Wednesday February 3, 2010 Day 21 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 0 Portsmouth

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Portsmouth
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time and it's Fulham who emerge with the three points!
    • 90+2' Duff shields the ball excellently to stop Quincy winning a last-ditch corner for Pompey.
    • 90' Portsmouth are running out of time as Murphy fouls Boateng on the halfway line.
    • 87' Belhadj sees the first yellow card of the night for a trip on Greening.
    • 86' Tonight just about sums up Portsmouth's season. Plenty of times the south coast side have shown promise but they just haven't taken the few chances they've have.
    • 84' Neat one-two between Elm and Nevland on the egde of the box but Finnan shepards the ball back to James.
    • 83' Portsmouth sub: Midfielder Basinas is replaced by Owusu-Abeyie.
    • 81' Quincy Owusu-Abeyie looks set to come on for Portsmouth.
    • 80' O'Hara, who has not given up on this game, plays a one-two on the edge of the penalty area but is dispossessed.
    • 78' Fulham sub: Zamora is replaced by David Elm.
    • 77' What a bad week it's been for Belhadj, who was sent off for Algeria in their African Cup of Nations semi-final defeat to eventual champions Egypt.
    • 76' That really was schoolboy defending from Belhadj.
    • 74' GOAL! There it is! Duff steals possession from Belhadj - who was dithering in his own 18-yard box - and squares to Greening who side-foots home with ease. 1-0 to Fulham.
    • 73' Can either side fashion a game-winning chance? It looks unlikely but you never know!
    • 71' Fulham sub: Debutant Okaka is replaced by Nevland.
    • 70' Fulham are knocking the ball around well and Pompey have to take quick evasive action to clear Shorey's cross.
    • 69' Zamora does well to win back possession on the edge of the Pompey box but Fulham are forced backwards.
    • 68' Duff, a left-footed player working on the right, scoops in a cross which Zamora glances wide.
    • 67' Fulham are more in it in this second half but both teams are lacking quality in the final third.
    • 65' Great cross from the right and Zamora rises well with a powerful header but it's straight in the arms of James.
    • 63' It's all a bit scrappy in the midfield after a series of fouls.
    • 62' Pompey sub: Piquionne is replaced by Danny Webber.
    • 62' That's a poor corner - a theme throughout the game tonight - and Portsmouth clear at the first attempt.
    • 61' Duff cuts in from the left with Baird opening space on the overlap but the Irishman opts to shoot, with his deflected effort going out for a corner.
    • 60' The game has lost its flow after that Basinas injury.
    • 59' Basinas is ok and we're back underway.
    • 57' Basinas goes down under a challenge from Greening and Pompey play the ball out to allow their physio to come on.
    • 56' Fulham make the first change of the evening: Kelly is replaced by Kagisho Evidence Dikgacoi.
    • 55' Portsmouth continue to dominate possession but need that break in the final third.
    • 53' Portsmouth win a corner... Basinas swings it in and finds Boateng but the midfielder was backpedalling and can't get enough power on the header to beat Schwarzer.
    • 52' O'Hara is putting in a fantastic shift for Pompey, chasing down every Fulham player and forcing them to make a mistake.
    • 51' Boateng picks up the ball just off the strikers and plays out wide but over-hits the pass and Belhadj can't stop it going out for a goal-kick.
    • 50' Fulham's supporters attempt to rally their team but it's having little affect.
    • 48' Murphy swings in a deep cross which Zamora heads across goal but no Fulham player can poke it goalwards.
    • 48' Zamora is pulled back on the right to win a corner in a dangerous position.
    • 47' Fulham were second best in the first half but should have gone into the break in front. Can Pompey convert their possession into goals?
    • 46' Pompey get the second half underway.
    • HT Duff puts in the corner and Hangeland rises at the back post but can't get his head on it and Portsmouth lump clear. The referee blows up for half-time.
    • 45+1' Basinas gives away possession in midfield. Duff drives forward and cuts inside but sees his cross half-cleared before Fulham force a corner.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 43' Basinas whips in a corner to the front post which is flicked to Piquionne and his low drive forces a superb block. The loose ball falls to O'Hara but the midfielder flashes over.
    • 42' Dindane works his way across the top of the Fulham box trying to make space for a shot before spreading wide. O'Hara whips in the cross and, with Piquionne rising, Hughes heads out for a corner.
    • 41' Greening finds Zamora on the right side of the 18-yard box. Fulham's top scorer shows quick feet to work past two defenders and his shot is cleared for a corner.
    • 39' Okaka gets a bit fortunate, ith a deflected cross finding him on the outside of the box, but the Roma man shanks his shot wide when he could have driven into the box.
    • 38' The game is beginning to open up now with gaps developing in both back lines.
    • 37' Portsmouth give away possession cheaply and Murphy threads it wide. Shorey swings in a cross but Zamora can't get his head on it.
    • 36' Fulham have been second best but undoubtedly should have taken the lead there.
    • 34' What a miss! Zamora goes wide and fires in a great cross to the back post. Greening heads across goal and Okaka misses from a yard out, not getting enough on the simplest header. What a sitter!
    • 33' Duff floats in an excellent left-footed cross and evades everyone before nearly catching out James - but the England keeper re-jigs his feet to save comfortably.
    • 32' This could be dangerous... O'Hara fouls Duff and it's a Fulham free-kick midway inside the Portsmouth half.
    • 30' Boateng drives forward with the ball at his feet and muscles through three Fulham players on the edge of the box and pokes goalwards but it's too close to Schwarzer. Great work from the German full-back.
    • 29' Jermaine Defoe has given Tottenham the lead against Leeds. Follow the action from Elland Road here...
