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  • 31 January 2013
  • • 01:30
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 24791

Live Commentary

  • That's all from Craven Cottage after another excellent game. Thanks for using to follow the Premier League. I'm Oliver Wheeler.
  • Fulham leapfrog their opponents here in the Premier League after a 3-1 victory. Both sides looked menacing throughout but goals from Berbatov, Rodallega and an own goal from Joey O'Brien meant that Kevin Nolan's strike was deemed insignificant as the home crowd go home happy.
  • 95'
    The full time whistle is blown as Fulham notch just their second win in their last 15 outings. 3-1 Fulham.
  • 93'
    Riise is fortunate not to be penalised after Andy Carroll claimed a penalty should be given for handball.
  • 90' + 1'
    Own Goal Joey O'Brien
    GOAL: Joey O'Brien sends the ball into his own net to seal all three points for Fulham. Rodallega's shot was parried by Jaaskelainen into the path of Petric who's effort hit the post only to rebound off O'Brien's arm and into the net.
  • 90'
    Four minutes of added time to be played.
  • 89'
    Appeals for handball against Senderos are waved away by Chris Foy. It would have been a harsh decision had he of given it though, the Swiss defender's hand was at his side when it connected with the ball.
  • 87'
    Tomkins' effort sums up his season so far as he struggles to do anything with the ball just eight yards from goal.
  • 86'
    Neither side are backing down here. Fulham look shaky at the back though and may come regret not trying to defend their one goal lead.
  • 85'
    At the other end Rodallega sees his shot fizz wide after Winston Reid is caught being inattentive.
  • 83'
    Chance for Andy Carroll after some good play from Nolan sees the front man attempt a curling effort which goes way off target.
  • 81'
    Baird is down having some treatment. Referee Chris Foy tells the defender to leave the field of play.
  • 80'
    Petric is selfish there he opts to shoot instead of squaring to a well-positioned Damien Duff.
  • 79'
    Riise is played in by Petric but his shot sails over the bar.
  • 78'
    Carroll makes an instant impact for the away side, volleying towards goal only to see his effort saved by Schwarzer.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionJoe Cole Andy Carroll
    Andy Carroll replaces Joe Cole as the frontman looks to get his first action after such a long time out.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionD. Berbatov Mladen Petric
  • 75'
    Berbatov looks to be struggling with a hamstring injury and is replaced by Mladen Petric.
  • 72'
    Fulham are penned into their own area after consecutive corners for the away side.
  • 71'
    Some good work from Nolan down the right leads to a shot from the midfielder but Schwarzer is equal to it.
  • 70'
    It comes to nothing though and J. Cole is free down the wing. The former Liverpool man struggles though, he looks tired.
  • 69'
    Berbatov earns his side a corner after some good footwork. The Serbian was isolated and did well to get anything from that passage of play,
  • 67'
    SubstitutionGuy Demel Matthew Taylor
    Meanwhile both sides make a change as Ruiz is taken off for Dejegah, Chris Baird is on for Karagounis and Demel is replaced by Matthew Taylor.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionBryan Ruiz Ashkan Dejagah
  • 66'
    SubstitutionGeorgios Karagounis Chris Baird
  • 65'
    Karagounis suffers another knock after a clattering challenge from Diame.
  • 64'
    J. Cole and Demel are incensed that the referee gave a goal kick there. They feel they earned their side a corner.
  • 63'
    Fulham's forwards look awkward in possession as West Hma currently look the more likely team to get a goal.
  • 62'
    Diame plays a good ball to Cole who struggles with his cross which is cleared easily.
  • 61'
    A chance for Senderos goes begging from the resulting free kick following Karagounis' delivery.
  • 60'
    An end to end encounter here, Berbatov is unlucky to be brought down after some good footwork in the West Ham half.
  • 59'
    A caution for Riether is about the only thing to go wrong with the right-back's game tonight.
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Sascha Riether
  • 58'
    Cole has a good record against Fulham, six goals in his last eight games against the Cottagers.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionMarouane Chamakh C. Cole
  • 56'
    Chamakh is replaced by Carlton Cole after an unimpressive display by the loanee forward.
  • 54'
    This game is extremely lively. Both sides are playing with a high tempo. Ruiz has a dangerous free kick but wastes it.
  • 53'
    Rodallega tries to play through Riise down the left but his pass is poor and the attack fizzles out.
  • 52'
    An insane couple of minutes of football see Fulham pegged back before going in front again. Football 'ey.
  • 49'
    Assist Damien Duff
  • 49'
    Goal Hugo Rodallega
    GOAL: Fulham go straight back in front after Rodellega heads home from a Damien duff cross.
  • 48'
    Assist Mark Noble
  • 48'
    Goal Kevin Nolan
    GOAL: West Ham get their reward for coming out of the half time break firing. Kevin Nolan fires home from Jarvis' quick free kick. Game on.
  • 48'
    West Ham have come out looking strongest after Demel's cross is just about cleared by Ruiz of all people.
  • 47'
    Chamakh can't get near a Jarvis cross after the wide man beat Riether for the first time in the match.
  • 45'
    And the second half is under way.
  • Sam Allardyce will be frustrated by the way his side conceded the goal, Berbatov was left unmarked at the back post at a set piece.
