Saturday 25 September 2004, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Radzinski 24'

24' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

72' Substitution

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

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Billy McKinlay
Off:Steed Malbranque

87' Yellow Card

Neil McCann Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neil McCann
Off:Anders Svensson

Tomasz Radzinski opened his Premiership goalscoring account for Fulham to earn a vital win against fellow early-season strugglers Southampton.

Radzinski glanced home Luis Boa Morte's near-post cross to leave Saints head coach Steve Wigley still looking for his first Premiership victory.

Kevin Phillips missed a chance to level when Ian Pearce's slip left him with only keeper Edwin van der Sar to beat. The big Dutchman's stunning late save from Rory Delap preserved their lead.

Referee Graham Poll was specially appointed following Fulham's recent disciplinary problems and he waved away early penalty appeals when Fabrice Fernandes appeared to clip Mark Pembridge's heels just inside the box.

Southampton carved out a good chance on 12 minutes when Anders Svensson carried the ball 70 yards from deep inside his own half. He slipped a pass to Fernandes who whipped in a cross for James Beattie to glance a header inches wide.

Saints then strung the passes together to carve Fulham open on 16 minutes but Phillips found Van der Sar an immovable object with a superb save.

Brian McBride's heavy first touch from Radzinski's cross took him away from goal and, although he was given time to turn, his shot lacked power to trouble Antti Niemi.

On 24 minutes, Fulham took the lead when Boa Morte skipped round Fernandes to deliver a cross into space at the near post where Radzinski nipped in ahead of Andreas Jakobsson to plant in a header.

Phillips sought an immediate response with a tidy turn and stinging shot but Van der Sar was well-placed to save, and then Graeme Le Saux sent in a cross which Beattie attacked with relish at the far post to power a header over the bar.

Radzinski showed his pace at the start of the second half to outstrip Jakobsson but his low cross was too far ahead of McBride and Niemi gathered.

Southampton's reply saw Fernandes twist and turn his way to the byline where he pulled the ball back perfectly to Delap, who blazed his shot horribly wide.

The home team sensed a second goal was needed and Malbranque showed neat skills to flick the ball over David Prutton and fire in a cross-shot which would have provided it had McBride made any sort of contact.

Svensson reacted angrily when he was substituted but his replacement Neil McCann outpaced Moritz Volz down the left flank to deliver a cross. McCann then linked up with Le Saux to get in a cross but Knight stood firm to head clear.

Van der Sar had enjoyed a quiet second-half but had to react to claw away Beattie's searing volley and brilliant defending by Volz denied the England striker who was shaping to nod home Fernandes' cross.

Fulham almost gifted Southampton an equaliser when Pearce's slip left Phillips clear on goal with only Van der Sar to beat, only for him to drag his shot wide. Van der Sar preserved his side's win with a another brilliant point-blank save to keep out Delap's 85th minute shot. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 25 September 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,237

Referee: Graham Poll


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Pearce, Knight, Green; Malbranque (McKinlay 72'), Pembridge, Legwinski, Boa Morte; McBride, Radzinski (John 72')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rehman, Goma


Line-up: Niemi; Delap, Jakobsson, Lundekvam, Le Saux; Fernandes, Nilsson, Prutton, Svensson (McCann 61'); Ormerod, Kevin Phillips

Unused substitutes: Blayney, Higginbotham, Kenton, Crouch

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 7 19
2 Chelsea 7 17
3 Everton 6 13
4 Manchester United 7 12
5 Newcastle United 7 11
6 Bolton Wanderers 6 11
7 Liverpool 6 10
8 Aston Villa 7 10
9 Tottenham Hotspur 7 10
10 Middlesbrough 7 10
11 Fulham 7 8
12 Charlton Athletic 6 8
13 Portsmouth 5 7
14 Manchester City 7 7
15 Birmingham City 6 5
16 Blackburn Rovers 6 5
17 Southampton 7 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 7 4
19 Norwich City 7 4
20 Crystal Palace 7 2
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 26Adam Green
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 24Alain Goma
  • Billy McKinlay
  • 17Collins John
Southampton (4-4-2)
  • 1Antti Niemi
  • 24Rory Delap
  • 6Andreas Jakobsson
  • 5Claus Lundekvam
  • 3Graeme Le Saux
  • 29Fabrice Fernandes
  • Mikael Nilsson
  • 20David Prutton
  • Anders Svensson
  • 10Brett Ormerod
  • 9Kevin Phillips
  • Alan Blayney
  • 19Danny Higginbotham
  • 22Darren Kenton
  • Neil McCann
  • 14Peter Crouch