Wednesday 4 March 2009, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Hull City
Hull City
1
Manucho 90'
An injury time strike from Hull substitute Alberto Manucho handed Hull City a win in a tough encounter at Craven Cottage. The Whites spent much of the game on the front foot but were unable to find a way through the Tigers’ back line and the visitors snatched all three points late on.

78' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

81' Yellow Card

Dickson Etuhu Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Simon Davies Card was given for a foul

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Diomansy Kamara
Off:Bobby Zamora

90' Goal

Manucho

89' Yellow Card

Geovanni Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Manucho
Off:Daniel Cousin

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Richard Garcia
Off:Bernard Mendy

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nick Barmby
Off:Geovanni

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Hull’s first attempt on goal came in the fourth minute when Geovanni stepped up and drilled a powerful shot narrowly wide of Mark Schwarzer’s right hand post. The free kick aside, there was little goalmouth action of note in opening exchanges with Phil Brown’s outfit looking to stifle the Whites and attack using more direct and physical methods.

The first signs that the Whites were looking to establish their passing game came just after the 10 minute mark when, following a tidy spell of possession, Bobby Zamora managed to find space in the Hull area and slice a left footed shot wide of the far post with two Hull defenders in close proximity.

However, those moments of passing football were few and far between as Hull’s attempts to break up the flow of the game were proving successful.

Andy Johnson flung himself full stretch to get to a Paul Konchesky cross in the 25th minute, sending the ball spinning just wide of Matt Duke’s goal with a good diving header. The Whites attacked again moments later and Zamora did well to get in behind the Tigers’ back line, unfortunately he cut the ball back behind the advancing Andy Johnson and Dempsey’s follow up at the back post was blocked by a covering defender.

Fulham continued to try and find a way through Hull’s back line but Tigers' defence was demonstrating a high level of organisation which resulted in little success for the Whites from wide areas.

Hull, through the direct running of Geovanni, looked their most dangerous when breaking down the middle of the pitch and Fulham’s best spell of the first half coincided with Geovanni temporarily leaving the pitch with a wrist injury.

Andy Johnson warmed the palms of Matt Duke immediately after the restart when Anthony Gardner, who was embroiled in a physical battle of monumental proportions with Bobby Zamora, allowed the ball through to Johnson whose shot from the angle could only be parried over by the Hull custodian.

The Whites had a penalty appeal turned down after Kevin Kilbane looked to be holding Bobby Zamora as the striker waited for the ball to arrive from Paul Konchesky’s diagonal delivery into the box.

Duke had to be alive to Dempsey’s 30 yard pile driver on 53 minutes after the American lined up another long rage effort. The ball seemed destined for the top corner but credit to Duke who pulled off a fine save.

Hull had a narrow escaped shortly after when Andy Johnson headed toward goal from a Fulham corner but his effort was cleared off the line. Paul Konchesky was next to try his luck from distance on 51 minutes, Duke again was called upon to tip the ball over.

Then Bobby Zamora passed up a golden opportunity to put the Whites one goal to the good in the 63rd minute. The Whites had successfully managed to thread a passing move through a congested Hull penalty area, Simon Davies laid the ball across the face of goal to Zamora but the striker just failed to make contact from close range.

Hull bolted the back door following Zamora’s chance and for a long period thereafter the game descended into something of a scrappy affair with little happening in either goalmouth.

Phil Brown attempted to give his attacking line more threat by swapping Daniel Cousin with Alberto Manucho. The big striker was clearly looking to put Brede Hangeland off his game, leading with his elbows on numerous occasions.

Hull upped the pace as the game entered the last ten minutes as both sides looked for the winner. Duke saved well from Dempsey in the 83rd minute after the American international shot from the edge of the area.

Diomansy Kamara came on for Bobby Zamora late on as Roy Hodgson looked to try and break the deadlock. But Hull stole the show when Richard Garcia bustled his way to the touchline and crossed for Manucho to touch the ball home from close range, sending the visiting fans wild. The Whites tried to get back into the game but there little that could be done.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2009
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,051

Referee: Michael Jones

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Kamara 89'), Johnson

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Kallio, Gera, Dacourt, Nevland

Hull City

Line-up: Duke; Ricketts, Gardner, Turner, Zayatte; Geovanni (Barmby 90'), Mendy (Garcia 89'), Ashbee, Kilbane; Fagan, Cousin (Manucho 76')

Unused substitutes: Myhill, Hughes, France, Halmosi

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 27 65
2 Chelsea 28 58
3 Liverpool 28 58
4 Aston Villa 28 52
5 Arsenal 28 49
6 Everton 28 45
7 West Ham United 28 39
8 Manchester City 28 35
9 Wigan Athletic 28 35
10 Fulham 27 34
11 Bolton Wanderers 28 33
12 Hull City 28 32
13 Tottenham Hotspur 27 31
14 Sunderland 27 31
15 Stoke City 28 29
16 Newcastle United 28 28
17 Portsmouth 27 28
18 Blackburn Rovers 27 27
19 Middlesbrough 28 26
20 West Bromwich Albion 28 22
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
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 16Olivier Dacourt
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
Hull City (4-4-2)
  • 1Matt Duke
  • 21Sam Ricketts
  • 5Anthony Gardner
  • 6Michael Turner
  • 24Kamil Zayatte
  • 10Geovanni
  • 15Bernard Mendy
  • 4Ian Ashbee
  • 21Kevin Kilbane
  • 10Craig Fagan
  • 25Daniel Cousin
Substitutes
  • 1Boaz Myhill
  • Bryan Hughes
  • 13Ryan France
  • 16Péter Halmosi
  • 18Nick Barmby
  • 29Richard Garcia
  • 28Manucho