Saturday 13 April 2013, 3:00pm at Villa Park, Birmingham
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
1
N'Zogbia 55'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
o.g. Delph 66'
Fulham reached the much-coveted 40 point mark on Saturday afternoon after drawing 1-1 with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

55' Goal

Charles N'Zogbia

69' Yellow Card

Yacouba Sylla Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yacouba Sylla
Off:Charles N'Zogbia

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brett Holman
Off:Jordan Bowery

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Andreas Weimann

66' Own-goal

Fabian Delph

58' Yellow Card

Eyong Enoh Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Kieran Richardson Card was given for a foul

11' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Stanislav Manolev
Off:Damien Duff

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Kieran Richardson

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Fulham reached the much-coveted 40 point mark on Saturday afternoon after drawing 1-1 with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Charles N’Zogbia’s brilliant opener was cancelled out by Fabian Delph’s own goal to ensure Fulham left the Midlands with an important point.

Following a scrappy opening 45 minutes, Villa started the second half strongly, although they should have gone behind when Dimitar Berbatov hit the post before N’Zogbia’s curled effort.

The Whites weren’t behind for long, though, as Delph turned the ball beyond his own keeper when attempting to clear Bryan Ruiz’s corner. The game opened up after that, with both sides squandering chances to win it, but Fulham will be happy to take a point back to London after a resilient display.

Martin Jol made two changes from the side that lost at Newcastle United six days ago, with left-sided duo Kieran Richardson and Urby Emanuelson drafted in – John Arne Riise and Stanislav Manolev dropped to the bench.

After a nervy opening five minutes in which both sides were guilty of squandering possession, it was Villa who had the game’s first effort through Delph. The young midfielder carried the ball forwards before letting fly from 25 yards, only to see Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland throw himself into a good block.

Fulham were dealt a blow on 10 minutes when Damien Duff pulled up after trying to control a loose ball and the winger had to be replaced by Manolev.

And the Bulgarian saw an opportunity fall his way not long after his introduction. Richardson’s cross was flicked on by Ruiz but Manolev could only slice wide at the far post under pressure from Joe Bennett.

Villa enjoyed a decent spell of pressure midway through the first half which culminated in Christian Benteke spooning his half volley over the bar when well placed, before N’Zogbia sliced high and wide following a neat passing move.

The home side went within a whisker of scoring on 32 minutes through N’Zogbia when the Frenchman struck goalwards from Benteke’s pullback, only to see Mark Schwarzer respond with a brilliant reaction save to push it round the post.

Good link up play between Ruiz and Berbatov on 42 minutes ended with the latter having a angled shot from within the penalty area which Ron Vlaar got in front of to deflect out for a corner.

The Villans could only half clear the corner which allowed Eyong Enoh to find Emanuelson down the left. The man on loan from AC Milan showed great skill to beat his marker before laying off to Berbatov whose tame effort didn’t trouble Brad Guzan.

Villa went straight up the other end following the goal kick and N’Zogbia drew another smart stop from Schwarzer with a rasping drive from a full 30 yards, before Andreas Weimann dragged a shot wide on 45 minutes having collected Benteke’s flick-on.

Aston Villa started the second half strongly but it was Fulham who should have taken the lead. Ruiz sent Berbatov clean through but the striker’s placed effort clipped the outside of the post before going behind for a goal kick. Replays showed, though, that the Whites perhaps should have had a corner as the effort appeared to take a nick off a defender.

Long range efforts from Giorgos Karagounis and Hangeland followed, the first deflecting over for a corner and the second drifting harmlessly wide, before Fulham were made to pay for their missed chances on 55 minutes.

The Whites failed to clear their lines after Hangeland had intercepted Weimann’s attempted cross and the ball fell to N’Zogbia who took a touch before curling a sublime effort beyond Schwarzer and inside the far post.

With an equaliser needed, Jol introduced Mladen Petrić for Karagounis to increase the attacking outlets on the field.

Berbatov went close once again on 65 minutes when he hit a first time strike from Richardson’s cross, only to see it deflect wide for a corner.

That set piece saw Fulham find the equaliser, though. Ruiz’s teasing delivery was met at the near post by Delph who inadvertently flicked it beyond Guzan despite the best efforts of his teammates on the line to clear.

The own goal had silenced Villa Park and Fulham sensed the game was there for the taking, with Emanuelson next to try his luck with a right footed effort that flew wide of the far post.

Yacouba Sylla was brought on for N’Zogbia on 69 minutes and was almost immediately booked for a late challenge on Enoh. Paul Lambert then made his second change, introducting Brett Holman for Jordan Bowery.

Petrić then saw a great chance go begging when he couldn’t quite control Ruiz’s intricate cross within the six yard box.

