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Fulham   3 - 0   Man Utd

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy and Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen
Murphy was making his first Premier League start since October

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Craven Cottage

Bobby Zamora's golden spell of form continued as Fulham cruised past a desperately disappointing Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

Zamora - touted for an England call-up in some quarters - scored his 10th goal of a prolific season and was Fulham's spearhead as they gave an injury-hit United side a harrowing afternoon.

Danny Murphy, a scourge of United when at Liverpool and now again with Fulham, put the skids under United with a low finish after 22 minutes and the champions, with Michael Owen anonymous up front, never looked like mounting a recovery.

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Zamora was on the scoresheet seconds after the interval when he provided a comprehensive finish from Clint Dempsey's header, and Damien Duff's powerful drive completed a hugely-deserved victory for Roy Hodgson's side after 75 minutes.

But it was Zamora who took the honours as he terrorised a makeshift United rearguard, with Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick pressed into service in unaccustomed roles.

The striker has had a chequered relationship with Fulham's fans, but there was no doubting he has won over his critics and he was greeted with a well-earned standing ovation when he was substituted in injury time.

We've come a long way declares proud Hodgson

United, under-strength or not, were awful and fell woefully short of taking advantage of an opportunity to put pressure on Chelsea and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

Sir Alex Ferguson was without Nemanja Vidic, sidelined by a calf injury, and Ryan Giggs was also out with a hamstring problem. How the champions missed them.

Tomasz Kuszczak rescued United after 17 minutes with an instinctive one-handed save from Zoltan Gera after Zamora chested the ball into his path 12 yards out.

But the goalkeeper should have done better when Fulham took the lead five minutes later.

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Paul Scholes was guilty of conceding possession 25 yards out and Murphy - scorer of Fulham's opener in their 2-0 home victory over United last season - sent a low shot past Kuszczak, who reacted late to the danger.

Scholes was then guilty of more carelessness on the ball that almost saw Fulham double their lead 14 minutes before half-time. Gera was able to find space on the right flank, but Zamora could only direct a header wide under close attention from Fletcher.

Ferguson's hopes of a fast start to the second half were in shreds within seconds of the restart as Fulham swept forward instantly to double their lead. Duff's cross was met by Dempsey at the far post, and he set up Zamora to hammer past Kuszczak.

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United made a double change after 57 minutes, with Ritchie de Laet and Darron Gibson making way for Fabio da Silva and Dimitar Berbatov.

Owen had suffered a miserable afternoon, starved of any meaningful service and unable to make the slightest impact on events, and it was no surprise when he was replaced by Danny Welbeck.

If the move was designed to revive United, it failed and Fulham extended their lead after 75 minutes when Duff cashed in on Zamora's excellent lay-off to strike a crisp finish low past Kuszczak.

There was still time for the keeper to deny a rampant Zamora one more time before referee Howard Webb put United out of their misery.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"It gives us an awful lot of pleasure. We were fortunate in that we played against a very wounded United but we couldn't do more than try to take advantage of that.

"The reward is a result of the hard work we put in week after week in training and matches - it's not just because we hyped ourselves up for one superhuman effort.

"Before Bobby gets seriously considered for and England call-up he has a lot of work to do. But if Fabio Capello wants to look at him he know where he is.

"I will never push a player in the direction of a national team coach but If he needs any information on Bobby I'm happy to help out."

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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 3-0 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Murphy 22
  • Zamora 46
  • Duff 75

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: H WebbAtt: 25,700
    FULHAM
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Fulham 50%
    • Man Utd 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 7
    • Man Utd 4

