Saturday 23 November 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Parker 64'
Swansea City
o.g. Hughes 56'; Shelvey 80'

64' Goal

Scott Parker
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

19' Yellow Card

Derek Boateng Card was given for a foul

30' Yellow Card

Pajtim Kasami

62' Yellow Card

Aaron Hughes Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Derek Boateng

77' Substitution

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

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adel Taarabt
Off:Scott Parker

56' Own-goal

Aaron Hughes

80' Goal

Jonjo Shelvey
Assist by Roland Lamah

72' Yellow Card

Ben Davies Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonjo Shelvey
Off:Nathan Dyer

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dwight Tiendalli
Off:Roland Lamah

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Álex Pozuelo

An 80th-minute strike by substitute Jonjo Shelvey sent Fulham to defeat at Craven Cottage.

An 80th-minute strike by substitute Jonjo Shelvey sent Fulham to defeat at the Cottage.

After a goalless first half in which Darren Bent hit the post, Swansea went in front in the 56th minute when the unfortunate Aaron Hughes turned Alejandro Pozuelo’s cross into his own net.

The inspirational Scott Parker, who was Captain for the game, hauled Fulham level in the 64th minute when what appeared to be a cross dipped in at the far post.

But Swansea took the points when Shelvey fired home from the edge of the box to condemn Fulham to a fifth successive defeat in all competitions and leave the Whites in the bottom three.

Martin Jol made four changes from the side that lost to Liverpool last time out. Hughes replaced Philippe Senderos, while Derek Boateng, Bryan Ruiz and Bent came in for Steve Sidwell, Ashkan Dejagah and Alexander Kačaniklić. Parker took his place in a midfield diamond that saw Ruiz tuck in just behind Bent and Dimitar Berbatov.

In bright sunshine, Fulham started the better side, with Berbatov’s acrobatic effort from Parker’s clipped delivery forcing Michel Vorm into a fairly comfortable save. Pajtim Kasami then tiptoed his way through a host of Swansea players and appeared to be brought down just outside the box by Angel Rangel, only for Andre Marriner to wave play on.

Boateng went into the book in the 19th minute for chopping down Nathan Dyer, before Roland Lamah saw a shot fly just wide after taking a big deflection off Hughes.

Bent squandered a great chance to put the hosts in front in the 27th minute. After some neat build-up play by the Whites, Parker drove forward and crossed. Bent lost his marker and peeled away at the back stick to meet the delivery but sent his header the wrong side of the near post.

Kasami was shown a soft yellow card on 29 minutes for clipping Dyer, before Bent rattled the post with a half-volley from eight yards out after Fernando Amorebieta’s long ball had been inadvertently flicked into the Fulham man’s path by Chico Flores.

The Whites continued to press and Berbatov headed Ruiz’s corner wide on 33 minutes, before Lamah fizzed an effort four yards past Maarten Stekelenburg’s left-hand post.

Swansea should have taken the lead in the 42nd minute but were denied by the legs of Stekelenburg. Boateng lost possession to Pozuelo who fed Dyer just inside the box - but the diminutive winger’s shot was kept out by Fulham’s keeper. It proved to be the last noteworthy action of the first half.

There were no changes by either team for the second half and Kieran Richardson had to be alert to make a last-ditch challenge on Dyer in the early seconds as the Swansea man got a sight of goal. Wilfried Bony then fizzed a cross right across the face and Lamah dragged a shot wide as the Swans began the second period in the ascendency.

And the visitors were in front in the 55th minute. A free-kick on the right was taken quickly and crossed low by Pozuelo, with Hughes turning the ball into his own net after Flores had failed to connect.

Dyer then saw a shot turned behind by Richardson as Swansea hit Fulham on the break. Sidwell, who was set to come on before the goal, replaced Boateng in the 59th minute in Jol’s first substitution of the afternoon.

