Monday 9 April 2012, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Dempsey 82'
Lampard (pen) 45'

82' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Damien Duff

63' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Danny Murphy

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Orlando Sá
Off:Mahamadou Diarra

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Kerim Frei

45' Penalty

Frank Lampard

24' Yellow Card

Raul Meireles

41' Yellow Card

Gary Cahill Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

John Obi Mikel Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Juan Mata
Off:Raul Meireles

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Didier Drogba

Clint Dempsey's powerful header cancelled out a Frank Lampard penalty giving Fulham a share of the points in this hard fought West London derby.

Following Fulham’s three-nil victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, Martin Jol made two changes to his starting eleven for Monday night’s West London derby at Craven Cottage.

Jol’s attacking selection was hampered by injuries to Pavel Pogrebnyak, Bryan Ruiz and Andrew Johnson but there was some positive news before kick-off, with captain Danny Murphy named in central midfield after missing out last weekend through illness.

The only other change for Fulham saw Kerim Frei return to the left wing in place of fellow youngster, Alex Kacaniklic. In the absence of attacking personnel due to injuries, leading scorer Clint Dempsey led the line for Fulham on Monday night with Orlando Sa named on the bench following his return to fitness.

Fernando Torres was named as Chelsea’s lone striker in a conservative 4-5-1 formation but with Didier Drogba, Daniel Sturridge, Juan Mata and Florent Malouda on the bench, there was plenty of reserve firepower for Roberto Di Matteo to call upon.

A spring shower on Easter Monday turned into a major downpour before kick-off but nothing could dampen an electric atmosphere at Craven Cottage for one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the season.

During the opening exchanges Frei and Riise showed a sign of things to come, bursting beyond Ramires and Ivanovic down the left flank. It was to become a common theme at the Cottage on Easter Monday as Ivanovic looked isolated and uncomfortable against the marauding runs of Fulham's left sided duo.

The first clear opportunity of the match fell  to Chelsea’s Fernando Torres after 10 minutes play, but the striker's effort from 18 yards was superbly covered by Hangeland who deflected the ball high over Schwarzer’s cross bar for a corner. Torres’ strike preceded a succession of corners for the visitors until the quarter of an hour mark but in truth Chelea were restricted to wayward long range efforts until late in the first half.

After 20 minutes Fulham produced their best attacking moment of the first half and again it was fashioned down the left wing. Riise once again broke behind Chelsea’s defence on the overlap and delivered a dangerous cross to Dempsey at the far post but the American was denied a shooting opportunity after bringing the ball down at the far post.

Riise and Frei continued to cause havoc down the left flank and it was no surprise to see Meireles booked after felling the Norwegian after another lung bursting run after 23 minutes. Two minutes later it was Dembele’s turn to carve Chelsea up down the left and his cross found Dempsey lying in wait 10 yards from goal. The American did well to get the ball out under his feet before forcing Cech into a smart save.

A minute later Frei highlighted his turn of pace and close control running at speed, dribbling through a host of players in Chelsea’s half before unleashing a shot from 25 yards that zipped just wide of Cech’s post. Fulham were in the ascendancy and producing wave after wave of attacks towards the Putney End.

Chelsea looked to restore some balance towards the half hour mark by attempting to take a  firm grip on possession, but there was no cutting edge or threat to the home side in the final third. Fulham looked far more threatening and picked the pace up again with ten minutes of the first half remaining, with Cahill the next in the book for impeding Diarra’s surging run through midfield.

All Fulham’s good work was undone just two minutes before the break when Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded Chelsea a penalty after Kalou went to ground after being tackled by Danny Murphy and then Stephen Kelly.

It was hard to see what Murphy or Kelly had been penalised for but Lampard made no mistake from the spot to put Chelsea one-nil up going into the break. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Martin Jol’s team who had been by far the better side during the first 45 minutes.

Fulham came straight back at Chelsea at the start of the second half but the first chance fell Chelsea’s way, with Lampard driving the ball just wide after 48 minutes from the edge of the area. The England midfielder was appealing for a second penalty moments later after being muscled off the ball by Brede Hangeland in the area but Mark Clattenburg was left unimpressed.

The next goal was to be pivotal and during the early stages of the second half Chelsea were producing the chances, with Meireles next to blaze over Schwarzer’s bar from 18 yards. On several occasions before the hour mark Hangeland produced some superb block tackles to stop Chelsea in their tracks.

Martin Jol’s side were giving their all and the commitment and desire of his players had the home crowd on the edge of their seats. Fulham were driving forward and Frei’s influence on the left wing was again causing Chelsea problems down the left flank as the hour mark approached.

The pace of the game never dropped and Di Matteo made the first change of the game, replacing Meireles with Mata after 69 minutes. Martin Jol quickly followed suit, introducing Dickson Etuhu for captain Danny Murphy. 

Fulham then produced a sustained bout of pressure with Dempsey and Duff linking up well in the final third but the home side just lacked a final finish. After 79 minutes Dempsey tried his luck from distance with a fierce drive from 25 yards but Cech was well positioned to save comfortably.  

Martin Jol made his second change with ten minutes remaining, with Diarra making way for striker Orlando Sa. Immediately after Sa had entered the fray Cech produced a stunning save to deny Hughes' near post header from Duff's corner.

Fulham were not to be denied from the resulting coner, with Clint Dempsey rising to meet Duff's corner to head past Cech from 12 yards. The celebrations lifted the roof off the Cottage and Fulham were rewarded for their pure desire to get back on even terms and it was the least they deserved.

Dempsey's goal opened the floodgates for wave after wave of attacks from Martin Jol's team. WIth four minutes remaining Cech saved Sa's goalbound headed effort. The only thing that would deny Fulham a victory would be the final whislte - it was a race against time to for Fulham to find a winner.

With three minutes remaining Jol replaced the outstanding Frei with Kacaniklic and after three minutes of added time Referee Mark Clattenburg called time on an enthralling West London derby. Fulham were more than worthy of a point and on the balance of play Martin Jol's team can count themselves unfortunate not to have earned maximum points over the Easter period. 

Having earned four points from their two Easter fixtures against Bolton and Chelsea, Fulham secured ninth place in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night and will now look forward to their next home fixture against Wigan on Saturday 21 April (KO 3pm).

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 9 April 2012
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,697

Referee: Mark Clattenburg


Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra (Sá 81'), Murphy (Etuhu 74'), Frei (Kacaniklic 88'); Dembélé; Dempsey

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol


Line-up: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires (Drogba 83'), Meireles (Mata 70'), Kalou; Torres

Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge

Manager: Roberto Di Matteo

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 32 79
2 Manchester City 32 71
3 Arsenal 32 61
4 Tottenham Hotspur 33 59
5 Newcastle United 33 59
6 Chelsea 33 57
7 Everton 33 47
8 Liverpool 32 43
9 Fulham 33 43
10 Norwich City 33 43
11 Sunderland 33 42
12 Stoke City 33 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 32 39
14 Swansea City 32 39
15 Aston Villa 32 35
16 Bolton Wanderers 32 29
17 Queens Park Rangers 32 28
18 Blackburn Rovers 32 28
19 Wigan Athletic 32 28
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 22
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Orlando Sá
  • Martin Jol
Chelsea (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24Gary Cahill
  • 26John Terry
  • 34Ryan Bertrand
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 7Ramires
  • 16Raul Meireles
  • 21Salomon Kalou
  • 9Fernando Torres
  • 22Ross Turnbull
  • 17José Bosingwa
  • 6Oriol Romeu
  • 10Juan Mata
  • 15Florent Malouda
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 23Daniel Sturridge
  • Roberto Di Matteo
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross