Wednesday 12 February 2014, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
o.g. Touré 8'; Richardson 63'
Sturridge 41'; Coutinho 72'; Gerrard (pen) 90'+1

8' Own-goal

Kolo Touré

63' Goal

Kieran Richardson

9' Yellow Card

William Kvist

50' Yellow Card

Sascha Riether Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Kieran Richardson Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

90'+1 Yellow Card

Johnny Heitinga

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Kieran Richardson

76' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:David Stockdale
Off:Maarten Stekelenburg

41' Goal

Daniel Sturridge
Assist by Steven Gerrard

72' Goal

Philippe Coutinho
Assist by Daniel Sturridge

90'+1 Penalty

Steven Gerrard

56' Yellow Card

Philippe Coutinho Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Jordan Henderson Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Steven Gerrard Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:João Teixeira
Off:Raheem Sterling

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Agger
Off:Philippe Coutinho

A 90th minute Steven Gerrard penalty saw brave Fulham fall to an undeserved 3-2 defeat against at Craven Cottage.

A 90th minute Steven Gerrard penalty saw brave Fulham fall to an undeserved 3-2 defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday evening at Craven Cottage.

The Whites started the game brightly and went ahead after eight minutes in comical fashion when Kolo Toure sliced Kieran Richardson’s cross into his own net, although Daniel Sturridge levelled before half-time after collecting an excellent Gerrard pass.

Liverpool started the second half the brighter of the two teams, but it was the home side who retook the lead when Richardson crashed in from close range following a mistake by Martin Skrtel.

A deflected Philippe Coutinho strike brought the Reds level once again, before they stole the points in stoppage time from the spot after Sascha Riether hacked down Sturridge.

René Meulensteen made just one change to the side which drew with Manchester United, as Darren Bent was rewarded for his goalscoring exploits with a starting berth – Muamer Tanković the man to make way.

Fulham created the first chance within 50 seconds, despite Liverpool kicking-off. Steve Sidwell intercepted a loose pass and laid the ball off to John Arne Riise who pumped a ball upfield that found its way to Bent via Lewis Holtby. The striker controlled neatly before feeding Ryan Tunnicliffe whose near-post shot was turned behind for a corner by Simon Mignolet.

The Whites had started the game at a quick tempo and won another corner shortly after, following good work by Richardson, with Dan Burn nodding Holtby’s delivery over.

Fulham’s positive start was rewarded in the eighth minute, although there was a huge slice of luck about it. An intelligent pass from Holtby found the equally smart run of Richardson down the left and the winger swung in a low cross that Toure volleyed back towards goal and over the despairing grasp of Mignolet.

The home side were bossing the play and two minutes later Bent did well to nod a long ball back into Holtby’s path, with the midfielder lashing a low effort narrowly wide of the post from just outside the box.

Luis Suarez fashioned Liverpool’s first decent opening of the game 13 minutes in when he skipped into the Fulham penalty area before trying to catch Maarten Stekelenburg out at his near post. Fortunately the keeper was alert to the danger and pushed the ball behind for a corner.

Suarez was beginning to turn on the style and four minutes later he span away from Burn in the box, but the centre-back recovered well to put him off the subsequent shot which sailed harmlessly over.

There was then a huge heart in mouth moment for Fulham fans when Sidwell attempted to volley a 60-yard pass back to Stekelenburg. The Whites skipper seemed to hit it into the path of the lurking Suarez, but the Dutch stopper read the danger well to reach the ball first and smash it out for a throw.

Sturridge was fortunate to receive a wayward pass 20 yards out after 27 minutes but his shot was never troubling Stekelenburg who claimed easily.

Superb running by Richardson down the left in the 35th minute culminated in him whipping over a dangerous cross that Bent rose to meet, only to send his header some way over.

William Kvist then won another corner when his shot deflected wide, with Sidwell seeing his header from the set-piece going behind off a Liverpool body for another set-piece. That led to some neat interplay between Kvist and Holtby, with the latter dragging an effort wide after making a fraction of space for himself in the area.

Completely out of nothing, Liverpool levelled with four minutes remaining of the half. A loose ball fell to Gerrard just inside his own half and he delivered an exquisite first-time pass up the pitch to send Sturridge clean through. The striker opened his body up to fire beyond Stekelenburg and in via the post.

Sturridge looked to put his side in front before the half was over as he managed to get away from Kvist 20 yards from goal, but lost his footing when he struck and the ball flew over.

Suarez showed excellent skill to nip beyond Riether in a wide position five minutes after the restart. The full-back tracked back well but ended up hauling the striker down and earning a yellow card for his troubles.

Sidwell then showed remarkable vision when he tried his luck from inside his own half after spotting Mignolet off his line. He struck his effort well and it appeared to be on target, but the Belgium international back-peddled quickly to catch the strike at the second attempt.

Suarez was presented with a golden opportunity in the 55th minute when Sturridge chipped a neat ball onto his chest. He shimmied to make space away from Riether, but dragged his left-footed strike wide of the far post.

Coutinho then followed Riether into the book when he dragged down Richardson who had tried to burst away.

