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Game #5640

Aston Villa

Lost

17th (-1)

Thursday, 20 October 2022

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥

Premier League

Fulham

Craven Cottage

Attendance: 23,508

Fulham

3-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

🕒 |HT Fulham 1-0 Villa. A dreadful first half performance from Villa, Gerrard booed and jeered mercilessly as he walks to the tunnel, the folly of playing Konsa at right back is just one of the many failings in the first 45’. Genuinely he could be shown his cards at half time. 🕒 |FT Fulham 3-0 Villa. So bad it is indescribable, don’t be fooled though, the red card and own goal made no difference to the result, Villa were defeated from the first minute with Gerrard’s idiotic defensive change. The issue now is not sacking Gerrard, it’s how toxic their continued dallying causes the fan base to turn on the owners. They are failing us by having not acted, make no mistake we are throwing away points we can never earn back. This is our easy run ended, we have nothing to show for it because of their inaction. The fight is to avoid relegation by any means possible. NSWE are now just as culpable as Gerrard and Purslow. They must act tonight.

KEY MAN

Jan Bednarek, not his fault, the manager's, but the folly of not only his selection but his acquisition was laid bare, that it was obvious from the moment we were linked with him that it would be this way makes his second 45' in claret and blue surely his last

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 20 October 2022

🥅 | 35’ Goal, 0-1, (Fulham), Harrison Reed
🕒 | HT Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Jan Bednarek, Sub on, Matty Cash
🟨 | 56’ Booking, Leon Bailey for a bad foul
🔁 | 56’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
🟨 | 59’ Booking, Tyrone Mings for a bad foul
🟥 | 61’ Sending off, Douglas Luiz for violent conduct
🥅 | 67’ Goal, 0-2, (Fulham), Aleksandar Mitrović
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Cameron Archer
🥅 | 83’ Goal, 0-3, (Fulham), Tyrone Mings o.g.
🕒 | FT Fulham 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Gone, forgotten, over, 40 games, utter despair, wasted 12 months. New start. UTV.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Fulham

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Fulham

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #12 |
League Game | #11 |
Manager Game | #40 |
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Attendance | 23,508 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Michael Oliver | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Northumberland, 2007-
Kick off: 7.30pm
Half Time Score: 🟥 0-1
Full Time Result: 🟥 Lost
Full Time Score: 🟥 0-3
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 40 | 🟩 | 13 🟨 | 8 🟥 19 | 1.18

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Oliver | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Northumberland, 2007-
Matches Officiated: 34
🟩 : 9
🟨 : 7
🟥 : 18
🆘 : 5
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 13 Aug 22, Villa 2-1 Everton (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟥
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett.
Fourth official: Craig Pawson.
VAR: Paul Tierney.
Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟥 🟨 🟨

Fulham

None

TEAM NEWS

Villa come into a game against a Fulham side with one win in five, just as Steven Gerrard has, and the shock change is centre back Jan Bednarek making his first start for Villa in place of right back Matty Cash who.is.relegated.to.the.bench.

Ezri Konsa, arguably the Villa player in the best form right now, is shunted into Cash’s berth as Bednarek, far, far from the most mobile of defenders makes his first Villa start up against one of the most prolific centre forwards in the English game.

Cameron Archer returns to the squad after injury as Lamare Bogarde drops out.

But we’re still thinking about Matty Cash.

Is this Steven Gerrard’s Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer moment? Or his first stroke of managerial genius?

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.74 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.46 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.60 |
Subs Average Age: | 28.03 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.31 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.41 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.31 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.88 |
Oldest Substitute: M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | 27.53 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.88 |

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ©️ |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🟥 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Marco Silva | 🇵🇹 |

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Fulham

GK Bernd Leno | 🇩🇪 |
LB Antonee Robinson | 🇺🇸 |
CB Tim Ream | 🇺🇸 |
CB Issa Diop | 🇫🇷 |
M Bobby Reid | 🇯🇲 |
M Harrison Reed | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
M João Palhinha | 🇵🇹 |
M Andreas Pereira | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
W Willian | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
W Neeskens Kebano | 🇨🇩 | 🔁 |
CF Aleksandar Mitrović | 🇷🇸 | ⚽ | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 | for CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | 46’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 56’ |
🔁 | M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | for CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 68’ |
🔁 | CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 80’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Tom Cairney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | for W Willian | 🇧🇷 | 73’ |
🔁 | W Daniel James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for M Harrison Reed | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 73’ |
🔁 | CF Carlos Vinícius | 🇧🇷 | for CF Aleksandar Mitrović | 🇷🇸 | 84’ |
🔁 | W Harry Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for W Neeskens Kebano | 🇨🇩 | 85’ |
🔁 | M Luke Harris | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for M Andreas Pereira | 🇧🇷 | 87’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Marek Rodak | 🇸🇰 |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Shane Duffy | 🇮🇪 |
RB Kevin Mbabu |🇨🇭|

