Monday 21 October 2013, 8:00pm at Selhurst Park, London
Barclays Premier League
Crystal Palace
Mariappa 7'
Fulham FC
Kasami 19'; Sidwell 45'; Berbatov 50'; Senderos 55'

7' Goal

Adrian Mariappa

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jerome Thomas
Off:José Campaña

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marouane Chamakh
Off:Jason Puncheon

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Phillips
Off:Dwight Gayle

19' Goal

Pajtim Kasami
Assist by Sascha Riether

45' Goal

Steve Sidwell

50' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

55' Goal

Philippe Senderos
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

81' Yellow Card

Kieran Richardson

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Fernando Amorebieta
Off:Brede Hangeland

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Darren Bent

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

Fulham made it back-to-back wins on Monday evening as they left Selhurst Park with a 4-1 win.

Fulham made it back-to-back wins on Monday evening as they left Selhurst Park with an impressive 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

After Adrian Mariappa had given the Eagles an early lead, two stunning goals silenced the home crowd as Pajtim Kasami controlled and slammed in from a tight angle, before Steve Sidwell thumped home a dipping effort that beat the goalkeeper all ends up.

And there was no respite for the home side in the second half as the Whites added to the scoreline with two goals from corners in the space of six minutes. First, Dimitar Berbatov nodded in shortly after the restart, before Philippe Senderos showed off his flair side with a bicycle kick in the area to make it four.

Both sides had opportunities to further add to the goal-glut, but no more were forthcoming as the Whites made the short trip back across London with a morale-boosting three points.

Martin Jol made four changes to the side that started the win over Stoke City more than a fortnight ago, with Maarten Stekelenburg back between the sticks having recovered from his shoulder injury. Kieran Richardson came in at left-back, while Scott Parker was restored to the Fulham engine room following his calf strain. Darren Bent was rewarded for his winning goal against the Potters with a starting berth up front with Berbatov.

Stekelenburg was called into action as early as the second minute when Dwight Gayle found space down the right and whizzed his way into the area. Thankfully, his low effort was too close to the big Dutchman who held the ball at the second attempt. Palace were presented with a dangerous opportunity in the sixth minute when Sidwell scythed down Yannick Bolasie 25 yards from goal, but the wall did its job and deflected Jose Campana’s free-kick over the bar from a corner.

Fulham were found wanting soon after though as, despite clearing the initial set-piece, Mariappa beat everyone to the next cross that came in from Jason Puncheon to head beyond Stekelenburg. It was an early blow but the Whites could have no complaints as the home side were well in control of proceedings, with Stuart O’Keefe next to try his luck when he dragged a shot wide from 20 yards out having robbed Sidwell of possession on the quarter-hour mark.

But then, out of the blue, Kasami brought his side level with a contender for goal of the season in the 19th minute. Sascha Riether dinked a ball over the top and Kasami controlled it on his chest before smashing a right-foot volley over Julian Speroni who stood absolutely no chance whatsoever. With angle and distance against him, it was truly a magnificent display of technique from the Switzerland international.

The goal gave the Whites a renewed vigour and Kasami forced a corner in the 22nd minute when his ambitious effort looped over the bar off a Palace shin – unfortunately, the subsequent set piece came to nothing. The Eagles were not without their threat, though, with Bolasie hitting a powerful effort down the throat of Stekelenburg who was equal to the strike – but the hosts soon found themselves trailing for the first time in the match.

Fulham won a free-kick 22 yards from goal late in the first half and after Bryan Ruiz’s set-piece had crashed against the wall, Sidwell was there to volley first time beyond Speroni who, once again, was helpless to keep it out.

Jol made one change at the interval, with Captain Brede Hangeland withdrawn to make way for Fernando Amorebieta.

Fulham thought they’d enhanced their lead four minutes into the second period when Berbatov and Bent linked up well after Palace gifted their opponents’ possession on the edge of the area, but the on-loan Aston Villa man's effort deflected half an inch wide of the post.

But the third goal came just a minute later from the resulting set piece when Berbatov showed great strength to hold off his man before nodding into the corner of the net following a fine ball in by Ruiz. The delight on the Bulgarian’s face was there for all to see as he celebrated his first Barclays Premier League goal of the campaign.

Fulham were running riot and had a fourth in the 55th minute when Senderos showed incredible skill to bicycle kick the ball in following another Ruiz corner. The ball flew over the head of Mile Jedinak and Senderos was there to execute the volley to perfection - Speroni tried to claw it away but it had clearly crossed the line to give the Whites a comfortable lead.

Gayle netted at the second time of asking in a rare Palace attack shortly after, but he was correctly ruled offside and the goal was disallowed. Damien Duff then came on for Bent in the 77th minute, just moments before Joel Ward burst forward from right-back but planted his shot well over the bar.

Not content with scoring one wonder goal, Kasami almost grabbed a second in the 86th minute when he bent an exquisite effort towards the top corner with the outside of his left boot, only to see Speroni make an acrobatic save to tip it over.

A venomous strike from Dean Moxey then almost caught Stekelenburg out as it moved in the air, but the stopper watched it all the way to beat it away to safety. Jol then made his final switch as Berbatov made way for Hugo Rodallega.

