Saturday 27 August 2005, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
McBride 57'

57' Goal

Brian McBride

90' Yellow Card

Steed Malbranque Card was given for a foul

44' Yellow Card

David Weir Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Philip Neville Card was given for a foul

90' 2nd Yellow Card

Philip Neville Card was given for a foul

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Duncan Ferguson
Off:Kevin Kilbane

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James McFadden
Off:James Beattie

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James Vaughan
Off:Simon Davies

The Whites recorded their first win of the season courtesy of a vibrant second half performance against a resolute Everton side. Brian McBride left the pitch to a hero’s ovation after the striker’s and superb all-round performance, capped off by a goal, earned Fulham all three points.

Fulham started the match much the bright side in this, a Premiership fixture that has traditionally favoured the home side.  However it was Everton who first came closest to breaking the deadlock when on 7 minutes Diop was caught in possession, allowing Arteta to trick his was into the penalty area and fire his shot just wide of Warner’s left hand post.

Just minutes later, Fulham had another narrow escape when an Everton cross dipped awkwardly in front of Warner and bounced over the keeper.  Fortunately for the Whites, the ball also bounced over Bent who was loitering at the back post.

As that spell of defensive uncertainly worked itself out of the system, Fulham began to settle down to their more natural game.  However, with the visiting side still applying a great deal of pressure high up the pitch, Fulham’s back line often found it hard to complete their passes further up field.  However, on the occasions when Fulham were able to get past the initial wave of close attention, they looked threatening in the final third.

Warner had to be alert on 34 minutes when has rushed out to clear when Bent, accompanied by Bocanegra, closed down on goal.  Almost immediately, Fulham countered and forced a corner from which Bouba Diop saw his goal bound header acrobatically tipped over the bar by Martyn.

David Weir went into the referee’s book on 43 minutes when he impeded Boa Morte when a promising counter-attack looked to be in the pipeline. 

Minutes later, Warner had his heart in his mouth when he saw his clearance charged down by Bent.  The ball screwed up in the air and strangely Warner tried to head clear when the catch was a legal option. The ball bounced up after the keeper failed to make contact and the Fulham back line mopped up.  

Both managers elected to keep the faith with their first half line-ups in the second period.

Moritz Volz had to be on call on 55 minutes to clear the danger from a Davis cross.  Fulham looked to have cleared the resulting corner but the ball was put back into the mixer only for Brian McBride to calmly angle his header back into the arms of Warner.

The American striker was immediately back in the thick of the action at the other end of the pitch as he opened the scoring for the Whites.  Steed Malbranque fed a flicked pass into the path of the rapidly advancing Volz.  The German international burst into the area and squared the ball to McBride who side footed home from six yards.

The goal visibly gave the Whites a lift as first Malbranque tried his luck with a audacious chip from the sideline which a back pedalling Martyn could only palm onto the bar.  Moments later Zat Knight almost connected with a header from a Jensen corner.

Having had a comparatively quiet first half by his standards, Malbranque began showing his full range of skills.

Everton were badly stretched on 73 minutes by a superbly crafted Fulham counter attack.  Boa Morte’s diagonal ball found Radzinski in space, his shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Malbranque who leashed a fierce shot which Martyn had to be at full stretch to save.

With time running out, Moyes made a triple substitution which brought Duncan Ferguson into the fray.  The big Scotsman forced a remarkable save from Warner on 86 minutes.  After leaping highest through a crowd of players, Ferguson directed his header goalwards but Warner flung out a glove and saved.

Fulham broke straight down the other end and through Volz and Malbranque, almost doubled their lead but Boa Morte shot just wide of the upright.

Everton's misery was complete in the 89th minute.  With Fulham looking all set to launch another counter attack, Radzinski tempted Phil Neville into making a challenge which brought about the former Manchester United man's second yellow card of the match.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 27 August 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,169

Referee: Mike Riley


Line-up: Warner; Volz, Knight, Bocanegra, Jensen; Malbranque, Claus Jensen, Diop, Boa Morte; McBride, Radzinski

Unused substitutes: Batista, Rehman, Elrich, Helguson, John


Line-up: Martyn; Hibbert, Yobo, Weir, Kilbane (Ferguson 75'); Osman, Neville, Arteta, Davies (Vaughan 77'); Cahill; Beattie (McFadden 77')

Unused substitutes: Wright, Ferrari

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 4 12
2 Manchester City 4 10
3 Bolton Wanderers 4 7
4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 7
5 Arsenal 3 6
6 Charlton Athletic 2 6
7 Manchester United 2 6
8 Aston Villa 4 5
9 West Ham United 3 4
10 Middlesbrough 3 4
11 Liverpool 2 4
12 Blackburn Rovers 4 4
13 Birmingham City 4 4
14 Fulham 4 4
15 West Bromwich Albion 4 4
16 Wigan Athletic 3 3
17 Everton 3 3
18 Portsmouth 4 1
19 Newcastle United 3 1
20 Sunderland 4 0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Claus Jensen
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 16Ricardo Batista
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 27Ahmad Elrich
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 15Collins John
Everton (4-4-1-1)
  • 25Nigel Martyn
  • 2Tony Hibbert
  • 66Joseph Yobo
  • David Weir
  • 21Kevin Kilbane
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 18Philip Neville
  • 10Mikel Arteta
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 17Tim Cahill
  • 9James Beattie
  • 1Richard Wright
  • 20Matteo Ferrari
  • 11James McFadden
  • Duncan Ferguson
  • 14James Vaughan