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With David Weir at home with his wife and new-born baby, Everton gave Peter Clarke his full debut and recalled Danny Cadamarteri who, not having found another club, is still available for selection in times of emergency such as these.
Joe-Max Moore also made a rare start as the Blues struggle through their continuing injury nightmare which deepened on 24 minutes at Villa Park when Tony Hibbert had to be withdrawn, Alec Cleland (another little-seen face) replacing him at right back. Hibbert later left the pitch area on crutches.
With off-the-field matters dominating the news at Aston Villa, the focus of a fairly uneventful first half was the Villa supporters' anti-Board demonstrations from the stands.
On the pitch, Paul Merson quickly emerged as the home side's danger man and it was his corner that gave the Villans their first chance but thankfully Darius Vasell's header was saved by Steve Simonsen.
Everton, with Campbell employed behind the front two, understandably took their time adjusting to their unfamiliar formation and starting XI but grew in confidence as the half went on. Cadamarteri and Duncan Ferguson were both foiled in the area by unfriendly bounces before the former's excellent cross was met by the latter whose trademark header was well saved by Enckelman on 35 minutes.
Just before half-time, Campbell latched on to a loose ball but sent his snap-shot just over the bar, another signal that he might be better placed in his customary role at centre-forward.
Villa brought Dion Dublin on at half-time but Merson continued to be the main Villa threat and the former Arsenal man cannoned a stunning shot off the face of the crossbar 15 minutes into the second period with Simonsen well beaten.
However, it was Everton who could have snatched it at the death but Nick Chadwick, who had earlier replaced Cadamarteri, fired over from close range in injury time.
|M A T C H F A C T S|
| FA Premiership 2001-02, Game 24
7:45pm Wednesday 30 January 2002
Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)
|Line-ups||Subs not used|
|Aston Villa||Enckelman; Delaney, Mellberg, Staunton, Boateng; Hadji, Samuel, Hendrie (75' Kachloul), Merson; Angel, Vassell (46' Dublin).||Myhill, Barry, Stone.|
|Everton:||Simonsen; Hibbert (24' Cleland), Clarke, Unsworth, Stubbs, Naysmith; Gemmill, Campbell, Moore; Cadamarteri (70' Chadwick), Ferguson.||Gerrard, McLeod, Tal.|
|Unavailable: Alexandersson, Blomqvist, Gascoigne, Gravesen, Pembridge, Pistone, Radzinski, Watson (injured); Weir (paternity leave); Xavier (transferred to Liverpool); Nyarko (on loan).||Full Debut: Clarke|
|Aston Villa:||Claret shirts; white shorts; pale blue socks||4-4-2|
|Everton:||Royal Blue shirts; blue shorts; white socks.||5-3-2|
|Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Aston Villa:||Angel (56')||--|
|Everton:||Clarke (44'), Naysmith (61'), Ferguson (77')||--|
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