Saturday 26 October 2013, 5:30pm at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Barclays Premier League
Lambert 20'; Rodriguez 42'
Fulham FC

20' Goal

Rickie Lambert
Assist by Jay Rodriguez

42' Goal

Jay Rodriguez
Assist by Rickie Lambert

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Jay Rodriguez

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Cork
Off:James Ward-Prowse

88' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Aaron Hughes Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Aaron Hughes
Off:Sascha Riether

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Darren Bent

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Bryan Ruiz

First-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez saw Fulham go down to a disappointing defeat.

First-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez saw Fulham go down to a disappointing defeat at Southampton on Saturday.

After Fernando Amorebieta had cleared an early Morgan Schneiderlin shot off the line, the Saints went in front in the 20th minute when Lambert lost his man at a corner to head in. Lambert then hit a post before Rodriguez made it 2-0 just before the break, nodding in from close range.

The Whites were improved after the break but, in truth, never really threatened Artur Boruc’s goal and after back-to-back wins, the loss brings Fulham firmly back down to earth with a bump.

Fulham boss Martin Jol made one change from the team that thumped Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday, with Amorebieta replacing the injured Brede Hangeland. Dimitar Berbatov took the armband in Hangeland’s absence.

The Saints should have gone in front in the fourth minute. Philippe Senderos was caught in possession by Adam Lallana but the midfielder saw his cross palmed away by Stekelenburg. The ball fell to Schneiderlin whose first-time shot from the edge of the box was cleared from close to the line by Amorebieta.

Victor Wanyama saw a long-range effort fizz just wide on 17 minutes but the Saints were soon in front. A corner from James Ward-Prowse was flicked on by Rodriguez and Lambert lost his marker to head home powerfully at the far post.

It was almost 2-0 less than 60 seconds later when Rodriguez ran from the halfway line and bundled his way through a host of Fulham players all too easily but saw his low shot tipped around the post by Stekelenburg.

Southampton continued to be in firm control of the game and Lambert picked up a loose ball, shifted it onto his right foot but saw his 20-yard shot take a nick off Scott Parker and crash off the far post.

With six minutes left of the half, the dangerous Ward-Prowse found Lambert with a cross to the far post but this time the England international’s header was pushed away by Stekelenburg.

A second Saints goal seemed inevitable and it came with three minutes of the half remaining. Lallana’s cross to the far post was met by Lambert who nodded it back across goal where the waiting Rodriguez couldn’t miss, beating Senderos to the ball and heading in from four yards out.

Jol made a change at the break, bringing on Aaron Hughes at right-back in place of Sascha Riether. Wanyama headed a good chance wide in the early stages of the second half, while Pajtim Kasami produced one dangerous cross from the right that Berbatov couldn’t quite control. But Fulham were still struggling to create anything, with Boruc untested in the Southampton goal as the clock ticked into the 60th minute.

Rodriguez was inches away from adding a third for the hosts when he met Ward-Prowse’s cross but saw his spectacular scissor-kick fly just wide of Stekelenburg’s left-hand post.

Fulham were showing signs of improvement and Jose Fonte did well to clear a cross from Darren Bent over the bar under pressure from Steve Sidwell in the 73rd minute. Bent made way for Hugo Rodallega shortly afterwards, with Alexander Kačaniklić coming on for Bryan Ruiz with nine minutes left.

Sidwell hooked a half-volley wide when a Fulham corner was only half-cleared, with the Whites man booked late on for dragging back Wanyama. Hughes turned a Lallana shot onto the roof of the Fulham net in the 89th minute. The Northern Irishman was then shown a yellow card in stoppage time for hauling down Luke Shaw, before the final whistle brought a frustrating afternoon to an end for Fulham. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 26 October 2013
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Attendance: 28,631

Referee: Andre Marriner


Line-up: Boruc; Clyne, Jose Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Ward-Prowse (Cork 90'), Rodriguez (Guly 78'), Lallana; Lambert

Unused substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Calum Chambers, Hooiveld, Ramírez, Lee

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether (Hughes 45'), Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Ruiz (Kacaniklic 81'), Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Berbatov; Bent (Rodallega 75')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Zverotic, Karagounis, Duff

