Saturday 11 November 2006, 3:00pm at Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Barclays Premier League
Cole 74'
Fulham FC
Knight 57'

74' Goal

Andrew Cole

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Cole
Off:Matthew Taylor

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Richard Hughes
Off:Gary O'Neil

57' Goal

Zat Knight

45' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Antti Niemi Card was given for a foul

85' Yellow Card

Franck Queudrue Card was given for a foul

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Wayne Routledge
Off:Moritz Volz

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Papa Bouba Diop
Off:Claus Jensen

90' Substitution

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

Zat Knight put Fulham ahead at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon but former Fulham man Andy Cole equalised for the hosts.

Chris Coleman’s side continued their outstanding form on the road this season and retained their top ten Premiership position after an entertaining clash at Fratton Park.

Fulham retained the same defensive line-up that maintained a clean sheet against David Moyes’ Everton last weekend. Coleman’s midfield five from right to left featured Volz, Jensen, Bocanegra, Boa Morte (captain) and Radzinski. Brian McBride spearheaded the Whites attack.

Coleman opted for an attack minded bench consisting of Bouba Diop, Helguson, John and Routledge.

Fulham old boy Sean Davis started in midfield for Portsmouth alongside Pedro Mendes whilst LuaLua and Kanu led Pompey’s attack.

Referee Steve Bennett got the game underway with Fulham kicking off in front of a crowd of 19,563.

In the opening exchanges LuaLua looked threatening down Portsmouth’s left hand side and after 2 minutes the striker turned Zat Knight before threading a ball to Kanu from the by-line. The towering Nigerian scuffed his right footed shot and the ball floated harmlessly past Niemi’s far post.

On 4 minutes Volz’s through ball set Rosenior charging down the right and the defender sent in an outstanding in-swinging cross which David James tipped over the cross bar.

In an entertaining opening Fulham’s travelling support were in good voice and both sides looked threatening on the break. Danger man Pedro Mendes showed a glimpse of his prowess from distance when he rifled in a shot in on Niemi’s goal from 35 yards. Fortunately for Fulham the ball flew over the cross bar.

In the opening exchanges the best opportunity fell to Sean Davis after eleven minutes. An in-swinging cross from left found the former Fulham player seven yards out but the midfielder sent his header against the outside of Niemi’s post and the tie remained level.

Franck Queudrue took a knock following a Portsmouth corner and lost his left boot for his efforts but the Frenchman recovered quickly and needed to be on guard moments later when LuaLua steamed down Fulham’s left and whipped in a dangerous cross which drifted across the box to safety.

Antti Niemi had to be at his best on 18 minutes. Portsmouth earned a free kick 25 yards from goal and LuaLua’s shot looked goal bound before Fulham’s keeper pulled off an outstanding save, tipping the ball over his bar.

Fulham’s first clear break of the game came after 20 minutes when Tomasz Radzinski sent in a cross from the left. Brian McBride was first to the cross but the American striker turned his shot round David James’ post.

After dispossessing Mendes in midfield, Liam Rosenior sprinted sixty yards down the right hand side before his cross was deflected over the by-line for a corner. The resulting set piece fell to Carlos Bocanegra whose header was smothered on the line by David James.

Soaking up Pompey pressure Chris Coleman’s side looked dangerous on the counter attack and Fulham’s compact midfield were finding joy down the flanks with Radzinski and the overlapping Rosenior.

However, Kanu and LuaLua’s skill and inventiveness on the ball were a constant threat to Fulham’s back line. After a quickly taken free kick from the right on 28 minutes Zat Knight remained alert in Fulham’s box and headed the ball to safety. The towering centre back took a knock for his efforts but was back defending further Pompey pressure moments later.

On 37 minutes LuaLua beat two Fulham defenders on the left by-line before sending his shot round Niemi’s post. Taylor was the next Pompey player to break through Fulham’s back line but Redknapp’s side lacked a poacher in the box to capitalise on the opportunity.

Fulham looked a menace on the counter attack and Radzinski’s probing runs down the left hand side produced Fulham’s most productive moments of the first half.

Claus Jensen’s deft touch in midfield set Volz free down the right but the German was fouled on the edge of the area. Frank Queudrue’s resulting free kick from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by James.

Zat Knight was booked after impeding David James goal kick before one minute of added injury time was added by the fourth official. In the dying seconds of the first period a Pompey corner saw Antti Niemi pull off one of the saves of the season. The keeper’s instant reaction and finger tip save brought admiration from both sets of fans before Steve Bennet blew for half time.

Both sides remained unchanged for the second half and Portsmouth got the game underway. Fulham’s first chance of the half fell to Brian McBride and from an awkward position 8 yards out the striker managed to turn his header goal wards but the ball flew over the bar.

