Aston Villa recorded their first home win at Villa Park since November with a 1-0 win against Fulham at the weekend, Villa had to work hard for their three points.
The game appeared to be resulting in a 0-0 draw until Andreas Weimann found the net after Gary Gardner’s shot was too hot to handle for the Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer. Weimann pounced on the rebound and fumbled it across the line at the second attempt in front of the Holte-End in the final minute of the 5 minutes of stoppage time.
Aston Villa fans were not expecting a great game or an opportunity to gain three points with Fulham coming off the back on 3 back-to-back wins leading to the game and Villa’s poor home form of late.
In recent weeks Aston Villa fans had become restless with a protest before their clash with Manchester City followed by two away trips to fellow league strugglers Wigan and Blackburn which were less than thrilling encounters. The later fixture was a better show but Aston Villa were kept out by an inform Paul Robinson who pulled off a hatful of saves to get a point for Rovers.
Aston Villa welcomed Fulham to Villa Park on Saturday and it was a frantic start from Aston Villa who looked up for the game and within the opening 23 minutes has 10 shots at goal. Over the course of the game Villa managed to get 14 attempts at the Fulham goal and were on-target on 6 occasions.
Aston Villa had majority of the possession in the first half creating many chances the best one of the first half fell for local lad Gabby Agbonlahor on the 16th minute mark. Marc Albrighton also came close to scoring early in the second half when his 20 yard shot bounced off Mark Schwarer’s crossbar.
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Alex McLeish’s substitution after the hour mark provoked an unwelcome groan from Villa fans behind the Holte End with chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing”. At the end of the game game these chants were unfounded as fans frustration turned to joy after the unfamiliar feeling of celebrating a win.
Although Aston Villa dominated possession in the first half they allowed Fulham back into the game during the second half. The stat summary reads that the possession over the 90 minutes was far closer in favour of Aston Villa recording 51.2% compared to Fulham’s 48.8%.
Aston Villa’s win had an added boost on the simple fact it was Villa’s 7th clean sheet of the 2011/2012 campaign.
Over the last few games now that the defence has minimized and has seen an improvement with the addition of Carlos Cuellar who is currently deputising for injured defender Richard Dunne. Cuellar has been a like for like swap at the back his aerial presence has been the same of his injured counterpart. During the Fulham game Cuellar’s tall frame enabled him to complete 5 out of the 6 headed clearances and was able make 6 out of 8 successful clearances.
Right-footed Carlos Cuellar was able to complete 90% pass accuracy and was comfortable within his own half complete 31 out of 31 with a 100% accuracy.
Carlos Cuellar used his earlier position experience when he was playing at the right-back as he was able to get forward and make an attacking contribution with 67% successful completion.
Hopefully Aston Villa can see Saturday’s result as a step in the right direction as they were close to the relegation zone which was the words on fans lips. The recent victory now takes Villa up to 15th position in the Barclays Premier League with 11 points clear of the relegation zone and 4 points away from 8th.
Aston Villa don’t have a fixture this weekend with due the FA Cup competition which Aston Villa don’t have any involvement in but welcome Bolton Wanderers next Tuesday to Villa Park.
So where do you believe Aston Villa could finish this season following their carbon copy table position of this time last season Villa fans?
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