2014–15 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2014–15 season
ChairmanRandy Lerner
ManagerPaul Lambert
(until 11 February 2015)
Tim Sherwood
(from 14 February 2015)
StadiumVilla Park
Premier League17th
FA CupRunners-up
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Christian Benteke (13)
All: Christian Benteke (15)

The 2014–15 season was Aston Villa's 23rd season in the Premier League and 27th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, as well as their 140th season as a professional football club. Villa participated in the FA Cup (reaching the final) and League Cup. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, until his sacking on 11 February 2015.[1] He was replaced by Tim Sherwood on 14 February.[2]

Key events[edit]

Players[edit]

Squad No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Apps. Goals Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Brad Guzan United States GK (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 35) 140 0
13 Jed Steer England GK (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 27) 4 0
31 Shay Given Republic of Ireland GK (1976-04-20) 20 April 1976 (age 43) 52 0
Defenders
2 Nathan Baker England CB / LB (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 28) 86 0
3 Joe Bennett England LB (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29) 37 0
4 Ron Vlaar Netherlands CB (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 34) 87 2
5 Jores Okore Denmark CB (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 27) 31 1
6 Ciaran Clark Republic of Ireland CB / LB (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 30) 136 8
14 Philippe Senderos Switzerland CB (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 34) 10 0
21 Alan Hutton Scotland RB (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 34) 68 1
23 Aly Cissokho France LB (1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 32) 27 0
32 Janoi Donacien Saint Lucia CB / RB (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 26) 0 0
34 Matthew Lowton England RB (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 30) 82 2
35 Enda Stevens Republic of Ireland LB (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 29) 9 0
Antonio Luna Spain LB (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 28) 18 1 On loan at Spezia Calcio.
Midfielders
7 Leandro Bacuna Curaçao CM / RB / RWB (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 28) 63 6
8 Tom Cleverley England CM / AM (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 30) 36 3 On loan from Manchester United.
9 Scott Sinclair England LW / RW (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 30) 12 3
12 Joe Cole England AM (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 38) 15 1
15 Ashley Westwood England CM (1990-04-01) 1 April 1990 (age 29) 101 3
16 Fabian Delph (captain) England CM (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 29) 133 8
17 Chris Herd Australia CM / CB / RB (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 30) 42 2
18 Kieran Richardson England LW / LB (1984-10-21) 21 October 1984 (age 35) 25 0
22 Gary Gardner England CM (1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 27) 18 0
24 Carlos Sánchez Colombia DM (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 33) 32 1
25 Carles Gil Spain AM / RW (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26) 7 1
28 Charles N'Zogbia France LW / AM (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 33) 90 5
39 Riccardo Clader England LW (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0
40 Jack Grealish Republic of Ireland LW / AM (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 24) 24 0
Yacouba Sylla Mali DM (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 28) 24 0 On loan at Kayseri Erciyesspor.
Aleksandar Tonev Bulgaria LW / RW (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 29) 20 0 On loan at Celtic.
Forwards
10 Andreas Weimann Austria ST / LW / RW (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28) 129 24
11 Gabriel Agbonlahor England ST / LW / RW (1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 33) 352 83
19 Darren Bent England ST (1984-02-06) 6 February 1984 (age 35) 72 25
20 Christian Benteke Belgium ST (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 28) 100 49
27 Libor Kozák Czech Republic ST (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 30) 15 4
29 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy England ST (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0
37 Callum Robinson England ST (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 24) 5 0
38 Graham Burke Republic of Ireland ST (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 26) 2 0
Nicklas Helenius Denmark ST / RW (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 6 1 On loan at Aalborg BK.

Last updated: 25 May 2015.
Source: Soccerbase

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name Old club League Transfer fee Notes Source
5 June 2014 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos Spain Valencia Spain La Liga Free transfer Officially joined on 1/7/14, after release from Valencia. [5]
10 June 2014 MF England Joe Cole England West Ham United England Premier League Free transfer Officially joined on 1/7/14, after release from West Ham. [6]
11 July 2014 MF England Kieran Richardson England Fulham England Championship £600,000 [9]
8 August 2014 DF France Aly Cissokho Spain Valencia Spain La Liga £2,000,0001 [10]
15 August 2014 MF Colombia Carlos Sánchez Spain Elche Spain La Liga £4,700,0001 [11]

Winter/Spring

Date Position Player name Old club League Transfer fee Notes Source
13 January 2015
MF
Spain Carles Gil Spain Valencia Spain La Liga £3,200,0001 [20]
19 May 2015
MF
England Scott Sinclair England Manchester City England Premier League £2,600,0001 Originally a loan, made into a permanent move. [35]

Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes Source
20 May 2014 MF England Marc Albrighton England Leicester City England Premier League Free transfer Signed for Leicester on 23/5/14 after release. [4][36]
20 May 2014 FW England Nathan Delfouneso England Blackpool England Championship Free transfer Signed for Blackpool on 29/7/14 after release. [4][37]
10 June 2014 FW England Jordan Bowery England Rotherham United England Championship £250,000 [38][39]
6 August 2014 MF Republic of Ireland Samir Carruthers England MK Dons England League One £220,000 [40]
1 September 2014
MF
Morocco Karim El Ahmadi Netherlands Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie £320,0001 [41]

