Saturday February 5, 2011 Day 26 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Fulham

  • Pantsil 13’ (o.g.)
  • Walker 73’
  • Johnson 53’
  • Dempsey 79’

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  1. Fulham hold Villa in thriller

    Fulham hold Villa in thriller

    Fulham came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa in an entertaining Premier League clash at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5 Gudjohnsen gives away a free-kick but the whistle goes, 2-2 at Villa Park and what a game!
    • 90+5 The corner is headed clear by Heskey and drops for Baird at range but he fires well wide.
    • 90+4 Up comes Hangeland, who is one of the best in the business at meeting corners... Johnson comes off first though as Fulham throw Eidur Gudjohnsen on for the last chance of the game. Smart move - good in the air and ends it at this.
    • 90+3 Davies wide to Johnson, whose low cross hits Clark. Corner Fulham!
    • 90+2 Dembele and Murphy almost combine on the edge of the box but cleared.
    • 90+1 Four minutes added time being played but get this - Newcastle have equalised! 4-4 having been 4-0 down after 26 minutes. Arsenal! Defending!
    • 90' Johnson picks it up on the left, he runs into the box and smashes a low drive off the legs of Friedel that Collins heads behind for a corner!!
    • 89' Free-kick to Villa on the right but the ball skids off Heskey's head and Dempsey slides across to put out for a throw.
    • 88' Nervous for Schwarzer who punches the corner clear. For those keen, Newcastle have pulled it back to 4-3! After 26 minutes, when Van Persie made it four, loads of fans walked. More the fool them!
    • 87' Baird is booked now for taking Young out on the Villa left.
    • 87' Good header away by Hanegland and Baird completes the clearance.
    • 86' VILLA SUB: Heskey on for Agbonlahor.
    • 86' Corner to Villa on the right which Downing will swing in... This match is anyone's!
    • 85' Dembele chases a lofted pass down the right but not even he is quick enough.
    • 84' VILLA SUB: Realising that Petrov has lost his head and is on a booking already, Houllier pulls him off for Albrighton.
    • 83' Petrov and Dempsey go tete-a-tete after the former fouls the latter then accuses him of simulation. Petrov pulled him down, quite clearly, so I don't know what his beef is.
    • 82' Villa pumping it forward now but Fulham holding firm...
    • 80' Dempsey goes off for treatment. Both sides still arguing about that - Hughes thinks it should have been red while Villa think Dempsey's challenge was the more sinister.
    • 79' Makoun is booked after consultation with the linesman, he and Dempsey both slid in for a 50-50 and it seemed to me that Dempsey went in two-footed, although Makoun was late.
    • 78' Corner to Fulham which Murphy will take... GOAL!! DEMPSEY! What a leap from the American! Way to hustle! He got above a defence and keeper known for their aerial prowess, bullet header into the top right!
    • 77' Petrov is booked for a horrible tackle on Sidwell, with a red seemingly spared because Sidwell bounced back up.
    • 75' Fulham are having a real go now as they seek for a leveller.
    • 73' Well then. Fulham were in the ascendancy before that goal but now they have to fight back again. An attack breaks down as Dunne and Collins combine to clear.
    • 72' It was a great shot from the youngster but, from around 35 yards out and with no-one blocking his view, Schwarzer of all people should get that. He seemed to think it was going wide. Poor.
    • 71' GOAL VILLA! Walker with a low thunderbolt of a drive from some way out, into the bottom left and I am blaming Schwarzer for that - he had plenty of time to get down for that.
    • 70' Young makes a meal of a challenge from Murphy, who is booked.
    • 69' Bent stretches for a long Downing cross but he can't reach the ball.
    • 68' Duffer looks miffed at being subbed. We want Kakuta!
    • 67' FULHAM SUB: Duff comes off for Simon Davies.
    • 66' Downing flies down the right and knocks the ball past Sidwell before clearly diving. Sidwell is furious and the ref signals a Fulham throw but does not book Downing. Of course, English players don't dive do they, so it must have been a slip. A slip that morphed into a dying swan.
    • 65' Baird stumbles awkwardly into the ball but manages to avoid catching his studs in the turf. Villa retain possession.
    • 64' Johnson does well on the right before miscontrolling it and allowing Dunne to clear.
