Saturday November 27, 2010 Day 15 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Dempsey 53’
  • Larsson 20’

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  1. Dempsey salvages Fulham point

    Dempsey salvages Fulham point

    Premier League draw specialists Fulham ground out another point at Craven Cottage after a well contested 1-1 battle with Birmingham. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+3' Full-time 1-1. Fulham probably deserved to win the game, but Birmingham were formidable at the back.
    • 90+3' First booking of the game in the 93rd minute. Fulham's Dempsey chopped down Stephen Carr.
    • 90+2' Johnson and Danns have been dominant in the air. Fantastic performance from the Blues defence.
    • 90+1' Wave after wave of Fulham attack is crashing against a Blue wall.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
    • 88' The Cottagers are launching ball after ball into the Birmingham box, but the centre back pairing of Roger Johnson and Scott Danns have been immense.
    • 87' Birmingham wasting time to see this draw out.
    • 85' Substitution by Birmingham. David Murphy comes on for Keith Fahey.
    • 84' It's all Fulham now.
    • 82' CHANCE! Kamara plays a through ball to Eddie Johnson... He races towards goal, coming in from the right, but the American striker can only a fire a poor finish into the legs of Ben Foster.
    • 81' CHANCE! Great ball in from the left by Baird, which is met by Kamara and he glances a header into the arms of Ben Foster. Either side of the England goalkeeper and Fulham would be in the lead.
    • 79' It's tense at Craven Cottage. Fulham deserve to win this game, but Birmingham look dangerous on the counter attack.
    • 77' CHANCE! That was close. Free kick from Danny Murphy sails to the back post, where Zigic manages to turn it behind just yards from his own goal. Incredibly the officials give a goal kick and not a corner!
    • 74' CHANCE!! Corner from Birmingham's Larsson is headed against the bar by Scott Dann. Absolutely rattled the woodwork. Lucky escape for Fulham.
    • 73' Sub for Fulham - Simon Davies makes way for Eddie Johnson.
    • 72' CHANCE! Great save from Ben Foster. The Birmingham goalkeeper turns a fierce shot from Clint Dempsey around the post.
    • 70' CHANCE! Cross from Fulham's John Pantsil is headed straight at Ben Foster by Clint Dempsey.
    • 68' The hosts have had a lot of the ball - 61 per cent to be exact.
    • 67' Mark Hughes will be disappointed his team have not pushed on since grabbing the equaliser. Alex McLeish will be pleased with the way his team have defended, but now might be the time to take a risk and go for the win.
    • 66' CHANCE! Fulham corner is played out to Simon Davies on the edge of the box, but he can only drive a shot into the stands. Way off target.
    • 63' CHANCE! Birmingham's Roger Johnson heads wide following a corner by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 62' Alexander Hleb is being carried away on a stretcher. He obviously feels like he's done something serious.
    • 61' Alexander Hleb is relpaced by Nikola Zigic.
    • 60' Birmingham's Alexander Hleb has pulled up with a hamstring injury.
    • 57' CHANCE! A shot from Zoltan Gera is well saved by Ben Foster.
    • 57' Fulham applying the pressure now. Birmingham are dealing with the onslaught.
    • 56' What a relief that is for Mark Hughes. His side could not be faulted for their effort, but their quality of play was certainly in question. Dempsey stepped up again.
    • 54' Simon Davies lofted a corner to the back post where Zoltan Gera rose above his marker at the back post to head the ball back across goal, where Dempsey showed great determination to beat a cluster of defenders to the ball and head past Ben Foster.
    • 53' GGGOOOAAAAALLLL 1-1!! Dempsey levels for Fulham!
    • 51' CHANCE! Fulham's Simon Davies plays Diomansy Kamara through and he manages to get a shot off, but Birmingham's defenders do well to deflect the ball past Ben Foster's post.
    • 50' Dreadful. Brede Hangeland passes the ball to Aaron Hughes and he lets it slip under his foot. Too many basic mistakes.
    • 48' Again Fulham are let down by their use of the ball. Hughes' team just keep giving the ball away in decent positions.
    • 46' Fulham looking to put Birmingham on the back foot early.
    • 45' Fulham start the second half.... Let's see what they're made of!
    • 45+1' Boos ring round Craven Cottage at half-time. 1-0 to Birmingham at the interval.
    • 45' There will be one minute of time added on.
    • 45' Another Fulham chance that amounts to nothing... Pantsil whips the ball into the box and Clint Dempsey heads it well wide of the Brimingham goal.
    • 44' Oh dear... Aaron Hughes plays a woeful pass to nobody and the ball goes out for a goalkick. Fulham have been very poor ni the attacking third.
    • 42' According to the stats Fulham still the team on top - they've had 59 pre cent of possession.
    • 40' They have created very little - aside from the opening goal - but Brimingham look a lot more dangerous and inventive in the final third than Fulham.
