Tuesday 4 January 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Davies 45'+1; Dempsey 56'; Hangeland 65'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
0
An impressive display from Fulham and goals from Simon Davies, Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland secured an important three points for the Whites.

45'+1 Goal

Simon Davies

56' Goal

Clint Dempsey

65' Goal

Brede Hangeland

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Diomansy Kamara

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bjorn Helge Riise
Off:Simon Davies

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eddie Johnson
Off:Clint Dempsey

90' Yellow Card

Peter Odemwingie Card was given for a foul

32' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicky Shorey
Off:Marek Cech

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marc-Antoine Fortuné
Off:Youssuf Mulumbu

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Cox
Off:James Morrison

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Fulham started brightly and didn’t have to wait long for their first chance of the match when, on four minutes, Diomansy Kamara produced a stunning first touch to create a shooting opportunity for himself in a tight situation. The Senegal international turned well only to see his shot saved by Scott Carson.

David Stockdale was called into action minutes later when Peter Odemwingie timed his run well, beat the offside trap and fired a powerful low cross across the face of Fulham’s six yard box; fortunately Stockdale showed a strong hand to divert the ball away from the danger area.

Fulham produced the more incisive football in the opening stages of the game and with West Brom employing a 4-5-1 formation; their extra numbers in midfield were doing little to stem Fulham’s attacks.

However, the tide slowly started to turn and a good run from Jerome Thomas on 17 minutes saw him put clean through on goal, but with only Stockdale to beat, the Baggies attacker tried to place a finish past the Fulham keeper only to be denied by a fine save. John Pantsil then cleared the danger with an acrobatic clearance.

A teasing pass from Graham Dorrans on 25 minutes through the heart of the Fulham central defence almost had Stockdale in two minds but the keeper impressively kept his composure, to collect the ball well. It was another good piece of goalkeeping but West Brom were showing greater signs of attacking intent.

Damien Duff’s deflected shot won the Whites a corner on 40 minutes following a good spell of Fulham pressure, from the resulting corner Brede Hangeland rose highest in the area but caught a punch in the face from Scott Carson for his trouble.

Fulham finally took the lead in first-half stoppage time courtesy of a thunderous strike from Simon Davies. The Fulham winger collected the ball after good work from Dickson Etuhu won possession back for Fulham. Davies’ strike, whilst fairly central, beat Carson through sheer power, with the West Brom keeper barely able to get his hands behind the ball before it found the back of the net.

Dickson Etuhu continued his impressive display in the second-half, winning more than his fair share of tackles and breaking up West Brom’s midfield play superbly.

Fulham came close to netting the vital second goal when Damien Duff turned sharply outside the area before hitting a right footed shot that just skimmed the far post. The Whites were certainly in the hunt for another goal and it duly came on 55 minutes via the head of Clint Dempsey following a corner.

The set-piece came as a result of some excellent running from Davies down the left wing. Davies took the in-swinger, and with Hangeland and Dempsey both going for the same ball, it was Dempsey who got the vital touch.

Diomansy Kamara made way for Zoltan Gera on 62 minutes, with Gera joining Dempsey up front in attack.

The second goal allowed the Whites to start playing with a greater degree of freedom and their attacking play had West Brom in trouble on numerous occasions. Brede Hangeland got his name on the score sheet on 65 minutes when he rose highest in the area to powerfully head Simon Davies’ corner past Carson. Hangeland had been a threat from the set-piece all evening and his goal was just reward for his display.

Simon Davies was substituted on 81 minutes, with Bjorn Helge Riise coming on in his place. Fulham’s final change of the match saw Eddie Johnson replace Dempsey on 86 minutes.

With Fulham three goals to the good, the Whites eased back in their attacking instincts, preferring to maintain a firm grip on the game until the final whistle.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 4 January 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,654

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird; Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies (Bjorn Helge Riise 81'); Dempsey (Johnson 86'), Kamara (Gera 62')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Salcido, Halliche, Greening

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Carson; Hurst, Zuiverloon, Jara, Cech (Shorey 32'); Mulumbu (Fortuné 61'), Dorrans; Morrison (Cox 68'), Brunt, Thomas; Odemwingie

Unused substitutes: Myhill, Méité, Tchoyi, Miller

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 20 44
2 Manchester City 21 41
3 Arsenal 20 39
4 Tottenham Hotspur 20 36
5 Chelsea 20 35
6 Sunderland 21 30
7 Bolton Wanderers 21 29
8 Stoke City 21 27
9 Liverpool 19 25
10 Newcastle United 20 25
11 Blackpool 19 25
12 Blackburn Rovers 21 25
13 Fulham 21 22
14 Everton 20 22
15 Birmingham City 20 22
16 West Bromwich Albion 21 22
17 Aston Villa 20 21
18 West Ham United 21 20
19 Wigan Athletic 20 20
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 18
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 32Rafik Halliche
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 21Eddie Johnson
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 26James Hurst
  • 22Gianni Zuiverloon
  • 18Gonzalo Jara
  • 4Marek Cech
  • 21Youssuf Mulumbu
  • 17Graham Dorrans
  • 7James Morrison
  • 11Chris Brunt
  • 14Jerome Thomas
  • 24Peter Odemwingie
Substitutes
  • 13Boaz Myhill
  • 20Nicky Shorey
  • 23Abdoulaye Méité
  • 5Somen Tchoyi
  • 10Ishmael Miller
  • 31Simon Cox
  • 32Marc-Antoine Fortuné