He should have done better with the Fulham equalizer.a shot from 25 yards by Steven Sidwell saw Friedel parry the ball right into the path of Andy Johnson. Although he got a hand to the ball he couldn't keep it out. Will have been disappointed that his attempted clearance from a Danny Murphy corner resulted in a Fulham equalizer. Other than that the Villa no. 1 was rarely called upon
Played his part in keeping out the Fulham attack and Gerrard Houllier will be pleased with his attempts. Passed the ball well around the field and cleared any danger that came near him.
Helped Villa regain their lead as a run from near enough the halfway line saw an audacious low hit shot find its way through a host of players and beyond Schwarzer via a very kind bounce in the ground. Played well on his home debut and his forward runs were encouraging for the home side.
Struggled at times to deal with the threat of Damien Duff but ensured that the tricky winger was unable to get the better of him most of the game. As a result Duff was replaced in the second half.
Good game in the heart of the Villa defense for Dunne. He managed to prevent Andy Johnson from creating any clear-cut chances and will be encouraged by his performance.
Had a good home debut for Villa and managed to make his presence on the game known. Linked up well with Petrov in the center of the pitch and had a good battle with Steven Sidwell and Danny Murphy all game. Shown the yellow card for a 50/50 with Clint Dempsey in the 80th minute.
Had an excellent game on the left hand side of midfield for Villa and managed to run at the Fulham defense numerous times,causing a handful of chances. Linked up well with other midfielders and will be pleased with his performance.
Linked up well with Makoun in the heart of the Villa midfield. As a captain he led by example but unfortunately was shown the yellow card in the 77th minute for a late challenge on Steve Sidwell. He was replaced by Marc Albrighton in the 83rd minute.
Was easily Villa's best player. He showed excellent control in the sixth minute to take the ball past the Fulham defense and allow Bent to slot home from six yards, only for it to be given as offside. Just moments later a quality cross with the outside of his left foot caused Pantsil to panic and give Villa a 1-0 lead.
Really unfortunate to have had offside given against him in the sixth minute as replays showed he was in an onside position when Stewart Downing took his shot. That didn't stop the striker,who kept battling and caused the Fulham back line havoc all game.
Had a good game in midfield for the home side and an excellent piece of pressure from the England international caused John Pantsil to head the ball into his own net in the 13th minute. Was replaced by Emile Heskey in the 86th minute.
There wasn't much the Australian 'keeper could do about the Villa opener. Pantsil's headed goal surprised the 'keeper and caught him unaware. Schwarzer can count himself lucky that his parried clearance that allowed Darren Bent to slot home in the sixth minute was ruled offside. Again the same with the second goal. A shot from long range saw him beaten.
Gave Villa a 1-0 lead after good pressure on a Stewart Downing cross from Gabby Agbonlahor saw the defender panic and head the ball into his own net in the 13th minute. Struggled with the pace of Young and was replaced in the 62nd minute by Carlos Salcido.
Held his position in the Fulham defense well although he struggled for pace at times. He was shown the yellow card in the 87th minute for a challenge on Young.
Struggled at times to cope with the pace of the Villa attack and was terrorized all game.The Fulham defender will be disappointed with his performance in this game.
The midfielder had a good game in the center of the park for the visitors and battled tirelessly all game. It was his shot that saw Brad Friedel parry the ball right into the path of Andy Johnson who equalized in the 52nd minute.
Looked steady in the center of midfield for Fulham and gave an assured performance for the visitors. It was his corner that allowed Clint Dempsey to equalize and give Fulham a share of the spoils.
There were glimpses of trickery from the Irish winger, as he looked like Fulham's best source of attacking supply. The experienced winger ran at the Villa defense quite a lot but was replaced by Simon Davies in the 68th minute.
Was fairly anonymous for his standards.managed to link up with Andy Johnson well and play the supporting role. The striker will have been disappointed he didn't create many chances for himself.
Equalized for Fulham in the 78th minute as a Danny Murphy corner allowed him to rise highest and head past Brad Friedel. Had a good game in midfield and he deserved his goal.
Fulham's best player by a mile. He was greeted with boos by the home support as the former Birmingham city striker gave a strong performance to stake a claim for a place in Fabio Capello's squad for the upcoming friendly with Denmark. The way he held up the ball made it difficult for the Villa defense to cope at times. Took his goal well despite pressure from Dunne, thoroughly deserved. Replaced by Gudjohnsen in injury time.
- 12 D. Stockdale
Came on as a 62nd minute replacement for John Pantsil and seemed to steady a shaky defense. The defender put in a good performance and will be pleased.
The Welsh midfielder came on as a 68th minute replacement for Damien Duff and helped add to an already pressing Fulham team. He slotted in well and produced some good balls.
- 27 J. Greening
Came on as an injury time replacement for Andy Johnson.
- 11 Z. Gera
- 24 G. Kakuta