Sunday September 11, 2011 Day 4 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Zamora 38’
  • Rochina 32’

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  1. Rovers hold Fulham at the Cottage

    Rovers hold Fulham at the Cottage

    Fulham and Blackburn remain stuck in the bottom three after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage that witnessed a nasty injury to David Hoilett. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Blackburn Rovers
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    • 90+12 FULL TIME. The game finally comes to a close with both sides still looking for their first wins of the season.
    • 90+10 Olsson's free-kick breaks through the wall and Schwarzer grabs the ball from the feet of Goodwillie.
    • 90+9' The Blackburn forward is removed on a stretcher to applause from all around Craven Cottage. We hope he is okay.
    • 90+8' Still more treatment for Hoilett. The medical staff have to be cautious with an injury of this type.
    • 90+6' Hoilett has been placed in a neckbrace after that horrific clash of heads with Schwarzer, so we may have a few more minutes added on.
    • 90+4' The stretcher comes on for Hoilett, who looks to be in some discomfort. Let's hope he is okay.
    • 90+3' Schwarzer is booked but surely it had to be a red card? There wasn't a lot of cover, though Kelly was in attendance, and Hoilett looked like he would have scored. Fulham have used all their substitutes as well.
    • 90+2' Ouch. Rovers break and when the ball bounces up on the edge of the box, Schwarzer and Hoilett clatter into each other. Play is stopped as both players require treatment but in all honesty Schwarzer was fortunate not to be penalised. It was a nasty challenge from the keeper as Hoilett headed the ball past him.
    • 90+1' Robinson dives to his left to tip a shot from Dempsey round the post. Rovers clear from the corner.
    • 90' We will have three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Fulham don't look as though they are going to get the three points, despite dominating the second half.
    • 87' Salgado in the book for persistent fouling.
    • 86' The pitch suddenly opens up for Goodwillie but instead of squaring for Formica he curls an effort wide. That was very poor.
    • 84' Salgado plays with fire again as he challenges Johnson from behind in the box. Again the Spaniard gets away with it though.
    • 83' Hangeland gets on the end of a Murphy corner but heads wide! He got ahead of Dann as well.
    • 81' Fulham have an excellent chance to push on and win this game now. The ball finds Johnson in the box but he can't find space to get his shot away cleanly.
    • 80' Riise is replaced and Andy Johnson comes on for Fulham. That's a very attacking move.
    • 79' Hoilett has space on the right but his dribble lacks impetus and his cross is weak, finding the gloves of Schwarzer at the near post.
    • 78' Dembele has a fierce effort blocked by Olsson on the edge of the box as Fulham continue to press. Givet then heads clear at the back post from a Riise cross. Can Blackburn hold on?
    • 77' Instead it is Zamora who takes it. He finds the wall and then shanks the follow-up.
    • 76' N'Zonzi is harshly penalised for a foul on Zamora right on the edge of the box. Riise will fancy this...
    • 75' In a rare foray forward for Blackburn, Goodwillie attempts and fails to flick the ball over Hangeland on the spin. It was a noble effort, but against a guy that big?
    • 73 Murphy turns away from Scott Dann and forces Robinson into a superb save as he flings out his left arm to stop the ball curling in.
    • 72' Dempsey produces a glorious spin on the edge of the box when collecting Murphy's free-kick but is blocked. Duff then sees a cross go behind for a goal-kick.
    • 71' Jason Lowe is on for only his second league appearance as he replaces Rochina, who has been quiet in the first half.
    • 70' Formica is flattened by a challenge by Brede Hangeland and after initially playing advantage, Webb does indeed book the big defender.
    • 69' Fulham have a free-kick but Riise once again strikes the base of the wall with his effort. Disappointing from the Norway international.
    • 68' If Fulham fail to win today then they will be winless for the first four games of the season since 1990-91, and that was in the Third Division.
    • 66' Dempsey with a delightful chip over the Blackburn defence but Dann does well to hook the ball clear. Robinson then comes out decisively to claim a cross.
    • 65' Riise delivers the corner but it has just too much pace and height on it for Sidwell to keep his header down.
    • 64' Salgado puts the ball out for a corner as Zamora threatens to circumnavigate the Spaniard and whip a cross into the box.
    • 62' The decision to start Ruiz does look a touch silly given the impact Dembele has had, but it's easy to say that with hindsight.
    • 61' Fulham string together another nice move, with Dempsey influential, but Blackburn hold firm in defence.
    • 59' Blackburn have been on the ropes and they need to find some inspiration otherwise there is every chance they will lose this game.
    • 57' A vital touch from Givet! Zamora is waiting to convert at the back post from a Riise cross but the Frenchman flings out a leg to take the ball away from the striker.
    • 56' More nice work from Dembele as he skips away from a challenge and feeds Zamora in the centre. The move fizzles out for Fulham though.
    • 54' Fulham have looked more convincing with Dembele in attack. Ruiz really did struggle with the pace of the Premier League and it was a big ask to start him in all honesty.
    • 52' David Dunn has a problem and is replaced by summer signing Radosav Petrovic.
    • 51' It has been a low-key start to the second half here at Craven Cottage. Neither side has won a game this season so that should be incentive enough to push on.
    • 50' Sidwell latches onto a loose ball but wastes his good work when dinking a hopeful ball into the box which eludes anyone in a white shirt.
    • 48' Mauro Formica enjoys an early chance but his low effort is saved by Schwarzer.
    • 47' Samba was also replaced by Martin Olsson, meaning Gael Givet moves into the centre for Blackburn.
    • 46' Moussa Dembele replaces Bryan Ruiz for Fulham. It has been a tough debut for the new man.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME. 1-1 at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Rochina and Zamora.
    • 45+2' Dempsey floats a shot well over the bar from 20 yards and that should be the last action of the half.
    • 45' We will have two minutes of added time at Craven Cottage.
    • 44' Dunn dinks a deep free-kick into the box and Schwarzer's punch is very unconvincing. Hoilett snatches at his first-time effort from outside the box though.
    • 42' The free-kick is played square to John Arne Riise but he belts it against the wall. When the ball rolls loose, Murphy is penalised and booked for bringing down Rochina.
    • 41' N'Zonzi is hustled out of possession by Zamora and when the ball is worked square to Dempsey, he is felled by a poor challenge from Salgado. It's a free-kick in a dangerous area.
    • 40' David Dunn gives Ruiz a kick by the touchline to concede a free-kick. Ruiz rolled around but it was an infringement.
    • 38' GOAL! 1-1! A fantastic finish from Zamora! The striker swerves his way past Gael Givet after some unconvincing defending, opens up his body and curls a fine effort across Robinson and into the far corner. Delightful, but that was some very poor defending from Blackburn.
    • 36' Rochina whips a corner into the near post and Formica attempts to turn the ball past Schwarzer. The keeper is equal to it though.
    • 35' Duff gets more joy on the right and Dann is forced to turn the ball behind for a corner. That has been a fruitful avenue for Fulham, even if they haven't had the cutting edge to take advantage.
    • 34' The chance came after Fulham had failed to deal with a cross from Goodwillie from the right, with Senderos very unconvincing as he attempted to clear. Rochina has deserved a goal though, he has been good today.
    • 32' GOAL! 1-0 Blackburn! Rochina with an absolute screamer! Hoilett plays the ball back to the Spaniard on the edge of the box and he unleashes a wonderful effort that cannons off the underside of the bar and nestles in the net. Wow.
    • 31' The biggest talking point so far has been Salgado's messy challenge on Zamora that could well have been a penalty. If Fulham don't win then I am sure Martin Jol will have something to say about it.
    • 29' N'Zonzi finds the pitch open up invitingly and strikes a decent half-volley from 30 yards, but his effort doesn't have the accuracy to trouble Schwarzer.
    • 28' And now Duff gets into space down the right and cuts back for Ruiz, who is denied a shot by an intervention from a Blackburn shirt.
    • 27' A tactical change from Fulham as Duff is stationed out of the right, Dempsey down the left and Ruiz through the centre. They have quite a fluid set-up in that respect.
    • 26' According to Infostrada, Fulham are one of five teams yet to score in the first half of a Premier League game this season. They have 20 minutes left today.
    • 24' Goodwillie wriggles into the box after receiving the ball from Rochina but Philippe Senderos comes across quickly to stick a boot in. Excellent defending.
    • 22' Very messy from Michel Salgado as he clatters into Zamora in the box after a poor pass across his own goal from Dann! Referee Howard Webb plays on before penalising Zamora for handball. It was clumsy, and some referees might have given it.
    • 21' Now Hoilett looks to be feeling his groin after racing in vain to try and keep the ball from running out of play. This is becoming quite attritional.
    • 20' This is a blow for Fulham. Hughes is forced off due to injury to be replaced by Stephen Kelly.
    • 18' Hoilett attempts to trick his way past Aaron Hughes but gets it all wrong and instead pushes the ball out for a goal-kick. The young man is capable of better than that.
    • 17' Duff, against his former side, twists and turns to win a corner. The Irishman delivers the set-piece but Scott Dann, making his debut for Rovers, clears well from the centre of the box.
    • 15' It doesn't prevent him from attempting an overhead kick that flies just off target, so he can't be in too bad a way, can he?
    • 14' David Goodwillie apparently has a problem with his hamstring and Jason Roberts is warming up as a result. He was in international action for Scotland this week.
    • 13' Danny Murphy floats a free-kick into the box, seemingly aiming at Zamora. However Blackburn clear their lines.
    • 12' A great chance for Blackburn! Rochina races onto a ball that bisects the Fulham defence but instead of taking a shot on early he checks back and then curls a weak shot at goal which Mark Schwarzer grasps.
    • 11' Zamora whips in a dangerous cross but Paul Robinson plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 10' Hoilett spots a nice square pass for Rochina and the Spaniard fires in a shot first time that squirms away from goal and is cleared by Fulham.
