Aston Villa Fall To Fulham 1-0 In Heartbreaker

Chris Baird's 84th minute goal was the difference between the sides, as a spirited Aston Villa performance was not enough to best Fulham at Craven Cottage. The story for Villa was a familiar one; lots of possession and some very nice build-up play were undone in the end by the lack of a final product and a late defensive let-down. It was a harsh result for Villa, but a team so seemingly incapable of scoring goals is going to be on the receiving end of more than a few like this one.

Both halves were roughly even, with the home side edging a bit more of the possession but struggling to finish the few chances they were able to create. Aston Villa were organized at the back and comfortable on the ball in the middle of the park, but with no service for Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and substitute Christian Benteke there was very rarely a palpable threat at goal. Benteke came closest for Villa, his volleyed effort just one minute after Baird's goal going frustratingly wide in a situation where the big striker really needed o do better.

Aston Villa showed a fair bit of quality, but once again it just wasn't good enough. Paul Lambert must find a way to get the ball to his strikers (or get goals from somewhere else,) because all the possession and decent defending in the world matters for nothing if your team isn't scoring goals. Whether it's a creative central midfielder, a winger, or a playmaking forward, this club needs a spark from somewhere; if that player isn't in the squad right now, then they need to be added come January.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join 7500 To Holte

You must be a member of 7500 To Holte to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at 7500 To Holte. You should read them.

Join 7500 To Holte

You must be a member of 7500 To Holte to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at 7500 To Holte. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker