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Fulham 3 Aston Villa 1

Fulham 3 Aston Villa 1

Those play-off aspirations Fulham hold moved a step nearer with Fulham beating Aston Villa, at Craven Cottage, this afternoon.

With Chris Martin suspended for three games, following the red-card he received at Norwich on Good Friday, Slavisa Jokanovic gave 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon a start.

The Cottagers were on the attack from the start and Malone was causing problems for the Villa defence with his crosses low into the six-yard box from the left flank.

Fulham went ahead in the seventeenth minute when Fredericks, surging down the right flank, delivered a cross that Sessegnon volleyed against the bar, however the teenager was the quickest to react when he prodded home the rebound.

Minutes later Aston Villa were reduced to ten-men when Jonathan Kodjia reacted to a little provocation from Fredericks to aim a kick at the Fulham defender.

Although down to 10-men Aston Villa forced several corners which troubled Fulham and Fredericks did well to clear away one headed effort that looked goal-bound.

After the break though Aston Villa did equalize when Jack Grealish produced a moment of magic to beat Marcus Bettinelli with a splendid curling effort.

Fulham battled on though and six minutes later were ahead again when Sone Aluko produced a neat finish that went in off of the face of the Aston Villa defender Gardner.

Aston Villa tried to get back into the game but Fulham were now on top and the victory was wrapped up when a low finish from the substitute Neeskens Kebano hit the net.

The win, coupled with a defeat for Leeds sees Fulham climb above the Yorkshire side but only on goal difference.

Next up for Fulham is a difficult away trip to take on our play-off rivals Huddersfield Town, but our destiny remains in our own hands.

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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday April 17 2017
Time: 5:45PM

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