Sunday December 26, 2010 Day 19 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 3 West Ham United

  • Hughes 11’
  • Cole 37’, 73’
  • Piquionne 45’

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  1. West Ham off bottom

    West Ham off bottom

    Carlton Cole haunted Fulham again as West Ham won 3-1 at Craven Cottage to move off the bottom of the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • West Ham United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3 There you have it! West Ham get their third win of the season and their first away since the opening day of last season and they are off the bottom! The home fans let Mark Hughes what they think as the boos ring out.
    • 90+2 Duff chases a lost cause to win a throw on the right. Pantsil hauls it in but Upson clears.
    • 90+1 Mark Hughes is apoplectic after three minutes added time are signalled.
    • 90' Murphy and Parker fly into each other in what looks a nasty collision but those two are honest as they come and help each other up.
    • 89' WEST HAM SUB: Nouble is on for Piquionne.
    • 87' The latest spell of Whites pressure sees Gera nod the Duff cross down for Andy Johnson but, surrounded by West Ham defenders, his attempted finish is weak and straight at Green.
    • 85' Salcido with a much better cross that Gera attacks far post but Upson with a superb block on his header to clear.
    • 84' The West Ham fans won't give Duff the ball back and for some reason the ball boy takes an age to get a spare. Absurd. Green claims the corner easily enough. Now there are two balls on the pitch.
    • 83' Parker races forward but he can't quite meet the ball to prod Sears in. Duff has it on the right for Fulham but Upson bravely stoops to head away from Eddie Johnson. Now Gabbidon slides in on Duff, Fulham corner.
    • 82' Cole is caught offside but with Schwarzer on the ball Fulham play on. Eddie Johnson on the left but his cross is cleared.
    • 81' The referee has a word with Pantsil, who has already been booked.
    • 80' Davies crosses from wide left but Gabbidon gets a head on it and Stanislas clears. Now Duff with a lovely stepover to buy a yard on the right, super cross too AND MURPHY but he volleys over from 12 yards!
    • 79' Cole gets down the left, cutting in as he sniffs a hat-trick but Hughes is back to block.
    • 77' Fulham are really toiling here. Boy how they miss Zamora and even Dembele.
    • 75' That was a great save from Green. Fulham piling it on from the corner, lads sliding around and no-one can get a touch to clear or finish.
    • 74' Eddie Johnson cannot buy a goal! A lofted Murphy ball is deflected into his path, he flicks it up and smashes a wicked volley in that Green somehow gets a touch on, flying in from point-blank range! Inches wide, corner.
    • 73' COLE MAKES IT THREE! Route one, Hughes with a rotten defensive header straight into Cole's path and he rifles a superb first-time finish across Schwarzer into the bottom right. West Ham have breathing space.
    • 72' West Ham have a corner on the right but Stanislas's delivery fails to clear the near post.
    • 71' Salcido adopting an advanced role on the left but his cross is poor, too close to Green.
    • 71' Piquionne throws himself to the deck in the box but the ref laughs him up. Kovac has split his boot and is getting a new one.
    • 70' Eddie Johnson is not Premier League quality, showcasing a shocking first touch after Hangeland's impressive through ball.
    • 69' Throw to Fulham on the left wing won by Salcido, whose defending is way short of his attacking prowess. Mark Hughes gets more animated. These are the games Fulham need to be winning, a draw would not be good enough and a win disastrous.
    • 68' Duff cuts in from the right and he smacks in an outswinging shot that flies half a yard wide, Green watching it all the way.
    • 67' Great leap by Piquionne to meet Stanislas's cross but Hangeland beats Cole to it.
    • 66' Sears on the right, he cuts inside and has a pop but well wide this time.
    • 66' Fulham on the counter and Andy Johnson is in but he fires straight at Green!
    • 65' JUST WIDE FROM SEARS! Great play by Cole to lay it off for him and the youngster flashes a drive past Schwarzer but inches wide!
    • 64' Parker gets in down the right and bounces a ball into the box that Cole almost connects with but Hangeland clears. Salcido all at sea again.
    • 63' Gera to Murphy, now Eddie Johnson but his touch is poor. He keeps the ball though and Piquionne is back to put out fo a throw. Eddie Johnson pushes Kovac, unnecessary and West Ham have a free-kick.
    • 62' Fulham are camped on the edge of the Hammers box but all they gain is a throw on the right wing.
    • 61' Upson is struggling with a head injury... a cut above his right eye.
    • 60' Poor lay off from Eddie Johnson behind Gera. The fans groan. Johnson does win the next flick on though but Andy Johnson handles.
    • 59' Fulham asking questions of the Hammers defence now as a succession of crosses are fielded by Tomkins and Gabbidon. West Ham counter but Cole is all alone and ends up fouling Hughes.
    • 58' Pantsil slides into the back of Stanislas and picks up a booking.
    • 57' Pantsil wins the 50-50 and finds Davies on the right, back to the Ghanaian and a superb cross but Green gets his hand on it inches before Andy Johnson flying in!
    • 56' Fulham build from the back again. Patience is a virtue but not necessarily when you're 2-1 down at home to West Ham.
    • 55' Duff gives it away but Fulham close in on the Hammers this time to clear.
    • 54' FULHAM SUB: Dempsey does not look too pleased as he is replaced by fellow Yank Eddie Johnson. Duff is on for Etuhu too.
    • 53' Dempsey gives chase down the left but he can't keep it in.
    • 52' Piquionne holds it up for Sears, he threads Cole in, great ball but his touch is poor and Hughes gets it away! Fulham almost punished as Murphy dithered.
    • 51' Pantsil plays it long for Johnson but it comes off him, under pressure from Upson, and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 50' Dempsey and Piquionne collide and both need treatment...
    • 49' Murphy over the ball, just to the right of the D with Gera. He takes it short, Gera stands it up for him but Murphy fires well over. Poor.
    • 48' A heavy touch from Johnson but he works hard to win it back. Dempsey races on to Murphy's pass and is taken out by Upson on the edge of the box. Yellow card.
    • 47' Fulham start with intent as Murphy turns inside, he finds Dempsey who tries an ambitious shot from 30 yards plus that is blocked. All the way back with Schwarzer now.
    • 46' The second half is underway. Let's see how Fulham react to this, and how West Ham defend too.
    • 45+2 Hangeland with a high ball in for Johnson, it sails over his head and Green gathers. That's the whistle, somehow West Ham have turned it round and are ahead.
    • 45+1 WEST HAM ARE AHEAD! What a finish from Piquionne! Parker on the left swings in a superb cross, Salcido all over the place and the Frenchman flies in at the far post with a first-time volley into the roof of the net! Shocking defending from Salcido, but a great finish!
    • 45' Great defending by Pantsil after Piquionne turned into the box, getting there first and nicking it away from Parker's challenge. Now Stanislas threads Cole in, this could be two but out flies Schwarzer to block the finish!
    • 44' Dempsey penalised for a follow through on Tomkins although he was stooping into the header so 'foot up' is a touch harsh.
    • 43' Parker is very close when he is flagged offside. Looked like he held his run perfectly to me!
    • 42' Davies puts it into the six-yard box and Hangeland flies in but the visitors scramble it clear! Davies crosses again but again cleared. Gera's ball in for Etuhu drifts harmlessly wide for a goal kick.
    • 41' Green goes long but Davies intercepts, playing it first-time to Gera whose low ball in comes off Upson. Corner. Hangeland is up...
    • 40' Gera cuts in from the right and tries a long-range shot but it flies well wide.
    • 38' Fulham were totally in control but an uncharacteristic error from Eutuhu has allowed Cole to score his fifth in five games against the Whites. Hughes can't believe it.
    • 37' COLE LEVELS! Mistake from Etuhu as he sticks out a leg in a poor attempt to intercept Sears's low cross, only succeeding in diverting it towards goal where Cole slides a low finish past Schwarzer into the bottom left!
    • 35' Gera flies in to meet Pantsil's cross but Green gets there first, the two collide but Green holds on and the flag is up for a marginal offside.
    • 34' West Ham's spell of pressure comes to an end as Etuhu brings the ball away, Murphy turns and goes wide. Fulham keep the ball for a while now but Stanislas is able to clear.
    • 33' Ben-Haim frees Parker on the right and he wins a throw. Now Kovac shoots from range, deflected and wide for a corner. Dempsey does his job to head clear from the near post.
    • 32' Fulham have a free-kick on halfway that Murphy puts towards the box. Gabbidon heads clear and Kovac is fouled by Dempsey.
    • 31' Fulham break again as Davies on the right finds Dempsey with the cross but, from six yards out, Ben-Haim races across to get his head on it and West Ham survive! Great defending for once from West Ham.
    • 30' Super quick passing counter by Fulham as Gera and Dempsey combine before the American threads Johnson in, his low cross from inside the area is blocked behind for a corner. Green, however, claims Davies's cross with ease.
