Saturday 13 March 2004, 3:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Davis 71'; Boa Morte 83'
Leeds United
0
Sean Davis and Luis Boa Morte got the goals in a comfortable Fulham home win which shoved rock-bottom Leeds closer to the relegation precipice.

71' Goal

Sean Davis

83' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

31' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

38' Yellow Card

Adam Green Card was given for a foul

53' Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Barry Hayles

30' Yellow Card

Jermaine Pennant Card was given for a foul

67' Yellow Card

Didier Domi Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Steven Caldwell Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Johnson
Off:James Milner

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Coleman, back at work after a fortnight's treatment for the blood disorder septicaemia, was an irritated radio listener to the 2-1 defeat at ManchesterUnited last Saturday because his television broke just before the game. The manager was set for another afternoon of frustration today, this time in the Loftus Road dug-out, as Boa Morte, Barry Hayles and Steed Malbranque allmissed wonderful chances. 

But Davis and Boa Morte finally made Fulham's dominance pay as they struck with a 70th-minute shot and an 80th-minute header, respectively, to clinch this2-0 win. Earlier, Boa Morte was put clean-through by Sylvain Legwinski's long ball in the 41st minute but dallied and shot straight at Paul Robinson. 

Hayles produced a contender for miss-of-the-season after the break, missing a simple header from just five yards when totally unmarked. And Malbranque, normally so reliable in front of goal, dragged wide mid-way through the second period. But Davis fired home 20 minutes from time and Boa Morte made sure 10 minutes later as Fulham won for the first time in six weeks. 

For Leeds, whose mini-revival was brought to a swift halt in west London, manager Eddie Gray now has just 10 games in which to save his basement boys fromrelegation to Division One. Coleman carried through his threat to axe his misfiring stars and dropped Alain Goma and Brian McBride after their poor showings in the FA Cupquarter-final defeat at Manchester United.  Ian Pearce and Hayles were restoredto the starting 11. Gray's men were bidding to continue their recent improvement in form which had seen them draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford and at home to Liverpool. Coleman's side had a clear opening at the half-way point in the first period. Hayles made a nuisance of himself in the box and Luis Boa Morte latched on to the loose ball before hooking an awkward shot over the top. 

Fulham centre-back Pearce was in the right place at the right time to block Smith's shot after his powerful surge into the box. At the other end, Gary Kelly's weak header back to Paul Robinson was intercepted by Boa Morte, who skipped around the keeper but took the ball wideof goal. Portuguese international Boa Morte had by far the game's clearest chance four minutes before the break but, after racing on to Legwinski's long ball upfield,he scuffed a weak shot straight at Robinson. Gray's basement dwellers almost grabbed a freak opener early in the second half but Didier Domi's bouncing volley from Pennant's far-post corner was clawedaway by Edwin van der Sar. The Londoners created a great chance of their own in the 50th minute but Robinson bravely saved twice in quick succession from Pembridge. The United keeper was left completely exposed four minutes later but the completely unmarked Hayles did him a favour by heading wide from a Pembridgecorner when just four yards out. 

There was no end in sight to Fulham's penalty box profligacy, with Boa Morte losing possession when in an excellent shooting position 12 yards out. Malbranque was the next guilty party, dragging a shot harmlessly wide. But Sean Davis showed his team-mates how it was done with a classy opening goal after 70 minutes. The midfielder played a neat one-two with Malbranque and smacked a 16-yard strike into the bottom left corner. Fulham doubled their lead 10 minutes from time when the Leeds defence went AWOL. 

Pembridge returned a half-cleared free-kick into the danger zone and Zat Knight crossed for Boa Morte to beat two of his team-mates to the ball and nodinto the net. Leeds wasted late chances to score, with Seth Johnson shooting straight at Van der Sar and his namesake, substitute Simon Johnson, hitting the bar from close range with the last kick of the game.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 13 March 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 17,104

Referee: Steve Dunn

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Pearce, Green; Malbranque, Pembridge, Davis, Legwinski, Boa Morte; Hayles (McBride 86')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Djetou, Inamoto, Petta

Leeds United

Line-up: Robinson; Kelly, Caldwell, Matteo, Domi; Pennant, McPhail, Johnson, Milner (Johnson 76'); Smith, Viduka

Unused substitutes: Carson, Richardson, Harte, Olembé

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 28 70
2 Chelsea 28 61
3 Manchester United 27 58
4 Charlton Athletic 28 43
5 Newcastle United 27 42
6 Birmingham City 28 42
7 Liverpool 26 39
8 Fulham 28 39
9 Aston Villa 27 37
10 Tottenham Hotspur 27 34
11 Middlesbrough 28 34
12 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
13 Southampton 27 33
14 Everton 28 32
15 Blackburn Rovers 28 28
16 Manchester City 27 27
17 Leicester City 28 26
18 Portsmouth 27 24
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 24
20 Leeds United 28 22
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 26Adam Green
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Barry Hayles
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 26Bobby Petta
  • 8Brian McBride
Leeds United (4-4-2)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 2Gary Kelly
  • 15Steven Caldwell
  • Dominic Matteo
  • Didier Domi
  • 7Jermaine Pennant
  • 37Stephen McPhail
  • 20Seth Johnson
  • 7James Milner
  • 17Alan Smith
  • 36Mark Viduka
Substitutes
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 2Frazer Richardson
  • 23Ian Harte
  • 20Salomon Olembé
  • 39Simon Johnson