Sunday 11 May 2003, 3:00pm at The Valley, London
Barclays Premier League
Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Saha (pen) 32'
Louis Saha's penalty ended Fulham's season in style as they finish with an away win at Charlton.

20' Yellow Card

Radostin Kishishev Card was given for a foul

30' Red Card

Dean Kiely Card was given for a foul

57' Yellow Card

Luke Young Card was given for a foul

31' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Roberts
Off:Shaun Bartlett

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonatan Johansson
Off:Claus Jensen

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Graham Stuart
Off:Chris Powell

32' Penalty

Louis Saha

54' Yellow Card

Steed Malbranque Card was given for a foul

60' Yellow Card

Jon Harley Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Sean Davis

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Luis Boa Morte

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elvis Hammond
Off:Louis Saha

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Saha, recalled for the final game of the season, slotted in only his fifth league goal of a disappointing campaign after Dean Kiely's challenge poleaxed the striker on the edge of the area.  

Kiely was dismissed for his misdemeanour and opposite number Maik Taylor made sure the indiscretion cost Charlton with a splendid save from Jason Euell's spot-kick.  

Managerless Fulham began the London derby playing the more inventive football yet it was a long ball from Sylvain Legwinski which gave Saha an initial shooting opportunity - his placement out with a right-footed attempt.  

With innovation in the final third of the field lacking, it was a defensive mistake that threatened to deliver an opening goal midway through the half.  

When captain Chris Powell back-passed to Kiely there appeared no danger but the goalkeeper dallied and was fortunate that his attempted return ball, which was blocked by the eager Steed Malbranque, ricocheted wide of the post.  

Then only a deflection off Jon Fortune's heels directed Malbranque's shot wide of the other upright after the French midfielder fashioned space.  

Fulham were clearly in the ascendancy and that fact was confirmed on thehalf-hour as their hosts were reduced to 10 men.  

Sean Davis' raking pass down the middle caught out the Charlton backline and as the ball dropped over their heads, Kiely rushed to the edge of his area and clattered Saha two-footed in the striker's midriff.  

Referee Dermot Gallagher adjudged that Kiely was effectively the last man and his offence was thus worthy of a red card, causing a crescendo of boos from the home fans.  

On that account the official may have been correct although his decision toaward a penalty was not so clear-cut with the collision taking place on the cusp of the 18-yard box.  

After a lengthy delay, however, in which Kiely trudged off along with the substituted Shaun Bartlett, Saha stroked his penalty under replacement keeper Ben Roberts' right hand.  

Fulham's away record left them concerned about the prospect of relegation for the majority of the season and they confirmed only their second Premiership victory on the road as the rain lashed down in south-east London.   

Their previous success came eight months ago at bottom-club Sunderland.  It took Maik Taylor's first save of the afternoon three minutes after the break to keep them ahead, though, as Kevin Lisbie latched on to Scott Parker's scoop over the top and had his volley blocked at point-blank range.  

Charlton began with the urgency they had closed the first period with, when top scorer Jason Euell twice misfired, once over the top before slicing across goal following a clever turn.  

Although Lee Clark was denied by Roberts' save and Luke Young stopped Saha in full flow with a well-timed tackle in the area, Charlton continued to press at the other end.  

Taylor was given some worrying times with the ball hoisted into the box regularly and the Northern Ireland international once again saved well when the home side worked Lisbie into shooting space.  

Charlton gained a lifeline on the hour when Euell, who had had one penalty appeal turned down, went to ground in a tussle with Alain Goma.  

Gallagher adjudged it worthy of a penalty but Taylor flung himself to his right and palmed Euell's attempt behind for a corner.  

Tensions were rising within the ground - Charlton assistant manager Mervyn Day raged at the officials on the field as they walked off for half-time - and things boiled over 20 minutes after the resumption.  

Parker's attempted overhead kick connected with Saha's forehead in midfield and a huge melee ensued with various players involved in altercations - although Gallagher somewhat surprisingly booked only Legwinski. 

Malbranque's keep-up and volley from 20 yards dipped too late as Fulham sought a second while Saha went close on two occasions, firstly curling wide and then kept out by Roberts' alert rush from his line to block.

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley made late changes in the search of an equaliser- including the withdrawal of Powell, who is likely to be leaving this summer and saluted each corner of the ground as he left the field - but to no avail.  

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 11 May 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Valley, London
Attendance: 26,108

Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Charlton Athletic

Line-up: Kiely; Young, Fortune, Kishishev, Konchesky; Euell, Parker, Claus Jensen (Johansson 81'), Powell (Stuart 81'); Bartlett (Roberts 31'), Lisbie

Unused substitutes: Sankofa, Bart-Williams

Fulham

Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Harley; Malbranque, Legwinski, Clark, Davis (Hayles 82'), Boa Morte (Collins 88'); Saha (Hammond 90')

Unused substitutes: Van der Sar, Djetou

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 38 83
2 Arsenal 38 78
3 Newcastle United 38 69
4 Chelsea 38 67
5 Liverpool 38 64
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 60
7 Everton 38 59
8 Southampton 38 52
9 Manchester City 38 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 49
12 Charlton Athletic 38 49
13 Birmingham City 38 48
14 Fulham 38 48
15 Leeds United 38 47
16 Aston Villa 38 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 38 44
18 West Ham United 38 42
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 26
20 Sunderland 38 19
Charlton Athletic (4-4-2)
  • 1Dean Kiely
  • 2Luke Young
  • 24Jonathan Fortune
  • 6Radostin Kishishev
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 17Jason Euell
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 11Chris Powell
  • 17Shaun Bartlett
  • 12Kevin Lisbie
Substitutes
  • Ben Roberts
  • 28Osei Sankofa
  • Chris Bart-Williams
  • 4Graham Stuart
  • 21Jonatan Johansson
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 26Jon Harley
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Lee Clark
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Louis Saha
Substitutes
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 10John Collins
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 34Elvis Hammond