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Chris Baird produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Eidur Gudjohnsen is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Johnson. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy to the near post, Emile Heskey makes a clearance.
Andrew Johnson sends in a cross, Ciaran Clark gets a block in.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, clearance by Darren Bent. Danny Murphy crosses the ball, save by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Salcido on Marc Albrighton. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
Chris Baird is cautioned. Foul by Chris Baird on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Emile Heskey replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor. Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Marc Albrighton comes on in place of Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Ashley Young delivers the ball, Carlos Salcido manages to make a clearance.
Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
Jean Makoun receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Jean Makoun challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Salcido takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Stiliyan Petrov for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Murphy. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick, Clint Dempsey scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-2 Fulham.Danny Murphy provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Jean Makoun results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by Kyle Walker from 30 yards to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Stiliyan Petrov.
Danny Murphy is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing.
Simon Davies comes on in place of Damien Duff.
Shot on goal by Stewart Downing from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Carlos Salcido on for John Pantsil.
Caution for Ashley Young.
The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Damien Duff. Indirect free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Andrew Johnson finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham.Steve Sidwell provided the assist for the goal. Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Darren Bent takes a shot. John Pantsil gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Mark Schwarzer makes a save. The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Ciaran Clark has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
A cross is delivered by John Pantsil. Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Damien Duff. Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
Effort from the edge of the area by Darren Bent goes wide of the right-hand post.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick, Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Jean Makoun produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal. The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Aaron Hughes challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Bent on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Jean Makoun challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Steve Sidwell. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Moussa Dembele crosses the ball. Damien Duff takes a shot from 20 yards. Ciaran Clark gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Andrew Johnson. The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker.
Damien Duff fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, clearance made by Jean Makoun.
Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Jean Makoun. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Richard Dunne. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Andrew Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Walker crosses the ball, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.
Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from right wing, clearance by Darren Bent.
John Pantsil sends in a cross, clearance made by James Collins.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
James Collins challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Steve Sidwell. Brad Friedel makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Chris Baird takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Damien Duff, clearance made by James Collins.
Headed own goal by John Pantsil. Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham.The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing. Stewart Downing provided the assist for the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick, blocked by Andrew Johnson. Moussa Dembele fouled by Jean Makoun, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Foul by Moussa Dembele on Richard Dunne, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Makoun. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Danny Murphy from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Centre by Damien Duff, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
McAllister hails bargain Bent
Gary McAllister believes Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent was a bargain capture for an initial #18million in comparison to the other big-name moves during the January transfer window.
Bent has made a fine start to his Villa career with two goals in his opening three games to start living up to his price tag.
But Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister claims Bent's capture represents sound financial business after seeing Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll move for #50million and #35million respectively.
McAllister said: "Is Darren Bent a bargain at #18 million? Maybe five or six years ago you would have called us all crazy if we were banding these numbers about.
"But that is the going rate and market forces dictate the price.
"We did our business nice and early in the window and, when you see the prices and transfers at the back end of the transfer window, it looks like a good buy.
"He is proven in the Premier League, he has been in and around it a long time and he is a natural goalscorer."
McAllister played with and against some of the best finishers during his illustrious career and believes Bent has the same predatory instincts in front of goal.
He said: "You go back to Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Gary Lineker and the guys I played with for Scotland, Ally McCoist, Mo Johnston, Brian McClair.
"I don't think you can coach that goalscoring art into someone.
"It is a natural instinct, knowing where to go and arriving at the right time.
"I saw Michael Owen's goal against Southampton in the FA Cup last weekend and would anyone else have scored that?
"It is instinct. I don't think you can coach it.
"Sometimes you think, `How did he wander into such a free space and the ball just arrives?'.
"It is a sixth sense, it is a definite skill. Darren has that."
McAllister is looking for Villa to put another unbeaten run together, after being beaten by Manchester United in midweek, ahead of the home clash with Fulham.
He said: "Every game is very difficult in the Premier League. We take nothing for granted and the preparation for this will be as intense as it was for the trip to Old Trafford.
"But it is a chance to get a little run going again. We did go five or six games without losing and we want to try to do that again."
