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Aston Villa   2 - 2   Fulham

Fulham striker Clint Dempsey celebrates his equaliser at Aston Villa
Dempsey has scored 10 goals for Fulham so far this season

By Mandeep Sanghera

Clint Dempsey headed in a late equaliser to earn stubborn Fulham a draw at Aston Villa.

John Pantsil had gifted the home side the lead when he nodded a Stewart Downing cross into his own net.

The visitors hauled themselves level when Andrew Johnson headed in after Steve Sidwell's strike was parried by Villa keeper Brad Friedel.

Kyle Walker's stunning 30-yard drive restored Villa's lead only for Dempsey to equalise in the 78th minute.

It was Dempsey's 10th goal of the season and, although both teams had to settle for a point apiece from a finely balanced game, they provided an entertaining spectacle, showing why they have engineered revivals in form.

Having endured similar fortunes this season with troubled periods in the first half of the campaign - resulting in passing flirtations with the relegation zone - these sides have improved in recent weeks and a draw seemed fitting.

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Their respective attacks have played a big part in their recoveries, with Villa splashing the cash on striker Darren Bent to help their cause, while Fulham have looked more of a threat with Moussa Dembele and Johnson leading their line during a sustained run in the side following injury.

With a place in the top half of the table within striking distance for both teams, Villa appeared the more determined to grasp the opportunity early on as they quickly started to overwhelm the visitors.

Downing produced a surging run from the left, cut inside and struck a low drive which Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer managed to get a hand to.

And, despite Bent slotting in the loose ball, he was ruled marginally offside before Villa took the lead.

There was a pace and directness about Downing, who ended another run with a cross which Pantsil nodded across goal and into his own net in the 13th minute.

It was the Fulham right-back's third own goal this season and he has yet to register a goal for the Cottagers at the right end of the pitch.

Villa were showing some slick touches and there was a rugged resoluteness to their play but Fulham were putting in a hard-working shift to keep them at arm's length, ensuring the home side did not add to their lead.

However, the visitors struggled to make an impact in the final third, with a Sidwell shot which swerved the wrong side of the post their main chance of the first half.

It was a different story after the break, as the midfielder, who had left the Midlands club for Fulham in the January transfer window, played an integral part in the equaliser.

Positive approach delights Hughes

He again let loose from long range and, after Friedel parried his stinging strike, ex-Birmingham City striker Johnson stooped to nod in a leveller after 52 minutes.

Just as the Cottagers appeared to be taking control, on-loan Tottenham right-back Walker popped up to drift past Sidwell and fire a low strike into the bottom corner.

The lead lasted just six minutes as Friedel failed to meet a Danny Murphy corner and Dempsey headed in.

Friedel made amends for his mistake by blocking a Johnson strike as Fulham threatened to steal a win before the home side ended up holding on for a draw.

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-2 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Pantsil (og) 13
  • Walker 72
  • Johnson 52
  • Dempsey 78

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: MasonAtt: 35,899
ASTON VILLA
FULHAM

Possession

  • Aston Villa 60%
  • Fulham 40%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 5
  • Fulham 9

