Fulham v Hull City Live!

19 October 2009 07:40
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84 Duff has enjoyed a superb game tonight and he now leaves the field to warm applause as he's replaced by Zoltan Gera

83 Sonko chips a pass down the right wing for McShane but the offside flag is raised.

82 The Tigers' challenge fizzled out long ago and their fans will be disappointed with such a toothless display.

81 Hull make their final substitution with Bernard Mendy coming on to replace Vennegoor of Hesselink.

81 Duff swings the ball into the box but Dempsey puts a free header wide of the post. It really could be 4-0 tonight.

80 Fulham attack down the right as they look for a third goal and they win a corner.

79 Apart from that mini spell of pressure early in the second half, Hull have lacked any kind of cutting edge needed to break down the Fulham defence.

78 You'd expect Fulham to hold onto this lead from here and they look more than comfortable right now.

77 Zamora gets past Kilbane on the right wing but the referee blows for a foul even though it looked as if the Hull player tripped over his own feet.

76 Zamara jinks past the Hull defence inside the box but after finally carving out some space in which to shoot, the striker puts his effort wide.

75 Bullard steams up to the ball but his effort crashes into the wall, much to the crowd's delight.

74 In fact a look at the statistics show the Tigers haven't had one shot on target - but they do have a free kick now from 30 yards out.

73 Time is fast running out for Hull but it's hard to recall Schwarzer actually making a save in this match.

72 After Duff's long range effort takes a deflection, the ball bounces up for Zamora on the right side of the box but his volley goes straight at Myhill.

71 The Cottagers take it short to Konchesky, who plays it square to Greening around 25 yards out but his resulting shot flies high into the crowd behind the goal.

70 Zamara is brought down by Sonko on the left wing and Fulham have a free kick.

69 Hull make another change with Hunt making way for Jozy Altidore.

68 Fulham are looking much more relaxed on the ball following that second goal and you can't see them going wrong from here.

67 The visitors need a goal fast if they're to salvage anything from this game but it's hard to see where even one is coming from.

66 A long ball forward from Hull is chested down by Vennegoor of Hesselink but nobody is there in support and the opportunity is lost.

65 Moments later it should have been 3-0 when Zamora lays off a lovely pass for Dempsey on the edge of the box only for the American to drill his shot wide.

64 GOAL KAMARA - Zamora latches onto a long ball forward down the right side of the box and his cross-cum-shot beats Myhill and Kamara is there to tap home into an empty net.

63 Bullard is getting booed every time he touches the ball and when he gives possession away the home crowd cheer.

62 Zamora has a half-hearted appeal for a penalty turned down following a slight tangle with Kilbane.

61 A limping Murphy has to be taken off to be replaced by Jonathan Greening.

61 Kamil Zayatte tries his luck from a long way out but slashes his shot well over and well wide. Dreadful.

60 Bullard gets his first touch but promptly gets barged to the floor by Kamara. Welcome back Jimmy!

59 Bullard is brought into the action to a rousing reception from the Hull fans and he replaces Ghilas.

58 This time however Fulham clear their lines much more effectively and Hull's spell of pressure is eased for now.

57 Although the initial cross is cleared away, the Tigers keep pressing and win another corner.

56 Hunt swings the ball into the area as Vennegoor of Hesselink waits menacingly but Fulham get it behind for another corner.

55 The game comes to a halt as Murphy requires treatment on the field after going down following a challenge from Hunt.

54 Geovanni pushes forward and an attempted cross is deflected behind by Baird for a corner.

53 The Tigers launch another long ball forward which finds its way to Hunt on the left corner of the box. The midfielder cuts inside before spooning his shot high over the bar and out of the ground!

52 Hull are at least trying to get forward but usually their attacks result in a hopeful punt into the box to no avail.

51 McShane pushes forward for Hull down the right but his weak cross is headed well clear to safety.

50 Hull have been very poor in possession this evening and every time they have the ball they look rushed and uncontrolled.

49 Duff twists and turns on the right wing before bending a high cross behind for a goal kick. Disappointing.

48 Jimmy Bullard is beginning to warm up on the touchline and Phil Brown did hint during the break that it could be an occasion for the midfielder to star.

47 Ghilas finds himself in space inside the area but that's because we was well offside. Even so he still managed to put his effort wide of the post.

46 The second half is under way and Hull will really have to come out with a different attitude if they're to get something from this game.

Zamora's goal means Fulham are now 2/15 for victory with Sky Bet while Hull are way out to 18/1, with the draw available at 5/1.

45 The half-time whistle sounds and Zamora's header just before the break has given Fulham a 1-0 lead over Hull at Craven Cottage.

44 It's probably what Fulham deserved as a result of all their intent to attack and now Hull must come out in the second half and show more ambition to trouble Mark Schwarzer.

43 GOAL ZAMORA - Duff drills a powerful strike at goal from outside the box which Myhill does well to save but Zamora is there to react to the rebound and scores with a diving header.

42 Konchesky delivery is a good one but Stephen Hunt is there to make the vital clearance as half time approaches.

41 The hosts keep pressing and are rewarded with another corner.

40 Fulham are urgently looking to attack at every opportunity but when Kamara gets down the left wing, Sonko comes across to land an important tackle.