That was the last meaningful action of the game as the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of a fine Fulham performance, with the Whites players celebrating with the 2,200-plus fans who made the journey.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 21 October 2013
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 24,881

Referee: Lee Mason

Crystal Palace

Line-up: Speroni; Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey; O'Keefe, Jedinak, Campaña (Thomas 45'); Puncheon (Chamakh 56'), Gayle (Kevin Phillips 69'), Bolasie

Unused substitutes: Price, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Kébé

Manager: Ian Holloway


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland (Amorebieta 45'), Richardson; Ruiz, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Berbatov (Rodallega 90'); Bent (Duff 77')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Zverotic, Karagounis, Derek Boateng

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 8 19
2 Chelsea 8 17
3 Liverpool 8 17
4 Manchester City 8 16
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 16
6 Southampton 8 15
7 Everton 8 15
8 Manchester United 8 11
9 Hull City 8 11
10 Newcastle United 8 11
11 Swansea City 8 10
12 West Bromwich Albion 8 10
13 Aston Villa 8 10
14 Fulham 8 10
15 West Ham United 8 8
16 Stoke City 8 8
17 Cardiff City 8 8
18 Norwich City 8 7
19 Crystal Palace 8 3
20 Sunderland 8 1
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Crystal Palace (4-3-3)
  • 1Julian Speroni
  • 2Joel Ward
  • 3Adrian Mariappa
  • 27Damien Delaney
  • 21Dean Moxey
  • 12Stuart O'Keefe
  • 15Mile Jedinak
  • 6José Campaña
  • 13Jason Puncheon
  • 16Dwight Gayle
  • 7Yannick Bolasie
  • 34Lewis Price
  • 19Daniel Gabbidon
  • 8Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 14Jerome Thomas
  • 28Jimmy Kébé
  • 9Kevin Phillips
  • 29Marouane Chamakh
  • Ian Holloway
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • Martin Jol
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
  • Chairman Shahid Khan saw the Whites run riot with Berbatov and Senderos adding to Kasami and Sidwell's first-half wondergoals.
  • 89 That's all for Berbatov, he's replaced in the final moments for Rodallega.
  • 87 Stekelenburg shows he is staying alert, diving to his right to deny Moxey's swerving strike from outside the penalty area.
  • 85 Kasami nearly tops the lot with an outrageous attempt with the outside of his left foot but Speroni makes a quality save.
  • 80 Richardson is in the book as Palace search for a consolation. Thomas fails to trouble Stekelenburg with his free-kick.
  • 74 On comes Duff for Bent, as Ward shoots harmlessly over from the edge of Fulham's penalty area.
  • 72 Riether flings himself across goal to block Thomas' cross for a Palace corner. The Whites are soaking up a little pressure now.
  • 68 Chamakh is on for Puncheon, and now Phillips is Palace's final sub for Gayle.
  • 64 Palace have the ball in the net but Gayle was offside by five yards. Palace appeal for a foul against Richardson but offside is given.
  • 54 Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham. Senderos connects with an acrobatic scissors kick to convert Ruiz's deep, far post corner. Speroni scrambles the ball back out but it has already crossed the lin
  • 50 Crystal Palace 1-3 Fulham. Berbatov angles a superb header into the corner of Palace's net, from Ruiz's corner, to extend the lead!
  • 49 Beautiful link-up play between Bent and Berbatov opens up a chance for Bent, but he's denied by a brilliant save from Speroni.
  • The Whites get us started, seeking to build on Sidwell's late first-half strike.
  • Fernando Amorebieta has replaced Brede Hangelenad, and Jerome Thomas is on for Jose Campaña for Palace.
  • Chairman Shahid Khan must be watching with a smile after two stunners from Kasami and Sidwell have turned this game around.
  • 45 Crystal Palace 1-2 Fulham. The ball finds its way to Sidwell lurking on the edge of the box and it's ANOTHER wonderstrike by the Whites. Like a bullet, volleyed into the top corner!
  • 44 A really promising move on the Whites' left, involving good movement from Richardson, finds its way to Sidwell, who is tripping. Ruiz rifles the free-kick against the wall.
  • 35 Stekelenburg shows a pair of safe hands to collect Bolasie's stinging 25-yard drive, and the Whites regroup.
  • 29 That outstanding strike from Kasami has took the wind out of Palace's sails, as the Whites enjoy some possession and Ruiz almost squeezes in behind the Palace defence.
  • 19 Crystal Palace 1-1 Fulham. A phenomenal goal by Pajtim Kasami! The Swiss midfielder collects Riether's long ball with his chest, on the run, and unleashes a thunderous volley into the top corner. A goal of the season contender!
  • 14 The Whites are pegged back and Palace work the ball to O'Keefe who slams in a shot from distance that doesn't trouble Stekelenburg.
  • 10 The hosts are keeping the tempo of the game very high, with Sidwell and Parker already putting in some hard yards in midfield.
  • 10 The hosts are keeping the tempo of the game very high, with Sidwell and Parker already putting in some hard yards in midfield.
  • 7 Crystal Palace 1-0 Fulham. The Eagles catch Fulham cold as Mariappa leaps highest to head home Puncheon's cross.
  • 3 A late challenge from Sidwell gives Palace their first sniff of goal from a free-kick. Campaña strikes it well but Fulham's wall do their job.
  • The cheerleaders and the eagle have finished their pre-match entertainment. Now out come the teams at Selhurst Park. It's game time!
  • The Whites have lost only once in our last 10 meetings with the Eagles, 4 occasions ended in victory and 5 games were drawn.
  • Darren Bent usually enjoys playing London teams. He's scored 14 in 5 years, and has 38 career goals against capital clubs.
  • Martin Jol makes four changes from the Stoke victory, with Parker and Stekelenburg back from injury. Richardson and match-winner Bent earn a start.