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May 11, 2014
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 24447
C. Woodrow 61'
C. David 90'+
D. Gayle 28', 84'
FULL TIME: Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace - that's curtains on both the game and the 2013-14 season, folks, and what a magnificent way to close them! We've had goals galore and some injury-time drama to boot, and that's all from me, Livio Caferoglu. Rather than three month's time, catch us again in a month, when we'll be bringing the World Cup to you, LIVE! Goodbye from all of us.
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Yellow CardChris David
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WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE WAY TO END THE GAME AND THE SEASON!!! David cuts inside from the right and launches an unstoppable piledriver from some way out, which dips over Hennessey and - crucially - the goal line, to earn Fulham a dramatic late point!
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Whiile this match peters out.. MAN CITY HAVE BEEN CROWNED PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!!!!
There will be three minutes of injury time.
PALACE HIT THE BAR!!! Murray is gifted an opportunity to double his tally for the season after being played in by Puncheon on the break, but the striker slips as he takes the shot and can only reach the crossbar!
Magath looks on in a bemused manner from his seat in the dugout. It's not that Fulham have played poorly, but it's probably more to do with the fact that they haven't played at these levels consistently enough to give them a chance of salvation.
GAYLE-FORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The striker has enjoyed a sparkling end to the season, and this just caps it off, as he curls the free kick over the wall and beyond a helpless Stockdale to all but secure a final three points of Palace's campaign!
Yellow CardScott Parker
Murray approaches the box and ends up winning his side a free kick after holding the ball up well enough to attract a desperate challenge from Parker.
Woodrow picks up David, who teases his marker on the edge of the box and unleashes a low shot across goal, which Hennessey is equal to.
Not for the first time this afternoon, Fulham string together some silky play down the left-hand side, Amorebieta included, but Dejagah's cross fails to connect with a team-mate in the box.
Puncheon opts to take the free kick, which is just a yard shy of the Fulham D, but it doesn't venture beyond the Cottagers' wall.
Amorebieta becomes No. 10 for a minute, as he pushes high up the pitch before attempting to play in one of his fellow attackers, but his pass is too predictable and he ends up conceding a foul near his own box!
Unsurprisingly, it's Chamakh who joins Ince in being withdrawn. Last season's promotion catalyst Glenn Murray, who has spent a fair portion of the term sidelined, is brought on in his place.
PENALTY? David takes on his man Delaney in the box, before buckling under the pressure posed by the Irishman. It was a clear dive on the youngster's part, but no card is shown for simulation.
Cardiff's surprise lead over Chelsea means Fulham will have to settle for the unwelcome distinction of finishing the season bottom. Meanwhile, in the title race, Liverpool have turned their deficit against Newcastle around to make it 2-1, but Man City are still two ahead of West Ham.
WARD!!!! The full-back finds himself in an advanced position to the left of the Fulham box, and he shapes himself up for a spectacular dipping drive, which takes a slight nick off a home jersey and results in a Palace corner.
Fulham have begun playing the ball around the pitch with confidence, but it's a little too confident perhaps, as the ball is squandered to Chamakh on the edge of the box, and the striker forces a save from Stockdale with a rasping effort!
Could it be a coincidence that Fulham scored just two minutes after Jedinak was replaced by Dikgacoi? Probably not, but there is no disputing the importance that the midfield destroyer warrants for his employers.
WOODROW!!!! David chips up a pass for Rodallega, who holds up before laying off the 19-year-old to his left, and the youngster scores his first-ever Fulham goal with a lovely, curling finish which nestles into the bottom-left corner of Hennessey's net!
The free kick amounts to nothing, but there are more worrying signs on the touchline as Jedinak is hauled off the pitch by physios. With the World Cup around the corner, the Australia international's game might be over.
Amorebieta and Chamakh engage in a mid-air 50-50, and the defender is shown a yellow card for throwing a perceived elbow into the face of the centre forward.
RODALLEGAAAAAA!!!! The striker meets Amorebieta's knock-on at the far post, but the striker can only direct a free header onto the left-hand post, with Hennessey stranded in between!
Dejagah has certainly given Fulham a new lease of life, in the couple of minutes he has been on the pitch. He sprays the ball out wide for Richardson to follow up, and his cross asks serious questions of Hennessey, who initially spills but soon gathers to his chest gratefully.
Chamakh is released down the left but has no options forthcoming. In a split second, he takes it upon himself to go solo, and he does just enough to win a corner, as Stockdale goes down to deflect the ball wide from an awkward angle.
Bolasie charges towards the Fulham box, but standing in his way is Heitinga, who ensures that only a goal kick can be awarded by the referee.
Zverotic can be heard howling screams of agony after he goes down from a strong collision with Bolasie, who receives nothing more than a dressing-down from the referee.
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen! You're all just in time, as we have restarted for the second half.
Two minutes of injury time have been played, and it's Palace who lead Fulham at half-time, thanks to Dwight Gayle's opener. Join us in 15 minutes for coverage of the second period!
SUPERB SAVE!!! Zverotic locates Amorebieta with a wicked, deep cross at the back post, yet Hennessey somehow stops the Spaniard from point-blank range!
Fulham grind themselves out a half-chance, as Woodrow intuitively clips up a volleyed cross, which Sidwell meets via a late run into the box, but the midfielder hooks the ball well over the bar.
Moments later, Palace have a free kick of their own, albeit a bit further out than Fulham's. Ince swings the ball towards the far post, and Stockdale goes down extremely well to push out a header!
... nothing is the answer, as it's Richardson who tries his luck, but can only aim for the stand behind the goal!
