Wednesday 22 January 2020

McLeish has last laugh

Aston Villa 1 Fulham 0

John Curtis

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish praised goal hero Andreas Weimann after he silenced the boo-boys with a last-gasp winner against Fulham at Villa Park.



McLeish was greeted with boos and cries of "you don't know what you're doing" when he took off Charles N'Zogbia and replaced him with Weimann in the 73rd minute.

But with seconds remaining, Weimann earned Villa their first home win for four months after fellow substitute Gary Gardner's shot had been parried by Mark Schwarzer.

"Listen, the fans were great. They see a forward coming off and Charles has been in good form, no doubt about it, but I did want to get Weimann onto the pitch at some stage," McLeish said. "I'll take it (the boos) on the chin. You don't want to be hearing it but it is part of the modern game."

Austrian under 21 international Weimann has been pushing for a first-team spot after some prolific form for the reserves. "Sometimes the subs work for you. Weimann was a certainty to come on," McLeish went on.

"I discussed that with the coaches beforehand and said somehow we've got to work this boy into the team if it's 0-0 or we are a goal down because he is a goalscorer. Today we played some great football. It is a great win, we took a bit too long to score the winner in my opinion, but it was deserved."

Fulham boss Martin Jol couldn't hide his disappointed. "It was a real kick in the teeth and harsh to concede in the final minute," he said. "I feel in the last minute you have to keep the opposition in front of you. We didn't do that for the goal."

Jol took the decision to replace skipper Danny Murphy at half-time after he received a cut to his face in an aerial challenge with Stephen Ireland. "Danny had a cut to his face and they had to stitch it so I made the decision to put someone else on instead of waiting for the doctor's decision."

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