    • 63' Downing has switched flanks, perhaps fancying going up against the defensively-suspect Salcido, and he cuts inside the Mexican before smacking a shot over the bar. I'm not sure this was a good substitution by Mark Hughes - unless Pantsil was injured as, own-goal aside, he was having a decent game.
    • 62' That's an odd change. Salcido's not been in the best form of late but perhaps the visitors sense an opportunity to get behind Walker.
    • 61' FULHAM SUB: Salcido is on for Pantsil. He will play at left-back and Baird will switch across to his natural right side.
    • 60' Walker with a good run down the right and he tries to get it up and around Baird but the ball curls out of play.
    • 59' Sidwell has grown into this game, surging forward. Now wide to Johnson who finds Duff, Fulham playing it about nicely as Dempsey has a pop but blocked by Walker.
    • 58' Young has cut in from the right, he's been quiet today and he tries a low shot from Agbonlahor's pass but he sends it well wide under pressure from Baird.
    • 57' Fulham are in charge now, Villa sitting very deep as the Whites press and dominate possession. Dempsey glares at Walker after he catches him late.
    • 56' Dembele on the run, cutting inside from the right but seeing his ambitious effort blocked by Dunne.
    • 55' Duff comes forward as Fulham look to snatch a lead. Wide to Pantsil, back to Murphy but Duff is offside.
    • 54' The first corner is just about cleared by Schwarzer but Fulham clear. Now Walker pings in a cross and headed on goal by Clark but weak and easy for the keeper!
    • 53' Bent races away down the left and has a pop but blocked by Hughes for a corner!
    • 52' GOAL FULHAM! ANDY JOHNSON! Super shot from Sidwell from range that Friedel can't hold on to and AJ flies in to stoop for a low header off the turf and in! Collins flew back but couldn't prevent it. 1-1!
    • 50' Dembele, who appears to have shrugged off that knock, meets the corner from Duff but the header skews away from goal. Now Johnson is on it but overruns the ball for a goal kick.
    • 49' A good move by Fulham sees Duff tee it up for Sidwell, whose low shot is deflected wide off Collins.
    • 48' Super cross by Walker down the right but the leaping Bent can't reach it! Carew? Heskey!
    • 47' Well that was dreadful defending by Hughes against one of his former clubs. What was he playing at? Well done Hangeland to stretch those long legs and put Bent off, though he should have done better.
    • 46' The second half is underway and Agbonlahor immediately tests Schwarzer with a low shot that the Aussie gathers. Seconds later a long ball sends Bent clean through, Hughes caught 10 yards upfield to let him in, but he drags the shot wide!!
    • - Apologies, I said Pantsil scored his second oggy in two matches but was second in three, having forgotten about the 1-0 win over Newcastle in midweek.
    • 45+1 Dembele is at least on his feet but grimaces in pain. He trudges off for more treatment. They'll no doubt let that settle over half time, which is blown for as Agbonlahor consoles Pantsil for the own goal. Sportsmanlike from the Villa striker.
    • 45' Oh no. Dembele is rolling around in agony holding his ankle. Not again. A minute added time is signalled but more will be played. There didn't seem to be a kick as he tried to get away from Makoun, he must have landed awkwardly on it.
    • 44' Dunne with a timely intervention to knock Duff's cross behind for a corner with Johnson flying in to finish. Clark does likewise for the corner.
    • 43' A poor free-kick, into the wall from Downing, and even worse from Makoun on the follow up as he smacks it miles wide.
    • 42' Bad tackle from Sidwell, sliding in on Petrov and smacking his ankle as he got away. I think the cards have been kept in the pocket but it's a free-kick 25 yards out...
    • 41' Ow. Hughes wins a header but his shoulder knocks poor Petrov in the head. Just a free-kick.
    • 40' Mistake from Makoun again and Dembele is in but Dunne recovers to slide it away! Villa break and Bent races on to the through ball but out comes Schwarzer to land on it, copping a leg in the head from Bent too. They're okay, shaking hands on the way up.
    • 39' Johnson almost gets away but Clark clears.
    • 38' That was a half-chance really. It's given Fulham some drive though as they attack again.
    • 37' Duff almost intercepts but Villa clear. Makoun gives it away though, to Johnson, and inside TO SIDWELL but he drills the shot just wide! Friedel had it covered.
