Saturday 20 October 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Baird 84'
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
0
Chris Baird's late goal earned Fulham a valuable win over Aston Villa at the Cottage.

84' Goal

Chris Baird
Assist by John Arne Riise

70' Yellow Card

John Arne Riise Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mahamadou Diarra
Off:Mladen Petric

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Kieran Richardson

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giorgos Karagounis
Off:Steve Sidwell

50' Yellow Card

Karim El Ahmadi Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Eric Lichaj Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Eric Lichaj
Off:Nathan Baker

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charles N'Zogbia
Off:Stephen Ireland

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Christian Benteke
Off:Darren Bent

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Chris Baird’s late goal earned Fulham victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon against a determined Aston Villa outfit.

Martin Jol named an attacking side for the game, with returning strikers Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov joined in the starting XI by Hugo Rodallega. Kieran Richardson was also restored to the Team after making a scoring return against Southampton almost a fortnight ago.

Villa kicked proceedings off and were content to knock the ball around at the back. Fulham weren’t standing for that, though, and broke after robbing the ball on three minutes. Berbatov turned in the box and drew a good save from Brad Guzan, before Richardson also went close with the follow-up.

Good play by Gabriel Agbonlahor on seven minutes saw the striker weave away from Steve Sidwell but the subsequent shot was the proverbial mile wide of the goal.

The Whites came close to opening the scoring five minutes later when Captain Brede Hangeland burst forward before laying into the path of Berbatov who chipped a delightful ball towards the six-yard box. Petric rose highest but his effort was just high of the far post.

The Croatian was the next man to try his luck too as he got on the end of a fine curling delivery by John Arne Riise – but this time the header was straight at Guzan.

Agbonlahor – who has a good scoring record against the Whites – was looking lively for the visitors and he tested Mark Schwarzer with another effort from range on 18 minutes, before Richardson won a corner at the other end when his shot was deflected wide.

Riise’s deliveries were a constant source of anguish for the Villa backline as Rodallega was the next to get on the end of one of the Norwegian’s crosses - unfortunately he glanced his header well wide. Hangeland – fresh from scoring two goals for his country over the international break – made a decent connection from his compatriot Riise’s corner on 29 minutes but couldn’t quite direct his header on target.

Fulham were finishing the half the stronger but were still struggling to really test Guzan, as Sidwell saw another header miss the target on 42 minutes.

The home side flew out of the blocks in the second half and Rodallega was presented with a glorious chance within 60 seconds. Riise’s cross skimmed a defender’s head but the Colombian volleyed into the ground at the far post when he had more time. A marauding run by Riise five minutes later saw the left-back dribble past three men in claret shirts but nobody could get on the end of his dangerous cross.

All the best chances seemed to be coming from crosses and Agbonlahor should have perhaps done better with his header when Brett Holman found him at the far post.

Fulham somehow failed to take the lead just after the hour mark when Richardson found space in the penalty area with the ball on his left foot. The winger took a fraction too long to pick his spot though and his shot was well blocked.

Jol made his first change of the game on 64 minutes when Mahamadou Diarra replaced Petric. It was a welcome appearance for the Mali international as he returned from injury ahead of schedule. And there was another substitution for the Whites when Ashkan Dejagah came on for his Fulham debut on 71 minutes. The Iran international replaced Richardson.

The match had developed into a scrappy encounter with both sides struggling to find a rhythm – with Rodallega’s blocked shot on 75 minutes the closest either side had come to a goal for a fair while. Dejagah added a new dimension to Fulham’s attacking play and drew a good save from Guzan on 84 when he made a sweet connection with Sascha Riether’s pull-back.

From the resulting corner the Whites found the goal they had been searching for when Baird stole in at the near post to poke home. It was another fine delivery from Riise into the near post which led to the goal and the subsequent cries of 'we’ve got Bairdinho' from the Cottage faithful.

