Saturday 4 October 2003, 3:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Boa Morte 36', 73'
Leicester City
0
Luis Boa Morte stepped up his flying start to the season today with both goals as Fulham powered to a 2-0 triumph against Leicester at Loftus Road.

36' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

73' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

30' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Alain Goma Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Legwinski
Off:Junichi Inamoto

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Djetou
Off:Dean Leacock

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Louis Saha

90' Yellow Card

Andy Impey Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Dickov
Off:Steve Howey

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Les Ferdinand
Off:Lilian Nalis

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Keith Gillespie
Off:Marcus Bent

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The Portuguese winger mustered just two league goals last term but has five in seven games already this campaign. However, the 26-year-old was somewhat fortunate to still be on the field to fire his brace today - as referee Chris Foy completely missed his stamp on Frank Sinclair's midriff in the 34th minute. Boa Morte struck his first 60 seconds later, after fine work by man-of-the-match Steed Malbranque. 

The creator of the first goal could and should have made it 2-0 five minutes before the break - but Malbranque was distracted by an argument with Louis Saha over who should take a penalty and shot tamely at Ian Walker. The City keeper made a superb reaction stop from Junichi Inamoto's deflected effort on the stroke of half-time. Foxes boss Micky Adams, on his return to his former club, rallied his troops after the break but the closest they came was when Marcus Bent's prod trundled across the face of goal. 

And Boa Morte completed his double after 71 minutes, firing home at the second attempt. The opening phase of this match had offered little in the way of goalscoring chances, with the presence of Zico in the directors' box causing more of a stir than events on the field. The Brazilian legend, Japan's national team boss, was at Loftus Road to run the rule over Fulham's midfielder Inamoto. Malbranque had the first crack at goal after 11 minutes.  The home midfielder's angled drive was gathered by Walker, scrambling across his goal line. Malbranque then slipped a clever pass into Luis Boa Morte, whose strike at goal clipped the boot of Gerry Taggart and span narrowly past Walker's upright. Alan Rogers dragged the Foxes' first opportunity wide of Edwin van der Sar's upright. Boa Morte had a lucky escape after 34 minutes.  He kicked Sinclair in the stomach as the pair tussled on the floor following a corner - but referee Foy missed the incident and Boa Morte escaped without so much as a booking. 

And it was the Portuguese winger who ironically bagged the opening goal 60 seconds later. Malbranque played a one-two with Lee Clark and Boa Morte tucked home from six yards. Fulham fluffed a wonderful opportunity to double their lead five minutes before the break. The referee somewhat harshly penalised Taggart for holding down Louis Saha, awarding a penalty to the home side. Malbranque argued with Saha over who should take the spot-kick - and when the Frenchman took the penalty, his tame attempt was easily saved by Walker. The Leicester keeper made a superb reaction save on the stroke of half-time, sticking out a glove to deflect Inamoto's deflected drive over the top. 

Adams' men were agonisingly close to the equaliser six minutes after the break. Taggart flicked on Rogers' long throw and Bent's prodded attempt bobbled across the face of goal and just beyond the far post. Van der Sar seized James Scowcroft's header as Leicester upped the pressure. Foxes boss Adams made a bold double substitution on the hour, taking off defender Steve Howey and midfielder Lilian Nalis and throwing on strikers Paul Dickov and Les Ferdinand. Malbranque sent Walker sprawling across his goalmouth to cut out a shot-on-the-turn. Saha headed Malbranque's left-wing corner into the side-netting beyond the far post. And Fulham doubled their lead after 71 minutes when Boa Morte completed his brace. Malbranque put the Portuguese midfielder in on goal and, after his first effort was blocked by Rogers, he clambered to his feet and found the net via Walker's body. Van der Sar protected the Cottagers' two-goal cushion with a fine reaction save from Ferdinand's close-range attempt.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 4 October 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 14,562

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Leacock (Djetou 81'), Goma, Knight, Bonnissel; Malbranque, Pembridge, Inamoto (Legwinski 64'), Clark, Boa Morte; Saha (Hayles 84')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Melville

Leicester City

Line-up: Walker; Rogers, Taggart, Howey (Dickov 61'), Sinclair; Impey, Izzet, Nalis (Ferdinand 61'), Scimeca; Bent (Gillespie 77'), Scowcroft

Unused substitutes: Coyne, Stewart

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 8 20
2 Manchester United 8 19
3 Chelsea 6 16
4 Fulham 7 14
5 Birmingham City 7 14
6 Manchester City 8 12
7 Southampton 8 12
8 Liverpool 8 11
9 Charlton Athletic 8 11
10 Portsmouth 8 9
11 Blackburn Rovers 8 8
12 Everton 8 8
13 Tottenham Hotspur 8 8
14 Leeds United 8 8
15 Aston Villa 7 7
16 Middlesbrough 7 7
17 Bolton Wanderers 7 7
18 Newcastle United 7 6
19 Leicester City 8 5
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 5
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 22Dean Leacock
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 18Jerome Bonnissel
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Louis Saha
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 15Barry Hayles
Leicester City (4-4-2)
  • 1Ian Walker
  • 15Alan Rogers
  • Gerry Taggart
  • Steve Howey
  • Frank Sinclair
  • 2Andy Impey
  • 6Muzzy Izzet
  • 8Lilian Nalis
  • Riccardo Scimeca
  • 23Marcus Bent
  • 10James Scowcroft
Substitutes
  • 16Danny Coyne
  • 11Jordan Stewart
  • 19Keith Gillespie
  • Les Ferdinand
  • 14Paul Dickov