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Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Jonathan Kodjia scores
Jonathan Kodjia's impressive volley saw him score for the third consecutive game

Steve Bruce earned his first home win as Aston Villa manager as his side edged past Fulham in a poor game.

Jonathan Kodjia finished well on the volley after Albert Adomah's cross late in the second half.

Kodjia could have given Villa the lead after 10 minutes, but David Button did well to save form a tight angle.

Button made another great save after the break from Jordan Ayew as Villa got back-to-back wins for the first time since May 2015.

Villa have taken seven points from a possible nine since Bruce took over earlier this month.

It is their best run of form in the league since they drew at Burnley and beat Crystal Palace and Leicester City in the Premier League at the end of 2014.

Kodjia's early effort was the highlight of a low-key first half as Leandro Bacuna headed wide before the break.

Michael Madl had Fulham's best chance just after half-time, but the Austrian defender bundled Stefan Johansen's corner wide at the far post.

Ayew had a chance to make the game safe for Villa eight minutes from full-time, but his effort was narrowly wide.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"We have made a decent start and I am delighted for the players. A week ago they were quiet. There have been huge changes throughout the club.

"We have tried to breathe a bit of life back into the players. Thankfully when they respond, and get a couple of good results, that does no harm.

"We have got to turn things around; Villa Park has been an awful place for too long. Hopefully this is the start and we are going to go onwards and upwards."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We were near to a point, but paid the price for the mistake. I do not blame my goalkeeper.

"We played well for 45 minutes, but Villa won without creating a move. We were not solid in the second half when we lost ambition.

"We didn't play with enough personality in the second half and paid a heavy price for our mistake."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 23Amavi
  • 7Bacuna
  • 25JedinakSubstituted forMcCormackat 73'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 26Kodjia
  • 14GestedeSubstituted forAdomahat 55'minutes
  • 10J AyewSubstituted forWestwoodat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Tshibola
  • 15Westwood
  • 19Green
  • 28Cissokho
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah
  • 44McCormack

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 15MadlBooked at 90mins
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 8Parker
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 72mins
  • 20PiazonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAyitéat 81'minutes
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forCairneyat 67'minutes
  • 25MartinBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 3Malone
  • 9Smith
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 13Ream
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
32,201

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Booking

Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Jordan Ayew.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Booking

Chris Martin (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).

Pierluigi Gollini (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Lucas Piazon.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Stefan Johansen.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Offside, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Tom Cairney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack replaces Mile Jedinak.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Sone Aluko because of an injury.

goal

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