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  • Date:13 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,700
Goal!

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88:49

Stiliyan Petrov goes off and Ciaran Clark comes on.

88:26

Luke Young delivers the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.

87:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Philippe Senderos. Darren Bent takes the direct free kick.

86:48

Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

86:21

Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Shay Given takes the free kick.

83:36

The referee shows Richard Dunne a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Richard Dunne. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick. Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Philippe Senderos. Philippe Senderos takes the direct free kick.

81:09

The referee shows Stiliyan Petrov a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Moussa Dembele receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick. Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Moussa Dembele results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.

80:47

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, save by Mark Schwarzer.

78:52

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line to the near post, John Arne Riise makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Fabian Delph from the right by-line, Richard Dunne heads at goal, blocked by Philippe Senderos. Inswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

74:27

Centre by Darren Bent, Effort from the edge of the box by Marc Albrighton goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73:40

The ball is crossed by Darren Bent, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

72:38

Bobby Zamora leaves the field to be replaced by Moussa Dembele.

71:58

The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, save by Shay Given.

71:26

Centre by Danny Murphy, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

70:40

John Arne Riise fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance made by Darren Bent.

69:14

The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

66:23

Marc Albrighton comes on in place of Charles N'Zogbia. Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.

65:00

Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

64:29

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

64:04

The official flags Darren Bent offside. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.

63:49

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

60:23

Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.

58:33

The referee blows for offside against Bobby Zamora. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.

58:05

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.

57:02

Emile Heskey receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Emile Heskey. John Arne Riise takes the direct free kick.

55:57

Unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

55:46

Centre by Fabian Delph, save by Mark Schwarzer.

52:11

The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, clearance by James Collins. Andrew Johnson crosses the ball.

48:58

The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, save by Shay Given. Effort on goal by Dickson Etuhu from 18 yards. Damien Duff crosses the ball, Headed chance falls to Bobby Zamora, James Collins gets a block in. Save made by Shay Given.

47:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Damien Duff. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

46:06

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

44:44

Damien Duff takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

44:26

The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

43:11

Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

40:50

Andrew Johnson has an effort at goal. Save by Shay Given. Corner from left by-line taken by Danny Murphy. Shot from 18 yards by Bobby Zamora. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.

39:33

Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Philippe Senderos. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

38:41

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot and cleared the bar.

38:10

Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Bent. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.

37:52

The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Shay Given makes a save.

35:36

Emile Heskey fouled by Philippe Senderos, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Header by James Collins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

33:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Andrew Johnson. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

32:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.

31:50

Dickson Etuhu challenges Emile Heskey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charles N'Zogbia, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.

30:13

Effort on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

29:28

Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.

28:16

Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick. John Arne Riise has an effort at goal.

27:45

Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey. John Arne Riise takes the free kick.

25:35

Stephen Warnock crosses the ball. Charles N'Zogbia sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Emile Heskey goes over the bar.

23:58

Foul by Darren Bent on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.

22:44

The official flags Darren Bent offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

21:59

The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

20:28

Danny Murphy receives a yellow card. Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

19:10

Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

16:06

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

15:38

Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

14:15

Damien Duff produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

13:43

Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Dickson Etuhu. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

13:16

Stephen Warnock crosses the ball.

9:52

Shot on goal by John Arne Riise from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

9:12

The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

8:19

Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

7:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Andrew Johnson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right channel, clearance by Richard Dunne.

5:36

Damien Duff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball in from the free kick.

3:35

The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance by James Collins.

1:44

Darren Bent is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

0:43

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

Match Preview

Zamora in contention for Cottagers Bobby Zamora will lead the Fulham attack against Aston Villa despite having a broken hand. The England striker suffered the injury playing at NK Split in the Europa League two weeks ago, but played the return leg while wearing a protective cast and will do the same on Saturday. John Arne Riise is likely to make his Premier League debut for the Cottagers but his brother Bjorn Helge is out with a minor hamstring problem and Simon Davies (knee) is also unavailable. Jol had worried that this weekend's clash in London would be called off due to the unrest in the capital. With the game now being given the go-ahead, Jol is relishing his return to the English top flight after spending the last six weeks playing Europa League qualifiers against sub-standard opposition. "We are very happy that the game is on," Jol said. "The main thing was that we wanted to play football. "I don't see there is a lot of difference in playing friendlies (or playing in the Europa League qualifiers). It wasn't as if we were playing Inter Milan or Ajax. It was Crusaders and Split. "Hopefully it will have given us enough preparation for the season." Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has virtually a full squad to pick from. Striker Darren Bent and central defender James Collins have recovered from shoulder and back injuries respectively which prevented their involvement with England and Wales this week. Charles N'Zogbia and Shay Given are poised for their league debuts following their summer arrivals with Rangers target Carlos Cuellar (knee) the only player unavailable for selection. McLeish has called for patience from Aston Villa fans accustomed to demanding success as he sets his sights on a season of "steady progress." In an ideal world, McLeish would like to surpass the 2010-11 achievement of finishing ninth and challenge for a European spot. But he is also realistic after losing several experienced players this summer, including Stewart Downing and Ashley Young, and having to reduce a sizeable wage bill. McLeish is looking for some of the club's promising youngsters, such as Fabian Delph, to make their mark plus players out in the cold under Gerard Houllier in Stephen Warnock and Stephen Ireland. The Scot said: "We've lost some very experienced players, don't forget, and we are looking for young players to make the breakthrough. "That might not happen so people may have to be patient in terms of where we finish in the league. We finished very healthily in ninth position after the first half of last season was difficult. "If we can maintain a steady progress throughout the season, that would be heading in the right direction. "Would a top 10 finish would be okay? I think that would terrific. I think that would be an achievement for the players but we will try and aim higher than that."

