Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1:00pm at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground, Bodymoor Heath
Aston Villa
Aston Villa U21s
o.g. Donnelly 29', 49'; Johnson (pen) 69'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Mitroglou 19', 23'; Woodrow 79', 81'; Rodak 85'

29' Own-goal

Liam Donnelly

49' Own-goal

Liam Donnelly

69' Penalty

Daniel Johnson

19' Goal

Kostas Mitroglou

23' Goal

Kostas Mitroglou
Assist by Cauley Woodrow

79' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by Lyle Della Verde

81' Goal

Cauley Woodrow

85' Goal

Marek Rodak

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emerson Hyndman
Off:Kostas Mitroglou

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Evans
Off:Ange-Freddy Plumain

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Solomon Sambou
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

Wearing a Fulham shirt for the first time, Kostas Mitroglou scored twice to help our U21s to a 5-3 victory against Aston Villa.

Wearing a Fulham shirt for the first time, Kostas Mitroglou scored twice to help our U21s to a 5-3 victory against Aston Villa.

Having slipped to their first league defeat of the season last week, following a 2-1 loss against Chelsea, Kit Symons’ side returned to winning ways – and in some style.

A positive start from the hosts saw Graham Burke, Jordan Bowery and Callum Robinson all go close, however, it was our new Greek striker that opened the scoring when firing in a confident finish on 19 minutes.

The 25-year-old, eligible as one of our three permitted overage players, then showed his class again moments later when sending a stunning looping shot over Villa keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Villa responded, although they had Fulham defender Liam Donnelly to thank, when the Northern Ireland youth international turned Jordan Graham’s corner into his own net on the half hour mark.

At the other end, Mitroglou went close to a hat-trick, but saw his volley turned to safety by Siegrist, while Marek Rodak made an even more spectacular save to keep out Burke.

Villa were, though, on level terms not long after the break, with Robinson steering in via Donnelly from Bowery’s teasing cross.

In an attempt to restore Fulham’s lead, Mitroglou cut in from the right before striking the foot of the post with a cleverly placed, low shot on the run.

As both teams created chances, it was the home side that made the breakthrough on 69 minutes when Daniel Johnson slotted in a coolly taken penalty after Lyle Della Verde had brought Bowery down in the box.

Della Verde made amends, though, flighting in a brilliant corner from which Cauley Woodrow expertly converted with a volley to set up an exciting final 10 minutes.

Having scored in the defeat against Chelsea, Woodrow netted his third goal in two games when keeping his composure to shoot beyond the reach of Siegrist following Donnelly’s powerful run and cross.

Fulham all but wrapped up the points on 85 minutes when, helped by the strong wind, goalkeeper Rodak’s clearance sailed over his opposite number in the Villa goal.

Under-21 Manager Kit Symons told “It was a crazy game, and although the pitch was fantastic, the conditions were quite bad at times. In spite of that, though, I thought we kept the ball well and aside from the first 20 minutes of the second half I thought we played some fantastic football.

“We showed good character, particularly after they [Villa] got themselves in front, so the approach and mentality was there. After Kostas took his two goals well, Cauley did the same and suddenly we were 4-3 up. Then of course came the freak goal from Marek, which isn’t something you often see.

“There were good performances all round, which was very pleasing and I thought the players that stepped up from the Under-18s did really well. Obviously, Kostas got a run out as he looks to get up to speed and to full fitness. He didn’t want to come off the pitch, so that was encouraging to see, as was his general application.

“After the defeat against Chelsea, it was good to get back to winning ways so quickly, and we’ll go again when we face Leicester City on Monday.”

Fulham U21s: Rodak; Donnelly, Buatu, Burgess, Richards; Roberts, Della Verde, Christensen (Sambou 78), Plumain (Evans 68); Woodrow, Mitroglou (Hyndman 62). (Subs not used): Oberschmidt, Brister.  

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Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground, Bodymoor Heath

Aston Villa U21s

Line-up: Siegrist; Webb, Lewis, Toner, Kinsella; Johnson, Steiber; Graham, Robinson, Burke; Bowery

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Donnelly, Buatu-Mananga, Burgess, Richards; Roberts, Christensen (Sambou 78'), Della Verde, Plumain (Evans 68'); Woodrow; Mitroglou (Hyndman 62')

Manager: Kit Symons

Aston Villa U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Benjamin Siegrist
  • 2Josh Webb
  • 5Bradley Lewis
  • 6Kevin Toner
  • 3Lewis Kinsella
  • 10Daniel Johnson
  • 4Andras Steiber
  • 7Jordan Graham
  • 8Callum Robinson
  • 11Graham Burke
  • 9Jordan Bowery
    Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
    • 1Marek Rodak
    • 2Liam Donnelly
    • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
    • 6Cameron Burgess
    • 3Tom Richards
    • 7Patrick Roberts
    • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
    • 4Lyle Della Verde
    • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
    • 10Cauley Woodrow
    • 9Kostas Mitroglou
    • 15Jordan Evans
    • 16Solomon Sambou
    • 17Emerson Hyndman
    • Kit Symons