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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]

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)

Contents

Key eventsEdit

PlayersEdit

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

Last updated: 25 May 2015.
Source: Soccerbase

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Summer

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

Winter/Spring

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

OutEdit

Summer

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

1Fee officially undisclosed

Winter

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

LoansEdit

InEdit

Summer

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

Winter

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

OutEdit

Summer

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

Winter/Spring

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

CompetitionsEdit

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

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 summaryEdit

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 matchdayEdit

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

MatchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

FA CupEdit

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 CupEdit

Round 2
Ground H
Result 0–1

StatisticsEdit

OverallEdit

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   Cleverley (36)
Most minutes played   Guzan (3060)
Top scorer   Benteke (15)
Worst Discipline   Clark (9   1  )
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)

AppearancesEdit

Last updated: 25 May 2015.
Source: World Football

GoalscorersEdit

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   Christian Benteke 13 2 15
2 FW   Gabriel Agbonlahor 6 6
3 FW   Andreas Weimann 3 1 0 4
4 MF   Tom Cleverley 3 0 3
MF   Scott Sinclair 1 2 3
6 MF   Fabian Delph 2 2
6 DF   Jores Okore 1 0 1
DF   Ciaran Clark 1 0 1
DF   Alan Hutton 1 0 1
MF   Leandro Bacuna 1 0 1
MF   Joe Cole 1 0 1
MF   Carlos Sánchez 1 0 1
MF   Carles Gil 1 1
Total 31 9 0 40

Disciplinary recordEdit

Correct as of 24 May 2015
Players are listed in descending order of  
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
                               
6   DF Ciaran Clark 8 1 1 9 1 0
21   DF Alan Hutton 8 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
11   FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 8 1 8 0 11
24   MF Carlos Sánchez 6 1 0 0 0 6 1 0
4   DF Ron Vlaar 4 1 4 1 0
5   DF Jores Okore 5 1 6 0 0
8   MF Tom Cleverley 6 62 0 0
28   MF Charles N'Zogbia 3 2 5 0 0
10   FW Andreas Weimann 5 0 0 0 5 0 0
15   MF Ashley Westwood 4 0 0 0 4 0 0
7   MF Leandro Bacuna 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
16   MF Fabian Delph 1 1 1 2 0 1
18   MF Kieran Richardson 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1
1   GK Brad Guzan 2 2 0 0
14   DF Philippe Senderos 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
34   DF Matthew Lowton 2 2 0 0
40   MF Jack Grealish 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
31   GK Shay Given 1 1 0 0
20   FW Christian Benteke 1 1 1 0 1
23   DF Aly Cissokho 1 1 0 0
25   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.[72]
2Cleverley received one yellow card whilst playing for Manchester United (not included in this total).


SuspensionsEdit

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