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Game #5180

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Attendance: 25,693

Lost

Premier League

17th (-1)

Fulham

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Craven Cottage

Villa lose for the fifth time in eight Premier League games under Paul Lambert and have now delivered their their worst top-flight start since they were relegated under Billy McNeill in 1986. Any manager needs time but there needs to be an inclination of competence to build on, sadly even communication was beyond the monosyllabic Lambert and only the pride of the Villa faithful - who had largely demanded his appointment - kept the protests at bay, a situation that though understandable was the worst possible approach.

Fulham

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Brett Holman is held back as Villa lose for a scarcely believable fifth time in eight Premier League games under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 20 October 2012.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 50โ€™ Booking, Karim El Ahmadi
๐Ÿ” | 62โ€™ Sub off, Nathan Baker, Sub on, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Darren Bent, Sub on, Christian Benteke
๐ŸŸจ | 77โ€™ Booking, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Fulham), Chris Baird
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambert's Villa lose their fifth game in eight Premier League matches and fall to 17th in the table. For context it took Alex McLeish sixteen games to lose five in 2011-12 and fourteen under Houllier and MacDonald in 2010-11.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Fulham

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Fulham: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2012-13 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #10 |
Saturday, 20 October 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 24 Apr 12, Villa 1-2 Bolton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mick McDonough. Ceri Richards

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Fulham

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Stephen Ireland, Darren Bent and Nathan Baker (first start in 7) replace Ciaran Clark (injury), Marc Albrighton and Christian Benteke as Brad Guzan is once again preferred in goal to Shay Given.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.77 |

Oldest Player |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 28.72 |

Youngest Player |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.51 |

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Martin Jol | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Fulham

GK Mark Schwarzer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
LB John Arne Riise | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Brede Hangeland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Aaron Hughes (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Sascha Riether | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Chris Baird | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ |
M Steve Sidwell (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dimitar Berbatov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CF Mladen Petriฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Hugo Rodallega | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ | for CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 62โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | for F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Steve Sidwell (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Giorigios Karagounis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Ashkan Dejagah | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Mladen Petriฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Mahamadou Diarra | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK David Stockdale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Alex Kaฤanikliฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Pajtim Kasami | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ67.33m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 6/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ21.53m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 4 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton
F Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Yeovil

UNAVAILABLE

Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 7

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI thought some of the football we played was great. I thought we gave as good as we got.

โ€œWe came here, where their form has been really good, and gave a good account of ourselves.

โ€œThere are a lot of good things. We have to turn the good things into wins. But to concede from a set-piece was disappointing.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 20 October 2012.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 20 October 2012

*Fulham returned to winning ways as Chris Bairdโ€™s late strike ensured Aston Villaโ€™s miserable start to the Premier League season continued.*

Bairdโ€™s finish, from John Arne Riiseโ€™s corner, means Fulham have now taken 32 out of 42 points at Craven Cottage.

Villa, who have mustered only six goals in eight games, remain two points above the relegation zone following their worst top-flight start since 1986.

Substitute Christian Benteke missed toothless Villaโ€™s best opportunity.

Scoring goals has been problematic for Villa this season and their lack of cutting edge was painfully obvious yet again.

Villa boss Paul Lambert, who restored the England international to his starting XI in a bid to rectify the problem.

But Bent was starved of service as the visitors, for all their neat and tidy build-up play, lacked penetration in the final third.

And they were made to pay the price as their resistance was finally ended six minutes from time by a rare goal from Baird.

The Northern Irish international, fresh from his countryโ€™s impressive midweek draw in Portugal, marked his 150th Fulham appearance in style to lift his team into eighth place.

However, Villa nearly snatched an equaliser within seconds as Benteke, who netted for Belgium in their midweek World Cup qualifying win against Scotland, smashed a snapshot wide from Charles Nโ€™Zogbiaโ€™s cross.

In contrast to Villaโ€™s lack of goalscoring threat Fulham looked dangerous from the off, with Dimitar Berbatov again inspiring the Cottagers following his summer move from Manchester United.

The hosts were quickly into their stride in a high-tempo start and it was Berbatov pulling all the strings.

Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan had to be alert in the opening stages to parry the Bulgarianโ€™s fierce shot from a tight angle, before denying Kieran Richardson from close range with his legs after intricate build-up play involving Berbatov and Sascha Riether.

Guzan continued to be the busiest of the two goalkeepers as Villa failed to stretch Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer.

But Fulham began to lose their fluency after the half-time break, allowing the visitors to grow in confidence as they gained a foothold in the match.

Agbonlahor could not flick Stephen Irelandโ€™s cross goalwards before heading over another right-wing centre from Bent at the far post.

Lambert would have been happier with a point than Fulham counterpart Martin Jol, but the visiting boss was left ruing his luck after Baird scored only the third goal of his Cottagers career.

And it means Villa are now winless in their last 12 Premier League away matches, spanning nine months, since beating Black Country rivals Wolves in January.

*Fulham boss Martin Jol:*

โ€œIt was a bit of a relief. At the end to score from a corner kick sums it up - scrappy. But we grinded out a result, which is good for us.

โ€œAt home I would like to see us dominate and get the goal - thatโ€™s not what we did today. But Iโ€™m happy to get the three points.

โ€œChris Baird is very good at attacking the near post, he is always close but he hasnโ€™t scored for as long as I have known him.

โ€œI was happy to see him score - especially because the corner kick probably was not the best.โ€

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*

โ€œI thought some of the football we played was great. I thought we gave as good as we got.

โ€œWe came here, where their form has been really good, and gave a good account of ourselves.

โ€œThere are a lot of good things. We have to turn the good things into wins. But to concede from a set-piece was disappointing.โ€