Hughes picked up a rare booking in the 62nd minute after catching the powerful Bony on the halfway line. Parker then drove forward after robbing Jonathan de Guzman and slipped the ball to Bent but the forward’s cross was put behind by Ashley Williams. Fulham, though, drew level from the resulting corner. The ball was played short to Parker whose apparent cross from the right-hand edge of the box went in at the far post. Whether it was deliberate mattered not a jot to the England man and his Fulham teammates.

Fulham’s joy was almost shortlived as Lamah played Bony in but, with just Stekelenburg to beat, the Ivory Coast international shot weakly at the Dutch goalkeeper.

Kačaniklić replaced Ruiz in the 76th minute but Swansea were back in front soon after when substitute Shelvey jinked past a couple of Fulham players before hitting a superb strike beyond Stekelenburg from the edge of the box.

Adel Taarabt replaced Parker in Fulham’s final change with five minutes to go and the Moroccan sent in a good cross which Flores did well to clear behind late on.

Shelvey could have added a third in the dying seconds but Sidwell nicked the ball off his toes after he’d rounded Stekelenburg before proceedings came to a close and Fulham slipped to another defeat.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 23 November 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,258

Referee: Andre Marriner


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker (Taarabt 86'), Derek Boateng (Sidwell 60'), Kasami; Berbatov, Ruiz (Kacaniklic 77'); Bent

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Dejagah, Dembele

Manager: Martin Jol

Swansea City

Line-up: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; De Guzmán, José Cañas; Dyer (Shelvey 59'), Álex Pozuelo (Álvaro 90'), Lamah (Tiendalli 86'); Bony

