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Fulham 2 Aston Villa 1

Firstly, apologies to my boss, I may be a little hung over at work tomorrow morning!

I`m not he`d understand as he`s not a football fan but the win today means everything to me. It`s the end of three months of Premier League, three months of having the p*ss taken out of me and three months during which the faith has been tested.

Now, I`m going to celebrate like hell, there is light at the end of the tunnel and after beating Aston Villa we can be full of confidence with regards to our Premier League future.

However, before the celebrations begin, I`d like to toast the remarkable Jimmy Bullard, a player who went through so much and is now reaping the rewards for the sheer hard work he`s put in to come back from a career threatening injury.

The fixture gave us the first chance to see Hangeland, Andreasen and Nevland in the flesh and they all gave good performances. In fact, everyone did us proud!

The first half was, to be honest, poor with the highlights perhaps being a Dempsey shot that was saved low down, a header from the same player that was hacked clear by Bouma and a superb move involving Dempsey, Nevland and Davies that resulted in Davie snot quite being able to get any power behind the shot.

The second half was altogether different. Villa started as if they meant to put us to the sword but slowly we started to get back into the fray. Dempsey headed wide from a Konchesky cross and then as so often has happened this season we fell behind to a soft goal.

It came from a Petrov shot that was deflected for a corner. Unfortunately from the corner Hughes somehow contrived to stick his clearance in his own net. He`d never scored whilst at Villa but had opened his Villa account in a strange manner.

Hodgson instantly threw Brian McBride into the action giving the American his first action since his horrific injury. Four minutes later we were level. Bullard delivered a magnificent ball into the danger area and Davies flicked it home for his fifth Premier League goal of the season.

But we were not finished there, as the game headed into its final five minutes a surging run from Kamara saw Davies foul him. From a central area some twenty-three yards out, Bullard curled home a gem of a strike to give us all three points.

If the match report seems a little short, then tough! There`s the little matter of several pints of ice cold lager waiting for me down the local.

Jimmy Bullard, you are a one in a million!

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 3 2008

Time: 6:21PM

Your Comments

Well done lads - always had faith in you ;-)
and putney - enjoy your beers ;-)
Great to see Jimmy Bullard score after so long out. Seems like such a nice guy.
Since Hodgson has had his full squad available to him, he has got a draw at Bolton and a win over Villa - that's four points out of six. Things are looking up.....
Well done Fulham. To be honest I thought Villa would win but very glad they didn't. Great to see Jimmy Bullard score the winner.
I think you work hard like you did in that game, you should stay up! up to your players. Roy Hodgson might just get his one million bonus ;-)
HUGE win for you! Keeping alive your hopes now. I had wrote you off, but perhaps you're gonna surprise me.
Boro 01
interesting to see how the current poll is going!
Boro01 - they just might do that next week! Besides they're only doing it to prove me and my DOOM predictions wrong :-)
We were magnificent.
I love every one of our players today!! (Except Baird) We were fantastic!!! Kamara actually put some effort in! Brede was so solid! Konch, Bullard and even Murphy gave Capello some thinking to do, Andreasen was immense! He's quick!!! And solid!! And strong!! Nevland can tackle! (needs someone along side him upfront), Dempsey was his usual hardworking, skilful self and Niemi pulled off amazing saves. oh and im so so so so glad to see McBride back!! Now im off to take full advantage of my 18 year old privileges! WE ARE STAYING UP!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHA
Good to see our Jimmy back, MoM, winning goal, so long as you dont get carried away and over take us in the league you can have a well done
And it's Jimmy Bullard, Jimmy Bullard FC, he's the finest player the world has ever seen!
Well done fellas, even if I lost a tenner on this one...
Blue is the colour
Great result, especially considering where they are and where you are in the league. I bet weren't too hopeful before the game. This might give you some confidence to press onwards and upwards. I say again Great result!
"even Murphy gave Capello some thinking to do". The sound of (not so) muffled laughter floats through the air.... :)
i was on a bit of a high! But he didnt played badly!
Great to see Jimmy Bullard back to his best, after a horrific year or so out injured. No doubt, he's one of football's few good guys!!
Boro 01

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