Portsmouth should have broken the deadlock soon after. On the counter attack LuaLua fed Kanu on the left hand side of the area and the striker sent a teasing cross into the box but O’Neill’s failed to connect with the ball 4 yards from goal.

Liam Rosenior’s persistence down the right won Fulham a corner after 56 minutes and Jensen sent in a dangerous set piece to the centre of the box. Centre back Knight ghosted his marker in the box before heading the ball goal wards and putting Fulham a goal to the good. The towering defender raced towards the Fulham bench to celebrate his first goal of the season.

Fulham’s fighting spirit was evident once again as Portsmouth looked for a way back. Looking for the equaliser the game opened up with both sides mounting counter attacking offences in quick succession. The game was almost level when Primus far post header from a Portsmouth corner was cleared off the line by Liam Rosenior.

Antti Niemi was booked from the resulting goal kick for time wasting and the keeper had to be on guard moments later when Mendes sent in another stinging drive.

Harry Redknapp made the first substitution of the game on 66 minutes, replacing Matthew Taylor with former Fulham striker, Andrew Cole.

Fulham continued to soak up Portsmouth pressure and Redknapp’s side won three successive corners and it was almost third time lucky when Pamarot sent his header crashing against Niemi’s cross bar from O’Neill’s corner.

Portsmouth were back in the game on 75 minutes. Following another corner from the left hand side Campbell sent his header goal wards. Niemi saved on the line and in the resulting goal mouth scramble Andrew Cole forced his shot into the corner of the net.

Chris Coleman made his first substitution of the game on 81 minutes, bringing on Wayne Routledge for Moritz Volz. The wing man was in the thick of it moments later, racing down the line before delivering his cross before Steve Bennet ruled offside.

In the final ten minutes Fulham’s travelling support were in good voice as both sides looked to claim the three points.

Redknapp introduced fresh blood in attack when Kanu was replaced by Benjani. However it was Andrew Cole who looked the most dangerous for Portsmouth with some sharp, incisive movement in the area.

Fulham had to be at their most resilient in the final minutes as Portsmouth attacked in waves. Coleman reinforced his defensive options in midfield when Papa Bouba Diop was introduced, replacing Claus Jensen.

The game was halted in the closing moments when Gary O’Neill was stretchered off and replaced by David Thompson.

Antti Niemi was Fulham’s Man of the Match and pulled of another point blank save from Kanu on 88 minutes.

Chris Coleman made his final substitution of the game, replacing McBride with John on 90 minutes. The fourth official indicated 4 minutes added injury time. It was end to end action in the closing minutes and Liam Rosenior’s last ditch tackle on the edge of the area left the defender badly winded.

Fulham continued to soak up the pressure and closed out the remaining minutes of injury time before Steve Bennet blew for full time, but not before Niemi once again produced an outstanding save from LuaLua before the final whistle. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 November 2006
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 19,563

Referee: Steve Bennett


Line-up: James; Pamarot, Campbell, Primus, Stefanovic; O'Neil (Hughes 87'), Davis, Pedro Mendes, Taylor (Cole 66'); Lua Lua, Kanu (Benjani 83')

Unused substitutes: Ashdown, O'Brien


Line-up: Niemi; Rosenior, Pearce, Knight, Bocanegra; Volz (Routledge 79'), Boa Morte, Claus Jensen (Diop 86'), Queudrue; McBride (John 90'), Radzinski

Unused substitutes: Lastuvka, Helguson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 11 28
2 Chelsea 12 28
3 Aston Villa 12 21
4 Bolton Wanderers 12 21
5 Portsmouth 12 20
6 Arsenal 10 18
7 Everton 12 17
8 Wigan Athletic 11 17
9 Liverpool 11 17
10 Fulham 12 17
11 Tottenham Hotspur 11 15
12 Middlesbrough 12 14
13 Reading 11 13
14 Manchester City 12 13
15 Blackburn Rovers 11 12
16 West Ham United 12 11
17 Sheffield United 12 10
18 Newcastle United 12 9
19 Watford 12 9
20 Charlton Athletic 12 8
Portsmouth (4-4-2)
  • 1David James
  • 16NoĆ© Pamarot
  • 23Sol Campbell
  • 2Linvoy Primus
  • 3Dejan Stefanovic
  • 26Gary O'Neil
  • 28Sean Davis
  • 30Pedro Mendes
  • 14Matthew Taylor
  • 32Tresor Lomana Lua Lua
  • 27Kanu
  • 1Jamie Ashdown
  • 33Andy O'Brien
  • 22Richard Hughes
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 25Benjani
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 7Liam Rosenior
  • 19Ian Pearce
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 4Franck Queudrue
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 12Jan Lastuvka
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 22Wayne Routledge
  • 9Heidar Helguson
  • 15Collins John