Gerard Houllier gutted with late equaliser

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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has admitted the late equaliser conceded in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Fulham was a bitter pill to swallow.

Brede Hangeland notched at the death to cancel out Marc Albrighton's opener at Craven Cottage and the Frenchman admitted that the last-gasp setback made the result feel like a defeat.

Despite the untimely leveller, Houllier praised the team for their goal and has backed his impressive youngsters in the process.

"The atmosphere in the changing room was like we had lost because we didn't get the points which we felt we deserved today," he said.

"I think we played well, we had chances before we scored and had we been a bit more clinical, I would say we would have won the game.

"The goal was great quality with young players involved. There were four players on the field who were aged 20 or under (Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Albrighton and Ciaran Clark).

"I'm disappointed with the result but not with the quality of the performance.

"With the effort and quality of the game, we deserved more than one point."

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