Matchweek 12
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Sun 12 Nov 2023
Kick Off:
Villa Park, Birmingham
Att: 41,608
Ref: Simon Hooper
  • HT
    90 +4
    90 +6
  • FT
  • Club Reports

    Aston Villa got back to winning ways and made it 13 straight home Premier League victories with a 3-1 success over Fulham.

    Villa were awarded a penalty on eight minutes for a handball by Timothy Castagne, but referee Simon Hooper was sent to the Referee Review Area by the VAR as the ball was seen to hit the Fulham defender's face, and not his arm, with the decision subsequently overturned.

    Villa took the lead on 27 minutes, with Youri Tielemans' left-wing cross aimed towards Moussa Diaby inadvertently turned into his own net by Antonee Robinson.

    The home side doubled their advantage three minutes before half-time through captain John McGinn, who whipped a superb shot into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards.

    Fulham responded in the second half, with Raul Jimenez's low strike tipped on to a post at full-stretch by Emiliano Martinez and Willian dragging a shot narrowly wide.

    But it was Villa who struck next on 64 minutes, Ollie Watkins sweeping in from Leon Bailey's cross for his sixth league goal of the season.

    The Cottagers did pull a goal back on 70 minutes through Jimenez, who tapped in from Robinson's square pass for his first Fulham goal.

    Watkins missed a glorious chance to score his second, heading wide from point-blank range, but it didn't prove costly as Villa made their longest top-flight winning run at Villa Park since October 1983, and made it six victories in a row against London sides for the first time in their league history.

    Villa move up to fifth on 25 points, two adrift of leaders Manchester City ahead of their trip to Chelsea.

    A third defeat in four matches leaves Fulham in 16th, six points above the bottom three.

    Aston Villa report | Fulham report
    Match officials

    Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Assistants: Darren Cann, Nick Hopton. Fourth official: James Linington. VAR: John Brooks. Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick.

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    Match officials

    Referee: Simon Hooper

    Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Long

    Fourth Official: Darren England

    VAR: Michael Oliver

    Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan

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