Formation:442Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 433Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Philippe Senderos
  • John Arne Riise
  • Damien Duff
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Danny Murphy
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Bobby Zamora
  • SUBS
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Chris Baird
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Matthew Briggs
  • Moussa Dembele

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Match Report

Spoils shared at Craven Cottage Aston Villa and Fulham fans were given an opening-day reality check as Craven Cottage's Barclays Premier League season kicked off with a dour goalless draw. Both sides lacked the quality to make the breakthrough, with the hosts guilty of squandering good chances through John Arne Riise, Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson. That was partly down to an impressive debut for new Villa goalkeeper Shay Given who, along with fellow new boy Charles N'Zogbia, was one of few positives in new manager Alex McLeish's first competitive game in charge. Europa League participants Fulham also failed to make the most of having played six competitive matches already this season, something which was expected to help them make a fast start in the Premier League. Today's contest was therefore thought to be a baptism of fire for McLeish, who needed to hit the ground running to silence the doubters following his controversial defection from Birmingham. There was no shortage of backing for either side early on from fans optimistic about a new season. The home support should have been given something to cheer in the 10th minute when Danny Murphy poked a ball through for the unmarked Riise, who blazed over with the goal at his mercy. Villa were playing an interesting 4-2-3-1 formation, with #9.5million man N'Zogbia, Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor playing just off Darren Bent. But they were lacking penetration, as well as the imagination to try something unexpected, unlike Fulham's Damien Duff, who volleyed over right-footed for 25 yards. The visitors were almost gifted a 20th-minute opener when Richard Dunne pumped a hopeful ball down the left and Philippe Senderos lost track of Heskey, who volleyed straight at Mark Schwarzer. Murphy then earned the game's first booking for an ugly scissors tackle on N'Zogbia, while Bent had the ball in the net midway through the half but he was well offside. Villa were starting to create and an unmarked Heskey should have headed N'Zogbia's right-wing cross on target, with the ball appearing to screw off the former England striker's shoulder. N'Zogbia apart, there was a distinct lack of quality in the final third from both sides, and the Frenchman was next to produce a telling ball when James Collins powered over a header under pressure. Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov then went as close as anyone with a 35-yard piledriver which flashed just over. A goalkeeper was finally called into significant action four minutes before the break when Johnson cut inside Collins and blasted straight at Given. Agbonlahor was booked, seemingly for delaying a free-kick, moments before half-time. Bobby Zamora had been largely anonymous before the interval but he exploded into life within a minute of the restart, reading Johnson's flick-on from Duff's ball and lashing a shot straight at Given. Dempsey nodded over the rebound but Zamora was soon at it again, glancing Riise's cross too close to the goalkeeper. It took almost another 20 minutes from the next chance to arrive and again it fell to Zamora, who took Murphy's crossfield ball out of the air and left Stephen Warnock on the deck before his shot was closed down by Given. Johnson had an even better chance moments later but he scuffed his shot too close to the goalkeeper. Villa needed something different, although it was a surprise to see N'Zogbia withdrawn for Marc Albrighton. Yet, the youngster's introduction almost proved a masterstroke when he flashed Bent's cutback into the side-netting with 15 minutes remaining, Villa's first shot of the half. Fulham had already sacrificed Zamora for Mousa Dembele but the visitors were in the ascendancy and Dunne's header from Fabian Delph's corner was deflected narrowly wide. With time running out, there was a flurry of yellow cards for Petrov, Dembele and Dunne as frustration grew on both sides. Villa threw on Ciaran Clark for captain Petrov in the final minute, but far too late to have any effect.

Form Guide

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