Thursday 26 December 2002, 3:00pm at Boleyn Ground, London
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United
West Ham United
Sinclair (pen) 65'
Fulham FC
Sava 49'

65' Penalty

Trevor Sinclair

67' Yellow Card

Nigel Winterburn Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Tomas Repka Card was given for a foul

90' 2nd Yellow Card

Tomas Repka Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ian Pearce
Off:Frederic Kanouté

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Don Hutchison
Off:Steve Lomas

49' Goal

Facundo Sava

64' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Djetou
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bjarne Goldbaek
Off:Steed Malbranque

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elvis Hammond
Off:Facundo Sava

The Boxing Day London derby between Fulham and West Ham United finished all square, as Facundo Sava's opener was cancelled out by a Trevor Sinclair penalty for the hosts.

The 10-man Hammers, bidding to become the first Premiership team to be bottom at Christmas and yet avoid the drop, at least claimed a point in their 12th home game when Trevor Sinclair's penalty cancelled out Facundo Sava's opener.  But they had Tomas Repka sent off in injury-time for arguing with referee Dermot Gallagher.  

Nervy home goalkeeper David James twice almost gifted Jean Tigana's team anearly lead with alarming errors.  

Glenn Roeder's men hit back and Jermain Defoe hit the post with a 22-yardfree-kick in the 45th minute.  Sava struck four minutes after the break, sliding in to convert Steve Finnan'sexcellent cross.   

The Argentinian, back a fortnight ahead of schedule after hiscalf problem, celebrated with his trademark 'man in the mask' routine.  

Sinclair hammered home the equaliser from the penalty spot after SylvainLegwinski's 65th-minute handball.  James performed heroics to keep the scores level - finger-tipping Marlet's point-blank effort onto the post - but West Ham's long wait for success on home soil goes on.  

The first half of this bottom-of-the-table London derby squabble had been notable mainly for total lack of atmosphere in a stadium packed with 35,025 fans.  

But the second 45 minutes was the complete opposite, with the home faithful roaring on their team as they came close to breaking their home hoodoo.  

West Ham's Freddie Kanoute, who has missed three months of action with a groin injury, started up front.  For Fulham, themselves hovering just above the drop zone, Sava's early return bolstered Tigana's injury-hit squad.  

Maik Taylor made a rare start in goal due to Edwin van der Sar's broken foot.  

Both backlines looked shaky in the opening exchanges - and the Hammers'defensive jitters appeared to have rubbed off on James after eight minutes.  

The England goalkeeper collected a back pass and fired the ball straight at the onrushing Sava.   

Luckily for James, the ball rebounded just wide of hisright-hand post.  Steve Marlet then poked wide when Tomas Repka and James got in a muddle.  

It was an end-to-end period of football, with Christian Dailly's poweringMichael Carrick's corner goalwards - only for Fulham's Rufus Brevett to clearoff his own goalline.  

Taylor saved Fulham twice in quick succession in the 24th minute, afterreferee Gallagher inadvertently set up a Hammers chance.  

The ball struck the official and fell the feet of Defoe, who fired into Taylor's body.   

The Northern Ireland shot-stopper was up quickly to grab Carrick's weak follow-up effort.  

Fulham did create a genuine opening nine minutes before the break, however,when Legwinski smacked Steed Malbranque's cross straight at James.  

The Hammers' best move so far came in the 41st minute.   Taylor saved whenSinclair met Kanoute's whipped near-post cross with a sweet close-range volley.  

And Defoe hit the post with a 22-yard free-kick with in the final seconds of the first half.  

Fulham roared into the lead four minutes after the break thanks to some excellent incisive forward play.  Marlet slipped a precise pass inside to Finnan, advancing down the right flank, and the full-back delivered a slide-rule cross along the six-yard linefor Sava to convert at the far post.  

The striker marked his goal with his now customary routine, pulling a Zorro mask from his left sock and strapping it across his eyes.  But Fulham midfielder Legwinski gift-wrapped West Ham's 65th-minute equaliser.  

The Frenchman handled Dailly's downward header and Sinclair swept the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.   

Legwinski was booked and manager Jean Tigana responded by immediately hauling him off.  

At the other end, James made a wonderful save to claw Marlet's point-blankeffort onto the foot of his left upright.  

Marlet then snatched at a great shooting opportunity and missed the target.  

West Ham increased the pressure in the last 15 minutes and Taylor stretched to palm away Don Hutchison's looping header.  

Gallagher waved away penalty appeals after Alain Goma collided with Defoeinside the Fulham area.  

In injury-time, Marlet blazed over the top before Repka argued with Gallagherover a decision which led to Marlet's chance and talked himself first into a booking and then a red card.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Thursday 26 December 2002
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 35,025

Referee: Dermot Gallagher

West Ham United

Line-up: James; Repka, Dailly, Schemmel, Winterburn; Joe Cole, Carrick, Lomas (Hutchison 76'), Sinclair; Kanouté (Pearce 68'), Defoe

Unused substitutes: Bywater, Breen, Moncur


Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Malbranque (Goldbaek 68'), Davis, Legwinski (Djetou 65'), Wome; Sava (Hammond 89'), Marlet

Unused substitutes: Herrera, Knight

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 20 42
2 Chelsea 20 38
3 Manchester United 20 35
4 Everton 20 34
5 Liverpool 20 33
6 Newcastle United 19 32
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 32
8 Middlesbrough 20 29
9 Southampton 20 29
10 Blackburn Rovers 20 28
11 Manchester City 20 27
12 Charlton Athletic 20 26
13 Birmingham City 20 25
14 Leeds United 20 24
15 Fulham 20 23
16 Aston Villa 20 22
17 Bolton Wanderers 19 18
18 Sunderland 20 18
19 West Bromwich Albion 20 16
20 West Ham United 20 15
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1David James
  • 2Tomas Repka
  • 7Christian Dailly
  • 30Sebastien Schemmel
  • 3Nigel Winterburn
  • 26Joe Cole
  • 6Michael Carrick
  • 11Steve Lomas
  • 8Trevor Sinclair
  • 14Frederic Kanouté
  • 9Jermain Defoe
  • 32Stephen Bywater
  • 15Gary Breen
  • 19Ian Pearce
  • 4Don Hutchison
  • 16John Moncur
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 27Pierre Wome
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 7Steve Marlet
  • Martin Herrera
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 19Bjarne Goldbaek
  • 34Elvis Hammond