    • 29' Stanislas with the corner but Schwarzer holds on to the ball at the second attempt.
    • 28' Good turn by Gera, who flicks it up and Upson handles but the referee waves play on! That was handball. Cole could be in but Pantsil is back and it's a corner to West Ham.
    • 27' Dempsey cuts inside instead of looking for Salcido but he is tackled. Parker oddly gives it away, Davies wriggles inside and, with no challenge, fires a rising drive that flies just over! Green had it covered but they gave him far too much time and space for the shot.
    • 26' Hangeland tackles Sears but tries to play himself clear, silly from the Norwegian and he is robbed by Sears and the cross is low and good but Hughes is back to hoof out for a throw.
    • 25' Tomkins looks long and Piquionne flicks it on for Stanislas but the winger is offside.
    • 24' Almost a lovely break from Fulham as Etuhu and Johnson combine but the final ball, from a midfielder more known for his tackling than passing, is outside AJ and not even his rapid legs can take him on to it.
    • 23' Davies with an optimistic chip that Johnson does really well to meet and knock back to the Welshman but his cross is poor. Fulham come again though as Dempsey knocks it inside to Gera but his low drive is well wide.
    • 22' Fulham largely in control now as they pass it around the back with relative comfort. West Ham look a tiny bit disheartened by the goal.
    • 21' Davies plays it far post for Hangeland but his header loops up in the air and Ben-Haim clears. Now Davies down the right but West Ham clear through Kovac. Cole bustles forward and tries to find Parker but the hosts clear.
    • 20' Murphy frees Salcido wide right, Ben-Haim nowhere to be seen, but Sears gets back to slide in on the Mexican. Corner. Davies puts it in, bypassing Hangeland and Gera flies in but his drive is blocked! Murphy now on the right but his low cut back is diverted behind by Upson!
    • 19' Andy Johnson is undoubtedly a fine player but his last couple of years have been ravaged by injuries so he is lacking the sharpness in front of goal to match his pace and work rate.
    • 18' Davies on the right fizzes a low cross in AND JOHNSON FROM EIGHT YARDS but makes a mess of it! He had loads of room with Upson and Tomkins far too deep but the former Everton striker skewed it off the inside of his right foot, well wide.
    • 17' Really confident play from Fulham as they flick and move, Johnson and Davies with the interplay. Gabbidon slides in on Johnson though, putting man and ball into touch.
    • 16' Almost a good move from Fulham but the Gera through ball is intercepted. Fulham win it back though, pressing high up the pitch and setting the tempo now they have the lead.
    • 15' Johnson gives chase when Hangeland lumps it upfield. He cannot keep it in though so West Ham have a throw. Great slide tackle by Davies on Cole. Now Murphy wide to Salcido as the Whites play keep ball.
    • 14' Johnson latches on to a loose ball from Gabbidon and he shoots from 20 yards but well-held by Green!
    • 13' Stanislas to take but a poor low delivery near post that Fulham clear all the way back to Green.
    • 12' Cole meets a long ball but Schwarzer claims the flick on. Now Sears frees Piquionne wide right who wins a corner off Salcido.
    • 11' That was Aaron Hughes's first goal in six years.
    • 10' Green gets a good punch on the Davies free-kick, Murphy gets it wide again to Davies, lovely ball AND HUGHES SCORES! 1-0! Unmarked from eight yards with a power header into the top right! Great cross, super finish but where was the marking?
    • 9' Murphy with a sweet ball wide left to Dempsey, who takes it on the chest. Fulham forced back though and have to build patiently again. Murphy releases Salcido, he cuts inside AND UNLEASHES A TRADEMARK STRIKE that is deflected and Green has to palm it wide! Corner.
    • 8' Fulham with some neat passing as Davies is found on the right, good cross FOR DEMPSEY WITH THE HEADER but it skids off the side and bounces weakly into Green's arms!
    • 7' COLE JUST WIDE! That's more like the Cole we know, he gets it to feet just inside the box and holds off Hughes's challenge before turning quickly and drilling a low shot across Schwarzer that fizzes just past the far post!
    • 6' Stanislas and Piquionne are over this, looks like a shot is on. Piquionne to take... he blasts it low into the wall. Poor.
    • 5' Cole with a good show of strength to race on to Piquionne's flick on but a superb slide tackle by Salcido for a corner. No! The ref decides it was a foul, free-kick on the edge of the D to the right. Harsh.
    • 4' Stanislas races on to Parker's through ball and he plays it in first time, Hughes doesn't know whether to stick a foot out but Cole is slow to react and Schwarzer claims. A bright opening in West London.
