Sunday 20 November 2005, 4:00pm at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Barclays Premier League
Morrison 64'; Yakubu 76'; Hasselbaink 84'
Fulham FC
John 9'; Diop 70'

64' Goal

James Morrison

76' Goal


84' Goal

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

9' Goal

Collins John

70' Goal

Papa Bouba Diop

31' Yellow Card

Niclas Jensen Card was given for a foul

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Heidar Helguson
Off:Collins John

Despite twice taking the lead Fulham were beaten 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium. The game turning on a 74th minute equaliser from which Yakubu appeared to be offside.

Fulham were without Luis Boa Morte serving a one match ban for collecting five yellow cards, he was replaced by the fit again Sylvain Legwinski whilst Zat Knight replaced the injured Carlos Bocanegra. The captain’s armband worn by Steed Malbranque. Middlesbrough were missing both of their Australian World Cup stars with neither Mark Schwarzer nor Mark Viduka named in the starting line up.

Fulham took the lead after nine minutes through Collins John. Niklas Jensen’s throw was flicked by Sylvain Legwinski towards the Dutch striker who thundered a cracking left footed shot over the head of Brad Jones into the far corner of the net.

Boro soon hit back and both Hasselbaink and Boateng saw shots blocked. In the 19th minute Hasselbaink stole in behind the Fulham defence but just failed to connect with a long pass from Yakubu. A few minutes later Fulham came close to increasing their lead when McBride climbed highest to a Radzinski centre but the ball dropped just wide.

As the half hour approached it was certainly an entertaining game with both sides attacking at will. Brian McBride dropped back into defence to head out a Parnaby cross, the resultant corner fired into the near post where Warner had to move smartly to deal with a diving header from Queudrue.

Niklas Jensen picked up the first yellow of the game in conceding a free kick just outside the box. Hasselbaink’s subsequent shot was on target but failed to trouble Tony Warner. Seconds later McBride ghosted in behind the home defence to meet Malbranque’s excellent curled pass but the US striker just failed to make contact with his attempted header.

Boro made a half time substitution with the Slovakian international striker Nemeth replacing Pogatetz but Boro’s biggest threat remained the former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink who almost stole a goal when the ball was deflected to him inside the six yard box but Warner produced a fine block to deflect the ball to safety. Fulham came close to a second goal on the hour but Brian McBride’s header from a Volz cross came back off the foot of a post.

Middlesbrough levelled in the 64th minute through James Morrison’s first ever Premiership goal. Yabuku’s cross from the left hand side found Morrison in space on the far side of the box and Morrison controlled the ball before placing into the corner of the net.

Fulham restored the lead after 69 minutes when Papa Bouba Diop rose at the far post to head in a Collins John corner. Four minutes later Boro squandered a good chance to level the scores when Hasselbaink put a close range opportunity wide.

Middlesbrough scored a second and controversial equaliser on 74 minutes when Gareth Southgate’s low cross was turned in at the far post by Yakubu, fellow striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appeared to be standing in an offside position at the time and also went in for the cross . Fulham protested but the goal inevitably stood. Six minutes later the home side went in front for the first time when Hasselbaink controlled a cross from Nemeth inside the box and turned neatly to drive the ball beyond Warner.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 20 November 2005
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 27,599

Referee: Uriah Rennie


Line-up: Jones; Pogatetz, Riggott, Southgate, Queudrue; Parnaby, Rochemback, Boateng, Morrison; Yakubu, Hasselbaink (Doriva 86')

Unused substitutes: Knight, Bates, Walker, Maccarone


Line-up: Warner; Volz, Goma, Knight, Jensen; Malbranque, Diop, Legwinski, Radzinski; McBride, John (Helguson 78')

Unused substitutes: Batista, Rosenior, Rehman, Pearce

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 13 34
2 Wigan Athletic 12 25
3 Manchester United 12 24
4 Arsenal 12 23
5 Bolton Wanderers 12 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 21
7 Manchester City 13 21
8 West Ham United 12 19
9 Liverpool 11 19
10 Charlton Athletic 12 19
11 Middlesbrough 13 18
12 Blackburn Rovers 13 18
13 Newcastle United 13 18
14 Fulham 13 12
15 Aston Villa 13 12
16 West Bromwich Albion 13 11
17 Portsmouth 13 10
18 Everton 12 10
19 Birmingham City 12 6
20 Sunderland 13 5
Middlesbrough (4-4-2)
  • 1Bradley Jones
  • 6Emanuel Pogatetz
  • 5Chris Riggott
  • 6Gareth Southgate
  • 20Franck Queudrue
  • 2Stuart Parnaby
  • 10Fábio Rochemback
  • 7George Boateng
  • 25James Morrison
  • 20Yakubu
  • 9Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  • 32David Knight
  • 4Matthew Bates
  • 8Josh Walker
  • 20Doriva
  • 23Massimo Maccarone
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 15Collins John
  • 16Ricardo Batista
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 10Heidar Helguson