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Fulham   2 - 1   Everton

By Julian Shea

Damien Duff
Duff's first goal for Fulham sealed a fine second-half comeback

Fulham recovered from a poor first half display to claim an exciting victory over Everton at Craven Cottage.

Tim Cahill's header gave Everton a deserved half-time lead but Paul Konchesky's deflected shot got Fulham back on terms after the restart.

Everton were rattled when Phil Neville was carried off and Fulham capitalised on their confusion as Damien Duff fired home a second from outside the box.

Everton went all out for an equaliser but Fulham held on for a welcome win.

The early stages of the game were scrappy, with both teams' poor league positions being borne out by a reluctance to try and take charge of the game.

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But with a resolute backline featuring Joseph Yobo and Sylvain Distin snuffing out any attacks Fulham may have been considering, Everton began to show more purpose going forward.

Jack Rodwell had the first meaningful chance when his shot from outside the box took a deflection off Aaron Hughes, but Fulham's debutant goalkeeper David Stockdale was up to the task.

Hodgson praises Fulham revival

Just after the half-hour mark, Cahill gave his side a deserved lead.

Danny Murphy was booked for a clumsy challenge on Steven Pienaar, and from the resultant free-kick wide on the left, Leighton Baines sent in a ball that Cahill - holding off the attentions of Etuhu - buried in the right-hand corner.

Only a superbly timed intervention from Hughes prevented Leon Osman extending the lead, as the Northern Irishman took the ball off the midfielder's toes when he was in a threatening position in front of goal.

With Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson getting no change out of Yobo and Distin, most of the few threats Fulham had came from Clint Demspey, but his United States team-mate Tim Howard in the Everton goal was rarely troubled in a first half controlled by the visitors.

Fulham showed more enthusiasm and purpose in the first 10 minutes of the second half than they had in the whole of the first period, however, and it soon produced results.

Neville bundled over John Pantsil just outside the box, and when Murphy's freekick rebounded to Konchesky, the defender's low shot took a wicked deflection off Distin, leaving Howard with no chance.

Moyes reflects on poor second half

Everton lost composure when Neville was stretchered off with a worrying looking injury to his knee which turned out to be nothing worse than a gashed leg, and Fulham took advantage to go in front.

Johnson drew Yobo out of position on the edge of the box and laid the ball off to Duff, who cut in from the right wing to fire a shot low into the far corner.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini and Yobo both had chances blocked in quick succession as Everton went in search of an instant equaliser, but Stockdale did well to keep them out.

In a frantic finale, Everton keeper Howard was playing up near the half-way line and was almost caught out by a Dempsey lob, but Duff's fine strike proved to be the match-winner.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:

"We have beaten a good Everton team today.

"We showed more courage in the second half, it was less a war of attrition and we turned it around.

"Damien is a goalscorer and it's nice to have players like him and Clint Dempsey and Simon Davies who can support Andrew Johnson up front."

Everton manager David Moyes:

"The first half was quite tight, we might have shaded it a bit but credit to Fulham they did much better in the second half and we dropped.

"They were chasing a goal but we were poor, we allowed them the initiative.

"We couldn't do an awful lot about the deflection but what was disappointing was the free-kick that we gave away."


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Sunday, 13 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 2-1 Everton FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Konchesky 57
  • Duff 79
  • Cahill 33

Fulham

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 24,191
FULHAM
EVERTON

Possession

  • Fulham 57%
  • Everton 43%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 10
  • Everton 7

