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  • Date:20 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,693
  • Baird (83)
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92:15 +2.15

Eric Lichaj takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

91:58 +1.58

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

91:21 +1.21

Brett Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

91:00 +1.00

Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Lichaj. Matthew Lowton takes the direct free kick.

87:20

Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Giorgos Karagounis. John Arne Riise takes the direct free kick.

85:12

Effort on goal by Christian Benteke from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

83:21

Giorgos Karagounis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Sidwell. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Arne Riise from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Baird fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa.John Arne Riise provided the assist for the goal.

82:58

Ashkan Dejagah takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

81:21

Short corner worked by Sascha Riether.

80:19

Handball by Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by Mahamadou Diarra.

79:15

Fabian Delph takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.

77:16

The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick. Eric Lichaj concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

76:35

Unfair challenge on Mahamadou Diarra by Eric Lichaj results in a free kick. Booking for Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

75:47

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia played to the near post, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.

75:16

Aaron Hughes fouled by Christian Benteke, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

74:05

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi. Christian Benteke comes on in place of Darren Bent. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

73:36

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Eric Lichaj.

72:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sascha Riether by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.

71:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Arne Riise from the right by-line to the near post, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.

69:27

Brett Holman is ruled offside. John Arne Riise goes into the book. Ashkan Dejagah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieran Richardson. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

68:36

Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line, clearance made by John Arne Riise.

65:55

Charles N'Zogbia is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Ireland.

63:31

Mladen Petric goes off and Mahamadou Diarra comes on.

62:28

Steve Sidwell takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

62:03

Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

61:30

Eric Lichaj on for Nathan Baker.

56:04

Shot from long distance by Steve Sidwell goes wide of the left-hand post.

53:40

Header from close in by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the target.

52:10

Stephen Ireland fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Ireland takes the free kick.

51:29

Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

51:16

Fabian Delph concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

49:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Dimitar Berbatov. Karim El Ahmadi receives a yellow card. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

45:39

Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

44:36

Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Arne Riise. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

41:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mladen Petric by Fabian Delph. Hugo Rodallega delivers the ball, Header on goal by Steve Sidwell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

38:16

Shot on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

37:22

Outswinging corner taken by John Arne Riise, Brett Holman makes a clearance.

36:42

Mladen Petric takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.

34:49

Foul by Steve Sidwell on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.

34:06

The referee blows for offside against Mladen Petric. Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

33:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Steve Sidwell. Karim El Ahmadi restarts play with the free kick.

30:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Brett Holman. Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.

30:05

Corner taken by Stephen Ireland from the right by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.

29:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Matthew Lowton. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

27:22

Outswinging corner taken by John Arne Riise from the left by-line, Header from close range by Brede Hangeland clears the bar.

24:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Joe Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.

23:32

Brett Holman has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

22:44

Hugo Rodallega has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

19:55

Darren Bent has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

18:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by John Arne Riise, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

17:53

Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.

17:05

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

16:05

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

14:50

Mladen Petric takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

12:23

Nathan Baker fouled by Mladen Petric, the ref awards a free kick. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

11:50

Close range headed effort by Mladen Petric goes wide of the left-hand upright.

6:20

Effort from outside the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor goes wide right of the target.

3:10

Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

Match Preview

Diarra recovery impresses Jol Dimitar Berbatov will return to the Fulham starting line-up against Aston Villa and could be joined by Mahamadou Diarra after what Martin Jol described as a "miracle" recovery. It has been an amazing turnaround for Diarra as only last month the Whites boss revealed there were fears the midfielder could be ruled out for the majority of the season. Diarra damaged his left knee on his return from international exile with Mali and required surgery, which could have seen him miss five months had it shown a cruciate ligament problem. Fortunately for Fulham it was the best case scenario but, even still, Jol has been surprised by the speed of recovery. "Diarra is back," the Fulham manager said. "He is almost a miracle, you know? "I thought it would be a bit longer, but they always said it could be three or four weeks or possibly longer. "He needed an operation and, having said that, he is still coming back. He will be involved." Diarra's return is one of a number of boosts for Jol, who can call upon talisman Berbatov and fellow summer signing Mladen Petric against Villa. The pair have recovered from their respective injuries and, aside from long-term absentee Simon Davies, it leaves the Dutchman only to sweat on the fitness of Bryan Ruiz. "Most of the players are back," Jol said. "Dimitar trained with us for the last 10 days and was good, but Bryan Ruiz is a doubt. "He has got a little problem with his groin, but Berbatov will certainly be involved and will play. Most of them are back in contention." Fulham will be looking to continue their sturdy start to the season, where Steve Sidwell is likely to line up against former club Villa just months after he considered quitting football due to ongoing injury problems. "Steve Sidwell was very good when he started with Danny Murphy in midfield," Jol said. "He then had his problem with his hernia and came back, then needed an operation again - but he was probably not as fit as he was before. "But from pre-season when he came back, I think he is the old Steve Sidwell so he is an important member of our squad. "He has got a certain type of quality. We've got good footballers but he is one that is complete and good without the ball as well." Villa have collected only one win from their opening seven league games but boss Paul Lambert is happy with their performances. He said: "The good thing is the lads know themselves they are playing well. "Everyone says they could have more points and it is not something I really worry about. I never look over my shoulder at what could have been. "It's now that is in my thinking. But the performances have been good and we will just keep on going. "They are playing well enough to win games, that's for sure."

Formation:433Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 442Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Sascha Riether
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Brede Hangeland
  • John Arne Riise
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Chris Baird
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Mladen Petric
  • SUBS
  • David Stockdale
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Mahamadou Diarra
  • Ashkan Dejagah
  • Alex Kacaniklic

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLWWLD
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • LDWLDL

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 10/03/2012
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 13/08/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 05/02/2011
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 06/11/2010
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 30/01/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 30/08/2009

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • D Duff 3
  • M Petric 2
  • D Berbatov 1
  • S Sidwell 1
  • K Richardson 1
  • H Rodallega 1
  • A Kacaniklic 1

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 2
  • K El Ahmadi 1
  • C Clark 1
  • M Lowton 1
  • C Benteke 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 26
    • Goals per game 15
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 17
    • Goals per game 6
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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