Wednesday 2 February 2005, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Clark 90'
Aston Villa
Angel 55'

90' Goal

Lee Clark

85' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

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

73' Substitution

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

55' Goal

Juan Pablo Angel

32' Yellow Card

Ulises de la Cruz Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Juan Pablo Angel Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Steven Davis Card was given for a foul

76' Missed Penalty

Juan Pablo Angel

81' Missed Penalty

Juan Pablo Angel

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Moore
Off:Carlton Cole

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Davis
Off:Lee Hendrie

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eric Djemba-Djemba
Off:Nolberto Solano

Heroics from Edwin van der Sar and Lee Clark helped Fulham to a share of the points on Wednesday evening at Craven Cottage. In a dramatic match, Van der Sar saved two penalties from Juan Pablo Angel keeping Fulham in the hunt, and Clark scored an injury time equaliser to round off a sensational series of events down by the river.

Following a fine performance at left back against Derby County, Liam Rosenior retained his place at left back whilst both Zesh Rehman and Papa Bouba Diop returned to the starting eleven after both serving suspensions.

The match got off to a lively start when, almost immediately from the kick off, Tomasz Radzinksi forced Sorensen into making a smart save from a well-struck low shot. 

Not concerned by the early scare, Villa soon had Fulham on the back foot when, on eight minutes, a low cross aimed at the dangerous looking Carlton Cole was hacked to safety by Rehman.

An excellent piece of one touch football from Fulham on 15 minutes almost created the opening goal of the match. Diop, Pembridge and Cole all combined to lay the ball into the patch of Luis Boa Morte, whose right footed shot forced Sorensen to claw the ball away for a corner.

Mark Pembridge was next to try his luck as the frantic and entertaining midfield battle was, once again, punctuated by a goal scoring opportunity. Luis Boa Morte turned past De La Cruz down the left and fed the ball into the path of Andrew Cole.  The former England striker shielded the ball well which allowed Pembridge time to steam in and fire just wide from 18 yards.

Fulham continued to make the better chances as the interval approached. The hard working central midfield trio of Diop, Pembridge and Clark often provided a firm base from which the Whites could build their attacks.

Fulham had a lucky let off at the start of the second half when Lee Hendrie somehow blazed over with the goal at his mercy after Nolberto Solano’s fiercely struck low cross skimmed across the six yard area.

Villa were beginning to look more industrious in attack and they got their reward in the 54th minute when a teasing Hitzlsperger corner was met by Juan Pablo Angel. Despite Lee Clark’s best efforts to clear off the line, the ball was adjudged to have crossed over.

Almost immediately Fulham had a penalty appeal turned down after Andrew Cole managed to wriggle free of his defender but was forced off balance before he could pull the trigger.  Fulham continued to pile on the pressure and on 59 minutes Luis Boa Morte was felled by Mellberg. After a lengthy delay Cole stepped up but unbelievably placed his shot wide of the post.

With time beginning to run out, Chris Coleman introduced Collins John and Brian McBride in a bid to get back on level terms with Cole and Radzinksi making way.

The penalty drama was not confined to the Fulham end however. On 76 minutes a Solano cross found its way to the far side of the six yard box, where Moore was brought to ground after a tussle with Volz. 

Referee Foy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Angel went one better than Cole in hitting the target, but Van der Sar blocked well to his right, leaving Fulham still with a chance of getting a result.

Just minutes later Angel was given another chance to score from the spot when Moore was this time brought down by Rosenior as he made his way into the area.  Angel stepped up once more.  Once more he aimed to Van der Sar’s right and once more the big Dutchman pulled off the save.

With time running out, Fulham threw everything forward in a desperate attempt to salvage the points.  Then, with only a matter of seconds left on the clock a Luis Boa Morte shot was only half cleared and the ball fell to Clark who volleyed home from 18 yards to spark scenes of wild celebration. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 2 February 2005
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,624

Referee: Chris Foy


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Clark, Diop, Pembridge, Radzinski (John 68'); Boa Morte, Cole (McBride 73')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Goma, Legwinski

Aston Villa

Line-up: Sørensen; Solano (Djemba-Djemba 79'), Mellberg, Ridgewell, de la Cruz; Berson, Barry, Hitzlsperger, Hendrie (Steven Davis 64'); Carlton Cole (Moore 46'), Angel

Unused substitutes: Postma, Laursen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 24 61
2 Manchester United 25 53
3 Arsenal 25 51
4 Everton 24 44
5 Liverpool 25 40
6 Middlesbrough 25 37
7 Charlton Athletic 25 37
8 Bolton Wanderers 25 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur 25 33
10 Manchester City 25 32
11 Aston Villa 25 32
12 Newcastle United 25 30
13 Portsmouth 25 30
14 Birmingham City 25 29
15 Fulham 25 29
16 Blackburn Rovers 24 25
17 Crystal Palace 25 22
18 Southampton 25 18
19 Norwich City 24 17
20 West Bromwich Albion 25 17
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John
Aston Villa (4-4-2)
  • 29Thomas Sørensen
  • 24Nolberto Solano
  • 4Olof Mellberg
  • 19Liam Ridgewell
  • 23Ulises de la Cruz
  • 16Mathieu Berson
  • 6Gareth Barry
  • 16Thomas Hitzlsperger
  • 7Lee Hendrie
  • 9Carlton Cole
  • 9Juan Pablo Angel
  • Stefan Postma
  • 5Martin Laursen
  • 12Steven Davis
  • 14Eric Djemba-Djemba
  • 8Luke Moore