Monday 23 January 2006, 8:00pm at Boleyn Ground, London
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United
West Ham United
Ferdinand 17'; Benayoun 28'
Fulham FC
Helguson 52'

17' Goal

Anton Ferdinand

28' Goal

Yossi Benayoun

80' Yellow Card

Yossi Benayoun Card was given for a foul

83' Yellow Card

Christian Dailly Card was given for a foul

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Christian Dailly
Off:Bobby Zamora

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yaniv Katan
Off:Yossi Benayoun

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Newton
Off:Matthew Etherington

52' Goal

Heidar Helguson

77' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Steed Malbranque

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Brian McBride

Despite a spirited display, in which they dominated for long periods, Fulham went down 2-1 on a bitterly cold night at Upton Park.

As expected Wayne Bridge came straight into the Fulham line up replacing Niklas Jensen at left back in a starting eleven showing three changes from the Newcastle game.

The first action of the game came in the Hammers’ penalty box with McBride firing a snapshot over the bar in only the second minute. Wayne Bridge soon showed his attacking instincts with a long range shot which Carroll did well to hold. From the first corner of the game Helguson saw his goal bound header blocked but Boa Morte on the line.

West Ham took the lead with a stunning volley from Anton Ferdinand after 17 minutes. A corner on the right hand side was cleared only to the edge of the area where Ferdinand scored with a fierce effort which gave Antti Niemi no chance whatsoever. The goal completely against the run of play as Fulham had dominated the game to this point.

The Hammers went two ahead after 27 minutes when Konchesky and Etherington worked the ball to Yossi Benayoun on the edge of the area, there still appeared little danger but the Israeli international created the smallest of gaps before brilliantly chipping the ball over Niemi into the net.

The strikes visibly lifted West Ham but Fulham pressed hard to get back into the game and were unlucky five minutes from the break when a low cross from Steed Malbranque almost found McBride only for Carroll to whip the ball off his toes. At the other end Zamora placed a header over the bar after Reo-Coker had created the chance with a strong run down the right flank.

The second half started with a heart stopping moment, a misplaced back-header from Knight threatened to put Zamora clear on goal, the former Brighton striker tumbling under the challenge of Bocanegra but Referee Uriah Rennie was well placed to wave play on.

Fulham pulled a goal back six minutes after the break with an effort every bit as stunning as the two earlier goals. A long ball forward was flicked on by McBride and Helguson swooped to fire in a shot which went in off a post. Fulham were now back in it and Malbranque sent a header over the bar before Helguson once again got in behind the defence and was felled amid strong calls for a penalty. 

Fulham made the first substitution of the game when Radzinski replaced Malbranque in the 62nd minute. The Canadian almost added immediately to the tally of spectacular goals but his shot was pushed over for a corner.

Fulham forced a succession of corners with Elliott seeing a shot deflected and Boa Morte having a low shot turned round the post by Carroll. After 69 minutes Chris Coleman decided on a second substitution bringing on Collins John to replace Brian McBride.

West Ham almost increased their lead in the 75th minute when Zamora climbed well to head Etherington’s arced centre against the foot of a post. With ten minutes remaining the Hammers made clear their intentions replacing Zamora with Christian Dailly who was soon in trouble with the referee who showed him a yellow card following his first challenge. West Ham however held out to claim all three points. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 23 January 2006
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 29,812

Referee: Uriah Rennie

West Ham United

Line-up: Carroll; Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Clarke, Konchesky; Etherington (Newton 90'), Reo-Coker, Benayoun (Katan 86'), Mullins; Zamora (Dailly 80'), Harewood

Unused substitutes: Hislop, Sheringham


Line-up: Niemi; Rosenior, Knight, Bocanegra, Bridge; Malbranque (Radzinski 62'), Legwinski, Elliott, Boa Morte; McBride (John 70'), Helguson

Unused substitutes: Warner, Goma, Jensen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 23 62
2 Manchester United 23 48
3 Liverpool 21 44
4 Tottenham Hotspur 23 41
5 Arsenal 22 37
6 Wigan Athletic 23 37
7 Bolton Wanderers 21 36
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 West Ham United 23 32
10 Manchester City 23 31
11 Charlton Athletic 21 29
12 Everton 23 29
13 Fulham 23 26
14 Newcastle United 22 26
15 Aston Villa 23 26
16 West Bromwich Albion 23 22
17 Middlesbrough 22 22
18 Birmingham City 22 19
19 Portsmouth 23 17
20 Sunderland 22 9
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1Roy Carroll
  • 4Daniel Gabbidon
  • 5Anton Ferdinand
  • 30Clive Clarke
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 11Matthew Etherington
  • 20Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 15Yossi Benayoun
  • 17Hayden Mullins
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 10Marlon Harewood
  • Shaka Hislop
  • 24Christian Dailly
  • 26Shaun Newton
  • Yaniv Katan
  • 8Teddy Sheringham
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 31Wayne Bridge
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 27Simon Elliott
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 15Collins John