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 9 22
2 Liverpool 9 20
3 Southampton 9 18
4 Everton 9 18
5 Chelsea 8 17
6 Manchester City 8 16
7 Tottenham Hotspur 8 16
8 Manchester United 9 14
9 Hull City 8 11
10 Newcastle United 8 11
11 Swansea City 8 10
12 West Bromwich Albion 9 10
13 Aston Villa 9 10
14 Fulham 9 10
15 Cardiff City 9 9
16 West Ham United 8 8
17 Stoke City 9 8
18 Norwich City 9 8
19 Crystal Palace 9 3
20 Sunderland 8 1
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Southampton (4-2-3-1)
  • 31Artur Boruc
  • 2Nathaniel Clyne
  • 6Jose Fonte
  • 5Dejan Lovren
  • 23Luke Shaw
  • 4Morgan Schneiderlin
  • 12Victor Wanyama
  • 16James Ward-Prowse
  • 9Jay Rodriguez
  • 20Adam Lallana
  • 7Rickie Lambert
  • 1Kelvin Davis
  • 22Calum Chambers
  • 26Jos Hooiveld
  • 10Gastón Ramírez
  • 18Jack Cork
  • 21Guly
  • 19Tadanari Lee
  • Mauricio Pochettino
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 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
  • 92 That's it at St Mary's, where Fulham go down by two goals on the South Coast.
  • 91 Jack Cork on, James Ward-Prowse off.
  • 91 Hughes goes into Andre Marriner's book following a foul on Shaw.
  • 89 Nice footwork from Lallana who glides in from the right. His shot is deflected over by Hughes.
  • 87 Sidwell is booked for a foul on Wanyama.
  • 81 Kaca's deflected cross falls into the path of Sidwell, but the midfielder volleys wide.
  • 80 Third and final change for the Whites as Alexander Kacaniklic comes on for Ruiz.
  • 78 The hosts make their first change of the evening with Rodriguez making way for Guly Do Prado.
  • 77 Hughes makes another intervention as Lambert tries to find Lallana.
  • 74 Martin Jol makes his second change with Rodallega on for Bent.
  • 74 Low pass from Bent who ran into the right channel, Fonte beats Sidwell to the ball.
  • 71 Rodriguez creates space in the Fulham box, but Hughes is on hand to see the ball to safety.
  • 68 Rodriguez goes close with an acrobatic effort when meeting Ward-Prowse's cross from the right.
  • 66 Saints push forward with Clyne finding Rodriguez. The striker tries to tee up Lallana but Parker reads the pass well.
  • 62 Good work from Sidwell again as his block on Schneiderlin frees Kasami. But his run at goal is broken following an excellent tackle by Shaw.
  • 60 Lambert lashes in a low cross from the right and Sidwell does well to turn the ball out for a corner.
  • 59 Good move by Southampton, fortunately Rodriguez fires over with the goal in sight.
  • 57 Hughes plays Kasami in on the right, but Shaw forces the Switzerland international off the ball.
  • 51 Kasami beats Shaw before clipping in a pass to the back post where Berbatov controls on his chest. The Bulgarian is outmuscled by Jose Fonte and the Saints clear. Good move though.
  • 50 Clever pass from Lallana frees Lambert. Parker sprints back and makes an important block.
  • 48 Ward-Prowse crosses in from the right, Wanyama heads wide.
  • 46 We're back underway at St Mary's. COYW!
  • 46 Aaron Hughes has replaced Sascha Riether.
  • 45 Southampton go into the interval with a two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Lambert and Rodriguez.
  • 43 Lambert heads Lallana's clipped cross across goal and Rodriguez applies a cool close range finish.
  • 40 Ward-Prowse whips in a corner from the right. Amorebieta is first to the ball again.
  • 38 Great deep delivery from Ward-Prowse on the right. Lambert heads at goal and forces Stekelenburg into a fine low save.
  • 35 Lambert causes problems again, and his low strike takes a deflection off Parker and on to the woodwork. Close for the hosts.
  • 33 Good ball in from Ward-Prowse and Sidwell does well to clear the danger with his head.
  • 31 Swift breakaway by the home side, with Lallana working the ball out to Shaw on the left. Rodriguez goes close with a header from the resulting cross.
  • 28 Nice skill from Lallana who then finds Ward-Prowse in space. The youngster's cross is headed away by Amorebieta.
  • 27 Clever turn by Ruiz who loses Lallana. His pass finds Sidwell but Lovren does well to break the attack.
  • 26 Great flighted cross from Richardson on the left. Boruc does well to beat Berbatov to the ball.
  • 25 Good link up between Darren Bent, Pajtim Kasami and Dimitar Berbatov. But the Bulgarian is tackled well by Shaw.
  • 21 Jay Rodriguez runs from deep and almost adds an immediate second, forcing Stekelenburg into a low save.
  • 20 Goal for Southampton. Rickie Lambert heads in at the far post after a Dejan Lovren flicked on James Ward-Prowse's corner from the right.
  • 17 Victor Wanyama hits a powerful strike from distance. Maarten Stekelenburg has it covered.
  • 14 Luke Shaw breaks from the left, but his cross sails over the bar. Good pressure from Sascha Riether.
  • 10 The Saints are enjoying some early possession, but Fulham are beginning to break their momentum.
  • 5 Good early chance for the hosts, with Adam Lallana robbing Philippe Senderos and Morgan Schneiderlin seeing his follow up cleared from the line by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • And we're underway at St Mary's! COYW! Let's have a third straight win boys!
  • In Brede Hangeland’s absence, Dimitar Berbatov leads the Team out as the Whites take to the St Mary’s pitch to face the Saints. It's game time!
  • Both teams enter this encounter at St Mary's in good form, so we should be in for a treat today – and hopefully three points for Fulham.
  • Manager Martin Jol makes one change from the side that defeated Crystal Palace on Monday night, with Fernando Amorebieta in for Brede Hangeland.