Saturday 5 April 2008, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Healy 74'
Collins 45'; Chopra 54'; Jones 76'

74' Goal

David Healy

30' Yellow Card

Leon Andreasen Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Brian McBride Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Healy
Off:Leon Andreasen

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Paul Stalteri

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hameur Bouazza
Off:Diomansy Kamara

45' Goal

Danny Collins

54' Goal

Michael Chopra

76' Goal

Kenwyne Jones

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Chopra
Off:Carlos Edwards

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Grant Leadbitter
Off:Kieran Richardson

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Roy O'Donovan
Off:Daryl Murphy

Despite a stunning effort from David Healy giving Fulham hope it wasn't enough as Sunderland ran out 3-1 winners at Craven Cottage. The Whites now face an uphill battle to avoid relegation.

First Half Action

5 mins
Fulham were off to a lively start in this crucial Barclays Premiership encounter at Craven Cottage. The Whites, backed by another vocal Craven Cottage following, were on the front foot immediately. Danny Murphy was a central figure in the opening exchanges, anchoring the midfield well and seldom wasting possession.

9 mins
The battle between Kenwyne Jones and Brede Hangeland was certainly shaping up to be a pivotal contest. The former Southampton striker caused Fulham plenty of problems in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

11 mins
Jimmy Bullard crafted Fulham’s first opening of the match in the 11th minute when he was able to measure a diagonal ball into the box just over the head of Nyron Nosworthy for Brian McBride. The American forward climbed well but was unable to get any power on the ball and Gordon collected comfortably. Two further opportunities quickly arose for Fulham, with both Jimmy Bullard and Simon Davies trying their luck from range.

15 mins
The visitors had the ball in the net on the 15th minute when Danny Collins wrestled past Paul Stalteri to head home Andy Reid’s free kick. However, the referee had spotted Collins’ infringement well before the Sunderland man made contact with the ball.

20 mins
Danny Murphy robbed Reid of possession in the centre of the park following a sharp passage of Sunderland passing play. The Fulham midfielder proceeded to make good ground before releasing a pass to Kamara on the edge of the Sunderland area. He was unable to get past Nosworthy but won a corner in the process.

24 mins
With Kenwyne Jones experiencing little success in his battle against Hangeland, the big striker opted play against Aaron Hughes and Paul Stalteri on the right side of Fulham’s back line.

28 mins
Fulham upped the pressure on the Sunderland back line with a number of crosses which the visiting defence were just about dealing with. The momentum was broken, however, when a slight misunderstanding resulted in Leon Andreasen entering the referee’s book for a late tackle.

35 mins
Fulham’s fourth corner of the half, a wickedly taken delivery from Bullard, resulted in a near goal line clearance from the visiting back line.

41 mins
Simon Davies latched on to a Brian McBride knockdown on the edge of the area but his hurried effort, though with plenty of power, was always rising from the moment it left his boot.

44 mins – GOAL SUNDERLAND – Collins
The visitors took the lead with just a minute to go before the interval. The Whites had failed to deal with an Andy Reid corner and the ball fell to Daryl Murphy who crossed for Collins to get across his marker and head home from close range.

Second Half Action

47 mins
Fulham came close to getting back on level terms soon after the restart when Diomansy Kamara ran onto the ball and fed a pass to McBride. The ball was played back into the danger area towards Kamara but he was unable to apply a meaningful finish.

51 mins
Good work from Simon Davies as he cut in from the right flank, beating Johnny Evans in the process, before delivering a cross which almost brought about an own goal from Daryl Murphy.

53 mins – GOAL SUNDERLAND – Michael Chopra
Sunderland doubled their lead with what can only be best described as a route one goal. Kenwyne Jones won the flick-on midway inside Fulham half. The ball looped up and Michael Chopra was able to outmuscle Aaron Hughes and delicately volley over Keller.

57 mins
Fulham Substitution – Andreasen OFF Healy ON

With nothing to lose, Roy Hodgson replaced Leon Andreasen with Northern Ireland’s David Healy.

61 mins
Fulham Substitution – Stalteri OFF Dempsey ON
Fulham added to their attacking options just after the hour mark when Clint Dempsey was brought on for Paul Stalteri. Simon Davies dropped back into the right back position, allowing Dempsey to occupy the right wing.

68 mins
Kasey Keller had to be on hand to produce a fine save after Danny Collins’ shot from the edge of the area took an early deflection.

71 mins
Fulham Substitution – Kamara OFF Bouazza ON
Fulham made their final roll of the dice when Hameur Bouazza replaced Diomansy Kamara.

73 mins – GOAL FULHAM – David Healy
David Healy struck a wonderful goal for Fulham, giving the Whites a glimmer of hope. The Northern Ireland striker almost lost his footing before receiving the ball, he then took a touch and curked a superb left footed shot into top left hand corner.

75 mins – GOAL SUNDERLAND – Kenwyne Jones
No sooner had the game settled back into a normal rhythm; the visitors had re-established their two-goal cushion. Brede Hangeland lost possession in a dangerous area and Daryl Murphy was on hand to race clear and square the ball for Jones who finished the move off.

85 mins
As the clock wound down Clint Dempsey had a good chance to find the net after Healy had worked half a yard for himself. Dempsey ran on to the ball but shot straight at Gordon.

90 mins
The lively David Healy saw a powerful header go just wide of the post as Fulham’s final attack of the match resulted in a goal kick.


Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 5 April 2008
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,053

Referee: Mark Halsey


Line-up: Keller; Stalteri (Dempsey 62'), Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Andreasen (Healy 57'), Murphy, Bullard, Davies; Kamara (Bouazza 72'), McBride

Unused substitutes: Warner, Bocanegra


Line-up: Gordon; Bardsley, Nosworthy, Evans, Collins; Edwards (Chopra 46'), Whitehead, Reid, Richardson (Leadbitter 57'); Murphy (O'Donovan 87'), Jones

Unused substitutes: Fülöp, Higginbotham

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 32 76
2 Chelsea 33 74
3 Arsenal 33 71
4 Liverpool 33 63
5 Everton 32 57
6 Portsmouth 32 53
7 Aston Villa 33 52
8 Blackburn Rovers 33 51
9 Manchester City 33 49
10 West Ham United 32 44
11 Tottenham Hotspur 33 40
12 Newcastle United 33 38
13 Sunderland 33 36
14 Wigan Athletic 33 34
15 Middlesbrough 32 34
16 Reading 33 32
17 Birmingham City 33 30
18 Bolton Wanderers 33 26
19 Fulham 33 24
20 Derby County 32 11
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Kasey Keller
  • 17Paul Stalteri
  • 32Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 4Paul Konchesky
  • 26Leon Andreasen
  • 27Danny Murphy
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 11Diomansy Kamara
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 24Hameur Bouazza
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 31David Healy
Sunderland (4-4-2)
  • 1Craig Gordon
  • 2Phillip Bardsley
  • 33Nyron Nosworthy
  • 44Jonny Evans
  • 15Danny Collins
  • 7Carlos Edwards
  • 6Dean Whitehead
  • 20Andy Reid
  • 11Kieran Richardson
  • 14Daryl Murphy
  • 17Kenwyne Jones
  • 32Marton Fülöp
  • 22Danny Higginbotham
  • 18Grant Leadbitter
  • 16Michael Chopra
  • 25Roy O'Donovan