Wednesday 2 January 2002, 8:00pm at iPro Stadium, Derby
Barclays Premier League
Derby County
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
o.g. Carbonari 72'
Fulham got the New Year off to a bang with a solid away win at Pride Park.

50' Yellow Card

Horacio Carbonari Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Bolder
Off:Pierre Ducrocq

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Deon Burton
Off:Benito Carbone

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Boertien
Off:Horacio Carbonari

72' Own-goal

Horacio Carbonari

43' Yellow Card

Barry Hayles Card was given for a foul

68' Yellow Card

Sean Davis Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Louis Saha
Off:Barry Hayles

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Horacio Carbonari's 72nd minute own goal dealt Derby's survival hopes a blow and boosted Fulham's season at freezing Pride Park tonight.

The luckless Argentinian, making only his second start of the season after being sidelined by a pelvic injury, stretched to cut out Sean Davis' right wing cross under pressure from Fulham sub Louis Saha - but could only divert the ball past goalkeeper Mart Poom.

The Rams could have equalised in almost identical fashion two minutes later when Francois Grenet's cross was deflected around his own post by visitors' captain Andy Melville.

But Fulham deserved a lead which returning front man Steve Marlet ought to have given them earlier.

Marlet, the £11.5million man making his first start in two months after a knee injury, wriggled behind the Rams defence in the 56th minute but hit a close-range shot straight at Poom.

And on 69 minutes he had an even better chance when he failed to control

Davis' cross and fluffed his chance from six yards.

Derby, anxious to build on Saturday's first away win of the season, had struggled throughout, the best chance of their own making falling to in-form striker Malcolm Christie.

Christie, who had scored the winner at Ewood Park, bundled the ball over the bar from 12 yards after Luciano Zavagno's 38th minute cross from the left had eluded the Fulham defence.

Fulham had been the better team from the off, with Steed Malbranque bringing a good save out of Poom in the second minute and Barry Hayles shooting tamely at the keeper after being put through 10 minutes later.

Then Darryl Powell caused panic in the Fulham box with a high ball over his head, but as goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar punched off his line under pressure from Fabrizio Ravanelli, referee Barry Knight blew for offside.

Fulham boss Jean Tigana had responded to his side's home defeat to Manchester

United on Sunday by dropping Saha and Luis Boa Morte from his front line but the former, with only one goal in four months, replaced Hayles in the 65th minute.

And he could tenuously claim to have had a say in the winning goal after putting Carbonari under some degree of pressure in the box.

Fulham held out as Derby threw men forward, their only breathless moment coming when Dutch stopper van der Sar elected to dribble clear under pressure from home sub Deon Burton, and eventually had to bundle the ball out for a corner.

Christie saw late claims for a penalty turned down after he fell under a challenge from Melville.

Saha should have made the points safe in the 89th minute when Davis again crossed from the right.

The striker found himself in the clear but denied by another excellent save from Poom.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 2 January 2002
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: iPro Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 28,165

Referee: Barry Knight

Derby County

Line-up: Poom; Grenet, Riggott, Carbonari (Boertien 87'), Zavagno; Christie, Powell, Ducrocq (Bolder 64'), Higginbotham; Carbone (Burton 84'), Ravanelli

Unused substitutes: Grant, Elliott

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Melville, Knight, Brevett; Malbranque, Davis, Goma, Collins; Hayles (Saha 65'), Marlet

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Harley, Ouaddou, Stolcers

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 21 41
2 Manchester United 21 39
3 Arsenal 20 39
4 Newcastle United 21 39
5 Liverpool 20 38
6 Chelsea 21 33
7 Tottenham Hotspur 21 31
8 Charlton Athletic 21 29
9 Aston Villa 21 29
10 Fulham 20 27
11 Sunderland 21 27
12 West Ham United 21 25
13 Everton 21 23
14 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
15 Blackburn Rovers 21 22
16 Middlesbrough 20 22
17 Southampton 20 22
18 Derby County 21 19
19 Ipswich Town 21 18
20 Leicester City 20 16
Derby County (4-4-2)
  • 21Mart Poom
  • Francois Grenet
  • Chris Riggott
  • Horacio Carbonari
  • 3Luciano Zavagno
  • 11Malcolm Christie
  • Darryl Powell
  • Pierre Ducrocq
  • 3Danny Higginbotham
  • Benito Carbone
  • Fabrizio Ravanelli
Substitutes
  • 13Lee Grant
  • 5Steve Elliott
  • 17Paul Boertien
  • 15Adam Bolder
  • 8Deon Burton
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 10John Collins
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 7Steve Marlet
Substitutes
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 7Jon Harley
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers
  • 20Louis Saha