Wednesday January 30, 2013 Day 24 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 3 - 1 West Ham United

  • Berbatov 10’
  • Rodallega 49’
  • O'Brien 90’ (o.g.)
  • Nolan 48’

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    Premier League - Fulham leapfrog West Ham with win

    Fulham leapfrogged West Ham United into 12th place in the Premier League after a 3-1 win at Craven Cottage. More

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    • 90+5 The full time whistle is blown. Fulham win this entertaining game 3-1. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' Riise is fortunate not to be penalised for a handball in his penalty area. He misjudges the flight of the ball and misses his header, with the ball striking his arm. Carroll pleads for a penalty but nothing is given.
    • 90+3' Martin Jol will be a mightily relieved man. Before tonight, his side had just notched two wins in their last 15 outings.
    • 90+1' GOAL!! Fulham have surely won it now. It’s an own goal as Joey O’Brien puts it into the back of the net in unfortunate circumstances. Rodallega’s initial shot is saved by Jaaskelainen but is only parried into the path of Petric. The substitute attempts to dink the ball over the outstretched keeper, sending the ball onto the post and into O’Brien’s arm before dropping over the line.
    • 90' We'll have four minutes of added time.
    • 89' There are appeals for a handball against Senderos but the referee waves play on. It would have been very harsh as the ball cannoned off the backside of C.Cole before catching the Swiss defender’s hand which was by his side.
    • 88' West Ham look to be building up a decent bit of pressure. Nolan and Diame link up down the right. The former goes for the one-two but Diame’s return pass is overhit and rolls out for a throw-in.
    • 87' Awful, awful effort from Tomkins. Carroll wins his header from Reid’s long ball and finds Tomkins who is unmarked, eight yards from goal. The defender looks caught in two minds – not sure whether to help it on or goal for goal – and does neither.
    • 86' Both sides are still going for it here. Fulham don’t seem content to just sit back and hold out for the victory but they could be caught on the break should they send too many men forward.
    • 85' Great effort from Rodallega. Winston Reid is caught napping at the back as he lets the ball bounce and misjudges it completely. Rodallega slips in behind the defender and thumps a volley at goal. It’s hit with real venom but fizzes wide.
    • 83' Sidwell slips on the edge of his own area and sees Nolan nick the ball off him. Carroll is unmarked 20 yards from goal and receives the ball before attempting to find the top corner with a curling effort. The striker catches it all wrong and sends it high and wide.
    • 82' Fulham win just their second corner of the night but it’s wasted as Duff fails to beat the first defender.
    • 81' Baird is down on the floor and is getting treatment. The West Ham fans are voicing their discontent at Senderos’ attempt to waste time. Referee Chris Foy insists that the defender leave the field to receive his treatment.
    • 80' Selfish. Rodallega bursts down the middle after Sidwell had dispossessed Diame. Rodallega feeds Petric down the right who opts to shoot instead of squaring the ball to Duff who was in a much better position.
    • 79' It’s very stretched, now. West Ham are caught short at the back. Petric feeds Riise on the left. The Norwegian cuts inside and is allowed to advance thanks to the run of Duff out wide. The former Liverpool defender is allowed to thump an effort on goal but it flies way over the bar.
    • 78' Instantly, Carroll is in the thick of the action. The ball is pumped long and is met by the head of C.Cole who nods it into the path of the on-loan striker. Carroll, who has had his ponytail chopped off, smacks a volley at goal but it is straight into the grateful arms of Schwarzer.
    • 77' Here’s a sight that the West Ham fans have waited to see for a while; Andy Carroll is introduced as Joe Cole is the man to go off.
    • 76' He is indeed replaced. The striker will not want to tear his hamstring so is replaced my Mladen Petric.
    • 75' Berbatov looks to have tweaked his hamstring. He’s really struggling and is signalling to the bench that he wants to come off.
