Saturday 15 August 2009, 3:00pm at Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Zamora 13'

16' Yellow Card

Hayden Mullins Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

68' Yellow Card

Aaron Mokoena Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Papa Bouba Diop

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Nugent
Off:John Utaka

13' Goal

Bobby Zamora

35' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Aaron Hughes Card was given for a foul

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Erik Nevland
Off:Bobby Zamora

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seol Ki-Hyeon
Off:Zoltán Gera

Fulham produced a professional away performance to take all three points at Fratton Park on Saturday. The only goal of the game came from Bobby Zamora, who diverted a first-half Clint Dempsey shot past David James.

Portsmouth saw a number of half-chances go begging but for the large part, Fulham maintained a strong grip on proceedings and controlled the flow of the game.

A minute’s applause was held in memory of the late Sir Bobby Robson prior to Saturday’s match as both sets of supporters paid their respects.

David James was called into action in the 8th minute when he twice had to deal with dangerous balls played into the Portsmouth penalty area. But the home side pushed their way back and produced a hairy moment when Niko Kranjcar was found in space and managed to get past Aaron Hughes before being crowded out by the Fulham defence.

The early stages saw the home side working the ball well to the flanks where Younes Kaboul often looked to get the ball into the box. – Paul Hart’s side were also looking equally dangerous on the counter-attack, where only the final pass was letting them down.

Bobby Zamora opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he deflected a Clint Dempsey shot past the grasp of David James. The shot from Dempsey looked to be heading straight towards James but the ball spun off the big front man and into the net.

The home crowd responded vociferously to the goal but before they were able to build up a head of steam Zamora was in the heat of the action again – heading a Danny Murphy free kick powerfully towards goal for James to palm over.

A swift break forward from Frederic Piquionne on 25 minutes saw the Pompey new boy try his luck from a narrow angle; fortunately Mark Schwarzer was able to gather the ball comfortably.

Whilst Portsmouth certainly attacked with great enthusiasm Fulham maintained their shape well and were often able to snuff out the danger – however as the first-half progressed Portsmouth started to fire closer to the mark. Brede Hangeland twice had to clear the danger on the half-hour mark as opportunities started to appear.

For their part, Fulham looked content keeping the home side at arm’s length whilst picking their opportunities to get forward.

Danny Murphy saw his name go into the book when Papa Bouba Diop fell to ground heavily following a well-timed tackle from the Fulham Captain. Murphy was not best pleased.

The Whites soon gained control of proceedings and were able to see out the rest of the first-half with little trouble.

A neat piece of build-up play from the home side saw Younis Kaboul fire wildly over from 10 yards after he had been set up with a good opportunity. The Whites appeared unperturbed and embarked on a lengthy spell of possession which saw them keep the ball for good few minutes before drawing a series of corners from the home side.

A mix-up between Pantsil and Gera down Fulham’s right flank gifted possession to Piquionne who sprinted to the by-line only to see his cross drift harmlessly across the penalty area.

As the momentum started to shift Portsmouth’s way, the home side started loading up their attacks down Fulham’s right flack in an attempt to get back into the game. Mark Schwarzer did well to keep his eye on the ball on 66 minutes when a diagonal ball was played into the box, Niko Kranjcar was advancing but the Fulham stopper maintained his nerve and scooped the ball up.

Despite their hard work, the home side struggled to find a way through Fulham’s organised rearguard as a collective sense of impatience grew inside Fratton Park.

With ten minutes remaining Bobby Zamora was replaced by Erik Nevland as Roy Hodgon elected to give Fulham’s front line a refresh.

Portsmouth finished the match with a final push which saw a number of half-chances come their way. Younis Kaboul twice powered headers just wide the target as Paul Hart’s side searched for the equaliser.

Seol Ki-Hyeon came on for Zoltan Gera late on but Fulham were able to withstand a series of dangerous Portsmouth attacks to take all three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 August 2009
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 17,510

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Line-up: James; Mokoena, Ben Haim, Vanden Borre, Wilson; Boateng, Diop (Kanu 76'), Mullins, Belhadj; Piquionne, Utaka (Nugent 87')

Unused substitutes: Ashdown, Ward, Ritchie, Hughes, Basinas


Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Gera (Seol Ki-Hyeon 88'), Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Nevland 80'), Johnson

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kelly, Baird, Bjorn Helge Riise, Kamara

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 1 3
2 Stoke City 1 3
3 West Ham United 1 3
4 Wigan Athletic 1 3
5 Chelsea 1 3
6 Fulham 1 3
7 Sunderland 1 3
8 Arsenal 0 0
9 Birmingham City 0 0
10 Everton 0 0
11 Liverpool 0 0
12 Manchester United 0 0
13 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
14 Hull City 1 0
15 Bolton Wanderers 1 0
16 Portsmouth 1 0
17 Aston Villa 1 0
18 Blackburn Rovers 1 0
19 Burnley 1 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 0
Portsmouth (4-4-2)
  • 1David James
  • 4Aaron Mokoena
  • 26Tal Ben Haim
  • 18Anthony Vanden Borre
  • 6Marc Wilson
  • 23Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • 8Papa Bouba Diop
  • 8Hayden Mullins
  • 39Nadir Belhadj
  • 9Frédéric Piquionne
  • 17John Utaka
  • 1Jamie Ashdown
  • 2Joel Ward
  • 5Matt Ritchie
  • 22Richard Hughes
  • 33Angelos Basinas
  • 10David Nugent
  • 27Kanu
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 15Diomansy Kamara