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Weimann's impact delights McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish praised goal hero Andreas Weimann after he silenced the boo-boys with a last-gasp winner in a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

McLeish was greeted with boos and cries of 'you don't know what you're doing' when he took off Charles N'Zogbia and replaced him with Weimann in the 73rd minute, but with seconds remaining, Weimann earned Villa their first home win for four months after fellow substitute Gary Gardner's shot had been parried by Mark Schwarzer.

McLeish said: "Listen, the fans were great. They see a forward coming off and Charles has been in good form, no doubt about it, but I did want to get Weimann onto the pitch at some stage. I'll take it (the boos) on the chin. You don't want to be hearing it but it is part of the modern game."

He added: "The fans were excellent but I thought we gave the fans something to be excellent about because of the way we played."

Austrian Under-21 international Weimann has been pushing for a first-team spot after some prolific form for the reserves.

McLeish said: "Sometimes the subs work for you. Weimann was a certainty to come on. I discussed that with the coaches beforehand and said somehow we've got to work this boy into the team if it's 0-0 or we are a goal down because he is a goalscorer.

"It is just trying to fit him into the team at the right time. He was competing against guys like Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

"Now there are a couple of injuries to key players and Andreas had deserved his moment. He has been prolific in the reserves, he is hungry, he wants to score goals, he links up play as well. He is not just a penalty-box player."

McLeish was delighted with his side's general performance against a Fulham side which had won their previous three games.

He said: "Today we played some great football and it is being clinical in that final third. That is the difference between us climbing up the table a few rungs. What makes it so satisfying is the win over a team of high quality that we deserved to beat. It is a great win, we took a bit too long to score the winner in my opinion, but it was deserved."

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