Saturday 13 January 2007, 3:00pm at Boleyn Ground, London
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United
West Ham United
3
Zamora 28'; Benayoun 46', 64'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Radzinski 16'; McBride 59'; Christanval 90'
A thrilling London derby sees Philippe Christanval score an injury time equaliser to secure a point for Fulham.

28' Goal

Bobby Zamora

46' Goal

Yossi Benayoun

64' Goal

Yossi Benayoun

35' Yellow Card

Nigel Reo-Coker Card was given for a foul

65' Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora Card was given for a foul

76' 2nd Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Carlton Cole Card was given for a foul

11' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Spector
Off:James Collins

13' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby Zamora
Off:Carlos Tévez

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Newton
Off:Daniel Gabbidon

16' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

59' Goal

Brian McBride

90' Goal

Philippe Christanval

6' Yellow Card

Philippe Christanval Card was given for a foul

22' Yellow Card

Franck Queudrue Card was given for a foul

38' Yellow Card

Liam Rosenior Card was given for a foul

67' Yellow Card

Heidar Helguson Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Wayne Routledge Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Vincenzo Montella
Off:Heidar Helguson

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After falling behind twice Philippe Christanval smashed home an injury time equaliser to make it six games undefeated in the Premiership for Chris Coleman’s side.

Graham Poll was in charge of proceedings at Upton Park and Fulham got the game underway in front of a sell-out crowd of 34,977. On a mild afternoon in East London Chris Coleman’s side faced former Captain Luis Boa Morte, sporting a claret and blue jersey following his transfer across the Capital.

In the opening minutes Fulham searched for an opening down the right hand side and Liam Rosenior produced the first direct attack on goal. After being set free down the right Rosenior delivered a fine cross into the box but Roy Carroll collected with ease.

After five minutes the game exploded into action. A hopeful long ball into Fulham’s area reached Philippe Christanval but the defender’s mistimed clearance set Carlos Tevez through on goal. Sensing danger Christanval wrestled the striker to the floor and Poll reached for his pocket.

The home support roared for a dismissal but Poll opted for a yellow. Former Whites winger Boa Morte stepped up to take the set piece but sent his shot against the wall from 20 yards.

After only ten minutes Alan Curbishley was forced to make the first substitution of the game, replacing James Collins with Jonathan Spector. West Ham’s luck didn’t improve as Tevez limped off two minutes later and Bobby Zamora entered the fray.

On 14 minutes Boa Morte was handed the first real opportunity of the game. After some good work from Banayoun on the right a deep ball from the by-line found the Portuguese winger on the far post but he failed to control his finish and the ball drifted wide to safety.

Fulham broke the deadlock on 15 minutes following a corner from the right hand side. Helguson turned the ball back towards goal and Tomasz Radzinski was first to react on the line, turning the ball into the home side’s net. Fulham’s strong travelling support celebrated as the Bobby Moore Stand fell into a stunned silence.

On 21 minutes Queudrue’s over exuberant challenge on Quashie earned the Frenchman a booking from Poll. Despite sustained pressure from West Ham, Fulham certainly looked dangerous on the counter attack, utilising the pace of Radzinski and Routledge to good effect.

Boa Morte earned himself a dressing down from Poll on 24 minutes following his response to a challenge from Brown. The home crowd were growing increasingly frustrated with events on the field but they didn’t have to wait long to see their side get back in the game.

West Ham brought the game level on 28 minutes. Zamora latched onto a long ball into the area and shrugged off the attention of Christanval before sending a crisp drive past Lastuvka from 19 yards out.

The home crowd were on their feet a minute later when Boa Morte almost gave the home side the lead. Boa Morte eluded his marker on the far post but could only send his volley across the face of goal.

On the half hour mark Franck Queudrue writhed in pain following a headed challenge on the left hand side. Poll called a halt to proceedings whilst the defender received attention on the side of the pitch.

As the game re-started another long ball through the centre of the park found Carlton Cole 25 yards from goal. The striker’s first touch took him into the area and as he looked to pull the trigger Carlos Bocanegra raced in and produced a superb sliding tackle.

West Ham had the momentum and Fulham’s defence was stretched. Reo-Coker was booked on 35 minutes following a late challenge on Brian McBride. Fulham countered with a series of deep crosses into the area but failed to test West Ham keeper Carroll.

Liam Rosenior was booked on 37 minutes. As Boa Morte looked for a way past the defender Rosenior was late with his challenge, although any contact looked minimal as the winger went to ground.

The match certainly didn’t lack needle as play was increasingly interrupted by a series of late challenges in the middle of the park.

Five minutes before the interval Fulham produced their best spell of attacking football. After a sustained spell of possession Wayne Routledge raced across the edge of the Hammers area. His close control took him past two defenders before unleashing a right footed shot past Carroll. The keeper was beaten but the ball whistled past the post.

Captain Michael Brown certainly made his presence felt on Nigel Quashie before half-time. Brown launched into at thunderous challenge on the midfielder in-front of the Fulham dug-out.

As Poll called time on the first-half Radzinski was left floored following a late challenge by George McCartney. Radzinski eventually made his way to the dressing room with the support of Fulham’s physio.

West Ham kicked off the second period and 14 seconds into the half Benayoun gave the Hammers the lead. Straight from kick-off the Israeli winger collected the ball on the edge of the box. Sensing Lastuvka off his line, Benayoun sent a superb left footed chip over the keeper.

After the worst possible start to the half Chris Coleman’s side went looking for an equaliser. Wayne Routledge looked the most likely to break through West Ham’s defence as the evening closed in.

On 56 minutes some brave keeping from Carroll denied Fulham a certain equaliser. A quickly taken free-kick down the right set Radzinski free. The winger reached the by-line and sent in a low cross. Carroll dived for the ball and as McBride went in for the ball. The keeper was left grounded and required treatment.

McBride capitalised on his next opportunity three minutes later, bringing the game level with a superb headed goal. Volz sent a cross in from the left hand side and McBride leapt eight yards from goal to send his header past Carroll. Fulham’s players celebrated in front of the Bobby Moore stand as Upton Park fell silent.

Fulham’s hard work was undone on 63 minutes when Banayoun capitalised on a defensive error to give the home side a 3-2 lead. Carlos Bocanegra hesitated as a searching ball reached Fulham’s area and Benayoun skipped round Lastuvka to send the ball into an empty net.

Michael Brown’s frustration boiled over on 66 minutes and a late challenge on Quashie earned Fulham’s Captain a booking. Moments later Chris Coleman made his first substitution of the game, introducing Vincenzo Montella for Heidar Helguson.

On 75 minutes Fulham’s supporters were appealing for a penalty when Montella went down under a heavy challenge in the area but Poll dismissed the claim immediately.

Seconds later West Ham went a man down when Bobby Zamora was sent off for a late challenge on Franck Queudrue and two minutes later Bocanegra was booked after a late challenge just outside the penalty area. Quashie took the free-kick from the left hand side but Lastuvka read the delivery and collected with ease.

Fulham went on the attack and on 79 minutes Moritz Volz produced a fine cross on the turn but the delivery was just beyond the reach of Montella.

Curbishley made his final substitution of the game on 81 minutes, replacing Danny Gabbidon with Shaun Newton. Wayne Routledge was booked on 84 minutes after blocking Luis Boa Morte’s run down the left.

West Ham almost put the game beyond doubt on 85 minutes. Benayoun’s run down the left set up Boa Morte on the left by-line. The winger sent his delivery across goal but Franck Queudrue was on hand to clear the ball to safety.

Fulham were denied the opportunity to go on the attack in the final minutes of play as West Ham closed the game down in the corner, earning a series of free-kicks and corners as the clock ticked down.

However the fourth official indicated five minutes of injury time and Fulham almost grabbed an equaliser as the game entered extra time. A corner from the right was headed goalwards by Queudrue. The header had Carroll beaten but West Ham were saved by a goal-line clearance.

Fulham threw everything at West Ham in the closing minutes and in an unbelievable finale Philippe Christanval scored an incredible equaliser to earn Fulham a point. After a series of attacks into West Ham’s area the ball bounced in front of Christanval eight yards from goal. The defender made no mistake with his finish, smashing the ball past Carroll to earn Fulham a point.

It was a remarkable comeback by Fulham and Coleman’s side showed their character in coming back twice in a truly entertaining London derby. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 13 January 2007
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 34,997

Referee: Graham Poll

West Ham United

Line-up: Carroll; Gabbidon (Newton 81'), Dailly, Collins (Spector 11'), McCartney; Benayoun, Quashie, Reo-Coker, Boa Morte; Carlton Cole, Tévez (Zamora 13')

Unused substitutes: Green, Mullins

Fulham

Line-up: Lastuvka; Rosenior, Christanval, Bocanegra, Queudrue; Routledge, Brown, Volz, Radzinski; McBride, Helguson (Montella 67')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Pearce, Omozusi, Runström

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 23 57
2 Chelsea 23 51
3 Liverpool 23 43
4 Bolton Wanderers 23 40
5 Arsenal 22 39
6 Portsmouth 23 37
7 Tottenham Hotspur 22 32
8 Everton 22 31
9 Reading 22 30
10 Manchester City 23 30
11 Blackburn Rovers 21 28
12 Fulham 23 28
13 Middlesbrough 23 27
14 Aston Villa 23 26
15 Newcastle United 22 26
16 Sheffield United 23 24
17 Wigan Athletic 22 22
18 West Ham United 23 19
19 Charlton Athletic 23 16
20 Watford 21 12
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1Roy Carroll
  • 4Daniel Gabbidon
  • 24Christian Dailly
  • 19James Collins
  • 3George McCartney
  • 15Yossi Benayoun
  • 26Nigel Quashie
  • 20Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 13Luis Boa Morte
  • 9Carlton Cole
  • 32Carlos Tévez
Substitutes
  • 1Robert Green
  • 18Jonathan Spector
  • 17Hayden Mullins
  • 26Shaun Newton
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Jan Lastuvka
  • 7Liam Rosenior
  • 5Philippe Christanval
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Franck Queudrue
  • 22Wayne Routledge
  • 8Michael Brown
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 9Heidar Helguson
Substitutes
  • 30Tony Warner
  • 19Ian Pearce
  • 32Elliot Omozusi
  • 10Björn Runström
  • 11Vincenzo Montella