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £151.49m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £62.24m
Team Cost: £213.73m
Squad Cost: £256.75m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/20
Homegrown: 2/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £162.33m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 1/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11
Subs Cost: £20.88m
Team Cost: £183.21m
Squad Cost: £189.65m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/20
Homegrown: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |

RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 | £14.18m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | Loan |

M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | £18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | £14.22m |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | £13.50m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |

CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £31.59m |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Bernd Leno | 🇩🇪 | £3.24m |
GK Marek Rodak | 🇸🇰 | Youth |

RB Kevin Mbabu |🇨🇭| £4.95m |
LB Antonee Robinson | 🇺🇸 | £1.89m |

CB Issa Diop | 🇫🇷 | £16.02m |
CB Tim Ream | 🇺🇸 | £1.53m |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.49m |
CB Shane Duffy | 🇮🇪 | Loan |

M João Palhinha | 🇵🇹 | £18.00m |
M Andreas Pereira | 🇧🇷 | £8.55m |
M Bobby Reid | 🇯🇲 | £8.01m |
M Harrison Reed | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £5.85m |
M Tom Cairney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £3.78m |
M Luke Harris | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Youth |

W Harry Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £12.60m |
W Neeskens Kebano | 🇨🇩 | £4.01m |
W Willian | 🇧🇷 | Free |
W Daniel James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Loan |

CF Aleksandar Mitrović | 🇷🇸 | £22.23m |
CF Carlos Vinícius | 🇧🇷 | £4.50m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 5 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | Achilles
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Knee
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | Ankle
LB Ludwig Augustinsson | 🇸🇪 | Hamstring

Out On Loan | 13 |
W Indiana Vassilev | 🇺🇸 | Inter Miami
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Burton
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | MK Dons
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Norwich
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | Basaksehir
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR

Bomb Squad | 1 | 💣 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 18
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 11

MATCH QUOTES

“If you play for Aston Villa it should be in your DNA. “You should make the most of your opportunity; you’re at a top club with top people, facilities and resources. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t want to improve the current situation. “The players are giving me everything they’ve got. They’re just as determined as myself to change our results. We all understand where we’re at. “We’ve got an honest group. Everyone around me is totally focused and working as hard as they can to change our results. “The reason we’re doing that is because we know there’s frustration for our supporters and we want to change that. “[NSWE] were absolutely delighted with what they saw for the first 60, 65 minutes at the weekend. “They couldn’t believe we came out of that game losing 2-0 but this is football at the top. Sometimes games can go against you; the goalkeeper can get man of the match and you can hit the woodwork and individual errors. This is part of the game. “Our first five, six games we weren’t good enough. “The data and everything we looked at and analysed in those games, we weren’t there and we knew that. But there’s certainly been an upturn and we’re a lot closer to where we want to be but there’s still work to do.” “I think the owners, Christian (Purslow) and Johan (Lange) are with me in terms of, like, you know, finding these next couple of big results and big performances. “The players are on the same page. Everyone wants it and now we’ve got to go and execute it. “You have to talk about data at Aston Villa. You have no choice. It’s everywhere! I won’t give too much away but we are all under review, everybody’s position is under review. “We look at the data and we look at a game-by-game basis but also every six games, 10 games and compare to see where we are. One thing data doesn’t give you is sometimes in football you need something to drop for you, a bit of luck. We try to put it into context. “For example, we played Nottingham Forest and our xG was really low. But that does not take into consideration certain things that were big chances in the game. That is just one example. But Villa love data and, in my position, you have to be used to it. Do I love data? If it’s good, yeah! “I’ve had tough days, but tough days are ok because you need to use tough days as motivation for when better days come. I’m a young manager, I get that, and this is a tough period but it’s a great challenge for me from a personal point of view. “I want to prove to everyone that I can improve our situation. I’m here to fight every single minute of every day and I’ve got every belief and confidence in myself that I can change this situation.” Steven Gerrard, pre match. “The performance was nowhere near good enough “The first half shocked me, particularly after the weekend. “I’ll try and find the answers but I won’t disrespect my players. We were excellent at the weekend but it’s very difficult to praise them after tonight. “It’s tough, but I’m a man, I accept it, I understand it, I can feel their frustration, I’m frustrated with them. It was a tough night for me personally. “We’ll see what happens, I understand the situation we’re in, I’m a fighter, I will never ever quit anything, certainly when it comes down to football or anything in life. We’ll see what happens moving forward. “Look, I’ve been sending messages to fans for the last few weeks because I certainly share their frustrations and pain because I’m someone who’s honest. I know that they’re not enjoying it at the moment. I’m certainly not so we’ll see what happens moving forward. You know and I know we’re in a very difficult position right now.” Steven Gerrard, post match, adds misogyny to his talents as he channels his inner Liz Truss. “Look, there’s cameras all over the place. There’s a lot of referees in different places that look at different angles. I think you give the referee a decision to make when behave like that on the football pitch. I’ve certainly got no complaints with the decision and it’s really, really frustrating from that moment. There was still a lot of time left at 1-0 and that moment of madness has cost us even more. “[Was it frustration?] You’ll have to ask Douglas that question. I think we’re in a position where we should all be feeling the pressure. That’s the reality of the Premier League. Everyone should be feeling it if you care about the club, the fans. But I’ve been trying to take as much away from my players to make them play with freedom. I certainly haven’t asked them to do anything like that on the football pitch, that’s for sure. Steven Gerrard, post match, on Douglas Luiz’s red card. “Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect. A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.” Aston Villa press release post match.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Thursday, 20 October 2022

