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January 31, 2013 1:30 AM IST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 24791‎
 
Kevin Nolan 48′
 
90+1′ (OG) Joey O'Brien
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 3-1 West Ham

The Cottagers take a superb home win to move further away from relegation problems, with birthday boy Dimitar Berbatov the hero for the home side against the Hammers

By Chris Teale at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Looked very comfortable when called upon to make a save, with his aerial ability in particular shining through, although he was powerless to prevent Nolan’s equaliser.

  • John Arne Riise
    0
    0
    3.50

    John Arne Riise

    Linked up well with Duff down the left and did well to shackle Joe Cole, who could not shake the attentions of the Norwegian.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    0
    3.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Despite the odd nervy moment, did well in partnership with his captain Hangeland and was crucial in his side dealing with Marouane Chamakh.

  • Brede Hangeland
    0
    0
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Looked very solid at the back, preventing the away side from making any real impact in Fulham’s half of the pitch in the first half, although he was guilty of letting Nolan slip by him to score West Ham’s equaliser.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    Had an interesting duel with Matt Jarvis down the right and largely came out on top, although he blotted his copybook somewhat as he was booked for a clumsy tackle on Diame.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Despite a caution for jumping in on Mohamed Diame in the first half, Sidwell looked solid in the tackle and safe on the ball throughout.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    1
    0
    3.00

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Played some telling passes to set his side away while contributing well in defence in what was a solid outing for the Greek until he was replaced in the 66th minute.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    0
    4.00

    Damien Duff

    A key component of Fulham’s attacking play, the Irishman set up Berbatov’s opening goal and showcased some superb passing to be a constant thorn in West Ham’s side.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    10
    0
    4.50

    Dimitar Berbatov Top of the Match

    The star performer for Fulham on his birthday, the Bulgarian led the line well, holding the ball up well and opening the scoring with a close-range header in the first half while being a continual threat to his opponents’ goal before being replaced to a standing ovation.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Was perhaps guilty of giving the ball away slightly too often, but performed well and forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into a couple of smart saves before being replaced in the 66th minute.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    0
    4.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Another crucial attacking outlet for the Cottagers, as he linked up well with Berbatov and popped up all over the pitch to cause West Ham’s defence numerous headaches, with his second-half goal a just reward for his fine efforts.

Substitutions

  • Chris Baird
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chris Baird

    Came on for Karagounis in the 66th minute to offer some fresh legs in central midfield and did a good job in shoring up those areas.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Came on for Ruiz in the 66th minute and looked solid if unspectacular.

  • Mladen Petric
    1
    0
    3.50

    Mladen Petric

    Was brought on for Berbatov late in the game and secured all three points for his side with a deft finish from close range.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Could perhaps have done slightly better with Berbatov’s opener as it sailed past his defenders, but otherwise looked strong and competent between the sticks for the Hammers.

  • Winston Reid
    0
    0
    2.50

    Winston Reid

    Looked strong in the air at times but struggled to assert his authority as Berbatov and Rodallega ran riot.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Tomkins

    Like Reid, struggled against the twin threat of Rodallega and Berbatov and found himself unable to make any telling contributions at the back and wasted a late chance with his head.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    3.00

    Joey O'Brien

    Showed flashes of what he can do with the ball at his feet, but in truth was unable to prevent Fulham attacking almost at will.

  • Guy Demel
    0
    0
    2.00

    Guy Demel

    Started well but was ripped to shreds on numerous occasions by the rampaging Duff and became increasingly frustrated as he wasted his own chances to cross from the right before being taken off in the second half.

  • Kevin Nolan
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Improved as the game went on after being largely outplayed in the first half, but showcased some good hold-up play and then grabbed an equaliser right at the start of the second half to give his side some hope.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Jarvis

    Was engaged in an interesting battle on the left with Reither and showed flashes of what he can do but was otherwise second-best in that particular exchange.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Passed well at times from the centre of midfield, but found himself outmuscled too often by Sidwell and Karagounis and could not assert his authority.

  • Mohamed Diame
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Spent much of the game as a peripheral figure, although he did play a good cross in that Nolan could only head wide of the target.

  • Joe Cole
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joe Cole

    Tried his luck all over the pitch as he tried to assert his authority on proceedings, but found himself well handled by Riise in the Fulham defence until he was replaced late in the game by Carroll.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    0
    1
    1.50

    Marouane Chamakh Flop of the Match

    Looked incredibly isolated up front alone and offered little all game as he tried desperately to make a telling attacking contribution.

Substitutions

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Replaced Demel midway through the second half but could not make any telling contributions on the field.

  • Andy Carroll
    0
    1

    Andy Carroll

    Came on for Joe Cole after 75 minutes, but was unable to make any telling contributions up front alongside Carlton Cole.

  • Carlton Cole
    0
    0
    2.50

    Carlton Cole

    Came on early in the second half for Chamakh in a straight switch up front, but could not assert his authority as much as he would have liked.

Results
 
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