Saturday 26 April 2014, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Dejagah 55'; Amorebieta 58'
Hull City
Hull City
Jelavic 75'; Long 87'

55' Goal

Ashkan Dejagah

58' Goal

Fernando Amorebieta
Assist by Kieran Richardson

65' Yellow Card

Mahamadou Diarra Card was given for arguing during match

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kieran Richardson
Off:John Arne Riise

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Lewis Holtby

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Steve Sidwell

75' Goal

Nikica Jelavic

87' Goal

Shane Long
Assist by Sone Aluko

16' Yellow Card

Ahmed Elmohamady Card was given for diving

21' Yellow Card

Nikica Jelavic Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Jake Livermore Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sone Aluko
Off:Alex Bruce

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Boyd
Off:Liam Rosenior

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yannick Sagbo
Off:David Meyler

Fulham were denied a priceless three points as Hull City came from two down to draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham were denied a priceless three points as Hull City came from two down to draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

After a low-key first half, the Whites flew out of the blocks following the break and took the lead through Ashkan Dejagah’s sweet strike.

The lead was doubled not long after when Fernando Amorebieta headed in for his first goal for the Club, and a sense of belief engulfed the ground.

But Hull’s strike force of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long headed in a goal each to leave Fulham crestfallen and forced to settle for one point instead of three.

Felix Magath made three changes to the side that lost at Tottenham Hotspur last week, with the previously ineligible Lewis Holtby and ill Sascha Riether returning to the starting line-up, alongside Mahamadou Diarra who was absent at White Hart Lane through injury.

The first opening of the game arrived on five minutes when Amorebieta showed good vision to spot Hugo Rodallega’s run into the box. The Colombian killed the ball with his first touch and laid it off to John Arne Riise whose drilled first-time effort flew a yard wide of the far post.

Amorebieta was also involved in the Whites’ next opportunity seven minutes later when he delivered a superb cross from the left that narrowly evaded the outstretched boot of Rodallega – any touch and it would have been a goal.

Hull responded when Ahmed Elmohamady whipped over a ball for Jelavic to attack, but his header was straight down David Stockdale’s throat, with the goalkeeper claiming easily.

Referee Lee Mason brandished the first card of the afternoon on 16 minutes when Elmohamady threw himself to the ground in the penalty area claiming Amorebieta had fouled him. But it was the Hull man who was booked for simulation.

Jelavic then followed his teammate into the book five minutes later when he went in high on Scott Parker.

Fulham were making all of the running but had to be alert defensively to block a dangerous strike from Liam Rosenior. The former Whites full-back’s shot deflected over the bar for a corner which caused a few moments of unease, but the home defence eventually cleared the danger.

Long took a tumble on 41 minutes under the attentions of Amorebieta in the box and hearts were in mouths as Mason assessed the situation but, thankfully, the referee ruled no foul.

As half-time approached, Jake Livermore became the third man to enter Mason’s notepad after going through the back of Rodallega in the centre circle.

Magath made two changes at the interval, with Holtby and Riise making way for Dejagah and Kieran Richardson.

And Richardson made an immediate impact, winning a corner within a minute of the restart, with Rodallega volleying over when he met Dejagah’s set-piece.

The final substitution for the home side arrived not long after when Steve Sidwell – who had taken a knock in the first half – made way for Darren Bent.

Magath’s tactical decisions proved to be spot-on when Dejagah handed his side the lead in the 55th minute. He faked one way inside the box before cutting onto his weaker left foot and bending a sumptuous strike into the far top corner. Magical stuff from the Iranian.

And it was two moments later to send Craven Cottage into delirium. A delightful floated cross from Richardson was delivered straight onto the head of Amorebieta who glanced a perfectly placed effort beyond Steve Harper in the Hull goal.

The second goal really relieved the suspense around the ground, although there was still plenty of tension on the pitch, with Diarra becoming the first Fulham man booked on 66 minutes following an altercation with Tom Huddlestone.

Steve Bruce then made his first change, and it was an attacking one as his defender son Alex made way for forward Sone Aluko.

The Whites were keen to kill the game once and for all and had a half chance to do so in the 71st minute following a quick break by Rodallega. He fed his strike partner Bent down the left but his return ball took a deflection which meant it didn’t reach its intended recipient.

The two combined again two minutes later when Rodallega’s flick on sent Bent through, but Curtis Davies recovered well to deny the substitute a shooting opportunity.

Hull got back into the game in bizarre circumstances with quarter of an hour remaining. A Riether tackle saw the ball fly 20 yards back towards goal which Stockdale was forced to tip onto the crossbar, and Jelavic was lurking to head into an empty net.

They came within a whisker of equalising moments later, too, when Aluko’s looping effort crashed back off the bar.

