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Aston Villa   2 - 0   Fulham

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor struck a superb shot to put Villa two up

By Saj Chowdhury

A brilliant strike from Gabriel Agbonlahor helped Aston Villa to a comfortable victory over Fulham.

Villa took an early lead when John Pantsil headed into his own net after he was unable to cope with Ashley Young's superb in-swinging corner.

They doubled their advantage after the break when Agbonlahor took the ball off Fulham debutant Jonathan Greening and fired in from 25 yards.

Fulham created little, with Clint Dempsey heading wide from half-chances.

Villa did not have to work hard for their win and the contest will not feature on any Premier League Classic DVD series, but for 19-year-old debutant Ciaran Clark the match will live long in his memory.

Home win satisfactory for O'Neill

Clark, a product of the Villa academy, replaced injured centre-back Curtis Davies and put in a calm and steady performance.

He also proved a threat at the other end of the pitch when after 24 minutes he managed to get his 6ft 2in frame on the end of a Young corner but headed yards over - his reaction afterwards providing a picture of disgust.

Nevertheless, Clark ably carried out his primary duty of shutting the door on Fulham forwards Diomansy Kamara, Erik Nevland and Dempsey.

Villa's attacking threat, meanwhile, was led, as per usual, by the precocious Young.

606: DEBATE

His outstanding in-swinging delivery from a left-wing corner after three minutes led to the first goal when Pantsil, under pressure from Agbonlahor, could only head past his own keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Steve Sidwell should have added a second shortly after but fired over from the edge of the area after picking up Agbonlahor's chest-down.

Fulham were without the influential Danny Murphy in midfield and his absence was made more apparent by the west London's side predictable forward play.

The two opportunities they had fell to Dempsey, but the American's two headed attempts failed to panic keeper Brad Friedel.

Hodgson bemoans 'comedy of errors'

It was not until the second half that the next big chance of the game came, and that resulted in Villa's second goal.

Agbonlahor dispossessed Greening 40 yards from goal and charged forward before firing an unstoppable arrowed shot from 25 yards past Schwarzer's outstretched left hand.

For an already deflated Fulham, that goal ended any thoughts of getting something out of the match.

From the very first minute, the Cottagers looked lethargic following their Europa League exploits in Russia on Thursday.

With more Thursday-Sunday fixture combinations to come, Roy Hodgson's men will have to dig deep into their energy reserves or they could find themselves in trouble this season on the evidence of this performance.


Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill:
"It's pleasing to have won at home because our home form wasn't fantastic last season and certainly didn't match our away form.

"I'm delighted we've won three games in a week.

"The team - other than injured Curtis Davies - who played so brilliantly at Anfield deserved a second crack."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
"I don't think it was a very good performance from our point of view, particularly the first goal which we conceded so needlessly.

"We were up against a very strong Villa team and were unable to trouble them enough in the first half.

"In the second half we were slightly better but then conceded. When that happens, it's a long road back."


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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Pantsil (og) 3
  • Agbonlahor 59

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: BennettAtt: 32,917
    ASTON VILLA
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Aston Villa 54%
    • Fulham 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Aston Villa 4
    • Fulham 3

    Attempts off target

    • Aston Villa 5
    • Fulham 3

    Corners

    • Aston Villa 9
    • Fulham 4

    Fouls

    • Aston Villa 9
    • Fulham 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:10 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+1:46 Brede Hangeland challenges John Carew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
    • 90:00+1:28 Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Paul Konchesky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:41 Clinton Dempsey challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:35 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Konchesky from the left by-line, clearance made by Habib Beye.
    • 85:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Ashley Young. A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Header by Clinton Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 84:32 Booking Booking for Steve Sidwell for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:57 John Carew is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 77:13 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young to the near post, clearance made by Eddie Johnson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Effort from outside the penalty area by Stiliyan Petrov goes wide left of the goal.
    • 74:44 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 74:44 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Eddie Johnson coming on for Erik Nevland.
    • 73:27 John Carew is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 71:50 The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
    • 71:50 Substitution John Carew is brought on as a substitute for Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 69:28 Aaron Hughes fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:21 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 58:50 Assist on the goal came from James Milner.
    • 58:44 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa 2 - 0 Fulham Gabriel Agbonlahor fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham.
    • 55:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell on Jonathan Greening. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:23 Effort from outside the penalty area by James Milner goes wide left of the goal.
    • 52:09 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:59 Effort on goal by Erik Nevland from 30 yards. Blocked by Steve Sidwell. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Diomansy Kamara. Clinton Dempsey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 48:08 Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:05 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:04 Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 45:00+1:04 Booking Jonathan Greening shown a yellow card.
    • 45:00+0:55 Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner.
    • 44:14 John Pantsil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 38:15 Ashley Young takes the free kick.
    • 38:15 Booking Dickson Etuhu receives a caution.
    • 38:10 Dickson Etuhu challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 35:03 Dickson Etuhu challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:23 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by John Pantsil results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick. Corner taken by Ashley Young, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 30:19 Corner taken by Ashley Young, comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 27:11 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov.
    • 26:40 Centre by Stiliyan Petrov, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
    • 24:16 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 23:04 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Header on goal by Ciaran Clark from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 21:49 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 20:45 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 20:31 James Milner takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
    • 19:19 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Shorey, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
    • 18:20 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
    • 15:01 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick. The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Steve Sidwell misses to the left of the goal.
    • 12:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara by Carlos Cuellar. Strike on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick. Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar. Nicky Shorey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening. Damien Duff sends in a cross, Header by Clinton Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 10:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 9:30 The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 8:35 Nigel Reo-Coker challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
    • 6:51 Steve Sidwell takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 2:38 Carlos Cuellar provided the assist for the goal.
    • 2:35 GOAL - John PantsilAston Villa 1 - 0 Fulham Own goal by John Pantsil. Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham.
    • 2:11 Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
    • 0:54 Jonathan Greening fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham R
    Everton 2-1 Wigan R
    Portsmouth 0-1 Man City R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 4 8 12
    2 Tottenham 4 7 12
    3 Man Utd 4 6 9
    4 Man City 3 4 9
    5 Stoke 4 -1 7
    6 Arsenal 3 7 6
    7 Liverpool 4 2 6
    8 Aston Villa 3 2 6
    9 Sunderland 4 -1 6
    10 Burnley 4 -3 6
    11 West Ham 3 1 4
    12 Birmingham 4 -1 4
    13 Wolverhampton 4 -2 4
    14 Hull 4 -4 4
    15 Fulham 3 -3 3
    16 Everton 3 -5 3
    17 Wigan 4 -5 3
    18 Blackburn 3 -3 1
    19 Bolton 3 -3 0
    20 Portsmouth 4 -6 0

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