FA Cup Final - 20th May 2000
After the excitement of three years previously, the 2000 FA Cup Final proved to be a tepid affair.
The disappointment of losing a Champions League quarter-final and a failure to maintain a challenge for a league title that resulted in qualification only for the Uefa Cup, meant that, unlike in 1997, the FA Cup was viewed as something of a consolation prize. Despite this, the team were determined to lift another trophy especially as there was the incentive of winning the last final at Wembley before the famous stadium was developed.
The first half was a very poor contest with neither team creating any clear chances, partly due to the extremely negative tactics of the Aston Villa management.
The game did open up in the second half and George Weah was guilty of two bad misses, while Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside decision.
The goal came in the 73rd minute and in keeping with the game it was the result of a goalkeeping error, Roberto Di Matteo netting from close range to record his second FA Cup Final goal and his third in major finals.
Villa had little left to give and Ed de Goey had just one tame effort to hold on to before our third FA Cup triumph, and the second in four seasons, was confirmed.