    • 73' The Cottagers do manage to get out of their half and nearly go further in front courtesy of a little bit of Dimitar Berbatov magic. He trades a one-two with Dejagah as the Bulgarian gets to the edge of the 18 yard box. Opening his body, he lashes an effort on goal from the right side of the penalty area with the outside of his foot which has Jaaskelainen beaten. Fortunately for the Hammers, it beats the post, too.
    • 72' It’s all West Ham at the moment. Fulham seem to be struggling to get out of their own half as the visitors clock up a number of consecutive corners.
    • 71' Great work from Nolan down the right. He harries Senderos on the edge of the penalty area and steals the ball. The West Ham captain advances on goal and pulls the trigger from a tight angle. The ball looks to be finding the far corner but Schwarzer pulls off a great save.
    • 70' J. Cole is sent free down the left with Taylor in support. He’s labouring, though, Cole and is tackled as he gets near the Fulham byline.
    • 69' West Ham look the most likely team to get the next goal. As I say that, Berbatov does very well down the left to get a corner. He was all on his own and showed some great footwork to win his side a set-piece.
    • 68' Giorgos Karagounis is also replaced. Chris Baird is the man to replace him.
    • 66' Bryan Ruiz is replaced by Ashkan Dejagah for Fulham whilst Matt Taylor is introduced for the visitors. Guy Demel comes off.
    • 65' Karagounis is down. Again. Diame presses the Greek midfielder and clatters him in a challenge. He’ll be up in a minute, no doubt.
    • 64' J. Cole and Demel have linked up really well down the right tonight. The do it again and look to have won a corner but the linesman flags for a goal kick, much to the disbelief of the West Ham players and their fans.
    • 63' West Ham are really pressing their opponents now. Berbatov and Rodallega need to sharpen up their passing in the final third as they’ve been dispossessed a few times in the last few minutes which has allowed for the visitors to go on the attack.
    • 62' Excellent work from Diame in the middle of the park. The midfielder displays some unbelievable strength to battle through three challenges before finding J. Cole on the right with a decent pass. Cole’s cross is poor, though, and is cleared.
    • 61' Karagounis sends in the resulting free kick. West Ham try and hold their line on the edge of the area again but they fail as three Fulham players attack the ball at the far post. Senderos is the closest man to it but can’t quite get a touch on the ball.
    • 60' It’s still very end-to-end, this. The game continues to ebb and flow with both sides seeing a lot of the bal. Berbatov produces some great footwork in the West Ham half before being brought down.
    • 59' Riether puts a foot wrong for the first time this evening. Ruiz loses the ball in his own half and puts his side in a bit of danger. The Fulham right-back is forced to bring down Jarvis and takes a yellow card.
    • 58' Carlton Cole has an excellent record against Fulham, with six goals in his last eight appearances. He’ll be looking to add to that tally tonight and draw his side level.
    • 57' He has failed to impress since his loan move from Arsenal, Chamakh. He doesn’t really fit into Arsenal’s style of play nor does he suit the more direct approach of West Ham’s either.
    • 56' Carlton Cole is introduced as Marouane Chamakh, who has been very disappointing, is replaced.
    • 55' Cole finds Diame in the penalty area with a superb reverse ball. Karagounis reads the danger very well and is back to dispossess the West Ham midfielder.
    • 54' There has been a frantic pace to the start of this second half. Surely they can’t keep it up. I don’t know if I’ll be able to cope. Fulham have a free kick in the edge of the visitors’ 18 yards box but Ruiz wastes it.
    • 53' Rodallega collects a loose ball on the halfway line and advances into the West Ham half. The hammers are short at the back as the Fulham striker attempts to find Riise down the left. The pass is poor, though, and the attack breaks down.
    • 52' What a mad couple of minutes that was. Duff has provided both assists for Fulham’s goals tonight. Two great crosses, too!
    • 50' GOAL!! Fulham are back in front. Damien Duff bursts down the wing and sends in a wonderful ball from the byline. Rodallega rises highest on the six yard box to nod home. Just 33 seconds between the two goals.
