Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 0 Aston Villa

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  1. Premier League - Fulham leave it late to beat Villa

    Premier League - Fulham leave it late to beat Villa

    Fulham left it late before beating Aston Villa 1-0 at Craven Cottage courtesy of a goal from Chris Baird. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Aston Villa
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    • 90+4' My man of the match was Ron Vlaar who was again impressive despite Baird's late goal.
    • 90+4' That's it! Fulham's fine home record continues as they seal a 1-0 win thanks to Baird's late strike.
    • 90+2' Villa piling on the pressure late on as Schwarzer comfortably gathers a header from Lowton.
    • 90+1' Holman blasts over the bar via a deflection off Hangeland.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 89' This is tough on Villa who have defended so well.
    • 86' Earlier Giorgos Karagounis came on in place of Sidwell.
    • 84' Villa so close to equalising as Benteke fires a cross wide when superbly positioned in the centre of the penalty area. So close!
    • 83' GOAL! FULHAM 1-0 ASTON VILLA. Chris Baird pops up at the near post to convert a corner and give Fulham the lead!
    • 82' Substitute Ashkan Dejagah unloads with a fierce right footed shot that Guzan pushes over the bar!
    • 80' It's starting to get tense here. Lambert would be delighted with a point, but can his team claim one?
    • 78' Berbatov's ball is just too long for Dejagah. Again, a lack of quality in the final third.
    • 76' Villa substitute Lichaj is booked for a challenge from behind on Diarra.
    • 75' According to the Birmingham Mail's Mat Kendrick, Bent got 'an encouraging pat on the back from the manager' as he went off.
    • 74' Christian Benteke comes on to replace Bent in Villa's final substitution.
    • 73' Riether gets in down the right and crosses to Rodallega who sees his shot blocked by Lowton!
    • 71' Villa have been very solid at the back today, as Bent heads away a corner from Riise.
    • 70' Ashkan Dejagah comes on for Fulham in place of Richardson.
    • 69' Riise is booked for a late challenge on Lowton.
    • 68' Agbonlahor wins a corner off Hughes.
    • 67' Baird plays the ball into Sidwell but he can't keep possession. There is a frustration here at Craven Cottage.
    • 66' Charles N'Zogbia comes on for Ireland in Villa's second change.
    • 65' Villa enjoying a period of possession here. Can either team come up with that bit of quality in the final third though?
    • 63' Mahamadou Diarra comes on in place of Petric.
    • 62' Lowton has moved into the centre of the Villa defence, with Lichaj going to right back.
    • 61' Baker will not be able to continue and is replaced by Eric Lichaj.
    • 59' Such a nasty injury, but Baker is up on his feet and walking gingerly off the pitch for treatment.
    • 58' Baker looks like he might have sustained a nasty ankle injury after going over on it as he tries to keep pace with Petric.
    • 57' Holmans cross is deflected off Riise and out of danger. We are starting to see openings at both ends.
    • 55' Sidwell lines up a shot that skims wide of Guzan's post. It never really threatened.
    • 54' Berbatov is comng deep to collect the ball. He has been impressive today.
    • 53' Guzan plucks a cross from Richardson out of the air.
    • 51' Berbatov spectacularly volleys wide for Fulham after collecting a knock-down from Sidwell.
    • 49' Karim El Ahmadi is booked for bringing down Dimitar Berbatov in the middle of the pitch.
    • 48' Berbatov does well to get away from Lowtob, netmegging the youngster, but then going to ground too easily,
    • 47' This fixture ended 0-0 last season. Hopefully that isn't an omen for this game.
    • 46' We are back up and running in the second-half.
    • 45+1' Bent tries to flick on a long ball from Vlaar but Schwarzer gathers comfortably. Chris Foy now brings the first half to a close.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Sidwell just gets a block on Agbonlahor's cross as Villa threaten at the end of the half.
    • 43' Villa growing in confidence and looking composed in possession.
    • 42' Villa have limited Fulham to half-chances in these opening 42 minutes.
    • 41' Rodallega bends in a free-kivck which Steve Sidwell heads over the bar. A clear chance for the midfielder who should have registered his effort on target.
    • 39' STAT: Fulham have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4).
    • 38' Berbatov blasts the ball high over the bar after it breaks to him in the area. Surprisingly poor technique from the Bulgarian.
    • 36' Bennett loses the ball to Rodallega but the striker cannot find anyone with his cross.
    • 30' A brief break in play as Rodallega recieves treatment.
    • 28' Hangeland heads the resulting corner high over the bar.
    • 27' Richardson plays a clever ball to Riise whose cross is cut out by Holman.
    • 25' Vlaar gets in a good taken on Petric but Villa quickly lose the ball and Fulham will look to go forward again.
    • 24' Petric tries to dummy a Rodallega pass hoping the ball will reach Riise but it's intercepted.
    • 23' Agbonlahor capitalises on a slack Fulham pass and sets up Holman who fires well wide.
    • 20' Bent gets a glancing header on Lowton's deep cross but the ball skids wide of the far post.
    • 19' Agbonlahor has not scored in his last 26 league matches. That is certainly a statistic he'll be looking to improve upon this afternoon.
    • 18' Riise's corner is headed away by the unchallenged Baker.
