First-half goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov prove enough for Fulham to get the better of Aston Villa 2-0 at home in the Premier League.
have defeated Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. Aston Villa
The hosts were in control of the contest right from the start and could have surged ahead after just nine minutes when
's header on target was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Dimitar Berbatov . Brad Guzan
found himself on the end of a rebound, but his effort was cleared off the line by Alexander Kacaniklic . Nathan Baker
However, Fulham eventually took the lead in the 21st minute through
, who lifted an overhit pass from Steve Sidwell over on advancing Guzan from a narrow angle. Ashkan Dejagah © Getty Images
The Cottagers' lead was doubled on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot.
Kacaniklic was brought down inside the Villa area by
and Berbatov made no mistake from 12 yards. Leandro Bacuna © Getty Images
The Bulgarian striker came close to making it 3-0 before the break when he got the better of the visitors' defence with his change of pace, but his final effort was turned away for a corner by Guzan.
The Villa goalkeeper was called into action again in the opening minutes of the second half when he had to throw himself to his left to keep out a powerful header from
. Philippe Senderos
was unlucky not to etch his name on the scoresheet on 66 minutes when he headed John Arne Riise 's cross against the post. Giorgos Karagounis
However, that did not matter in the end as
's side wrapped up a 2-0 win to move up to 18th in Rene Meulensteen the league table, while Villa are 10th.
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