1Fee officially undisclosed

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Source
23 January 2015
MF
Jamaica Daniel Johnson England Preston North End England League One £50,0001 [42]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name Club League Duration Return Date Source
2 September 2014 MF England Tom Cleverley England Manchester United England Premier League Season-long 30 June 2015 [15]

Winter

Date Position Player name Club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
30 January 2015
MF
England Scott Sinclair England Manchester City England Premier League 5 months 19 May 2015 Move was made permanent on 19/5/15. [21][35]

Out[edit]

Summer

Date Position Player name Club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
9 July 2014 FW Denmark Nicklas Helenius Denmark Aalborg BK Denmark Danish Superliga Season-long 30 June 2015 [43]
1 August 2014 GK England Jed Steer England Doncaster Rovers England League One 3 months 1 November 2014 [44]
4 August 2014 DF Spain Antonio Luna Italy Verona Italy Serie A 6 months 2 February 2015 Loan originally season-long but cut short in February. [45][46]
6 August 2014 MF Mali Yacouba Sylla Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor Turkey Süper Lig Season-long 30 June 2015 [47]
8 August 2014
MF
Jamaica Daniel Johnson England Chesterfield England League One 3 months 8 November 2014 [48]
11 August 2014
MF
Bulgaria Aleksandar Tonev Scotland Celtic Scotland Scottish Premiership Season-long 30 June 2015 [49]
18 August 2014
DF
Saint Lucia Janoi Donacien England Tranmere Rovers England League Two Season-long 30 June 2015 [50][51]
20 August 2014
DF
England Joe Bennett England Brighton & Hove Albion England Championship Season-long 30 June 2015 [52]
26 August 2014
MF
England Gary Gardner England Brighton & Hove Albion England Championship 4 months 1 January 2015 [53]

Winter/Spring

Date Pos Player name Club League Duration Return Date Notes Source
16 September 2014
FW
England Callum Robinson England Preston North End England League One 2 months 26 November 2014 [54][55]
23 September 2014
MF
Australia Chris Herd England Bolton Wanderers England Championship 1.5 months 8 November 2014 [56]
10 October 2014
DF
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Northampton Town England League Two 1 month 6 November 2014 [57]
31 October 2014
GK
England Jed Steer England Yeovil Yown England League One 2 months 31 January 2015 [58]
6 November 2014
DF
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Doncaster Rovers England League One 7 months 30 June 2015 [59][60]
10 November 2014
MF
Jamaica Daniel Johnson England Oldham Athletic England League One 2 months 5 January 2015 [61]
26 November 2014
FW
England Darren Bent England Brighton & Hove Albion England Championship 1 month 29 December 2014 [62]
2 January 2015
FW
England Darren Bent England Derby County England Championship 4.5 months 30 June 2015 [63]
10 January 2015
MF
England Gary Gardner England Nottingham Forest England Championship 4.5 months 30 June 2015 [64]
26 January 2015
DF
Australia Chris Herd England Wigan Athletic England Championship 1 month 30 June 2015 Player returned early due to injury, [65][66]
2 February 2015
DF
Spain Antonio Luna Italy Spezia Italy Serie B 5 months 30 June 2015 [46]
2 February 2015
FW
England Callum Robinson England Preston North End England League One 3 months 11 May 2015 [67][68]
26 March 2015
FW
Republic of Ireland Graham Burke England Notts County England League One 2 months 30 June 2015 [69]
26 March 2015
DF
England Lewis Kinsella England Luton Town England League Two 2 months 30 June 2015 [70]

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
15 Newcastle United 38 10 9 19 40 63 −23 39
16 Sunderland 38 7 17 14 31 53 −22 38
17 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 31 57 −26 38
18 Hull City (R) 38 8 11 19 33 51 −18 35 Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Burnley (R) 38 7 12 19 28 53 −25 33
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[71]
(R) Relegated.

Result 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 31 57  −26 38 5 6 8 18 25  −7 5 2 12 13 32  −19

Last updated: 25 May 2015.
Source: Statto.com

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHAAHHAH
ResultWDWWLLLLLLDDDWWLDLDDLLLLLLLWWLLDWLWWLL
Position343236711151516161612111212131312131416161819191716161616151514141517
Updated to match(es) played on 25 May 2015. Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

FA Cup[edit]

Round 3 4 5 6 SF F
Ground H H H H N N
Result 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–4

League Cup[edit]

Round 2
Ground H
Result 0–1

Statistics[edit]

Overall[edit]