    • 17' Agbonlahor cuts in and gets a shot on goal from the edge of the area. The ball takes a looping deflection and Schwarzer makes the catch. Good move from Villa.
    • 16' Aston Villa have won three PL matches in 2012. They need to win seven of their remaining 13 PL matches this year just to equal their previous fewest PL victories in a calendar year – 10 wins in 1994 and 2006 (stat from Infostrada).
    • 14' Petric gets his head on a deep Riise cross but there is no power behind it and Guzan gathers comfortably.
    • 13' Fulham enjoying the lion's share of the possession here early doors, as one may have expected.
    • 12' Petric can't make proper contact on a cross from the lively Berbatov and the ball drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 11' Stephen Ireland gets in a tackle on John Arne Riise and Fulham win a throw deep into their half.
    • 9' Brett Holman can't quite control a Lowton cross and Mark Schwarzer gathers.
    • 7' Agbonlahor's cross is nodded away by Aaron Hughes who has made a couple of good interceptions in these opening minutes.
    • 6' Mladen Petric cleverly mutmegs Ron Vlaar but the attack fizzles out.
    • 5' Sascha Riether's cross into the box is intercepted by Nathan Baker. Fulham have started well here.
    • 4' Brede Hangeland has started 82 of the last 83 league games for Fulham.
    • 3' Brad Guzan is called into action to block an effort from Dimitar Berbatov!
    • 2' Villa have not won on their travels in the league since January when they beat Wolves.
    • 1' We are off and underway at Craven Cottage!
    • 14:55 If you want to discuss the game on Twitter, I'll try and be as active as I can. @StewartCoggin
    • 14:50 Lambert has restored Bent to the starting line-up after dropping the striker and said yesterday that he is not looking to sell in January: "Will Bent still be at Villa in February? Yes, I don't see any reason for him not to be at all. None whatsoever. I'm pretty sure Darren will come back strongly. I don't think he'll take it (being dropped) lying down. There's nothing wrong with getting a knock at times, nothing wrong with it. He'll bounce back from it."
    • 14:45 Jol: "I saw Aston Villa win away to Manchester City [in the Capital One Cup] and I saw them have a result against Newcastle United. They had a bad result at Southampton but you couldn’t say that their away form was terrible. Even against Tottenham Hotspur they did okay, although they lost, so I think they are in a false position in the league. If you look at their quality they’ve got a few players who have got the quality to upset the opposition."
    • 14:40 Aston Villa have picked up just one win from seven league matches under new manager Lambert, but Jol is nonetheless wary of a side he believes will finish the season higher than their current 16th placing.
    • 14:35 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has recalled Darren Bent to the starting line-up after dropping the striker for the last two games. He will partner Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack, while Stephen Ireland also returns to the starting line-up after missing the last three games with a broken bone in his arm.
    • 14:30 Fulham welcome back Dimitar Berbatov to the starting line-up after the Bulgarian recovered from a thigh problem. Mladen Petric is also back in the side after shaking off a calf problem. A groin injury has ruled out Brian Ruiz, but Mahamadou Diarra’s speedy recovery from a knee complaint sees him take his place on the bench.
    • 14:25 Martin Jol’s Fulham have started the season in solid fashion and they currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
    • 14:20 FULHAM: Schwarzer, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Berbatov, Petric, Richardson, Rodallega, Riether. Subs: Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Diarra, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Stockdale. /// ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Ireland, Holman, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Given, Benteke, N'Zogbia, Lichaj, Bannan, Albrighton, Weimann.
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Aston Villa’s trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham.
  • Summary

    • 84' Villa so close to equalising as Benteke fires a cross wide when superbly positioned in the centre of the penalty area. So close!
    • 83' GOAL! FULHAM 1-0 ASTON VILLA. Chris Baird pops up at the near post to convert a corner and give Fulham the lead!
    • 82' Substitute Ashkan Dejagah unloads with a fierce right footed shot that Guzan pushes over the bar!
    • 73' Riether gets in down the right and crosses to Rodallega who sees his shot blocked by Lowton!
    • 51' Berbatov spectacularly volleys wide for Fulham after collecting a knock-down from Sidwell.
    • 41' Rodallega bends in a free-kivck which Steve Sidwell heads over the bar. A clear chance for the midfielder who should have registered his effort on target.
    • 36' Bennett loses the ball to Rodallega but the striker cannot find anyone with his cross.
    • 3' Brad Guzan is called into action to block an effort from Dimitar Berbatov!
    • 14:20 FULHAM: Schwarzer, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Berbatov, Petric, Richardson, Rodallega, Riether. Subs: Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Diarra, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Stockdale. /// ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Ireland, Holman, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Given, Benteke, N'Zogbia, Lichaj, Bannan, Albrighton, Weimann.
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