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  • Date:18 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Samba (29)
  • Dempsey (55)
Goal!

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93mins

Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Johnson. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.

89mins

(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Zoltan Gera coming on for Danny Murphy.

88mins

Header from deep inside the area by Benjani Mwaruwari goes over the bar.

86mins

Stephen Kelly challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Brett Emerton from left wing, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

83mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy shoots direct from the free kick.

81mins

Moussa Dembele fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

81mins

The ball is sent over by Michel Salgado, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

80mins

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

77mins

(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Eddie Johnson coming on for Clinton Dempsey.

76mins

Steven Nzonzi comes on in place of Vincenzo Grella.

75mins

The ball is sent over by Damien Duff.

72mins

Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.

69mins

Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

66mins

Vincenzo Grella fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

65mins

Benjani Mwaruwari comes on in place of Nikola Kalinic.

64mins

Damien Duff takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in.

63mins

Simon Davies decides to take the corner short.

62mins

Brett Emerton handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick. Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Gael Givet takes the free kick.

60mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Foul by Christopher Samba on Mark Schwarzer, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.

59mins

The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

Corner taken by Moussa Dembele.

57mins

Vincenzo Grella challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

55mins

Moussa Dembele fouled by Ryan Nelsen, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Danny Murphy, Clinton Dempsey finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 1-1 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Carlos Salcido.

54mins

Effort on goal by Simon Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

51mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Damien Duff. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

49mins

Foul by Vincenzo Grella on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

47mins

Vincenzo Grella concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Shot comes in from Simon Davies from the free kick.

46mins

Carlos Salcido is ruled offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Nikola Kalinic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

44mins

Nikola Kalinic challenges Stephen Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

43mins

Vincenzo Grella concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

42mins

Nikola Kalinic is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

40mins

Damien Duff takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.

40mins

Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.

40mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

39mins

El-Hadji Diouf is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.

38mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Michel Salgado. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

37mins

Unfair challenge on Carlos Salcido by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner.

32mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Moussa Dembele. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

30mins

Christopher Samba finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Blackburn 1-0 Fulham.Paul Robinson provided the assist for the goal.

29mins

Mame Diouf fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Brede Hangeland goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

28mins

Shot by Mame Diouf. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

23mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

22mins

Moussa Dembele has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

18mins

Effort from outside the box by Gael Givet goes wide right of the target.

15mins

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Salcido.

15mins

Christopher Samba fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

14mins

The official flags Mame Diouf offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincenzo Grella on Simon Davies. Strike on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick.

8mins

Phil Jones takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

8mins

Drilled right-footed shot by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

7mins

Foul by Danny Murphy on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

6mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Mame Diouf. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

6mins

Danny Murphy fouled by Vincenzo Grella, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Ryan Nelsen fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Kelly on Nikola Kalinic. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

1mins

Foul by Vincenzo Grella on Dickson Etuhu, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

The referee starts the match.

The first half comes to an end.

The game restarts for the second half.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Rovers duo struggling Ryan Nelsen and Michel Salgado are doubts for Blackburn when Fulham visit after both limped off against Manchester City last weekend. Nelsen suffered a kick to the instep and Salgado a thigh injury and both will have fitness tests just before the match. Keith Andrews (groin) remains sidelined. Sam Allardyce has claimed neither he nor Mark Hughes were given enough time at bigger clubs - and insisted he would win the title every year if he were manager of Real Madrid or Manchester United. Allardyce and Hughes cross swords as managers of mid-ranking clubs, Blackburn and Fulham respectively, with the Rovers boss denying that both men have found their true level. Hughes was sacked by Manchester City last season while Allardyce's spell in charge of Newcastle lasted less than half a campaign. Allardyce insisted however: "I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid. "It wouldn't be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. "Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn't be a problem. "It's not where I'm suited to, it's just where I've been for most of the time. "It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it." Hughes has made a good start at Fulham, one of five teams still unbeaten in the top flight, and the trip to Ewood Park will be a return to old stomping grounds where he spent three seasons as a player and four years as manager. Allardyce believes the Welshman was hard done-by at City, saying: "His Manchester City reign obviously was not long enough. A little bit like me at Newcastle, but I didn't last quite as long as Sparky though. "He was given the chance and unfortunately at that stage of his career they decided to have a change. "You look back on it and he'll be very disappointed because they only lost two games I think. But that is the way it is sometimes, there's a perception that other people can do better than you, but often the reality is not the case. "He decided that Fulham was the place for him, he's taken over what he's described in his own words as a very good team and he's started where they left off last season." Fulham winger Damien Duff should be available after recovering from a calf injury. Bobby Zamora is out for five months with a broken ankle while Andrew Johnson (knee) is three to four weeks away from a first-team return. Rafik Halliche and Fredrik Stoor (both groin) are doubts while Philippe Senderos (Achilles) is a long-term absentee. Diomansy Kamara (foot) is back in training but David Stockdale (ankle) has three more weeks on the sidelines.

