Saturday 22 October 2005, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
John 30'; Boa Morte 90'

30' Goal

Collins John

90' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tony Warner
Off:Mark Crossley

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Rosenior
Off:Niclas Jensen

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Ahmad Elrich

53' Yellow Card

Jan Kromkamp Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Mohamed Sissoko Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luis García
Off:Djimi Traore

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Peter Crouch
Off:Harry Kewell

Craven Cottage saw its largest crowd since 1983 as the Fulham faithful paid tribute to The Maestro, Johnny Haynes, with a fine win over Liverpool.

A giant Fulham shirt bearing Haynes’ name number was laid out on the pitch facing the Hammersmith End before the match and the minute silence in honouer of the great man was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters.

Ahmad Elrich was handed his Premiership debut as Chris Coleman elected to field a new-look midfield for the visit of Liverpool.  Claus Jensen, Luis Boa Morte and Papa Bouba Diop formed a central midfield trio with Steed Malbranque on the left and Elrich taking up a position on the right wing.

Fulham were first to threaten when Collins John burst through Liverpool’s defensive line and rolled the ball into the path of Malbranque. The Frenchman’s low centre was met by the left foot of Elrich, who unfortunately scooped over.

That opening shot prompted Liverpool into life and, whilst they did not significantly threaten the Fulham goal, they certainly enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening exchanges.

Liverpool had a dangerous break in the 23rd minute when Cisse robbed Goma on the right and laid the ball into the path of Kewell.  The Australian international’s progress, however, was halted just outside the penalty area by a well timed challenge from Niclas Jensen.  Carlos Bocanegra then gave away a free kick which Riise subsequently screwed well wide.

Almost immediately from the restart in play, Fulham robbed possession in midfield and broke through at pace.  Although the final pass of the move was over-hit, Fulham managed to force a corner after Reina was put under pressure.

The Whites took the lead soon after.  Malbranque tricked his way past Josemi, chipped a pass into the box and the ball fell to Claus Jensen.  Resisting the temptation to shoot, and now surrounded by red shirts, the Danish international dinked a pass to John, who held off his defender before firing home.

Despite establishing a firm hold on the midfield early in the half, Liverpool were second to most balls as the half drew to a close.  Luis Boa Morte, playing in a central role, was certainly stamping his authority on the game with an all-action display.

Fulham started the second half looking the more lively side but the first dangerous piece of play came when Cisse was set away down the right wing.  His subsequent cross just missed the head of Riise at the far post.

Josemi was entered into the referee’s book on 52 minutes when he brought Boa Morte down in a dangerous position.  The booking seemed to sap Liverpool’s confidence for a ten minute period as Fulham clicked into a higher gear.  With Liverpool seemingly unable to get out of their own half, the Whites piled on the pressure – with Ahmad Elrich in particular working very hard down the right.

Most of Liverpool’s dangerous play was coming down their right hand side, with Cisse being allowed a lot of space.  The introduction of Luis Garcia for Traore gave the visitors new impetus and, all of a sudden, their possession started to carry some malice.

The threat of Cisse became one too great to ignore, and on 69 minutes Coleman replaced Niclas Jensen with Liam Rosenior.  A clear attempt to neutralise the threat of the Frenchman’s pace down Fulham’s left - the move worked

A fine spell of Fulham possession on 70 minutes culminated in John firing a fierce low shot in on Reina’s goal.  The play immediately moved to the other end where Tony Warner, on for the injured Mark Crossley, produced a stunning save to keep out Garcia’s left footed curling effort. 

Warner was on call again on 75 minutes as he reacted with amazing reflexes to get down and stop another goal bound effort.

With the introduction of Peter Crouch, Liverpool were clearly looking for the aerial threat.  However, the tall striker was kept well in check by Papa Bouba Diop.

Fulham made it two-nil in injury time after Steed Malbranque broke down the left and tricked his way past two defenders with some sublime footwork.  Malbranque then played a delightful reverse pass into Boa Morte who gracefully finished past Reina.

With time ticking away, the remaining minutes were played out to chants of ‘Johnny Haynes, Johnny Haynes, Johnny Haynes.’  The European Champions had been beaten and it was a fitting tribute to the memory of The Maestro. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 October 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 22,480

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Line-up: Crossley (Warner 63'); Volz, Goma, Bocanegra, Jensen (Rosenior 69'); Malbranque, Claus Jensen, Diop, Boa Morte, Elrich (McBride 76'); John

Unused substitutes: Rehman, Helguson


Line-up: Reina; Kromkamp, Carragher, Hyypiä, Traore (Luis García 59'); Kewell (Crouch 75'), Alonso, Sissoko, John Arne Riise; Morientes, Cissé

Unused substitutes: Carson, Warnock, Hamann

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 9 27
2 Tottenham Hotspur 10 19
3 Wigan Athletic 9 19
4 Manchester United 9 18
5 Manchester City 10 17
6 Arsenal 9 16
7 Charlton Athletic 8 16
8 Bolton Wanderers 9 14
9 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
10 West Ham United 8 12
11 Middlesbrough 9 12
12 Liverpool 8 10
13 Newcastle United 9 9
14 Fulham 10 9
15 Aston Villa 10 9
16 West Bromwich Albion 9 8
17 Portsmouth 9 7
18 Birmingham City 10 6
19 Sunderland 9 5
20 Everton 8 3
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Claus Jensen
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 27Ahmad Elrich
  • 15Collins John
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 20Brian McBride
Liverpool (4-4-2)
  • 25José Reina
  • 2Jan Kromkamp
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 4Sami Hyypiä
  • 32Djimi Traore
  • 7Harry Kewell
  • 14Xabi Alonso
  • 22Mohamed Sissoko
  • 6John Arne Riise
  • 19Fernando Morientes
  • 9Djibril Cissé
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 3Stephen Warnock
  • 10Luis García
  • 21Dietmar Hamann
  • 15Peter Crouch