FULHAM are still waiting for their first ever Premier League win at Aston Villa after the two sides shared the points this afternoon.
Charles N'Zogbia had given the hosts the lead with a smart finish but Fabian Delph put the ball into his own net to see the Whites leave the Midlands with a draw.
Martin Jol made two changes to the side that suffered last-minute heartbreak at Newcastle last weekend as Urby Emanuelson and Kieran Richardson came in for Stanislav Manolev and John Arne Riise.
Villa showed no early nerves with former Leeds United youngster Delph trying his luck from distance, however Brede Hangeland found himself perfectly placed to put in a crucial block and it remained goalless.
Jol's plans were thrown into disarray inside the opening 10 minutes when Damien Duff limped off with an injury, Manolev getting the call from the Dutchman to enter the fray as his replacement in the Whites midfield.
Manolev found himself in the thick of the action quickly.
A good link up down the left between Dimitar Berbatov and Richardson saw the ball delivered into the danger zone and the on-loan PSV man's effort was wide after Bryan Ruiz had done well to win a flick-on.
Much of the pre-match discussion was about Christian Benteke and the Belgian started the game strongly, shooting over on 24 minutes before turning creator for N'Zogbia, who produced an excellent stop from Mark Schwarzer.
Berbatov and N'Zogbia both went close again before the half-time whistle was blown, however the deadlock somehow remained unbroken at Villa Park as the teams trudged off down the tunnel at the break.
With the number of chances both sides enjoyed in the first-half, few in attendance would have been surprised when the opening goal came just 10 minutes after the restart.
And it went the way of the home side as the Villains caught the Whites defence napping, Frenchman N'Zogbia making them pay with a cool finish that left a stretching Schwarzer with no chance.
Jol made a quick change as Giorgios Karagounis was replaced by Mladen Petric, and the swap worked almost instantly as three minutes later the away side drew level, Delph turning a Ruiz corner into his own net.
Paul Lambert's last roll of the dice was to replace Andreas Weimann with Darren Bent, a man Jol knows all too well from his time in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, however the former England international could not find a way past Schwarzer as the points were shared.
WHITES: Schwarzer, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson (Riise), Riether, Karagounis (Petric), Duff (Manolev), Emanuelson, Enoh, Berbatov, Ruiz.
Subs (not used): Etheridge, Hughes, Frimpong, Rodallega.
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