    • 49' GOAL FOR WEST HAM!! Jarvis takes a quick free kick from the left and plays in Nolan. Berbatov’s marking is poor which allows for the West Ham captain to smash the ball past Schwarzer from close range.
    • 49' The visitors weren’t quite good enough during the first half but it seems that Big Sam has had a word...
    • 48' Fantastic cross from Demel. He is released down the right by Joe Cole and swings a ball onto the edge of the six yard box. Ruiz of all people is back to clear. Fulham are all over the place at the minute.
    • 47' Jarvis finally beats Riether down the left and cuts the ball back from the byline. Chamakh is on his own in the penalty area and is nowhere near the cross.
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' The whistle is blown to put an end to the first half.
    • 45' Jarvis bursts down the left and looks to cross from the byline, but Riether is there again to put the ball out for a corner. He’s been one of the standout players in this first half.
    • 44' Superb effort from Berbatov. The Bulgarian gathers the ball on the halfway line and bursts forward. The striker just brushed off a number of challenges before firing at goal from 25 yards. It’s a splendid effort but Jaaskelainen is equal to it and is able to palm it around the post.
    • 43' Cole has been everywhere for his side, too! The former Chelsea and Liverpool man hasn’t been able to find that killer pass but is trying to influence his side as we approach the last few minutes of this half.
    • 42' Berbatov really has put a shift in during this first half. He’s really helped out his defence and has tracked back frequently. J. Cole has a pop at goal from 18 yards but is offside.
    • 41' Fulham break with some real intent, but the attack looks to have fizzled out as West Ham track back in numbers. Ruiz, with seemingly very little on, shows clever footwork before lifting the ball over the West Ham defence into the path of Rodallega. It’s a great pass but Jaaskelainen reads it and is off his line in a flash to claim.
    • 39' Superb defending again from Riether. Nolan fizzes a ball towards Jarvis but the right-back is across to take it out of the air and play it back to Schwarzer.
    • 38' Ruiz jumps well in the middle of the West Ham half to knock the ball into the path of Karagounis. “Shoot” cry the fans as the Greek advances on goal. With no pressure on him, he duly obliges but rifles the ball into the legs of the outstretched Tomkins.
    • 37' West Ham pump the ball long from a free kick deep in their own half. Fulham allow it to bounce on the edge of their own area which causes some trouble for the two centre halves. Karagounis does superbly well to acrobatically clear the danger.
    • 36' Berbatov chests down a long through before volleying the ball into the West Ham penalty area. It takes a huge deflection off Tomkins and loops into the air. Ruiz challenges Jaaskelainen in the air but the keeper claims with ease.
    • 35' Rodallega and Ruiz exchange a number of quick passes as Fulham advance into the West Ham half. Ruiz dallies on the ball and is tackled by Noble, much to the frustration of the home fans.
    • 34' It’s been a decent 10-15 minutes from the visitors. They’ve seen a lot of the ball and Nolan could and perhaps should have drew his side level.
    • 33' Sidwell is booked. He does go flying into the tackle with studs up but does get all of the ball before catching his man.
    • 32' There’s a clash between Diame and Sidwell in the middle of the park. There’s a coming together of about 12 players as the referee takes his time to make his decision.
    • 31' NOLAN SHOULD SCORE!! Diame sends a delightful ball into the box from the left and it finds an unmarked Nolan. The West Ham captain does have to reach for the ball and should at least hit the target but sends his effort wide.
    • 30' Jarvis has a few options both right and left but the winger tries to be too cute, flicking the ball over the top of the Fulham defence towards Chamakh. It’s over hit, though and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 29' Schwarzer looks in a little bit of pain here. The keeper races off his line to claim a high ball but lands awkwardly on his ankle and is taking his time restarting play.
    • 28' Sidwell puts pressure on O’Brien deep in his own half but the defender does superbly well to clear the danger.
