Saturday 1 February 2014, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Southampton
Southampton
3
Lallana 64'; Lambert 70'; Rodriguez 75'
Fulham slipped to the bottom of the table after a fourth successive league defeat.

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Damien Duff

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Scott Parker

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:William Kvist

64' Goal

Adam Lallana
Assist by Rickie Lambert

70' Goal

Rickie Lambert
Assist by Nathaniel Clyne

75' Goal

Jay Rodriguez
Assist by Rickie Lambert

16' Yellow Card

Jay Rodriguez Card was given for a foul

26' Yellow Card

Victor Wanyama Card was given for a foul

36' Yellow Card

Morgan Schneiderlin

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Cork
Off:Victor Wanyama

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathaniel Clyne
Off:Calum Chambers

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sam Gallagher
Off:Jay Rodriguez

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Fulham slipped to the bottom of the table after a fourth successive Barclays Premier League defeat.

Three goals in 11 second-half minutes floored the Whites. First Adam Lallana fired home Rickie Lambert’s pass in the 64th minute. Lambert then got on the scoresheet himself when he met Nathaniel Clyne’s low cross in the 70th minute. And five minutes later Jay Rodriguez broke away before curling an effort beyond Maarten Stekelenburg.

There had been little sign of what would unfold in the second half after Fulham had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening 45 minutes. Brede Hangeland saw a header brilliantly scooped away by Artur Boruc who also made two good saves to deny Darren Bent.

But Saints were a different side after the break and the defeat for Fulham, coupled with Cardiff City’s home win over Norwich City, saw the Whites sink to 20th place.

Fulham boss René Meulensteen made four changes to the side that lost at Swansea City on Tuesday. The Head Coach handed debuts to new signings William Kvist and Lewis Holtby as well as recalling Damien Duff and Darren Bent. Holtby started on the right with Kvist, Steve Sidwell and Scott Parker in the middle and Duff on the left.

After a minute’s applause to mark the passing of former Fulham Director and Club Historian Dennis Turner, Fulham got things under way, kicking towards the Putney End in the first half.

Dan Burn rose at the far post to head a Holtby corner onto the roof of the net in the eighth minute, before a low Rodriguez cross at the other end was sliced towards his own goal by Sidwell. Thankfully, for the Fulham skipper, Stekelenburg was able to grab the ball at the second attempt.

Rodriguez went into the book for catching Sidwell in the 16th minute, before Parker dragged a shot well wide from 20 yards after a poor clearance by Boruc had gone straight to the Fulham man.

A superb one-handed save by Boruc kept the scores level in the 24th minute as he clawed away Hangeland’s header after the defender had met a Holtby corner from the right. A minute later, Victor Wanyama was shown a yellow card for a poor challenge on Parker as the Whites looked to break.

Boruc twice thwarted Bent to keep Saints in it in the 35th minute. First he palmed away Bent’s volley after Parker had flicked a Holtby pass into the striker’s path. Seconds later, Sidwell’s slide-rule pass presented Bent with another chance but his angled drive was saved by the legs of Boruc.

Three minutes before half-time a rare Saints attack ended with Rodriguez heading José Fonte’s cross wide.

The first incident of the second half saw Morgan Schneiderlin send an acrobatic overhead kick over the bar after controlling a Lallana cross on his chest. Lallana then forced Stekelenburg into a save in the 58th minute, with the midfielder’s long-range effort held by the Dutch stopper.

And Southampton’s second-half dominance was rewarded when they went in front. Lambert, playing in a deeper role, was found in space and his pass freed Lallana just inside the left-hand side of the box. There was still a lot to do for the Saints man but he took a touch and fired a left-footed shot that flew low and true past Stekelenburg’s outstretched hand and in at the far stick.

Meulensteen responded by replacing Duff with Clint Dempsey but moments later a Schneiderlin header from a Saints corner was cleared from near the line by Sascha Riether.

It was 2-0 to the visitors in the 69th minute. A well-worked move saw substitute Clyne get down the right before his low cross was met in the middle by Lambert who arrived unmarked to slot home from six yards.