The Reds were beginning to turn the screw and had three chances in close succession. First, Suarez dragged a ball across that face that nobody was able to get on the end of, then Gerrard saw a shot blocked, before Sturridge’s effort deflected behind for a corner.

That then resulted in another chance for the visitors but Coutinho’s curled effort was too close to Stekelenburg who claimed comfortably. The danger wasn’t gone though and just after the hour mark Suarez saw an excellent arrowed strike from 17 yards come back off the far post.

But, just as Liverpool’s was in the first half, Fulham got a goal against the run of play. A wicked Riether cross was inexplicably sent back across the six-yard box by Skrtel, with Richardson the gleeful recipient as he smashed in from close range. A passionate celebration that involved the removal of his jersey saw the Fulham man booked, though.

The first change of the evening arrived in the 71st minute when the excellent Richardson was replaced by former Red Alexander Kačaniklić.

Seconds later Fulham found themselves on level terms once again and, for the second time in four days, the opposition was aided by a sizeable deflection. This time it was Coutinho, who saw his effort fly off the toe of Kvist and beyond the outstretched grasp of Stekelenburg.

There was concern for the wellbeing of our goalkeeper shortly after when his former Ajax colleague Suarez caught him in the head with his boot. Thankfully he returned to his feet after treatment, although wasn’t able to continue, with David Stockdale taking his place between the sticks.

Jordan Henderson was next to be cautioned when he scythed down the marauding Bent in the middle of the pitch, although Fulham may have been better served if advantage had been played as Holtby looked to play Kačaniklić in on goal.

Brendan Rodgers made his first change of the night with eight minutes remaining, replacing Raheem Sterling with Joao Teixeira.

Liverpool almost punished Riise for giving away possession when they broke with pace a minute later. The ball ended up at Coutinho’s feet but the Brazilian’s first-time effort flew marginally wide of the far post.

Positive running by Kačaniklić at the other end then resulted in a shooting opportunity for Holtby, with his strike from range deflecting behind for another corner. Liverpool countered from that set-piece, though, culminating in Teixeira bending one over the angle of post and crossbar.

Heartbreakingly, just as 90 minutes approached, Riether dived into a challenge with Sturridge in the penalty area and chopped down the England striker. His national team captain then stepped up to emphatically plant an ill-deserved winner into the corner of the net.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,375

Referee: Phil Dowd


Line-up: Stekelenburg (Stockdale 76'); Riether, Heitinga, Burn, John Arne Riise; Tunnicliffe, Kvist, Sidwell, Richardson (Kacaniklic 71'); Holtby; Bent

Unused substitutes: Hangeland, Kasami, Duff, Cole, Parker

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen


Line-up: Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Touré, Cissokho; Coutinho (Agger 90'), Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling (João Teixeira 82'), Sturridge, Suarez

