Monday 5 December 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Dempsey 85'
Liverpool
Liverpool
0
A Clint Dempsey goal secured an impressive and fully deserved win against Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

85' Goal

Clint Dempsey

45' Yellow Card

Moussa Dembélé

48' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for arguing during match

59' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Bobby Zamora

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcel Gecov
Off:Danny Murphy

48' Yellow Card

Craig Bellamy Card was given for arguing during match

72' Red Card

Jay Spearing Card was given for a foul

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dirk Kuyt
Off:Andy Carroll

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stewart Downing
Off:Craig Bellamy

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Possession was the key factor in the opening minutes of this game as both sides opted to start with a patient outlook. Liverpool appeared content to keep hold of the ball in their half – waiting for the opportunity to play passes through to Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

An incisive move from Fulham produced the first real opening of the match on five minutes when Bryan Ruiz fed the ball to Mousa Dembele who was left in a one-on-one situation with Pepe Reina. Unfortunately Dembele’s effort was struck the Liverpool keeper.

The pace of the game picked up as Liverpool, through Carroll, almost netted the opener moments later – with the target man placing his shot straight at Mark Schwarzer from seven yards out.

Dickson Etuhu was making his influence felt in the middle of the park, repeatedly winning possession back for the Whites in important areas as Liverpool started to grow in confidence. Whilst efforts from Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele kept Reina busy as Fulham demonstrated their potency going forward.

Jordan Henderson could count himself unlucky not to find his name on the score sheet after he stuck the woodwork with a well placed shot on 27 minutes. The ball bounced back across the face of goal and away to safety.

The entertainment continued with both sides producing football pleasing on the eye. Clint Dempsey took the ball wonderfully on 34 minutes to craft and opening and force Reina into action.
A series of corners early in the second-half had Fulham defending desperately; Mark Schwarzer eventually ended the sequence, authoritatively claiming a corner from Charlie Adam. Fulham demonstrated admirable determination in defence, with John Arne Riise’s acrobatic clearance after a save from Schwarzer the defining moment.

There were more nervy moments for the Whites when Liverpool broke away on the counter-attack after the ball fell kindly. With Charlie Adam bearing down on goal, Philippe Senderos brought the Liverpool midfielder to ground right on the edge of the penalty area. Craig Bellamy stepped up only to see his shot ricochet off that wall and spin behind for another corner.

Bobby Zamora was replaced by Andrew Johnson on 70 minutes after putting in a hard-working display up front. Johnson would certainly pose the Liverpool back line a different problem and he indirectly had a hand in the situation that led to Jay Spearing’s sending off on 71 minutes.

Johnson’s closing down of Jose Enrique resulted in a poor clearance which eventually ended up at the feet of Dembele, who drew the red card challenge from Spearing.

Despite being reduced to ten men, Liverpool maintained their threat in attack. But Fulham replied when a fine move from Fulham saw Clint Dempsey strike the woodwork. Fulham kept the pressure up and Dembele cold have handed the Whites the lead but he fired straight at Reina from a promising position.

Mark Schwarzer the produced a stunning save to tip Stuart Downing’s long-range onto the post. It proved to be a crucial save as Fulham took the lead just minutes later.

Danny Murphy’s shot was too hot for Reina to handle and Dempsey was on hand to fire the rebound home from close range.

Fulham managed to see out the remaining minutes to claim all three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 5 December 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,688

Referee: Kevin Friend

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz, Etuhu, Murphy (Gecov 90'), Dempsey; Dembélé; Zamora (Andrew Johnson 71')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Briggs, Kasami, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

Liverpool

Line-up: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, José Enrique; Henderson, Spearing, Adam; Bellamy (Downing 77'), Carroll (Kuyt 77'), Suárez

Unused substitutes: Doni, Coates, Carragher, Kelly, Maxi Rodríguez

Manager: Kenny Dalglish

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 14 38
2 Manchester United 14 33
3 Tottenham Hotspur 13 31
4 Chelsea 14 28
5 Arsenal 14 26
6 Newcastle United 14 26
7 Liverpool 14 23
8 Stoke City 14 18
9 Aston Villa 14 16
10 Everton 13 16
11 Norwich City 14 16
12 Queens Park Rangers 14 16
13 Fulham 14 15
14 West Bromwich Albion 14 15
15 Swansea City 14 14
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 14
17 Sunderland 14 11
18 Blackburn Rovers 14 10
19 Bolton Wanderers 14 9
20 Wigan Athletic 14 9
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
19
20
Shots On Target
8
6
Passing Accuracy
80%
83%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
2
10
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Liverpool (4-3-3)
  • 25José Reina
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 5Daniel Agger
  • 3José Enrique
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 20Jay Spearing
  • 26Charlie Adam
  • 39Craig Bellamy
  • 9Andy Carroll
  • 7Luis Suárez
Substitutes
  • 32Doni
  • 16Sebastián Coates
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 34Martin Kelly
  • 11Maxi Rodríguez
  • 18Dirk Kuyt
  • 19Stewart Downing
Manager
  • Kenny Dalglish
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