Aleksandar Mitrovic puts Fulham ahead against Aston Villa
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his first Fulham goal since 19 September

Substitute Trezeguet scored twice as Aston Villa hit three in the final 12 minutes to dent Fulham’s hopes of staying in the Premier League.

The Cottagers were on course to leapfrog Newcastle into 17th spot when Aleksandar Mitrovic pounced on an error by Tyrone Mings to fire his side ahead.

Mings, captaining Villa in Jack Grealish’s absence, messed up attempting a back pass to keeper Emiliano Martinez, allowing Mitrovic to sneak in and score.

However, Mings atoned for his error to provide the cross for Trezeguet to equalise with a first-time shot before the Egypt midfielder scored the second three minutes later.

England forward Ollie Watkins added Villa’s third from inside the six-yard area.

On the stroke of half-time, with the game at 0-0, Villa thought they had won a penalty when Watkins went down under Mario Lemina’s challenge.

However, referee Andy Madley overruled himself after viewing a replay on the pitchside monitor.

Trezeguet inspires late Villa flourish

Without inspirational captain Grealish for the seventh straight game, Villa looked in a rut when Mitrovic put Fulham ahead just after the hour mark.

Dean Smith was hoping to welcome back Grealish from a shin injury but a setback in training on the eve of the game dashed the Villa manager’s plans.

Villa have struggled without the England midfielder, winning just one of their previous six matches and they looked on course for another disappointing result until Trezeguet was sent on.

He scored twice in the space of three minutes to turn the game on its head before playing a part in the third goal by laying it off to Mings, who crossed for Watkins to score.

With a trip to Liverpool and a home game against Manchester City coming up, this was a welcome return to winning ways.

Villa will hope to have Grealish back in time for next weekend’s visit to Anfield but they at least proved against Fulham that they can win without their prized asset.

What’s next?

While Aston Villa will hope to have Grealish back for next Saturday’s league game at Liverpool (15:00 BST), Fulham are back in action on Friday when Wolves visit Craven Cottage (20:00).

More to follow

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas LuizBooked at 15minsSubstituted forRamseyat 74′minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 15Traoré
  • 25SansonSubstituted forDavisat 67′minutes
  • 21El GhaziSubstituted forTrézéguetat 62′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 19Nakamba
  • 20Barkley
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Areola
  • 2Tete
  • 5AndersenBooked at 16mins
  • 16Tosin
  • 34Aina
  • 21Reed
  • 18LeminaSubstituted forOnomahat 83′minutes
  • 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 74mins
  • 15Loftus-CheekSubstituted forMajaat 83′minutes
  • 19LookmanSubstituted forCavaleiroat 47′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 13Ream
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 23Bryan
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Maja
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 30Kongolo
  • 31Fabri
  • 33Robinson

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