Saturday 17 September 2005, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Boa Morte 66'
West Ham United
West Ham United
Harewood 46'; o.g. Warner 52'

66' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

21' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

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

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Philippe Christanval
Off:Zat Knight

46' Goal

Marlon Harewood

52' Own-goal

Tony Warner

40' Yellow Card

Nigel Reo-Coker Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Newton
Off:Bobby Zamora

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Teddy Sheringham
Off:Yossi Benayoun

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jérémie Aliadière
Off:Marlon Harewood

West Ham come off the better side in the London derby at Craven Cottage, as the away side sneaked a 2-1 victory after Tony Warner scored an own goal.

This highly-anticipated match got off to a rip-roaring start with both sides showing their intent early on. 

West Ham were first to threaten when they produced a couple of testing crosses.  However, the Whites wasted little time in swiftly hitting the visitors on the break on three minutes.  The ball eventually fell to Claus Jensen, who skipped past two defenders on the edge of the box, only to see his effort saved by Roy Carroll.

After absorbing another spell of West Ham pressure, Fulham quickly broke with a nice passing exchange between Steed Malbranque and Claus Jensen. The ball ended up with Luis Boa Morte who whipped in a teasing ball from which Brian McBride forced Carroll into a fine save at his near post.

Fulham were certainly looking to have the greater cutting edge in attack but with the Hammers breaking quickly and in numbers from midfield, the away side posed a credible threat – all of which was making for an entertaining and full-blooded game.

That competitive edge was slightly lost when Referee Poll booked Boa Morte after the Fulham Captain tried and failed to run past Tomas Repka.

The visitors thought they had opened the scoring when Marlon Harwood pounced on a loose ball in the box following some dangerous of build-up play.  Fortunately for the Whites, the front man was adjudged to be offside.

Brian McBride was next to try his luck on 30 minutes when he turned and fired a rasping shot goalwards, forcing Carroll to tip over. 

The action immediately swung to the other end as West ham countered and Harewood held off his marker to clip his close range effort over Warner and on to the bar.

Most of the visiting side’s treat was coming from the lively midfielder Yossi Benayoun and Matthew Etherington on the left. But it was the speed with which the Hammers' midfield unit was breaking the was providing the most danger.

The 38 minute mark saw Fulham come agonisingly close to netting the opener when Malbranque’s drifted cross narrowly missed Boa Morte's forehead.

The Whites then produced a wonderful piece of one-touch football minutes later which opened the door for Boa Morte to unleash a shot which found the side netting.

Fulham made a bad start to the second half when the in-form Harewood sprinted away from the defence and chipped his finish over the onrushing Warner.

The visitors doubled their lead when a Paul Konchesky cross found Harewood in the box.  The striker was able to turn and fire his shot against the foot of the post.  Unfortunately for Fulham, the ball rebounded back off the prone Warner and rolled into the the net.

Fulham almost found their way back into the game on 55 minutes when Claus Jensen’s free kick was powerfully met by Diop who put his header wide.   The Whites continued to press and on 59 minutes a quickly taken free kick found Claus Jensen in space and his curled shot brought about a fine save from Carroll.

Fulham’s pressure finally bore some fruit on 65 minutes when Boa Morte gave the Whites that vital foothold in the match.  The Portuguese international received the ball on the right side of the penalty area and, after dummying the shot, curled a delightful effort past Carroll’s right hand.

Unfortunately, despite pushing hard for the equaliser, Fulham could not find a way through.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 17 September 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,907

Referee: Graham Poll


Line-up: Warner; Volz, Knight (Christanval 80'), Bocanegra, Jensen; Malbranque, Claus Jensen, Diop, Boa Morte; Radzinski (John 67'), McBride

Unused substitutes: Batista, Elrich, Helguson

West Ham United

Line-up: Carroll; Repka, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Konchesky; Mullins, Reo-Coker, Benayoun (Sheringham 74'), Etherington; Zamora (Newton 64'), Harewood (Aliadière 87')

Unused substitutes: Hislop, Dailly

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 6 18
2 Charlton Athletic 5 12
3 Manchester City 5 11
4 West Ham United 5 10
5 Manchester United 4 10
6 Bolton Wanderers 5 8
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 8
8 Middlesbrough 5 7
9 Arsenal 4 6
10 Wigan Athletic 4 6
11 Liverpool 3 5
12 Blackburn Rovers 5 5
13 Portsmouth 6 5
14 Birmingham City 6 5
15 Fulham 6 5
16 Aston Villa 5 5
17 West Bromwich Albion 6 5
18 Everton 4 3
19 Newcastle United 5 2
20 Sunderland 6 1
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Claus Jensen
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 16Ricardo Batista
  • 19Philippe Christanval
  • 27Ahmad Elrich
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 15Collins John
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1Roy Carroll
  • Tomas Repka
  • 4Daniel Gabbidon
  • 5Anton Ferdinand
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 17Hayden Mullins
  • 20Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 15Yossi Benayoun
  • 11Matthew Etherington
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 10Marlon Harewood
  • Shaka Hislop
  • 24Christian Dailly
  • 26Shaun Newton
  • 8Teddy Sheringham
  • 10Jérémie Aliadière