But Fulham almost restored their two-goal lead in the 81st minute when Rodallega squared for Dejagah, only for Harper to pull off a brilliant stop at the winger’s feet. Bent followed up with a curling strike but his left footed effort bent narrowly wide of the far post.

It was hard to watch stuff for the home fans when the ball broke to Elmohamady in space in the box with four minutes remaining, with the winger’s low strike coming back off the upright before being cleared to safety.

And, heartbreakingly, the Whites were unable to hang on, with Long diving to head home Aluko's deep cross a minute later.

The home side pushed for a winner but Hull were quite content to get everyone behind the ball, and Fulham were forced to settle for a point when three had appeared to be coming our way.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 26 April 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Lee Mason


Line-up: Stockdale; Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta; Riether, Parker, Diarra, Sidwell (Bent 53'), John Arne Riise (Richardson 45'); Holtby (Dejagah 45'); Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Kasami, Roberts, Woodrow

Manager: Felix Magath

Hull City

Line-up: Harper; Chester, Bruce (Aluko 67'), Davies; Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler (Sagbo 82'), Rosenior (Boyd 82'); Long, Jelavic

Unused substitutes: Jakupovic, Koren, Quinn, Fryatt

Manager: Steve Bruce

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 34 74
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 36 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 36 66
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 36 52
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 36 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 Swansea City 36 39
13 Hull City 35 37
14 West Ham United 36 37
15 West Bromwich Albion 35 36
16 Aston Villa 35 35
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Fulham 36 31
19 Cardiff City 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (3-5-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 9Mahamadou Diarra
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 26Patrick Roberts
  • 25Cauley Woodrow
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Felix Magath
Hull City (3-5-2)
  • 22Steve Harper
  • 5James Chester
  • 4Alex Bruce
  • 6Curtis Davies
  • 27Ahmed Elmohamady
  • 14Jake Livermore
  • 8Tom Huddlestone
  • 7David Meyler
  • 2Liam Rosenior
  • 21Shane Long
  • 18Nikica Jelavic
  • 16Eldin Jakupovic
  • 10Robert Koren
  • 17George Boyd
  • 29Stephen Quinn
  • 12Matty Fryatt
  • 20Yannick Sagbo
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • Steve Bruce
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
  • Strikes from Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta are only enough for a point as Hull City hit back to level late on.
  • 90'+2' Hangeland is playing as a striker as Heitinga launches it forward. Richardson flicks on but Harper gathers.
  • 90' Four minutes added.
  • 89' A huge handball shout against Davies is ignored by referee Mason.
  • 88' Long stoops at the far post to head in Boyd's cross and the Tigers are level.
  • 87' Towering header to clear from Hangeland but the ball falls for Huddlestone. He fires in a strike which thunders back off Stockdale's far post and across the face of goal. The Whites escape.
  • 85' The Whites are busting their guts to make every loose ball now. Hull are throwing players forward in search of an equaliser.
  • 82' Brilliant from Dejagah. He leaves two Hull defenders standing and races towards the box. White shirts are lining up for it in the middle but Chester blocks for a corner.
  • 81' SO CLOSE for the Whites! Rodallega squares for Dejagah, with Harper making a good close range save, and Bent's rebound curls centimetres wide of the post.
  • 78' Huddlestone's drilled effort is blocked by Heitinga. It comes back to the sub Aluko and his curling shot cannons back off Stockdale's crossbar. A deep breath of relief for the Whites.
  • 75' It's a goal back out of nowhere. Riether's slice is pushed on to the bar by Stockdale but Jelavic heads in the rebound.
  • 73' An outstanding flick from Rodallega releases Bent through on goal. The back-tracking defender, Davies, recovers well to get the tackle in.
  • 70' This turning into an open match with Hull in search of a reprieve but they are leaving themselves short at the back. Bent and Rodallega combine brilliantly but Harper is quick to cut out the pass.
  • 67' Hull make a first change and it is an attacking one. Bruce is called off, Aluko comes on.
  • 65' Diarra and Huddlestone are involving in a scuffle and the referee steps in. It'a yellow card for the Whites midfielder.
  • 63' This is outstanding from Fulham. Dejagah is running Hull ragged and wins an corner. Heitinga jumps highest but can't angle his header on goal.
  • 62' The Whites defend a Hull corner well and suddenly Dejagah counters and it's four Whites attackers running at two Hull defenders. Dejagah's pass is just overhit and Hull escape.
  • 60' A breath-taking three-minute rally has put the Whites in a commanding position. Richardson's cross for the second goal was fantastic. Both substitutes have made a huge impact.
