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PREMIER LEAGUE: Fulham grab late winner against Villa

Fulham have moved up to eighth spot on the Premier League table thanks a late winner against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage today.

Defender Chris Baird scored a rare goal for the Cottagers who were in danger of dropping points at home as Villa looked the more likely of the sides late in the match.

The Northern Ireland international glanced home John-Arne Riise's corner at the near post to beat Villa's Brad Guzan and allow Martin Jol's men to shift safely into the top half of the table with their fourth triumph of the campaign.

For Paul Lambert and Villa, it was another loss on the road which kept them just a point out of the relegation zone in 16th position with Christian Benteke somehow managing to miss a great chance for an equaliser from six yards out.

Fulham: 1 (Chris Baird 84') Aston Villa: 0

Craven Cottage, Fulham - 25,693

Yellow cards:FUL - John-Arne Riise 70' AV - Karim El Ahmadi 50', Eric Lichaj 77'

Andrew Slevison
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