Wednesday 25 August 2004, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Middlesbrough
2
Viduka 54'; Nemeth 79'
Middlesbrough bounced back from their defeat at Arsenal in fine style as they recorded their first ever Premiership victory at Fulham in brilliant fashion with a 2-0 success.

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Collins John

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luis Boa Morte
Off:Papa Bouba Diop

54' Goal

Mark Viduka

79' Goal

Szilard Nemeth

71' Yellow Card

Boudewijn Zenden Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joseph-Desire Job
Off:Mark Viduka

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Szilard Nemeth
Off:Gaizka Mendieta

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Doriva
Off:George Boateng

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Boro could easily have come into the game with a severe Highbury hangover, but it was the complete opposite as they dominated from start to finish and secured their first win of the new season.

Debutant Mark Viduka, who combined wonderfully throughout with strike partner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, opened the scoring just ten minutes into the second half - before a late strike from Szilard Nemeth put the game beyond doubt.

Middlesbrough started as brightly as manager Steve McClaren could have hoped, with Hasselbaink and Viduka linking up well.

Hasselbaink tried to find his new strike partner after four minutes when he looked to be clean through, but the Australian could not get a shot away.

Viduka then turned provider, this time for Boudewijn Zenden but he fired wide.

Ray Parlour then came very close to breaking the deadlock as he hit a wonderful effort with the outside of his right foot from 30 yards, but the ball just fizzed over Edwin van der Sar's crossbar.

It was a good 20 minutes in before Fulham attempted an attack, as both Sylvain Legwinski and Tomasz Radzinski probed the Boro back-line with adventurous runs.

Zenden continued to cause trouble down the left with van der Sar forced into a desperate clearance as a cross-cum-shot threatened to sneak in at the near post.

Boro were then forced into some serious defensive action as George Boateng denied Andy Cole, after a very good knock down from the impressive Papa Bouba Diop.

The Senegalese star came close with a header, but he could only send Carlos Bocanegra's cross wide of Mark Schwarzer's upright.

Boro should have taken the lead just after the interval. An incisive move saw Zenden break on the left and he played in Hasselbaink, who continued his run into the area and only needed to pick out Viduka at the far post - but his cross was just too hard for the SocceRoo as it went behind for a goal kick.

Just moments later the visitors did take the lead and it was a sublime piece of football with Boro's new strike-force combining to great effect..

 

Zenden picked up the ball before finding Gaizka Mendieta in field, he fed Hasselbaink down the right flank - the Dutchman then broke clear and squared the ball across the box for Viduka to fire home from close range.

The goal was no more than Boro deserved for their outstanding football, but yet Fulham remained dispirited and it was McClaren's team who looked the more likely to grab the next goal.

Once again Viduka and Hasselbaink combined, this time it was the former Chelsea star who was sent into the area but his shot from an acute angle flew just wide of van der Sar's far post.

Zenden should have doubled Boro's advantage when he broke in from the left on to his unfamiliar right foot but he could only fire tamely wide with only van der Sar to beat.

Fulham began to exert some pressure and almost grabbed an unlikely leveller when Radzinski fired a shot just wide of the post after good work from Claus Jensen.

Boro again came forward and Hasselbaink saw his 12-yard drive brilliantly blocked by van der Sar - who was the only player standing between a rampant Boro forward line.

Chris Coleman introduced Luis Boa Morte and Brian McBride into the fray, but it was Boro's substitutes who made the impact.

Zenden, again involved, fed the over-lapping Franck Queudrue, he squared for second half replacement Joseph-Desire Job - the Cameroonian missed it, but Slovakian Nemeth, also a substitute, did not and he fired home from just wide of the six-yard box.

Boro's evening was marred late on when Boateng was stretchered off following a crude challenge from Cole - arguably his only contribution of the night.

But despite the injury to Boateng, Boro will be delighted to have outplayed previously unbeaten Fulham - who just did not get going on the night and will look to make amends against Portsmouth at the weekend. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 25 August 2004
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,759

Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Goma, Knight, Bocanegra; John (McBride 62'), Diop (Boa Morte 74'), Legwinski, Claus Jensen, Radzinski; Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Pembridge, Bonnissel

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Schwarzer; Parnaby, Southgate, Riggott, Queudrue; Mendieta (Nemeth 77'), Boateng (Doriva 89'), Parlour, Zenden; Viduka (Job 71'), Hasselbaink

Unused substitutes: Knight, Cooper

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 3 9
2 Chelsea 3 9
3 Bolton Wanderers 3 6
4 Charlton Athletic 3 6
5 Tottenham Hotspur 3 5
6 Liverpool 2 4
7 Middlesbrough 3 4
8 Fulham 3 4
9 Birmingham City 3 4
10 Aston Villa 3 4
11 West Bromwich Albion 3 3
12 Manchester United 2 3
13 Everton 2 3
14 Southampton 3 3
15 Newcastle United 3 2
16 Norwich City 3 2
17 Portsmouth 2 1
18 Manchester City 3 1
19 Blackburn Rovers 3 1
20 Crystal Palace 3 1
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Collins John
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 8Andrew Cole
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 18Jerome Bonnissel
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
Middlesbrough (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stuart Parnaby
  • 6Gareth Southgate
  • 5Chris Riggott
  • 20Franck Queudrue
  • Gaizka Mendieta
  • 7George Boateng
  • 15Ray Parlour
  • 7Boudewijn Zenden
  • 9Mark Viduka
  • 9Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Substitutes
  • 32David Knight
  • Colin Cooper
  • 20Doriva
  • 8Szilard Nemeth
  • 16Joseph-Desire Job