**Steven Gerrard was relieved of his duties as Aston Villa manager after Fulham secured a comfortable victory at Craven Cottage.** Gerrard leaves the Midlands club in 17th place, level on points with 18th-placed Wolves but with a superior goal difference. Harrison Reed gave the home side the lead, drilling home after Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had punched a corner into the midfielder’s path. Andreas Pereira went close on two occasions, while Aleksandar Mitrovic had a far-post header cleared off the line by Tyrone Mings as Fulham dominated the first half. Villa’s evening went from bad to worse just after the hour mark, when Douglas Luiz was shown a straight red card after being adjudged by the video assistant referee to have head-butted Mitrovic in an off-the-ball altercation. The home side wasted little time in capitalising on their numerical advantage, Mitrovic doubling their lead from the penalty spot after the striker’s shot had struck Matty Cash on the arm. Martinez managed to get both hands on Mitrovic’s effort but was unable to keep it out. The visitors’ misery was complete when Mings diverted Neeskens Kebano’s low cross into his own net - a goal which was greeted by chants of “Steven Gerrard, get out of our club” by sections of the away end. Villa fans turn on Gerrard Having booed their players off the field following Saturday’s home defeat by Chelsea, the Villa supporters once again made their feelings known as the visitors traipsed off the Craven Cottage pitch at half-time - and again in the latter stages of the contest. Unmistakable chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” echoed around the ground following Mings’ own goal, which capped a desperate performance from the away side in west London. Only the goal-line clearance from Mings and several impressive saves from Martinez kept the scoreline down in the first half. It could have been much worse for Villa, who afforded Marco Silva’s team far too much space in the final third - particularly down Fulham’s left - while offering precious little as an attacking threat. The decision to replace striker Danny Ings with Leander Dendoncker following Luiz’s dismissal was met with derision from the away supporters, many of whom shouted “we want Gerrard out” in the direction of the Villa dugout. Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard said before the game that his side were “a lot closer to where we want to be” in terms of performance levels - but Thursday’s defeat was one too many for the Villa hierarchy. Fulham return to winning ways in style Silva cut a frustrated figure after Fulham’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, but his only qualm with the Cottagers’ first-half display here will have been that it should have yielded more than Reed’s well-taken opener. Former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian, who was reinstated to the Fulham side after making his comeback from injury against Bournemouth, was particularly lively in the opening stages as the hosts took the game to their opponents. The Brazilian had a fierce shot blocked by the foot of Martinez before fizzing a low ball across the penalty area which evaded everyone inside the box. The impressive Pereira then saw two spectacular long-range efforts deflected off target before Mitrovic was denied by Mings. The hosts added gloss to the scoreline through Mitrovic’s penalty and Mings’ late own goal, ending a run of three league games without victory in emphatic style. The win is Fulham’s biggest in the Premier League in nine years - since a 4-1 victory at Crystal Palace during the 2013-14 campaign. A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.” Villa have won just twice in the league this season and only sit above the relegation zone on goals scored. Gerrard succeeded Dean Smith as Villa manager in November 2021 after leaving his role at Rangers. But the former England and Liverpool midfielder, 42, led Villa to only 13 wins from 40 games during his 11 months in charge. After the defeat by Fulham, he told BBC Match of the Day: “Inconsistency has cost us, that’s the position we find ourselves in. I took over the team in a very similar situation. We’ve tried to recruit to get us out of that situation. “I’m a fighter - it’s in my DNA. I’ll continue to fight unless I’m told differently.” About an hour later his time as Villa boss was over. Before Gerrard’s departure was revealed, captain John McGinn said: “It’s embarrassing to be part of. We’ve let the travelling fans down. It’s a bad night for us.” Villa fans sang various anti-Gerrard chants during the game at Craven Cottage. Ex-Villa striker Dion Dublin said on Amazon Prime: “I am