    • 27' CHANCE FOR FULHAM!! Rodallega and Berbatov trade a one-two 25 yards from goal before Rodallega finds Duff on the left. The Irishman skips inside and then out before lashing an effort narrowly wide of the post.
    • 26' Half a chance for Jarvis. Joe Cole and Demel link up down the right with the latter sending a decent cross into the penalty area. Jarvis gets the better of Riether for the first time tonight but can’t get over the ball and heads it high over the bar.
    • 25' Tomkins looks a bit shaky at the back tonight. He’s struggled to keep a place in the side this season and looks like a player struggling with form.
    • 24' Fulham are enjoying a spell of possession but the visitors aren’t giving them a moment’s rest on the ball. Ruiz looks to find Berbatov with a neat, cushioned header but the Bulgarian is offside.
    • 23' Riise and Duff link up well down the left as they look to build an attack. Duff is forced to turn back towards his own goal and play the ball back to the halfway line due to some excellent West Ham defending.
    • 22' He’s been a fantastic acquisition, Sascha Riether. The defender is the only player to have featured in every one of Fulham’s Premier League games this season and has done very, very well.
    • 21' West Ham continue to find the accuracy in their build up play. Joe Cole has it out wide, cuts inside from the right and whips in a lovely ball with his left foot. Chamakh looks to beat Riether to the ball but the defender is up well to head clear.
    • 20' Karagounis is down yet again. He’s been on the deck quite a few times already. He might not be quite used to the physicality of the Premier League as of yet!
    • 19' Nolan drops deep to claim the ball on the edge of his area. It’s given away cheaply in the middle of the pitch which allows for Rodallega to run at goal. With only Reid to beat, Rodallega attempts a speculative shot and drills it over the bar.
    • 18' There’s been a bit of controversy. The replays show that Berbatov was actually offside when Duff sent in that free kick. The striker did look across to the linesman for clarification but the flag stayed down. West Ham will feel hard done by...
    • 17' The Hammers have seen quite a lot of the ball in the last few minutes. They’ve picked up their game following that goal and now look to build a decent attack themselves.
    • 16' Diame attempts to travel deep into the Fulham half, but Berbatov is back to help his defenders out and dispossesses the West Ham midfielder.
    • 15' Joe Cole’s corner from the left hand side is dangerous. Schwarzer rises high to punch the ball, but it only reaches the edge of his penalty area where it is picked up by Demel. The defender’s centre is poor and drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 14' Jarvis and Riether battle for the ball down the left flank. The West Ham winger looks to have the better of his opponent but Riether recovers well, shepherding the ball out for a throw-in deep in his own half. Very good defending.
    • 13' Fulham have really got their tales up now. Duff is back on the ball, beats his man and then looks to find Rodallega with an excellent through ball. Jaaskelainen is off his line very quickly, however, and is able to punt the ball to safety.
    • 12' That really was terrible defending from the visitors. Big Sam will not be happy with that at all. It was just too easy for Berbatov to score.
    • 11' GOAL!! Berbatov scores. Duff whips the ball in from the set piece. Everybody misses it in the penalty area which allows for the Bulgarian to arrive late and nod it home. What a way to celebrate his 32nd birthday.
    • 10' Senderos takes the ball down on his chest mid-way through his own half. The big defender then clips a ball over the top of Winston Reid’s head, looking for Rodallega, but the West Ham defender clips the feet of the former Wigan man and a foul is given.
    • 9' Duff travels forward down the left and is challenged by a West Ham player. He continues as far as the edge of the penalty area before having a pop at goal. It’s not a fantastic effort, though, and is dragged wide.
    • 8' Fantastic effort from Ruiz. Nolan brings down Karagounis on the edge of the area but the referee allows play to continue as Ruiz collects the ball, turns instantly and fires a wicked effort on goal. Jaaskelainen beats it away.
    • 7' It’s been a pretty even contest so far. Karagounis looks to be struggling in the centre of the park.
