Saturday 1 January 2005, 2:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Cole 4', 60'; Radzinski 73'
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
Johnson (pen) 35'

4' Goal

Andrew Cole

60' Goal

Andrew Cole

73' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

90' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Rosenior
Off:Moritz Volz

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Clark
Off:Steed Malbranque

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Luis Boa Morte

35' Penalty

Andrew Johnson

79' Yellow Card

Tom Soares Card was given for a foul

81' Yellow Card

Danny Butterfield Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Tony Popovic Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikele Leigertwood
Off:Michael Hughes

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sandor Torghelle
Off:Aki Riihilahti

79' Substitution

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

Andy Cole's brace ensured Fulham won this lively London relegation derby. Cole gave Fulham a fourth minute lead with an incisive turn and shot and put them back in front in the second half after a probing run and calm finish.

Palace had equalised after Edwin van der Sar fouled Andy Johnson, the prolific striker scoring from the spot.

Tomasz Radzinski, who had set up Cole's first goal, made the game safe for Fulham, sliding in at the far post to convert Steed Malbranque's cross.

Cole might have had a hat-trick had he not blazed over the bar just after his second goal when he was set up by Luis Boa Morte.

Gabor Kiraly also did well to save a Cole shot with his feet after the Fulham striker had been once again found by Boa Morte in a purple patch for Chris Coleman's side.

Having lost six of their previous eight league games, Fulham looked more balanced with Boa Morte back in the side, the Portuguese winger having been out injured over the last month.

But it was the striking understanding between Radzinski and Cole that conspired to put Coleman's team into early lead. Radzinksi turned quickly away from Johnson and slipped the ball into the feet of Cole.

Just as quickly the former Blackburn striker spun away from Fitz Hall and drilled a low shot past Kiraly.

Cole's second goal was an even better finish, the Fulham striker cutting inside Tony Popovic, skipping past Michael Hughes, before prodding the ball into the corner.

If the opening half had been an even contest, Fulham dominated the second period, carving out a succession of chances with Radzinski bundling the ball in after good work from Steed Malbranque.

Palace's first-half revival had much to do with Wayne Routledge's trickery down the right.

The Palace youngster sent across a succession of crosses creating confusion in the Fulham box and Tom Soares went close with a couple of headers, notably after Popovic nodded the ball back at the far post.

Just before scoring the penalty, Johnson also sent a header agonisingly over the bar after Vassilis Lakis and Danny Granville combined well down the left.

Undeterred Palace continued to press forward and Johnson's striking instincts put the visitors back on level terms.  Johnson latched on to Hall's long ball from the back and was too quick for Van der Sar, who bundled the Palace striker off the ball.

Fulham's goalkeeper escaped a booking, but Johnson ensured Van der Sar was punished his rash challenge by calmly converting the penalty. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 1 January 2005
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,680

Referee: Dermot Gallagher


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz (Rosenior 76'), Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque (Clark 82'), Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte (John 89'); Radzinski, Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, McBride

Crystal Palace

Line-up: Kiraly; Butterfield, Popovic, Hall, Granville; Routledge, Lakis (Andrews 79'), Riihilahti (Torghelle 65'), Soares; Hughes (Leigertwood 64'), Johnson

Unused substitutes: Speroni, Boyce

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 21 52
2 Arsenal 20 44
3 Manchester United 20 40
4 Everton 20 40
5 Middlesbrough 20 35
6 Liverpool 21 34
7 Charlton Athletic 20 31
8 Tottenham Hotspur 20 29
9 Birmingham City 20 26
10 Portsmouth 20 26
11 Aston Villa 20 25
12 Manchester City 20 24
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 23
14 Newcastle United 20 22
15 Fulham 21 21
16 Blackburn Rovers 20 19
17 Crystal Palace 21 15
18 Norwich City 20 15
19 Southampton 20 14
20 West Bromwich Albion 20 11
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John
Crystal Palace (4-4-2)
  • 28Gabor Kiraly
  • 20Danny Butterfield
  • Tony Popovic
  • 25Fitz Hall
  • 3Danny Granville
  • 7Wayne Routledge
  • 32Vassilis Lakis
  • Aki Riihilahti
  • 19Tom Soares
  • 17Michael Hughes
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 1Julian Speroni
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 8Mikele Leigertwood
  • Sandor Torghelle
  • 23Wayne Andrews