Monday 25 February 2013, 7:00pm at Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa
Aston Villa U21s
0
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
2
Altman 9'; Woodrow 89'

82' Yellow Card

Danny Devine Card was given for a foul

21' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Kinsella
Off:Derrick Williams

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricardo Calder
Off:Jack Grealish

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jerrell Sellars
Off:Josh Barton

9' Goal

Omri Altman

89' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by Muamer Tankovic

53' Yellow Card

Joshua Passley Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Lasse Vigen Christensen Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Dino Islamovic

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Arthurworrey
Off:Matthew Briggs

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Solomon Sambou
Off:Ronny Minkwitz

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Our U21s overcame Aston Villa with a resolute performance bookended with goals from Omri Altman and Cauley Woodrow.

Kit Symons’ Under-21s overcame in-form Aston Villa with a resolute performance bookended with goals from Omri Altman and Cauley Woodrow.

The young Whites travelled to Hinckley United’s De Montford Park to face a Villa team who had secured back-to-back victories in the second stage of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

With two draws and two defeats from their first four matches, Symons’ team were determined to get off the mark with a victory and they made the best possible start.

Nine minutes were on the clock when Israeli striker Altman’s smart footwork in the Villains’ penalty box created space for himself to fire past home goalkeeper Bradley Watkins.

In a closely-contested first period, Altman had the opportunity to double his tally on the quarter hour but this time Watkins was equal to his half-volley, as the Whites consolidated their lead heading into the break.

The home team’s first real sight at goal arrived on the hour mark when Andras Steiber dragged his strike across the face of Neil Etheridge’s goal.

Whites substitute Muamer Tankovic soon made his presence felt with a shot which cannoned back off Villa’s crossbar and, sensing that time was running out, the hosts were forced to open up and push forward in search of a leveller.

A well-organised Whites rearguard ensured the opportunity for an equaliser never arrived and our forward line eventually doubled the lead in the closing moments.

Tankovic burst forward and put the ball on a plate for Woodrow to notch a poacher’s strike from close range, leaving Symons delighted to seal a hard-fought victory, albeit late on.

“We could have had the victory wrapped up a bit sooner but I was really pleased with the overall performance,” Symons told fulhamfc.com. “It was a strong start and a well-taken goal by Omri. We played a lot narrower than usual, without any natural width in the team, but we had a few words at half-time.

“The second half was much better and [Villa Under-21s manager] Gordon Cowans came over to me and said it was a well-deserved victory, which means a lot coming from somebody like him.

“Neil Etheridge hardly had a shot to save all game but 1-0 is always a dangerous scoreline. My only gripe is that we should have put it to bed a bit sooner but I’m pleased we managed to get that second goal and see it out.”

Fulham: Etheridge; Passley, Kavanagh, Grimmer, Briggs; Islamovic, Minkwitz, Smith, Christensen; Altman, Woodrow. Subs: Joronen, Tankovic, Sambou, Arthurworrey.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 25 February 2013
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Aston Villa U21s

Line-up: Watkins; Donacien, Devine, Williams (Kinsella 21'), Webb; Steiber, Johnson; Barton (Sellars 86'), Carruthers, Grealish (Calder 75'); Burke

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Etheridge; Passley, Grimmer, Briggs (Arthurworrey 83'), Kavanagh; Christensen, Minkwitz (Sambou 83'), Smith; Islamovic (Tankovic 45'), Woodrow, Altman

Aston Villa U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Brad Watkins
  • 2Jandi Donacien
  • 5Danny Devine
  • 6Derrick Williams
  • 3Josh Webb
  • 4Andras Steiber
  • 10Daniel Johnson
  • 7Josh Barton
  • 8Samir Carruthers
  • 11Jack Grealish
  • 9Graham Burke
Substitutes
  • 12Lewis Kinsella
  • 14Jerrell Sellars
  • 15Ricardo Calder
Fulham U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5Matthew Briggs
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 10Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 4Ronny Minkwitz
  • 8Alex Smith
  • 7Dino Islamovic
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 11Omri Altman
Substitutes
  • 16Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 15Solomon Sambou
  • 14Muamer Tankovic