Saturday 18 August 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
5
Duff 26'; Petric 41', 54'; Kacaniklic 66'; Sidwell (pen) 87'
Norwich City
Norwich City
0
Goals from Mladen Petric (2), Damien Duff, Alex Kacaniklic and Steve Sidwell sent Fulham top of the Barclays Premier League after an emphatic opening day victory over Norwich City.

26' Goal

Damien Duff
Assist by John Arne Riise

41' Goal

Mladen Petric
Assist by Damien Duff

54' Goal

Mladen Petric
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

66' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic
Assist by Mladen Petric

87' Penalty

Steve Sidwell

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Mladen Petric

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Damien Duff

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Bryan Ruiz

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Morison
Off:Andrew Surman

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elliott Bennett
Off:Robert Snodgrass

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Wes Hoolahan
Off:Grant Holt

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Goals from Mladen Petric (2), Damien Duff, Alex Kacaniklic and Steve Sidwell sent Fulham top of the Barclays Premier League after an emphatic opening-day victory over Norwich City.

Martin Jol picked new recruits Petric and Sascha Riether in his starting line-up for the inaugural game of the 2012/13 season, with fellow summer arrival Hugo Rodallega named amongst the substitutes.

Brede Hangeland led the side as Captain in a 4-2-3-1 formation, alongside Riether, Aaron Hughes and John Arne Riise in defence, with Mahamadou Diarra and Mousa Dembele anchoring the midfield.

The attacking trio of Duff, Bryan Ruiz and Kacaniklic were tasked with the job of supporting Petric up front.

After a confident start by the visitors, Fulham began to get a grip on the game and forced the Canaries into several nasty challenges in their attempts to stop Ruiz, Petric and Diarra who were in full flow.

The first half-chance fell the way of Duff after he was put through by a long ball over the top - unfortunately the winger couldn’t get his shot away under pressure from yellow shirts.

A nice counter attack on 17 minutes saw Grant Holt put Andrew Surman in on Mark Schwarzer’s goal but the Aussie stopper was equal to his near-post shot.

A sloppy clearance a minute later from England keeper John Ruddy fell to Ruiz but the forward had to get his effort in quickly and lofted it just over the crossbar.

After 22 minutes Riise came as close as he ever has to scoring his first Fulham goal but the Norwegian’s shot was well kept out by Ruddy after a magnificent Ruiz pass had sent him through.

The Whites were now in complete control of the game and Ruddy had to be on hand again moments later to keep out Ruiz’s effort from distance.

Petric was next to test Ruddy as his angled shot was beaten away for a corner in front of the Putney End.

It was all Fulham and the Whites deservedly took the lead on 26 minutes through Duff. A delightful cross-field pass from Riise fed Duff down the right and the Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to prod past Ruddy.

A brilliant last-ditch challenge from Ryan Bennett denied Ruiz a shot after Petric had sent the Costa Rican through but from the resulting corner the Whites doubled their lead with a debut goal from Petric.

Duff's whipped corner was glanced goalwards by the Croatian and although a Norwich defender hooked it away, the linesman correctly ruled that it had already crossed the line.

Fulham were rampant and Ruddy needed to be at his best to keep Ruiz’s free-kick out after the Norwich defence had felled the marauding Dembele.

Norwich changed their formation after the restart with striker Steve Morison replacing midfielder Andrew Surman but it was the hosts who had the first chance of the second period when Kacaniklic’s shot from Duff’s cut-back was blocked.

Fulham killed the game as a contest on 54 minutes when Petric fired home from 25 yards - via a deflection - after collecting Ruiz’s pass.

And little over 10 minutes later we made it four with a goal of the highest quality. Dembele fed Petric whose sumptuous back-flick set Kacaniklic through and the Swede made no mistake from close range with a neat right-footed finish for his first Fulham goal.

Petric was withdrawn following the goal celebrations and the striker went off to rapturous applause after scoring twice and assisting once on a highly impressive debut for the Club. His departure saw fellow new boy Rodallega enter the action.

Schwarzer had to be alert moments later and the Fulham keeper used his body well to keep out Bradley Johnson’s vicious effort from range.

Jol withdrew another of his goalscorers on 74 minutes when Duff made way for Pajtim Kasami, before another standing ovation was given by the Fulham fans seven minutes later when the mercurial Ruiz was replaced by Sidwell.

