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Subs sink the Sky Blues

Subs sink the Sky Blues

On this day in 1997, Villa enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Midland rivals Coventry City at Villa Park with two of the goals coming from substitutes.

The match was also notable for Stan Collymore’s first home goal for Villa following his club record £7m transfer from Liverpool that summer.

Collymore opened the scoring with a 21st-minute shot which took a slight deflection, and in the second half subs Lee Hendrie and Julian Joachim took centre stage.

Hendrie doubled the lead on 71 minutes by firing past Steve Ogrizovic after outwitting defender Richard Shaw, and five minutes from the end Joachim’s cross from the left went into the corner of the net as Ogrizovic was distracted by Collymore.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 6th December 1997