Saturday 17 March 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Swansea City
3
Sigurdsson 36', 66'; Allen 77'
A disappointing afternoon for the Whites meant that Swansea left Craven Cottage with all three points on Saturday.

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Bryan Ruiz

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Andrew Johnson

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Murphy
Off:Mahamadou Diarra

36' Goal

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Assist by Scott Sinclair

66' Goal

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Assist by Wayne Routledge

77' Goal

Joe Allen
Assist by Scott Sinclair

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alan Tate
Off:Neil Taylor

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mark Gower
Off:Gylfi Sigurdsson

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Moore
Off:Danny Graham

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Martin Jol made two changes to his starting eleven for Saturday’s match against Swansea at Craven Cottage following last weekend’s last gasp 1-0 away defeat to Aston Villa.

Mahamadou Diarra was handed his first start for the Club in central midfield in place of Danny Murphy whilst there was a return to the starting eleven for Bryan Ruiz in place of Damien Duff.

Fulham were undefeated in six games at the Cottage prior to Saturday’s match against Swansea, with both teams level on 36 points before kick-off.

The match got off to a flyer, with three attempts on goal within the first three minutes of play. After Danny Graham had fired in a tame strike from the right hand side of the area after just 30 seconds, Clint Dempsey went on the counter attack, sprinting a full 40 yards with the ball before forcing Michel Vorn into a fingertip save with a vicious strike from 18 yards.

Barely a minute later Mousa Dembele was offered a sight of goal from the left hand side of the area but the Belgium playmaker scuffed his effort into Vorn’s arms.

Following a flurry of chances in the opening minutes the play settled but both teams struggled to gain a foothold on the match. However after the 10 minute mark Fulham began to settle into their natural passing rhythm.

After a sustained bout of pressure the Whites earned a corner after 12 minutes and when a headed clearance fell to Riise outside the area, the defender only had one thing in mind. The Norwegian’s well struck effort flew just over Michel Vorn’s bar.

Whilst his own opportunities were few and far between in the opening 20 minutes, Pavel Pogrebnyak was earning plenty of applause from the home crowd, highlighting his ability to retain possession in deep areas with some fine skill, strength and poise under pressure.

Just before the half hour mark the game kicked back into life, with Clint Dempsey getting things started with a speculative long range strike form distance that failed to test Michel Vorn. Fulham’s US international looked odds on to break the deadlock just moment later when Bryan Ruiz played the striker through on goal. As Dempsey prepared to pull the trigger the ball was whisked away to safety following a superb last ditch tackle.

Next to try his luck was Pavel Pogrebnyak from an outstanding cross from the left flank by John Arne Riise. The Russian’s headed effort was cleared outside the area and Bryan Ruiz follow-up strike from 20 yards flew just wide of goal.

Fulham were arguably guilty of losing possession all too easily in their half and on one occasion just past the half hour mark Scott Sinclair was set free inside the area. Fortunately Mark Schwarzer was well positioned to save but the warnings signs were there.

10 minutes before the break Swansea took the lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson. Fulham lost possession in the middle of the park and Swansea attacked down the right flank through Wayne Routledge. The winger then delivered a deep cross to the far post that Sinclair squared to Sigurdsson who was left with the simplest of finishes from close range.

Fulham constantly probed for an equaliser as half-time approached but Swansea’s work off the ball and organisation allowed the home side little room for manoeuvre in the final third. It was a frustrating first 45 for Martin Jol’s team who went into the break a goal behind.

There were no changes at the start of the second half as Fulham attacked the Hammersmith End. After three minutes play Mahamadou Diarra burst down the left flank and in a desperate attempt to keep the ball in play, crashed against the hoardings behind the goal. The midfielder suffered a deep cut to his head but returned to the field of play after treatment on the touchline.

Fulham were soon camped in Swansea’s half, applying pressure in dangerous areas but to their credit, Swansea resolute defence remained solid.

After 53 minutes Martin Jol made his first change of the game, introducing Damien Duff for Bryan Ruiz on the right flank. It took just four minutes for the Republic of Ireland international to fire in his first effort on goal after a fine piece of direct approach play from the middle of the park.

Following his introduction Duff looked the most likely player to bring Fulham level but the home side were dealt a severe blow on 66 minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored his second of the game to put Swansea two goals ahead.

Sigurdsson started the move he finished, running from midfield before releasing Routledge down the right flank. Sigurdsson continued his run and fired Routledge’s square ball into the net from eight yards.

Following Swansea’s second goal, Martin Jol made his second change of the game, introducing Kerim Frei for Andrew Johnson. With less than 20 minutes remaining Jol made his third and final substitution of the match, replacing Mahamadou Diarra for Danny Murphy.

13 minutes from time Joe Allen put Swansea 3-0 ahead with a solo run and right footed shot that curled past Mark Schwarzer from 18 yards.

Clint Dempsey almost reduced the deficit in the final ten minutes with a volley from the right hand side of the area that hit the top of the post. Kerim Frei then tested Michel Vorm with a shot from the left hand side of the area before Pavel Pogrebnyak fired over the cross bar with a stinging left footed shot.

Swansea saw the game out comfortably in the closing stages and Fulham were consigned to their first home defeat of 2012.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 17 March 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,690

Referee: Mark Halsey

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz (Duff 54'), Dembélé, Diarra (Murphy 72'), Dempsey; Andrew Johnson (Frei 67'), Pogrebnyak

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Baird, Hughes, Etuhu

Manager: Martin Jol

Swansea City

Line-up: Vorm; Rangel, Caulker, Monk, Taylor (Tate 90'); Britton, Allen; Routledge, Sigurdsson (Gower 90'), Sinclair; Graham (Moore 90')

Unused substitutes: Tremmel, Richards, McEachran, Lita

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 28 67
2 Manchester City 28 66
3 Tottenham Hotspur 28 53
4 Arsenal 28 52
5 Chelsea 28 49
6 Newcastle United 28 44
7 Liverpool 28 42
8 Swansea City 29 39
9 Sunderland 28 37
10 Everton 28 37
11 Fulham 29 36
12 West Bromwich Albion 29 36
13 Norwich City 28 36
14 Stoke City 28 36
15 Aston Villa 28 33
16 Blackburn Rovers 28 25
17 Bolton Wanderers 28 23
18 Queens Park Rangers 28 22
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 22
20 Wigan Athletic 29 22
Goals
0
3
Total Shots
16
10
Shots On Target
5
5
Passing Accuracy
80%
88%
Fouls
8
7
Corners
6
2
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Swansea City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Michel Vorm
  • 22Angel Rangel
  • 4Steven Caulker
  • 16Garry Monk
  • 3Neil Taylor
  • 7Leon Britton
  • 24Joe Allen
  • 15Wayne Routledge
  • 42Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 11Scott Sinclair
  • 10Danny Graham
Substitutes
  • 25Gerhard Tremmel
  • 5Alan Tate
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 17Joshua McEachran
  • 27Mark Gower
  • 18Leroy Lita
  • 19Luke Moore
Manager
  • Brendan Rodgers
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0