Wednesday 26 December 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Berbatov 8'
Southampton
Southampton
1
Lambert (pen) 85'
Rickie Lambert’s late penalty saw Fulham held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on Boxing Day.

8' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov

9' Yellow Card

Dimitar Berbatov Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

76' Yellow Card

John Arne Riise Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giorgos Karagounis
Off:Hugo Rodallega

85' Penalty

Rickie Lambert

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay Rodriguez
Off:Steven Davis

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Guly
Off:Gastón Ramírez

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Rickie Lambert’s late penalty saw Fulham held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on Boxing Day.

The Whites went into the match with one win in their last 10 games – but they took just eight minutes to go in front when Dimitar Berbatov slotted home at the far post after Kelvin Davis could only tip Sascha Riether’s cross into the Bulgarian’s path.

Fulham had chances to increase their advantage – Berbatov headed wide from a few yards out, while Ashkan Dejagah spurned a couple of opportunities.

And those misses came back to haunt Fulham when Chris Baird handled in the box on 83 minutes and Lambert, so reliable from the spot, smashed his penalty past Mark Schwarzer to earn the Saints a point.

Fulham Manager Martin Jol made three changes to his starting XI from the side that lost 4-0 at Liverpool last time out. In came Philippe Senderos, Steve Sidwell and Hugo Rodallega. Aaron Hughes and Giorgos Karagounis dropped down to the bench, while there was no place in the matchday squad for Kieran Richardson, who limped off at Anfield. Bryan Ruiz was back on the bench for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in mid-November.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off for former Fulham and Southampton goalkeeper Ian Black, who recently passed away. Both sides also wore black armbands in tribute to the Scotsman.

Fulham needed a good start following a recent poor run. And they almost had it in the third minute. Rodallega burst down the left before squaring the ball for the unmarked Sidwell on the edge of the box. The midfielder hit his effort first time, but screwed his shot just wide of Davis’ right-hand post.

On eight minutes, though, the Whites took the lead. Dejagah played the overlapping Riether in down the right. Davis could only get a touch on the German’s low cross and Berbatov stabbed home after Jose Fonte failed to clear his lines. Berbatov was booked after removing his jersey in celebration to reveal a T-shirt that read ‘Keep calm and pass me the ball.’ It was his first goal for Fulham since a brace in the 3-3 draw at Arsenal.

As the rain lashed down, it should have been 2-0 to Fulham on 15 minutes. Rodallega freed Alexander Kačaniklić down the left and the youngster’s cross was met by Berbatov only for the Bulgarian to inexplicably head well wide from just six yards.

Southampton’s first attempt on goal came in the 19th minute, but Jack Cork’s effort from distance was held by Schwarzer after Berbatov had misplaced a pass to Riether to put Saints on the attack. On 25 minutes Berbatov was lucky to escape further punishment after a late foul on Nathaniel Clyne.

There was an almighty goalmouth scramble on 38 minutes after John Arne Riise tried to let the ball run out of play. Cork kept it in but Berbatov and Brede Hangeland made superb diving challenges to prevent Southampton getting shots on goal.

Fulham made a change at the break, with Kačaniklić replaced by Ruiz. The substitution saw Rodallega switch to the left flank.

It was Southampton who had the first effort on goal in the second half but Jason Puncheon’s left-footed shot fizzed just wide of Schwarzer’s far post. At the other end, Dejagah had a good chance to increase Fulham’s lead. The Iran international did the hard part, collecting Berbatov’s defence-splitting pass and turning past Luke Shaw. But, on his wrong foot, he sliced his shot horribly wide. Dejagah did better on 66 minutes, controlling Rodallega’s flick but firing his shot across the face of the goal and wide. He was replaced soon afterwards by Kerim Frei. The change saw Ruiz move to the right wing, with Rodallega going back up front with Berbatov.

Southampton continued to press in search of an equaliser. Lambert volleyed over on 77, before Rodallega was replaced by Karagounis as Jol looked to shore things up.

