Saturday 7 May 2005, 3:00pm at Ewood Park, Blackburn
Barclays Premier League
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
Neill 6'
Fulham FC
Malbranque 20', 77'; McBride 53'

6' Goal

Lucas Neill

37' Yellow Card

Lucas Neill Card was given for a foul

69' Red Card

Craig Short Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Jon Stead Card was given for a foul

60' Missed Penalty

Robbie Savage

32' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Thompson
Off:Steven Reid

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerimoglou Tugay
Off:Aaron Mokoena

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Derbyshire
Off:Morten Gamst Pedersen

20' Goal

Steed Malbranque

53' Goal

Brian McBride

77' Goal

Steed Malbranque

69' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

70' Red Card

Liam Rosenior Card was given for violent conduct

90' Yellow Card

Mark Pembridge Card was given for a foul

Steed Malbranque led Fulham to a pulsating win at Ewood Park that saw both sides finish with 10 men in the final Premier League game of the 2004/2005 season.

Both sides went into the game with their Premiership safety already secured and little to play for other than the financial incentive of climbing a few league places. The home side started brightly and opened the scoring after six minutes through the Australian combination of Emerton and Neill.

Emerton found his international team-mate down the right wing and the full-back cut inside Mark Pembridge before confidently sidefooting past Edwin van der Sar.

It was a sweet finish by the defender to open his account for the season and notch his first for Blackburn since December 2003. Fulham boss Chris Coleman was determined for his side to finish the season on a high after they capitulated at home to Newcastle. They got on level terms through Malbranque after 20 minutes.

Clark ran on to a lobbed pass over the top, Rovers keeper Brad Friedel opted to stay on his line and the midfielder pulled it back for Malbranque to sidefoot in.

The first half was a largely scrappy affair with neither midfield able to get a grip and the flow of the game not helped by a succession of offsides from Rovers.

The game exploded into life in the second half. Zat Knight had a goal disallowed for climbing all over the back of Short but Fulham did not have to wait long to take the lead. A Pembridge corner found McBride unmarked at the back post and he had time to control the ball on his chest before firing home.

Emerton hit the outside of the post as Blackburn pressed for a leveller. Savage missed a glorious chance to equalise when he had a penalty brilliantly saved by Van der Sar after Boa Morte was adjudged to have pulled down Morten Gamst Pederson in the box.

Short became the first to go off for retaliation when he pushed Boa Morte to the ground after the Fulham striker had gone in late on Ryan Nelson. Boa Morte was yellow carded for the challenge but the referee showed Short a straight red after consulting his linesman.

A minute later and Rosenior followed Short down the tunnel. Boa Morte got the ball down the left and Savage went in with a high tackle, which Rosenior reacted to by pushing the Rovers midfielder to the floor.

Referee Phil Dowd had no option but to send the youngster off. Boa Morte, who was booed at every touch by Rovers fans after the two incidents, began the move that led to Fulham's third when he fed Malbranque. The Frenchman exchanged passes with Clark before beating Friedel with the outside of his right foot.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 7 May 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 18,991

Referee: Phil Dowd

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Friedel; Neill, Nelsen, Short, Johansson; Emerton, Mokoena (Tugay 67'), Reid (Thompson 32'), Savage, Pedersen (Derbyshire 82'); Stead

Unused substitutes: Enckelman, Taylor


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Goma, Rosenior; Malbranque, Clark, Pembridge, Boa Morte; McBride, Radzinski

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rehman, Bocanegra, Pearce, Timlin

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 36 91
2 Arsenal 35 77
3 Manchester United 35 73
4 Everton 36 61
5 Liverpool 36 55
6 Bolton Wanderers 37 55
7 Middlesbrough 37 54
8 Manchester City 37 51
9 Tottenham Hotspur 37 51
10 Aston Villa 37 47
11 Charlton Athletic 37 45
12 Newcastle United 37 43
13 Birmingham City 37 42
14 Blackburn Rovers 37 41
15 Fulham 37 41
16 Portsmouth 37 39
17 Norwich City 37 33
18 Southampton 37 32
19 Crystal Palace 37 32
20 West Bromwich Albion 36 30
Blackburn Rovers (4-5-1)
  • 1Brad Friedel
  • 2Lucas Neill
  • 6Ryan Nelsen
  • 24Craig Short
  • Nils-Eric Johansson
  • 7Brett Emerton
  • 15Aaron Mokoena
  • 16Steven Reid
  • 8Robbie Savage
  • 12Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • 9Jon Stead
  • 31Peter Enckelman
  • 25Andy Taylor
  • David Thompson
  • 5Kerimoglou Tugay
  • 27Matt Derbyshire
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 16Michael Timlin