Monday 1 April 2002, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
West Ham United
West Ham United
Kanouté 45'

77' Yellow Card

Steve Finnan Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Marlet
Off:John Collins

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luis Boa Morte
Off:Louis Saha

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jon Harley
Off:Sean Davis

45' Goal

Frederic Kanouté

89' Yellow Card

Christian Dailly Card was given for a foul

23' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ian Pearce
Off:Vladimir Labant

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Moncur
Off:Paolo Di Canio

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermain Defoe
Off:Frederic Kanouté

A Frédéric Kanouté goal in first-half stoppage time was enough for West Ham United to leave Craven Cottage with all three points, on a disappointing night for Fulham.

April Fool's Day was no joke for shot-shy Fulham as West Ham took their Easter weekend points tally to a six with a 1-0 victory in this London derby squabble at Craven Cottage.

The Hammers' French striker Frederic Kanoute - a transfer target for Fulham boss Jean Tigana last summer - leapt above Rufus Brevett to powerfully head home Trevor Sinclair's cross on the stroke of half-time.

Cottagers forward Barry Hayles fluffed his side's best chance of the afternoon in the eighth minute, when he was clean through but shot straight at David James.

The relegation-threatened hosts wasted bucketfuls of possession throughout this disappointing match, with their pattern of play adhering to their season-long tendency of pretty passess in midfield - but absolutely no punch upfront.

Glenn Roeder's men, happy to soak up the pressure and aim for Kanoute with long balls out of defence, condemned FA Cup semi-finalists Fulham to their seventh defeat in their last eight league games.

Tigana had revamped his strikeforce for the capital derby. French international Steve Marlet, scorer of the goal that earned the Londoners a point in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Southampton, was dumped on the bench.

Hayles' forward partner was the out-of-form Louis Saha, who has endured a miserable season in front of goal and managed just seven league goals.

Roeder kept faith with Kanoute, who was booed after missing chances in Saturday's 3-1 success against Ipswich.

Before kick-off, the 20,000 supporters packed into Fulham's tight ground stood for an immaculately-observed minute's silence in memory of the Queen Mother.

The National Anthem was also played, after which West Ham captain Paolo di Canio turned to applaud the crowd for their tribute.

Hayles missed his great opportunity to put his side in front in the eighth minute, after Saha's precise pass into the box.

David James raced from his goal and Hayles thumped the ball against his legs - with Sylvain Legwinski slicing the rebound over the crossbar.

West Ham left-back Vladimir Labant was substituted with a back injury at the half-way point in the first period, after crashing to earth following an aerial challenge with Saha. He was replaced by Ian Pearce.

The game moved up a notch around the half-hour mark.

First, the visitors' first half-chance arrived when di Canio's through-ball was just beyond Sinclair's reach.

And play swung almost immediately to the other end for Fulham to go close to scoring - but Steed Malbranque could not quite reach Saha's cross.

West Ham's first real opening, on the stroke of half-time, gave them a 1-0 lead.

Sinclair played a neat one-two with Steve Lomas on the left wing and chipped to the far post - where Kanoute towered above Brevett and headed firmly into the bottom corner of Edwin van der Sar's goal.

Tigana must have been frustrated by his side's strange reluctance to shoot in the first half. Malbranque, the energetic France Under-21 international, changed in the 49th minute - with a curling 25-yard free-kick that flew a foot over James' bar.

But Fulham were still enjoying the lion's share of possession and territory and Christian Dailly made a crucial interception as Legwinski prepared to head a John Collins cross towards goal.

Roeder made a controversial substitution in the 66th minute. He hauled off the ineffective di Canio and replaced him with John Moncur.

The sullen-faced Italian was clearly unimpressed with his manager's decision and marched off the pitch, grabbed his jacket and stomped straight past the bench and down the tunnel.

Fulham sub Jon Harley was agonisingly close to scoring with his first touch.

He met Steve Finnan's bouncing cross with an awkward header but the ball brushed the outside of James' left-hand post as it drifted wide.

Finnan lashed a spectacular 20-yard volley over the top late on and Fulham keeper van der Sar even tried his luck with a header from an injury-time corner, but the ball flew wide.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 1 April 2002
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,416

Referee: Mark Halsey


Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Legwinski, Davis (Harley 79'), Collins (Marlet 59'), Malbranque; Hayles, Saha (Boa Morte 59')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Knight

West Ham United

Line-up: James; Repka, Dailly, Labant (Pearce 23'), Schemmel; Cole, Carrick, Lomas, Sinclair; Kanouté (Defoe 85'), Di Canio (Moncur 66')

Unused substitutes: Hislop, Courtois

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 32 69
2 Liverpool 33 68
3 Manchester United 33 67
4 Newcastle United 31 59
5 Chelsea 33 57
6 Leeds United 33 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur 33 45
8 West Ham United 32 43
9 Aston Villa 32 42
10 Middlesbrough 33 42
11 Charlton Athletic 33 41
12 Everton 33 39
13 Southampton 33 38
14 Sunderland 33 38
15 Fulham 33 36
16 Bolton Wanderers 33 36
17 Blackburn Rovers 32 35
18 Ipswich Town 33 33
19 Derby County 33 29
20 Leicester City 33 22
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 10John Collins
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 7Jon Harley
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 7Steve Marlet
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1David James
  • 2Tomas Repka
  • 7Christian Dailly
  • 5Vladimir Labant
  • 30Sebastien Schemmel
  • 26Joe Cole
  • 21Michael Carrick
  • 11Steve Lomas
  • 28Trevor Sinclair
  • 14Frederic Kanouté
  • 10Paolo Di Canio
  • 17Shaka Hislop
  • 19Ian Pearce
  • 8John Moncur
  • 28Laurent Courtois
  • 25Jermain Defoe