Four minutes of stoppage time were announced and Fulham hearts were in mouths moments later when Holman’s vicious strike deflected wide for a corner which came to nothing as the Whites held on for a valuable three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 20 October 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,693

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Rodallega, Sidwell (Karagounis 84'), Baird, Richardson (Dejagah 70'); Berbatov, Petric (Diarra 64')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Kacaniklic

Manager: Martin Jol

Aston Villa

Line-up: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker (Lichaj 62'), Bennett; El Ahmadi, Delph; Holman, Ireland (N'Zogbia 67'), Agbonlahor; Bent (Benteke 75')

Unused substitutes: Given, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann

Manager: Paul Lambert

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 8 22
2 Manchester United 8 18
3 Manchester City 8 18
4 Everton 7 14
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 14
6 West Bromwich Albion 8 14
7 West Ham United 8 14
8 Fulham 8 13
9 Arsenal 7 12
10 Swansea City 8 11
11 Liverpool 8 9
12 Newcastle United 7 9
13 Stoke City 8 8
14 Sunderland 6 7
15 Wigan Athletic 8 5
16 Aston Villa 8 5
17 Southampton 8 4
18 Reading 7 3
19 Norwich City 7 3
20 Queens Park Rangers 7 2
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
19
12
Shots On Target
5
1
Passing Accuracy
81%
77%
Fouls
7
12
Corners
6
4
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 10Mladen Petric
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1)
  • 22Brad Guzan
  • 34Matthew Lowton
  • 4Ron Vlaar
  • 32Nathan Baker
  • 27Joe Bennett
  • 8Karim El Ahmadi
  • 16Fabian Delph
  • 14Brett Holman
  • 7Stephen Ireland
  • 11Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • 9Darren Bent
Substitutes
  • 1Shay Given
  • 30Eric Lichaj
  • 10Charles N'Zogbia
  • 12Marc Albrighton
  • 25Barry Bannan
  • 20Christian Benteke
  • 26Andreas Weimann
Manager
  • Paul Lambert
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, Fulham 1, Aston Villa 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Aston Villa 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Brett Holman (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).
  • 85' Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia with a cross.
  • 84' Goal! Fulham 1, Aston Villa 0. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross following a corner.
  • 84' Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Steve Sidwell.
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brad Guzan.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabian Delph.
  • 81' Hand ball by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.
  • 78' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Foul by Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa).
  • 78' Offside, Fulham. Chris Baird tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 77' Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 77' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 77' Foul by Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa).
  • 76' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 76' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).
  • 75' Substitution, Aston Villa. Christian Benteke replaces Darren Bent.
  • 74' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 74' Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross.
  • 73' Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).
  • 73' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabian Delph.
  • 70' Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Kieran Richardson.
  • 70' John Arne Riise (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 70' Offside, Aston Villa. Karim El Ahmadi tries a through ball, but Eric Lichaj is caught offside.
  • 69' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 67' Substitution, Aston Villa. Charles N'Zogbia replaces Stephen Ireland.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. Mahamadou Diarra replaces Mladen Petric.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 62' Substitution, Aston Villa. Eric Lichaj replaces Nathan Baker because of an injury.
  • 61' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 59' Delay in match Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) because of an injury.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross.
  • 53' Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 53' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 52' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass.
  • 52' Dangerous play by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
  • 52' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 50' Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).
  • 50' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent with a headed pass.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Aston Villa 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Aston Villa 0.
  • 45' Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).
  • 45' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 42' Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
  • 42' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stephen Ireland.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 35' Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 35' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 34' Offside, Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov tries a through ball, but Mladen Petric is caught offside.
  • 34' Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 33' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 32' Delay in match Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 31' Foul by Brett Holman (Aston Villa).
  • 31' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 30' Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross following a corner.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brett Holman.
  • 25' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 25' Foul by Joe Bennett (Aston Villa).
  • 24' Attempt missed. Brett Holman (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent.
  • 23' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross.
  • 18' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird.
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.
  • 16' Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Mladen Petric (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
  • 13' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 13' Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Sascha Riether (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 4' Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 3' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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