Saturday 13 November 2004, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Diop 57'
Chelsea
4
Lampard 33'; Robben 59'; Gallas 73'; Tiago 81'
Chelsea reclaimed top spot in the Premiership with a deserved victory over west London neighbours Fulham. The visitors went ahead through Frank Lampard's swerving free-kick and could have had two first-half penalties.

57' Goal

Papa Bouba Diop

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Mark Pembridge

33' Goal

Frank Lampard

59' Goal

Arjen Robben

73' Goal

William Gallas

81' Goal

Tiago

23' Yellow Card

Claude Makelele Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Frank Lampard Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tiago
Off:Alexei Smertin

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mateja Kezman
Off:Damien Duff

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Robert Huth
Off:Eidur Gudjohnsen

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But Chelsea lost the lead in a match for the first time this season when Papa Boupa Diop volleyed a superb goal. A mazy run and shot from Arjen Robben put Chelsea ahead before William Gallas headed home from close range and Tiago slotted in a fourth to seal the points.

A three-goal margin of victory was no more than Chelsea deserved. The in-form Robben terrorised the Fulham defenders early on and only lacklustre finishing prevented Chelsea taking an early lead.

Robben was twice denied by keeper Mark Crossley, who appeared set to continue in the same manner which frustrated Newcastle last week.

He was helped by a misfiring Chelsea attack as Eidur Gudjohsen missed a simple chance and then even Blues defender John Terry got in on the act. The England centre-half ran from inside his own half but flicked his shot wide with only Crossley to beat. Chelsea took the lead they deserved when Lampard's 25-yard free-kick proved too good for Crossley.

Andy Cole and Tomasz Radzinski had both gone close early on for Fulham, but the home side faded and came under increasing pressure.

Zesh Rehman appeared to handle Lampard's goalbound shot and then the Blues midfielder had another strong penalty claim turned down when he was felled by Moritz Volz.

To make matters worse for Lampard, he was booked for diving. After the break, a revitalised Fulham pushed for an unlikely equaliser and it came from a very unlikely source.

Diop's first goal for Fulham was as good a strike as seen anywhere in the Premiership this season, as he arrowed a 30-yard volley into the bottom corner. There was hardly time for Diop and his team-mates to celebrate though as Chelsea quickly restored their advantage.

A breathtaking moment of skill from Robben saw him leave three defenders trailing and then drill a low shot past Crossley for his fourth goal in four games.

Chelsea's second goal seemed to extinguish Fulham's fight, and with Robben seeming unstoppable and Lampard commanding the midfield it appeared a matter of time before Chelsea scored again. And Fulham contributed to the goal when it came, with Diop this time suffering a moment to forget.

He swung and missed Lampard's cross and Gallas nodded in from six yards. Eight minutes later, substitute Tiago wrapped up the win when he drilled home a right-footed shot after a superb one-two with Robben. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 13 November 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,877

Referee: Uriah Rennie

Fulham

Line-up: Crossley; Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Diop, Pembridge (McBride 72'), Boa Morte; Radzinski, Cole

Unused substitutes: Van der Sar, Rosenior, Legwinski, Hammond

Chelsea

Line-up: Cech; Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Gallas; Lampard, Makelele, Smertin (Tiago 63'); Duff (Kezman 76'), Gudjohnsen (Huth 83'), Robben

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Bridge

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 13 32
2 Arsenal 13 30
3 Everton 12 23
4 Bolton Wanderers 13 22
5 Aston Villa 13 21
6 Liverpool 12 20
7 Middlesbrough 12 19
8 Manchester United 12 18
9 Charlton Athletic 13 18
10 Newcastle United 12 16
11 Portsmouth 12 15
12 Manchester City 13 14
13 Fulham 13 14
14 Tottenham Hotspur 13 13
15 Birmingham City 12 12
16 Crystal Palace 13 12
17 Southampton 13 11
18 West Bromwich Albion 12 9
19 Blackburn Rovers 13 9
20 Norwich City 13 8
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 19Elvis Hammond
Chelsea (4-3-3)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 19Paulo Ferreira
  • 6Ricardo Carvalho
  • 26John Terry
  • 3William Gallas
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 4Claude Makelele
  • 16Alexei Smertin
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • 16Arjen Robben
Substitutes
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 4Robert Huth
  • 18Wayne Bridge
  • Tiago
  • Mateja Kezman