Sunday 18 January 2009, 1:30pm at Boleyn Ground, London
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United
West Ham United
3
Di Michele 7'; Noble (pen) 60'; Carlton Cole 76'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Konchesky 22'
Despite a thunderbolt strike from Paul Konchesky, Fulham lose 3-1 at Upton Park in Sunday's London derby.

7' Goal

David Di Michele

60' Penalty

Mark Noble

76' Goal

Carlton Cole

53' Yellow Card

Valon Behrami Card was given for a foul

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Julien Faubert
Off:Mark Noble

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kieron Dyer
Off:David Di Michele

22' Goal

Paul Konchesky

45' Yellow Card

John Pantsil Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Simon Davies Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Paul Konchesky Card was given for a foul

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Erik Nevland
Off:Bobby Zamora

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Simon Davies

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Sunday's London derby at Upton Park was Fulham's first Premier League fixture of the New Year since their dramatic two-all draw with Chelsea three weeks earlier.

Jimmy Bullard was the only regular (injured) missing from Roy Hodgson's settled squad so Dickson Etuhu made his third consecutive start alongside Danny Murphy in central midfield.

The one noticeable absentee from Gianfranco Zola's side was striker Craig Bellamy who did not travel to Upton Park with the Hammers squad. David Di Michele started alongside Carlton Cole in attack.

Fulham got the game underway attacking the Bobby Moore Stand, and Murphy fired in the first shot of the game, a speculative volley from 20 yards which flew high of Green's bar in the first minute of play.

After a quiet start to the game at Upton Park the home side attempted to take control of proceedings with a sustained period of possession. The Whites looked comfortable until a defensive error by John Pantsil allowed Di Michele to sneak in and give West Ham the lead after six minutes of play.

Fulham's right back attempted to chest a long ball into Fulham's area back to Schwarzer but his effort left the keeper stranded and Di Michele stroked the ball home from six yards out.

West Ham dominated the game following Di Michele's strike with Scott Parker pulling the strings in midfield. However the Hammers early lead was cancelled out after 21 minutes of play when Paul Konchesky scored against his former club with a sensational left footed strike from 30 yards.

After more than fifty appearances for Fulham Konchesky opened goal scoring account with a contender for Goal of the Month. After collecting the ball in his own half Konchesky raced up the left flank before smashing the ball past Robert Green from distance to put Fulham back on level terms.

On the half hour mark the game was brought to a halt when Carlton Cole went to ground following an innocuous challenge in the middle of the park. Five minutes later Fulham earned a free kick on the edge of West Ham's area following a last ditch challenge by Noble on Zamora. Noble went into Phil Dowd's book but Konchesky failed to capitalise on the opportunity, firing his left footed free kick into the wall.

Three minutes later Lucas Neil sent Di Michele free in the area after delivering a superb 40-yard pass down the right flank. On the right hand side of the six-yard box Di Michele was one-on-one with Schwarzer but fortunately for Fulham the striker blazed his effort high over the cross bar.

The Hammers upped the tempo before half time and some impressive last-ditch tackles by Murphy and Hangeland were required to keep the score level. Two minutes before the break Pantsil went into the book following a crude tackle on Ilunga on the left hand side of the area. Noble delivered a short free-kick to Di Michele who fired into the side netting from a tight angle. Di Michele's effort was the final action of a tight first half inside a subdued Upton Park.

Both sides started the second half with a greater sense of urgency and after 49 minutes Di Michele put the ball into the back of the net following a fine volley from the left hand side of the area. The home fans celebrations were short lived as the linesman's flag was raised for offside.

Phil Dowd booked two players in as many minutes following Di Michele's effort. Simon Davies earned a yellow for not retreating ten yards on a West Ham free kick and Behrami was booked after scything down Dempsey down the right flank.

Bobby Zamora had a good chance against his former side ten minutes into the second half. The striker latched onto a ball on the far post but lashed his effort high over the bar.

The second half was certainly a more entertaining spectacle and Fulham were enjoying a fair share of possession in West Ham's half. However the Whites good work came undone after 57 minutes when Paul Konchesky brought down Carlton Cole in the area.

Phil Dowd had no hesitation in pointing to the spot before booking Konchesky. Noble stepped up for the penalty and fired his effort into the right hand side of Schwarzer's goal to put the Hammers ahead.

Carlton Cole was proving a handful in the second half and went close to increasing the home side's lead with a fierce volley from 25 yards which flew just wide of Schwarzer's near post.

After 70 minutes of play Roy Hodgson made the first substitution of the game, replacing Bobby Zamora with Erik Nevland in attack. A minute later Simon Davies made way for Zoltan Gera as Fulham looked for a way back into the game.

Carlton Cole increased West Ham's lead fifteen minutes from time when he fired past Schwarzer from 12 yards to put the home side three-one up. A quick counter attack saw Cole's set free down the right hand side of the area and his low shot across goal flew past Schwarzer into the corner of the net. 

There was a flurry of substitutions ten minutes from time. For West Ham goalscorer Noble was replaced by Faubert and Behrani made way for Mullins. Kieron Dyer came on for Di Michele shortly after. For Fulham Andreasen replaced Etuhu in central midfield.

Cole's strike effectively killed the game off and chances were few and far between during the closing stages. Fulham's unbeaten run of nine league games came to an end at Upton Park on Sunday and Roy Hodgson's side will now turn their attention towards next Saturday's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Kettering Town.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 18 January 2009
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 31,818

Referee: Phil Dowd

West Ham United

Line-up: Green; Neill, Collins, Upson, Ilunga; Behrami, Parker, Noble (Faubert 81'), Collison; Carlton Cole, Di Michele (Dyer 87')

Unused substitutes: Stech, Stanislas, Boa Morte, Sears, Diego Tristán

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies (Gera 74'), Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Nevland 72'), Johnson

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Kallio, Baird, Gray

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 21 47
2 Liverpool 21 46
3 Chelsea 22 45
4 Aston Villa 22 44
5 Arsenal 22 41
6 Everton 21 35
7 Wigan Athletic 22 31
8 West Ham United 22 29
9 Hull City 22 27
10 Fulham 20 26
11 Manchester City 21 25
12 Bolton Wanderers 22 23
13 Newcastle United 22 23
14 Sunderland 22 23
15 Portsmouth 20 23
16 Blackburn Rovers 21 21
17 Middlesbrough 22 21
18 Stoke City 22 21
19 West Bromwich Albion 22 21
20 Tottenham Hotspur 21 20
West Ham United (4-4-2)
  • 1Robert Green
  • 2Lucas Neill
  • 19James Collins
  • 15Matthew Upson
  • 23Hérita Ilunga
  • 21Valon Behrami
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 16Mark Noble
  • 10Jack Collison
  • 9Carlton Cole
  • 32David Di Michele
Substitutes
  • 29Marek Stech
  • 18Julien Faubert
  • 7Kieron Dyer
  • 25Junior Stanislas
  • 13Luis Boa Morte
  • 19Freddie Sears
  • 25Diego Tristán
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 9Bobby Zamora
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 22Fredrik Stoor
  • 33Toni Kallio
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 17Julian Gray
  • 10Erik Nevland