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Sidwell, Berbatov have new-look Fulham up 2 on Villa in opening half-hour


Fulham have picked up two goals inside the first 30 minutes as Rene Meulensteen seems to have brought a new look to the club in 19th place.

The home side opened the scoring when Steve Sidwell finished from a very tight angle after Dimitar Berbatov and Askhan Dejagah did well to find him the ball.

It was Leandro Bacuna covering Sidwell on the goal, and 8 minutes later he fouled Alex Kacaniklic in the area, and referee Mike Dean handed Fulham a penalty.

Berbatov was the one who found Kacaniklic all alone on the break, with a brilliant volleyed pass way forward. Bacuna caught up as the Swede settled, but Kacaniklic forced his body between ball and defender, and Bacuna cut him down.

It looked a soft penalty at first, but replays showed a foul was probably the right decision.

Berbatov, in his usual cheeky self, finished the penalty by calmly tucking the ball into the bottom left corner for a 2-0 lead.