The game was wide open and Delph could have made amends on 74 minutes but ballooned high over the bar from close range after a deflected cross had found its way to the unmarked midfielder.

Weimann then made way for England striker Darren Bent as Villa made their final change of the day.

Richardson made his way into referee Phil Dowd’s notebook on 87 minutes when he body checked Sylla, and it needed a firm punch from Schwarzer to clear the danger from the resultant free-kick.

Benteke stole in behind Hangeland in the last minute of normal time but, thankfully, lashed his powerful effort into the side netting.

Jol then made his final change of the afternoon, with Riise coming on in place of Richardson as Fulham held on to secure a hard-earned but richly deserved point.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 13 April 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 37,011

Referee: Phil Dowd

Aston Villa

Line-up: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett; Ashley Westwood, Delph; Bowery (Holman 69'), N'Zogbia (Sylla 68'), Weimann (Bent 76'); Benteke

Unused substitutes: Given, Clark, El Ahmadi, Dawkins

Manager: Paul Lambert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson (John Arne Riise 90'); Duff (Manolev 11'), Enoh, Karagounis (Petric 63'), Emanuelson; Ruiz; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Frimpong, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 31 77
2 Manchester City 31 65
3 Arsenal 32 59
4 Chelsea 31 58
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 58
6 Everton 32 55
7 Liverpool 33 50
8 West Bromwich Albion 32 44
9 Swansea City 32 41
10 Fulham 32 40
11 Southampton 33 38
12 West Ham United 32 38
13 Newcastle United 32 36
14 Norwich City 33 35
15 Stoke City 32 34
16 Aston Villa 33 34
17 Sunderland 32 31
18 Wigan Athletic 31 31
19 Queens Park Rangers 33 24
20 Reading 33 24
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
18
10
Shots On Target
4
0
Passing Accuracy
82%
83%
Fouls
5
15
Corners
8
5
Offsides
5
2
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1)
  • 22Brad Guzan
  • 34Matthew Lowton
  • 4Ron Vlaar
  • 32Nathan Baker
  • 27Joe Bennett
  • 15Ashley Westwood
  • 16Fabian Delph
  • 21Jordan Bowery
  • 10Charles N'Zogbia
  • 26Andreas Weimann
  • 20Christian Benteke
Substitutes
  • 1Shay Given
  • 6Ciaran Clark
  • 8Karim El Ahmadi
  • 18Yacouba Sylla
  • 24Simon Dawkins
  • 9Darren Bent
  • 14Brett Holman
Manager
  • Paul Lambert
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 33Eyong Enoh
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 25Stanislav Manolev
  • 12Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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
  • Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Brett Holman (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Kieran Richardson.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Brett Holman.
  • 87' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 87' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 87' Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 83' Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.
  • 82' Foul by Philippe Senderos (Fulham).
  • 82' Darren Bent (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 81' Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Brett Holman (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
  • 76' Substitution, Aston Villa. Darren Bent replaces Andreas Weimann.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
  • 71' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Brett Holman (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yacouba Sylla.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 69' Substitution, Aston Villa. Brett Holman replaces Jordan Bowery.
  • 69' Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Eyong Enoh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Foul by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa).
  • 68' Substitution, Aston Villa. Yacouba Sylla replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 66' Own Goal by Fabian Delph, Aston Villa. Aston Villa 1, Fulham 1.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 64' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 64' Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 62' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 62' Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Baker.
  • 60' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).
  • 58' Eyong Enoh (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 58' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 58' Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 55' Goal! Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eyong Enoh.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eyong Enoh.
  • 50' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a through ball.
  • 49' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Bowery.
  • 48' Foul by Stanislav Manolev (Fulham).
  • 48' Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
  • 45'+1' Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 45' Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a headed pass.
  • 44' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 44' Attempt saved. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph.
  • 44' Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
  • 44' Eyong Enoh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson.
  • 42' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Baker.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 41' Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Foul by Stanislav Manolev (Fulham).
  • 39' Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 39' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 34' Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
  • 34' Offside, Aston Villa. Matthew Lowton tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 31' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 31' Attempt saved. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Bowery with a cross.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.
  • 25' Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 25' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 25' Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross.
  • 24' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Stanislav Manolev.
  • 23' Attempt missed. Eyong Enoh (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.
  • 20' Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
  • 17' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).
  • 15' Offside, Aston Villa. Christian Benteke tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Stanislav Manolev (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass.
  • 13' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 13' Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
  • 11' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Substitution, Fulham. Stanislav Manolev replaces Damien Duff because of an injury.
  • 10' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 10' Delay in match Damien Duff (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 8' Offside, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 4' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 4' Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 1' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 1' Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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