Sunday 23 October 2011, 1:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Ruiz 67'
Everton
Everton
3
Drenthe 3'; Saha 90'; Rodwell 90'+3
Despite a stunning goal from Bryan Ruiz, two injury time goals saw Everton take all three points at Craven Cottage.

67' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Clint Dempsey

54' Yellow Card

Andrew Johnson Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell

90'+2 Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Danny Murphy

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Hughes
Off:Zdenek Grygera

3' Goal

Royston Drenthe
Assist by Jack Rodwell

90' Goal

Louis Saha
Assist by Royston Drenthe

90'+3 Goal

Jack Rodwell

50' Yellow Card

Sylvain Distin Card was given for a foul

50' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Louis Saha
Off:Apostolos Vellios

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seamus Coleman
Off:Philip Neville

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Cahill
Off:Leon Osman

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Everton made an ideal start to the match when, after winning possession in a dangerous area deep inside Fulham territory, the ball found Royston Drenthe some 30 yards out. The Everton winger shifted the ball onto his left foot after receiving a pass from Jack Rodwell and placed a precise finish beyond the outstretched palm of Mark Schwarzer to hand David Moyes’ men an early lead.

It was a bitter blow for the Whites to take even before the game had settled into any discernable rhythm. Everton could have doubled their lead on 11 minutes when Rodwell got his head to a teasing delivery from Leighton Baines, only to direct the ball wide from six yards out.

The Whites soon started to find their feet and with John Arne Riise delivering a number of promising balls into the area from the left, there was certainly plenty of scope to create goal scoring opportunities.

Royston Drenthe looked a constant threat for the visitors but it was Apostolos Vellios who could have doubled the Toffees’ lead on 20 minutes when he rose above Chris Baird in the area to head Tony Hibbert’s cross narrowly over the frame of the goal.

A combination of woodwork and goalkeeper then conspired to deny Danny Murphy after the Fulham Captain unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards. That opportunity was followed by a fine half-chance for Clint Dempsey, whose shot was smothered by Tim Howard before being collected at the second time of asking by the American goalkeeper.

The momentum was gradually starting to shift in Fulham’s favour and only a fingertip save from Howard prevented Brede Hangeland from getting his name on the score sheet.

Fulham got the second-half underway and showed their attacking intent from the off – with Brede Hangeland skipping past challenges and exchanging passes with teammates as he made his way into the Everton area, only to be blocked by a last ditch tackle.

Former Fulham striker Louis Saha received a warm welcome from the Craven Cottage faithful when he replaced Vellios early in the second-half. Everton certainly looked content to hold on to their one-goal advantage as they attempted to slow the pace of the game down. As a result both defences were able to organise and drastically reduce the number of goal scoring opportunities that arose.

Fulham made their first change of the match on 64 minutes with Bryan Ruiz replacing Danny Murphy. Having only been on the field for three minutes, Ruiz opened his Fulham scoring account with an audacious chipped goal. The attacker received the ball on the left side of the penalty area and calmly produced a perfectly executed lob, which sailed over Tim Howard to nestle in the back of the net.

Spurred on by a double substitution, Everton pushed on again and only a fine save from Mark Schwarzer denied Saha a goal on his old stomping ground. As the final whistle approached the battle for possession become more concentrated in the middle third of the field, with only sporadic surges forward from both sides breaking the routine.

Bobby Zamora passed up a golden opportunity to put Fulham in the lead when he was put through on goal by Andrew Johnson. Zamora rounded Howard well but proceeded to fire over from eight yards. The Whites were made to pay for that mistake just moments later when Louis Saha was played through on goal and slotted past Schwarzer.

The points were confirmed for the visitors when Jack Rodwell made it three in added time.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 23 October 2011
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,646

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Grygera (Hughes 90'), Baird, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dembélé, Sidwell, Murphy (Ruiz 65'), Dempsey; Andrew Johnson, Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Duff, Etuhu, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

Everton

Line-up: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Neville (Coleman 75'), Rodwell; Drenthe, Fellaini, Osman (Cahill 75'); Vellios (Saha 50')

Unused substitutes: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi

Manager: David Moyes

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 9 25
2 Manchester United 9 20
3 Chelsea 8 19
4 Newcastle United 9 19
5 Liverpool 9 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 7 13
7 Arsenal 9 13
8 Norwich City 9 12
9 Stoke City 9 12
10 Aston Villa 9 11
11 West Bromwich Albion 9 11
12 Everton 8 10
13 Sunderland 9 9
14 Swansea City 9 9
15 Queens Park Rangers 8 9
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 8
17 Fulham 9 7
18 Bolton Wanderers 9 6
19 Blackburn Rovers 8 5
20 Wigan Athletic 9 5
Goals
1
3
Total Shots
15
12
Shots On Target
4
5
Passing Accuracy
83%
78%
Fouls
12
8
Corners
5
1
Offsides
0
1
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 26Zdenek Grygera
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Everton (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Tim Howard
  • 2Tony Hibbert
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 3Leighton Baines
  • 18Philip Neville
  • 26Jack Rodwell
  • 10Royston Drenthe
  • 25Marouane Fellaini
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 27Apostolos Vellios
Substitutes
  • 1Ján Mucha
  • 5Johnny Heitinga
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 7Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
  • 17Tim Cahill
  • 8Louis Saha
  • 11Denis Stracqualursi
Manager
  • David Moyes
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