Unused substitutes: Jones, Moses, Kelly, Allen, Aspas

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 26 57
2 Arsenal 26 56
3 Manchester City 25 54
4 Liverpool 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 50
6 Everton 25 45
7 Manchester United 26 42
8 Southampton 26 39
9 Newcastle United 26 37
10 Swansea City 26 28
11 West Ham United 26 28
12 Aston Villa 26 28
13 Hull City 26 27
14 Stoke City 26 27
15 Crystal Palace 25 26
16 Norwich City 26 25
17 West Bromwich Albion 26 24
18 Sunderland 25 24
19 Cardiff City 26 22
20 Fulham 26 20
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 6William Kvist
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 21Larnell Cole
  • 28Scott Parker
  • Rene Meulensteen
Liverpool (4-3-3)
  • 22Simon Mignolet
  • 38Jon Flanagan
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 4Kolo Touré
  • 20Aly Cissokho
  • 10Philippe Coutinho
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 31Raheem Sterling
  • 15Daniel Sturridge
  • 7Luis Suarez
  • 1Bradley Jones
  • 5Daniel Agger
  • 12Victor Moses
  • 34Martin Kelly
  • 24Joe Allen
  • 53João Teixeira
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • Brendan Rodgers
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
  • Richardson's strike was not enough to earn the Whites a point as Gerrard's last minute penalty snatched the victory.
  • 90+2 Agger comes on for Coutinho
  • 90+1 Fulham 2-3 Liverpool. Gerrard slots in the penalty after Riether felled Sturrdige. #coyw
  • 90 Penalty to Liverpool. Five minutes added.
  • 86 The Whites are almost caught upfield on a corner and it's a race back to catch Cissokho. It's worked to Teixiera to shoot, but it flies over.
  • 84 Stockdale makes a valuable contribution, smothering the ball as Sturridge runs in behind. At the other end, Holtby's effort is blocked for a corner.
  • 83 An excellent chance for Liverpool to take the lead goes begging as Suarez pulls the ball back and Coutinho flashes a shot across goal.
  • 82 Sterling is substituted for Teixeira.
  • 80 The Whites have been pegged back for a while but Kačaniklić does well to advance down the left and give us some breathing space.
  • 76 Stekelenburg is helped off and Stockdale will come on to replace him.
  • 74 Suarez reacts quickest to Sterling pass and goes into a challenge with Stekelenburg, making contact with the Dutch keepers head.
  • Fulham 2-2 Liverpool. Coutinho steps inside from the right and curls a shot off Heitinga into the corner.
  • 68 Richardson leaves the field to a standing ovation after a brilliant performance, and is replaced by Kačaniklić.
  • 64 Fulham 2-1 Liverpool. Riether's cross causes chaos in the area and Skrtel can only clear to Richardson, who powers home from six yards!
  • 62 It's a let off for the Whites as one more piece of skill from Suarez, and his strike cannons back off the post. Riise clears well.
  • 60 Liverpool are piling the pressure on now as Suarez pulls the ball across the face of goal and Sturridge's shot is deflected wide.
  • 55 Fine tackle by Sidwell to halt a surging Gerrard and Richardson darts past Coutinho. The Brazilan hauls him down and is booked.
  • 54 Suarez shows his trickery and creates space at the far post, cuts inside and drives the ball across the face of goal.
  • 52 After Holtby robs Sterling, Sidwell tries an audacious 60 yard lob and has Mignolet back-tracking but the Belgian keeper recovers to make a stretching save.
  • 50 Suarez whips the free-kick left-footed past the wall, aiming at Stekelenburg's far post, but the keeper is confident enough to let it go wide.
  • 49 Exceptional turn by Suarez takes him away from Riether and the German tracks back but commits the foul for a yellow card.
  • We are back playing at Craven Cottage with Holtby and Bent kicking off as the Whites attack the Hammersmith End.
  • Fulham 1-1 Liverpool. Toure's comical own goal was levelled up by Sturrdige after a superb half of attacking football by the Whites.
  • 44 First Sterling and then Gerrard take aim from over 25 yards but neither shot is troubling Stekelenburg.
  • 41 Fulham 1-1 Liverpool. Sturridge races on to Gerrad's through ball and finishes off the post.
  • 37 Kvist's shot is blocked and the Whites have the pressure on with a series of corners. Holtby finds space but scuffs a shot wide.
  • 35 Richardson is away again on the left and his cross is begging to be headed in. Bent can't get over the ball and it flies over. So close!
  • 32 The Reds look rattled with passes going astray, but Coutinho burst forward and tries to release Sturridge. Stekelenburg comes out quickly to gather under pressure.
  • 29 Riise's long throw is cleared straight back at him, and the left-back crashes a volley off Sktrel's leg and narrowly wide.
  • 27 The Whites midfield is showing determination to pick up loose balls, then Suarez's miscontrol falls to Sturrdige and his low drive is well saved by Stekelenburg.
  • 23 Fine build-up from the Whites, particularly Kvist's pass and skill from Holtby, but the Reds suddenly counter and Stekelenburg races out to deny Suarez.
  • 19 Holtby shows outrageous skill to nutmeg Coutinho but Cissokho clears the cross aimed at Tunnicliffe. Bent shows commitment to charge down Skrtel's clearance.
  • 17 Suarez collects the ball on the edge of the box and twists free of Burn. He gets a shot in from a tight angle, but it skews over.
  • 14 More comical timing from Toure! After referee Phil Dowd gives a free-kick against Cissokho for holding Bent, the Ivorian crashes into Mr Dowd to send him tumbling. He escapes with a slapped wrist.
  • 13 That's the first time we've seen Suarez spark, and he finds space to fire a shot at Stekelenburg, but the Dutchman palms it wide.
  • 12 Sterling is racing at Burn, and the centre-half holds his ground well to concede a corner. Burn then adds a fine clearing header.
  • 10 Another fantastic piece of control from Bent creates space for Holtby to shoot, and the attacker rifles a shot narrowly wid
  • 9 Kvist is shown a yellow card for holding Sterling back.
  • 8 Fulham 1-0 Liverpool. An exquisite pass from Holtby plays in Richardson, and Toure slices the cross into his own net.
  • 5 The Whites keep the pressure on, and Holtby's corner finds Burn towering at the far post. The youngster gets a head on it, and it just evades Mignolet's crossbar.
  • 4 Richardson races on to Holtby's through ball and, crossing at the second attempt, Toure stretches to deny Bent a clear shot on goal.
  • 1 Outstanding start by the Whites. Bent controls Holtby's pass superbly and Tunnicliffe unleashes a drive, which is parried wide by Mignolet.
  • There's a final huddle for the Whites, and Coutinho and Suarez get us started. We're off at Craven Cottage.
  • There's plenty of high fiving and fist bumping from the Whites as they pump each other up for kick-off.
  • Out walk the teams on another floodlit evening by the Thames. Steve Sidwell leads out the Whites for the first time at Craven Cottage.
  • René Meulensteen makes one change from the draw at Manchester United, with Darren Bent leading the line in place of Muamer Tanković.
  • Liverpool: Mignolet; Flanagan, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho; Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez, Sturridge.
  • Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.
  • Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent.
  • The Whites welcome Liverpool to Craven Cottage this evening, determined to build on a tenacious performance at Manchester United on Sunday.