But Fulham shot themselves in the foot on 83 minutes. Gaston Ramirez’s corner was handled by Baird in the box as the former Saints man went up for a header and Phil Dowd pointed to the spot. Lambert smashed home the resulting penalty to draw his side level.

Schwarzer took two attempts to save a fierce Cork drive on 88, parrying his first effort in the air but then gathering the ball from close to the line, before Sidwell thumped a volley just wide after a Berbatov cross had only been cleared as far as Fulham’s number seven. Hangeland then headed a Riise free-kick just wide in the final action of the match as the Whites had to settle for a point.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 26 December 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Phil Dowd

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah (Frei 68'), Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 45'); Berbatov; Rodallega (Karagounis 78')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Briggs, Hughes

Manager: Martin Jol

Southampton

Line-up: Kelvin Davis; Clyne, Jose Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Cork, Schneiderlin; Puncheon, Steven Davis (Rodriguez 78'), Ramírez (Guly 90'); Lambert

Unused substitutes: Boruc, Hooiveld, Richardson, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka

Manager: Nigel Adkins

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 19 46
2 Manchester City 19 39
3 Chelsea 18 35
4 Everton 19 33
5 West Bromwich Albion 19 33
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Liverpool 18 25
9 Swansea City 19 25
10 Stoke City 18 25
11 Norwich City 19 25
12 West Ham United 18 23
13 Sunderland 19 22
14 Fulham 19 21
15 Newcastle United 19 20
16 Aston Villa 18 18
17 Southampton 18 16
18 Wigan Athletic 19 15
19 Reading 19 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 19 10
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
9
8
Shots On Target
1
3
Passing Accuracy
71%
76%
Fouls
14
12
Corners
3
5
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
3
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Southampton (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Kelvin Davis
  • 2Nathaniel Clyne
  • 6Jose Fonte
  • 3Maya Yoshida
  • 23Luke Shaw
  • 18Jack Cork
  • 4Morgan Schneiderlin
  • 42Jason Puncheon
  • 8Steven Davis
  • 10Gastón Ramírez
  • 7Rickie Lambert
Substitutes
  • 31Artur Boruc
  • 5Jos Hooiveld
  • 22Frazer Richardson
  • 16James Ward-Prowse
  • 21Guly
  • 9Jay Rodriguez
  • 24Emmanuel Mayuka
Manager
  • Nigel Adkins
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 1, Southampton 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Southampton 1.
  • 90'+5' Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).
  • 90'+5' Kerim Frei (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Gastón Ramírez.
  • 90'+4' Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 89' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.
  • 88' Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
  • 88' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Shaw.
  • 85' Goal! Fulham 1, Southampton 1. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
  • 84' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 84' Penalty conceded by Chris Baird (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 84' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 82' Offside, Southampton. Maya Yoshida tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
  • 81' Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 80' Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
  • 80' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 78' Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Steven Davis.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jose Fonte with a headed pass.
  • 77' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 77' Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 76' John Arne Riise (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Jason Puncheon (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 76' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 75' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 74' Delay in match Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 74' Foul by Jason Puncheon (Southampton).
  • 74' Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jose Fonte.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 69' Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
  • 69' Kerim Frei (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Kerim Frei replaces Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a headed pass.
  • 60' Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Jason Puncheon is caught offside.
  • 59' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 58' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 57' Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 55' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 54' Offside, Fulham. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a cross.
  • 52' Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 47' Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Cork.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Southampton 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Southampton 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Baird.
  • 45' Jason Puncheon (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 45' Foul by Jason Puncheon (Southampton).
  • 45' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 42' Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 33' Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
  • 33' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).
  • 29' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.
  • 26' Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).
  • 26' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Jason Puncheon (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 24' Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 21' Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).
  • 21' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.
  • 19' Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 19' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 16' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross.
  • 15' Offside, Southampton. Jason Puncheon tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
  • 11' Foul by Jason Puncheon (Southampton).
  • 11' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 10' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 9' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 9' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
  • 8' Goal! Fulham 1, Southampton 0. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.
  • 4' Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
  • 4' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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