    • 6' Joe Cole shows a near turn of pace in the middle of the park and finds Jarvis on the left flank. The winger’s touch is superb and allows him to take the ball in his stride but Riether is able to make a great sliding tackle, giving away a corner.
    • 5' It’s now West Ham who are caught napping at the back as James Tomkins fails to clear, playing the ball into the feet of the onrushing Bryan Ruiz, who is 12 yards from goal. The Fulham’s first touch is very poor and the ball rolls out for a goal kick . He really should have done better there...
    • 4' It’s been a very lively start so far. Both sides have looked a little nervous at the back so far. Senderos plays a blind pass and almost gives the ball straight to Diame on the edge of his own penalty area but the West Ham man can’t control the ball and the danger is cleared.
    • 3' Senderos rises highest to meet Jaaskelainen’s goal kick and finds Berbatov with a solid header. The Bulgarian dinks a ball over the top into the path of Duff but Demel is on hand to clear.
    • 2' Chamakh is instantly in the thick of the action. He dispossesses Sidwell in the centre circle and plays the ball out wide to Jarvis. The former Wolves man finds J. Cole on the edge of the area, but he can only volley wide.
    • 1' The game is under way. The hosts kick it off!
    • 19:55 The two teams are making their way onto the pitch. Brede Hangeland and Kevin Nolan are leading out their respective teams. We're just moments away from kick off now...
    • 19:50 Emmanuel Frimpong is in the Fulham squad after joining from Arsenal on Friday. Kieran Richardson, Mahamadou Diarra and Kerim Frei are all absent from tonight's clash. Andy Carroll has returned from a knee injury which has kept him out since November to return to the bench. Mo Diame plays tonight despite the speculation surrounding his future at the club.
    • 19:45 The teams are in - FULHAM: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Rodallega; Ruiz, Berbatov... SUBS: Etheridge, Baird, Petric, Frimpong, Hughes, Dejagah, Davies /// WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien; Diame, Noble, Nolan; Jarvis, Chamakh, J Cole... SUBS Henderson, Carroll, C Cole, Vaz Te, Taylor, Pogatetz, O'Neil.
    • 19:45 "My understanding is that it's total confusion. I'm as confused as anyone by what's happening. I'm sat there listening to what's going on but deep down inside, behind the scenes, I speak to the chairman and where we are at the moment we're relatively comfortable regarding Mo Diamé. Whatever he says to me today might change in an hour's time. Whatever he says now, if Manchester United ring up in one hour's time, he's not going to want to stay is he?"
    • 19:40 Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has also been rather vocal this week, expressing his feelings about the on-going saga involving Mohamed Diame, who may, or may not, be leaving the East London-based outfit before tomorrow’s transfer window deadline:
    • 19:35 "It’s no guarantee of safety, but on the other hand, I always like it if teams, especially those around us, have replays or stay in the Cup. So in that respect it’s probably better to be out of it. It’s quite simple – we need four or five wins. But if you leave it up until the end of the season, you could probably end up with a problem. If we win those games as soon as possible, it could be easier. I think you will need 36 or 37 points to be safe."
    • 19:30 Two points separate these two teams with West Ham sitting in 12th on 27 points whilst Fulham lie in 14th on 25. The hosts will be looking to grab all three points here this evening in an attempt to pull away from the relegation battle. Fulham manager Martin Jol believes that his sides defeat in the FA Cup may be a blessing in disguise:
    • 19:25 Meanwhile, Fulham succumbed to Manchester United in the FA Cup over the weekend. The Cottagers failed to turn up and were easily beaten by the Red Devils, losing 4-1. FA Cup - United cruise past abysmal Fulham
    • 19:20 Both teams could do with a victory tonight following heavy defeats last time out. Arsenal trounced West Ham at the Emirates this time last week, putting five goals past Sam Allardyce’s men, who could only manage one in reply. Premier League - Arsenal flurry destroys West Ham
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight’s Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham at Craven Cottage.
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