Saturday 9 November 2002, 3:00pm at Villa Park, Birmingham
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa
Angel 2'; Allbäck 66'; Leonhardsen 83'
Fulham FC
Boa Morte 51'

2' Goal

Juan Pablo Angel

66' Goal

Marcus Allbäck

83' Goal

Oyvind Leonhardsen

26' Yellow Card

Oyvind Leonhardsen Card was given for a foul

41' Yellow Card

Ian Taylor Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Marcus Allbäck Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcus Allbäck
Off:Juan Pablo Angel

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Hitzlsperger
Off:Mark Kinsella

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ronny Johnsen
Off:Steve Staunton

51' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

68' Yellow Card

Andy Melville Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Junichi Inamoto
Off:Martin Djetou

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrejs Stolcers
Off:Abdeslam Ouaddou

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Facundo Sava
Off:Luis Boa Morte

A poor display from the Whites at Villa Park consigned them to their fourth successive league defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Allback finally made an impact in the Premiership for Aston Villa as he came off the substitutes' bench to help win it for the hosts.

The Swedish international has had to be content with only a bit part in manager Graham Taylor's plans since moving from Heerenveen for £2million in the summer.  

But an injury to first half goalscorer Juan Pablo Angel gave him his opportunity - and he took it with a vengeance.  

Allback restored Villa's lead after they had somehow survived a spell of intense pressure and then just for good measure he set up the third goal for Oyvind Leonhardsen.  

Fulham may consider themselves unlucky not to have earned a share of the spoils and they often played the more purposeful football with Luis Boa Morte a lively customer who deservedly scored his first Premiership goal of the season.  

But Villa boss Graham Taylor has bemoaned his side's luck in matches early this season they have dominated without earning any tangible reward so he will feel little sympathy for the visitors.  

Skipper Steve Staunton turned in another impressive performance in defence and deserved his standing ovation when he was substituted because of a knock in the closing stages.  

Keeper Peter Enckelman also produced several fine saves to earn his side three precious points but Taylor will know there has to be a distinct improvement if Villa are to climb much further up the table.  

But they have at least stopped the rot after the last home performance against Southampton when supporters were calling for Taylor's head.  

In terms of quality the opening 45 minutes was one of the poorest seen at Villa Park this season.  Fulham enjoyed the majority of the early possession and it came out of the blue when Villa went ahead through Angel after 19 minutes.  

Fulham 'keeper Edwin van der Sar produced a superb save to turn a 20 yard volley around the post from Ian Taylor at full stretch.  

But he had no chance from the resulting corner by Mark Kinsella which was flicked on by Taylor to Villa's record signing who headed home at the far post even though van der Sar got a hand to the ball.

Leonhardsen became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on the lively Luis Boa Morte.  

Mark Delaney started to make more of an impact down the right flank and one low cross just eluded Dion Dublin.  

Then Jlloyd Samuel burst into the Fulham penalty area after getting past two challenges and his left-footed shot contained plenty of power but was beaten out by van der Sar.  

Taylor followed Leonhardsen into the note-book after 40 minutes for a challenge on Martin Djetou.  

Fulham did have the ball in the net a minute before the interval through a far post header from Steve Marlet following a cross from Steed Malbranque but it was ruled out for offside.  

Villa 'keeper Peter Enckelman, back in the side after serving a one match banfor his sending-off against Southampton, was called into meaningful action for the first time in injury-time.  

Boa Morte produced a decent enough left footed effort but the Finnish international was equal to the task.  

But after 51 minutes Fulham deservedly got back on level terms through the impressive Boa Morte although there was a slice of good fortune involved.  

Steve Finnan's shot was charged down by Samuel but the ball ricocheted to Boa Morte who shrugged off the challenge of Staunton before firing a low left-footed effort into the corner of the net.  

Before that Malbranque had squandered a golden chance when he lofted the ball over the bar from eight yards out.  Them after Boa Morte's strike, Enckelman twice kept his side on level terms with excellent saves, turning aside a low effort from Finnan and beating out a pile-driver from half-time substitute Junichi Inamoto.  

But Villa somehow rode the storm and after 66 minutes they went back in front through Allback.   Samuel started the move with a long ball into the path of Barry who sent over a low cross.  

Leonhardsen was first to react and the ball broke off him to Allback who toe-poked his effort past van der Sar from 12 yards out before celebrating in front of the Holte End.  

Fulham tried to retaliate and that man Enckelman again earned his spurs with a superb far post save to block Andy Stolcers' volley.  

That was a pivotal moment and a minute later Leonhardsen gave Villa breathing space.  

A deep cross by Barry was headed back by Allback to the Norwegian international who volleyed in from ten yards out.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 9 November 2002
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 29,563

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Aston Villa

Line-up: Enckelman; Delaney, Mellberg, Staunton (Johnsen 79'), Samuel; Kinsella (Hitzlsperger 62'), Barry, Taylor, Leonhardsen; Dublin, Angel (Allbäck 45')

Unused substitutes: Postma, Moore


Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Malbranque, Legwinski, Djetou (Inamoto 45'), Ouaddou (Stolcers 72'); Boa Morte (Sava 78'); Marlet

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Knight

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 13 30
2 Arsenal 13 29
3 Chelsea 13 23
4 Everton 13 23
5 Manchester United 13 22
6 Middlesbrough 13 21
7 Blackburn Rovers 13 20
8 Tottenham Hotspur 12 20
9 Newcastle United 12 19
10 Southampton 13 17
11 Manchester City 13 17
12 Fulham 13 15
13 Aston Villa 13 15
14 Birmingham City 13 15
15 Leeds United 12 14
16 Charlton Athletic 13 11
17 West Ham United 12 11
18 West Bromwich Albion 13 11
19 Sunderland 12 10
20 Bolton Wanderers 12 9
Aston Villa (4-4-2)
  • 1Peter Enckelman
  • 2Mark Delaney
  • 4Olof Mellberg
  • 11Steve Staunton
  • 21Jlloyd Samuel
  • 26Mark Kinsella
  • 6Gareth Barry
  • 7Ian Taylor
  • 28Oyvind Leonhardsen
  • 9Dion Dublin
  • 8Juan Pablo Angel
  • 13Stefan Postma
  • 27Ronny Johnsen
  • 12Thomas Hitzlsperger
  • 14Marcus Allbäck
  • 25Stefan Moore
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 7Steve Marlet
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers
  • 9Facundo Sava