    • 36' Villa have a throw, nothing more. Fulham win it back though as Walker fails to cross.
    • 35' Petrov goes down holding his face after a tussle with Sidwell. Easy now, he was your mate a few weeks ago.
    • 34' Sidwell pokes the ball away from Bent as he prepared to shoot.
    • 33' Fulham's attempted attack breaks down as Collins lumps it clear.
    • 32' All a bit scrappy now as Villa struggle to keep the ball grounded while Fulham struggle to get hold of the ball period.
    • 30' Decent pressure from Fulham as they get another throw.
    • 29' Murphy sets up Dempsey but he can't shoot, Dembele on the left pulls it back for Duff but the shot is off Clark for a throw.
    • 27' Villa attack down the left now but Clark can't put the cross in.
    • 26' Well that's a bit harsh. Young goes down and Dembele is penalised for it even though Young was already on his way.
    • 25' Schwarzer has to race out of the box to head clear as Bent raced in! Makoun trips Dembele and the Belgian is not happy with the treatment meted to him.
    • 24' Johnson, booed by the Villa fans because he played for Birmingham in the 1920s, is fouled by Dunne. Hurrah!
    • 23' Downing to take the corner. Cleared but Downing gets it back and crosses but there's some climbing by Collins. Free-kick Fulham.
    • 22' Walker on the overlap but Sidwell slides in to block the cross for a corner.
    • 21' Dunne prevents a corner and finds Friedel who clears. Clark almost got his side in trouble with a dodgy backpass.
    • 20' Dembele gets away from Clark but the Villa defender shoves him. Free-kick on the Whites' right.
    • 19' Dembele is fouled after Dempsey slips him in. Free-kick some 35 yards out.
    • 18' Duff found by Baird on the edge of the box but Villa have men back. Sidwell from range has a pop but Friedel has no trouble claiming the swerving ball.
    • 16' Murphy loses out to Young but his pass is poor. Just as bad is Hangeland's decision to let it run but the ball doesn't go out and he has to lollop across to play it to Hughes, it almost doesn't reach him and eventually Schwarzer clears. Phew.
    • 15' Duff is fouled by Agbonlahor. Respite for Fulham.
    • 14' That's his third oggy of the season and second in two games. Deary me. He then loses control of the ball and almost sets Bent away but just about gets away with it.
    • 13' GOAL VILLA! It's an own-goal, Pantsil scores another one in his own net. Oh dear. Makoun's ball in and Downing flicks it into the box and with Agbonlahor flying in the Ghanaian heads it past his own keeper.
    • 12' Fulham have a throw after Clark breaks up a decent spell of possession. If you're interested Arsenal are 3-0 up after 10 minutes at Newcastle. Carroll!
    • 11' Dembele plays Murphy into trouble and Villa have a throw which Clark takes, back to Dunne.
    • 10' Fulham with a spell on the ball now but Clark clears from Duff. Still with Fulham though...
    • 9' Downing and Young fancy it, Downing takes but crashes it into the wall.
    • 8' Walker on the right finds no route forward so it's played around the defence, now Agbonlahor races away but Murphy clips him and the Villa man goes down. A soft free-kick.
    • 7' Hmmm. That was close. A marginal offside and almost another goal for Bent.
    • 6' Downing towards the edge of the box, he has a pop and Schwarzer saves BENT SCORES FROM TWO YARDS but the flag is up! He was offside.
    • 5' Downing gets forward, Petrov now to Clark but Pantsil shuts out Agbonlahor.
    • 4' Great control from Dembele from Duff's ball but a poor ball for Dempsey is intercepted.
    • 2' Murphy blocks Clark's delivery but the youngster gets it back and crosses but Murphy smacks it high into touch.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Villa Park!
    • 14:55 The teams emerge for this afternoon's encounter at Villa Park.
    • 14:50 Villa, 14th in the table, are a point behind Fulham and only four clear of the relegation zone. Premier League table
    • 14:45 Thirty-five per cent of Fulham's goals this season have been headed, the highest proportion in the Premier League. All Premier League matches: LIVE
    • 14:40 Aston Villa have used 31 different players this season, the joint-most along with West Ham. They have conceded nine goals from corners this season, more than any other side. Houllier slams Warnock and Beye
    • 14:38 Fulham are unchanged, while Gabriel Agbonlahor comes back in for the Villa.