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 5
  • Fulham 4

Corners

  • Aston Villa 3
  • Fulham 6

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 15
  • Fulham 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:29 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:59 Chris Baird has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+3:26 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy to the near post, Emile Heskey makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:26 Substitution Andrew Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen.
  • 90:00+2:39 Andrew Johnson crosses the ball, blocked by Ciaran Clark.
  • 88:55 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save. Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Danny Murphy, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 87:30 Carlos Salcido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Baird on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 87:01 Booking Chris Baird shown a yellow card.
  • Correction - 85:54 Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 85:54 Substitution Emile Heskey replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 85:54 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 85:54 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Emile Heskey coming on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 82:29 Stiliyan Petrov challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:29 Substitution Marc Albrighton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 81:18 Ashley Young produces a cross, Carlos Salcido manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Dempsey on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins takes the free kick.
  • 79:50 Clint Dempsey fouled by Jean Makoun, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.
  • 79:50 Booking Jean Makoun receives a caution.
  • Correction - 77:30 Danny Murphy provided the assist for the goal.
  • 77:30 Assist on the goal came from Danny Murphy.
  • 77:30 GOAL - Clint DempseyAston Villa 2 - 2 Fulham Clint Dempsey finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-2 Fulham.
  • Correction - 76:45 Steve Sidwell fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird,
  • 76:45 Stiliyan Petrov challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Free kick taken by Chris Baird,
  • 76:45 Booking Stiliyan Petrov is cautioned.
  • 73:03 Jean Makoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:14 Assist by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 71:14 GOAL - Kyle WalkerAston Villa 2 - 1 Fulham Kyle Walker fires in a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham.
  • 70:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Ashley Young. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
  • 70:38 Booking Booking for Danny Murphy for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:26 Stewart Downing crosses the ball.
  • 66:45 Substitution Simon Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.
  • 62:26 Shot on goal by Stewart Downing from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 61:40 Substitution John Pantsil leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Salcido.
  • 60:59 Booking Ashley Young is cautioned.
  • 60:28 A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker.
  • 59:20 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in.
  • 57:52 Ashley Young has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 56:06 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
  • 55:05 The official flags Damien Duff offside. Free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
  • 51:11 The assist for the goal came from Steve Sidwell. Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by John Pantsil. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, save made by Mark Schwarzer. The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Header from close range by Ciaran Clark clears the bar. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 51:11 GOAL - Andrew JohnsonAston Villa 1 - 1 Fulham Andrew Johnson finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham.
  • 48:57 John Pantsil produces a cross. Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne. Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line. Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 47:06 The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker.
  • 46:23 Kyle Walker challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 45:38 Darren Bent has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:16 Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:51 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • Correction - 40:38 Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick, Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Long distance shot from Jean Makoun misses to the left of the net. The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance. Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance. Danny Murphy produces a cross, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
  • 40:38 Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Shot comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick, Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Shot from long distance by Jean Makoun goes wide of the left-hand post. The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Richard Dunne makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov. Danny Murphy produces a cross, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
  • 39:40 Aaron Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:10 Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 37:12 Steve Sidwell produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 36:41 Unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Jean Makoun results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
  • 35:18 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • Correction - 29:40 The ball is sent over by Moussa Dembele. Damien Duff has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Ciaran Clark gets a block in. Andrew Johnson sends in a cross. Kyle Walker produces a cross.
  • 29:40 Moussa Dembele delivers the ball. Shot by Damien Duff. Ciaran Clark gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Andrew Johnson. The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.
  • 26:01 Damien Duff fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:43 The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Jean Makoun manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:51 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 24:09 Jean Makoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 22:52 Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:52 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Unfair challenge on John Pantsil by James Collins results in a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 21:16 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Andrew Johnson.
  • 21:02 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
  • 19:24 Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from right wing, clearance by Darren Bent.
  • 19:04 The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, clearance by James Collins.
  • Correction - 18:32 Damien Duff produces a cross, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 18:31 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 17:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Moussa Dembele. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 17:23 Shot by Steve Sidwell from 25 yards. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 16:55 The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 15:19 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:48 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 12:40 Stewart Downing sends in a cross. Assist on the goal came from Stewart Downing.
  • 12:40 GOAL - John PantsilAston Villa 1 - 0 Fulham Own goal by John Pantsil. Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham.
  • 7:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Stewart Downing fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Andrew Johnson gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Makoun on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 6:23 The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 6:09 Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Dunne. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:23 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • Correction - 2:42 The ball is crossed by Ciaran Clark, clearance made by Chris Baird.
  • 2:41 The ball is swung over by Ciaran Clark, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:35 Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Makoun. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:56 Shot from just outside the area by Danny Murphy goes over the bar.
  • 0:49 Damien Duff crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 25 31 54
2 Arsenal 25 27 50
3 Man City 26 20 49
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 25 8 44
6 Sunderland 26 1 37
7 Liverpool 25 2 35
8 Bolton 26 -1 33
9 Stoke 25 -1 33
10 Newcastle 25 2 31
11 Blackburn 26 -8 31
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 25 -1 30
14 Aston Villa 26 -15 29
15 Blackpool 25 -11 28
16 West Brom 25 -17 26
17 Wigan 26 -18 26
18 Birmingham 23 -10 24
19 West Ham 25 -17 24
20 Wolves 25 -17 24

see also
Houllier hopes new players 'click' soon
05 Feb 11 |  Aston Villa
Positive approach delights Hughes
05 Feb 11 |  Fulham
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