Premier League: Aston Villa rally from behind to beat Fulham 3-1

Aston Villa rally from behind to beat Fulham 3-1
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic put Fulham ahead before substitute Trezeguet scored a brace to pull the hosts back into the game
  • Ollie Watkins sealed the three points for the Villains deep into second half

Aston Villa came from a goal down to beat Fulham 3-1 at Villa Park on Sunday evening.

Fulham looked to be heading out of the relegation zone with 78 minutes on the clock at Villa Park, leading courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s strike.

But substitute Trezeguet changed the course of the match with a quickfire double before Ollie Watkins added a third Villa goal in 10 minutes to complete an unlikely turnaround and seal a 3-1 victory for Dean Smith’s team.

Fulham remain three points adrift of safety after squandering another chance to climb out of the bottom three, following a home defeat to Leeds prior to the international break.

Villa were without captain Jack Grealish for a seventh Premier League game. The attacking midfielder was expected to return from the shin injury which has kept him out since February but he was once again absent from the squad on Sunday.

Grealish was not risked after feeling some discomfort while training on Saturday. He had been due to start the match after training all week but his comeback has been delayed.

There was a return for Villa, but the one they had hoped for, as Anwar El Ghazi was recalled to make his first start for a month. It was the only change to the team that lost at home to Tottenham prior to the international break.

Fulham made four changes, as Mitrovic’s recent form for his country earned him his first start for two months – Mitrovic became Serbia’s all-time record scorer thanks to his five goals during the international break.