Tuesday 9 February 2010, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Murphy 23'; Elm 31'; Zamora 54'
Burnley
0
Fulham produced a fine performance to deservedly take all three points on Tuesday evening against Burnley.

23' Goal

Danny Murphy

31' Goal

David Elm

54' Goal

Bobby Zamora

37' Yellow Card

Dickson Etuhu Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Greening
Off:Simon Davies

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefano Okaka
Off:Bobby Zamora

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bjorn Helge Riise
Off:Damien Duff

31' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Eagles
Off:Leon Cort

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Cork
Off:Wade Elliott

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Paterson
Off:David Nugent

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The White soon seized control of proceedings and David Elm set up Danny Murphy for the opener. Elm turned from provider to scorer soon after when he prodded home a rebound from Bobby Zamora’s shot. The scoring was rounded off in the second-half when Bobby Zamora placed a low free-kick past Brian Jensen.   

Simon Davies and Dickson Etuhu made their return to the Fulham starting eleven, somewhat relieving the Whites of their recent injury troubles. Whilst up front Bobby Zamora was also back on the team sheet, having recovered from short bout of illness.

Following a slow start to the encounter, the Whites were first to work a dangerous opportunity when Simon Davies, who was lurking at the back post, almost got his foot to a wide shot from Damien Duff.

The game sparked into life soon after that opportunity with both sides playing neat, one-touch football much to the appreciation of the Craven Cottage crowd. One such passage of play produced a fine opening for Duff down the Fulham right flank, unfortunately when the ball was cut back to the edge of the area, there were no Fulham players on hand to apply the finish.

Despite chances being at a premium during the first 20 minutes, there were no groans of frustration from the crowd who were witnessing a delightful show of passing football. Fulham upped the tempo on 21 minutes when Duff fed a short pass to David Elm, whose attempted curling effort into the bottom corner was held by Jensen.

Fulham took the lead in the 22nd minute through Danny Murphy . The pressure had been building up from Roy Hodgson’s side and the breakthrough came from a well-worked opportunity. David Elm was the creator as he nodded Nicky Shorey’s diagonal pass into the path of Murphy, who had made a darting run into the area to finish well past Jensen.

Fulham continued to apply the pressure and a fine save from Jensen helped stave off a Fulham second. The Whites maintained their momentum and the second goal of the evening came soon enough when David Elmopened his account. Bobby Zamora made good ground down the right flank and his left-footed shot could only palmed out by Jensen but only to the feet of Elm who delicately lifted the ball over the grounded keeper and into the net.

There was a timely reminder of the danger that Burnley posed on 41 minutes when Tyrone Mears’ free kick clipped the outside of Mark Schwarzer’s post. 

The Whites didn’t have to wait long for the first chance of the second-half to present itself. Bobby Zamora blocked a clearance and forced an impressive low save from Jensen, winning Fulham a corner in the process.

There was a glimmer of danger on 50 minutes when a surging run from Andre Bikey took him clear of his midfielder markers but an uncompromising clearance from Aaron Hughes stopped the big midfielder in his tracks.

Fulham won a free right on the edge of the area when Bobby Zamora was hauled to the ground on 52 minutes by David Edgar. Zamora stepped up to coolly side foot the free kick past the despairing grasp of Jensen to make it three-nil.

Simon Davies was replaced by Jonathan Greening on 61 minutes after making a good return from his spell on the sidelines. 

With the game drifting away from them Burnley stuck to their task and kept Fulham honest – although the Whites were certainly in no mood to give Brian Laws’ side an easy way back into the game.

Fulham’s attack was refreshed on 70 minutes with the introduction of Stefano Okaka for Bobby Zamora. The Whites’ final change of the evening saw Bjorn Helge Riise come on for Duff on 77 minutes – by which time the game was clearly in the process of winding down.

Only another good stop from Jensen prevented Fulham from netting their fourth of the night when Stefano Okaka’s shot was tipped wide after the Italian Under-21 international was played in on goal by Riise. And it proved to be the last moment of note in the match as Fulham closed out the game well in control.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 9 February 2010
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,005

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey; Duff (Bjorn Helge Riise 76'), Etuhu, Murphy, Davies (Greening 61'); Elm, Zamora (Okaka 70')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kelly, Smalling, Nevland

Burnley

Line-up: Jensen; Mears, Cort (Eagles 31'), Carlisle, Edgar; Elliott (Cork 55'), André Bikey, McDonald, Fox; Nugent (Paterson 75'), Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Weaver, Duff, Blake, Thompson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 25 58
2 Manchester United 25 56
3 Arsenal 25 49
4 Liverpool 25 44
5 Manchester City 24 44
6 Tottenham Hotspur 25 43
7 Aston Villa 24 41
8 Birmingham City 24 37
9 Fulham 26 34
10 Everton 24 32
11 Stoke City 24 30
12 Blackburn Rovers 25 28
13 Sunderland 25 26
14 Wigan Athletic 24 24
15 Hull City 25 24
16 Burnley 25 23
17 Bolton Wanderers 24 22
18 West Ham United 24 21
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 21
20 Portsmouth 25 16
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 7Nicky Shorey
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 35David Elm
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 9Stefano Okaka
  • 10Erik Nevland
Burnley (4-4-2)
  • 12Brian Jensen
  • 14Tyrone Mears
  • 18Leon Cort
  • 5Clarke Carlisle
  • 15David Edgar
  • 11Wade Elliott
  • 21André Bikey
  • 7Kevin McDonald
  • 3Daniel Fox
  • 22David Nugent
  • 9Steven Fletcher
Substitutes
  • 31Nicky Weaver
  • 4Michael Duff
  • 20Robbie Blake
  • 33Chris Eagles
  • 42Jack Cork
  • 10Martin Paterson
  • 30Steve Thompson