39 Kamel Ghilas tries to break on the counter for Hull but Paul Konchesky hauls him to the floor and earns a booking.

38 The corner is taken short and quickly but in the end Hull manage to clear the resulting cross into the area.

37 The delivery is sent into the area and McShane appears to head the ball behind for a corner.

36 Dawson is subsequently booked for the foul and more importantly Fulham have a dangerous free kick.

35 Duff is at the centre of everything for Fulham at the moment and the only way Dawson can stop his progress down the right wing is to drag him to the floor.

34 Duff cuts inside from the right side of the area but he's closed down just before he can drill a shot at goal.

33 The resulting corner is headed away but the danger isn't over yet.

32 A poor defensive header from Ibrahima Sonko finds its way to Duff on the edge of the box and the Irishman's shot is heading for the bottom corner of the net before Myhill makes a fine save to push it round the post.

31 Fulham are growing frustrated at Hull's pressing style which is making it tough for them to grind out chances.

30 Hull's defence are pretty composed at the back and apart from Zamora's big chance, they haven't really looked troubled.

29 The free kick is taken by Baird and played out wide to John Pantsil on the right. He sends in a cross but Kamara puts his header well wide.

28 After a foul from Vennegoor of Hesselink on Baird, Fulham have a free kick from around 35 yards out.

27 Hull have been unable to mount a serious attack so far and they seem content right now to sit back and soak up the pressure.

26 The Cottagers come forward again with Duff but the Irishman's tame effort from distance bobbles into Myhill's grateful arms.

25 That was by far the best chance of the match and it looks as though Fulham are beginning to turn the screw.

24 Zamora misses a golden opportunity when sending a point-blank volley over the bar from a wonderful Diomansy Kamara cross - although to be fair he was stretching for it.

23 Duff combines with Pantsil, who then makes a clever run into the area before clumsily falling over when trying to shoot.

22 Chris Baird advances on the left wing but his curling cross is claimed by Myhill.

21 The ball is sent into the area by Duff but it evades everybody before McShane clears the danger.

20 Zamora breaks down the right before being tackled by Kevin Kilbane, who ends up conceding a corner.

19 This time Duff takes it and after some scrappy defending, the ball breaks for Murphy on the edge of the box but his effort is blocked.

18 Moments later Fulham have another opportunity from similar range after a foul from Dawson on Zamora.

17 Murphy takes the set-play but the delivery causes Hull no problems whatsoever.

16 Vennegoor of Hesselink brings down John Pantsil on the right wing and Fulham have a free kick in a dangerous position.

15 Geovanni unleashes an audacious attempt from nearly as far out as the halfway line, but the ball sails high over the bar.

14 Hull's Andy Dawson probes down the left but his cross is comfortably headed away.

13 The hosts attack down the right wing with Zamora and Dempsey looking to exchange passes but eventually the ball rolls through for Boaz Myhill.

12 Fulham now have a free kick but the attempt to find Bobby Zamora is poor and Hull can clear their lines.

11 The delivery is sent long into the area, as expected, but the Fulham defence manage to get the ball clear after a minor scare.

10 Dempsey is penalised in midfield and Hull have a free kick which they will use to lump the ball into the box.

9 Paul McShane looks to find Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink inside the box but his delivery is poor.

8 Clint Dempsey races down the right wing as he strives to keep a long ball in play and although he succeeds, the Fulham man's cross is intercepted.

7 The atmosphere is rather quiet at Craven Cottage this evening although the players aren't doing much to encourage any kind of enthusiasm.

6 Danny Murphy pounces on a loose ball from outside the box but his shot is blocked and the opportunity is lost.

5 Neither outfit can string a succession of passes together right now and maybe that can be put down to a lack of confidence.

4 It's quite a scrappy opening to this encounter with both sides looking rather cautious.

3 Damien Duff gets forward down the left for Fulham but his cross is cleared away to safety by Hull.

2 Fulham have struggled to combine both their exploits in Europe with the domestic campaign so they'll view this as an ideal opportunity to pick up three points and get back on track.

1 Hull get this Premier League clash under way at Craven Cottage looking to repeat their 1-0 triumph here from last season. To date that is one of only three league wins for the Tigers in 2009.

Fulham have made a sluggish start to the season but they are still heavily backed to defeat Hull here with Sky Bet, who make the Cottagers 8/13 for victory - although this is the venue of City's last away win. It's 4/1 for a repeat of last season's triumph for the Tigers while the draw is available at 12/5. Andy Johnson isn't playing, so Bobby Zamora is likely to be a popular choice at 6/1 to open the scoring. Head now to skybet.com to place your bets

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard is named on the bench for his return to Craven Cottage in tonight's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham. Bullard suffered a knee injury on his Tigers debut in January having just completed a £5million record move from Fulham. Defender Anthony Gardner fails to make Hull's squad but USA striker Jozy Altidore is included among the substitutes after returning from international duty earlier than expected. Fulham forward Andy Johnson has lost his battle with a shoulder injury so Diomansy Kamara joins Bobby Zamora up-front, while Damien Duff also returns. Tonight's referee is Andre Marriner from the West Midlands.

The Fulham team is: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Murphy, Baird, Dempsey, Zamora, Kamara. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Nevland, Gera, Riise, Smalling, Greening.

The Hull team is: Myhill, McShane, Sonko, Kilbane, Dawson, Zayatte, Ghilas, Marney, Geovanni, Hunt, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Subs: Warner, Altidore, Mendy, Halmosi, Mouyokolo, Bullard, Olofinjana.

Welcome to tonight's commentary from the Premier League game between Fulham and Hull at Craven Cottage. Get your emails in to me at christopher.hammer@bskyb.com

Source: SKY_Sports