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Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0

Walking back towards Hammersmith following the game, I have to admit that the late winner, from Chris Baird, had cheered me up no end.

With the nights starting to draw in, we`re getting to the nitty-gritty stage of the season whereby, sometimes, you have to grind out results rather than play entertaining football that has the punters on the edge of their seats, and that is exactly what we did yesterday against a limited Aston Villa side.

Sat in the main stand, the excitement levels were immediately increased when it was confirmed that Berbatov and Petric would be starting. I had visions of Dimitar controlling the game and providing some defence splitting short balls for us to capitalise on.

Well I was sort of right because that`s what happened early on. Berbatov looked to be in commanding form and only the antics of Guzan, in the Villa goal allied with some poor finishing from Richardson kept the score level.

But slowly and surely, the game sunk into a malaise whereby each side cancelled each other out and nothing occurred to get you off your seat and pumping those arms.

In fact, as the sands of time began to ebb away, I was half tempted to take an early exit and get home early in order to hit the night-life later on that night, but thankfully I didn`t.

With a mere six minutes to go, Craven Cottage erupted when an in-swinging corner from John Arne Riise was expertly flicked home by Chris Baird, only his third goal in one hundred and fifty games.

It was, I have to admit, one of those games, just like I`ve mentioned, where you have to grind a result out, and we did just that!




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Date:Sunday October 21 2012

Time: 11:52AM

Your Comments

Rodallega looked out of position all game, and Richardson still seems to be off. We missed creativity in the middle which Ruiz might be able t bring. Otherwise a good win against a team who looked like they came for the draw.
Riverside Chanter
Rodallega looked out of position all game, and Richardson still seems to be off. We missed creativity in the middle which Ruiz might be able t bring. Otherwise a good win against a team who looked like they came for the draw.
Riverside Chanter
I donít know why didnít he play Kacaniklic on the left heís done well so far this season and Iíd rather see him play there than Rodallega and as he was on the bench so you have to assume that he was fit, on the upside it was nice to see Diarra back playing and he made a difference when he came on we looked better in the middle of the park with Diarra anyway another 3 points on the board which is all the matters
Oldwolf
I donít know why didnít he play Kacaniklic on the left heís done well so far this season and Iíd rather see him play there than Rodallega and as he was on the bench so you have to assume that he was fit, on the upside it was nice to see Diarra back playing and he made a difference when he came on we looked better in the middle of the park with Diarra anyway another 3 points on the board which is all the matters
Oldwolf
 

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