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MATCH REPORT ~ Fulham lose at Aston Villa ~ Prem MD31 20/21

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Match Report

Aston Villa (0) 3-1 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 31 2021 Villa Park

Sunday 4th April 2021    KO: 16:30

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Live on Sky Sports



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Aston Villa scored three late goals in nine minutes to fight back from a goal down to beat relegation-threatened Fulham 3-1 at Villa Park, denting the Cottagers' survival hopes.

In a first half lacking in chances, Villa had a penalty overturned in stoppage time as Mario Lemina looked to have clipped Ollie Watkins, but Andy Madley spotted a touch from the Fulham man after being advised by VAR to go to the pitchside monitor.

Tyrone Mings' fluffed backpass allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring for Fulham, rounding Emi Martinez before slotting into an empty net (61) for his first goal since September.

But Trezeguet, subbed on directly after Mitrovic's goal, turned the game on its head with two goals in three minutes, the first a cool finish from Mings' centre (78) before converting at the back post from fellow sub Keinan Davis' delivery (81).

Watkins rounded off the win with a close-range finish from Bertrand Traore's cross late on (87), giving Villa three points that had seemed so unlikely late in the second half.

The result means Fulham are three points behind 17th-place Newcastle, having played an extra game, while Villa are back into the top half, five points off the top seven.

Match Stats Aston Villa Fulham
Goals (0) 3 1 (0)
Scorers Trezeguet 78 Mitrovic 61
Trezeguet 81 -
Watkins 87 -
Goal attempts 14 13
On target 4 6
Shooting Accuracy 29% 46%
Possession 54% 46%
Passes Success 80% 74%
Corners 3 4
Tackles Success 43% 50%
Saves 5 1
Fouls 17 13
Offsides 4 2
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham knew a win could take them out of the drop zone on goal difference following Newcastle's draw with Spurs earlier on Super Sunday, with Mitrovic causing a nuisance early in the first half.

He stung the hands of Martinez with a low effort early on, before forcing the Argentine into another diving save with a curling shot from just inside the box, as Fulham started brightly.

But the rest of the first half resembled a battle of defences as delivery after delivery, mostly from set pieces, came to nothing from both sides, before drama in stoppage time.

Going down under the challenge of Lemina in the box, Watkins thought he had won Villa a penalty, awarded by Madley. But after VAR intervened, Madley went to the pitchside screen and spotted a slight touch by Lemina, overturning the original decision.

Villa didn't have a shot on target in the first half for the fourth home game in a row, and only had themselves to blame as they gifted Fulham an opener.

Looking for a simple backpass towards goalkeeper Martinez, Mings miskicked, allowing Mitrovic to take over, compose himself, before rounding Martinez and rolling into the empty net.

It was Mitrovic's first goal in 22 Premier League appearances, having gone 45 shots without scoring, and his sixth goal in 12 days for club and country, having gone 159 days without a goal.

But Fulham were out of the relegation zone for all of 17 minutes as sub Trezeguet transformed the game. Over eight hours without a Villa player scoring, the hosts netted three in nine minutes as Fulham completely capitulated.

First, Egyptian Trezeguet finished coolly from 12 yards after Mings' left-wing centre, slotting into the bottom left corner, the goal coming out of nowhere.

And Trezeguet got his second just three minutes later with another clinical finish at the back post from Davis' lofted cross after capitalising on Tosin's mistake.

Watkins followed up his debut goal for England with his 13th for Villa this season, and first in seven games, tapping home under a few yards out after fine work from Traore on the right of the box.

It was a game Villa had no right to get back into, with Scott Parker surely wondering how his side managed to throw away the lead and a dominant position. Villa, however, still have a faint chance of qualifying for Europe, but the sooner Jack Grealish returns, the better.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on Sky Sports: "They made the impact that you want from substitutions. The minimum you want is for them to run more than the player they've just replaced.

"I thought the performance of the whole game was a bit laboured from both teams. There are a lot of teams battling for performances at the moment, it's a long, hard season.

"All results are important, and they are hard to come by in the Premier League. They are big whenever you win, and this was a hard-fought win. It's the first time we've come from behind this season."

Fulham boss Scott Parker on Sky Sports: "It's a difficult one. It's a poor 15 minutes. The game ebbed and flowed until our goal, and I'm disappointed with the way it goes after that. They are easy goals, silly goals, and that has let us down. It's disappointing.

"At certain moments in certain games, you need to understand where the team are at, and we didn't manage that situation well. Sometimes you need a grit, to be horrible, play the game with territory. You get to eight games remaining, get our nose in front with 15 on the clock, we were sloppy in those moments. There needs to be something more in those moments.

"It's a young team, and we understand that, but it's naïve, silly mistakes. Where we are as a team, you need to eradicate them. There's a way to lose football matches, and I'm not pleased with how we lost today.

"[How do we pick them up?] Easy. It's easy. Today is a bump, how we react to these times is the most important thing, and we've proven throughout this season that we've re-grouped, worked even harder, and learn and grow. It won't be any different tomorrow morning."

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Sanson (Davis 69), Luiz (Ramsey 74), El Ghazi (Trezeguet 62), McGinn, Traore, Watkins.

Unused substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Nakamba, Barkley, Engels, Elmohamady,

Goals:
Trezeguet 78 (Mings make up for his error at the other end! He works his way into the Fulham box and drills the ball across the area where Trezeguet steers a lovely finish past Areola. A huge blow for Fulham - a huge boost for Newcastle!)


Trezeguet 81 (Trezeguet has transformed this match! Davis nicks it off Tosin and crosses to the back post where Trezeguet is there to volley home Villa's second. In the blink of an eye Villa have turned it all around. Scott Parker's head drops - this is a painful setback for his side. )


Watkins 87 (Fresh from scoring on his England debut, Watkins seals the win for Villa! Traore had been Villa's standout attacker for much of the match and it is some trickery from the winger that gets him past two Fulham defenders before his low cross is tucked home by the striker. Watkins has barely had a kick this afternoon but he was perfectly placed to find the net there.)

Booked: Luiz (15,f),

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, De Cordova-Reid, Reed, Lemina (Onomah 83), Lookman (Cavaleiro 48), Loftus-Cheek (Maja 83), Mitrovic.

Unused substitutes: Ream, Bryan, Zambo Anguissa, Kongolo, Fabri, Robinson

Goals:
Mitrovic 61 (Konsa plays the ball to Mings 35 yards out, in space, Mings looks to pass it back to Martinez, but gets it all wrong. He mis-kicks it, and Mitrovic steals in. He composes himself, rounds Martinez, and rolls it into the net!)

Booked: Decordova-Reid (74,f), Andersen (16,f)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Attendance: 0






























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