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Saturday, January 23, 1999 Published at 18:15 GMT


Sport: Football

Fulham dump red-faced Villa

Steve Hayward scores Fulham's second

Aston Villa 0-2 Fulham

Second division Fulham pulled off the shock result of the fourth round by knocking out Premiership high flyers Aston Villa at Villa Park.


BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Brotherton reports from Villa Park
And Villa's troubles deepened further when it emerged that Stan Collymore had failed to turn up for the game, after being named on the bench. The striker's days with the Midlands club now look numbered.

A clearly exasperated Villa boss John Gregory would only say: "I've stood by Stan Collymore since the day I walked through the door last February. I've tried to support him in everything that has gone on whilst he's been at this football club."

But Fulham boss Kevin Keegan experienced a much brighter day, looking on with pride as his multi-million pound team recorded their third win over Premiership opposition this season.


[ image: Paul Peschisolido torments Ugo Ehiogu]
Paul Peschisolido torments Ugo Ehiogu
Steve Hayward, a Villa boyhood fan, masterminded the victory, creating Simon Morgan's opener, and then adding the second, courtesy of a deflection.

Fulham's first goal came after just ten minutes, Morgan rising at the near post to head in Hayward's inch perfect corner past Michael Oakes and into the net after just eight minutes.

It was Morgan's first appearance since the end of last year and he had been rushed back by the Cottagers despite not playing a reserve team game following a calf injury.

For most of the early stages, it was the Second Division team who controlled the game, dominating possession and causing the Premiership side plenty of problems from set pieces.

Paul Peschisolido proved a handful for the Villa back three, and producing one run which ended with a strong shot that Oakes did well to handle cleanly.

Julian Joachim had Villa's best first-half chance, running clear after 35 minutes, but his shot was not firmly struck, and Maik Taylor was able to hold onto it at the second attempt.

In the final miniute of the half, Fulham were awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal. Veteran midfielder Paul Bracewell laid the ball off to Hayward, and his low shot seemed innocent enough until it caught a deflection and raced past a wrong footed Oakes


[ image: Kevin Keegan: Another Premiership scalp]
Kevin Keegan: Another Premiership scalp
Villa came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half but Fulham stood firm in the face of their hosts' onslaught.

After 49 minutes, Oakes did well to cut out Peschisolido's low cross with Wayne Collins waiting to pounce six yards out.

Young striker Darius Vassell, whose two late goals gave Villa a UEFA Cup victory over Stromsgodset in September, came on for Alan Wright after 59 minutes as Gregory threw caution to the wind.

But the visitors were frustrating their hosts time and again as the Premiership team struggled to create a clearcut opening

In the last ten minutes, Fulham threatened to add to their total, as both Geoff Horsfield and Peschisolido broke clear, but Gareth Southgate, Villa's most impressive player, was able to prevent any further damage.

Teams:

Aston Villa: Oakes, Ehiogu, Southgate, Barry, Watson, Scimeca, Taylor, Hendrie, Wright, Joachim, Merson. Subs: Grayson, Ferraresi, Bassell, Hughes, Rachel.

Fulham: Taylor, Collins, Symons, Coleman, Brevett, Morgan, Bracewell, Hayward, Finnan, Horsfield, Peschisolido. Subs: Smith, Trollope, Salako, Hayles, Arendse.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)



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