Sunday 11 September 2011, 4:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Zamora 38'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
1
Rochina 32'
A Bobby Zamora equaliser meant the points were shared at Craven Cottage as the Whites drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

38' Goal

Bobby Zamora
Assist by Danny Murphy

42' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland

90'+3 Yellow Card

Mark Schwarzer Card was given for a foul

20' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Stephen Kelly
Off:Aaron Hughes

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembélé
Off:Bryan Ruiz

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:John Arne Riise

32' Goal

Rubén Rochina
Assist by David Hoilett

87' Yellow Card

Míchel Salgado

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Martin Olsson
Off:Christopher Samba

52' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Radosav Petrovic
Off:David Dunn

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jason Lowe
Off:Rubén Rochina

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After a promising start to the match by Fulham, it was Steve Kean’s side that took the lead just after the half hour mark, thanks to a wonder strike by Ruben Rochina (32 min) before Bobby Zamora brought Fulham level (38 min) before the break.

Despite dominating the game during the second half, with Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey going agonisingly close to scoring, Fulham failed to find a winner and were forced to settle for a point, ending the day in 18th place with two Barclays Premier League points from four games.

Sunday’s match followed a two week break in Premier League action due to the recent international break, which of course was a period that saw Fulham make three new First Team signings on transfer deadline day.

Star signing, Bryan Ruiz, was handed his first start by Martin Jol on Sunday that certainly created an air of expectation and excitement around SW6 ahead of kick-off. Both teams and their supporters observed a one minute silence for those who tragically lost their lives in America a decade ago.

Whilst Bryan Ruiz grabbed the headlines before kick-off, it was Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff that were Fulham’s star performers on Sunday, with Martin Jol’s team having to come from a goal behind in the first half.

It took seven minutes for Fulham to fashion the first clear chance of the game, with Steve Sidwell shooting agonisingly wide of Robinson’s near post with a fine strike, following some impressive wing play down the right hand side from Damien Duff.

Blackburn responded three minutes later when Goodwillie twisted and turned in the box to fire towards goal. Fortunately his effort lacked any bite to test Schwarzer who collected the ball with ease.

After 19 minutes Jol was forced to make his first substitution of the match. Aaron Hughes, who appeared to be injured, made way for Stephen Kelly at right back.

Just sixty seconds later the game erupted into controversy when Zamora appeared to be pushed in the area by Salgado. Zamora’s opportunity on goal came after he intercepted Scott Dann’s attempted back pass. The Fulham striker then appeared to be tripped by Salgado in the area, but referee Howard Webb waved Fulham's penalty appeals away.

Just as the home side looked to be getting a grip on the contest their positive start was undone after 32 minutes when Spanish striker Ruben Rochina earned Blackburn the lead thanks to a stunning strike from 25 yards, from Junior Hoilett's cutback, that flew into the top corner of the net.

Martin Jol’s side were in for a tricky task against a defensively minded and well organised Blackburn side. However it took just six minutes for Fulham to find a response, with Bobby Zamora producing a fine finish to bring Fulham level seven minutes before the break.

It was Danny Murphy who turned creator for Zamora, playing the striker through on the right hand side of the area. Zamora brushed his way past his marker before firing a left footed strike across goal to score from the tightest of angles and bring the game level before half time.

Brian Ruiz’ afternoon only lasted 45 minutes on Sunday, with manager Martin Jol replacing the attacking midfielder at half-time. Belgium international Mousa Dembele replaced Ruiz, with Damien Duff moving to right midfield and Dembele joining Zamora up front.

Fulham took a more attacking approach to proceedings during the second half, with Duff firing in the first shot of the second period seconds after kick-off, but his speculative 20 yard drive from the right flank flew harmlessly wide.

Blackburn responded immediately with Goodwillie striking a tame drive from the edge of the area. Blackburn Captain David Dunn was replaced by Radosav Petrovic after 52 minutes as heavy rain swept across Craven Cottage.

As the hour mark approached the game opened up with both teams coming close to taking a crucial advantage. Hoilett, a constant threat with his pace and trickery down the left flank, skipped past two defenders in Fulham’s area before appearing to trip up as he prepared a finish to his fine run.

Fulham immediately countered and caught Blackburn’s defence cold. Riise burst down the left flank and delivered a glorious cross that Givet somehow cleared away with a last ditch intervention that denied Zamora a certain goal at the far post.

Fulham upped the ante as the final ten minutes of the game approached with the crowd sensing a goal. Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy went agonisingly close as Fulham attacked in waves. Martin Jol looked to increase the pressure by making an attacking change, introducing Andrew Johnson for John Arne Riise.

Blackburn, to their credit, held firm despite being put under severe pressure late on. In fact Steve Kean’s side almost caught Fulham on the counter when Hoilett burst through the home side’s defence and bravely leapt against Schwarzer for the ball. In a clear fifty-fifty challenge Hoilett came off worse and there was great concern as the player was stretchered from the field of play.

Thankfully Hoilett was given a clean bill of health after the match as both teams ended the day with a point to show for their efforts. Fulham will feel disappointed not to have claimed a home victory after dominating for lengthy spells during the second half.

Martin Jol’s side have two home games in the space of a week coming up, with a return to UEFA Europa League action against FC Twente on Thursday night before a challenging encounter against high flying Manchester City on Sunday.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 11 September 2011
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,856

Referee: Howard Webb

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Hughes (Kelly 20'), Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise (Andrew Johnson 80'); Murphy, Sidwell; Ruiz (Dembélé 45'), Duff, Dempsey; Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Grygera, Kasami, Gecov

Manager: Martin Jol

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Robinson; Míchel Salgado, Samba (Olsson 45'), Dann, Givet; Rochina (Lowe 71'), N'Zonzi, Formica, Dunn (Petrovic 52'), Hoilett; Goodwillie

Unused substitutes: Bunn, Vukcevic, Yakubu, Roberts

Manager: Steve Kean

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 4 12
2 Manchester City 4 12
3 Chelsea 4 10
4 Stoke City 4 8
5 Liverpool 4 7
6 Newcastle United 3 7
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 7
8 Aston Villa 4 6
9 Wigan Athletic 4 5
10 Everton 3 4
11 Arsenal 4 4
12 West Bromwich Albion 4 3
13 Bolton Wanderers 4 3
14 Tottenham Hotspur 3 3
15 Queens Park Rangers 3 3
16 Sunderland 4 2
17 Norwich City 4 2
18 Fulham 4 2
19 Swansea City 4 2
20 Blackburn Rovers 4 1
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
14
11
Shots On Target
3
3
Passing Accuracy
81%
72%
Fouls
8
13
Corners
11
2
Offsides
2
0
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 26Zdenek Grygera
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Blackburn Rovers (4-5-1)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 2Míchel Salgado
  • 4Christopher Samba
  • 16Scott Dann
  • 5Gaël Givet
  • 20Rubén Rochina
  • 15Steven N'Zonzi
  • 10Mauro Formica
  • 8David Dunn
  • 23David Hoilett
  • 25David Goodwillie
Substitutes
  • 13Mark Bunn
  • 3Martin Olsson
  • 14Radosav Petrovic
  • 29Simon Vukcevic
  • 35Jason Lowe
  • 24Yakubu
  • 30Jason Roberts
Manager
  • Steve Kean
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