Game #5404

Season | 2016-17 |

Matchday | #15 |
League Game | #14 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Football League | Championship | Home | Fulham | Villa Park | 32,201 | 

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Andy Madley | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 

 FT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | DLDWW |

Scorers | Jonathan Kodjia | 80’ |

Assists | Albert Adomah | 80’ |

 League Position | 16th | +1 | 

Line Up |

GK Pierluigi Gollini |
LB Jordan Amavi |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB James Chester |
M Mile Jedinak |
SUB OFF | 73' |
M Gary Gardner |
M Leandro Bacuna |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
GOAL | 80' |
F Rudy Gestede | SUB OFF | 55' |
F Jordan Ayew | SUB OFF | 86' |

Substitutes |

W Albert Adomah | ASSIST | 80' | for F Rudy Gestede | 55’ | 
F Ross McCormack for M Mile Jedinak | 73’ | 
M Ashley Westwood for F Jordan Ayew | 86’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
M Aaron Tshibola
W André Green
LB Aly Cissokho

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.49 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 32.24 |

Youngest Player | GK Pierluigi Gollini | 21.61 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Micah Richards |

CB Tommy Elphick |
 

Banned |

M Jack Grealish | 

Loaned Out | 

D Riccardo Calder | Doncaster Rovers | 12 July 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 22 July 2016 - 30 June 2018 |

CB Easah Suliman | Cheltenham Town | 4 August 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

D Niall Mason | Doncaster Rovers | 6 August 2016 - 31 May 2017 |

M Carlos Sánchez | ACF Fiorentina | 9 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

M Jordan Veretout | AS Saint-Étienne | 24 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

CB Kevin Toner | Walsall | 26 August 2016 - 1 January 2017 |

F Harry McKirdy | Stevenage FC | 31 August 2016 - 7 January 2017 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 43
Possession A | 57
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 3
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 13

 

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue with a vital 80th-minute goal to earn the midlands club a crucial 1-0 Sky Bet Championship home win over Fulham.


The mundane game had previously been drifting to a goalless draw but the win gives Villa a massive boost and means they have collected seven points from three games since the recent appointment of Steve Bruce.

Kodjia’s third goal in successive games also inflicted Fulham’s first away defeat of the season and gave Villa their first back-to-back wins for the since May 2015.

Villa, with three changes from their side which won at Reading, made their customary quick start but Fulham’s defence retreated to avoid any real trouble.

 

It was not until the 18th minute that Villa managed to carve out an opening when Alan Hutton’s high cross to the far post was headed wide of the post by Leandro Bacuna.
 

With Fulham content to lay back, some frustration began to creep into Villa’s play. Their lack of sharpness up front played into the hands of Fulham who were quite content to play a waiting game.
 

All of Fulham’s play continued to revolve around Parker who played with cool authority aided in no small way by Villa’s apparent casual attitude.
 

In a miserable first half neither side appeared capable of breaking the deadlock to the frustration in particular of the home fans.
 

The second half continued in the same vein and required a vital spark to bring it to life. Villa’s best chance of going ahead came in the 65th minute when David Button, under no real pressure, was able to fingertip Jordan Ayew’s free-kick over the bar.
 

In an attempt to inject more strike power Villa drafted in their expensive signing Ross McCormack in the 73rd minute and it worked for Villa with Kodjia notching his fourth goal of the season.
 

On one of the few occasions Fulham’s defence was caught wrong-footed substitute Albert Adomah produced a quick cross from the right which Kodjia hooked home from close range.
 

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce:
 

“We have made a decent start and I am delighted for the players. A week ago they were quiet. There have been huge changes throughout the club. We have tried to breathe a bit of life back into the players. Thankfully when they respond, and get a couple of good results, that does no harm.


“We have everything in place to try our best. It is going to be difficult but it is fair to say we can only get better.”