Saturday 3 November 2001, 3:00pm at Boleyn Ground, London
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United
West Ham United
Fulham FC
Legwinski 44'; Malbranque 65'

19' Yellow Card

Hayden Foxe Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermain Defoe
Off:Laurent Courtois

44' Goal

Sylvain Legwinski

65' Goal

Steed Malbranque

19' Yellow Card

Barry Hayles Card was given for a foul

34' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Andy Melville Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Davis
Off:Louis Saha

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bjarne Goldbaek
Off:John Collins

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrejs Stolcers
Off:Steed Malbranque

Goals from French duo Sylvain Legwinski and Steed Malbranque ensured Fulham took all three points in the London derby against West Ham United at Upton Park.

West Ham's winning run came to an end as goals from French duo Sylvain Legwinski and Steed Malbranque settled this derby in favour of Fulham.

The gloom around Upton Park had been lifted in a week which saw Glenn Roeder's men take nine points as they beat Southampton and Chelsea at home, and then Ipswich away.

Before today the Hammers had conceded just one goal at home this season. But Jean Tigana's men enjoyed a rare away-day victory of their own thanks to a goal in each half.

Malbranque was the provider after 43 minutes when he took a corner from the left and Legwinski rose unchallenged to head home from five yards.

West Ham were then caught napping in the 64th minute and were punished again by the same duo.

Legwinski ignored protests from Paulo Di Canio that he had been fouled and instead pumped the ball forward into the West Ham box, where Malbranque crashed home the second goal.

The afternoon had started brightly enough for West Ham, who had the first good chance in the second minute. Di Canio laid the ball off for Don Hutchison to fire in a shot from 25 yards, which Edwin van der Sar blocked before gathering the loose ball.

Freddie Kanoute was a target for Fulham in the summer and he showed why with a good break in the 12th minute which might have ended with a goal.

The big striker got behind Andy Melville and on the end of a great ball over the top from Sebastian Schemmel, and suddenly he was clear inside the box.

Kanoute took the ball as far as the left angle of the six-yard box, but rolled his shot against the far post.

Another good run by Di Canio was ended when he was bundled over just a couple of yards outside the Fulham penalty area in a central position, to give the Hammers a free-kick.

But Di Canio wasted the chance when he took one step and drove the ball into the wall.

A Fulham free-kick after 24 minutes was played into the box by Malbranque and headed behind for a corner on the left. That too was taken by Malbranque right into the six-yard box and Christian Dailly made an important clearing header.

Fulham almost took the lead after 39 minutes but West Ham saved themselves with a double goalline clearance.

Collins fed Hayles, who slipped round Hislop but mis-hit a weak shot and Dailly cleared off the line with his chest after slipping over. The rebound fell to Malbranque but Foxe got back well to clear his effort off the line too.

Suddenly Fulham were in the ascendancy and they took the lead when Malbranque's corner was headed home by Legwinski.

Teenage strike sensation Jermain Defoe, who scored his first Premiership goal for West Ham shortly after coming on at Ipswich last Sunday, warmed up on the pitch throughout the half-time break, suggesting Roeder was considering an early change to try to get his team back into this game.

It looked like his chance would come after 48 minutes when Di Canio collapsed with what appeared to be an ankle injury. The Hammers skipper left the field for treatment but returned two minutes later.

Fulham won a free-kick on the left, about 30 yards from goal after 51 minutes, but Saha's left-foot curler was wide of the far post.

Di Canio made a lovely run across the edge of the box after 54 minutes and played a one-two with Hutchison, but was unlucky to just be in an offside position when he received the return pass inside the area.

The inevitable introduction of Defoe came on the hour mark, when he replaced Laurent Courtois.

The game then went beyond West Ham as Fulham punished them with that breakaway goal from Malbranque while the home team stood appealing for a foul on Di Canio.

In the end, it could have been worse for West Ham. Hislop made a good block to deny Malbranque again after 75 minutes, and Foxe was lucky to escape conceding a penalty after he appeared to bundle over Hayles eight minutes later.

Foxe and Hislop then combined to keep out another Hayles effort with two minutes remaining, and there was time for substitute Bjarne Goldbaek to also be denied by a good Hislop save.

West Ham almost pulled one back in injury time when Di Canio's corner was met by Dailly's powerful header, but van der Sar saved. Michael Carrick followed up but his shot was blocked on the line by Rufus Brevett.

It would have been nothing more than a consolation, and the final whistle followed soon after to confirm a useful and deserved away win for Fulham.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 3 November 2001
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 26,217

Referee: Graham Barber

West Ham United

Line-up: Hislop; Foxe, Schemmel, Dailly, Winterburn; Courtois (Defoe 65'), Carrick, Hutchison, Sinclair; Kanouté, Di Canio

Unused substitutes: James, Song, Moncur, Kitson


Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Malbranque (Stolcers 89'), Collins (Goldbaek 83'), Legwinski, Boa Morte; Hayles, Saha (Davis 70')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Knight

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Aston Villa 11 21
2 Leeds United 10 20
3 Newcastle United 11 20
4 Arsenal 10 19
5 Liverpool 9 19
6 Manchester United 10 18
7 Blackburn Rovers 12 17
8 Tottenham Hotspur 11 17
9 Bolton Wanderers 12 16
10 Chelsea 10 15
11 Everton 11 15
12 Fulham 11 14
13 Middlesbrough 12 14
14 West Ham United 11 14
15 Sunderland 12 13
16 Charlton Athletic 10 10
17 Leicester City 12 9
18 Ipswich Town 11 8
19 Southampton 11 7
20 Derby County 11 7
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 17Shaka Hislop
  • 6Hayden Foxe
  • 30Sebastien Schemmel
  • 7Christian Dailly
  • 3Nigel Winterburn
  • 28Laurent Courtois
  • 21Michael Carrick
  • 4Don Hutchison
  • 8Trevor Sinclair
  • 14Frederic Kanouté
  • 10Paolo Di Canio
  • 1David James
  • 15Rigobert Song
  • 16John Moncur
  • 12Paul Kitson
  • 25Jermain Defoe
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 10John Collins
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 19Bjarne Goldbaek
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers