Sunday 16 January 2005, 4:05pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Diop 90'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
0
A Papa Bouba Diop header in injury time ensured Fulham took all three points from a tight and, at times, scrappy affair at Craven Cottage. In the 90th minute, the Senegalese midfielder found himself unmarked in the box and powered the ball home from a well-delivered Mark Pembridge corner.

90' Goal

Papa Bouba Diop

67' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Lee Clark Card was given for a foul

22' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Lee Clark
Off:Steed Malbranque

79' Substitution

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

37' Yellow Card

Jonathan Greening Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Riccardo Scimeca
Off:Andy Johnson

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With Andrew Cole serving a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card against Southampton, Collins John was installed as the lead striker, with Tomasz Radzinski and the newly re-signed Luis Boa Morte supporting.

Fulham began by showing their intent as early as the second minute when Steed Malbranque and Radzinski almost conspired to put the advancing John through on goal in well worked move.

The Whites’ lively opening continued when Malbranque tricked his way past his defender and forced Hoult into making a fine save.  Unfortunately, the French midfielder’s afternoon came to an abrupt end when Andy Johnson’s badly mistimed challenge caught Malbranque on the ankle and, despite his attempts to continue, he was replaced by Lee Clark shortly after.

The visitors almost took the lead in the 20th minutes when Zat Knight, standing on the edge of the six yard box, elected to chest the ball back to Van der Sar.  Unbeknown to Knight, Robert Earnshaw lurking in close proximity and only an alert piece of goalkeeping from the Dutch stopper prevented the Baggies from going ahead. 

Fulham’s best attacking moments of the opening 45 minutes were coming through swift breaks, with Luis Boa Morte in particular looking dangerous.  The Portuguese winger who almost set up John after stealing the ball off Darren Purse and going on a trademark run. 

On 28 minutes West Brom squandered another good opportunity when debutant Kevin Campbell was put clean through. Fortunately for Fulham, Van der Sar stood up well and saved Campbell’s strike with his chest. 

Sensing that a goal could be in the offing, West Brom continued to turn the screw but the Whites stood firm thanks to a series of excellent interventions by Zesh Rehman.

As the final seconds of the first half ticked away, Boa Morte twice came close to breaking the deadlock.  After managing to work some space on the edge of the box, he fired straight at Hoult.  Then, moments later, the winger saw his glanced header sail just wide of the far post.

The sprightly Earnshaw fired the first warning salvo of the second half when his cross almost surprised Van der Sar.  On 59 minutes Earnshaw again broke into the box but Van der Sar did well by forcing the striker wide.

The high tempo appeared to be suiting West Brom as their close marking high up the pitch was keeping Fulham pinned back for long spells.  Yet the Whites still continued to pose a threat on the break. 

In the 62nd minute, the ball was smuggled through to Boa Morte, who raced half the length of the pitch only to fire over.

Boa Morte and Lee Clark were both shown yellow cards as the Whites began to exert their influence on proceedings.  A badly timed tackle on Johnson, which resulted in the midfielder being stretchered off, saw Boa Morte enter the book whilst there was no question that Clark’s late tackle warranted a card.

Fulham survived a late scare when Wallwork’s effort deflected off Campbell and tricked just wide before Diop intervened with the match winning goal. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 16 January 2005
Kick-off: 4:05pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 16,180

Referee: Peter Walton

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque (Clark 22'), Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte; John (McBride 79'), Radzinski

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rosenior, Legwinski

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Hoult; Albrechtsen, Clement, Purse, Robinson; Gera, Greening, Wallwork, Johnson (Scimeca 70'); Campbell, Earnshaw

Unused substitutes: Kuszczak, Koumas, Horsfield, Kanu

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 23 58
2 Arsenal 23 48
3 Manchester United 23 47
4 Everton 23 44
5 Liverpool 23 37
6 Middlesbrough 23 36
7 Charlton Athletic 23 34
8 Tottenham Hotspur 23 33
9 Manchester City 23 31
10 Aston Villa 23 31
11 Bolton Wanderers 23 30
12 Newcastle United 23 29
13 Portsmouth 23 27
14 Birmingham City 23 26
15 Fulham 23 25
16 Blackburn Rovers 23 25
17 Crystal Palace 23 18
18 Norwich City 23 16
19 Southampton 23 15
20 West Bromwich Albion 23 13
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Collins John
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
Substitutes
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 8Brian McBride
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2)
  • 25Russell Hoult
  • 14Martin Albrechtsen
  • 6Neil Clement
  • 5Darren Purse
  • 3Paul Robinson
  • 11Zolt├ín Gera
  • 8Jonathan Greening
  • 24Ronnie Wallwork
  • 10Andy Johnson
  • Kevin Campbell
  • 10Robert Earnshaw
Substitutes
  • 29Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Riccardo Scimeca
  • 19Jason Koumas
  • 9Geoff Horsfield
  • 25Kanu