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West Ham   1 - 1   Fulham

Dempsey
Clint Dempsey fired past Robert Green to give Fulham a half-time lead

By Kevin Darling

Frederic Piquionne's second-half header helped West Ham pin back Fulham as the Cottagers recorded their sixth draw from seven league games this season.

Clint Dempsey expertly clipped past World Cup foe Robert Green from 12 yards to put the visitors ahead.

But Brede Hangeland's mistake let in Victor Obinna to set up Piquionne for a close-range leveller.

Fulham had the better chances to win it but Green saved superbly from Dickson Etuhu and Diomansy Kamara blazed over.

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The result sees West Ham return to the bottom of the Premier League table yet they will be satisfied with a point from a full-blooded London derby that was high on energy but low on attacking finesse.

The game may also have laid a few more South Africa 2010 demons to rest for seemingly revitalised Hammers keeper Green, who put in a faultless display and this time could do nothing to prevent his World Cup nemesis Dempsey from opening the scoring.

It was the first chance for the pair to renew rivalries since Dempsey's infamous strike past Green in Rustenburg, and just two minutes were on the clock when the American tried his luck with a speculative 25-yard effort that went well wide.

There were more crunching tackles than chances in a scrappy first 30 minutes, most notably when Manuel Da Costa caught Dempsey with an elbow to the side of the head that went unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.

But the robust American, also the victim of meaty challenges from Danny Gabbidon and Scott Parker and by now sporting a shiny bump by his left eye, dusted himself down to notch an opening goal that Green was powerless to prevent.

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Simon Davies' pass took a deflection and looped into the path of Dempsey, who controlled the ball with his chest and cleverly dinked it over Green from 12 yards.

The Hammers were tenacious but toothless, with Carlos Salcido's clearance off the line from Piquionne's early header the only time Mark Schwarzer's goal came under noteworthy threat in the first half.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes was also angered at Marriner's refusal to award the visitors a spot-kick when Eddie Johnson went down under a challenge from Lars Jacobsen.

Within moments of the restart, a Dempsey effort again beat Green but his powerful shot from the edge of the box clipped the top of the crossbar.

Two minutes later, the visitors had relinquished their lead after an uncharacteristic mistake from centre-back Hangeland.

The Norwegian's nonchalant pass out of defence went straight to Luis Boa Morte, who fed Obinna on the right and the Nigerian crossed for Piquionne to head home from close range.

Hughes hopes to convert draws to wins

Fulham had a chance to quickly regain the lead but Green reacted well to dive at the the feet of the impressive Dempsey.

As the game opened up, West Ham's Pablo Barrera and Fulham's Johnson were both guilty of wasting good shooting opportunities, while Etuhu should have done better with a free header.

For the hosts, attacking livewire Obinna enthralled and frustrated the home fans in equal measure with a dizzying mixture of piercing runs and wayward shots.

But it was Fulham who finished the strongest and it fell to Green to preserve West Ham's point and their four-match unbeaten run.

First, the Hammers keeper tipped a fizzing Davies drive around the post, then he made an even better stop to parry Etuhu's powerful header.

There was still time for Fulham to create another gilt-edged chance in injury time but Kamara fired well over from the edge of the box after being sent clean through.

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-1 Fulham FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Piquionne 51
  • Dempsey 33

West Ham

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 34,589
WEST HAM
FULHAM

Possession

  • West Ham 50%
  • Fulham 50%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 6
  • Fulham 5

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 7
  • Fulham 12

Corners

  • West Ham 2
  • Fulham 3

Fouls

  • West Ham 15
  • Fulham 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:38 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:09 Luis Boa Morte fouled by Carlos Salcido, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Victor Obinna, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 90:00+2:15 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 90:00+1:49 Shot by Mark Noble from 12 yards. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 90:00+0:53 Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise comes on in place of Simon Davies.
  • 90:00+0:34 Diomansy Kamara produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 89:42 Scott Parker handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 89:23 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
  • 88:25 Foul by Carlton Cole on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 87:24 Effort from close range by Scott Parker goes wide left of the target.
  • 86:39 Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 85:11 Simon Davies takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line played to the near post, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:09 Clinton Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Lars Jacobsen. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 82:46 Foul by Chris Baird on Victor Obinna, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:57 Luis Boa Morte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 80:38 Effort from inside the area by Victor Obinna misses to the left of the target.
  • 77:38 Headed effort from inside the area by Dickson Etuhu misses to the left of the goal.
  • 76:08 The ball is swung over by Mark Noble, Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 76:08 Substitution Diomansy Kamara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eddie Johnson.
  • 76:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Davies on Luis Boa Morte.
  • 74:37 The referee penalises Matthew Upson for handball. Free kick taken by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 73:59 Victor Obinna takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 73:11 Zoltan Gera produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 72:32 Victor Obinna concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Baird. Dickson Etuhu restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:48 Headed effort from inside the area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the target.
  • 70:29 Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from long distance goes over the crossbar.
  • 69:33 The ball is sent over by Carlton Cole, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 68:58 Substitution Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.
  • 68:16 Substitution Carlton Cole replaces Pablo Barrera.
  • 66:20 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 66:03 Luis Boa Morte is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 64:59 Eddie Johnson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 64:59 Booking Matthew Upson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:36 Clinton Dempsey fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:54 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Pablo Barrera results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Davies by Daniel Gabbidon. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, Pablo Barrera makes a clearance.
  • 59:23 Eddie Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 58:41 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 54:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lars Jacobsen on Eddie Johnson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from left channel.
  • 54:17 Mark Noble produces a cross, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
  • 53:17 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Frederic Piquionne misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:47 Daniel Gabbidon challenges Eddie Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff. Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Barrera clears the crossbar.
  • 50:11 Victor Obinna provided the assist for the goal.
  • 50:11 GOAL - Frederic PiquionneWest Ham 1 - 1 Fulham Frederic Piquionne finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. West Ham 1-1 Fulham.
  • 49:46 Scott Parker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:34 Shot on goal by Clinton Dempsey from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 46:18 A cross is delivered by Carlos Salcido.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:13 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 44:04 Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • Correction - 43:11 Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 43:11 Eddie Johnson takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 42:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Parker. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 41:52 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 40:54 Effort on goal by Victor Obinna from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 36:43 Foul by Lars Jacobsen on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 35:26 Booking Dickson Etuhu booked.
  • 35:09 Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 34:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Frederic Piquionne. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 32:49 GOAL - Clinton DempseyWest Ham 0 - 1 Fulham Clinton Dempsey fires in a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Fulham.
  • 31:58 Booking Scott Parker receives a yellow card.
  • 31:46 Foul by Scott Parker on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 29:58 Shot by Eddie Johnson from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 29:40 Chris Baird produces a cross, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
  • 28:38 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 27:32 Pablo Barrera produces a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 19:36 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Victor Obinna misses to the right of the target.
  • Correction - 14:50 Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Barrera. Direct free kick taken by Luis Boa Morte, Victor Obinna delivers the ball.
  • 14:50 Dickson Etuhu challenges Pablo Barrera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Boa Morte.
  • 13:20 The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 11:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu by Scott Parker. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:14 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 8:03 Short corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
  • 7:55 Carlos Salcido produces a cross, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
  • 5:20 Daniel Gabbidon crosses the ball, Simon Davies gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Clearance by Carlos Salcido.
  • 2:48 Frederic Piquionne delivers the ball, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 2:13 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 1:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Upson on Danny Murphy. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 1:25 Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 1:25 Booking Daniel Gabbidon goes into the referee's book.
  • 1:11 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Daniel Gabbidon results in a free kick.
  • 0:39 Simon Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

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

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