• Date: Tue 09 February 2010
  • Venue: Craven Cottage
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 23,005


Murphy (23)

Elm (31)

Zamora (54)

3 - 0

Fulham vs Burnley

Team Lineups


Mark Schwarzer
Brede Hangeland
Chris Baird
Nicky Shorey
Aaron Hughes
Danny Murphy
Damien Duff (Bjorn Helge Riise, 77)
Dickson Etuhu
Simon Davies (Jonathan Greening, 62)
Bobby Zamora (Stefano Chuka Okaka, 71)
David Elm


Brian Jensen
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
David Edgar
Leon Cort (Chris Eagles, 31)
Andre Bikey
Danny Fox
Kevin McDonald
Wade Elliott (Jack Cork, 56)
Steven Fletcher
David Nugent (Martin Paterson, 76)

Match Report
Burnley's away-day blues continued as Fulham coasted to a routine 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage. First-half strikes courtesy of Danny Murphy and David Elm set the ball rolling and Bobby Zamora rounded things off after the break. While Burnley suffered their 12th defeat away from home, Fulham prepared for some mouth-watering challenges ahead by collecting an easy three points. Roy Hodgson's men face Notts County in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday before a Europa League date with destiny against Shakhtar Donetsk, but things are looking bleak for Burnley. An 18-year-old Brian Laws scored the opener in Burnley's 2-0 victory against Fulham in 1980 and the Clarets have not tasted victory at Craven Cottage since. Now manager of the club, Laws finally got off the mark last weekend with a 2-1 victory at home to West Ham, but his side continue to toil with a travel sickness that has seen them pick up just point away from Turf Moor. They started well enough, with Andre Bikey looking lively, but Fulham packed more of a punch going forward and Simon Davies came agonisingly close to meeting Damien Duff's cross after eight minutes. Such is the fragility of the Burnley defence that it was only a matter of time until Hodgson's men took the lead. Nicky Shorey's punt forward was nodded into Murphy's path and the former Liverpool star bundled the ball past Brian Jensen to give his side a 22nd minute lead. Dickson Etuhu almost doubled the lead six minutes later but his stinging drive was acrobatically pushed to safety by Jensen. The Burnley goalkeeper, known as 'The Beast', then made a ghastly error 15 minutes before the interval to gift Fulham a crucial second. Zamora's shot took a slight deflection but Jensen could only spill it at the feet of Elm, who tucked home from three yards for his first goal for the club. Zamora should have inflicted more misery on the visitors five minutes after the break but his low shot was palmed round the post by Jensen. He didn't have to wait long to add his name to the scoresheet, however. The Fulham striker, with whom Hodgson reckons has an outside chance of an England call-up, curled in a sublime free-kick on 52 minutes to make it three. The hardy souls that travelled from Burnley remained in good voice and Laws will have to count on their support as the season reaches a critical stage.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whistle goes, a comfortable win for Fulham in the end. Trips to Villa and Arsenal for Burnley next - it doesn't get any easier does it?


Danny Fox skies an effort miles over the bar, that sums up their evening really.


The game is drifting towards the final whistle now, Burnley seems to have accepted their fate.


Chance for Fulham! Bjorn Helge Riise plays a lovely ball through for Stefano Okaka who shrugs off Mears but sees his shot well saved by Jensen.


We've gone subsitution crazy as Bjorn Helge Riise comes on for the ever impressive Damien Duff.


Martin Paterson comes on for David Nugent. Last throw of the dice by Brian Laws.


Bobby Zamora gets a round off applause as he jogs off to be replaced by Stefano Okaka.


Credit to the Burnley fans they are still cheering on their team but it is looking hopeless now, the game has slowed right down with few chances for either side.


Jonathan Greening comes on for Simon Davies


Burnley are trying to get back into the game but they are unable to create a chance of note so far.


On-loan Chelsea youngster Jack Cork comes on for Wade Elliott.


ZAMORA side foots the free-kick into the bottom corner, a great strike - that is game over now surely?


Edgar tugs at Zamora's shirt and concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge the area.


Great save! Zamora wriggles free in the box but his low goal-bound effort is tipped by wide by Jensen.


Danny Fox goes down under a heavy challenge but after lengthy treatement he looks to be ok.

Second half

We are underway again at the Cottage. Can Burnley get back into this? With only one point away from home all season it's looking doubtful.

Half time

The half-time whistle goes and Fulham are looking comfortable, what can Burnley do to turn it around?


Two minutes of time will be added on.


Burnley's best chance of the game so far - Mears' 25 yard free-kick clips the top off the right-hand post.


Danny Fox takes the resulting free-kick that goes right through the Fulham wall but Mark Schwarzer is equal to it.

Yellow Card

Dickson Etuhu is rightly booked for a two footed lunge on David Nugent.


Burnley have been unlucky with both goals, the first looking offside and the second coming while they had an injured defender off the pitch, they are up against it now.


Leon Cort hobbles off to be replaced by Chris Eagles.


Goal for Fulham! Zamora breaks free down the right taking on the limping Leon Cort. His low shot is well saved but ELM is on hand to poke home the rebound.


Good save! Zamora lays it off to Dickson Etuhu whose first-time curling effort is well saved by Jensen.


Burnley might have reason to be aggrieved as replays suggest Zamora was offside in the build up to the goal, however they can't deny that Fulham have been the better team so far.


It was coming! Shorey's long cross is headed across goal by Zamora for MURPHY, who took one touch before volleying home from close range.


Fulham are on top now, we have the first shot on target with David Elm's curling effort palmed away by Brian Jensen.


Duff is claiming obstruction as he breaks down the right only to be stopped by Edgar, replays suggest Duff merely ran into the Burnley man.


Fulham are marginally the better team, with Duff the main attacking threat. Burnley have offered nothing so far.


Chance for Fulham as Duff finds himself completely free on the right, but his cutback evades three onrushing Fulham players, should have done better there.


Good defending by Leon Cort as he races out to block a goal-bound Danny Murphy shot.


A laspe in concentration at the back for Burnley allows Damien Duff to fire in a cross-shot that just evades Simon Davies at the far post.


No chances so far though Steven Fletcher has looked threatening, playing off the shoulder of the last defender, BUrnley will look to him for goals.


Tyrone Mears is caught late on the ankle by Simon Davies, it looks a painful one but the former Derby man recovers well enough to stay on the pitch and avoid treatment.


Referee Chris Foy gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Burnley boss Brian Laws makes just one change from the side that beat West Ham at the weekend with David Edgar coming in for Robbie Blake.

Awaiting Kickoff

Fulham welcome back top scorer Bobby Zamora after recovering from illness as well as the fit again Dickson Etuhu and Simon Davies,Stefano Okaka and Jonathan Greening drop to the bench.