Aston Villa scored three late goals in nine minutes to fight back from a goal down to beat relegation-threatened Fulham 3-1 at Villa Park, denting the Cottagers’ survival hopes.
In a first-half lacking in chances, Villa had a penalty overturned in stoppage time as Mario Lemina looked to have clipped Ollie Watkins, but Andy Madley spotted a touch from the Fulham man after being advised by VAR to go to the pitchside monitor.
Tyrone Mings’ fluffed backpass allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring for Fulham, rounding Emi Martinez before slotting into an empty net (61) for his first goal since September.
But Trezeguet, subbed on directly after Mitrovic’s goal, turned the game on its head with two goals in three minutes, the first a cool finish from Mings’ centre (78) before converting at the back post from fellow sub Keinan Davis’ delivery (81).
Watkins rounded off the win with a close-range finish from Bertrand Traore’s cross late on (87), giving Villa a three points that had seemed so unlikely late in the second half.
The result means Fulham are three points behind 17th-place Newcastle, having played an extra game, while Villa are back into the top half, five points off the top seven.
Full report to follow
Aston Villa now go to Liverpool at 3pm on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, while Fulham host Wolves on Friday at 8pm in the Premier League.