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Christian Benteke takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg parries the ball away.
Clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Marc Albrighton fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami by Ciaran Clark.
Clearance by Scott Parker.
John Arne Riise takes a shot. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.
Pajtim Kasami has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Baker on Ashkan Dejagah.
Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.
Fabian Delph challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.
Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a weak shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
Marc Albrighton comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.
Matthew Lowton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Herd.
Damien Duff produces a cross.
Clearance made by Chris Herd.
Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.
Alex Kacaniklic goes off and Damien Duff comes on.
John Arne Riise takes a shot. Chris Herd gets a block in.
John Arne Riise takes the free kick.
Pajtim Kasami joins the action as a substitute, replacing Giorgos Karagounis.
Foul by Christian Benteke on John Arne Riise, free kick awarded.
Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Chris Herd, free kick awarded.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.
Centre by Aleksandar Tonev.
Christian Benteke is adjudged to have handled the ball.
Booking for Chris Herd.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Chris Herd.
Header by John Arne Riise strikes the woodwork.
Chris Herd manages to make a clearance.
Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross.
Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
Nathan Baker challenges Ashkan Dejagah unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Chris Herd fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick.
Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Chris Herd makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Aleksandar Tonev.
The ball is crossed by Andreas Weimann.
Shot by Giorgos Karagounis went over.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Sascha Riether delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Shot by Dimitar Berbatov went over the crossbar.
Clearance made by Nathan Baker.
Philippe Senderos gets a header at goal. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.
Giorgos Karagounis decides to take the corner short.
John Arne Riise takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.
Fabian Delph takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Philippe Senderos.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Tonev.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
The second half kicks off.
Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
Clearance by Chris Herd.
Aleksandar Tonev on for Karim El Ahmadi.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Shot from the free kick by Leandro Bacuna went wide of the left-hand post.
Sascha Riether concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.
The referee blows for offside against Ashkan Dejagah.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Dimitar Berbatov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.
Giorgos Karagounis restarts play with the free kick.
Clearance by Philippe Senderos.
Centre by Leandro Bacuna.
Penalty scored by Dimitar Berbatov. Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Leandro Bacuna.
Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Karagounis on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Chris Herd results in a free kick.
Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.
Steve Sidwell scores with a left foot finish. Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Ashkan Dejagah.
John Arne Riise crosses the ball.
Alex Kacaniklic has an effort at goal. Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Herd.
Clearance by Bradley Guzan.
Philippe Senderos fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.
Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Clearance by Aaron Hughes.
Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross.
Aaron Hughes fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick.
Header at goal by Nathan Baker to the left of the net.
Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Ashkan Dejagah results in a free kick.
Shot by Ashkan Dejagah. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Scott Parker on Leandro Bacuna, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.
Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.
Clearance by Nathan Baker.
The match has kicked off.
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.
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