Saturday 30 April 2005, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
John 15'; McBride 39'

15' Goal

Collins John

39' Goal

Brian McBride

68' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

76' 2nd Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Cole
Off:Collins John

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Claus Jensen
Off:Tomasz Radzinski

11' Yellow Card

Alessandro Pistone Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Mikel Arteta Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

James McFadden Card was given for a foul

13' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Leon Osman
Off:Tim Cahill

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James McFadden
Off:Mikel Arteta

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James Beattie
Off:Marcus Bent

Fulham ensured their Premiership status for another season with a convincing two-goal victory over Everton at Craven Cottage. An emphatic strike from Collins John and a sublime Brian McBride header sent the Whites on their way.

It looked like a disastrous start for Fulham when, within 40 seconds of kicking off, Everton had the ball in the net.  A dangerous Tim Cahill free kick was nodded on by Ferguson into the path of Kilbane.  Fortunately for the Whites, the Irish midfielder had strayed beyond the last Fulham defender when the ball was played.

The visitors, who needed a win to virtually guarantee their chances of a Champions League place next season, brought an attacking line up to the Cottage with both Marcus Bent and the imposing figure of Duncan Ferguson leading the line.  Fulham, for their part, continued with the same team that performed so well at Stamford Bridge the previous weekend - with the exception of Papa Bouba Diop stepping in for Mark Pembridge.

Indeed, it was a biting challenge from Bouba Diop that ended Tim Cahill's participation with ten minutes on the clock

Only minutes later that Fulham took the lead through Collins John. A Liam Rosenior cross found Tomasz Radzinski in space in the penalty area.  His shot was charged down but John was on hand to lash home the loose ball from eight yards.  The goal sent the Craven Cottage crowd into raptures, as an already heated atmosphere was turned up another few degrees.

The young Dutchman almost made it two-nil on 28 minutes when a swift Fulham counter-attack resulted in the ball being worked to John on the edge of the penalty area.  His fierce, low shot flashed narrowly wide of the far post. Only minutes earlier, John had once again pulled the trigger, only to see his shot blocked en route to goal.

Everton were not without threat, however. On 32 minutes a dangerous free kick, intended for the head of Ferguson was flicked out for a corner by Knight.  From the resulting set piece, Ferguson forced a smart save from Van der Sar.

Fulham doubled their lead on 40 minutes with what can only be described as a majestic header from Brian McBride. A counter attack initiated by Lee Clark saw the ball played into the path of Boa Morte.  The Portuguese winger waited for his fellow attackers to take their positions in the middle before whipping in a perfect cross.  McBride, who was loitering around the penalty area leapt highest and directed a wonderful header past Martyn and into the top corner. A truly breathtaking effort.

Lee Carsley missed a glorious opportunity to bring Everton back into the game in the second half when Ferguson attracted and beat two defenders to an aerial ball.  His flick on found the rapidly advancing Carsley in space, but he put his shot wide of goal with only Van der Sar to beat.

David Moyes elected to go for broke with just over 20 minutes remaining.  On came James Beattie to partner Ferguson in attack and give some additional muscle to the Toffees leading line.

On 64 minutes, the Whites came close to further adding to their total when a long ball into the area was won by McBride and flicked into the danger zone.  Martyn was challenged in the air and dropped his catch.  Unfortunately for Fulham, the ball came to ground just behind the advancing substitute, Claus Jensen.

Edwin van der Sar had to be fully alert on 72 minutes when Everton managed to roll Beattie on to Rosenior for the England striker to win a relatively unchallenged header.  The flick-on fell into space which Van der Sar closed down well to clear.

Moments later Jensen, Clark and Cole combined well down the right flank and worked the ball into the path on McBride, who saw his effort smothered.

With 75 minutes to go, referee Bennett added to the compilation of curious refereeing decisions against Fulham this season by dismissing Papa Bouba Diop for an innocuous challenge on McFadden. 

The young Scottish striker broke down the inside left channel with Diop in close pursuit.  After flicking the ball back inside he tried and failed to run around the giant Senegalese midfielder. For his part in the entanglement, which saw McFadden go to ground, Diop was shown his second yellow card.

The dismissal appeared to further spark the atmosphere as the fixture soon reverted to the heated battles of old between Fulham and Everton.  But the Whites held out well in the final few minutes to guarantee top flight football at the Cottage for another season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 30 April 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,881

Referee: Steve Bennett


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Goma, Rosenior; Radzinski (Claus Jensen 63'), Clark, Diop, Boa Morte; McBride, John (Cole 61')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Bocanegra, Pembridge


Line-up: Martyn; Watson, Yobo, Weir, Pistone; Carsley, Arteta (McFadden 64'), Cahill (Osman 13'), Kilbane; Ferguson, Bent (Beattie 64')

Unused substitutes: Wright, Plessis

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 34 85
2 Arsenal 34 74
3 Manchester United 34 70
4 Everton 35 58
5 Liverpool 36 55
6 Bolton Wanderers 35 54
7 Middlesbrough 36 51
8 Manchester City 36 48
9 Tottenham Hotspur 35 48
10 Aston Villa 35 47
11 Charlton Athletic 35 45
12 Birmingham City 36 42
13 Blackburn Rovers 36 41
14 Newcastle United 35 40
15 Fulham 35 38
16 Portsmouth 36 38
17 Southampton 36 31
18 Crystal Palace 36 31
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 30
20 Norwich City 36 30
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 8Andrew Cole
Everton (4-4-2)
  • 25Nigel Martyn
  • 2Steve Watson
  • 66Joseph Yobo
  • David Weir
  • Alessandro Pistone
  • 26Lee Carsley
  • 10Mikel Arteta
  • 17Tim Cahill
  • 21Kevin Kilbane
  • Duncan Ferguson
  • 23Marcus Bent
  • 1Richard Wright
  • 11James McFadden
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 24Guillaume Plessis
  • 9James Beattie