  • 58' It's two! Amorebieta heads home his first goal for the Whites, and what an important goal that could prove to be!
  • Approaching the edge of the area, Dejagah shapes to play in Riether on his right. He cuts inside leaving two Hull defenders wrong footed and drills the ball into the top corner!
  • 55' GOAL! Another outstanding strike from Ashkan Dejagah!
  • 53' Good defending by Hangeland stems the Hull threat. We may see a different game now, with Fulham moving to 4-4-2.
  • 51' Sidwell will not be able to continue, and Felix Magath makes his final change by bringing on Darren Bent.
  • 48' Good play from Dejagah pins Hull back and the Iranian wins a corner. It's half cleared as far as Diarra, who rattles in a 35-yard volley, but it hits a crowded area and is cleared.
  • 46' What a start that could have been. Richardson wins the corner on the left and Dejagah's delivery finds Rodallega, whose volley whistles over the bar.
  • The Whites keep the same system with the changes made in the wide positions. Hull City kick off.
  • It's a double substitution for the Whites as Riise and Holtby are replaced with Richardson and Dejagah.
  • HT: The Whites have edged a closely-fought encounter, with Amorebieta firing across the six yard box the closest to we've seen to a goal.
  • 45' Two minutes will added.
  • 43' Livermore goes in very late and Rodallega and will be relieved just to see a yellow card. Rodallega limps back to his feet in discomfort.
  • 41' Sidwell goes down under a tackle and takes a few minutes to recover this time. He'll try to play on until half-time.
  • 40' Referee Mason waves away a Hull penalty appeal after Long goes down under Amorebieta pressure, but the Venezuelan does just enough to put him off.
  • 38' Riise's quick throw in springs a counter attack and Rodallega finds Riether on the overlap. The German lines up a cross but catches it all wrong and it drifts harmlessly over.
  • 36' Stockdale hasn't been tested often but he reacts well to collect Long's delivery across the area. A dangerous move by Hull.
  • 34' Amorebieta wins the corner after a fine pass from Parker. Holtby swings it over but it's too long. A better cross from Diarra is well defended.
  • 32' Sidwell is back to his feet as a committed challenge from Parker wins a throw in a promising position. Riise hurls it long and Amorebieta's drive is well blocked.
  • 30' Some more Hull pressure tests Hangeland and Amorebieta's defensive reactions. Sidwell's determination allows Rodallega to break away, but Sidwell stays down.
  • 28' Liam Rosenior tries an optimistic attempt for the visitors and Amorebieta is quick to close him down. Riise and Sidwell clear well from the corner. Good defending Fulham.
  • 26' The visitors are enjoying a little more possession now, but the Whites seem confident to contain them, with Parker tackling well in midfield.
  • 23' Another excellent interception from Heitinga as he cuts out a pass from Elmohamady which almost searches out Livermore.
  • 20' Jelavic leaves his foot in late as he challenges Parker, and the referee is showing his yellow card again here.
  • 17' Very strong defending from John Heitinga to stop Shane Long going through on goal. Amorebieta sends over another cross but Rodallega can't get it under control.
  • 15' Ahmed Elmohamady clealry throws himself to the ground, with Riise yards away from making a challenge. The Egyptian is rightly booked.
  • 14' It's a strong start from the Whites, who have asserted themselves on the game. The Tigers have a half chance as Nikica Jelavic's soft header is caught by David Stockdale.
  • 12' What a chance! A devastating cross from Amorebieta flies across the six yard box and Rodallega is inches away from toeing the ball in from close range.
  • 9' Superb commitment from Rodallega as he runs 40 yards to close down the goalkeeper, which forces Harper to slice the ball out for a Whites throw in.
  • 7' Cutting inside from his left-back position, Amorebieta draws the foul from Jake Livermore. Riise is starting ahead of Amorebieta on the left side of the Whites' attack.
  • 5' We see our first chance with Riise's drive flashing across the face of goal after Rodallega showed excellent control to hold up Fernando Amorebieta's channel pass.
  • 3' There is some early Whites pressure on Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper with Riether and Riise charging after long passes to make the City stopper work.
  • 2' Scott Parker announces himself early on with a crunching tackle on David Meyler, to which referee Lee Mason gives a free-kick.
  • The Whites get us started with Steve Sidwell and Hugo Rodallega attacking the Putney End.
  • Our visitors are decked out in their blue shirts and shorts, with red socks. John Arne Riise whips up the crowd and captain Brede Hangeland goes in for the coin toss.
  • The noise in Craven Cottage is deafening as the teams march out in the gleaming sunshine. We're around five minutes from kick-off.
  • There are three changes to the starting line-up which played at Tottenham, with recalls for Sascha Riether, Mahamadou Diarra and Lewis Holtby.
  • Craven Cottage welcomes Hull City for our penultimate home match of the 2013/14 season, and one which could lift the Whites out of the Premier League's bottom three.