Aston Villa go fifth in Premier League with 1-0 win over Fulham.


Aston Villa defeated Fulham 1-0 on Tuesday at Villa Park thanks to a spectacular header from a set piece from defender Tyrone Mings. This victory moved Aston Villa up to fifth place in the Premier League standings and put them one step closer to qualifying for European football next season.

Fulham had an early chance but the home side put them under tremendous pressure in the opening 15 minutes, and they had a good shout for a penalty turned down when Ollie Watkins appeared to be tripped in the box by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Villa took the lead in the 21st minute when Mings met John McGinn’s corner at the near post with a superb glancing header that flashed across the goal and into the net.

Villa are now 54 points after 33 games, one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and five behind fourth-placed Manchester United. Fulham, whose European dreams were derailed by a run of four defeats in March and April, are ninth on 45 points.