Saturday 4 December 2004, 3:00pm at Carrow Road, Norwich
Barclays Premier League
Norwich City
Norwich City
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cole 7'
Andy Cole's early strike gave Fulham plenty to smile about as the Cottagers edged further away from the relegation zone at Carrow Road. Cole took just seven minutes to drill the ball under the keeper after a great back flick from Brian McBride.

57' Yellow Card

Thomas Helveg Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Youssef Safri
Off:Phil Mulryne

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mattias Jonson
Off:Mathias Svensson

7' Goal

Andrew Cole

26' Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

80' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Andrew Cole Card was given for a foul

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Mark Pembridge almost added two more before the break but Norwich improved their attacking in the second half. Darren Huckerby, Leon McKenzie and substitute Matthias Jonson had shots but Fulham held on for a vital win.

Cole's sixth goal of the Premiership season was the first real chance on target for either side in a frantically-charged encounter at Carrow Road.

Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball before McBride, making his first Premiership start in six weeks, capitalised on a Fulham break to send Cole through. Norwich's Darren Huckerby and Leon McKenzie desperately searched for a quick reply, teasing the away side's penalty area but never finding the final touch.

Pembridge came close to extending the Cottagers' lead twice in the first half. He was denied from the edge of the box by the quick reactions of Canaries goalkeeper Robert Green in the 25th minute and shot wide just before half-time.

A minute later, Matthias Svensson tested Fulham keeper Edwin Van der Sar for the first time when he drilled a shot into the bottome left-hand corner.

After the break, Norwich looked slightly improved with Huckerby and McKenzie doing most of the pushing but still failing to trouble the visitors.

With 15 minutes to go, Canaries boss Nigel Worthington spiced up the attack by bringing on Jonson for Svensson. It seemed to do the trick as the Cottagers were forced to withstand a barrage of shots from Huckerby, Jonson and Gary Doherty. But, after McBride squandered a late chance to add a safety cushion, Fulham held on for a much-needed victory away from home. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 4 December 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 23,755

Referee: Alan Wiley

Norwich City

Line-up: Green; Edworthy, Fleming, Doherty, Drury; Mulryne (Safri 62'), Helveg, Bentley, Huckerby; McKenzie, Svensson (Jonson 68')

Unused substitutes: Ward, Shackell, McVeigh

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Pearce, Rehman, Bocanegra; Legwinski, Diop, Pembridge, Malbranque; McBride, Cole

Unused substitutes: Knight, Green, Rosenior, Radzinski, Hammond

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 16 39
2 Arsenal 16 34
3 Everton 16 33
4 Manchester United 16 30
5 Middlesbrough 15 25
6 Aston Villa 16 25
7 Liverpool 15 24
8 Bolton Wanderers 16 23
9 Portsmouth 15 21
10 Manchester City 15 20
11 Newcastle United 16 20
12 Charlton Athletic 15 18
13 Fulham 16 17
14 Tottenham Hotspur 15 16
15 Birmingham City 16 14
16 Crystal Palace 15 13
17 Blackburn Rovers 15 13
18 Southampton 16 12
19 Norwich City 16 12
20 West Bromwich Albion 16 10
Norwich City (4-4-2)
  • 1Robert Green
  • 17Marc Edworthy
  • 5Craig Fleming
  • 12Gary Doherty
  • 3Adam Drury
  • 7Phil Mulryne
  • Thomas Helveg
  • 15David Bentley
  • 6Darren Huckerby
  • Leon McKenzie
  • 19Mathias Svensson
Substitutes
  • 13Darren Ward
  • 4Jason Shackell
  • 9Mattias Jonson
  • 15Youssef Safri
  • 18Paul McVeigh
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 26Adam Green
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 19Elvis Hammond