    • 8' Duff races away on the right and cuts the ball back for Steve Sidwell, who belts his shot off target. That's the first decent chance of the game.
    • 8' Zamora attempts to turn a pass round the corner for Duff after Danny Murphy quickly plays the ball forward, but the striker gets his touch wrong and the move dissipates.
    • 7' Fulham appear to be using Ruiz in a wide role on the right, with Dempsey playing off Zamora as a lone striker. He is comfortable in that role having done so at FC Twente on occasion.
    • 5' Clint Dempsey embarks on a mazy run but his pass is cut out by Blackburn on the edge of the box. It's been a very positive start by the Cottagers, who have been the better side so far.
    • 4' Damien Duff races clear on the right and Zamora demands an early cross into the box where he is free. However, Duff dallies and his cross is intercepted by Chris Samba.
    • 3' Ruiz gets the ball 20 yards from goal but he looks to feed Bobby Zamora and puts too much on his pass.
    • 2' Blackburn look to be fielding David Goodwillie as a lone striker, with Ruben Rochina, Mauro Formica and Hoilett lining up behind him, and in front of David Dunn and Steven N'Zonzi.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 17.01 We will have a minute's silence in recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
    • 15.58 Courtesy of Infostrada: Bryan Ruiz makes his PL debut. If he scores today, he will become the first player ever to score on his PL debut while playing for Fulham.
    • 15.55 You can discuss the game in the comment section below, or get in contact with me on Twitter should you wish. @tomEurosport
    • 15.50 I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that David Hoilett will be the key to the game. If Fulham can keep him quiet then expect Blackburn to struggle.
    • 15.45 So all eyes on Ruiz today then. Can the Costa Rican help Fulham pull away from the bottom of the table? After West Brom beat Norwich, these two sides occupy the bottom two places. Premier League table.
    • 15:41 Scott Dann makes his debut in defence and new signings Yakubu and Simon Vukcevic are on the bench for Blackburn but there is no place for fellow new arrival Jordan Slew. Morten Gamst Pedersen is out, while David Dunn starts despite also having a hamstring problem. Ryan Nelsen misses out with a knee injury.
    • 15:38 Bryan Ruiz makes his Fulham debut after his £10.6m move from FC Twente and is joined in the squad by fellow deadline day signings Zdenek Grygera but not Orlando Sa. Bobby Zamora had a knock but is fit and starts but there is no Bjorn Helge Riise or Matthew Briggs.
    • 15:35 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Grygera, Dembele /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Dunn, Formica, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Petrovic, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Roberts, Lowe.
    • 15:35 Blackburn are on a run of three straight league defeats; they have not lost four in a row since December 2008 under Paul Ince.
    • 15:30 Martin Jol’s men have lost only one of their last 10 PL matches at home. The Whites have scored at least twice in five of their last six league games at Craven Cottage.
    • 15:25 Blackburn have lost their opening three matches for the first time in the top flight since 1947/48.
    • 15:20 One point from their opening three games equals Fulham’s previous worst start to a Premier League campaign (05/06).
    • 15:15 Welcome to coverage of the Premier League game between Fulham and Blackburn at Craven Cottage.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Ouch. Rovers break and when the ball bounces up on the edge of the box, Schwarzer and Hoilett clatter into each other. Play is stopped as both players require treatment but in all honesty Schwarzer was fortunate not to be penalised. It was a nasty challenge from the keeper as Hoilett headed the ball past him.
    • 83' Hangeland gets on the end of a Murphy corner but heads wide! He got ahead of Dann as well.
    • 73 Murphy turns away from Scott Dann and forces Robinson into a superb save as he flings out his left arm to stop the ball curling in.
    • 57' A vital touch from Givet! Zamora is waiting to convert at the back post from a Riise cross but the Frenchman flings out a leg to take the ball away from the striker.
    • 38' GOAL! 1-1! A fantastic finish from Zamora! The striker swerves his way past Gael Givet after some unconvincing defending, opens up his body and curls a fine effort across Robinson and into the far corner. Delightful, but that was some very poor defending from Blackburn.
    • 32' GOAL! 1-0 Blackburn! Rochina with an absolute screamer! Hoilett plays the ball back to the Spaniard on the edge of the box and he unleashes a wonderful effort that cannons off the underside of the bar and nestles in the net. Wow.
    • 22' Very messy from Michel Salgado as he clatters into Zamora in the box after a poor pass across his own goal from Dann! Referee Howard Webb plays on before penalising Zamora for handball. It was clumsy, and some referees might have given it.
    • 15' It doesn't prevent him from attempting an overhead kick that flies just off target, so he can't be in too bad a way, can he?
    • 12' A great chance for Blackburn! Rochina races onto a ball that bisects the Fulham defence but instead of taking a shot on early he checks back and then curls a weak shot at goal which Mark Schwarzer grasps.
    • 15:35 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Grygera, Dembele /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Dunn, Formica, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Petrovic, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Roberts, Lowe.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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      Goal Substitution Out71′ 6.9 -
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