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Match report: Fulham 2-0 Villa

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Match report: Fulham 2-0 Villa

Game details 

Match: Villa v Fulham
Date: February 17, 2018  
Competition: Sky Bet Championship 
Venue: Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 3pm 
Attendance:  24,547
Weather:  11c, sunny

Scoring summary 

Sessegnon 51, Ayite 71

Analysis 

Villa couldn't extend their winning run to eight against Fulham, going down 2-0 at Craven Cottage.

The hosts were out of the traps from the first whistle with Matt Targett driving an effort across goal before Aleksandar Mitrovic headed wide.

In an even first half, chances were at a premium: Scott Hogan side-footed wide after being teed up by Birkir Bjarnason and the Iceland international then played a neat one-two with Conor Hourihane and drove a shot off target.

Before the break, Hourihane also curled over after good work from Axel Tuanzebe down the right flank.

Scott Hogan's header in the first action of the second half was well pouched by Marcus BettinelliIt was the hosts who would take the lead minutes later when Ryan Sessegnon was in the perfect place to turn a low cross into the bottom corner.

Robert Snodgrass then sent a curling effort at Bettinelli before Fulham doubled their lead. 

Sam Johnstone's clearance from a wide position on the right was intercepted by Floyd Ayite who clipped the ball into the unguarded net from distance. 

The Fulham man could have had a second shortly afterwards but headed over the bar.

At the other end, Hogan couldn't steer Bjarnason's early cross on target as the claret and blues went in search of a way back into proceedings.

Misconduct summary

Fulham bookings

Johansen 67

Villa bookings

Jedinak 59

Line-ups 

ASTON VILLA:  Johnstone; Tuanzebe, Terry, Chester, Hutton; Snodgrass (Davis 87), Jedinak (Grabban 67), Bjarnason, Elmohamady (Onomah 45); Hourihane, Hogan. Unused subs: Bunn, Taylor, Whelan, Lansbury.

FULHAM: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett, Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Odoi 90), Ayite (Piazon 87), Mitrovic (Kamara 78), Sessegnon. Unused subs: Button, Odoi, Kebano, Norwood, Piazon, Christie. 

Officials

Referee: T Harrington
Assistant Referee 1: G Russell 
Assistant referee 2: M George 
Fourth Official: K Stroud

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 17th February 2018