    • 14:37 Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Petrov, Makoun, Downing, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Bent; subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Cuellar
    • 14:37 Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Dembele, Johnson; subs: Stockdale, Salcido, Gera, Gudjohnsen, Kakuta, Greening, Davies
    • 14:37 Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
    • 14:35 Fulham have won every other game in their last seven games, if this run continues then they will fail to win this match. Hughes: Zamora must earn his place
    • 14:30 Villa have kept only clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games. If the Premier League had started on Boxing Day, Fulham would be sixth, level on points with Chelsea. Weekend fixtures
    • 14:25 Aston Villa have won six and lost none of the nine home games against Fulham in the Premier League era. Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored three goals in his last two appearances against them. Aston Villa team page
    • 14:20 Fulham have only won three of the 19 Premier League meetings with Aston Villa. Fulham team page
    • 14:15 Welcome to coverage of Aston Villa's home game against Fulham in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90' Johnson picks it up on the left, he runs into the box and smashes a low drive off the legs of Friedel that Collins heads behind for a corner!!
    • 78' Corner to Fulham which Murphy will take... GOAL!! DEMPSEY! What a leap from the American! Way to hustle! He got above a defence and keeper known for their aerial prowess, bullet header into the top right!
    • 71' GOAL VILLA! Walker with a low thunderbolt of a drive from some way out, into the bottom left and I am blaming Schwarzer for that - he had plenty of time to get down for that.
    • 52' GOAL FULHAM! ANDY JOHNSON! Super shot from Sidwell from range that Friedel can't hold on to and AJ flies in to stoop for a low header off the turf and in! Collins flew back but couldn't prevent it. 1-1!
    • 46' The second half is underway and Agbonlahor immediately tests Schwarzer with a low shot that the Aussie gathers. Seconds later a long ball sends Bent clean through, Hughes caught 10 yards upfield to let him in, but he drags the shot wide!!
    • 40' Mistake from Makoun again and Dembele is in but Dunne recovers to slide it away! Villa break and Bent races on to the through ball but out comes Schwarzer to land on it, copping a leg in the head from Bent too. They're okay, shaking hands on the way up.
    • 37' Duff almost intercepts but Villa clear. Makoun gives it away though, to Johnson, and inside TO SIDWELL but he drills the shot just wide! Friedel had it covered.
    • 13' GOAL VILLA! It's an own-goal, Pantsil scores another one in his own net. Oh dear. Makoun's ball in and Downing flicks it into the box and with Agbonlahor flying in the Ghanaian heads it past his own keeper.
    • 6' Downing towards the edge of the box, he has a pop and Schwarzer saves BENT SCORES FROM TWO YARDS but the flag is up! He was offside.
    • 14:37 Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Petrov, Makoun, Downing, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Bent; subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Cuellar
    • 14:37 Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Dembele, Johnson; subs: Stockdale, Salcido, Gera, Gudjohnsen, Kakuta, Greening, Davies

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • K. Walker Goal
      • R. Dunne
      • J. Collins
      • C. Clark
      • S. Downing
      • J. Makoun Yellow Card
      • S. Petrov Yellow Card Substitution Out (84′)
      • A. Young Yellow Card
      • G. Agbonlahor Substitution Out (87′)
      • D. Bent

      Subs

      • E. Heskey Substitution In87′
      • R. Pires
      • A. Marshall
      • N. Reo-Coker
      • N. Delfouneso
      • M. Albrighton Substitution In84′
      • C. Cuéllar
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Own Goal Substitution Out (63′)
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Baird Yellow Card
      • D. Murphy Yellow Card
      • S. Sidwell
      • D. Duff Substitution Out (67′)
      • C. Dempsey Goal
      • A. Johnson Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • M. Dembélé

      Subs

      • E. Gudjohnsen Substitution In90′
      • J. Greening
      • Z. Gera
      • C. Salcido Substitution In63′
      • D. Stockdale
      • S. Davies Substitution In67′
      • G. Kakuta
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