Chamakh is walking into dangerous territory now, as he commits another petulant foul, this time on Parker. What will Sidwell do from this free kick, directly central to goal...
Richardson's ball is whipped into a crowded box of players, but Delaney has the last laugh again after Woodrow's header bounces into the defender's face and away from the Palace area.
The west Londoners change their strategy and adopt a more patient style, which attracts a foul from Chamakh, who obstructs Sidwell. Remember, the Moroccan is on a yellow card, so he needs to tread in line more carefully next time.
Fulham force Palace into retreating for a second, but the visitors' strong defensive unit is on speed dial again as Woodrow fails to receive the ball in the box once more.
Palace now need to add to their lead and hope Stoke suffer a heavy defeat in order to pip the Potters to a top-half finish!
HE MAKES NO MISTAKE AT THE SECOND ATTEMPT!!! The summer arrival from Peterbrough picks up Ward's pass to the left of the Fulham box and rifles home a low strike that catches Stockdale out, as the goalkeeper can only deflect the ball into the net via his trailing legs!
GAYLE!!!! The former Arsenal youngster breathes down on the Fulham goal but is eventually forced slightly wider than he would've liked. Nonetheless, he manages to get the shot away, and Stockdale must tip the ball over the bar!
SHOULD'VE DONE BETTER!!! David receives the ball on the far left and loops a wonderful ball into Rodallega's path, but the Ecuadorian attacker can't get it under control! Richardson goes for the rebound on the edge of the box, although it is quickly charged down.
Bolasie is involved again, as he holds off his marker and tries to play in Ward, who bombs on at full throttle, but Zverotic is there to read the danger and win a free kick for his side.
Kacaniklic's afternoon is over, with Chris David being brought on as his replacement.
Palace look to break down the left via Bolasie, but the wideman's cross is horrible, as it evades the box entirely and ends up being cleared by Amorebieta!
There's been a goal in the game between Liverpool and Newcastle, and it's gone to the Magpies, courtesy of a Martin Skrtel own goal! It leaves Manchester City well and truly in the title race driving seat, not that they already were!
The Blackpool loanee's ball is whipped into the middle, but it's cleared by a white shirt, and open play resumes.
It's been a rather motionless couple of minutes, with both teams currently lacking in penetration. However, Palace are presented with a chance here, as Ince steps up to take a free kick to the left of the box.
A phase of Fulham passing in the final third results in Woodrow finding the ball at his feet in the middle of the area, but his shot is quickly charged down by Delaney for a corner.
Not a single emotion is etched into the face of Magath, as he witnesses Kacaniklic struggling, following a tough challenge from Chamakh. The Swede, who has been lively from the offset, makes his way onto the touchline so he can receive treatment.
Yellow CardMarouane Chamakh
PENALTY? Pulis seems to think so, but the referee - crucially - doesn't. Gayle falls down in the box, moments before he lays off Bolasie, who then twists and turns before trying to play the one-two with the striker, but the chance is eventually wasted.
Pulis is certainly looking the more animated out of the two managers here, as he relentlessly throws out instructions to his players.
GOOD SAVE!!! Kacaniklic picks up the ball and powers a low drive towards the bottom-left corner of Hennessey's goal, but the custodian does well to stop the winger's effort by going down instinctively.
Fulham have begun to see more of the ball down the channels, with first Richardson and now Amorebieta, who wins a corner off Ince near the left-hand corner flag.
CHANCE EARLY ON!!! Ince cuts inside from the right-hand side and unleashes a shot that fizzes just wide across goal! Stockdale looks on helplessly, probably knowing as well as us that the winger's attempt could have gone anywhere.
There's been no minute's silence for the 56 victims of the Valley Parade fire tragedy, which happened 29 years ago today during a match between Bradford City and Lincoln City - quite a controversial topic on social media at the moment.
We're under way in west London!
Right, it's time for the pre-match pleasantries, as the two teams make their way out onto the pitch and exchange handshakes!
On the other hand, Crystal Palace have ultimately shown their hosts how a mid-season change at the top should be executed. Out went Ian Holloway, following a poor summer transfer campaign and series of below-par displays, and in came Tony Pulis, who has since proved to be a revelation in south London, leading the side to survival earlier than most had expected, and silenced the critics from his time at Stoke along the way.
We'll take a moment to reflect on both teams' progress this season, starting with Fulham, who have endured the turbulence of three managerial changes and a high player turnover rate. Neither Martin Jol or Rene Meulensteen could inspire the Cottagers to safety, despite the latter's considerable splurge during January. Felix Magath, the current incumbment, looks to have been a case of too little too late, although there has been a discernible improvement while the German has been at the helm.
Only pride is at stake for either club this afternoon, with Fulham's fate already sealed in the form of relegation, thus marking the end of their 13-year stay in the Premier League. Palace, meanwhile, seem destined to conclude their excellent first season back amongst the big boys in 11th. A Stoke defeat, together with a victory, could even see them scrape a top-half finish, depending on a seven-goal swing.
SUBS: Speroni, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Murray, Jerome.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Hennessey; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince; Chamakh, Gayle.
SUBS: Joronen, Kasami, Mitroglou, Tunnicliffe, Dejagah, David, Williams.
FULHAM (4-4-2): Stockdale; Zverotic, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta; Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Parker, Richardson; Rodallega, Woodrow.
Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary on the last Premier League matchday of the 2013-14 season! Today's clash is at Craven Cottage between Fulham and Crystal Palace - proudly brought to you by me, Livio Caferoglu! Team news is on its way, so don't move a muscle, ladies and gentlemen.
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