Parker made way for Pajtim Kasami in the 73rd minute but things got even worse for Fulham 90 seconds later. A Fulham attack broke down and a hopeful ball forward was picked up by Rodriguez on the left flank. With Hangeland backing off, Rodriguez cut inside before curling a right-footed effort beyond Stekelenburg and into the far corner of the net.

Kvist was replaced by Muamer Tanković with seven minutes remaining and Saints were content to see out the final stages as Fulham suffered a damaging defeat.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 1 February 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Michael Jones

Fulham

Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Parker (Kasami 74'), Kvist (Tankovic 83'), Sidwell; Holtby, Bent, Duff (Dempsey 65')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Passley, Kacaniklic, Rodallega

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

Southampton

Line-up: Boruc; Calum Chambers (Clyne 58'), Jose Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Wanyama (Cork 45'), Schneiderlin; Lallana, Steven Davis, Rodriguez (Gallagher 87'); Lambert

Unused substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Guly

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 23 53
2 Arsenal 23 52
3 Chelsea 23 50
4 Liverpool 23 46
5 Everton 24 45
6 Tottenham Hotspur 24 44
7 Manchester United 24 40
8 Newcastle United 24 37
9 Southampton 24 35
10 Aston Villa 24 27
11 Stoke City 24 25
12 Swansea City 24 24
13 Hull City 24 24
14 Sunderland 24 24
15 Norwich City 24 24
16 Crystal Palace 23 23
17 West Bromwich Albion 23 22
18 West Ham United 24 22
19 Cardiff City 24 21
20 Fulham 24 19
Goals
0
3
Total Shots
8
17
Shots On Target
4
5
Passing Accuracy
67%
81%
Fouls
10
9
Corners
4
5
Offsides
5
2
Bookings
0
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 6William Kvist
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 16Damien Duff
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 46Joshua Passley
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 32Clint Dempsey
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
Head Coach
  • Rene Meulensteen
Southampton (4-2-3-1)
  • 31Artur Boruc
  • 22Calum Chambers
  • 6Jose Fonte
  • 3Maya Yoshida
  • 23Luke Shaw
  • 12Victor Wanyama
  • 4Morgan Schneiderlin
  • 20Adam Lallana
  • 8Steven Davis
  • 9Jay Rodriguez
  • 7Rickie Lambert
Substitutes
  • 1Kelvin Davis
  • 2Nathaniel Clyne
  • 26Jos Hooiveld
  • 16James Ward-Prowse
  • 18Jack Cork
  • 21Guly
  • 40Sam Gallagher
Manager
  • Mauricio Pochettino
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
  • 90 That's it at Craven Cottage, disappointing afternoon as the visitors leave with the points.
  • 90 Holtby switches the play from the left to the right, Kasami's cross is deflected into Dempsey but Yoshida holds him off.
  • 87 Dempsey drives towards the Saints' goal but Fonte makes a strong tackle to keep the American out.
  • 87 Dempsey drives towards the Saints' goal but Fonte makes a strong tackle to keep the American out.
  • 86 Jay Rodriguez off, Sam Gallagher on for Southampton.
  • 83 Decent effort from Kasami who bends a left-footed strike at goal.
  • 82 Muamer Tankovic comes on for Kvist.
  • 81 Good tackle from Kasami who stops the run of Shaw with a well-timed slide.
  • 78 Lallana runs at the Fulham goal, Kvist makes an important block.
  • 74 Jay Rodriguez cuts in from the left and curls a right-footed strike into the far corner of the net.
  • 73 Scott Parker is replaced by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 69 Clyne runs from deep and his low cross was met in the middle by Lambert who applies a cool finish.
  • 67 Shaw rolls a low cross across from the left and Rodriguez goes close with a first time effort.
  • 64 Damien Duff off, Clint Dempsey on.
  • 63 Rickie Lambert plays in Lallana who takes a touch on the run before firing beyond Stekelenburg.
  • 61 Cork plays a dangerous pass back across the goalmouth, Fulham just about see the ball to safety.
  • 58 Good save by Stekelenburg who claims well from Lallana's swerving strike.
  • 57 Southampton make their second change of the afternoon with Chambers making way for Nathaniel Clyne.
