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Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham

John Terry
John Terry wheeled away in celebration after scoring his first goal since May

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry scored his first Aston Villa goal to help them beat Fulham and move into the Championship play-off places.

The defender nodded in a fine Conor Hourihane delivery, but Stefan Johansen equalised with a curling free-kick.

Villa regained the lead when Jonathan Kodjia's mis-kick fell for team-mate Albert Adomah to net at the back post.

Floyd Ayite shot at Sam Johnstone as Fulham rallied, while Kodjia was denied a penalty after being bundled over.

Steve Bruce's Villa side are yet to lose at home in the league this season and rose to fifth place, while defeat ended Fulham's four-game unbeaten run and left them in mid-table.

Villa skipper Terry, 36, joined the Midlands club this summer, and his header was the 68th club goal of his career - and the first not in a Chelsea shirt.

Norway international Johansen levelled against the run of play for Slavisa Jokanovic's side, but the hosts deserved the luck that led to what proved to be the winning goal.

Fulham should have left with a point, but Ayite could not beat Johnstone from close range after a classy cutback from Ryan Fredericks.

It means Villa have only lost one of their past 17 home league games against Fulham - a 2-1 Premier League defeat in April 2014.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"We are just about starting in the Championship for me. The winter is upon us and the marathon is starting. But we have made progress from where we were 12 months ago.

"We would like some more points after a poor start but we have dug deep and have only one defeat in 10 games. We are going in the right direction.

"I thought John Terry played very well and he is always going to chip in with a few goals."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We were not clinical as we missed chances while Villa scored two easy goals from situations which were not dangerous to us.

"We did not have enough quality or personality to appreciate the situations.

"Everyone knows about John Terry and his danger from set-pieces. We cannot be surprised because Villa are good in set-pieces and he punished us on this occasion."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 26Terry
  • 21Hutton
  • 7SnodgrassSubstituted forde Laetat 81'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forBjarnasonat 86'minutes
  • 18OnomahBooked at 82mins
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forDavisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 4Samba
  • 9Hogan
  • 13Steer
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 36O'Hare
  • 39Davis

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 9minsSubstituted forCairneyat 60'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forCisséat 73'minutes
  • 9FonteBooked at 15minsSubstituted forKebanoat 79'minutes
  • 47Kamara
  • 11Ayité

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 5Soares Alves
  • 7Kebano
  • 10Cairney
  • 22Mollo
  • 44Cissé
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
30,724

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Fulham 1.

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Albert Adomah.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Ritchie de Laet (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Booking

Josh Onomah (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ritchie de Laet replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Rui Fonte.

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).

Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ibrahima Cissé replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Josh Onomah.

Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Oliver Norwood.

Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff138321810827
3Sheff Utd139041811727
4Leeds137242112923
5Aston Villa136431913622
6Bristol City135622014621
7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
9Norwich125431214-219
10Ipswich116052017318
11Fulham134631714318
12Nottm Forest136071721-418
13Middlesbrough134541512317
14Hull134452420416
15Millwall134451614216
16Sheff Wed134451616016
17QPR133641617-115
18Brentford132741718-113
19Barnsley123361518-312
20Reading123361114-312
21Birmingham13328821-1311
22Burton13247625-1910
23Sunderland131661625-99
24Bolton13139724-176
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