Monday 30 August 2004, 8:00pm at Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Barclays Premier League
Portsmouth
4
Cisse 19'; Yakubu (pen) 22', 28', 72'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Cole 39'; Boa Morte 41'; Bocanegra 75'
Fulham went three goals down within half an hour at Fratton Park and despite a courageous fight to get back on level terms the damage had already been done, with the match finishing 4-3 to the hosts.

19' Goal

Aliou Cisse

22' Penalty

Yakubu

28' Goal

Yakubu

72' Goal

Yakubu

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tresor Lomana Lua Lua
Off:Aliou Cisse

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Taylor
Off:Yakubu

39' Goal

Andrew Cole

41' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

75' Goal

Carlos Bocanegra

68' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Tomasz Radzinski

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

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Portsmouth were three goals ahead and cruising towards an impressive first win of the season, but by the end of the first half their normally vibrant fans had been reduced to apprehension and near-silence.

This was because Fulham, recovering from a dreadful spell in which they conceded three goals in 30 minutes, had recovered their poise with two goals and were looking the stronger side when referee Barry Knight blew his whistle at the end of a hectic and exciting first half.

But in the end, a hat-trick from Aiyegbeni Yakubu helped Portsmouth climb up from bottom-equal spot

Portsmouth went ahead in the 19th minute when Eyal Berkovic, not a noted goal scorer, hit home a shot from the edge of the area after the pace of Yakubu had unsettled the Fulham defence.

Portsmouth were further ahead three minutes later when Ricardo Fuller, making his debut after his move from Preston, was tripped by Luis Boa Morte and Yakubu made the most of the spot kick.

The match looked to be all over in the 28th minute when Fuller put Yakubu behind the defence to beat Van Der Sar with a right-foot shot.

But the warning signs were already there for Portsmouth because their goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop had already been pressed into meaningful action in keeping out a shot from Thomas Radzinski.

In the 39th minute a superb left-wing cross from Boa Morte had the Portsmouth defence back-peddling and Andy Cole was at the far post to head past Hislop.

Portsmouth's self belief visibly drained and two minutes later Claus Jensen put Boa Morte through to shoot through the goalkeeper's legs to bring to an end an eventful first half for the Portuguese international winger.

The feverish action showed no signs of abating in the second half with chances at both ends almost every time there was an attack. Moritz Volz blocked a goal-bound shot from Berkovic in the 52nd minute with his face and knowing little about his heroics.

Fuller, showing no signs of being overawed by the step up from the First Division, shot at Van Der Sar with a clear sight of goal, but there was plenty of activity in the Portsmouth goalmouth.

Boa Morte, proving an awkward customer for Primus, got past his marker in the 56th minute, but then shot across the face of the goal. Hislop had been blamed in some quarters at the interval for not keeping out the Fulham goals, but he regained his cult-hero status among Portsmouth fans on the hour when he was quickly off his line to block a shot from Sylvan Legwinski when an equaliser looked a certainty.

Portsmouth went close again in the 65th minute when Steve Stone was thwarted inside the six-yard box by some desperate defending before Legwinski, who had been involved in some lively tussles with Berkovic, was booked in the 67th minute for fouling the same player. Yakubu completed his hat-trick in the 72nd, but Fulham hit back again three minutes later through Carlos Bocanegra.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 30 August 2004
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 19,728

Referee: Barry Knight

Portsmouth

Line-up: Hislop; Primus, Stefanovic, De Zeeuw, Unsworth; Stone, Berger, Hughes, Cisse (Lua Lua 79'); Yakubu (Taylor 88'), Fuller

Unused substitutes: Ashdown, Griffin, O'Neil

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Goma, Knight, Bocanegra; Radzinski (John 68'), Diop, Claus Jensen, Legwinski (McBride 77'), Boa Morte; Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, McKinlay, Pembridge

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 4 12
2 Chelsea 4 12
3 Bolton Wanderers 4 9
4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 8
5 Middlesbrough 4 7
6 Aston Villa 4 7
7 Everton 4 7
8 Charlton Athletic 4 6
9 Manchester United 4 5
10 Manchester City 4 4
11 Portsmouth 3 4
12 Liverpool 3 4
13 Fulham 4 4
14 Birmingham City 4 4
15 West Bromwich Albion 4 3
16 Southampton 4 3
17 Newcastle United 4 2
18 Norwich City 4 2
19 Blackburn Rovers 4 2
20 Crystal Palace 4 1
Portsmouth (4-4-2)
  • Shaka Hislop
  • 2Linvoy Primus
  • 3Dejan Stefanovic
  • Arjan De Zeeuw
  • 25David Unsworth
  • Steve Stone
  • 23Patrik Berger
  • 22Richard Hughes
  • 18Aliou Cisse
  • 24Yakubu
  • 10Ricardo Fuller
Substitutes
  • 1Jamie Ashdown
  • 16Andy Griffin
  • 14Matthew Taylor
  • 26Gary O'Neil
  • 32Tresor Lomana Lua Lua
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • Billy McKinlay
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John