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Match Report: Aston Villa vs Fulham

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Match report: Aston Villa vs Fulham

Fulham missed the chance to get out of the relegation zone as Trezeguet led a Villa comeback at Villa Park. Mitrovic returned to the starting line up for Fulham after rediscovering his form during the International break. Grealish was expected to return today but he felt his injury resurface again in training. Both teams featured in a 4-2-3-1.

 

First half

The game started with a good pace. Mitrovic and Watkins had a couple of chances in the opening 10 minutes; Watkins found some open space inside the box but couldn’t control Matty Cash’s cross, while Mitrovic had two low shots on target saved by Martinez.

Fulham gave away possession sloppily a number of times while trying to play from the back but Villa couldn’t capitalize. Villa’s best chance came in the 25th minute; Cash picked out Douglas Luiz from a well-worked corner as the Brazilian’s header went wide.

Fulham’s saw their best chances of the half from Lookman’s dangerous set-piece deliveries from the right side; Martinez came out to punch away the ball to deny Tosin from making the first contact, the second delivery flew past everyone and just past a stretching Robinson trying to tuck it in the far side.

There was a dramatic end to the half as a penalty call was over overturned after Watkins forced contact from Lemina when the midfielder was taking too much time to clear the ball in his own box.

 

Second half

Lookman suffered an injury in the opening minutes of the second half and was replaced by Cavaliero, unfortunate for Fulham as he was arguably their best player in the opening 45 minutes.

At the one-hour mark, Mitrovic caught on to a sloppy back pass from Mings before rounding Martinez and tucking it in to open the scoring. Fulham looked like they might get away with points as the next 15 minutes were dull but the Villa substitutes turned the game around in the last 15 minutes.

Dean Smith’s 3 substitutes- Trezeguet, Keinan Davis, and Jacob Ramsey- were all effective right after coming on. Mings made up for the earlier mistake by getting in an advanced position and firing in a low ball for Trezeguet to equalize by hitting it first time. Three minutes later, Trezeguet scored again after Keinan Davis stole the ball from Tosin and set him up at the far post, the Egyptian hit it on the volley to beat Areola at the near post.

In the 82nd minute- Maja and Onoma came on for Loftus-cheek and Lemina for Fulham. A few minutes later, Villa sealed the victory by making it 3-1; Traore showed brilliant skill to get in behind Aina and set up a tap-in for Watkins.

 

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