Saturday 12 December 2009, 3:00pm at Turf Moor, Burnley
Barclays Premier League
Burnley
1
Elliott 60'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Zamora 50'
Following last weekend’s victory over Sunderland Roy Hodgson retained the same starting eleven to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

60' Goal

Wade Elliott

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Nugent
Off:Robbie Blake

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin McDonald
Off:André Bikey

50' Goal

Bobby Zamora

36' Yellow Card

Jonathan Greening Card was given for a foul

39' Yellow Card

Paul Konchesky Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Erik Nevland

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Aaron Hughes captained Fulham for the Club’s Barclays Premier League encounter against Owen Coyle’s side and Fulham certainly had their work cut out against the Premier League’s new boys on Saturday.

Burnley’s impressive home record of only one defeat in seven league games at Turf Moor included the notable scalps of Manchester United and Everton at the start of the 09/10 campaign.

During the opening exchanges Roy Hodgson’s side looked likely to make that two home defeats when the Whites created two opportunities on goal in the opening three minutes of play.

First Bobby Zamora set Damien Duff through on goal down the right channel. Burnley’s keeper Jensen raced out of goal and Duff attempted to lob the keeper from 16 yards but his effort went agonisingly wide of the near post.

Seconds later Jensen parried the ball around the post to deny Erik Nevland’s snap shot across goal from the right hand side of the six-yard box.

Burnley responded immediately and after four minutes Schwarzer was forced to produce a fine save to deny Blake’s thunderous left footed volley from twenty-five yards.

It was an open, exciting contest at Turf Moor and both sides were reigning in shots on goal at both ends. Duff and Baird went close from distance for Fulham whilst at the other end Eagles tried his luck with a right-footed drive from 25 yards. The score remained on level terms largely thanks to the athleticism of both keepers who produced notable saves for their respective teams during the first ten minutes of play.

Clint Dempsey almost produced a contender for Goal of the Month after 17 minutes. Then American sprinted clear of his marker from the half way line and proceeded to smash a right-footed shot dipping over the cross bar from 35 yard.

After 21 minutes Erik Nevland’s awareness and skill in the final third bamboozled his marker Carlisle into a clumsy challenge 30 yards from goal. The Whites then produced a set piece from the Training Ground, which resulted in Baird latching onto Pantsil’s cross from the right to head goalwards from 12 yards. It was a fine move but Fulham were once again denied by Jensen’s alertness and fine positioning in goal.

Damien Duff was certainly in for a testing afternoon and was on the end of some over exuberant challenges down the right during the first half. However the former Blackburn player kept his cool throughout the contest and looked to punish Burnley with some intelligent deliveries form the right flank.

As half time approached the contest became ever more physical. Greening was booked for a high challenge on Bikey after 34 minutes before Konchesky received a yellow card for a late challenge on Mears. Burnley’s right back had managed to skip past Konchesky to set up Eagles who fired a left footed shot in on goal from close range. Once again Schwarzer was alert to the danger.

Bobby Zamora and Erik Nevland were becoming increasingly frustrated by the heavy treatment they were receiving in the challenge from Burnley’s central defensive pairing of Caldwell and Carlisle before the break as the game remained on level terms.

Fulham got the second half underway but it was the home side that created the first clear-cut opening of the second half when Elliot’s shot from the edge of the area forced Schwarzer into action after 49 minutes.

Burnley were left to rue their missed opportunity 30 seconds later when Bobby Zamora rifled the ball past Jensen from the right hand side of the area to give Fulham the lead.

It was a superb strike by Zamora who capitalised on Baird’s long free-kick delivery from inside Fulham's half. Zamora outpaced his marker and produced a deadly finish into the far coner of the net from 10 yards out.

Following Zamora’s strike Fulham settled into their play and began to dominate possession at Turf Moor. Chances continued to come their way and thanks to Duff’s teasing runs down the right there was a frequent supply chain for Fulham’s forward line.

Dempsey almost doubled Fulham’s lead after 54 minutes when he was left unmarked to head Damien Duff’s in-swinging corner towards the back post. Burnley’s last line of defence cleared seconds later, against the run of play, Burnley pulled the game level thanks to a stunning strike from Elliot.

The midfielder latched onto a deep cross from the left to send a thunderous volley across goal and into roof of the net.

Backed by a boisterous Turf Moor crowd Burnley were reinvigorated by Elliot’s equaliser and looked to gain the upper hand, but Hodgson’s side remained composed throughout the second period.

Fulham continued to look threatening, particularly with Zamora in such outstanding form and Duff causing problems down the right flank. Zamora’s strike partner Nevland missed his final opportunity of the match from the right hand side of the area before Zoltan Gera replaced the Norwegian on 76 minutes.

Hodgson’s substitution saw Dempsey move into attack alongside Zamora with Gera slotting in at left midfield. Gera almost made an immediate impact when he smashed in a left footed drive just wide of goal from 25 yards with ten minutes remaining.

It was end-to-end action during the final stages of the match as both sides went in search of maximum points but the game remained on level terms.

Few sides have taken much joy from trips to Turf Moor this season but Fulham will be disappointed they did not come away with all three points from Saturday’s contest.

Roy Hodgson’s side will now prepare for their final UEFA Europa League group game against Basel on Wednesday night hoping to keep the Club’s European adventure alive with a memorable result in Switzerland.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 12 December 2009
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 18,397

Referee: Mike Jones

Burnley

Line-up: Jensen; Mears, Caldwell, Carlisle, Jordan; Eagles, Elliott, Alexander, André Bikey (McDonald 76'), Blake (Nugent 55'); Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Penny, Edgar, Kudiersky, McCann, Rodriguez

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Duff, Baird, Greening, Dempsey; Zamora, Nevland (Gera 76')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Smalling, Murphy, Bjorn Helge Riise, Dikgacoi, Elm

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 16 37
2 Manchester United 15 34
3 Arsenal 14 28
4 Tottenham Hotspur 16 27
5 Aston Villa 15 26
6 Manchester City 15 26
7 Liverpool 15 24
8 Birmingham City 16 24
9 Fulham 16 23
10 Sunderland 16 21
11 Stoke City 16 21
12 Blackburn Rovers 16 19
13 Burnley 16 18
14 Wigan Athletic 16 18
15 Everton 16 17
16 Hull City 17 17
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 16
18 West Ham United 16 14
19 Bolton Wanderers 15 13
20 Portsmouth 16 11
Burnley (4-5-1)
  • 12Brian Jensen
  • 14Tyrone Mears
  • 6Steven Caldwell
  • 5Clarke Carlisle
  • 23Stephen Jordan
  • 33Chris Eagles
  • 11Wade Elliott
  • 2Graham Alexander
  • 21André Bikey
  • 20Robbie Blake
  • 9Steven Fletcher
Substitutes
  • 31Diego Penny
  • 15David Edgar
  • 36Nik Kudiersky
  • 6Chris McCann
  • 7Kevin McDonald
  • 9Jay Rodriguez
  • 22David Nugent
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 10Erik Nevland
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 35David Elm