Saturday, August 13, 2011
Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa
The first half got off to a poor start, with N'Zogbia showing that he still hasn't discovered his defensive side of the game. Without following, Riisse (however you spell it), it allowed him to fire a shot over the bar. Oh dear! Not to worry, we then got our backsides into first gear and started to add a little pressure here and there. A variety of passing to mix it up, for once we looked stable defensively and broke on the counter superbly. However none of the three clear chances we had could be converted and push that gear up a few levels. The three noteable chances came from an Emile Heskey header which swept over the bar, a skipper Stan's shot just scraping the same bar and a James Collins' header from a flighted Charles N'Zogbia cross flying six yards wide.
The second half was started by Fulham and ended by a last ditch attempt from Villa. Even though Fulham were the better team in the second half and had all the better chances on goal, a revived partnership in Collins and Richard Dunne made sure there was no clear path through on goal. Even when Fulham managed to brake the defence and find gaps, hero Shay Given; making his first Aston Villa start in the Premier League; was there to firmly hang on.