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Mitroglou shines in thriller

January signing Kostas Mitroglou put his name in the frame for a Fulham first-team debut with two goals in a topsy-turvy 5-3 win over Aston Villa in an Under-21 fixture.

The 25-year-old has been struggling with a knee injury since his record 12.5m arrival from Olympiakos last month and played in the fixture at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training complex to try and build up his fitness.

Mitroglou opened the scoring on 19 minutes from the edge of the box and provided one of a number of highlights from a thrilling game with a looping effort from 25 yards to make it 2-0 four minutes later.

Fulham's Liam Donnelly got Villa back into the game with an own goal on 29 before Mitroglou was denied a hat-trick by a superb save from home keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Fringe Villa first-teamer Jordan Bowery set up Callum Robinson to level the scores just after half-time and Mitroglu again came close to a treble for the Cottagers when he smashed a low shot against the post.

Bowery was tripped inside the box to hand Villa a penalty 21 minutes from time, with Daniel Johnson converting from the spot to put them in front for the first time.

But they capitulated completely after that with former Southend United loanee Cauley Woodrow scoring on 78 and 82 minutes to restore Fulham's advantage.

And even worse would follow five minutes from time when Fulham keeper Marek Rodak launched a long goal-kick and Siegrist watched in horror as it got caught on the strong wind and was carried over his head into the net.