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Gary Gardner takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Andreas Weimann gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham.
The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.
Alan Hutton delivers the ball, Mahamadou Diarra makes a clearance.
Barry Bannan sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Carlos Cuellar delivers the ball.
Gary Gardner comes on in place of Stiliyan Petrov.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz, Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Shay Given takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Effort on goal by Carlos Cuellar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, clearance made by John Arne Riise.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton.
Foul by Moussa Dembele on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Stiliyan Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Long range shot by Clint Dempsey goes wide right of the goal.
Marc Albrighton challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Herd. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Effort from outside the penalty box by John Arne Riise goes wide right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock.
Unfair challenge on Mahamadou Diarra by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Chris Herd receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Mahamadou Diarra restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Marc Albrighton, Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia goes off and Andreas Weimann comes on. Stiliyan Petrov has an effort direct from the free kick, Stephen Kelly gets a block in.
Shot by Damien Duff from inside the box bounces off the post.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line.
John Arne Riise crosses the ball, Marc Albrighton gets a block in.
Stiliyan Petrov produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Bryan Ruiz on for Andrew Johnson.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov booked. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot.
The referee blows for offside against Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Stiliyan Petrov sends in a cross, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Damien Duff produces a cross, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
Chris Herd challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mahamadou Diarra takes the direct free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Damien Duff.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak on Chris Herd, free kick awarded. Carlos Cuellar takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff.
Stephen Ireland sends in a cross, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Herd on Moussa Dembele. Free kick crossed left-footed by John Arne Riise from left channel.
The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
Danny Murphy goes off and Mahamadou Diarra comes on.
James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy. Effort on goal by Andrew Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Carlos Cuellar challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton takes the inswinging corner, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Pavel Pogrebnyak results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Ireland. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Ireland.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Direct free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock, blocked by Damien Duff.
James Collins fouled by Pavel Pogrebnyak, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Cuellar takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.
Foul by Philippe Senderos on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov. Shot from outside the box by Stiliyan Petrov misses to the left of the goal.
Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton. James Collins produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, John Arne Riise gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Effort on goal by James Collins from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line to the near post, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton.
The ball is swung over by Carlos Cuellar, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Stephen Ireland delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Shot from 35 yards by Stiliyan Petrov went wide of the right-hand post.
Foul by Moussa Dembele on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Warnock, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Johnson produces a cross.
Centre by Stephen Warnock, Moussa Dembele makes a clearance.
Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marc Albrighton.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Philippe Senderos.
The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia.
Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charles N'Zogbia.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak on Stephen Warnock. Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
No new worries for Villa
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham as his side seek their first home win since early December.
Striker Darren Bent (ankle), defender Richard Dunne (collarbone) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) are all long-term casualties while utility player Ciaran Clark continues to make good progress in his recovery from a knee setback.
McLeish is considering naming an unchanged side after being impressed with the performance, particularly during the opening 45 minutes, in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Blackburn.
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes is an injury doubt.
The Northern Ireland international may miss out due to a calf complaint, while fellow defenders Stephen Kelly (quad) and Zdenek Grygera (knee) are definitely unavailable.
Steve Sidwell (hernia) is two weeks away from a return, although Bryan Ruiz is available after a virus.
Fulham manager Martin Jol believes Aston Villa are too good to go down.
The Birmingham-based outfit have struggled this season and lie 15th in the table with 11 games remaining.
Villa, though, have an eight-point cushion over the relegation zone and, while understanding fans' frustration, Jol believes they have too much quality to go down.
"They have got the same situation as a lot of other clubs where they rely on the players who can make a difference," he said.
"Sunderland had the same, they had Darren Bent there who scored 24 goals and made the difference. He went and then you have a little problem.
"With Aston Villa, if you miss your best players you can have a little problem too.
"I feel you have to rely on your best players and if they do the business you'll be fine, with the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stephen Ireland coming into the team and Robbie Keane when he was there.
"I think Aston Villa have a very good squad and are too good to be in any trouble."
Weimann wins it for Villa
Substitute Andreas Weimann scored an injury-time winner to earn Aston Villa their first home win for four months - a 1-0 triumph at the expense of Fulham.
Villa fans had booed manager Alex McLeish and chanted 'you don't know what you're doing' when he replaced Charles N'Zogbia with Weimann after 73 minutes.
But McLeish had the last laugh as Weimann headed home from close range after a shot from another substitute, Gary Gardner, had been parried by Mark Schwarzer.
It was Villa's first home win in eight matches since November 5 and was well deserved.
Villa had looked the more threatening against a Fulham side brimming with confidence after three successive wins.
Skipper Stiliyan Petrov drove on the home side from midfield and Stephen Ireland showed flashes of creativity.
But Villa clearly missed the cutting edge of injured striker Darren Bent until Weimann's late intervention.
Fulham seldom posed a threat, in contrast to their five-goal demolition of Wolves last weekend and despite the efforts of Damien Duff.
Schwarzer was forced into the first save of the game and got his body behind a swerving 25-yard drive from Petrov.
A good run by Marc Albrighton then teed up N'Zogbia on the edge of the box but he failed to make proper contact with his left-footed volley.
Villa looked the more purposeful in the early stages with full-backs Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock encouraged to go forward.
But Petrov was angry with himself when he sliced his shot wide after finding himself in plenty of space.
It was one-way traffic towards the Fulham goal and a mistake by Philippe Senderos allowed a run at goal for Gabriel Agbonlahor, whose shot was beat away by Schwarzer.
Then a quickly taken short free-kick by Ireland to Petrov almost caught Fulham napping and the Bulgaria international's low drive flashed past the post.
The visitors had their first attempt on goal after half an hour but Andrew Johnson's shot from a narrow angle did not trouble Shay Given.
Albrighton had a deflected shot which wrong-footed Schwarzer but drifted wide of the post.
Martin Jol made a half-time change with Fulham skipper Murphy, who had taken a knock to the head, replaced by Mahamadou Diarra.
Petrov was leading by example for Villa and flung himself in front of a fierce drive from John Arne Riise.
Villa were soon back on the offensive and Senderos had to come across and whip the ball away from Agbonlahor after he had dispossessed Riise.
Duff started to pose more of a threat for Fulham and one low cross flew right across the six-yard box but no-one was able to apply the finishing touch.
The woodwork came to Fulham's rescue when Albrighton's rising drive hit the bar after he was found in space by Alan Hutton.
Petrov became the first player to be yellow-carded after 66 minutes for a touchline challenge on Dembele.
It was Fulham's turn to hit the woodwork after 71 minutes when Duff played clear in the box by Riise and his powerful shot struck the outside of a post.
Riise was only inches off target with a dipping volley while at the other end Carlos Cuellar was off balance when he stabbed the ball wide
But in injury-time Weimann, who had a spell on loan at Watford earlier this season, reacted quickest after Schwarzer could not hold a drive from Gardner - just on for Petrov.
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