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  • Date:08 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:22,288
  • Sidwell (20) Berbatov - pen (29)
Goal!

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93mins

Christian Benteke takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg parries the ball away.

93mins

Clearance made by Aaron Hughes.

92mins

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

92mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

91mins

Marc Albrighton fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick.

90mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami by Ciaran Clark.

90mins

Clearance by Scott Parker.

89mins

John Arne Riise takes a shot. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

88mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

88mins

Pajtim Kasami has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

87mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Baker on Ashkan Dejagah.

87mins

Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.

86mins

Fabian Delph challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

83mins

Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.

83mins

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

82mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a weak shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

81mins

Marc Albrighton comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.

81mins

Matthew Lowton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Herd.

80mins

Damien Duff produces a cross.

79mins

Clearance made by Chris Herd.

79mins

Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

77mins

Alex Kacaniklic goes off and Damien Duff comes on.

75mins

John Arne Riise takes a shot. Chris Herd gets a block in.

75mins

Clearance made by Chris Herd.

74mins

Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

73mins

John Arne Riise takes the free kick.

73mins

Pajtim Kasami joins the action as a substitute, replacing Giorgos Karagounis.

72mins

Foul by Christian Benteke on John Arne Riise, free kick awarded.

71mins

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Chris Herd, free kick awarded.

70mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.

70mins

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.

70mins

Centre by Aleksandar Tonev.

69mins

Christian Benteke is adjudged to have handled the ball.

67mins

Booking for Chris Herd.

67mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Chris Herd.

65mins

Header by John Arne Riise strikes the woodwork.

65mins

Chris Herd manages to make a clearance.

65mins

Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross.

64mins

Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

63mins

Nathan Baker challenges Ashkan Dejagah unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63mins

Chris Herd fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick.

63mins

Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

62mins

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

61mins

Chris Herd makes a clearance.

60mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Aleksandar Tonev.

60mins

The ball is crossed by Andreas Weimann.

59mins

Shot by Giorgos Karagounis went over.

58mins

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.

58mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

57mins

Chris Herd makes a clearance.

57mins

Sascha Riether delivers the ball.

56mins

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

55mins

Shot by Dimitar Berbatov went over the crossbar.

54mins

Clearance made by Nathan Baker.

54mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

52mins

Philippe Senderos gets a header at goal. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

52mins

Giorgos Karagounis decides to take the corner short.

52mins

John Arne Riise takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

50mins

Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.

50mins

Fabian Delph takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Philippe Senderos.

50mins

A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Tonev.

49mins

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

48mins

The second half kicks off.

48mins

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Chris Herd, free kick awarded.

47mins

Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

46mins

Clearance by Chris Herd.

46mins

Aleksandar Tonev on for Karim El Ahmadi.

45mins

The ref blows to end the first period.

44mins

Shot from the free kick by Leandro Bacuna went wide of the left-hand post.

43mins

Sascha Riether concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.

42mins

The referee blows for offside against Ashkan Dejagah.

40mins

Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.

37mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.

36mins

Giorgos Karagounis restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Clearance by Philippe Senderos.

33mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

32mins

Centre by Leandro Bacuna.

31mins

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

30mins

Penalty scored by Dimitar Berbatov. Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa.

29mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Leandro Bacuna.

28mins

Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Karagounis on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

27mins

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

27mins

John Arne Riise takes the free kick.

26mins

Foul by Christian Benteke on John Arne Riise, free kick awarded.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Chris Herd results in a free kick.

23mins

Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.

22mins

Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

21mins

Steve Sidwell scores with a left foot finish. Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Ashkan Dejagah.

20mins

Clearance by Philippe Senderos.

19mins

John Arne Riise crosses the ball.

18mins

Alex Kacaniklic has an effort at goal. Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Herd.

18mins

Clearance by Bradley Guzan.

17mins

Philippe Senderos fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.

16mins

Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

16mins

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

12mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross.

12mins

Aaron Hughes fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.

11mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick.

10mins

Header at goal by Nathan Baker to the left of the net.

10mins

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Ashkan Dejagah results in a free kick.

8mins

Shot by Ashkan Dejagah. Blocked by Nathan Baker.

7mins

Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.

7mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker.

6mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

5mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Foul by Scott Parker on Leandro Bacuna, free kick awarded.

4mins

Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.

4mins

Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.

2mins

Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.

2mins

Clearance by Nathan Baker.

1mins

Clearance made by Nathan Baker.

1mins

Clearance by Nathan Baker.

The match has kicked off.

