Wednesday 5 January 2005, 8:00pm at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Barclays Premier League
Southampton
Southampton
3
Kevin Phillips 21', 29'; o.g. Rosenior 71'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Diop 20'; Malbranque 43'; Radzinski 50'
A hugely unfortunate own goal from Liam Rosenior denied Fulham all three points in an entertaining battle at St Mary's Stadium.

21' Goal

Kevin Phillips

29' Goal

Kevin Phillips

71' Own-goal

Liam Rosenior

42' Yellow Card

Jamie Redknapp Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Kevin Phillips Card was given for a foul

44' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Neil McCann
Off:Fabrice Fernandes

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andreas Jakobsson
Off:Calum Davenport

20' Goal

Papa Bouba Diop

43' Goal

Steed Malbranque

50' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

73' Yellow Card

Zesh Rehman Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Andrew Cole Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Tomasz Radzinski

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Andrew Cole

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Fontaine
Off:Liam Rosenior

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Fulham led when Papa Bouba Diop headed in from Mark Pembridge's free-kick. From the restart Fabrice Fernandes crossed for Kevin Phillips to head Saints level and the striker edged them ahead with a fine individual effort.

Steed Malbranque restored parity with a miscued shot and Tomasz Radzinski fired them in front, only for Rosenior's attempted clearance to deny them. Southampton went into the game still looking for a first win under manager Harry Redknapp. The boss opted to throw son Jamie Redknapp straight into the side after his arrival from Tottenham.

The home side had the first effort on goal when Danny Higginbotham played a deep cross from the left which Peter Crouch won in the air but it was too close to Edwin van der Sar.

They went even closer when Diop swung wildly at a clearance and sent it spinning just over his own crossbar. Diop showed more composure at the other end in opening the scoring for Fulham against the run of play. Anders Svensson fouled Rosenior and Pembridge swung in a free-kick that Diop headed home Southampton equalised immediately from a hopeful long ball forward.

Zat Knight appeared to cut out the immediate danger but his header dropped for Fernandes to volley into the centre where Phillips, who looked marginally offside, powered past Van der Sar. Southampton took the lead eight minutes later when Redknapp won possession in his own half and fed Crouch.

Crouch found strike partner Phillips and the Saints skipper turned Zesh Rehman before running at Knight and curling the ball into the bottom corner. Fulham got back on level terms two minutes before half-time. Rory Delap failed to clear a cross and the ball came back in for Luis Boa Morte who drilled in a shot that Antti Niemi did well to keep out.

Unfortunately for Southampton, Malbranque was first to the rebound and despite mis-hitting his shot into the ground it escaped a number of Saints players on the line and found its way into the net. Less than five minutes after half-time the game swung again when Fulham reclaimed the lead. Redknapp was clattered by Boa Morte and the referee allowed play to carry on with Pembridge taking up possession.

He slipped a perfect pass for Radzinski, who could have taken a touch but instead shot first time into the bottom corner for his fourth goal in five games.

Andy Cole twice went close to a fourth Fulham goal, first shooting wide and then having a shot denied by Niemi. From the resulting corner Knight missed a glorious chance to give them some breathing space but he headed just over.

Collins John missed an even easier chance from six yards from the resulting corner but his effort was cleared off the line by a combination of Anders Svensson and Niemi.

The Cottagers were made to pay for their misses when Southampton levelled through the unfortunate Rosenior, whose attempted clearance flew off his shin and into the bottom corner of his own net. Southampton had shouts for a late penalty but, while a point does little to help either side, neither side deserved to finish a loser. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 5 January 2005
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Attendance: 27,343

Referee: Graham Poll

Southampton

Line-up: Niemi; Delap, Lundekvam, Davenport (Jakobsson 84'), Higginbotham; Fernandes (McCann 44'), Redknapp, Telfer, Svensson; Crouch, Kevin Phillips

Unused substitutes: Smith, Cranie, Ormerod

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Rosenior (Fontaine 90'), Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte; Radzinski (John 61'), Cole (McBride 90')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Clark

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 22 55
2 Arsenal 22 48
3 Manchester United 22 44
4 Everton 22 43
5 Liverpool 22 37
6 Middlesbrough 22 35
7 Tottenham Hotspur 22 33
8 Charlton Athletic 22 31
9 Manchester City 22 28
10 Aston Villa 22 28
11 Bolton Wanderers 22 27
12 Portsmouth 22 27
13 Birmingham City 22 26
14 Newcastle United 22 26
15 Fulham 22 22
16 Blackburn Rovers 22 22
17 Crystal Palace 22 18
18 Norwich City 22 16
19 Southampton 22 15
20 West Bromwich Albion 22 13
Southampton (4-4-2)
  • 1Antti Niemi
  • 24Rory Delap
  • 5Claus Lundekvam
  • 39Calum Davenport
  • 19Danny Higginbotham
  • 29Fabrice Fernandes
  • 38Jamie Redknapp
  • Paul Telfer
  • Anders Svensson
  • 14Peter Crouch
  • 9Kevin Phillips
Substitutes
  • 21Paul Smith
  • 6Andreas Jakobsson
  • 16Martin Cranie
  • Neil McCann
  • 10Brett Ormerod
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 4Liam Fontaine
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John