Sunday 22 February 2009, 1:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Zamora 61'; Johnson 72'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
0
Sunday 22 February 2009

61' Goal

Bobby Zamora

72' Goal

Andrew Johnson

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Diomansy Kamara
Off:Andrew Johnson

80' Substitution

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

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Olivier Dacourt
Off:Danny Murphy

85' Yellow Card

Paul Robinson Card was given for a foul

50' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Brunt
Off:Filipe Teixeira

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Juan Carlos Menseguez
Off:James Morrison

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Roman Bednar
Off:Marc-Antoine Fortuné

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Goals from Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson handed Fulham a richly deserved victory over West Brom at Craven Cottage on Sunday. The Whites controlled the game for long spells, hit the woodwork four times and were full value for the three points.

The Whites welcomed Diomansy Kamara back into the fold as the striker was named on the bench for the first time this season after a long injury lay-off.

Scott Carson produced a fine save on the three minute mark to deny a well-taken Danny Murphy free kick after Andy Johnson was brought down near the edge of the West Brom penalty area. With Paul Konchesky also lining up to take the set piece, Murphy directed an effort which Carson palmed, at full stretch, onto the post. The ball was then cleared to safety.

The lively movement of West Brom’s strike force of Jay Simpson and Marc-Antoine Fortune was certainly giving Fulham’s defence something to think about during the early stages. But despite the threat posed by the Baggies’ strike force, Fulham were making most of the running in terms of attacking play.

Fulham turned the heat up on 18 minutes as West Brom struggled to clear their lines. A series of failed clearances resulted in the ball falling to the impressive Dickson Etuhu whose powerful volley from 25 yards could only be parried out by the diving Scott Carson.

A well put together counter attack from Fulham on 23 minutes saw Clint Dempsey produce a stunning left-footed drive which had Carson beaten and clattered the angle of bar and post. The rebound fell kindly to West Brom and they were able to get the ball away from the danger zone.

The Whites continued to bide their time in looking for an opening and once again the woodwork came to West Brom’s rescue – this time Danny Murphy’s side-footed effort from 20 yards looked destined for the top corner but instead struck the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.

The West Brom back line continued to live dangerously when a defensive mix-up saw Danny Murphy’s chipped pass headed past the advancing Scott Carson by Leon Barnett. With the ball rolling on its way into the goal Carson scrambled back just in time to claw the ball away.

A fine opportunity fell to Bobby Zamora on 42 minutes after Simon Davies headed the ball into the path of the big striker, unfortunately Zamora snatched at the chance and sliced over from 10 yards.

West Brom started the second half with a greater degree of urgency but despite their increased work rate, the Whites were still maintaining control of proceedings. Tony Mowbray took action to remedy this by replacing Filipe Teixeira with Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt on 49 minutes. Brunt immediately looked to give the Baggies more width down their left flank and added a spark to their forward play.

A promising Fulham attack on 58 minutes almost created a good opening for the Whites. Clint Dempsey fed the ball to Zamora who cut inside his marker. Zamora regained his footing to play the ball back to Dempsey whose shot took a large deflection which forced Carson to parry.

Fulham continued to press forward and finally took the lead through Bobby Zamora on 61 minutes. The move started with a good forward run from John Pantsil, after beating Chris Brunt his cross was headed to the back post were Bobby Zamora was waiting to apply the scoring touch.

The goal put West Brom into the position where they had nothing to lose and as a result their attacking play carried much more intent.

Fulham struck the woodwork for the fourth time in the 70th minute when Simon Davies’ cross was met by the head of Brede Hangeland. His effort hit the underside of the bar and was scrambled off the line by Carson. Zamora had an opportunity to fire home the rebound but he was unable to get the ball out from under his feet.

Fulham did not have long to wait for their second though as Andy Johnson made it two-nil on 71 minutes. Bobby Zamora took Danny Murphy’s free kick well on his chest before unleashing a powerful shot which was blocked by Carson but only as far as Johnson, who placed the ball into a relatively unguarded net.

Roy Hodgson replaced both Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson with Erik Nevland and Diomansy Kamara as Fulham looked to finish the game off in style. Danny Murphy’s involvement ended soon after when he was replaced by Olivier Dacourt.

West Brom were handed a lifeline late on after Brunt was brought down in the area for a penalty. Roman Bednar stepped up but his kick was easily saved by Mark Schwarzer.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 22 February 2009
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 22,394

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy (Dacourt 85'), Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Nevland 80'), Johnson (Kamara 80')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kallio, Baird, Gray

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Carson; Barnett, Zuiverloon, Méité, Robinson; Borja Valero, Morrison (Menseguez 77'), Koren, Teixeira (Brunt 50'); Fortuné (Bednar 81'), Simpson

Unused substitutes: Kiely, Cech, Martis, Moore

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 26 62
2 Liverpool 25 54
3 Chelsea 26 52
4 Aston Villa 26 51
5 Arsenal 26 45
6 Everton 25 40
7 Wigan Athletic 26 35
8 Fulham 25 33
9 West Ham United 26 33
10 Manchester City 25 31
11 Sunderland 26 31
12 Bolton Wanderers 26 30
13 Hull City 25 29
14 Portsmouth 26 28
15 Newcastle United 25 27
16 Tottenham Hotspur 25 25
17 Stoke City 26 25
18 Blackburn Rovers 25 23
19 Middlesbrough 26 23
20 West Bromwich Albion 26 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
  • 33Toni Kallio
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 16Olivier Dacourt
  • 17Julian Gray
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2)
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 25Leon Barnett
  • 22Gianni Zuiverloon
  • 23Abdoulaye Méité
  • 3Paul Robinson
  • 28Borja Valero
  • 7James Morrison
  • 7Robert Koren
  • 20Filipe Teixeira
  • 32Marc-Antoine Fortuné
  • 29Jay Simpson
Substitutes
  • 40Dean Kiely
  • 4Marek Cech
  • 24Shelton Martis
  • 11Chris Brunt
  • 21Juan Carlos Menseguez
  • 16Luke Moore
  • 43Roman Bednar