UK time is: 08:57:50
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Aston Villa 0 Fulham 0

If you`re a soccer pundit it`s a right old glass half full or glass half empty scenario.

Those looking to pour scorn on our achievements will hark on about Fulham still only having scored two gaols away from home all season and still not having won on the road.

Those supporting the club will point to the fact we`re now up to eighth in the table and we`ve put together a fine little unbeaten run including victories against Newcastle and Spurs at home and we`ve ground out decent points at two very difficult places to go, Anfield and Villa Park.

I may have a slight hangover but, this morning, I`m a happy man.

For the trip to Villa Park, Roy Hodgson, as we predicted, kept the same starting eleven that had done so well at Anfield. On the bench though was Dickson Etuhu, a sign that the midfield enforcer had recovered from his recent injury problems.

For the home side there was no giant striker John Carew, to lead the line and there was no combative Nigel Reo-Coker to unsettle Jimmy Bullard and Danny Murphy in the heart of our midfield.

After a quiet start to the first half, whereby both teams seemed to be sizing each other up it was the home side that began to stamp their authority on proceedings with Ashley Young being the chief tormenter.

The speedy winger began to give John Pantsil a torrid time and created chances for Steve Sidwell and Gareth Barry as well as unleashing a shot of his own to test Mark Schwarzer.

At the other end a couple of speculative efforts from Clint Dempsey tested the record breaking Brad Freidel but without looking like giving us that opening goal we needed although I must admit to hoping Freidel wouldn`t quite tip one of Dempsey`s effort over the bar.

As the half wore on we appeared to have weathered the storm and the game started to disintegrate into a match where misplaced passes became the norm.

The second half saw our hosts up the ante and at one point we faced corner after corner as we resolutely defended. Looking at the action it seemed only a matter of time before Villa got that breakthrough but then one incident, and one incident alone, convinced me this was not going to be their day.

It came as Villa launched another wave of attacks and from close range the ball struck the forwardly out-stretched hands of Schwarzer, ballooned up, hit the bar and bounced to safety.

As the final whistle sounded, Villa Park resounded to a chorus of boos, at times like that you know, as the away side, you`ve done your job. Eight points out of twelve after going so long without a win, suddenly things are starting to look up aren`t they?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 30 2008

Time: 9:32AM

Your Comments

another great day out - who needs goals to celebrate!
Al Billy
precisley were a gritty team and as where we didnt get a point out of anfield or villa last year we got 2 points and two clean sheets
boca3
another excellent result for you....well done.......
lincolnblue
very happy today! Well done to the lads and RH
donfulham
another good away performance let follow it up with another home win on saturday, come on you whites
dan the man
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

And Still We Wait! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stats: Rotherham v Fulham (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Rotherham 3 Fulham 3 (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Rotherham v Fulham - Team Sheets (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Rotherham v Fulham Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

And Still the Wait Goes On (Sunday October 19 2014)

Kavanagh and That First Senior Goal (Sunday October 19 2014)

Symons Praises Fulham Defence (Sunday October 19 2014)

You Can`t Blame Him for Trying! (Saturday October 18 2014)

Fulham Youngster Goes Off on Loan! (Saturday October 18 2014)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dobox 9
2. Oldwolf 7
3. truezebra 1
4. acrossthepond 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 0 - 1 Wolves
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Fulham 0 - 1 Millwall
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 4 - 0 Bolton
Fulham 0 - 1 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 13 3 5 5 -3 14
19. Wigan 13 2 6 5 -2 12
20. Brighton 13 2 6 5 -3 12
21. Birmingham 13 2 5 6 -8 11
22. Fulham 13 3 2 8 -9 11
23. Bolton 13 2 2 9 -13 8
24. Blackpool 13 1 3 9 -11 6

Breaking League News

Howe: Taking it slowly with Ward
Bournemouth : 23/10/2014 08:34:00
LUFC On This Day - October 23rd
Leeds Utd : 23/10/2014 07:17:00
Any Previous? - Derby v Latics
Wigan : 23/10/2014 07:00:00
Meet The Ref - Derby v Latics - Bobby Madley
Wigan : 23/10/2014 06:00:00
PWU Latics Podcast - All M*A*S*H*ed Up
Wigan : 23/10/2014 06:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Rotherham?
Suggested By:  putney
Bettinelli 0%
Zverotic 0%
Bodurov 0%
Burn 0%
Stafylidis 0%
Eisfeld 0%
Hyndman 0%
Christensen 0%
Williams 0%
Woodrow 0%
McCormack 100%
Dembele 0%
Parker 0%
Smith 0%