Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Jonathan Kodjia scores



Jonathan Kodjia’s impressive volley saw him score for the third consecutive game

Steve Bruce earned his first win at Villa Park as his Aston Villa side edged past Fulham in an poor game.

Jonathan Kodjia finished well on the volley after Albert Adomah’s cross late in the second half

Kodjia could have given Villa the lead after 10 minutes, but David Button did well to save form a tight angle.

Button made another great save after the break from Jordan Ayew as Villa got back-to-back wins for the first time since May 2015.

Villa have taken seven points from a possible nine since Bruce took over earlier this month.

It is their best run of form in the league since they drew at Burnley and beat Crystal Palace and Leicester City in the Premier League at the end of 2014.

Kodjia’s early effort was the highlight of a low-key first half as Leandro Bacuna headed wide before the break.

Michael Madl had Fulham’s best chance just after half-time, but the Austrian defender bundled Stefan Johansen’s corner wide at the far post.

Ayew had a chance to make the game safe for Villa eight minutes from full time, but his effort was narrowly wide of the post.

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Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Jordan Ayew.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Chris Martin (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).

Pierluigi Gollini (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Lucas Piazon.

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Stefan Johansen.

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Fulham 0. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Offside, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Tom Cairney is caught offside.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ross McCormack replaces Mile Jedinak.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Sone Aluko because of an injury.

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