Saturday 27 November 2004, 12:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
Gallagher 10'; Dickov (pen) 77'

23' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

37' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

76' 2nd Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Edwin Van der Sar
Off:Mark Crossley

10' Goal

Paul Gallagher

77' Penalty

Paul Dickov

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Thompson
Off:Paul Gallagher

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dominic Matteo
Off:Nils-Eric Johansson

Blackburn won only their second game of the season at fellow strugglers Fulham. Paul Gallagher tapped home at the near post, while Brett Emerton shot wide and Zat Knight almost scored an own goal as Blackburn dominated early on.

Fulham's Tomasz Radzinski missed the target with only the keeper to beat and Brad Friedel brilliantly saved from Andy Cole after the break. But Zat Knight was sent off for handball and Paul Dickov converted the penalty to seal the win for Rovers.

It was a much-needed win for Mark Hughes' team, who went into the match bottom of the table and with only two points on their travels previously this season.

But from the opening whistle they showed more determination than their opponents and are now only one point behind Fulham. In truth it was a scrappy game, with too many misplaced passes and niggling fouls.

Fulham were guilty of consistently awful defending in the first-half and it was not until substitute Brian McBride joined Andy Cole up front in the second-half that they started to threaten at the other end.

With Luis Boa Morte injured, Chris Coleman opted to play Andy Cole as a lone striker and he cut an isolated figure for most of the game, desperate for Radzinski and Steed Malbranque to provide support.

Blackburn should have scored in the second minute but Emerton, sliding in at the far post, could only divert Dickov's low cross into the side netting.

But Gallagher made no mistake after 10 minutes, converting Steven Reid's drilled cross past Mark Crossley after Knight had failed to track his run towards the near post. More hesitant defending allowed Emerton to shoot from inside the Fulham box minutes later but he could not keep his shot on target.

And Knight almost guided another teasing cross from Dickov into his own net as the home team struggled to come to terms with Blackburn's energetic start to the match.

Radzinski should have equalised for Fulham with their first clear chance of the game but, with only the keeper to beat after being played clean through, the Canadian striker pulled his shot wide.

Dickov was guilty of a glaring miss for Rovers midway through the half after more atrocious defending from Knight. The defender tried to head clear a long ball up-field but mis-judged the flight and Dickov was through on goal.

The Scottish striker opted to shoot early but Crossley had come off his line and was able to made a good block. Fulham did get behind the Blackburn defence after 57 minutes, but Lucas Neill put Cole's drilled cross out for a corner with two Cottagers players lurking.

Brad Friedel then made a great one-handed save to deny Cole after the Fulham skipper had shrugged off both Craig Short and Andy Todd. But it was Rovers who scored the decisive second with 13 minutes left. Knight deliberately handled as he attempted to dispossess Dickov and received his second yellow.

Edwin van der Sar, on for the injured Crossley, could do nothing to stop Dickov's penalty, which nestled in the corner. Cole had opportunities to reduce the deficit but could find no way past Friedel. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 27 November 2004
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,103

Referee: Rob Styles


Line-up: Crossley (Van der Sar 73'); Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Diop, Pembridge, Legwinski (McBride 66'), Boa Morte; Cole

Unused substitutes: Pearce, Rosenior, Hammond

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Friedel; Neill, Reid, Short, Johansson (Matteo 90'); Emerton, Tugay, Savage, Mokoena; Gallagher (Thompson 83'), Dickov

Unused substitutes: Enckelman, Flitcroft, Pedersen

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 Aston Villa 14 24
6 Manchester United 14 24
7 Bolton Wanderers 14 23
8 Liverpool 13 20
9 Newcastle United 14 19
10 Charlton Athletic 14 18
11 Manchester City 14 17
12 Portsmouth 13 15
13 Fulham 15 14
14 Birmingham City 14 13
15 Tottenham Hotspur 14 13
16 Blackburn Rovers 15 13
17 Crystal Palace 14 12
18 Southampton 14 11
19 Norwich City 14 11
20 West Bromwich Albion 14 10
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 19Elvis Hammond
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 1Brad Friedel
  • 2Lucas Neill
  • 16Steven Reid
  • 24Craig Short
  • Nils-Eric Johansson
  • 7Brett Emerton
  • 5Kerimoglou Tugay
  • 8Robbie Savage
  • 15Aaron Mokoena
  • 14Paul Gallagher
  • 10Paul Dickov
  • 31Peter Enckelman
  • 21Dominic Matteo
  • David Thompson
  • Garry Flitcroft
  • 12Morten Gamst Pedersen