The Fulham attackers gave the Irishman an easy time in the opening 45 minutes, testing the keeper just the once with a simple low shot at his near post. Had a little more to do in the second and did well to earn a clean sheet.
The centre-back was only really required after the break with Fulham struggling to get a hold of the game in the opening 45 minutes. Strong tackling and effective positioning saw the defender halt the Cottagers’ attacks on most occasions.
The better of Villa’s defenders who made any number of great challenges, stops and blocks to keep Fulham from getting chances on goal, leaving Richard Dunne with a tough ask of getting back in the starting XI when he returns. Had a great chance late on to get a last-gasp winner, but his short-distance effort went agonisingly wide.
Put on a very attacking display in the first-half and was racing down the wing whilst Fulham had a hard time getting into gear and worked well with N’Zogbia in supplying the ball into the Cottagers’ area. In the second was required to be a little more defensive and dealt with Fulham’s wide men decently.
Did well to deal with Duff’s many runs, but let the Irishman through on the odd occasion, with one such time almost allowing the visitors an opener as the winger smashed the ball against the post after being allowed time and space to shoot.
Showed a distinct lack of interest for the opening 20 minutes as the midfielder, despite getting in good positions, failed to show any intent of making the most of his advantages. The midfielder did get fired up as the first-half progressed, however, and made a real impact defensively, tackling supremely in and around the Villa area.
Like Petrov, struggled to keep hold of the ball in the middle and the midfielder’s passing left a lot to be desired at times.
Followed N’Zogbia’s lead and ran his own flank to great effect, giving Riise a few things to think about. Good crossing and positioning allowed for a fantastic attacking display and was unfortunate not to score after a sterling second-half effort crashed onto the bar.
Gave Kelly a hard time of it out on the left and his pace was something the full-back had a hard time matching, allowing the former Wigan man to dominate the flank and supply his fellow attackers with chances in the box. Was replaced late on to a rapturous applause from the home fans.
The Villa captain had his usual array of long-distance efforts, with a couple going very close indeed. However, his knack of losing the ball after winning it was counter-productive and let his team down in the middle.
Playing up top on his own once again, the striker had Villa’s first real chance of the game after bursting through on goal only to be denied by Schwarzer with an impressive save. However, didn’t do enough to really test the Australian again during a tepid performance.
Certainly the keeper was required in the first-half, with Fulham struggling to get out of their own third. Pulled off a great save amongst others to deny Agbonlahor’s shot from inside the box. The Australian was forced to put on a commanding display in his area. However, his error right at the death handed Villa all the spoils, with Weimann stealing the show with a last-gasp winner thanks to his spill of the Austrian's initial shot.
Good heading and strong challenges kept the domineering Villa attackers at bay, but let up intermittently to allow Villa the odd chance of goal. Gave Weimann far too much room to shoot initially before getting the late winner and didn't follow up the Austrian on the rebound.
Dealt with Albrighton on most occasions, but the winger didn’t make it easy for the Norwegian full-back and constant closing down of the Villa man was required, along with some vital interceptions.
Was given a testing thanks to N’Zogbia’s tenacious efforts out on the full-back’s flank. Kelly made several strong tackles, but the winger never stopped trying to get past him and the Cottager had to work hard for his money.
The former Arsenal man failed to watch Agbonlahor at times, letting the lone striker get a sight of goal on too many occasions. However, made sure to make up for his errors with bracing tackles and effective clearances. Should have followed-up Weimann however as the midfielder was allowed to get on the rebound of his own shot.
Came alive as soon as the rest of his team-mates did and his crossing from the flanks gave Villa a few problems in the box, as well as the odd shot to keep Given busy after the break.
Powered forward once in gear and threatened the Villa defence with good running and effective passing to the attacking widemen. Did an efficient job of it at the back also and wasn’t scared to get his hands dirty.
Lasted just 45 minutes before being replaced by Diarra after the break. Did well on all fronts during his short time on the pitch, before a bust-up between himself and Ireland led to the veteran's brow being cut open and left the former Liverpool man rather tetchy.
Not a particularly great display from the American and although he made sure he covered some distance, didn’t really get going and failed to inspire his side as we all know he can.
A lacklustre performance that contrasted last Sunday’s heroic outing against Wolves. Rarely getting on the ball, the Russian had very few chances to scare the Villa defence.
Another of Fulham’s attackers that summed up their game as the forward didn’t even look close to breaking the deadlock as the former Everton man’s influence on the match was all but none existent.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 32 N. Baker
- 30 E. Lichaj
Made a key contribution in setting up Weimann with the team's winner.
Came on for the disappointing Herd, but failed to use his influence to get a late winner.
Replaced N’Zogbia to the crowd’s dismay, but repaid the faith shown by McLeish with a last minute winner to give his teama vital three points.
- 18 E. Heskey