Sunday 2 May 2010, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Dempsey 45'; o.g. Carlton Cole 58'; Okaka 79'
West Ham United
West Ham United
Carlton Cole 61'; Franco 90'+2

45' Goal

Clint Dempsey

58' Own-goal

Carlton Cole

79' Goal

Stefano Okaka

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefano Okaka
Off:Simon Davies

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Elm
Off:Clint Dempsey

61' Goal

Carlton Cole

90'+2 Goal

Guillermo Franco

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Guillermo Franco
Off:Ilan Araujo

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alessandro Diamanti
Off:Julien Faubert

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Junior Stanislas
Off:Valon Behrami

Following Fulham’s European heroics on Thursday evening, Roy Hodgson elected to give a number of players a much-needed period of recovery for the visit of West Ham.

Fulham looked the more inventive early on when Bjorn Helge Riise fired a teasing low delivery across the face of the West Ham six yard box on seven minutes.

West Ham’s forward line was manned by Carlton Cole and Araujo Ilan, they were up against Chris Baird and Chris Smalling in what made for an intriguing battle. Despite the clear disparity in height between Cole and Baird, the Fulham defender won more than his fair share of balls in the air.

Whilst there was plenty of industry on show from both sides in the midfield area, neither side was able to craft an opening of any note as defences were most certainly on top in the opening 20 minutes.

A fast counter-attack from the Whites on 21 minutes saw Kagisho Dikgacoi play the ball into the path of the rapidly advancing Erik Nevland, unfortunately Robert Green was off his line quickly to clear the danger just before Nevland was able to apply the decisive touch. West Ham immediately forged an opportunity of their own when Mark Noble turned on the edge of the penalty area and forced a fine save from Mark Schwarzer.

As the game started to open up Clint Dempsey received a first-time pass from Nevland and struck a shot which just clipped the top of the crossbar. Fulham were certainly attacking with great purpose as the game took on a more direct style.

When not in possession the Whites did well to maintain their shape which resulted in West Ham often working the ball across the pitch in search of a forward pass.

With the first-half seemingly heading for the interval lacking any real incident, Manuel da Costa drilled a powerful 30-yard shot which Schwarzer could only parry behind for a corner. From the ensuing set-piece Radoslav Kovac headed just wide.

Clint Dempsey gave Fulham the lead with the final piece of action before the half-time whistle. Dempsey started the move off by chesting the ball to Simon Davies who took a touch before playing the American in behind the West Ham defence. Dempsey did well to clip a smart finish past Green at his near post.

Fulham started the second-half well and had West Ham on the back foot almost straight off the bat when Jonathan Greening’s powerful 50 yard run down the left resulted in a corner for the Whites.

Fulham doubled their lead on 58 minutes when a half-cleared corner fell to Chris Baird, his shot cannoned offCarlton Cole and flew past Robert Green into the net. Cole made amends minutes later when he got the faintest of touches to Scott Parker’s free-kick, enough to steer it away from Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net.

The goal certainly injected a greater sense of urgency into the Hammers’ attacking movements as both sides were now looking likely to score.

Simon Davies made way for Stefano Okaka on 69 minutes. Okaka joined Clint Dempsey in attack, allowing Erik Nevland to take up a position on the right flank. It proved to be a shrewd tactical move as Nevland robbed Jonathan Spector of possession in a dangerous area on 79 minutes. With Okaka taking up a fine position at the far post, Nevland played an accurate final pass to the Italian Under-21 international who applied a simple finish.

The goal appeared to subdue West Ham, who up to that point had been threatening to get back on level terms.

David Elm replaced Clint Dempsey on 85 minutes as Fulham looked to see out the remaining minutes with their two-goal cushion intact. But Guillermo Franco set up a nervy final few minutes when he fired past Schwarzer after good work form Scott Parker - but it was too little too late from the Hammers.


Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 2 May 2010
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,201

Referee: Andre Marriner


Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Baird, Smalling, Konchesky; Bjorn Helge Riise, Dikgacoi, Greening, Davies (Okaka 69'); Nevland, Dempsey (Elm 84')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kelly, Shorey, Gera, Etuhu

West Ham United

Line-up: Green; Faubert (Diamanti 60'), da Costa, Upson, Spector; Behrami (Stanislas 81'), Kovac, Parker, Noble; Ilan Araujo (Franco 60'), Carlton Cole

Unused substitutes: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Daprelà, Boa Morte

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 37 83
2 Manchester United 36 79
3 Arsenal 36 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 36 67
5 Manchester City 36 66
6 Aston Villa 37 64
7 Liverpool 37 62
8 Everton 37 58
9 Birmingham City 37 50
10 Fulham 36 46
11 Sunderland 36 44
12 Stoke City 36 44
13 Blackburn Rovers 36 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 37 36
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 35
16 Wigan Athletic 36 35
17 West Ham United 37 34
18 Portsmouth 37 28
19 Hull City 36 28
20 Burnley 37 27
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 7Nicky Shorey
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 9Stefano Okaka
  • 35David Elm
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1Robert Green
  • 18Julien Faubert
  • 22Manuel da Costa
  • 15Matthew Upson
  • 18Jonathan Spector
  • 21Valon Behrami
  • 14Radoslav Kovac
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 16Mark Noble
  • 9Ilan Araujo
  • 9Carlton Cole
  • 28Peter Kurucz
  • 4Daniel Gabbidon
  • 33Fabio Daprelà
  • 25Junior Stanislas
  • 10Guillermo Franco
  • 13Luis Boa Morte
  • 32Alessandro Diamanti