Saturday 5 February 2005, 3:00pm at Anfield, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool
Liverpool
3
Morientes 9'; Hyypiä 63'; Baros 77'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cole 16'
Fernando Morientes scored his first Anfield goal as Liverpool eventually claimed victory against hard-working Fulham.

9' Goal

Fernando Morientes

63' Goal

Sami Hyypiä

77' Goal

Milan Baros

74' Yellow Card

Luis García Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dietmar Hamann
Off:Igor Biscan

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Vladimir Smicer
Off:Milan Baros

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Warnock
Off:John Arne Riise

16' Goal

Andrew Cole

26' Yellow Card

Zesh Rehman Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Mark Pembridge Card was given for a foul

78' Yellow Card

Edwin Van der Sar Card was given for a foul

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Andy Cole headed Fulham's first-half equaliser, and Liverpool needed to improve their game considerably in the second half to secure the points that cut Everton's lead over them in fourth spot to four points.

And they achieved their aim with goals from Sami Hyypia and Milan Baros to eventually deflate Chris Coleman's grafting side.

Fulham soon found themselves under heavy pressure despite a bright opening which saw them create a decent chance for Mark Pembridge, whose low drive was deflected wide.

The movement of Morientes and the industry of Steven Gerrard had Fulham in all sorts of trouble, and it took the new Spanish signing just eight minutes to open his Anfield account with a gem of a goal. Luis Garcia flighted over a hanging cross from the right and Morientes rose high to send a stunning header into the far top corner of the net.

But Fulham responded well and Lee Clark saw a 20-yard drive rise over the bar and into the Kop.

And after 16 minutes Fulham were level. Luis Garcia lost possession in midfield, Luis Boa Morte crossed from the left, and the unmarked Cole - afforded five yards of space - ducked low to send a header past Jerzy Dudek. Liverpool were deflated by the equaliser and after 22 minutes Fulham almost scored again when Pembridge's corner curled into the box and former Everton striker Tomasz Radzinski flashed a header inches wide of the far post.

Zesh Rehman was booked for bringing down Milan Baros three minutes later and Jamie Carragher saw a header from Gerrard's free-kick fielded by Edwin van der Sar.

 

Pembridge, Clark and the awesome strength of Papa Bouba Diop made life pretty uncomfortable for Liverpool's midfield who found themselves hounded out of possession - in particular Luis Garcia.

Baros, too, was being outmuscled by the equally large frames of Zat Knight and Rehman, who both had plenty of pace to nullify the speedy Czech.

Van der Sar needed to be quickly down to his left to hold a Biscan drive, but Liverpool's flow and penetration was being severely disrupted by the hard-grafting west Londoners.

Liverpool opened the second period intent on improving the service from the flanks.  Almost immediately, Luis Garcia's deep cross was headed back by John Arne Riise into the danger area, and only a fine saving tackle by Knight hooked the ball away from Morientes' feet.

Diop was booked for a foul on Riise, after a long list of heavy challenges, with Fulham being pushed back by sustained pressure. And when Steve Finnan hooked back a clearance, Gerrard spun to hook a volley a foot over the bar. Baros got to the line on 57 minutes to fire over a difficult bouncing cross which Riise sidefooted just wide.

But Liverpool's error-ridden play was still frustrating their fans. Much of the flak was aimed at Djimi Traore and Igor Biscan who were distinctly out of sorts and struggling to avoid errors. But when Traore's attempt at a cross from the left was handled by Clark, Liverpool were able to reclaim the lead.

Gerrard's free-kick curled in towards goal and Sami Hyypia rose to glance a towering header past van der Sar, to get off the mark for the season. A minute later it was no surprise to see Biscan replaced by Hamann, who was soon the victim of a late Pembridge tackle which cost the former Everton man a yellow card.

Luis Garcia was booked for a foul on Pembridge after 73 minutes and three minutes later Liverpool grabbed their third goal. Traore, of all people, managed to rob Diop in midfield and charged forward before the ball was spun out to Riise. The pulled-back cross was expertly drilled home from eight yards by Baros.

But Fulham were furious with referee Rob Styles for not penalising Traore for the challenge on Diop. Van der Sar was booked for dissent but the goal stood. Diop needed treatment, as did Gerrard who had clashed heads with the Senegal star seconds before the incident with Traore. Gerrard returned to the action with his head heavily bandaged.

Traore, now a changed man, produced an excellent saving tackle to divert a Bocanegra cross away from Boa Morte in the six-yard box. Vladimir Smicer took over from Baros on 82 minutes and six minutes later Stephen Warnock replaced Riise.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 5 February 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,534

Referee: Rob Styles

Liverpool

Line-up: Dudek; Finnan, Carragher, Hyypiä, Traore; Luis García, Gerrard, Biscan (Hamann 65'), John Arne Riise (Warnock 89'); Morientes, Baros (Smicer 82')

Unused substitutes: Carson, Pellegrino

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Rosenior, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Radzinski, Diop, Clark, Pembridge, Boa Morte; Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Goma, Legwinski, Claus Jensen, McBride

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 25 64
2 Manchester United 26 56
3 Arsenal 25 51
4 Everton 25 47
5 Liverpool 26 43
6 Middlesbrough 26 40
7 Bolton Wanderers 26 39
8 Charlton Athletic 26 38
9 Tottenham Hotspur 26 36
10 Manchester City 25 32
11 Aston Villa 25 32
12 Newcastle United 26 31
13 Portsmouth 26 30
14 Birmingham City 26 29
15 Fulham 26 29
16 Blackburn Rovers 26 25
17 Crystal Palace 26 22
18 Norwich City 26 20
19 Southampton 25 18
20 West Bromwich Albion 26 17
Liverpool (4-4-2)
  • 1Jerzy Dudek
  • 3Steve Finnan
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 4Sami Hyypiä
  • 32Djimi Traore
  • 10Luis García
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • Igor Biscan
  • 6John Arne Riise
  • 19Fernando Morientes
  • 9Milan Baros
Substitutes
  • 1Scott Carson
  • Mauricio Pellegrino
  • 3Stephen Warnock
  • Vladimir Smicer
  • 21Dietmar Hamann
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 8Brian McBride