Saturday 23 April 2005, 12:45pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Barclays Premier League
Joe Cole 17'; Lampard 64'; Gudjohnsen 87'
Fulham FC
John 41'

17' Goal

Joe Cole

64' Goal

Frank Lampard

87' Goal

Eidur Gudjohnsen

44' Yellow Card

John Terry Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Arjen Robben
Off:Joe Cole

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jirí Jarosik
Off:Robert Huth

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Didier Drogba

41' Goal

Collins John

53' Yellow Card

Collins John Card was given for a foul

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steed Malbranque
Off:Mark Pembridge

Despite a courageous display against the Champions-elect at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Fulham were unable to push on after Collins John’s goal cancelled out Joe Cole’s opener.

The Chelsea midfielder scored with a strike from the edge of the area but goals from Frank Lampard and Eidur Gudjohnsen handed Chelsea victory.

Damien Duff was busy providing his team-mates with a supply of crosses from the left and Cole roamed down the right flank waiting to pounce.

Cole continued his impressive form of late by firing Chelsea into an early lead. 

Moritz Volz failed to deal with Glen Johnson's crossfield ball and laid it into the path of Didier Drogba. The Frenchman passed to Cole, who turned on the edge of the area and unleashed an unstoppable strike past Edwin van der Sar.

Drogba almost made it two but, with his back to goal, his shot flashed just inches wide.  Chelsea failed to dominate after taking the lead and allowed the visitors back into the game.

Fulham accepted the invitation and restored parity just before half-time. Luis Boa Morte set John on his way with a fine pass but Ricardo Carvalho appeared to have the Dutch striker in his sights. Carvalho somehow failed to cut out the pass and, with one touch, John applied an excellent finish to steer the ball past Petr Cech.

After the interval, Arjen Robben replaced goalscorer Cole to make his first appearance after a 14-game absence. And the Dutchman made an immediate impact, speeding down the left flank where he eventually crossed only for Gudjohnsen's effort to be ruled out for offside.

But Fulham could not repel the combined threat of Duff and Robben on the left and fell behind once again to a well-worked goal. Duff passed to Robben who, after slipping the ball through Volz' legs, laid on the perfect pass for the onrushing Lampard to sidefoot past Van der Sar.

It was Lampard's 16th goal of the season and Chelsea's 100th of this campaign, and it sparked raucous celebrations at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea were not finished and Tiago released Gudjohnsen who coolly slotted past Van der Sar.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 23 April 2005
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Referee: Alan Wiley


Line-up: Cech; Carvalho, Huth (Jarosik 46'), Terry, Johnson; Duff, Makelele, Lampard, Joe Cole (Robben 46'); Drogba (Tiago 74'), Gudjohnsen

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Kezman


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Goma, Rosenior; Radzinski, Pembridge (Malbranque 84'), Clark, Boa Morte; John, McBride

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rehman, Bocanegra, Claus Jensen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 34 85
2 Arsenal 33 71
3 Manchester United 33 67
4 Everton 34 58
5 Liverpool 34 54
6 Bolton Wanderers 34 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 34 48
8 Middlesbrough 33 46
9 Aston Villa 34 46
10 Charlton Athletic 34 45
11 Manchester City 34 44
12 Birmingham City 35 39
13 Blackburn Rovers 33 39
14 Newcastle United 32 38
15 Portsmouth 34 35
16 Fulham 34 35
17 West Bromwich Albion 33 29
18 Southampton 34 28
19 Crystal Palace 34 27
20 Norwich City 34 27
Chelsea (4-4-2)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 6Ricardo Carvalho
  • 4Robert Huth
  • 26John Terry
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 4Claude Makelele
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 10Joe Cole
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • Tiago
  • 16Arjen Robben
  • 27Jirí Jarosik
  • Mateja Kezman
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Collins John
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 16Claus Jensen