Saturday 13 August 2011, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
0
Aston Villa keeper Shay Given was in inspired form as despite numerous chances, Fulham were held to a goalless draw on the opening day of the 2011/2012 Barclays Premier League season.

21' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy

82' Yellow Card

Moussa Dembélé Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembélé
Off:Bobby Zamora

45'+2 Yellow Card

Gabriel Agbonlahor Card was given for a foul

57' Yellow Card

Emile Heskey Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Stilian Petrov Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Richard Dunne Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marc Albrighton
Off:Charles N'Zogbia

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ciaran Clark
Off:Stilian Petrov

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The game sprung into life in the 7th minute, when a fine one-touch break from Fulham set Andrew Johnson beyond Villa’s defensive line – only to be brought down by a James Collins challenge. It was a first glimpse of the sort or problems Johnson would be looking to give his opponents all afternoon.

Soon after John Arne Riise almost got his Barclays Premier League season off to a goal scoring start on 10 minutes when he was played though by a perceptive pass from Danny Murphy, but with just Shay Given to beat; Riise opted for power only to see his shot rise over the bar.

Following a promising opening, which saw both sides looking to test out their opposite defences, the pace of the game dropped somewhat in terms of attacking intent. But Villa broke the trend on the 25th minute when Charles N’Zogbia latched on to a long cross and played the ball back into the danger area for Emile Heskey to rise high and head over from eight yards.

At the other end, only a desperate block from James Collins denied Clint Dempsey registering his first effort on target as Fulham took advantage of some uncertain Villa defensive play.

Stiliyan Petrov’s long-range effort on 38 minutes whistled over Mark Schwarzer’s crossbar, but it was Fulham who had the best opportunity to net the opener shortly after. Andrew Johnson showed a burst of pace in the Villa penalty area to cut inside and strike a fierce shot that Shay Given could only parry away – forcing Villa to hurriedly clear the ball for a corner.

Fulham started the second-half on the front foot and only an instinctive save from Given prevented the Whites from taking the lead. Damien Duff’s whipped in cross was helped on its way by Johnson into the path of Zamora. The England striker applied another touch, but Given to trust out a palm and deflected the ball over.

Fulham continued to press Villa high up the pitch and Given, once more, came to the rescue when he got down well to smother a shot from Zamora on 63 minutes. The Whites’ attacking posture had certainly unnerved the visitors as they struggled to break into the rhythm they occasionally found in the first-half.

Bobby Zamora was replaced by Mousa Dembele on 73 minutes as Martin Jol looked to freshen up Fulham’s front line. Dembele initially joined Andrew Johnson up front but both he and Damien Duff switched positions on a regular basis.

Fulham had to endure a sustained period of pressure from the visitors, having to defend three consecutive corners from Villa. The Whites continued to look for the goal late into stoppage time, but Villa determinedly hung on for a share of the points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 13 August 2011
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Lee Mason

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Andrew Johnson, Zamora (Dembélé 74')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Briggs, Sidwell, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol

Aston Villa

Line-up: Given; Young, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; N'Zogbia (Albrighton 67'), Petrov (Clark 90'), Delph; Agbonlahor, Bent, Heskey

Unused substitutes: Guzan, Ireland, Makoun, Bannan, Delfouneso

Manager: Alex McLeish

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 1 3
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 3
3 Liverpool 1 1
4 Norwich City 1 1
5 Sunderland 1 1
6 Wigan Athletic 1 1
7 Aston Villa 1 1
8 Fulham 1 1
9 Arsenal 0 0
10 Chelsea 0 0
11 Everton 0 0
12 Manchester City 0 0
13 Manchester United 0 0
14 Newcastle United 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0
16 Swansea City 0 0
17 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
18 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
19 Blackburn Rovers 1 0
20 Queens Park Rangers 1 0
Goals
0
0
Total Shots
15
7
Shots On Target
5
1
Passing Accuracy
75%
76%
Fouls
10
19
Corners
2
3
Offsides
5
4
Bookings
2
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Aston Villa (4-3-3)
  • 1Shay Given
  • 2Luke Young
  • 6James Collins
  • 5Richard Dunne
  • 3Stephen Warnock
  • 10Charles N'Zogbia
  • 19Stilian Petrov
  • 16Fabian Delph
  • 11Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • 9Darren Bent
  • 18Emile Heskey
Substitutes
  • 22Brad Guzan
  • 21Ciaran Clark
  • 7Stephen Ireland
  • 12Marc Albrighton
  • 17Jean Makoun
  • 25Barry Bannan
  • 14Nathan Delfouneso
Manager
  • Alex McLeish
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0