Match Preview

Ferguson influence at Fulham Rene Meulensteen hopes to transfer Sir Alex Ferguson's thirst for a challenge into his fight to keep Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Meulensteen has admitted he will draw heavily on Manchester United great Ferguson's influence to drag the Cottagers away from the drop zone. Fulham's new Dutch boss was Ferguson's chief lieutenant at Old Trafford, operating as first-team coach from 2007 until David Moyes' arrival in the summer. And Meulensteen said of all the lessons his former boss imparted in those six years, the decorated Scot prized guts above all else. Fulham host Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on Sunday, looking to arrest their six-game league losing streak and record a first victory for their new manager. Meulensteen said: "I've been fortunate to sit alongside one of the most successful managers in Sir Alex Ferguson. "He taught me a lot but the one thing that stood by me, in life, in football: you're faced constantly by challenges. "You want challenges, and sometimes they are in adversity. "The most important thing is to accept the challenge, embrace the challenge, and enjoy taking that challenge on. "And that is what we're prepared to do. "I will definitely draw into the experiences that I've had of Sir Alex Ferguson. "I've spent a long time working with top, top players: hard work and the good work that will go in will eventually manifest itself on the pitch." Meulensteen will tell his Fulham charges to be wary of Villa's own experiences of battling a rough Premier League ride. The Fulham manager praised Villa counterpart Paul Lambert for fighting early-tenure fires through placing his faith in youth. Meulensteen expects another exacting test against the Villa Park outfit, but said if his side equal the commitment showed in Wednesday's 2-1 Spurs defeat they will always have a chance of victory. He said: "Villa is a good team. "Paul Lambert was in a similar situation last year, he chose to really put out an energetic young team, he's gone through that and we have to deal with that. "Every club and every manager is different, but I think we can all agree that every positive result or performance always starts with hard work, commitment and discipline, and that's what we got on Wednesday against Spurs." Brede Hangeland will miss six weeks' action after surgery to correct a nerve problem in his right leg and so will miss the clash, Defender Phillipe Senderos will face a fitness test after playing through a thigh strain in Wednesday's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham, and Fernando Amorebieta is also doubtful. Loan striker Darren Bent is unable to play due to Fulham facing his parent club. The Villa forward has a hamstring strain in any case. Kieran Richardson is a doubt with hamstring trouble. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes the pressure has been eased on under-fire Christian Benteke thanks to the goalscoring exploits of his team-mates. After scoring five goals in his first seven appearances this season, Benteke has failed to find the net since returning towards the end of October after a month on the sidelines with a hip injury. Without a goal for 485 minutes, Benteke was on the bench for Wednesday's 3-2 victory at Southampton as Villa stretched their unbeaten run to five matches. There is a possibility Benteke could be restored to the starting line-up for Sunday's Barclays Premier League game at struggling Fulham. In his absence at the St Mary's Stadium, however, both Libor Kozak and Gabriel Agbonlahor were on the scoresheet. In fact, in Villa's last four matches in which they have scored seven goals there have been six different scorers. With the goals being spread around, it means Lambert is far less concerned with Benteke's drought than might otherwise have been the case. "It stops people from saying 'Christian Benteke, will he (score) in this one, or that one'. It becomes a side issue," said Lambert. "We've 25 lads or so who contribute, and we've been scoring goals from all over the pitch - even the two full-backs have scored. "The midfield lads have scored, other forwards have scored. You can't always rely on Christian to score. "We're playing with a lot of confidence at the moment, and the lads are scoring." Skipper Ron Vlaar is doubtful with a calf injury that forced him off in the midweek win at Southampton, whilst Antonio Luna is struggling with a groin problem, added to which Joe Bennett continues to recover from a back issue that has kept him out since the end of September.

Formation:433Manager: Rene Meulensteen

Fulham

Formation: 433Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
  • Sascha Riether
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Aaron Hughes
  • John Arne Riise
  • Scott Parker
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Ashkan Dejagah
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Alex Kacaniklic
  • SUBS
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • David Stockdale
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Damien Duff
  • Elsad Zverotic
  • Lasse Vigen Christensen

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLLLLL
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • LDWDDW

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 13/04/2013
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 20/10/2012
  • 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

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • D Bent 2
  • S Sidwell 2
  • P Kasami 2
  • S Parker 1
  • D Berbatov 1
  • P Senderos 1
  • B Ruiz 1
  • A Dejagah 1
  • A Kacaniklic 1

Aston Villa

  • C Benteke 3
  • L Kozak 3
  • K El Ahmadi 2
  • L Bacuna 2
  • G Agbonlahor 1
  • F Delph 1
  • A Weimann 1
  • A Westwood 1
  • A Luna 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 38
    • Goals per game 12
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 16
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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