    • 38' Fulham can't afford to lose another game.... Trip to The Emirates awaits them next weekend.
    • 37' Fulham pushing for an equaliser, but Birmingham just seem to be able to get bodies in front of everything - crosses, shots, long balls.
    • 35' Endeavour in abundance... Quality lacking.
    • 34' Competative half, but not the most exciting.....
    • 32' CHANCE!!! Fulham's Zoltan Gera stands the ball up to the back post where he finds Diomansy Kamara, who sends the ball into the stands with an overhead kick.
    • 30' The home side continue to dominate, without any real substance. Birmingham look quite comfortable.
    • 28' Fulham have had 57 per cent of possession, but they haven't been able to create any clear cut chancses.
    • 26' Fulham are clearly shell shocked after falling behind aganist the run of play.
    • 25' Carlos Salcido picked up an early injury.
    • 24' Early substitution for Fulham. John Pantsil replaces Carlos Salcido at right back.
    • 22' That was Birmingham's first meaningful attack of the half and they made Fulham pay. Mark Hughes will be disappointed they conceded a goal after losing the ball from a their own throw-in, in Birmingham's half.
    • 20' GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Lightening quick break from Birmingham. Alexander Hleb held off a battalion of defenders before the laying the ball into the path of Sebastian Larsson and he found the corner of the net with a calm finish. 1-0 to the Blues.
    • 18' Fulham are making sure there's plenty of pressure on Birmingham whenever they lose possession.
    • 16' CHANCE!! Barry Ferguson plays in Cameron Jerome, who gets the wrong side for Chris Baird, but the defender does well to get back and block the shot.
    • 14' Very close game so far. Hard to call. Fulham, edging it slightly.
    • 11' CHANCE!!! Kamara teed up Dempsey after some neat approach play and the American fires a shot just wide of Ben Foster's right hand post. Very close. Good effort.
    • 8' CHANCE!!! Ball runs to Birmingham's Lee Bowyer on the edge of the box and he hits a low, left foot shot at goal. He flies just past the post with Mark Schwarzer outstretched.
    • 7' Birmingham have started to settle into the game. They're placing some nice football.
    • 5' CHANCE!!!! Header from Fulham's Aaron Hughes, cleared off the line by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 4' Fulham have made a positive start to this game. Plenty of energy.
    • 1' Birmingham get the game underway!
    • 14:59 The teams are out on the pitch - this game is about to start.
    • 14:58 Birmingham have not won in their last three Premier League visits to Fulham, losing the last two. Their only victory in the last five was a 3-2 in December 2004.
    • 14:57 The home side has won each of the last three meetings between them. Birmingham's only victory in the last four was a 1-0 at St Andrews last season, November 2009. Lee Bowyer scored the only goal.
    • 14:55 They have met 12 times in the Premier League. Fulham have won three, Birmingham four and there have been five draws.
    • 14:55 Fulham and Birmingham have met 72 time in the league. Fulham have won 22, Birmingham 27 and there have been 23 draws.
    • 14:50 Birmingham are not in a great position themselves... The Blues are 15th just two points above Fulham.
    • 14:46 Fulham's poor run of form has left them hovering over the relegation zone in 17th position.
    • 14:44 Diomansy Kamara could be the man to partner Dempsey in Fulham's attack.
    • 14:41 Fulham might have the services of Dempsey at their disposal, but Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele are sidelined by injury and Andrew Johnson is a doubt.
    • 14:41 Birmingham are without their leading scorer Craig Gardner.
    • 14:34 World Cup final referee Howard Webb will be taking control of today's game.
    • 14:33 And Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Dann, Larsson, Fahey, Bowyer, Ferguson, Hleb, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Phillips, Michel, Zigic, Parnaby, Beausejour.
    • 14:32 Here's how Fulham are going to line-up: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Gera, Kamara. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Duff, Eddie Johnson, Dikgacoi, Greening.
    • 14:28 Hughes will be looking to American striker Clint Dempsey for inspiration - he's the team's top goalscorer with five this season.
    • 14:27 Alex McLeish's side are yet to concede inside the opening 20 minutes of a league game this term.
    • 14:27 The Blues are yet to win in seven away league matches this season - their last win on the road came at Portsmouth during March.
    • 14:25 The west London side have conceded 14 of their 17 goals in the first half of matches.
    • 14:24 Mark Hughes' team have won just twice in the league this season, against Wigan and Wolves, sides below them in the table.
    • 14:23 Fulham are on a four-game winless streak.
    • 14:19 A very good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Fulham v Birmingham.
  • Summary