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 3
    • Man Utd 12

    Corners

    • Fulham 5
    • Man Utd 2

    Fouls

    • Fulham 10
    • Man Utd 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:03 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:09 Antonio Valencia takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Greening manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:03 Fabio Da Silva delivers the ball, Chris Baird makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:28 Erik Nevland is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
    • 90:00+0:34 Substitution Erik Nevland comes on in place of Bobby Zamora.
    • 90:00+0:34 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 89:27 Bobby Zamora takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 87:23 Foul by Paul Konchesky on Paul Scholes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
    • 86:56 The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Paul Konchesky gets a block in.
    • 86:04 Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Chris Baird, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:52 Danny Welbeck challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:07 Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 79:21 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Kagisho Dikgacoi coming on for Danny Murphy.
    • 77:34 Shot by Clinton Dempsey from 18 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 76:48 Short corner taken by Danny Murphy, The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 75:40 Substitution Damien Duff leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Greening.
    • 74:19 The assist for the goal came from Bobby Zamora.
    • 74:19 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 3 - 0 Man Utd Damien Duff finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 3-0 Man Utd.
    • 73:49 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 73:03 A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 71:14 Substitution Michael Owen leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Welbeck.
    • 68:34 The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
    • 68:11 Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva. Free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.
    • 66:11 Bobby Zamora challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:07 Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Scholes goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 64:11 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 63:19 The ball is sent over by Fabio Da Silva, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 62:35 Bobby Zamora takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 60:17 Effort from the edge of the box by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 58:08 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 56:52 Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:52 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov on for Darron Gibson.
    • 56:52 Substitution Ritchie De Laet goes off and Fabio Da Silva comes on.
    • 56:52 The official flags Damien Duff offside.
    • 56:20 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Darron Gibson.
    • 53:47 Michael Owen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 53:30 A cross is delivered by John Pantsil, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 52:08 Shot by Zoltan Gera from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 50:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy. The referee blows for offside. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the indirect free kick.
    • 49:43 Shot from 12 yards from Antonio Valencia. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 48:05 Foul by Ritchie De Laet on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:18 The assist for the goal came from Clinton Dempsey.
    • 45:18 GOAL - Bobby ZamoraFulham 2 - 0 Man Utd Bobby Zamora scores a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Man Utd.
    • 45:16 Damien Duff produces a cross.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:04 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:12 Shot from outside the box by Paul Scholes goes wide right of the target.
    • 43:40 Wayne Rooney produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
    • 43:27 The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Paul Konchesky.
    • 42:18 John Pantsil produces a cross.
    • 41:01 Patrice Evra produces a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 40:03 Ritchie De Laet challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Damien Duff, clearance by Wayne Rooney.
    • 39:27 Effort from outside the penalty box by Oliveira Anderson goes wide left of the target.
    • 37:48 Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
    • 37:37 The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:56 Bobby Zamora challenges Ritchie De Laet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ritchie De Laet.
    • 35:08 Damien Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Ritchie De Laet takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:42 Foul by Michael Owen on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 33:59 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 31:44 Header from close in by Bobby Zamora misses to the left of the target.
    • 28:39 Michael Owen fouled by Damien Duff, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney. Darron Gibson takes a shot.
    • 27:24 Darron Gibson has a drilled shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 24:24 Chris Baird challenges Darron Gibson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ritchie De Laet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:46 Antonio Valencia produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 21:06 GOAL - Danny MurphyFulham 1 - 0 Man Utd Danny Murphy finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Man Utd.
    • 20:51 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:42 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Ritchie De Laet restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 18:49 Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, Darron Gibson makes a clearance.
    • 18:49 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Wayne Rooney.
    • 16:56 Zoltan Gera has a volleyed shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak. Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
    • 15:59 Clinton Dempsey has a overhead kick shot. Michael Carrick gets a block in.
    • 15:50 Bobby Zamora delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Carrick.
    • 14:08 Darron Gibson takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 12:32 Corner taken by Darron Gibson played to the near post, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:47 Damien Duff delivers the ball, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 11:02 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff to the near post, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:28 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 7:33 Bobby Zamora challenges Oliveira Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:28 Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:28 Booking Paul Scholes receives a yellow card.
    • 6:21 Foul by Paul Scholes on Damien Duff, free kick awarded.
    • 5:50 Patrice Evra fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
    • 3:54 Darron Gibson takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 3:00 Oliveira Anderson produces a cross, Chris Baird makes a clearance.
    • 2:41 A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra.
    • 0:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Paul Scholes. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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