Monday 4 October 2004, 8:00pm at Selhurst Park, London
Barclays Premier League
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
Johnson 53'; Riihilahti 69'
Fulham FC

53' Goal

Andrew Johnson

69' Goal

Aki Riihilahti

33' Yellow Card

Andrew Johnson Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gonzalo Sorondo
Off:Fitz Hall

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Vassilis Lakis
Off:Wayne Routledge

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Iván Kaviedes
Off:Aki Riihilahti

6' Red Card

Ian Pearce Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

9' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alain Goma
Off:Tomasz Radzinski

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Brian McBride

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Carlos Bocanegra
Off:Alain Goma

Fulham had Ian Pearce sent off early on against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as the Whites went down 2-0 to the home side.

The visitors began poorly as Ian Pearce was red-carded after five minutes for impeding Andy Johnson's run on goal.

Johnson fired home a fine opener on 53 minutes, blasting the ball between Edwin van der Sar's legs from close range after Aki Riihilahti's pass. Riihilahti then netted his first Palace goal since November 2002 with a strong header after Wayne Routledge's corner.

Johnson - who was lively all match, if occasionally wayward - had already smashed an opportunity into the legs of Edwin van der Sar, before Pearce got his marching orders.

The 30-year-old former West Ham centre-back made a hash of a back pass to Van der Sar and blocked Johnson's run leaving referee Mike Riley little option.

The visitors reshuffled, bringing on Alain Goma for Tomasz Radzinski. But Riihilahti sent a header wide as Palace dominated possession without producing a killer final ball. Mark Pembridge produced a rare penetrating cross on 39 minutes, but was left bemused as Johnson contrived to head wide from five yards.

Emmerson Boyce also hammered in a long-range effort minutes before the interval, but Van der Sar was equal to it. Palace finally made the breakthrough they threatened in the first half with a fine goal.

Johnson will take the plaudits for his assured finish, but it was Riihilahti's superb first time pass which created the opportunity for the young striker. Fulham were stung into action and Steed Malbranque fired a long-range effort into the body of the under-worked Gabor Kiraly.

But Palace continued to press and looked more likely to score than their beleaguered visitors, and it was little surprise when they doubled their lead with 21 minutes remaining.

Riihilahti turned from provider to scorer, rising unmarked to power Wayne Routledge's corner past the flailing Van der Sar. Palace's Ivan Kaviedes saw a shot saved by Van der Sar after a mazy run as the home side looked for a third.

Johnson then saw a convincing-looking penalty claim waved away, although Fulham's Luis Boa Morte was twice denied by Kiraly inside a minute.

Yet Palace had a flurry of chances late on there was still time for Johnson to miss an absolute sitter, pulling the ball wide after breaking clean through, while Kaviedes blasted against the post in the final minutes. Joonas Kolkka then saw a deflected shot whistle just over as Palace finished strongly. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 4 October 2004
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 21,825

Referee: Mike Riley

Crystal Palace

Line-up: Kiraly; Popovic, Boyce, Hall (Sorondo 46'), Granville; Routledge (Lakis 72'), Watson, Kolkka, Riihilahti (Kaviedes 74'); Hughes, Johnson

Unused substitutes: Speroni, Torghelle


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Pearce, Knight, Green; Malbranque, McKinlay, Pembridge, Boa Morte; McBride (John 62'), Radzinski (Goma 9' (Bocanegra 62'))

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rehman

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 8 22
2 Chelsea 8 20
3 Everton 8 16
4 Manchester United 8 13
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 13
6 Newcastle United 8 12
7 Bolton Wanderers 8 12
8 Aston Villa 8 11
9 Middlesbrough 8 11
10 Charlton Athletic 8 11
11 Liverpool 7 10
12 Manchester City 8 8
13 Portsmouth 7 8
14 Fulham 8 8
15 Birmingham City 8 7
16 West Bromwich Albion 8 7
17 Blackburn Rovers 8 6
18 Southampton 8 5
19 Crystal Palace 8 5
20 Norwich City 8 5
Crystal Palace (4-4-2)
  • 28Gabor Kiraly
  • Tony Popovic
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 25Fitz Hall
  • 3Danny Granville
  • 7Wayne Routledge
  • 24Ben Watson
  • 22Joonas Kolkka
  • Aki Riihilahti
  • 17Michael Hughes
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 1Julian Speroni
  • 26Gonzalo Sorondo
  • 32Vassilis Lakis
  • Sandor Torghelle
  • 24Iván Kaviedes
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 26Adam Green
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • Billy McKinlay
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Collins John