Saturday 10 April 2004, 3:00pm at King Power Stadium, Leicester
Barclays Premier League
Leicester City
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
John 66', 89'
Collins John scored his first goals for Fulham as the Cottagers ended a sequence of 11 away games without victory by securing a 2-0 win atrelegation-threatened Leicester.

25' Yellow Card

Steffen Freund Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Paul Dickov Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lilian Nalis
Off:Steffen Freund

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Peter Canero
Off:Nikolaos Dabizas

66' Goal

Collins John

89' Goal

Collins John

38' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Barry Hayles

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Steed Malbranque

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Substitute John, who had replaced Barry Hayles on the hour, struck in the 66th minute to set up Fulham's first Barclaycard Premiership win on the road since the 3-1 triumph at Old Trafford on October 25. 

And the Liberian made sure of victory with an 89th-minute strike after Leicester had been caught on the break. It had been Fulham who were first to threaten when Zat Knight popped up at the back post to meet a right-wing free-kick floated over by Sean Davis, the lofty central defender stopping to head goalwards although unflustered keeper Ian Walker was able to complete an elementary save. 

But at the other end, Fulham keeper Edwin van der Sar was enjoying a quiet opening to his afternoon as the stuttering Foxes struggled to assert themselves. 

Their best chance of the first 15 minutes was blasted into the wall by Ben Thatcher after Barry Hayles had conceded a free kick fouling Riccardo Scimeca. 

A drab contest threatened to spark into life moments later, but referee Peter Walton opted to wave away Leicester penalty appeals after a collision with Luis Boa Morte left Foxes skipper Muzzy Izzet in a heap just outside Fulham's six-yard box. 

Sylvain Legwinski went close to breaking the deadlock in the 23rd minute, but his close-range effort was courageously blocked by Steffen Freund, ahead of theGerman's late challenge on Moritz Volz which earned the Foxes midfielder a yellow card. 

Then, with five minutes until the interval, Marcus Bent retrieved a seemingly lost cause on the right wing and picked out Jamie Scowcroft in the penalty area,only for the ball to be spooned well over the crossbar. 

But a scrappy first half was followed by an entertaining beginning to the second as Bent teed up Paul Dickov on the edge of the Cottagers' box, only forthe Scotsman's shot to be deflected wide for a fruitless corner. Moments later, Dickov went closer still as he earned himself the space to turn in the box and then unloaded a venomous right-footed drive which rebounded from the inside angle of crossbar and post. 

Controversy broke out in the 61st minute when van der Sar dropped the ball for a goal kick, only for Izzet to nip in and take half the ball and half the keeper before the kick had been completed. 

With the Dutchman caught unaware, Izzet made the most of his opportunity to slide the ball into an empty net, only for the goal to be disallowed and a free-kick awarded to the Cottagers. 

There was more frustration for the hosts moments later after Dickov had raced clear and unleashed a a low drive spectacularly saved by van der Sar, who had dived to his left. 

But much against the run of play, Fulham took a 66th-minute lead courtesy of substitute John, who had replaced Barry Hayles. 

Malbranque was credited with the assist after having chipped the ball forward for John, who sprinted clear from midfield to beat Walker to the bouncing ball and lift into a gaping net. 

A last-ditch intervention by Nikos Dabizas prevented Fulham going further ahead after Volz had worked his way into the box and produced a powerful close-range shot. 

But the hosts were caught on the break a minute from time when Boa Morte raced down the left channel and slid the ball through Ben Thatcher's legs for John to coolly dispatch the ball under Walker.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 10 April 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 28,392

Referee: Peter Walton

Leicester City

Line-up: Walker; Scimeca, Dabizas (Canero 80'), Heath, Thatcher; Scowcroft, Izzet, Freund (Nalis 74'), Guppy; Dickov, Bent

Unused substitutes: Stewart, McKinlay, Benjamin

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Goma, Bocanegra; Malbranque (McBride 71'), Davis, Legwinski, Djetou, Boa Morte; Hayles (John 62')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Pearce, Petta

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 31 77
2 Chelsea 32 71
3 Manchester United 31 65
4 Liverpool 32 49
5 Newcastle United 31 48
6 Birmingham City 32 46
7 Aston Villa 32 45
8 Fulham 32 44
9 Charlton Athletic 31 44
10 Southampton 31 42
11 Middlesbrough 32 42
12 Bolton Wanderers 32 38
13 Everton 32 37
14 Tottenham Hotspur 32 37
15 Manchester City 32 33
16 Blackburn Rovers 32 31
17 Portsmouth 31 31
18 Leeds United 32 31
19 Leicester City 32 28
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 25
Leicester City (4-4-2)
  • 1Ian Walker
  • Riccardo Scimeca
  • 44Nikolaos Dabizas
  • 25Matthew Heath
  • 3Ben Thatcher
  • 10James Scowcroft
  • 6Muzzy Izzet
  • Steffen Freund
  • Steve Guppy
  • 14Paul Dickov
  • 23Marcus Bent
Substitutes
  • 28Peter Canero
  • 8Lilian Nalis
  • 11Jordan Stewart
  • 32Billy McKinlay
  • 20Trevor Benjamin
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Barry Hayles
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 26Bobby Petta
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John