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 7
  • Everton 1

Corners

  • Fulham 6
  • Everton 4

Fouls

  • Fulham 6
  • Everton 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:19 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:52 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Clearance made by Joseph Yobo.
  • 90:00+4:28 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. John Pantsil gets a block in.
  • 90:00+4:02 Corner from the right by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:15 Corner taken short by Danny Murphy.
  • 89:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Johnny Heitinga. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Danny Murphy.
  • 89:31 Shot from close in by Bobby Zamora misses to the left of the goal.
  • 88:33 Substitution Diomansy Kamara is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Johnson.
  • 87:25 Bobby Zamora delivers the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 85:01 Substitution Damien Duff leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Davies.
  • 83:33 Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 83:33 Booking Leighton Baines is shown a yellow card.
  • 83:17 Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff.
  • 80:53 Joseph Yobo takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 80:49 Joseph Yobo takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
  • 80:29 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu replaces Leon Osman.
  • Correction - 80:21 Joseph Yobo takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
  • 79:33 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
  • 78:17 Andrew Johnson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 78:17 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 2 - 1 Everton Damien Duff finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-1 Everton.
  • 75:23 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
  • Correction - 72:38 Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Stockdale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:38 Tim Cahill is caught offside. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:58 John Pantsil takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 71:19 The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Aaron Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
  • 70:04 Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Duff, clearance made by Leon Osman.
  • 69:12 Steven Pienaar is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 68:34 Substitution Marouane Fellaini replaces Joao Alves Jo.
  • 64:29 Substitution Johnny Heitinga replaces Phil Neville.
  • 58:58 The ball is delivered by John Pantsil, Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
  • 56:56 GOAL - Paul KoncheskyFulham 1 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Paul Konchesky from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Everton.
  • 55:49 Phil Neville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Danny Murphy has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 55:17 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:20 Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 53:27 Shot by Damien Duff from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 52:58 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff.
  • 52:16 Sylvain Distin challenges Andrew Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, blocked by Joao Alves Jo.
  • 49:21 Bobby Zamora fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bobby Zamora.
  • 46:59 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:20 Clinton Dempsey has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 43:35 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, Header from deep inside the area by Clinton Dempsey goes over the bar.
  • 42:36 Bobby Zamora fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
  • 41:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar played to the near post, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 36:03 Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Stockdale.
  • 36:03 Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. David Stockdale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 34:04 The referee blows for offside against Leon Osman. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
  • 33:48 Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • Correction - 32:29 Leighton Baines provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:29 Assist by Leighton Baines.
  • 32:29 GOAL - Tim CahillFulham 0 - 1 Everton Tim Cahill scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Fulham 0-1 Everton.
  • Correction - 31:57 Centre by Leighton Baines,
  • 31:57 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines,
  • 31:57 Booking Danny Murphy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 31:47 Steven Pienaar fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 31:47 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Danny Murphy results in a free kick.
  • 31:19 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 30:14 Damien Duff sends in a cross, Clinton Dempsey has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 29:41 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 28:52 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Yobo. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 25:32 Bobby Zamora fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:58 Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner.
  • 22:35 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Joao Alves Jo. Leighton Baines produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, David Stockdale makes a save.
  • 20:35 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Jack Rodwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 18:23 Damien Duff produces a cross, Header from close in by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 17:54 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line.
  • 15:47 The referee blows for offside against Tim Howard. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
  • 14:55 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
  • 13:45 Effort from outside the penalty area by Clinton Dempsey goes wide left of the target.
  • 12:06 Foul by Leighton Baines on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Aaron Hughes from right channel, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • 10:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 8:50 Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Rodwell. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
  • 8:41 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 7:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Tony Hibbert. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
  • 6:51 John Pantsil delivers the ball, Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:38 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 3:54 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, blocked by Aaron Hughes.
  • 1:54 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 0:45 Damien Duff sends in a cross, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Premier League results

13 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 0-1 Aston Villa R
Fulham 2-1 Everton R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 15
2 Man Utd 5 8 12
3 Man City 4 6 12
4 Tottenham 5 5 12
5 Liverpool 5 6 9
6 Aston Villa 4 3 9
7 Sunderland 5 2 9
8 Stoke 5 -2 7
9 Arsenal 4 5 6
10 Fulham 4 -2 6
11 Wigan 5 -4 6
12 Burnley 5 -7 6
13 West Ham 4 0 4
14 Blackburn 4 -1 4
15 Birmingham 5 -2 4
16 Wolverhampton 5 -4 4
17 Hull 5 -7 4
18 Bolton 4 -2 3
19 Everton 4 -6 3
20 Portsmouth 5 -7 0

see also
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