  • 45' + 1'
    Half time here as the whistle blows. Fulham dominated the early exchanges but West Ham have found their ay back into it slowly with the likes of Joe Cole and Jarvis playing well.
  • 45'
    Jarvis bursts into the box but Riether gets the better of him once more.
  • 44'
    Brillaint try from Berbatov! The forward took the ball from the halfway line and fired at goal from 25 yards out. Jaaskelainen was equal to the effort though.
  • 43'
    Cole is putting his own stamp on this match, trying to drag his side level.
  • 42'
    Joe Cole has an effort but is called just offside.
  • 41'
    Jaaskelainen is off his line to claim a dangerous ball after some good play from Fulham. Ruiz's pass to Rodallega was the catalyst for the chance.
  • 39'
    Riether continues his brilliant display as he intercepts a Kevin Nolan effort and plays the ball back to Schwarzer calmly. Quality.
  • 37'
    Meanwhile at the other end Karagounis clears acrobatically after a long ball found its way into the Fulham area.
  • 36'
    Berbatov uses his chest to take down the ball before volleying into the Hammers area. Ruiz is there to challenge but Jaaskelainen recovers well after numerous deflections.
  • 35'
    Fulham remind us why they're the team in the lead though as Rodellega and Ruiz exchange passes only for the latter to lose the ball due to some bad control.
  • 35'
    West Ham are enjoying their best football of the half and with half time looming will be hoping to get that all-important equaliser.
  • 34'
    A Joe Cole corner is dealt with well by Fulham as John Arne Riise clears the ball.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Steve Sidwell
  • 32'
    Steve Sidwell is our first booking of the evening following a high foot in a tackle on Diame.
  • 31'
    Nolan will be disappointed in himself for not hitting the target there.
  • 31'
    Nolan will be disappointed in himself for not hitting the target there.
  • 31'
    Chance for Kevin Nolan but the Hammers' top scorer is unable to send his effort goalwards. Best chance of the game for the visitors though.
  • 28'
    Fulham are pressuring the West Ham defence relentlessly but O'Brien stood strong there against Sidwell to clear.
  • 27'
    Brillaint chance for Fulham to double their lead. Damien Duff fires his effort wide after some excellent interplay from the Fulham strike partnership. Unlucky for the Irishman.
  • 26'
    Joe Cole and Demel link up well down the right, carving out space for a Jarvis which goes just wide.
  • 25'
    The one weak link in the Hammers back line seems to be Tomkins though, who has struggled to hold down a place int he first team for a while now.
  • 24'
    Berbatov almost got another sight on goal but was caught offside by the well organised West Ham defence.
  • 23'
    West Ham are defending well themselves after Riise and Duff attempted to breach their back line but were forced to look backwards instead.
  • 22'
    Riether is looking extremely solid in the Fulham defence. Chamakh looked to beat the new boy but he wasn't getting anywhere.
  • 21'
    West Ham are beginning to look dangerous as Fulham's Karagounis looks off the pace after suffering a couple of knocks.
  • 19'
    Chance for Rodallega who's shot fires just over the bar. This game looks like a real belter.
  • 17'
    The away side have responded to the goal well, looking to get on the ball and play in Fulham's half.
  • 16'
    Diame attempts to take a hold in midfield for the away side as he advances into the Fulham half but Berbatov gets back well to defend.
  • 15'
    West Ham look to respond from a corner by Joe Cole but Schwarzer is there to dampen the attack and Demel can't put his follow up shot on target.
  • 13'
    The home side look confident following their goal. Duff looked to put through Rodallega but Jaaskelainen was quick off his line to clear.
  • 12'
    That was awful defending from West Ham to allow Berbatov to ghost in at the back post after the ball in missed everyone else.
  • 10'
    Assist Damien Duff
  • 10'
    Goal D. Berbatov
    GOAL: Dimitar Berbatov puts the home side 1-0 ahead. It had been coming following a flurry of efforts from Fulham. The former Manchester United frontman was on hand to fire home at the far post following a Damien Duff set piece.
  • 9'
    Fulham have another shot on goal through Damien Duff. The Irishman got his strike off well but it just drifted wide. Still 0-0.
  • 8'
    Bryan Ruiz almost put the home side ahead there with a brilliant effort. The referee allowed advantage from a foul on the edge of the area and Ruiz let a powerful shot loose but it as well saved by Jaaskelainen.
  • 7'
    So far the play has been shared between the two sides, with no one dominating play.
  • 4'
    A few technical difficulties have meant the first few minutes couldn't be covered but we're here to bring you the rest of the action. It's a corner for West Ham here though.
  • Just 20 minutes until kick-off here in London, both teams will be anxious to start the game and improve their current form.
  • Fulham are currently 14th in the Premier League, breathing down the neck of 12th placed West Ham. A win here would allow the home side to leap frog the visitors, pulling away from the relegation zone in the process.
  • New loan signing Frimpong settles for a place on the bench for the home side while the returning Andy Carroll is back among the subs for the Hammers.
  • Team news is as follows... Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Rodallega; Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Baird, Petric, Frimpong, Hughes, Dejagah, Davies. West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, J.Cole, Chamakh. Subs: Henderson, Pogatetz, Taylor, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Carroll, C.Cole.
  • Hello and welcome to the live play-by-play commentary of this London derby between Fulham and West Ham at Craven Cottage. I'm Oliver Wheeler and I'll be guiding you through the important events of the game as they happen.