Tuesday 1 May 2012, 7:45pm at Anfield, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool
Liverpool
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
o.g. Skrtel 5'
A disciplined and gutsy performance saw Fulham record their first ever Anfield victory on Tuesday evening as an early Martin Skrtel own goal secured all three points for the Whites.

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stewart Downing
Off:Jordan Henderson

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:José Enrique
Off:Fabio Aurelio

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Raheem Sterling
Off:Dirk Kuyt

5' Own-goal

Martin Skrtel

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

87' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Chris Baird
Off:Moussa Dembélé

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15
30
45
60
75
90

Three former Liverpool players started for Fulham as John Arne Riise returned to Anfield for the first time, Captain Danny Murphy was restored to the heart of the midfield, and former Kop youth player Alex Kacaniklic was also handed a starting berth.

With Martin Jol still absent with a chest infection, Michael Lindeman and Billy McKinlay once again took charge and they welcomed Stephen Kelly back to the starting line-up following Philippe Senderos’ injury he picked up at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Whites made a fantastic start to proceedings when a good move resulted in them taking the lead courtesy of a Martin Skrtel own goal after just five minutes. Clint Dempsey, playing just off Pavel Pogrebnyak, marauded forwards before feeding Riise down the left, who fizzed a low ball into the area. Kacaniklic couldn’t control it but his touch was enough to wrong-foot Skrtel who could only watch as it deflected off him and past Doni into the net.

Fulham came close to doubling their lead after quarter of an hour after excellent work by Kacaniklic. The Swedish winger intercepted a pass in his own half and galloped 40 yards before finding Dempsey in the middle. The Texan then dinked a delicate ball over the top for Pogrebnyak, but the Russian's volley was straight at Doni who parried it away to safety.

Liverpool were limited to shots from distance and didn’t have Schwarzer worried until the 24th minute but even then Kuyt’s snap-shot sailed wide of the Aussie’s right-hand post.

Both sides were beginning to enjoy more forays forward as the half progressed and on 28 minutes Brede Hangeland was forced to clear the ball off the line after Schwarzer had been stranded following a collision with Andy Carroll.

The home side were doing their best to use Carroll’s aerial prowess and came close again on 36 minutes when the former Newcastle man headed across the face of goal following a corner. Fortunately for the Whites, Maxi’s connection was loose and the ball sailed harmlessly over the bar.

The Reds were finishing the half the stronger and Schwarzer needed two attempts to collect Carroll’s low header in the 45th minute after the striker got a good connection on Jay Spearing’s cross.

Kenny Dalglish replaced Jordan Henderson with Stewart Downing at half-time and the home side began the second period on the front foot with Spearing testing Schwarzer within three minutes after robbing Dempsey who had lost his footing.

The Whites responded five minutes later when Dempsey beat Skrtel in the air to get on the end of Damien Duff’s corner but nodded a yard wide of Doni’s near post.

Liverpool began to press and it required a superb last-ditch tackle from Hangeland to deny Maxi a shot on goal after the Argentine had seemingly burst clear.

All the while though Fulham posed a threat on the counter and Kerim Frei, a replacement for the tireless Kacaniklic, grazed the post with a curling shot from 20 yards after being found in space on the left by Dempsey. And moments later Riise tested Doni with a poked effort from a tight angle after being played in by Mousa Dembele.

The game was wide open as it entered the final stages and Fulham were presented with a glorious chance to sew the tie up in the 78th minute when Dempsey was sent through one-on-one by an intricate through ball by Frei. The Whites’ top scorer tried to bend it into the far corner but Doni read him well and beat the ball away.

Liverpool desperately searched for a way through but couldn’t beat Mark Schwarzer who held out to complete his 140th Premier League game without conceding, putting him joint second with David Seaman for clean sheets held in the competition’s 20 year history.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2012
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 40,106

Referee: Lee Probert

Liverpool

Line-up: Doni; Kelly, Coates, Skrtel, Aurelio (José Enrique 66'); Henderson (Downing 45'), Spearing; Kuyt (Sterling 76'), Shelvey, Maxi Rodríguez; Carroll

Unused substitutes: Jones, Carragher, Flanagan, Robinson

Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Murphy, Dembélé (Baird 87'), Kacaniklic (Frei 58'); Dempsey; Pogrebnyak (Etuhu 80')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Briggs, Kasami, Sá

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 36 83
2 Manchester United 36 83
3 Arsenal 36 66
4 Tottenham Hotspur 35 62
5 Newcastle United 35 62
6 Chelsea 35 61
7 Everton 36 52
8 Liverpool 36 49
9 Fulham 36 49
10 West Bromwich Albion 36 46
11 Sunderland 36 45
12 Swansea City 36 44
13 Stoke City 36 44
14 Norwich City 36 43
15 Aston Villa 36 37
16 Wigan Athletic 36 37
17 Queens Park Rangers 36 34
18 Bolton Wanderers 35 34
19 Blackburn Rovers 36 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 24
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
21
10
Shots On Target
4
4
Passing Accuracy
85%
81%
Fouls
12
8
Corners
5
4
Offsides
5
0
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Liverpool (4-2-3-1)
  • 32Doni
  • 34Martin Kelly
  • 16Sebastián Coates
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 6Fabio Aurelio
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 20Jay Spearing
  • 18Dirk Kuyt
  • 33Jonjo Shelvey
  • 11Maxi Rodríguez
  • 9Andy Carroll
Substitutes
  • 1Bradley Jones
  • 3José Enrique
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 38John Flanagan
  • 49Jack Robinson
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 31Raheem Sterling
Manager
  • Kenny Dalglish
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0