Monday 2 January 2012, 5:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Sidwell 85'; Zamora 90'+2
Arsenal
Arsenal
1
Koscielny 21'
A Steve Sidwell header and last minute Bobby Zamora volley saw Fulham come from behind to take all three points against Arsenal, in a thrilling London derby under the floodlights at Craven Cottage.

85' Goal

Steve Sidwell
Assist by Philippe Senderos

90'+2 Goal

Bobby Zamora

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Danny Murphy

21' Goal

Laurent Koscielny

63' Yellow Card

Johan Djourou Card was given for a foul

78' 2nd Yellow Card

Johan Djourou Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Rosicky
Off:Theo Walcott

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yossi Benayoun
Off:Gervinho

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sébastien Squillaci
Off:Aaron Ramsey

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This encounter got off to a lively start with both sides looking eager to attack. Aaron Ramsey forced David Stockdale into making a routine save early on as the visitors got out of the blocks quickly. But good play from Fulham and Bobby Zamora in particular, redressed the balance and ensured an entertaining opening few moments.

Gervinho volleyed over from close range after the ball found him lurking in a dangerous position at the back post on eight minutes. Steve Sidwell was certainly making his presence felt in the middle of the park, winning possession back for the Whites in key areas.

Arsenal took the lead on 21 minutes through Lauren Koscielny who had the simple task of heading past David Stockdale from close range, the cross from Aaron Ramsey took a slight deflection allowing it to drop invitingly to the Arsenal centre back.

The Fulham goal line then came under intense pressure following the goal and only a fine double save from Stockdale prevented the Gunners from extending their lead. The Fulham goalkeeper denied Ramsey and Song in quick succession.

Arsenal continued to press and the Whites needed a number of clearances on the edge of their penalty area to alleviate the danger. But Fulham soon started to regain their foothold on the game and create a number of encouraging situations – the most promising of which saw Bryan Ruiz have a penalty appeal turned down after going to ground under a challenge from Alex Song.

A cross from John Arne Riise soon after found the head of Bobby Zamora but his glanced header flew just wide of Szczesny’s left-hand post.

Arsenal continued to threaten on the break with the pace of Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott a major factor of concern for the Whites.

Bryan Ruiz warmed the palms of Szczesny early in the second-half as Fulham made all the running in the opening moments. Bobby Zamora was certainly seeing more of the ball than in the first-half, receiving a number of long passes and successfully involving his team-mates.

Certainly Arsenal appeared to be missing the penetrative attacking play that characterised their first-half display – with Fulham successfully preventing the counter-attack. However, the visitors were quick to establish their defensive shape once out of possession, leaving the Whites to try and thread their way through two banks of four players.

John Arne Riise grew in the second-half as an attacking force with a number of forward runs keeping Johan Djourou confined to his defensive post. A 63rd minute header from Philippe Senderos almost got Fulham back on level terms after Szczesny failed to reach Danny Murphy’s dangerous delivery.

Fulham were getting closer and Clint Dempsey climbed high above his marker soon after only to place his header just wide of the post after a cross from Bryan Ruiz. Kerim Frei replaced Danny Murphy as the game entered its final phase.

Szczesny then produced a vital save on 74 minutes to keep out Bryan Ruiz’s goal bound effort out. The Costa Rica international met the ball well with his instep but Koscielny spread himself well.

Johan Djourou was shown his second yellow card of the match on 77 minutes after he brought down Bobby Zamora in a dangerous position on the edge of the area – making for a dramatic finale.

The equaliser that Fulham has threatened for so long finally came in the 85th minute when Szczesny failed to deal with a ball into the penalty area. Philippe Senderos planted a header back into the danger zone whereSteve Sidwell was waiting to nod home from one yard out. 

Fulham pressed for the winner and the grandstand finish was complete when Bobby Zamora volleyed home from the edge of the six yard box – capping a wonderful comeback display from the Whites.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 2 January 2012
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz, Sidwell, Murphy (Frei 69'), Dempsey; Dembélé; Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Baird, Hughes, Gecov, Duff, Sá

Manager: Martin Jol

Arsenal

Line-up: Szczesny; Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Coquelin; Song, Arteta; Walcott (Rosicky 65'), Ramsey (Squillaci 81'), Gervinho (Benayoun 74'); van Persie

Unused substitutes: Almunia, Miquel, Arshavin, Chamakh

Manager: Arsène Wenger

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 19 45
2 Manchester United 19 45
3 Tottenham Hotspur 18 39
4 Chelsea 20 37
5 Arsenal 20 36
6 Liverpool 19 34
7 Newcastle United 19 30
8 Stoke City 20 29
9 Norwich City 20 25
10 Everton 18 24
11 Swansea City 20 23
12 Aston Villa 20 23
13 Fulham 20 23
14 West Bromwich Albion 19 22
15 Sunderland 19 21
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 17
17 Queens Park Rangers 20 17
18 Wigan Athletic 19 15
19 Blackburn Rovers 20 14
20 Bolton Wanderers 19 13
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
22
19
Shots On Target
5
9
Passing Accuracy
85%
84%
Fouls
7
13
Corners
4
3
Offsides
4
4
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Wojciech Szczesny
  • 20Johan Djourou
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 39Francis Coquelin
  • 17Alexandre Song
  • 8Mikel Arteta
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • 27Gervinho
  • 10Robin van Persie
Substitutes
  • 1Manuel Almunia
  • 18Sébastien Squillaci
  • 49Ignasi Miquel
  • 7Tomas Rosicky
  • 23Andrey Arshavin
  • 30Yossi Benayoun
  • 29Marouane Chamakh
Manager
  • Arsène Wenger
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