Sunday 25 November 2007, 4:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Murphy (pen) 51'; Kamara 63'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
Emerton 57'; Warnock 79'

51' Penalty

Danny Murphy

63' Goal

Diomansy Kamara

33' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

55' Yellow Card

Dejan Stefanovic Card was given for a foul

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seol Ki-Hyeon
Off:Diomansy Kamara

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Healy
Off:Danny Murphy

57' Goal

Brett Emerton

79' Goal

Stephen Warnock

11' Yellow Card

David Bentley Card was given for a foul

8' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jason Roberts
Off:Benni McCarthy

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Reid
Off:Aaron Mokoena

Despite leading twice Fulham had to settle for a draw against Blackburn Rovers as the game at Craven Cottage finished 2-2.

First Half Action

3 mins
The visitors got the game off to a bad start when Benni McCarthy collided with Dejan Stefanovic as they both contested a high ball. As a result, the former Porto striker was unable to continue and was replaced by Jason Roberts.

7 mins
Following a lengthy delay due to the injury to McCarthy, Fulham created a fine scoring opportunity through good work from Simon Davies. The winger played a well-weighted ball into the path of Diomansy Kamara who was unable to get the ball out from under his feet in time to produce a finish to trouble the rapidly advancing Friedel.

11 mins
The loss of McCarthy temporarily threw Rovers out of step and Fulham were eager to take advantage. Simon Davies was certainly looking in fine form as he found Dempsey in space on the right on the Rovers’ defence.

20 mins
Despite maintaining a good level of extended possession, the visitors were unable to trouble the Whites’ back line, which was standing firm and dealing with Rovers’ attacks as a matter of course.

27 mins
A fine piece of skill by Clint Dempsey just before the half hour mark fed the ball delightfully into the path of Bouazza who made good progress down the wing before seeing his cross put being for a corner by Ryan Nelsen.

35 min
With no significant chances going either way, the encounter was more a war of attrition than anything else. Space in the midfield area was at a premium, however the visitors were enjoying the upper had in the middle third, largely due to David Bentley frequently dropping back to provide an additional outlet.

45 mins
Diomansy Kamara forced a fine save from Friedel when the Senegal striker whipped in a teasing cross which the big American keeper parried wide. That proved to be the last significant attack of the half for Fulham as Rovers looked to go into half time on the front foot. Fulham’s defence just about contained the visitors as they made one final push.

Second Half Action

49 mins – GOAL FULHAM – Murphy
The Whites got the second half off to a good start with Danny Murphy coolly converting a penalty kick. Clint Dempsey started the move off which ultimately led to the spot kick when he found space down the left wing and crossed the ball to Kamara in the area. The Fulham striker was unceremoniously brought down by Nelsen.

53 mins
Rovers did not take kindly to going a goal down and were soon putting the Fulham back line under pressure with a number of dangerous set pieces. Morten Gamst Pedersen saw a free header flash just over the angle of the bar as Rovers delivered another dangerous free kick.

57 mins – GOAL BLACKBURN – Emerton
Fulham’s lead was short-lived as Brett Emerton fired the visitors back on level terms. Stephen Warnock was able to find a spare yard on the left wing and his deep cross was met at the back post by the Australian winger.

62 mins – GOAL FULAM – Kamara
Fulham re-established their lead just after the hour mark following a fine passing move involving several Fulham players. The move culminated in Danny Murphy feeding the ball to Simon Davies. The Welsh international played a fine first touch cross into the box, leaving Kamara with the simple task of side footing home from only a matter of yards out.

65 mins
Although the Whites were back in front, Blackburn were still presenting a considerable threat as a result of their penetrating runs through the middle of the park which often saw them moving swiftly through Fulham midfield line.

66 mins – Hameur Bouazza OFF, Shefki Kuqi ON
Lawrie Sanchez introduced Shefki Kuqi to the action in place of Hameur Bouazza. The change saw Clint Dempsey move to the left wing.

74 mins
Antti Niemi was called up to make a fine close range save Samba amidst a crowded penalty area.

79 mins – GOAL BLACKBURN – Warnock
Fulham’s defence was unable to hold out as Rovers equalised for the second time. Jason Roberts tricked his way around two defenders before rolling a pass across the face of goal. The ball evaded everyone but Warnock, who was unmarked at the back post.

82 mins – Danny Murphy & Diomansy Kamara OFF, David Healy & Seol Ki-Hyeon ON
Lawrie Sanchez made his final substitution of the match. Simon Davies moved into a central midfield position allowing Clint Dempsey to occupy the right wing and Seol take up position on the left, whilst Healy was a straight replacement for Kamara. Unfortunately Fulham were unable to find the winning goal before the referee blew the final whistle. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 25 November 2007
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 22,826

Referee: Mike Dean


Line-up: Niemi; Baird, Stefanovic, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy (Healy 83'), Steven Davis, Bouazza; Kamara (Seol Ki-Hyeon 83'), Dempsey

Unused substitutes: Warner, Bocanegra, Smertin

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Friedel; Ooijer, Nelsen, Samba, Warnock; Emerton, Mokoena (Reid 89'), Tugay, Pedersen; Bentley, Benni McCarthy (Roberts 8')

Unused substitutes: Brown, Khizanishvili, Dunn

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 13 33
2 Manchester United 14 30
3 Manchester City 14 29
4 Chelsea 14 28
5 Liverpool 13 27
6 Portsmouth 14 26
7 Aston Villa 13 24
8 Everton 14 23
9 Blackburn Rovers 13 23
10 West Ham United 13 19
11 Newcastle United 13 18
12 Fulham 14 13
13 Reading 14 13
14 Tottenham Hotspur 14 12
15 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
16 Birmingham City 14 11
17 Middlesbrough 14 10
18 Sunderland 14 10
19 Wigan Athletic 14 8
20 Derby County 14 6
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 6Dejan Stefanovic
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 4Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 27Danny Murphy
  • 10Steven Davis
  • 24Hameur Bouazza
  • 11Diomansy Kamara
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
  • 8Alexei Smertin
  • 31David Healy
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 1Brad Friedel
  • 2AndrĂ© Ooijer
  • 6Ryan Nelsen
  • 4Christopher Samba
  • 3Stephen Warnock
  • 7Brett Emerton
  • 15Aaron Mokoena
  • 5Kerimoglou Tugay
  • 12Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • 11David Bentley
  • 10Benni McCarthy
  • 32Jason Brown
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • 8David Dunn
  • 16Steven Reid
  • 30Jason Roberts