    • 27' Pompey soon win a corner of their own but Basinas's corner goes out for a throw on the opposite touchline!
    • 26' Portsmouth decided to have a man on the post for that set-piece and it paid dividends!
    • 26' Murphy swings in the corner and finds the head of Hughes... and it's a great nod off the line by O'Hara!
    • 25' Fulham begin to pressurise the Portsmouth goal and win a corner.
    • 23' O'Hara exchanges passes with O'Hara and the Tottenham loanee strikes a left-footed shot which bends wide.
    • 22' Pompey only half clear and the ball falls to Baird but his shot is both high and wide.
    • 21' Duff charges forward to Fulham and finds Murphy but his cross is cleared by Pompey.
    • 20' Boateng wins a free-kick midway inside the Fulham half. Can they make the domination count from a set-piece?
    • 19' Duff skips away from the challenge of O'Hara before linking up with Zamora. The former West Ham man lays the ball back to Kelly on the right but his cross goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 18' Fulham have barely strung three passes together in the opening 18 minutes and that trend doesn't look like stopping with Pompey on the attack.
    • 17' Dindane fires in a cross from the left but fortunately for Fulham it's straight into the arms of Schwarzer.
    • 16' Portsmouth really are dominating at the moment and Boateng runs onto a second ball before lashing wide from distance. Not a bad effort at all, that.
    • 14' O'Hara nudges into the back of Kelly on the right - the home crowd aren't happy the referee hasn't blown up - and crosses but the Fulham clear.
    • 13' Having seen the television replay, Piquionne looked offside and Fulham would have been fuming if he scored.
    • 12' O'Hara slides a neat ball through the middle which Piquionne runs on to but, completely unmarked, he lashes wide! First clear cut chance of the game.
    • 11' Murphy gives away possession in midfield, allowing O'Hara to find Yebda. His low cross from the right reaches the box but is behind the on-rushing Dindane.
    • 9' Piquionne finds space in the same position on the left but his cross is a looping effort to the back post which evades all blue shirts.
    • 8' Murphy heads clear at the near post - poor delivery from O'Hara - and Okaka holds up the ball waiting for support before eventually winning a throw.
    • 8' Piquionne latches onto a long ball down the left channel and Kelly clumsily barges him in the back to give away a free-kick on the byline.
    • 7' Neat play from Zamora and Duff, who link up on the right before playing the ball back to Kelly, but his cross is blocked and Pompey clear.
    • 5' The physio is on with Piquionne receiving treatment.
    • 4' First strike at goal comes from Portsmouth's Boateng, who is played in down the left channel and shoots but Schwarzer is quick to smother.
    • 3' This is a big opportunity for 20-year-old Stefan Okaka, on loan from Roma. Can he impress at the first attempt?
    • 2' The Whites have a busy run of games coming up, with Roy Hodgson having the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League to focus on.
    • 1' Fulham get us underway...
    • - Fulham captain Danny Murphy is confident his side can end their bad run...will they do it tonight? Check out his exclusive Eurosport blog...
    • - The teams are out at Craven Cottage...here we go!
    • - Both Stefan Okaka and Nicky Shorey make their Fulham debuts tonight but Quincy Owusu-Abeyie is only on the bench for Portsmouth.
    • - Remember this one is an 8pm kick-off... 15 minutes to go!
    • - Win tonight and Fulham will leapfrog Blackburn into 10th, and the top half of the table, while three points for Portsmouth will bring them within two of 19th place Burnley.
    • - Avram Grant is unbeaten in his two previous league matches against Fulham - but both came as Chelsea boss.
    • - Fulham's current rut marks their longest losing run in eight years since a Premier League club record six-match streak from February to March 2002.
    • - ...and Anthony Taylor (Cheshire) is the referee.
    • - PORTSMOUTH: James, Finnan, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Belhadj, Yebda, Basinas, Boateng, O'Hara, Dindane, Piquionne Subs: Ashdown, Rocha, Mullins, Owusu-Abeyie, Vanden Borre, Webber, Hughes
    • - FULHAM: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey, Duff, Murphy, Baird, Greening, Okaka Chuka, Zamora Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Stoor, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Elm
    • - But Portsmouth's away record hardly points towards a Pompey win here, with no win in their last seven away matches, losing the last three.
    • - Portsmouth may be stranded at the bottom of the table, but it's Fulham who have the worst form in the Premier League having lost five on the spin.
    • - Fulham have been short on lucky recently too, with Andy Johnson's season hanging on a knife edge...
    • - Barely a day seems to pass without Avram Grant's team hitting the news for the wrong reasons, find out the latest on the Portsmouth team page...
    • - Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Fulham's Premier League clash with Portsmouth at Craven Cottage.
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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • S. Kelly Substitution Out (55′)
      • B. Hangeland
      • A. Hughes
      • N. Shorey
      • D. Murphy
      • C. Baird
      • D. Duff
      • J. Greening Goal
      • S. Okaka Chuka Substitution Out (70′)
      • B. Zamora Substitution Out (78′)

      Subs

      • P. Zuberbühler
      • E. Nevland Substitution In70′
      • B. Riise
      • D. Elm Substitution In78′
      • K. Dikgacoi Substitution In55′
      • C. Smalling
      • F. Stoor
    • Starting line-up

      • D. James
      • S. Finnan
      • T. Ben-Haim Yellow Card
      • M. Wilson
      • N. Belhadj
      • A. Basinas Substitution Out (82′)
      • H. Yebda
      • J. O'Hara
      • K. Boateng
      • A. Dindane
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (62′)

      Subs

      • H. Mullins
      • D. Webber Substitution In62′
      • J. Ashdown
      • R. Hughes
      • R. Rocha
      • A. Vanden Borre
      • Q. Owusu-Abeyie Substitution In82′
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