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West Ham United
23 November 2013
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 25258
S. Parker 64'
A. Hughes 56' (own goal)
J. Shelvey 80'
So a fine win for Swansea, who move five points away from the relegation zone with that victory, while Rene Meulensteen's appointment fails to inspire Fulham. That concludes our coverage but do check back into this website a bit later for live commentary of West Ham United v Chelsea. Cheerio.
90' + 4'
Oh dear. Shelvey in acres of space with only Stekelenburg to beat but the goalkeeper gets down well to thwart the England man. And that's the last action of the match as boos ring around Craven Cottage.
90' + 3'
Pozuelo departs the field of play to be replaced by Alvaro Vasquez.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Fulham are throwing the kitchen sink at Swansea as we go into four minutes of stoppage time. A looping cross from Zverotic finds the head of Bent but Vorm saves easily
Taarabt plays a great cross from the right, which Chico heads behind for a corner. Nothing comes of the resulting corner kick.
Berbatov looks to find Bent with a flicked header but Michel Vorm nips in at the nick of time to gather.
Parker, who has been outstanding today, leaves the field of play with Adel Taarabt coming on, while Swansea replace Lamah with Dwight Tiendalli.
Davies intercepts another pass, this time from Sidwell, as Fulham look to force their way through. Time running out now for the home side.
Fulham look to respond but Parker's pass to Bent is intercepted by Davies.
Assist Roland Lamah
Goal Jonjo Shelvey
Wow. Shelvey powers past a couple of defenders and slots the ball into the top-left corner of the net past Stekelenburg. Super goal.
Stekelenburg almost plays his side into trouble as his weak clearance falls to Shelvey before Parker saves the day again with an excellent challenge.
Fulham bring on Alexander Kacaniklic for the ineffective Ruiz.
Shelvey shoots from distance but it lacks pace and Stekelenburg gathers comfortably.
Shelvey finds Davies on the run but Parker does well to make the challenge. Swansea starting to dominate proceedings again now.
Yellow Card Ben Davies
Davies booked after a desperate lunge on Zverotic. We're into the final twenty minutes now.
Neat interplay between Pozuelo and Bony before the Ivorian slices wide from a tight angle.
That Parker goal looked more like a cross than a shot to me but Fulham won't mind.
Stekelenburg with a classy save to deny Bony. Great stuff all around.
Assist Bryan Ruiz
Goal Scott Parker
GOAL! Fulham are level. The ball falls to Parker from a Fulham corner, whose cross/shot sails into the net. Game on.
Yellow Card Aaron Hughes
Not much of a response to going behind so far from Fulham, who are staring at a fifth straight defeat in all competitions. Hughes is booked for fouling Bony.
Boateng departs the field of play to be replaced by Steve Sidwell, while Swansea bring on Jonjo Shelvey for Dyer.
Swansea come again on the counter attack but Dyer's shot squirms wide. Fulham were horribly exposed there.
Own Goal Aaron Hughes
GOAL! Swansea take the lead and it's an own goal by Hughes, who inadvertently taps a cross into his own net under pressure from Chico Flores.
Davies cuts in from the left and unleashes a thunderous shot but Fulham have enough bodies at the back to block the route to goal.
De Guzman has a go from distance now but that's an easy save for Stekelenburg.
Lamah fires wide again after exchanging passes with Ben Davies. Meanwhile, Fulham try to build some momentum at the other end but Berbatov loses possession inside the box.
Bony holds off a couple of Fulham defenders to cross from the left but the ball flashes across goal with no Swansea player nearby to apply the finishing touch. Bright start to the second half this by the visitors.
Alejandro Pozuelo slips in Dyer with a cute pass but Kieran Richardson is across to intercept.
Away we go in the second half. No changes made by either side.
So an even game so far, with the two best chances of the half falling to Bent while Lamah and Dyer have looked lively for Swansea. Stay with us for the second period.
45' + 1'
Lamah catches Elsad Zverotic and Fulham have a free kick. Kasami cannot reach Ruiz's left-foot cross and that's half time.
One minute stoppage time to be played.
Maarten Stekelenburg with an excellent save to thwart a ferocious angled drive from Dyer.
Bony heads well wide after an Angel Rangel cross from the right.
Swansea win back-to-back corners but cannot make anything out of them.
Lamah has another go from distance but drags it well wide. Swansea yet to fashion a clear opening here.
Ruiz does well to pick out Bent with an angled pass but the striker is adjudged offside.
Berbatov heads wide from a Ruiz corner, with Ashley Williams doing just enough to put off the Bulgarian striker.
Oh my. Ruiz's cross from the left snakes its way to Bent, whose volley crashes into the post. Unlucky.
Yellow Card Pajtim Kasami
Pajtim Kasami is booked after clipping Dyer with a late challenge. De Guzman's subsequent free kick is headed clear by Dimitar Berbatov
What a chance! Scott Parker puts it on a plate with an inch-perfect cross for Darren Bent but the England striker heads wide. Glorious opportunity.
Corner comes to nothing as the ball rolls behind for a goal kick.
Swansea work the ball to Lamah at the edge of the box after some neat build-up play but the Belgian's shot is deflected behind for a corner.
Swansea starting to dominate possession now. De Guzman plays another cross from the right towards Wilfried Bony but Hughes clears again.
De Guzman with an excellent cross from the right but Hughes is in the right place to head away. Better from the visitors.
Yellow Card D. Boateng
Derek Boateng is booked after a late challenge on Nathan Dyer near the center circle.
Neither side have looked particularly convincing so far, with Fulham the brighter of the two teams.
Fernando Amorebieta tries an ambitious lob with his back to goal after Ruiz's corner reaches him in the box, but his effort sails well wide.
Ruiz motors down the left under close attention from Jonathan De Guzman. The Dutchman eventually wins the ball back but is adjudged to have handled the ball and a free kick is awarded to the home side.
Roland Lamah takes aim from outside the box but Parker is able to get in the block.
The Swans cannot make use of the free kick as it hits the wall and goes behind for a corner, which also comes to nothing.
Swansea in their blue and yellow away kit with their first sustained spell of possession. Nathan Dyer picks up the ball in a dangerous area outside the Fulham box but Scott Parker bundles the winger to the ground. Free kick to Swansea.
Fulham win a corner. Bryan Ruiz takes it, but Aaron Hughes cannot get a touch at the near post and Swansea clear.
Fulham knocking the ball at the back about in the opening minutes. Derek Boateng plays a searching pass to Darren Bent but Angel Rangel intercepts.
Andre Marriner is our referee for today and he gets us underway at Craven Cottage.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Canas, De Guzman; Dyer, Pozuelo, Lamah; Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Shelvey, Britton, Amat, Alvaro, Tiendalli
Fulham: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Ruiz, Parker, Boateng, Kasami; Berbatov, Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Sidwell, Senderos, Dejagah, Taarabt, Dembele, Kacaniklic
TEAM NEWS: Fulham make four changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Liverpool with Darren Bent and Bryan Ruiz returning to the starting XI, while Michel Vorm, Nathan Dyer and Jose Canas all start for Swansea. Full line-ups coming right up.
Swansea are on a bad run of form themselves having gained just five points from a possible 18 in their last six games and lead Fulham by only two points in the league standings. However, Michael Laudrup’s side have recorded victories on their last two visits to Craven Cottage and they will be out to make it three wins out of three.
Martin Jol’s side are in desperate need of three points after a woeful run of form that has seen them lose their last four matches in all competitions. The Cottagers will be hoping the addition of former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen to the management staff last week will spark an immediate revival in the club’s fortunes.
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