Games played 45 (38 Premier League, 6 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Games won 15 (10 Premier League, 5 FA Cup)
Games drawn 8 (8 Premier League)
Games lost 22 (20 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 40 (31 Premier League, 9 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 65 (58 Premier League, 1 League Cup, 7 FA Cup)
Total goal difference –25 (−26 Premier League, −1 League Cup, +2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 12 (10 Premier League, 2 FA Cup)
Yellow Cards 82 (71 Premier League, 11 FA Cup)
Red Cards 8 (7 Premier League, 1 FA Cup)
Most appearances England Cleverley (36)
Most minutes played United States Guzan (3060)
Top scorer Belgium Benteke (15)
Worst Discipline Republic of Ireland Clark (9 Yellow card 1 Red card)
Points 38
Best Result 4–0 v Sunderland, Premier League (14/3/15)
Worst Result 0–5 v Arsenal, Premier League (1/2/15)
1–6 v Southampton, Premier League (16/5/15)

Appearances[edit]

Last updated: 25 May 2015.
Source: World Football

Goalscorers[edit]

Correct as of 24 May 2015
Players with the same number 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 13 2 15
2 FW England Gabriel Agbonlahor 6 6
3 FW Austria Andreas Weimann 3 1 0 4
4 MF England Tom Cleverley 3 0 3
MF England Scott Sinclair 1 2 3
6 MF England Fabian Delph 2 2
6 DF Denmark Jores Okore 1 0 1
DF Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark 1 0 1
DF Scotland Alan Hutton 1 0 1
MF Curaçao Leandro Bacuna 1 0 1
MF England Joe Cole 1 0 1
MF Colombia Carlos Sánchez 1 0 1
MF Spain Carles Gil 1 1
Total 31 9 0 40

Disciplinary record[edit]

Correct as of 24 May 2015
Players are listed in descending order of Yellow card
Players with the same number 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
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card
6 Republic of Ireland DF Ciaran Clark 8 1 1 9 1 0
21 Scotland DF Alan Hutton 8 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 8 1 8 0 11
24 Colombia MF Carlos Sánchez 6 1 0 0 0 6 1 0
4 Netherlands DF Ron Vlaar 4 1 4 1 0
5 Denmark DF Jores Okore 5 1 6 0 0
8 England MF Tom Cleverley 6 62 0 0
28 France MF Charles N'Zogbia 3 2 5 0 0
10 Austria FW Andreas Weimann 5 0 0 0 5 0 0
15 England MF Ashley Westwood 4 0 0 0 4 0 0
7 Curaçao MF Leandro Bacuna 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
16 England MF Fabian Delph 1 1 1 2 0 1
18 England MF Kieran Richardson 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1
1 United States GK Brad Guzan 2 2 0 0
14 Switzerland DF Philippe Senderos 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 England DF Matthew Lowton 2 2 0 0
40 Republic of Ireland MF Jack Grealish 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
31 Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given 1 1 0 0
20 Belgium FW Christian Benteke 1 1 1 0 1
23 France DF Aly Cissokho 1 1 0 0
25 Spain MF Carles Gil 1 1 0 0
TOTALS 70 2 4 11 1 0 0 0 81 2 4
Notes

1Red card rescinded by the FA on 23/12/14.[75]
2Cleverley received one yellow card whilst playing for Manchester United (not included in this total).


Suspensions[edit]

Player Date Received Offence Length of suspension
Belgium Christian Benteke Red card v Tottenham Hotspur, 2/11/14 Violent conduct 3 Matches West Ham (H), Southampton (H), Burnley (A), Premier League
Austria Andreas Weimann Yellow card v Crystal Palace, 2/12/14 5 cautions 1 Match Leicester City (H), Premier League
Scotland Alan Hutton Yellow card v West Bromwich Albion, 13/12/14 5 cautions 1 Match Manchester United (H), Premier League
England Tom Cleverley Yellow card v West Bromwich Albion, 13/12/14 5 cautions 1 Match Manchester United (H), Premier League
England Kieran Richardson Red card v West Bromwich Albion, 13/12/14 Serious foul play 3 Matches Manchester United (H), Swansea City (A), Sunderland (H), Premier League
England Gabriel Agbonlahor Yellow card v Swansea City, 26/12/14 5 cautions 1 Match Sunderland (H), Premier League
England Fabian Delph Red card v Sunderland, 28/12/14 Serious foul play 3 Matches Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (A), Premier League
Blackpool (H), FA Cup
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark Red card v Leicester City, 10/1/15 2nd bookable offence 1 Match Liverpool (H), Premier League
Netherlands Ron Vlaar Red card v Stoke City, 21/2/15 2nd bookable offence 1 Match Newcastle United (A), Premier League
Scotland Alan Hutton Yellow card v West Bromwich Albion, 3/3/15 10 cautions 2 Matches Sunderland (H), Premier League
West Bromwich Albion (H), FA Cup
Republic of Ireland Jack Grealish Red card v West Bromwich Albion, 8/3/15 2nd bookable offence 1 Match Sunderland (H), Premier League
Colombia Carlos Sánchez Red card v Tottenham Hotspur, 11/4/15 2nd bookable offence 1 Match Liverpool (N), FA Cup