  • 56 Holtby plays a reverse pass through to Sidwell in the left channel. Calum Chambers does just enough as the ball goes out for a corner.
  • 53 Holtby flicks a pass into the path of Parker. The midfielder is quickly surrounded by Southampton shirts and the visitors avert the danger.
  • 51 Fulham hit the Saints on the break, but Duff's delivery is cleared by Yoshida.
  • 50 Schneiderlin controls brilliantly from Lallana's cross from the left before going close with an overhead kick.
  • 46 Mauricio Pochettino made a half-time change with Jack Cork replacing Wanyama.
  • 46 And we're back underway at Craven Cottage. COYW!
  • 45 Half-time at Craven Cottage where it remains goalless. Fulham have had the better opportunities, though.
  • 43 Lallana is the next Saints player to deliver a ball into the box, thankfully his cross is too high for the waiting Rodriguez.
  • 42 At the other end, Fonte swings in a cross from the right and an unmarked Rodriguez heads wide.
  • 40 Holtby is looking lively here, the Germany international attempts to lift a pass over the Southampton defence but Jose Fonte heads clear.
  • Schneiderlin got a yellow card earlier in the game.
  • 35 Boruc saves well from Bent again, getting down well to the striker's angled shot.
  • 34 Move of the game so far as Holtby plays the ball in for Parker, the midfielder flicks the ball into the path of Bent who forces Boruc into another fine stop.
  • 32 Lallana fools Burn with a clever turn, but the young defender recovers well to make a good block.
  • 30 Lallana centres, Burn clears with a towering header.
  • 29 Shaw flights in a deep delivery to the back post and Damien Duff has to be alert to see the ball to safety.
  • 27 Good move from the visitors as Lallana and Rodriguez link. Hangeland does just enough to slow their attack.
  • 23 Holtby curls in a corner from the right, Hangeland meets the delivery and forces Boruc into a fine one-handed stop.
  • 22 Luke Shaw runs from deep and finds Rodriguez on the left. Richardson clears the England forward's cross.
  • 18 Fulham push on again, this time it's Sidwell with the strike.
  • 15 Rodriguez goes into the book for a late tackle on Sidwell.
  • 14 Fulham break again, but Riether's cross can't find a Fulham shirt.
  • 12 Morgan Schneiderlin strikes, but the Frenchman's effort is well wide of the Fulham goal.
  • 9 Jay Rodriguez's cross takes a deflection off Brede Hangeland, Maarten Stekelenburg claims.
  • 7 Holtby clips in a corner from the left and Dan Burn goes close with the header. Decent chance.
  • 6 Scott Parker chips an effort at goal, but Artur Boruc saves with ease.
  • 5 Sascha Riether finds Holtby on the right, but our new no.10's pass through to Darren Bent is intercepted by Maya Yoshida.
  • 3 Adam Lallana does well to skip past Steve Sidwell on the right flank. Kieran Richardson clears the danger.
  • 2 Kvist is straight into a tackle with the powerful Victor Wanyama.
  • 1 And we're underway at Craven Cottage. COME ON YOU WHITES!
  • Southampton won the reverse fixure in October with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez scoring the goals in a 2-0 win. However, the Saints have won just twice in 28 league visits to Craven Cottage.
  • Southampton won the reverse fixure in October with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez scoring the goals in a 2-0 win. However, the Saints have won just twice in 28 league visits to Craven Cottage.
  • Our opponents impressed in midweek, and were unlucky not to have taken maximum points from their game with Arsenal. The Saints had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
  • New recruits Lewis Holtby and William Kvist are both in the squad, but Konstantinos Mitroglou, John Heitinga, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole miss out having been signed after the registration deadline for today’s game.
  • Head Coach René Meulensteen makes four changes from the side that faced Swansea City in midweek with debuts for William Kvist and Lewis Holtby and recalls for Damien Duff and Darren Bent.
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