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Hughes lauds Fulham's spirit

ASTON VILLA 2 FULHAM 2

John Curtis

Published 06/02/2011 | 05:00

Fulham boss Mark Hughes praised the resilience of his side as they twice came from behind to draw at Aston Villa despite another own-goal blunder by John Pantsil.

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Pantsil had the misfortune to score his third own goal of the season when he inadvertently headed in a centre from Villa winger Stewart Downing.

Pantsil had also put the ball past his own goalkeeper in the corresponding fixture at Villa Park last season. Hughes admitted Pantsil was affected by the setback and took him off shortly after half-time.

But he saluted the comeback from his team as goals from Andrew Johnson and Clint Dempsey cancelled out the error from Pantsil and Kyle Walker's effort.

"John was disappointed at half-time. It was affecting him so I made the early decision to take him off," Hughes said.

"It was a difficult ball for him to deal with but he got it wrong and it can affect your confidence. But I was pleased with the way the team came back twice and kicked on and in the end we could have taken three points."

In contrast, Villa boss Gerard Houllier felt his side paid the penalty for a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. "We dropped two points today. Had we got a second goal at 1-0 the game would have been over," Houllier said. "But we have to be disappointed with ourselves."

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