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Played
August 13, 2011 3:00 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 25700‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

New bosses Jol and McLeish share the spoils on the opening day at Craven Cottage after a goalless stalemate in which both sides failed to show enough invention in front of goal

By Liam Twomey at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    His distribution occasionally left something to be desired, but otherwise reliable enough when called upon. Wasn’t tested enough by the Villa strikers, in truth.

  • John Arne Riise
    1
    0
    3.00

    John Arne Riise

    Impressed with his energy on the left flank on his first Premier League start, but missed a glorious opportunity to put his side ahead midway through the first half.

  • Brede Hangeland
    1
    0
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Shackled the Villa strikers well. Dominant in the air, positionally sound, and even looked to come forward in possession and start attacks for his side.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    0
    3.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Not as comfortable on the ball as his central defensive partner, but Senderos’ alertness and no-nonsense approach meant the likes of Bent, Heskey and Agbonlahor found chances hard to come by.

  • Aaron Hughes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Decent enough, but looked vulnerable to pace up against Agbonlahor and N’Zogbia and offered his side little in the way of attacking thrust.

  • Danny Murphy
    1
    0
    3.50

    Danny Murphy

    Classy in possession, hard-working out of it. Murphy kept the Fulham midfield ticking over nicely throughout, and his vision created the best chance of the first half for Riise.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    1
    3.00

    Damien Duff

    Lively on the right flank and unleashed dangerous crosses with either foot, as well as not being afraid to unleash strikes at goal. Had Warnock worried all day.

  • Dickson Etuhu
    0
    1
    2.50

    Dickson Etuhu Flop of the Match

    Not the best performance from the Nigerian. Repeatedly gave away possession in the middle of the park, although his discipline in front of his back four helped deny space to the Villa strikers.

  • Andy Johnson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Andy Johnson

    Complemented Zamora brilliantly with willingness to run into channels, and forced the Villa defence into a number of last-ditch tackles with his relentless movement inside the box.

  • Clint Dempsey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Clever movement off the ball, but too often slowed the momentum of his side’s attacks in possession, allowing the Villa defence to reorganise.

  • B. Zamora
    0
    0
    3.00

    B. Zamora

    Largely restricted to buying free kicks from the Villa defence in the first half, but began to get more of a sniff at goal after the interval with his well-timed runs and physical presence. His finishing let him down though, and he was replaced with just over 15 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Mousa Dembele
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mousa Dembele

    Quiet on his introduction in place of Zamora, and failed to really influence proceedings.

  • Shay Given
    0
    0
    3.50

    Shay Given Top of the Match

    A top league debut from the Irishman. Made some good reflex saves and commanded his area superbly.

  • Luke Young
    0
    0
    3.00

    Luke Young

    His tendency to hit the ball long from the back played into the hands of Hangeland and Senderos, but willingly kept the width for his side on the right flank.

  • Stephen Warnock
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Warnock

    Consistently troubled by the lively Duff, Warnock did help craft some of the best chances for the visitors with his quick and accurate distribution from deep-lying free kicks.

  • Richard Dunne
    0
    0
    3.50

    Richard Dunne

    Marshalled his defence well through several periods of sustained Fulham pressure, and his timely interventions denied Johnson and Zamora on numerous occasions.

  • James Collins
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Collins

    Solid at the back and provided an additional attacking threat for his side from set-pieces, although he missed a presentable headed chance midway through the first half.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    0
    0
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    A willing and lively runner on his Villa debut, but provided precious little in the way of an end product before his withdrawal with just over 20 minutes remaining.

  • Fabian Delph
    0
    0
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    Looked composed beyond his years in the midfield and didn’t do too much wrong, but couldn’t help his side enjoy the lion’s share of the possession.

  • Stilian Petrov
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stilian Petrov

    Generally calm and composed on the ball but occasionally rash in his challenges on the opposition. Best moment came with a rasping 30-yard strike in the first half which flew just over.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    0
    2.50

    Darren Bent

    A quiet day for the £24 million man. Anonymous and all too often offside in the first half, Bent exerted a little more influence after the interval, but to no real effect.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    His pace and willingness to take on his man caused problems, particularly as the game became more stretched late on, but he was unable to conjure a winner for his side.

  • Emile Heskey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Emile Heskey

    His physical presence caused the occasional problem, but in general was kept quiet by the Fulham defence and also wasted a couple of presentable opportunities.

Substitutions

  • Ciaran Clark
    0
    0
    0.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Came on in injury time for Petrov to shore up the midfield, and did just that.

  • Marc Albrighton
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marc Albrighton

    A second-half substitute for N’Zogbia, Albrighton looked instantly more dangerous than the man he replaced on the right, unleashing a shot which had Mark Schwazer scrambling.

Results
 
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Striker
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Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0