Rene Meulensteen's team continued to create chances after the restart, but they had to settle for a 2-0 victory come the final whistle.
You can find out how the match unfolded with our text updates below.
"I've been fortunate to sit alongside one of the most successful managers in Sir Alex Ferguson. He taught me a lot but the one thing that stood by me, in life, in football - you're faced constantly by challenges. You want challenges, and sometimes they are in adversity," he told reporters.
"The most important thing is to accept the challenge, embrace the challenge, and enjoy taking that challenge on and that is what we're prepared to do. I will definitely draw into the experiences that I've had of Sir Alex Ferguson."
It’s great for us, because you give another team a seed of doubt. I think if they’re doing their job they’re thinking Aston Villa can hurt us and you know that can happen. Why it is, I’m not sure. If I could take the away form into the home form we’d be sitting quite healthy at the minute. Sometimes things like that just happen," he told reporters.
"He's looking his old self. Players have dips so hopefully the Southampton game has done him the world of good," the Villa boss just told Sky Sports News.
"Fulham deserve that lead and it was a fantastic finish from Steve Sidwell. They are asking all the questions, getting the ball in the box and closing down all over the place. It's been a fantastic start but Aston Villa do look dangerous on the break and Fulham do need to stay tight at the back."