Summary: Fabian Delph’s second half own goal cost Aston Villa the chance to move further away from the bottom three as Fulham claimed a point at Villa Park. After a relatively incident free first period the home side eventually made the breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half and was well worth the wait.
Charles N’Zogbia, a player who has seldom hit the heights achieved at previous clubs, offered a reminder of his talent when he picked up Andreas Weimann’s blocked shot just outside the penalty area, shifted the ball onto his left foot and bent a superb shot into the top corner past Mark Schwarzer.
But they were head for just 11 minutes with Delph putting through his own net. The Villa midfielder somehow managed to flick Bryan Ruiz’s nearpost corner from the right over Brad Guzan at the near post and into the net. Both sides pressed for a winner in the latter stages with Delph wasting an opportunity to atone for his error by blasting wide from Weinmann’s cross.
Paul Lambert post-match…“I thought we were great. We should have been a few goals up at half-time and their goalkeeper made some vital saves. I could not fault the lads for effort.”
Good day for?…Charles N’Zogbia: The 26-year-old French winger has rarely shown his best form in a Villa shirt but he was a constant thorn in Fulham’s side this afternoon and his goal certainly one to remember for the home faithful.
Bad day for?…Fabian Delph: With every hero comes a villain and for Villa it was Delph, one of their own today, that cost them a priceless three points in their relegation battle.