    • 3' Fulham have a free-kick just over 30 yards out, a shade to the left. Murphy to swing it in but a bit of nonsense as Sears doesn't get 10 yards back. Murphy finally puts it in, nodded away by Upson but it drops to Gera who lobs a ball in but gets it wrong, sailing on to the roof of the net.
    • 2' Great run down the right by Sears, getting behind Salcido and pinging in a dangerous ball that flicks off Cole into the path of Stanislas but his cut-back is hacked away by Pantsil! Stanislas should have done better.
    • 1' A long diagonal ball from kick off is watched out by Ben Haim. Fulham win it back from the throw though as Dempsey flicks the ball on nicely and Johnson arrives but Green gets there ahead of him and Gera.
    • 1' The first half of this opening Boxing Day Premier League clash is underway!
    • 11:58 Today's referee is Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
    • 11:55 FACT: Fulham’s last four Premier League wins have come against teams whose names begin with the letter W. Weird.
    • 11:50 FACT: Fulham have not won any of their last four Premier League matches at home, their longest run since they went five without a victory in January 2008; they have only won one of the last 14 Premier League meetings with the Hammers. Almost as rubbish.
    • 11:45 FACT: West Ham have won none of their last 27 Premier League away games, only one team has ever had a longer consecutive run in the Premier League (Fulham 33 between September 2006 and March 2008). Rubbish.
    • 11:40 FACT: Dempsey has scored a goal in each of his last three matches for club and country against goalkeeper Rob Green, one of which we all remember well...
    • 11:35 FACT: Carlton Cole has scored in each of his last four Premier League starts for West Ham against Fulham, but he also scored an own goal last time out at Craven Cottage; Clint Dempsey has scored in the last two Premier League games against West Ham.
    • 11:30 FACT: Fulham have not won on Boxing Day since 2003; The Hammers have scored in all but one of their last 16 matches on Boxing Day.
    • 11:25 WEST HAM TEAM NEWS: Rob Green and Victor Obinna return (the latter on the bench) but still lots of injuries, with Mark Noble (hip), Jack Collison and Anthony Edgar (both knee), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Manuel da Costa (foot) out. Valon Behrami, injured in the warm-up before the 1-1 draw with Blackburn, is still out as Grant goes for a very attacking formation - Freddie Sears was recalled from his loan at Scunthorpe and gets a shock start alongside Cole and Piquionne in a kind of 4-3-4.
    • 11:20 FULHAM TEAM NEWS: Pantsil gets a start at right-back with no real surprises, although Andy Johnson is preferred up front to Diomansy Kamara: Moussa Dembele has failed a fitness test and doesn't make the squad. The aforementioned Zamora is joined on the sidelines by Philippe Senderos (Achilles) and Matthew Briggs (calf).
    • 11:15 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Salcido, Hughes, Hangeland, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Gera, A.Johnson; Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kamara, Duff, E.Johnson, Greening, Halliche /// West Ham: Green, Ben-Haim, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Upson, Parker, Kovac, Stanislas, Sears, Cole, Piquionne; Subs: Boffin, Reid, Barrera, Spector, Ilunga, Nouble, Obinna
    • 11:10 Hughes, meanwhile, has struggled to get Fulham winning games, even if they are relatively difficult to beat: from 17 Premier League games they have a remarkable 10 draws, with only two wins and five defeats. Their problem is scoring goals - they have the second-lowest tally in the league so far, with 16 in 17 games.
    • 11:05 West Ham lie rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and, if the reports are to be believed, boss Grant needs to win this match or the next one - against Everton - to avoid the sack. The Hammers are three points short of draw-kings Fulham, who lie just above the drop zone on goal difference.
    • 11:00 The pressure is on managers Mark Hughes and Avram Grant in this Boxing Day Premier League clash between strugglers Fulham and West Ham at Craven Cottage - LIVE from midday!
  • Summary

    • 87' The latest spell of Whites pressure sees Gera nod the Duff cross down for Andy Johnson but, surrounded by West Ham defenders, his attempted finish is weak and straight at Green.
    • 80' Davies crosses from wide left but Gabbidon gets a head on it and Stanislas clears. Now Duff with a lovely stepover to buy a yard on the right, super cross too AND MURPHY but he volleys over from 12 yards!
    • 74' Eddie Johnson cannot buy a goal! A lofted Murphy ball is deflected into his path, he flicks it up and smashes a wicked volley in that Green somehow gets a touch on, flying in from point-blank range! Inches wide, corner.