Fulham manager Mark Hughes insisted striker Bobby Zamora can no longer expect to walk straight back into the Fulham side when he returns from his broken leg.
Zamora is on the brink of making his comeback from almost five months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery in September.
Fulham struggled badly in his absence towards the end of 2010, with an eight-match winless run ultimately seeing them sucked into the Barclays Premier League drop zone.
But they go into the trip to Villa having won six of their last nine games in all competitions and 12th in the league table.
The return of Zamora's fellow forwards Moussa Dembele and Andy Johnson from injury has revitalised the Cottagers and Hughes insists last season's talisman now has a real fight on to reclaim his place.
"He understands that the squad is evolving now and the squad is getting bigger and stronger," said Hughes, who this week added Eidur Gudjohnsen to his pool of forwards.
"Bobby knows that he needs to work hard to get back in the side but, given his desire to get back in, that shouldn't faze him at all."
Dempsey denies Villa
Clint Dempsey's 10th goal of the campaign rescued a point for Fulham, after they had twice trailed to Aston Villa in a ding-dong Barclays Premier League clash at Villa Park.
Villa twice looked set for victory after a John Pantsil own goal and Kyle Walker's first-ever league goal put them in the ascendancy. But Andy Johnson and then Dempsey struck back for Mark Hughes's side.
Villa dominated the first half, with winger Stewart Downing causing plenty of problems and linking up well with full-back Walker down the right flank.
Newcomer Jean Makoun also impressed in the middle of the park and Villa deservedly led through the unfortunate Pantsil. He had also scored an own goal in the corresponding fixture last season.
But it was a different story in the second half as Villa lost momentum and the visitors grew in confidence with skipper David Murphy impressive in the middle of the park.
Villa were first to settle and Downing made a powerful run into the Fulham box and saw his low shot parried by Mark Schwarzer.
Record Villa signing Darren Bent was alert to tuck away the rebound but he had strayed marginally offside.
Downing was looking sharp and it was his quality which led to a Pantsil own goal giving Villa the lead after 13 minutes.
Makoun found the England winger on the right flank and he cut inside before delivering a teasing centre with the outside of his left foot.
Pantsil, under pressure from Gabriel Agbonlahor, could only head the ball past Schwarzer into the corner of the net.
Former Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell had Fulham's first shot on goal after 18 minutes but Brad Friedel was equal to his swerving drive from 20 yards.
Downing was causing constant problems down the right flank with his runs and testing crosses.
A mistake by Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov allowed Mousa Dembele a free run at the penalty area.
But, after the ball broke to Duff, Villa left-back Ciaran Clark was alert to block his low shot.
Sidwell was only just wide of the target with a low shot which had Friedel scrambling across his goal.
Another error from Petrov played Makoun into trouble and Mousa Dembele tried to take advantage but James Collins made a typical block.
Sidwell brought danger to his side when he brought down Petrov 30 yards out in a central position.
Downing's shot was blocked but Makoun's follow-up effort was only just wide.
Villa began the second half on top and Schwarzer held on to a drive from Agbonlahor.
Bent then failed to make proper contact with a shot after making good ground.
Sidwell was providing the main threat for Fulham and Collins deflected his low attempt for a corner.
But after 52 minutes former Birmingham striker Andy Johnson brought Fulham level.
Friedel parried another shot from Sidwell - and Johnson was first to react to the rebound.
Clark could have restored Villa's lead immediately but failed to make clean contact with his header from Downing's centre.
Agbonlahor then teed up Young but he sliced his shot wide.
Young was yellow carded for a challenge on Sidwell after 62 minutes.
After 72 minutes a long-range strike from Walker restored Villa's lead.
Walker had time to line up a 30-yard shot which flew past Schwarzer into the corner of the net.
Petrov was booked for a foul on Sidwell with 13 minutes remaining and 60 seconds later Fulham levelled for the second time.
Friedel came out for but never reached Murphy's corner and Dempsey headed home.
Tempers became frayed and Makoun was yellow carded for a challenge on Dempsey and then Baird for chopping down Young.
Friedel made a fine save to block Johnson's powerful drive with a minute remaining.
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