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1 vs 3
Played
October 23, 2011 8:30 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 25646‎
 
68′ Bryan Ruiz
 
Louis Saha 90′
 
Jack Rodwell 90+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-3 Everton

The Toffees end the Cottagers' unbeaten home record with a late two-goal salvo from Louis Saha and Jack Rodwell after Bryan Ruiz had cancelled Royston Drenthe's stunning opener

By Liam Twomey at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Solid in his distribution. Could do nothing about Drenthe’s wonder strike, and wasn't at fault for either of Everton's late goals.

  • Zdenek Grygera
    1
    0
    3.00

    Zdenek Grygera

    His defensive abilities were only occasionally called upon, and going forward his crossing didn’t cause the opposition enough problems.

  • Chris Baird
    1
    0
    3.00

    Chris Baird

    Dealt with the threat of first Vellios and then Saha reasonably well until late on, but didn’t offer his side too much beyond that.

  • Brede Hangeland
    2
    0
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Dominant in the air against Vellios and looked to start Fulham attacks with surging runs and progressive passing, but not as positionally sound without regular defensive partner Aaron Hughes.

  • John Arne Riise
    2
    0
    3.00

    John Arne Riise

    Fulham’s most consistent attacking outlet on the left flank, but the quality of his crossing into the box could have been better.

  • Steve Sidwell
    1
    0
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Economical in his use of the ball and switched the play to Riise consistently well.

  • Mousa Dembele
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mousa Dembele

    Among the more assured in possession, linking up well with Zamora, Dempsey and Johnson. Failed to make a decisive impact though.

  • Danny Murphy
    1
    1
    2.50

    Danny Murphy Flop of the Match

    Uncharacteristically wasteful and plodding with the ball at his feet, as well as being at fault for Drenthe’s opener. Unlucky not to draw his team level with a fierce 20 yard drive which smashed against the post, and surprisingly replaced by Ruiz with 25 minutes left.

  • Clint Dempsey
    4
    1
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Caused problems for the Everton backline with his skill and movement when he cut inside from the left, but didn’t help Riise enough in the task of shackling the livewire Drenthe.

  • Andy Johnson
    2
    0
    3.00

    Andy Johnson

    Tried gamely to pull Jagielka and Distin out of position with clever movement in between the lines, but couldn’t fashion himself a clear goalscoring chance.

  • B. Zamora
    1
    1
    3.00

    B. Zamora

    Coped well under pressure from the Everton defence and brought others in to play with his intelligent use of the ball. Missed a guilt-edged chance to win it with the game poised at 1-1, however.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    0
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Came on in the last minute, just in time for his side's collapse.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    6
    0
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Justified his introduction with a sublime angled lob which made Howard look foolish and got his side back on terms, but that proved the only inspired moment in an inconsistent display.

  • Tim Howard
    5
    1
    3.50

    Tim Howard Top of the Match

    Commanded his area superbly in the face of severe pressure and made several top reflex saves to deny Fulham before and after the interval. Powerless to stop Ruiz’s inch-perfect lob.

  • Tony Hibbert
    0
    1
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    Allowed Riise too much room to deliver crosses early on until Osman was brought over to support him, but otherwise reliable.

  • Phil Jagielka
    1
    1
    3.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Kept his defence organized and calm and took direct responsibility for snuffing out danger whenever required.

  • Sylvain Distin
    1
    1
    3.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Used his physicality to prevent Zamora exerting too much of an influence and his pace to deny Johnson the opportunity to run in behind. An excellent deisplay.

  • Leighton Baines
    1
    1
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Solid if unspectacular in open play, it was, unsurprisingly, set pieces where Baines excelled. His deliveries were consistently dangerous and provided his side’s most potent attacking threat.

  • Leon Osman
    0
    1
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Contributed more in a defensive than attacking sense, protecting his full-back well on either flank. Replaced by the more energetic Coleman with 15 minutes left.

  • Jack Rodwell
    3
    1
    3.50

    Jack Rodwell

    One suspects he didn’t know too much about his assist for Drenthe’s opener, but he was generally calm and composed in possession. Put the icing on the cake for his side with an injury time third.

  • Phil Neville
    0
    1
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    Shielded his defence well and sensible in his use of the ball, but appeared to run out of ideas whenever he crossed the halfway line. Replaced by the more attack-minded Cahill with a quarter of an hour to go.

  • Royston Drenthe
    3
    1
    3.50

    Royston Drenthe

    An explosive presence, he served notice of his audacious talent three minutes in with a sensational swerving shot from 25 yards which left Schwarzer floundering, and looked lively whenever his teammates managed to get the ball to him.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    0
    1
    3.00

    Marouane Fellaini

    Worked hard from box to box and never stopped battling to regain possession for his side.

  • Apostolos Vellios
    1
    1
    2.50

    Apostolos Vellios

    Battled gamely but couldn’t really get into the game on his first Premier League start. Missed a very presentable opportunity to extend Everton’s lead in the first half, and was hauled off in favour of Saha just after the interval.

Substitutions

  • Tim Cahill
    1
    1
    3.00

    Tim Cahill

    Came on late with little time to make an impact.

  • Seamus Coleman
    0
    1
    3.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Showed energy to burn on the right, but not directly involved his side's late double salvo.

  • Louis Saha
    4
    1
    3.50

    Louis Saha

    Brought on after the interval to make a decisive difference and did just that, firing his side's second in off the post beyond Schwarzer.

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