The Whites were awarded a penalty on 86 minutes when Norwich failed to clear their lines and Rodallega was scythed down after being found in the box by Hangeland. Sidwell stepped up - on his first competitive appearance since recovering from injury - to emphatically plant the ball past Ruddy.

It was a majestic performance by Jol’s troops and sets the Team up perfectly for next week’s trip to Old Trafford.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 18 August 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,062

Referee: Michael Oliver

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff (Kasami 74'), Diarra, Dembélé, Kacaniklic; Ruiz (Sidwell 81'); Petric (Rodallega 67')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Halliche

Manager: Martin Jol

Norwich City

Line-up: Ruddy; Martin, Ryan Bennett, Turner, Tierney; Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 55'), Howson, Johnson, Pilkington; Surman (Morison 45'); Holt (Hoolahan 77')

Unused substitutes: Rudd, Barnett, Lappin, Vaughan

Manager: Chris Hughton

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Fulham 1 3
2 Swansea City 1 3
3 West Bromwich Albion 1 3
4 West Ham United 1 3
5 Reading 1 1
6 Stoke City 1 1
7 Arsenal 1 1
8 Sunderland 1 1
9 Chelsea 0 0
10 Everton 0 0
11 Manchester City 0 0
12 Manchester United 0 0
13 Newcastle United 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0
15 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
16 Wigan Athletic 0 0
17 Aston Villa 1 0
18 Liverpool 1 0
19 Norwich City 1 0
20 Queens Park Rangers 1 0
Goals
5
0
Total Shots
15
9
Shots On Target
9
2
Passing Accuracy
90%
83%
Fouls
12
11
Corners
6
3
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 10Mladen Petric
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 37Rafik Halliche
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Norwich City (4-4-1-1)
  • 1John Ruddy
  • 2Russell Martin
  • 24Ryan Bennett
  • 6Michael Turner
  • 23Marc Tierney
  • 7Robert Snodgrass
  • 8Jonathan Howson
  • 4Bradley Johnson
  • 12Anthony Pilkington
  • 11Andrew Surman
  • 9Grant Holt
Substitutes
  • 13Declan Rudd
  • 20Leon Barnett
  • 14Wes Hoolahan
  • 17Elliott Bennett
  • 26Simon Lappin
  • 16Steve Morison
  • 19James Vaughan
Manager
  • Chris Hughton
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
  • Match ends, Fulham 5, Norwich City 0.
  • 90'+3' Second Half ends, Fulham 5, Norwich City 0.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Steve Morison (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 89' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 89' Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Goal! Fulham 5, Norwich City 0. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
  • 86' Penalty Fulham. Hugo Rodallega draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 86' Penalty conceded by Michael Turner (Norwich City) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 85' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 85' Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Steve Sidwell replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 81' Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Norwich City) because of an injury.
  • 77' Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Grant Holt.
  • 75' Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Holt with a headed pass.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Damien Duff.
  • 74' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 74' Elliott Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 72' Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Norwich City) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Tierney with a cross.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.
  • 71' Offside, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Mladen Petric.
  • 66' Goal! Fulham 4, Norwich City 0. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mladen Petric.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Holt with a cross.
  • 58' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City).
  • 58' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 58' Elliott Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Offside, Norwich City. Jonathan Howson tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.
  • 55' Substitution, Norwich City. Elliott Bennett replaces Robert Snodgrass.
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 3, Norwich City 0. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 51' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 51' Michael Turner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 48' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 46' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Norwich City 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Norwich City. Steve Morison replaces Andrew Surman.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Norwich City 0.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Marc Tierney (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Tierney.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Sascha Riether (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Ruddy.
  • 44' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 43' Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 43' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).
  • 41' Goal! Fulham 2, Norwich City 0. Mladen Petric (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.
  • 37' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 37' Grant Holt (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Ruddy.
  • 36' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 36' Foul by Marc Tierney (Norwich City).
  • 35' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 35' Foul by Grant Holt (Norwich City).
  • 33' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington from a direct free kick.
  • 32' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Fulham).
  • 32' Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 30' Grant Holt (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Goal! Fulham 1, Norwich City 0. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 25' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Grant Holt (Norwich City).
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Ruddy.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brede Hangeland.
  • 23' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 22' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a through ball.
  • 20' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 20' Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).
  • 18' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
  • 17' Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 17' Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Holt.
  • 15' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 15' Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).
  • 14' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 14' Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).
  • 8' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 5' Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 2' Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City).
  • 2' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.