Saturday 11 February 2006, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
6
Helguson 4', 40'; Radzinski 48'; o.g. Davies 58'; John 83', 90'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
1
Campbell 85'
Heidar Helguson’s hat-trick helped Fulham on their way to a comfortable win over West Brom at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

4' Goal

Heidar Helguson

40' Goal

Heidar Helguson

48' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

58' Own-goal

Curtis Davies

83' Goal

Collins John

90' Goal

Collins John

45' Yellow Card

Heidar Helguson Card was given for a foul

49' Yellow Card

Tomasz Radzinski Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Heidar Helguson

85' Goal

Kevin Campbell

29' Yellow Card

Ronnie Wallwork Card was given for a foul

61' Yellow Card

Williams Martínez Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Ellington
Off:Geoff Horsfield

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Russell Hoult
Off:Tomasz Kuszczak

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Williams Martínez
Off:Thomas Gaardsoe

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Moritz Volz made his return to the starting line up after a lengthy period out with a punctured lung and a fractured rib, injuries all sustained in Fulham’s last visit to the Hawthorns. 

A minute’s silence for former England manager and Fulham player, Ron Greenwood, who sadly passed away during the week, was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters before kick off.

Although West Brom started the match controlling possession, the Whites were first to strike when McBride and Helguson linked up to devastating effect from a long Antti Niemi clearance.  The American striker won his aerial challenge 30 yards out and the ball fell nicely into the path of Helguson, who shrugged off his marker to fire his shot past Kuszczak.

Just moments later, McBride won a corner and Fulham almost found themselves two up when Bocanegra connected with an Elliott corner, but his effort failed to trouble the West Brom keeper.

Nigel Quashie tested Niemi on 16 minutes when he sprinted clear of Fulham’s midfield and tried his luck from long range. However, the Finn was equal to the effort, tipping the shot over for a corner.

The midfield battle was shaping up to be one of the key factors in the match.  Nigel Quashie and Junichi Inamoto were looking lively for the visitors and the Whites’ central midfield pairing of Elliott and Malbranque where having to earn their right to play with some dogged work.

West Brom nearly got back on level terms in the 33rd minute when a dangerous spell of pressure saw Quashie shoot through a crowd of bodies on the edge of the area.  The slightest of touches would have taken the ball past Niemi but the Finn kept his eye on the ball and reacted well.

Heidar Helguson netted his second goal of the match on 40 minutes with a towering header from a delightful Simon Elliott delivery. The Kiwi, who has settled to the Premiership like a duck to water, added to his ever increasing assist count as his free kick found the head of the Icelandic striker.

Bryan Robson sent his players out early for the second half as he no doubt gave his charges a half time grilling.  Both Thomas Gaardsoe and Geoff Horsfield were replaced as the Baggies tried to get back into the match.

However, for all the visitors’ endeavour, it was Fulham who had the ball nestling in the back of the net – and what a moment it was for Tomasz Radzinski.  The striker ended his long spell without a goal with a cool and calm finish on 47 minutes after Steed Malbranque found him in acres of space with a chip over the West Brom back line.

Radzinski brought the ball down and flicked it over the advancing keeper.  The Canadian international was subsequently booked for taking his shirt off in celebration, but he took the caution with good humour, saluting the fans in the Stevenage Road Stand.

Helguson wrapped up his hat-trick just before the hour mark.  Steed Malbranque brought the ball clear from an uncomfortable defensive situation and fed Radzinski on the right wing.  He made good progress down the pitch before squaring the ball to Helguson on the edge of the box.  His shot took a wicked deflection off Curtis Davies before rolling past the stranded Kuszczak.

Collins John made it five for Fulham on 82 minutes after more good work from Radzinski.  The Candian striker cut inside before playing the ball into the danger area, John was on hand to divert it past substitute keeper Russell Hoult.

Kevin Campbell netted a consolation for the visitors on 85 minutes. But the scoring wasn’t over there.  Fulham struck back with a lightning counter attack. Once more Radzinski was the man to break clear, this time he squared the ball to the rapidly advancing John who made no mistake with a firm, side footed finish.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 February 2006
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,508

Referee: Graham Poll

Fulham

Line-up: Niemi; Volz, Bocanegra, Knight, Bridge; Radzinski, Elliott, Malbranque, Boa Morte; McBride, Helguson (John 64')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Goma, Jensen, Legwinski

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Kuszczak (Hoult 46'); Clement, Davies, Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe (Martínez 46'); Wallwork, Inamoto, Quashie, Greening; Campbell, Horsfield (Ellington 46')

Unused substitutes: Kozak, Carter

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 26 66
2 Manchester United 25 51
3 Liverpool 25 48
4 Tottenham Hotspur 25 44
5 Arsenal 25 41
6 Bolton Wanderers 24 39
7 Wigan Athletic 26 39
8 West Ham United 25 38
9 Blackburn Rovers 25 37
10 Everton 26 36
11 Manchester City 25 34
12 Charlton Athletic 24 33
13 Fulham 26 32
14 Newcastle United 25 32
15 Aston Villa 26 30
16 Middlesbrough 25 28
17 West Bromwich Albion 26 26
18 Birmingham City 24 20
19 Portsmouth 25 18
20 Sunderland 24 9
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 31Wayne Bridge
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 27Simon Elliott
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 10Heidar Helguson
Substitutes
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 15Collins John
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2)
  • 29Tomasz Kuszczak
  • 6Neil Clement
  • 6Curtis Davies
  • 14Martin Albrechtsen
  • 18Thomas Gaardsoe
  • 24Ronnie Wallwork
  • Junichi Inamoto
  • 7Nigel Quashie
  • 8Jonathan Greening
  • Kevin Campbell
  • 9Geoff Horsfield
Substitutes
  • 25Russell Hoult
  • 5Williams Martínez
  • 13Jan Kozak
  • 17Darren Carter
  • 9Nathan Ellington