Belfast Telegraph

Weimann nets late in Villa victory

Substitute Andreas Weimann scored an injury-time winner to earn Aston Villa their first home win for four months - a 1-0 triumph at the expense of Fulham.

Villa fans had booed manager Alex McLeish and chanted 'you don't know what you're doing' when he replaced Charles N'Zogbia with Weimann after 73 minutes.

But McLeish had the last laugh as Weimann headed home from close range after a shot from another substitute, Gary Gardner, was parried by Mark Schwarzer.

It was a deserved result for Villa, who threatened throughout as Fulham failed to reproduce the form which saw Wolves crushed 5-0 last week.

Schwarzer saved Stiliyan Petrov's swerving 25-yard drive and the Bulgarian was angry with himself when he sliced wide in plenty of space. It was one-way traffic and a mistake by Philippe Senderos let in Gabriel Agbonlahor, whose shot was beaten away by Schwarzer.

Stephen Ireland's quick free-kick then caught Fulham napping and Petrov's low drive flashed wide.

Andrew Johnson failed to trouble Shay Given from a narrow angle with Fulham's first effort, while Marc Albrighton's deflected shot for Villa wrong-footed Schwarzer but drifted wide.

Petrov flung himself in front of John Arne Riise's fierce drive after the break but Villa swept forward again and Senderos had to deny Agbonlahor a shot at goal.

Albrighton hit the bar after he was found in space by Alan Hutton but Fulham responded in kind when Damien Duff was played clear by Riise and struck the outside of a post.

Riise was inches off target with a dipping volley while at the other end, Carlos Cuellar stabbed wide. But in injury-time Weimann reacted quickest after Schwarzer could not hold a drive from Gardner - just on for Petrov.


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