Unused substitutes: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Britton

Manager: Michael Laudrup

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 12 28
2 Liverpool 12 24
3 Southampton 12 22
4 Chelsea 11 21
5 Everton 12 21
6 Manchester United 11 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 11 20
8 Newcastle United 12 20
9 Manchester City 11 19
10 Swansea City 12 15
11 West Bromwich Albion 11 14
12 Aston Villa 11 14
13 Hull City 12 14
14 Stoke City 12 13
15 Cardiff City 11 12
16 Norwich City 12 11
17 West Ham United 11 10
18 Fulham 12 10
19 Crystal Palace 12 7
20 Sunderland 12 7
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-3-2-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 45Moussa Dembele
  • Martin Jol
Swansea City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Michel Vorm
  • 22Angel Rangel
  • 4Chico
  • 6Ashley Williams
  • 33Ben Davies
  • 20Jonathan De Guzmán
  • 21José Cañas
  • 12Nathan Dyer
  • 24Álex Pozuelo
  • 14Roland Lamah
  • 10Wilfried Bony
  • 25Gerhard Tremmel
  • 2Jordi Amat
  • 3Neil Taylor
  • 19Dwight Tiendalli
  • 7Leon Britton
  • 8Jonjo Shelvey
  • 26Álvaro
  • Michael Laudrup
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
  • Parker's strike was not enough to rescue a point for the Whites as Shelvey's late goal proved decisive.
  • 90+3 Swansea break and a late ditch tackle by Sidwell denies Shelvey a goal.
  • 90+2 Vazquez is subbed on for Pozuelo. Fulham bombarding the Swans penalty area.
  • 90 Four minutes added.
  • 89 Taarabt's cross flashes right across the Swansea penalty area, and goes out for a corner. Swansea clear.
  • 85 Taarabt is on as the Manager's final substitution, with Parker the man replaced. Swansea replace Lamah with Tiendalli.
  • 83 Smart build up by the Whites and Berbatov spins past a defender but his cross is just too high for Bent.
  • 80 Fulham 1-2 Swansea. Substitute Shelvey curls a shot from outside the box into the top corner.
  • 76 Shelvey tries to curl one but Stekelenburg is equal to it. Ruiz is replaced by Kačaniklić.
  • 72 Davies goes in late on Zverotic and he's shown a yellow card.
  • 67 Stekelenburg gets down low to stop Bony's shot after the striker forces his way clean through on goal. A golden chance missed by Swansea.
  • 64 Fulham 1-1 Swansea. Ruiz takes the corner short to Parker and the Whites captain floats the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box! His first goal for Fulham.
  • 63 A driving run by Parker opens up space for Bent but his strike is charged down for a corner.
  • 62 Hughes is in the book for a foul on Bony, after the Swansea frontman showed good strength and control.
  • 60 After a good shift in midfield, Boateng is replaced by Sidwell.
  • 59 The Whites are putting pressure on the Swans goal but the visitors break and Dyer's shot is deflected wide. That's it for Dyer, he's replaced by Shelvey.
  • 56 Fulham 0-1 Swansea. Hughes turns the ball into his own net from Lamah's cross.
  • 55 Davies cuts in from the wing and lines up a shot but a fantastic block from Hughes, then another from Parker, stops Swansea's shots getting to goal.
  • 53 Stekelenburg shows good hands to collect a low strike from de Guzman, following a good spell of Fulham possession.
  • 48 Swansea have started with urgency, and Lamah pulls a shot straight across the face of goal from a tight angle.
  • We have kicked off at Craven Cottage, with the Whites attacking the Hammersmith End.
  • 45 The Whites will feel they had the best of the first half, with Bent striking the post, but Stekelenburg kept us level with a superb save from Dyer.
  • 43 Dyer breaks free of the Whites defence but Stekelenburg comes to the rescue with a superb one-footed save to deny the one-on-one.
  • 42 Rangel's cross from deep finds Bony with the header but it doesn't trouble Stekelenburg.
  • 37 Lamah takes an optimistic shot from 30 yards but Stekelenburg watches it fly wide.
  • 34 Ruiz whips in a deep corner and Berbatov climbs highest in a crowded area, but the Bulgarian can only head just wide of goal.
  • 31 Bent hits the post! A long Amorebieta pass, aimed at Ruiz, is flicked into Bent's path and he volleys straight against the upright.
  • 30 Kasami is in the book for a trip. Berbatov clears well from de Guzman's free-kick.
  • 29 Excellent ball in by Parker, Bent peels off to the far post and meets it with a free header, agonisingly the wrong side of Vorm's post.
  • 25 Lamah wriggles free of the Whites defence and strikes an effort, which is deflected just wide of Stekelenburg's goal.
  • 22 Swansea are beginning to get into a rhythm now and a strong header by Hughes averts the danger.
  • 18 The Whites midfield diamond is combining well so far, but Boateng is over-eager in the tackle on Dyer and picks up a yellow card.
  • 13 Ruiz's floating corner drops to Amorebieta at the far post. The Venezuelan hooks the ball over his own shoulder but it drops wide of goal.
  • 10 More nice build up from the Whites and Parker tries an effort from 25-yards which works Vorm to his right.
  • 8 A twisting and turning run by Kasami causes problems in the Swansea defence and he ends up crashing to the floor inside the area. Fulham appeal but the referee says no penalty.
  • 4 It's a bright start by the Whites, Berbatov gets our first sniff of goal but can't quite reach the ball on the stretch.
  • The Cottage is rocking and we've kicked off. Swansea in purple and yellow, the Whites attacking the Putney End. 0-0.
  • The Fulham starting line-up is: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker, Kasami, Boateng, Ruiz; Berbatov, Bent.
  • Martin Jol's substitutes today are: Stockdale, Senderos, Sidwell, Taarabt, Dejagah, Kačaniklić, and a first appearance on the First Team bench for Dembele.
  • Scott Parker will captain the Whites for the first time against Swansea.
  • Martin Jol makes four changes with Hughes, Boateng, Ruiz and Bent starting in place of Senderos, Sidwell, Dejagah and Kačaniklić.
  • Our last meeting with the Swans came on the final day of the 2012/13 season, and Fulham stormed to a 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium with goals from Alex Kačaniklić, Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson.
  • There's always an extra buzz of pre-match excitement following an international break. After 14 days without a game, the Whites welcome Swansea to Craven Cottage.