Aston villa 1-0 Fulham Highlights
Watch Aston villa 1-0 Fulham Highlights as Mings goal made aston villa victory in the match against Fulham in the premier league meetings at Villa park.
Unai Emery’s side are on a mission to qualify for Europe after 12 years away and they showed no sign of slowing down against Fulham with Tyrone Mings’ first-half header (21) clinching their eighth win in their last 10 games after an impressive first-half display.
Fulham head coach Marco Silva this week took exception to suggestions his side were “on the beach”, but the Cottagers produced a poor display in Birmingham and failed to trouble Villa despite the hosts taking their foot off the gas after the break.
Villa now sit a point above managerless Spurs having played a game more than the north Londoners, who host fourth-placed Manchester United on Thursday night. Fulham, meanwhile, saw their two-game winning run come to an end but they remain a point above west London rivals Brentford in ninth.
There was an early scare for Villa, though, as Andreas Pereira’s acrobatic effort flashed just wide and into the side netting after 19 seconds. Villa quickly took charge of the game and came close themselves only for Ashley Young’s goal-bound strike from the edge of the box to be deflected away by Harrison Reed.
After seeing Willian removed from the starting line-up just before kick-off and replaced by Manor Solomon, Fulham were forced into another change as Harry Wilson came off feeling unwell in the 17th minute for Bobby Decordova-Reid.
Villa’s pressure finally paid from a corner as John McGinn’s delivery was flicked on at the near post by Mings for the centre-back’s first goal of the season to give Villa a deserved lead after 21 minutes. Fulham looked out of ideas but managed to hold on to keep the score at 1-0 at the break.
Emery on postmatch interview
Emery said, “Yes, of course I am very happy because we lost two matches against Arsenal and Leicester and now after five matches we have won all our games at home and trying to be consistent each match by keeping clean sheets, controlling the game and being strong here with our supporters.”
“We are doing it and in terms of the table it was very important to make our European position clearer at this moment, but it will still be very difficult to get at the end of the season.
“The first half we controlled the game with good positioning and trying to stop their transition and we had two or three chances to score. In the second half, they started to do a bit more pressing and I think we were a bit tired and defended a bit more, but we defended really well.”
Marco silva on Postmatch interview
Fulham head coach Silva felt his side’s slow start to the game let them down at Villa Park on Tuesday.
“When we have a plan to start and after the warm-up Willian felt something in his hamstring and the situation with Harry Wilson [coming off] was not the best start for us, but these can’t be excuses.
“Our first half was not at the level that we should have played. Clearly, we were not aggressive on the ball and we conceded a completely sloppy goal to give them the scenario they wanted.
“Second half we pressed a bit differently and more aggressive but it was not our night in terms of creating chances. Our front line players were not having their best night.
“We lost the game because the first half wasn’t good enough.”