    • 82' CHANCE! Kamara plays a through ball to Eddie Johnson... He races towards goal, coming in from the right, but the American striker can only a fire a poor finish into the legs of Ben Foster.
    • 81' CHANCE! Great ball in from the left by Baird, which is met by Kamara and he glances a header into the arms of Ben Foster. Either side of the England goalkeeper and Fulham would be in the lead.
    • 77' CHANCE! That was close. Free kick from Danny Murphy sails to the back post, where Zigic manages to turn it behind just yards from his own goal. Incredibly the officials give a goal kick and not a corner!
    • 74' CHANCE!! Corner from Birmingham's Larsson is headed against the bar by Scott Dann. Absolutely rattled the woodwork. Lucky escape for Fulham.
    • 72' CHANCE! Great save from Ben Foster. The Birmingham goalkeeper turns a fierce shot from Clint Dempsey around the post.
    • 70' CHANCE! Cross from Fulham's John Pantsil is headed straight at Ben Foster by Clint Dempsey.
    • 66' CHANCE! Fulham corner is played out to Simon Davies on the edge of the box, but he can only drive a shot into the stands. Way off target.
    • 63' CHANCE! Birmingham's Roger Johnson heads wide following a corner by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 57' CHANCE! A shot from Zoltan Gera is well saved by Ben Foster.
    • 53' GGGOOOAAAAALLLL 1-1!! Dempsey levels for Fulham!
    • 51' CHANCE! Fulham's Simon Davies plays Diomansy Kamara through and he manages to get a shot off, but Birmingham's defenders do well to deflect the ball past Ben Foster's post.
    • 32' CHANCE!!! Fulham's Zoltan Gera stands the ball up to the back post where he finds Diomansy Kamara, who sends the ball into the stands with an overhead kick.
    • 20' GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Lightening quick break from Birmingham. Alexander Hleb held off a battalion of defenders before the laying the ball into the path of Sebastian Larsson and he found the corner of the net with a calm finish. 1-0 to the Blues.
    • 16' CHANCE!! Barry Ferguson plays in Cameron Jerome, who gets the wrong side for Chris Baird, but the defender does well to get back and block the shot.
    • 11' CHANCE!!! Kamara teed up Dempsey after some neat approach play and the American fires a shot just wide of Ben Foster's right hand post. Very close. Good effort.
    • 8' CHANCE!!! Ball runs to Birmingham's Lee Bowyer on the edge of the box and he hits a low, left foot shot at goal. He flies just past the post with Mark Schwarzer outstretched.
    • 5' CHANCE!!!! Header from Fulham's Aaron Hughes, cleared off the line by Sebastian Larsson.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • C. Baird
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Salcido Substitution Out (24′)
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Etuhu
      • S. Davies Substitution Out (73′)
      • Z. Gera
      • D. Kamará
      • C. Dempsey Goal Yellow Card

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • D. Duff
      • S. Kelly
      • E. Johnson Substitution In73′
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • D. Stockdale
      • J. Pantsil Substitution In24′
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • L. Bowyer
      • S. Larsson Goal
      • K. Fahey Substitution Out (86′)
      • C. Jerome
      • A. Hleb Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • K. Phillips
      • D. Murphy Substitution In86′
      • S. Parnaby
      • N. Žigic Substitution In61′
      • C. Doyle
      • J. Beausejour
      • Míchel
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