Formation:4231Manager: Sam Allardyce

Blackburn

Formation: 4411Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

  • Paul Robinson
  • Michel Salgado
  • Christopher Samba
  • Ryan Nelsen
  • Gael Givet
  • Vincenzo Grella
  • Phil Jones
  • Mame Diouf
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • El-Hadji Diouf
  • Nikola Kalinic
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Brett Emerton
  • Amine Linganzi
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Benjani Mwaruwari
  • David Hoilett
  • Pascal Chimbonda

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Match Report

Dempsey lifts Cottagers Clint Dempsey ensured Fulham maintained their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season after Blackburn had threatened to overwhelm Mark Hughes' side on his return to Ewood Park. Chris Samba had given Sam Allardyce's Rovers the half-time lead in controversial circumstances while Fulham had barely had a sniff of goal. The second half was a different story, however, as Hughes' men had much the better of the match and secured a 1-1 scoreline that was on balance a fair result. Blackburn were unchanged with 18-year-old Phil Jones, who played with distinction as the holding midfield player against Manchester City, impressing again in a different role to his usual position in central defence. Former Rovers player and manager Hughes chose an old Blackburn team-mate Damien Duff to take the place of Bobby Zamora, who suffered a broken leg last week. Blackburn were utterly dominant for much of the opening half, starting when Nikola Kalinic won an early free-kick in a dangerous spot right on the corner of the area - another inch and it would have been a penalty - but Fulham were able to clear. Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer came close to having a nightmare afternoon with a series of fumbles. The first nearly led to the opening goal but Brede Hangeland managed to head clear off the line after his fellow Norwegian - and good friend - Morten Gamst Pedersen delicately chipped in the loose ball. Jones hooked over from the ensuing long throw-in and, when Fulham did finally conjure up a meaningful opportunity, Dempsey drifted the direct free-kick well wide. Mame Biram Diouf looked to be in on goal but his control deserted him at the critical point, and the Senegalese striker then claimed a penalty when he was challenged by Hangeland, though it appeared the big Norwegian just nicked the ball away. Hangeland was then booked for going through the same player and, from the free-kick, the goal that Blackburn had been threatening finally arrived. Paul Robinson hoisted the ball high and with Schwarzer again looking uncertain - and some shoving by El-Hadji Diouf not helping Fulham's cause - Samba won the heading lottery to loop the ball into the empty net. Hughes reacted with anger on the touchline, provoking good-natured jeers from the home crowd, and his mood would not have been improved when Robinson displayed superb agility to turn aside Carlos Salcido's impressing curling strike. Fulham looked much more positive in the second half and had a chance to get back on terms within seconds of the re-start but Simon Davies' direct free-kick was woeful. Dempsey made no mistake in the 56th minute, however, when Salcido floated across an inviting cross from left, beating Ryan Nelsen to the ball to plant a powerful header past Robinson for the equaliser. Schwarzer dropped the ball again under pressure from Samba as Blackburn tried to respond and this time referee Anthony Taylor awarded a free-kick when replays showed clearly there had been no foul. Benjani Mwaruwari came on for Kalinic to make his Blackburn debut and his header down gave Brett Emerton space for a snap-shot but he hit it straight at Schwarzer. Schwarzer's uncertainty continued to be a problem for the visitors and he was left grateful to his defence for keeping out El-Hadji Diouf after another fumble. Fulham were lucky to survive again when Salgado whipped a vicious ball across the face of goal, then Danny Murphy tricked the Spanish defender into conceding a free-kick on the edge of his box. Murphy tried to curl it into the top corner but Robinson never looked worried as it sailed over. The match might have been there for the taking for either side after that, but fear of defeat won the day as the game drifted into a stalemate.

Form Guide

    WLLD
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • DDDW

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 17/01/2010
  • Fulham
  • 3 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 25/11/2009
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 2
  • Blackburn
  • 11/03/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 20/09/2008
  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 08/03/2008
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Blackburn
  • 25/11/2007

Top Scorers

Blackburn

  • N Kalinic 2
  • MB Diouf 1
  • S Nzonzi 1

Fulham

  • M Dembele 2
  • S Davies 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • B Hangeland 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 9
    • Goals per game 4
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 11
    • Goals per game 6
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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