    • 73' COLE MAKES IT THREE! Route one, Hughes with a rotten defensive header straight into Cole's path and he rifles a superb first-time finish across Schwarzer into the bottom right. West Ham have breathing space.
    • 66' Fulham on the counter and Andy Johnson is in but he fires straight at Green!
    • 65' JUST WIDE FROM SEARS! Great play by Cole to lay it off for him and the youngster flashes a drive past Schwarzer but inches wide!
    • 57' Pantsil wins the 50-50 and finds Davies on the right, back to the Ghanaian and a superb cross but Green gets his hand on it inches before Andy Johnson flying in!
    • 52' Piquionne holds it up for Sears, he threads Cole in, great ball but his touch is poor and Hughes gets it away! Fulham almost punished as Murphy dithered.
    • 45+1 WEST HAM ARE AHEAD! What a finish from Piquionne! Parker on the left swings in a superb cross, Salcido all over the place and the Frenchman flies in at the far post with a first-time volley into the roof of the net! Shocking defending from Salcido, but a great finish!
    • 45' Great defending by Pantsil after Piquionne turned into the box, getting there first and nicking it away from Parker's challenge. Now Stanislas threads Cole in, this could be two but out flies Schwarzer to block the finish!
    • 37' COLE LEVELS! Mistake from Etuhu as he sticks out a leg in a poor attempt to intercept Sears's low cross, only succeeding in diverting it towards goal where Cole slides a low finish past Schwarzer into the bottom left!
    • 31' Fulham break again as Davies on the right finds Dempsey with the cross but, from six yards out, Ben-Haim races across to get his head on it and West Ham survive! Great defending for once from West Ham.
    • 20' Murphy frees Salcido wide right, Ben-Haim nowhere to be seen, but Sears gets back to slide in on the Mexican. Corner. Davies puts it in, bypassing Hangeland and Gera flies in but his drive is blocked! Murphy now on the right but his low cut back is diverted behind by Upson!
    • 18' Davies on the right fizzes a low cross in AND JOHNSON FROM EIGHT YARDS but makes a mess of it! He had loads of room with Upson and Tomkins far too deep but the former Everton striker skewed it off the inside of his right foot, well wide.
    • 14' Johnson latches on to a loose ball from Gabbidon and he shoots from 20 yards but well-held by Green!
    • 10' Green gets a good punch on the Davies free-kick, Murphy gets it wide again to Davies, lovely ball AND HUGHES SCORES! 1-0! Unmarked from eight yards with a power header into the top right! Great cross, super finish but where was the marking?
    • 9' Murphy with a sweet ball wide left to Dempsey, who takes it on the chest. Fulham forced back though and have to build patiently again. Murphy releases Salcido, he cuts inside AND UNLEASHES A TRADEMARK STRIKE that is deflected and Green has to palm it wide! Corner.
    • 8' Fulham with some neat passing as Davies is found on the right, good cross FOR DEMPSEY WITH THE HEADER but it skids off the side and bounces weakly into Green's arms!
    • 7' COLE JUST WIDE! That's more like the Cole we know, he gets it to feet just inside the box and holds off Hughes's challenge before turning quickly and drilling a low shot across Schwarzer that fizzes just past the far post!
    • 11:15 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Salcido, Hughes, Hangeland, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Gera, A.Johnson; Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kamara, Duff, E.Johnson, Greening, Halliche /// West Ham: Green, Ben-Haim, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Upson, Parker, Kovac, Stanislas, Sears, Cole, Piquionne; Subs: Boffin, Reid, Barrera, Spector, Ilunga, Nouble, Obinna

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Yellow Card
      • A. Hughes Goal
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Salcido
      • D. Etuhu Substitution Out (53′)
      • D. Murphy
      • S. Davies
      • C. Dempsey Substitution Out (53′)
      • Z. Gera
      • A. Johnson

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • D. Duff Substitution In53′
      • C. Baird
      • E. Johnson Substitution In53′
      • D. Stockdale
      • R. Halliche
      • D. Kamará
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • T. Ben-Haim
      • J. Tomkins
      • M. Upson Yellow Card
      • D. Gabbidon
      • R. Kovác
      • S. Parker
      • F. Sears
      • Junior Stanislas
      • C. Cole Goals×2
      • F. Piquionne Goal Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • H. Ilunga
      • J. Spector
      • R. Boffin
      • P. Barrera
      • Obinna
      • W. Reid
      • F. Nouble Substitution In90′
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