Saturday 8 December 2001, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Hayles 36', 50'
Everton
Everton
0
A Barry Hayles brace clinched Fulham's 2-0 victory against Everton in a bad-tempered game which saw two red cards and a number of bookings.

36' Goal

Barry Hayles

50' Goal

Barry Hayles

20' Yellow Card

Andy Melville Card was given for a foul

26' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

33' Yellow Card

Barry Hayles Card was given for a foul

77' Red Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Davis
Off:Louis Saha

55' Yellow Card

David Weir Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Alessandro Pistone Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Alan Stubbs Card was given for a foul

77' 2nd Yellow Card

David Weir Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Steve Simonsen Card was given for dissent

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Niclas Alexandersson
Off:Paul Gascoigne

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe-Max Moore
Off:Thomas Gravesen

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Hayles nodded home a clever free-kick for the 37th-minute opener and tapped in from close range to wrap up victory four minutes after the interval at Craven Cottage.

But it will be the huge 73rd-minute melee that dominates the Sunday headlines after players from both sides traded blows, with Weir handed his second yellow card and Fulham's Luis Boa Morte sent off for the second time this season.

Referee Phil Dowd consulted both linesmen but did not punish Hayles for his stamp on Weir.

Everton created little and Jean Tigana's side were worthy winners as they began preparations for Wednesday's daunting league clash at Liverpool.

Steve Watson again started as a makeshift forward Walter Smith's side, but Jesper Blomqvist missed out as he has not quite achieved match fitness since his move from Manchester United.

From Fulham's first real attack, in the 13th minute, right-back Steve Finnan delivered a curling cross that Louis Saha, last season's red-hot goalscorer, leapt highest for and headed across the face of goal.

However, the final ball from both sides was all to often inaccurate.

The Cottagers' John Collins - booed by the fans of his former club Everton every time he touched the ball - tried to rectify that and hit a 16th-minute drive that Everton goalkeeper Steve Simonsen comfortably saved.

Everton's only shot of note in the first half was when Alan Stubbs forced home keeper Edwin van der Sar into action for the first time with a firm but optimistic shot from 40 yards.

The match finally burst into life after 37 minutes when Fulham took a deserved lead with a clever free-kick, after Weir fouled Saha 22 yards from goal.

Steed Malbranque swept the free-kick wide to left-back Rufus Brevett, who controlled the ball, thought about a shot and finally dinked a cross into the area, where Hayles rose unmarked to nod the ball into the far corner of the Everton net from seven yards.

Simonsen denied Fulham one of the goals of the season three minutes after the interval.

Malbranque and Boa Morte played a slick double one-two on the right flank and crossed to the far post for Saha to hit a thundering drive that Simonsen palmed behind.

But from the resulting corner, Malbranque whipped the ball into the six-yard box - and Hayles was given the space to tap home his second from just three yards, giving Tigana's side a 2-0 lead.

Fulham fans' favourite Malbranque then embarked on a lightning-quick charge straight through the Everton midfield and defence, with only Scot Gemmill's studs deflecting his powerful shot over the crossbar.

Everton fans did not seem too pleased about the influence the Cottagers' energetic Frenchman was having on the match - and when he prepared to take a corner in front of the travelling support, a bottle was hurled at him.

It appeared to miss, but was the second time in 10 days that away fans had thrown an object at a Fulham player, after the actions of Tottenham fans in the Worthington Cup tie last week.

The match then exploded in the 73rd minute when Boa Morte's challenge on Weir sparked the mass brawl.

Boa Morte caught Weir as he cleared the ball on the edge of his penalty area - and the Everton captain showed a total lack of responsibility as he dragged his foot into Boa Morte's face as he got to his feet.

Hayles then pushed Weir to the floor and appeared to stamp on him, Saha flew into a rage and shoved every visiting player in sight - and van der Sar sprinted 80 yards from his goal to join in.

Ref Dowd consulted both linesmen and showed Weir his second yellow card, followed by a red - and then incurred the wrath of the home crowd by dismissing

Boa Morte, who had not already been booked and appeared to remain on the floor through the melee.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 8 December 2001
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,338

Referee: Phil Dowd

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Malbranque, Collins, Legwinski, Boa Morte; Hayles, Saha (Davis 79')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Ouaddou, Clark, Stolcers

Everton

Line-up: Simonsen; Watson, Stubbs, Weir, Pistone; Gemmill, Gravesen (Moore 73'), Gascoigne (Alexandersson 58'), Pembridge, Naysmith; Radzinski

Unused substitutes: Gerrard, Unsworth, Tal

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 14 32
2 Arsenal 14 26
3 Leeds United 14 25
4 Newcastle United 14 24
5 Aston Villa 15 24
6 Tottenham Hotspur 16 24
7 Chelsea 15 23
8 Fulham 15 22
9 Manchester United 15 21
10 Charlton Athletic 16 21
11 Everton 15 20
12 Bolton Wanderers 16 20
13 Blackburn Rovers 15 19
14 Sunderland 15 19
15 Middlesbrough 16 19
16 West Ham United 16 19
17 Southampton 15 13
18 Derby County 15 13
19 Leicester City 16 13
20 Ipswich Town 15 9
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 10John Collins
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 20Louis Saha
Substitutes
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 8Lee Clark
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers
Everton (4-5-1)
  • 1Steve Simonsen
  • 2Steve Watson
  • 15Alan Stubbs
  • David Weir
  • Alessandro Pistone
  • Scot Gemmill
  • 10Thomas Gravesen
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • 24Mark Pembridge
  • 3Gary Naysmith
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
Substitutes
  • 28Paul Gerrard
  • 25David Unsworth
  • Niclas Alexandersson
  • 23Idan Tal
  • Joe-Max Moore