and that the company's name would be featured on the new club's new kits.[202]

Playing staff & managerial kits will again be provided by Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron.[203]

Senior team[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 15th 17 August 2013 11 May 2014
League Cup 2nd round 3rd round 28 August 2013 24 September 2013
FA Cup 3rd round 3rd round 4 January 2014 4 January 2014

Last updated: 12 May 2014
Source: Competitions

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Tour of Germany[edit]

On 17 May 2013, the club announced it would be taking part in a pre-season tour of Germany as part of the preparations for the 2013–14 season. The tour saw Villa taking on three clubs in games between 10 and 14 July 2013 with each finishing in a 1–1 draw. Nicklas Helenius scored his first two goals for the club, in the matches against SV Rodinghausen and VfL Bochum and Andreas Weimann scored against SC Paderborn.[2][3][4][5]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Domestic friendlies[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
13 West Ham United 38 11 7 20 40 51 −11 40
14 Sunderland 38 10 8 20 41 60 −19 38
15 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 39 61 −22 38
16 Hull City 38 10 7 21 38 53 −15 37 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
17 West Bromwich Albion 38 7 15 16 43 59 −16 36

Source: Barclays Premier League Official League Table
Rules for classification:
2 Hull City qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round as runners-up of the 2013–14 FA Cup since winners Arsenal qualified for 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results by matchday[edit]
Matchday 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 A H H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A
Result W L L L W W D L L D W D D W L L L L D W L D W L L D L W W L L L L D L W L L
Position 2 5 8 16 12 9 10 13 13 13 10 12 10 10 10 11 13 13 13 11 11 10 10 10 12 11 13 11 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 14 15 15

Last updated: 3 May 2014.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

1Position is that of Villa at the end of their matchday, not entire round of matches.

Matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

August[edit]
September[edit]
October[edit]
November[edit]
December[edit]
January[edit]
February[edit]
March[edit]
April[edit]
May[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 FA Cup
Round 3
Ground H
Result 1–2

League Cup[edit]

Round 2 3
Ground H H
Result 3–0 0–4

Statistics[edit]

League 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 8 20 39 61 −22 38 6 3 10 22 29 −7 4 5 10 17 32 −15

Last updated: 12 May 2014.
Source: Competitive matches

Overall[edit]

Games played 41 (38 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games won 11 (10 Premier League, 1 League Cup)
Games drawn 8 (8 Premier League)
Games lost 22 (20 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 43 (39 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Goals conceded 67 (61 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Total goal difference –24 (–22 Premier League, –1 FA Cup, –1 League Cup)
Clean sheets 10 (9 Premier League, 1 League Cup)
Yellow Cards 82 (78 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Red Cards
Most appearances Austria Weimann (39)
Most minutes played United States Guzan (3420)
Top scorer Belgium Benteke (11)
Worst Discipline Republic of Ireland Clark
England Delph (9 Booked)
Best Result (League)1 4–1 v Norwich City, (H, 2 March 2014)
Best Result (Cup)1 3–0 v Rotherham United, League Cup (H, 28 August 2013)
Worst Result (League)2 0–4 v Manchester City (A, 7 May 2014)
Worst Result (Cup)2 0–4 v Tottenham Hotspur, League Cup (H, 24 September 2013)
Points 38

1 "Best result" is defined by goal difference between the two teams. How many goals Villa score and whether they keep a clean sheet affects which result is listed (when goal difference is the same e.g. 1–0 or 2–1).
2 "Worst result" is defined by goal difference between the two teams. How many goals Villa concede and how many they score affects which result is listed (when goal difference is the same e.g. 0–1 or 1–2).

Appearances[edit]

Last updated: 12 May 2014
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).
Includes Cup competitions as well (League Cup & FA Cup).

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. Games Notes
4 DF Vlaar  NED 35
11 FW Agbonlahor  ENG 4
1 GK Guzan  USA 1
6 DF Clark  IRL 1

Last updated: 12 May 2014
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.

Goalscorers[edit]

Correct as of 11 May 2014
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 10 1 11
2 FW Austria Andreas Weimann 5 1 6
3 MF Netherlands Leandro Bacuna 5 5
4 MF England Fabian Delph 3 1 4
FW England Gabriel Agbonlahor 4 4
FW Czech Republic Libor Kozák 4 4
7 MF England Ashley Westwood 3 3
8 MF Morocco Karim El Ahmadi 2 2
9 DF Spain Antonio Luna 1 1
FW Denmark Nicklas Helenius 1 1
FW England Grant Holt 1 1
Own Goals 1 1
Total 39 1 3 42

Disciplinary record[edit]

Correct as of 11 May 2014
Players are listed in descending order of Booked
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

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
6 Republic of Ireland DF Ciaran Clark 8 1 9 0 0
16 England MF Fabian Delph 7 1 1 9 0 0
15 England MF Ashley Westwood 7 1 8 0 0
8 Morocco MF Karim El Ahmadi 7 7 0 0
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 7 - 7 0 0
2 England DF Nathan Baker 6 6 0 0
7 Netherlands MF Leandro Bacuna 6 6 0 0
4 Netherlands DF Ron Vlaar 4 4 0 0
34 England DF Matthew Lowton 4 4 0 0
12 England MF Marc Albrighton 4 4 0 0
20 Belgium FW Christian Benteke 4 4 0 0
23 England DF Ryan Bertrand 3 3 0 0
3 England DF Joe Bennett 2 2 0 0
14 Spain DF Antonio Luna 2 2 0 0
17 Australia MF Chris Herd 2 2 0 0
1 United States GK Brad Guzan 1 1 0 0
18 Mali MF Yacouba Sylla 1 1 0 0
10 Austria FW Andreas Weimann 1 1 0 0
27 Czech Republic FW Libor Kozák 1 1 0 0
29 England FW Grant Holt 1 1 0 0
TOTALS 78 3 1 82 0 0
Notes


Suspensions[edit]

Player Date Received Offence Length of suspension
England Fabian Delph Booked v Fulham, 8 December 5 cautions 1 Match Manchester United (H), Premier League
England Gabriel Agbonlahor Booked v Manchester United, 15 December 5 cautions 1 Match Stoke City (A), Premier League
England Ashley Westwood Booked v Stoke City, 21 December 5 cautions 1 Match Crystal Palace (H), Premier League
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark Booked v Swansea City, 28 December 5 cautions 1 Match Sunderland (A), Premier League