Saturday 20 November 2004, 3:00pm at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Ferguson 67'
Fulham FC

67' Goal

Duncan Ferguson

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Duncan Ferguson
Off:Leon Osman

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Watson
Off:Marcus Bent

39' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Legwinski
Off:Luis Boa Morte

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Papa Bouba Diop

Substitute Duncan Ferguson's second-half header kept Everton third in the Premiership and sank Fulham.

Ferguson scored with a stooping header after 65 minutes when Mark Crossley palmed out Kevin Kilbane's header.

Crossley was Fulham's hero as they held out in the face of Everton pressure, saving well from Leon Osman, Kevin Kilbane and the tireless Marcus Bent.

Former Everton striker Tomasz Radzinski had Fulham's best chance, but he was brilliantly denied by Nigel Martyn.

It maintained Everton's outstanding season and kept David Moyes' side in touch with the Premiership pace-setters Chelsea and Arsenal.

Radzinski's every touch was jeered after his acrimonious summer departure from Goodison Park - but twice he came close to scoring against his old club.

Everton enjoyed most of the possession in a cagey first-half, with Cahill almost breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes, when a trademark header from Leon Osman's cross drifted narrowly over the top.

Radzinski almost silenced the taunts when he met another former Evertonian Mark Pembridge's cross at the far post, but Martyn produced a brilliant reaction save.

Osman had Everton's best opportunity four minutes before half-time, but his shot from 10 yards was turned over the top by Crossley.

Everton came within inches of going ahead seconds after the break when Kilbane's header from Gravesen's free-kick drifted agonisingly wide.

Moyes' men turned up the heat after the break, with Crossley saving well from Cahill's header and turning Bent's 20-yard drive over the top.

Everton sent on Ferguson after 58 minutes - and seven minutes later the substitute was the hero.

Crossley's turned away Kilbane's effort from Gravesen's corner, but Ferguson reacted first to score with a stooping header.

But Fulham almost got back into game after 76 minutes, only for Andy Cole to narrowly fail to take advantage of a mix-up between Martyn and David Weir.  And as the seconds ticked away, Radzinski was only inches away from snatching an equaliser. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 20 November 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 34,763

Referee: Graham Poll


Line-up: Martyn; Hibbert, Stubbs, Pistone, Weir; Osman (Ferguson 62'), Arteta, Carsley, Cahill, Kilbane; Bent (Watson 83')

Unused substitutes: Wright, Yobo, McFadden


Line-up: Crossley; Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Diop (McBride 81'), Pembridge, Boa Morte (Legwinski 54'); Radzinski, Cole

Unused substitutes: Van der Sar, Pearce, Hammond

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 14 33
2 Arsenal 14 31
3 Everton 14 29
4 Middlesbrough 14 25
5 Manchester United 14 24
6 Bolton Wanderers 14 23
7 Aston Villa 13 21
8 Liverpool 13 20
9 Newcastle United 14 19
10 Charlton Athletic 14 18
11 Portsmouth 12 15
12 Manchester City 13 14
13 Fulham 14 14
14 Tottenham Hotspur 13 13
15 Birmingham City 13 12
16 Crystal Palace 14 12
17 Southampton 14 11
18 Norwich City 14 11
19 West Bromwich Albion 14 10
20 Blackburn Rovers 13 9
Everton (4-5-1)
  • 25Nigel Martyn
  • 2Tony Hibbert
  • 15Alan Stubbs
  • Alessandro Pistone
  • David Weir
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 10Mikel Arteta
  • 26Lee Carsley
  • 17Tim Cahill
  • 21Kevin Kilbane
  • 23Marcus Bent
  • 1Richard Wright
  • 2Steve Watson
  • 66Joseph Yobo
  • 11James McFadden
  • Duncan Ferguson
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 19Elvis Hammond