Sunday 3 April 2011, 1:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Zamora 23', 28'; Etuhu 72'
Blackpool
0
Two first-half goals from Bobby Zamora and a strike from Dickson Etuhu helped Fulham secure a valuable win over Blackpool at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

23' Goal

Bobby Zamora

28' Goal

Bobby Zamora

72' Goal

Dickson Etuhu

65' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Bobby Zamora

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Danny Murphy

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Damien Duff

8' Yellow Card

Charlie Adam Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jason Puncheon
Off:Elliot Grandin

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sergei Kornilenko
Off:James Beattie

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Varney
Off:Brett Ormerod

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The Whites wasted little time in putting Blackpool under pressure with Carlos Salcido and Mousa Dembele enjoying early success down the left flank. The jolt of attacking action from Fulham seemed to take Blackpool out of their early, more patient pace as they struggled to maintain possession in their half.

The visitors eventually reorganised and danger man Charlie Adam fired off a range-finder from long-range which sailed harmlessly over Mark Schwarzer’s bar. With Dickson Etuhu breaking up play superbly in the middle of the park, the visitors were unable to build from midfield.

Damien Duff struck the post following a wonderful attacking move from the Whites involving Dembele, Dempsey and Zamora. But Richard Kingston produced a stunning reaction save to divert the ball onto the post.

Kingston was called into action again on 20 minutes when he had to get his body behind a fearsome drive from Chris Baird, who looked determined to find the net from distance.

Just as Blackpool looked to be building up a head of steam, Bobby Zamora gave Fulham the lead with a confident finish on 23 minutes. A loose pass from James Beattie rolled into the path of Zamora some 50 yards out. The striker, accompanied by two Blackpool defenders, raced away toward goal and lashed a powerful right footed shot past Kingston from the edge of the area.

Zamora doubled Fulham’s lead five minutes later with a well-placed header from Damien Duff’s pinpoint free-kick.

Blackpool appeared undeterred by the score line and proceeded to produce their most positive passage of play – albeit without forcing Mark Schwarzer into action.

Chris Baird came to Fulham’s rescue on 41 minutes when his alert defending denied a certain goal for Brett Ormerod. With Mark Schwarzer coming out to punch clear a diagonal ball, Ormerod rose highest and beat the Fulham keeper to the punch, sending a header towards goal. Fortunately, Baird was able to get back in time and put the ball past the post.

The second-half got off to a far more measured start than the first, with both sides looking to maintain their shape. Charlie Adam was once again pulling the strings for Ian Holloway’s side in the middle of the park but Fulham were able to successful contain his influence.

Blackpool offered a timely reminder of their attacking threat when James Beattie struck the outside of the post after latching on to a through ball and holding off Carlos Salcido in the area.

Andrew Johnson replaced Zamora on 61 minutes with Zamora seemingly having picked up a knock. The two-goal striker went off to a standing ovation.

Blackpool soon started to frustrate the Whites by maintaining possession well at the back, but without venturing forward with any real commitment. In a bid to get more out of his team, Ian Holloway made a triple substitution on 67 minutes.

Fulham put the game beyond Blackpool’s reach on 72 minutes courtesy of a goal from Dickson Etuhu. The midfielder rounded of an impressive performance tapping in Brede Hangeland’s driven cross after Clint Dempsey’s header struck the post.

Fulham looked to find a fourth and it nearly came on 75 minutes when Clint Dempsey fired wide from close range. Danny Murphy made way for Steve Sidwell and Damien Duff was replaced by Simon Davies as Mark Hughes looked to maintain Fulham’s three-goal advantage and run out the clock. 

The Seasiders piled on the pressure late on, penning the Whites back in the final minutes. Aaron Hughes left the pitch in extra time after failing to recover from a heavy knock to the head. That saw the Whites finish with ten men as Chris Baird moved into the centre of defence and Simon Davies took up the right-back slot. But despite their numerical disadvantage Fulham held firm right up to the final whistle.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 3 April 2011
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,692

Referee: Stuart Atwell

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Duff (Davies 80'), Murphy (Sidwell 76'), Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Johnson 61'), Dembélé

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Kakuta, Gudjohnsen

Blackpool

Line-up: Kingson; Baptiste, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey; Taylor-Fletcher, Grandin (Puncheon 67'), Adam, Vaughan; Ormerod (Varney 67'), Beattie (Kornilenko 67')

Unused substitutes: Rachubka, Eardley, Southern, Reid

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 31 66
2 Arsenal 30 59
3 Chelsea 30 55
4 Manchester City 30 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur 30 50
6 Liverpool 31 45
7 Everton 31 41
8 Bolton Wanderers 31 40
9 Newcastle United 31 39
10 Fulham 31 38
11 Stoke City 31 38
12 Sunderland 30 38
13 West Bromwich Albion 31 36
14 Blackburn Rovers 31 34
15 Birmingham City 30 34
16 Aston Villa 31 34
17 Blackpool 31 33
18 West Ham United 31 32
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 32
20 Wigan Athletic 31 31
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Gaël Kakuta
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
Blackpool (4-4-2)
  • 28Richard Kingson
  • 15Alex Baptiste
  • 20Craig Cathcart
  • 6Ian Evatt
  • 3Stephen Crainey
  • 12Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • 10Elliot Grandin
  • 26Charlie Adam
  • 11David Vaughan
  • 10Brett Ormerod
  • 44James Beattie
Substitutes
  • 1Paul Rachubka
  • 5Neal Eardley
  • 4Keith Southern
  • 42Jason Puncheon
  • 43Andy Reid
  • 16Luke Varney
  • 41Sergei Kornilenko