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West Ham United
1 May 2012
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 40106
M. Škrtel 5' (own goal)
FULL TIME!!! That's it, all over! Martin Jol has bagged Fulham's first ever win on Merseyside! Liverpool never looked like scoring (apart from Martin Skrtel's own goal), and obviously had at least one eye on the weekend's FA Cup final.
90' + 3'
Jonjo Shelvey takes it and absolutely skies it. Poor from him, and Liverpool have been poor on the night. Another bad performance at home this season.
90' + 2'
A free-kick in a dangerous position here for Liverpool. It looks like Maxi lining it up...
Into stoppage time now and Schwarzer makes a simple stop after a weak shot.
We're approaching the final minutes here, but Liverpool don't really look like grabbing an equaliser.
Almost a second for Fulham after a mix-up between Skrtel and Doni. The defender tries to head the ball back to the keeper, but it hits him on the shoulder and he's lucky to see it just evade Dempsey.
Dembele looks to have picked up a knock after unsuccessfully dodging a tackle from Coates.
Dempsey has a great chance to double Fulham's lead, but Doni pulls off a fantastic save with the attacker through on goal, as he tried to bend it into the far corner.
Liverpool are really pressing high when Fulham have the ball, but Jol's side are dealing with it well.
Riise lines up a shot from distance, but drags it wide of the post.
Carroll dances around a challenge but can't get a shot on target. The ball breaks to Kuyt, but his cross is headed for a corner.
Liverpool are all at sea at the moment. Riise gets in down the left but can't quite get his shot away before it's closed down and blocked by Doni.
Kerim Frei, just on from the bench, cuts in on his right-foot and lashes a shot against the post!
Maxi gets through on goal, but Hangeland puts in a fantastic last ditch tackle to put the ball behind for a corner that is then cleared.
Andy Carroll attempts an overhead kick and gets it all kinds of wrong.
And now Stewart Downing, on at half-time, flashes a shot wide of the far post.
Duff almost gets clear after a through ball from Dempsey, but Doni is out quickly to smother the ball.
Dempsey gets a header in at the front post from a corner, but it flies wide.
Spearing robs the ball in midfield and fires in a shot, but it's a bit of a daisy cutter and Schwarzer stops it easily.
Liverpool get the second half underway.
HALF TIME!!! That's it for the first 45 minutes. Fulham look dangerous at the break and are in front at the break, but the hosts are getting better and look like scoring when they get forward.
45' + 1'
Carroll then flashes a shot over the bar, slipping at the vital moment. He's looking confident though.
Carroll does really well to get onto Jay Spearing's cross, but his header is straight at Schwarzer.
Shelvey is the latest to worry Schwarzer after some good link-up play with Carroll, but his shot flies across the face of goal.
Dalglish's side are beginning to dominate, and they are looking to hit Carroll at every opportunity. He nods a great header back across goal after Kuyt's cross, but Fulham eventually clear after a scramble.
Liverpool have a corner, whipped in to the far post, and as Andy Carroll heads it back across goal, Maxi nods it over. They're getting closer.
Kuyt fires in a low shot but it's comfortable for Schwarzer.
OFF THE LINE! Something of a goalmouth scramble for the Fulham defence after Schwarzer spills a cross. Jonjo Shelvey eventually gets a shot away that squirms past Schwarzer, but Brede Hangeland is on hand to mop up on the goal-line.
Dirk Kuyt flashes a volley just past the post, a great effort that had Schwarzer scampering across his goal.
Liverpool aren't threatening yet, and Kenny Dalglish isn't looking too happy. He's out of his dugout, arms folded and scowling. The fans are still in a good voice though.
Sebastian Coates has to be across sharply to deny Kacaniklic from getting in after another good move from Fulham, with Dempsey and Dembele taking control of things.
It's all Fulham at the moment. A great break from the visitors sees Pogrebnyak getting on the end of Dempsey's ball over the top, but his volley is well saved by Doni.
There's a big cheer from the home fans as Danny Murphy, another former Liverpool player, comes across to take a corner. It goes short to Moussa Dembele, but is easily cleared.
Jordan Henderson has the first real effort for Liverpool, but his shot flies well over the bar.
Assist Alexander Kacaniklic
Own Goal Martin Skrtel
GOAL!!! The visitors are in front! It's a great move from Martin Jol's side, with Dempsey playing the ball out wide to former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise, whose cross took a deflection off Alex Kacaniklic and went in off Martin Skrtel, leaving Doni with no chance.
We are underway at Anfield.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! coverage of Liverpool v Fulham at Anfield. With Kenny Dalglish naming a weakened side ahead of the FA Cup final at the weekend, could Martin Jol's team take all three points? Stay tuned for the minute-by-minute updates as the action happens.
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