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  • Duff (59), Zamora (90)
  • Baird (3 og)
  • Date:2010-02-21
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:21758
  • Referee:Dowd, P

Live Commentary

90mins

Full time: FULHAM 2-1 BIRMINGHAM: Zamora's late goal seals a deserved win for Fulham against in-form Birmingham.

90mins

Smalling takes to the field in place of Murphy.

90mins

Madera comes on for Ferguson.

90mins

FULHAM 2-1 BIRMINGHAM: Late drama as ZAMORA steps up to curl a delightful 20 yard free kick home.

88mins

Phillips tries to twist on the edge of the Fulham box but Hangeland is able to clear the danger.

86mins

Shorey's volley looks goal-bound but Carr heads clear.

85mins

Gera races away from Fahey but he runs the ball out of play. Goal kick to Birmingham.

83mins

Davies makes way for Riise.

80mins

Into the last ten minutes and both sides look to be going all out for the win.

77mins

Phillips comes on for Jerome.

76mins

Gardner's speculative shot is easily saved by Schwarzer.

73mins

Hangeland does well to get across to block Ferguson's 20 yard shot.

70mins

McFadden lets fly with a shot that hits the bar and bounces down and away from goal.

68mins

Gardner comes on for Blues in place of Larsson.

67mins

Davies' first time cross goes behind the Birmingham goal.

65mins

McFadden goes into the book for something he said to the referee.

64mins

Schwarzer makes a comfortable save from McFadden's low shot.

62mins

Duff is booked for a late challenge on Dann.

59mins

FULHAM 1-1 BIRMINGHAM: Fulham are back in it thanks to DUFF. The winger cut inside before letting fly on the edge of the Birmingham box.

58mins

Fulham fans scream for a penalty after it looked like Murphy's pass was blocked by Dann's hand. Referee Dowd waves play on.

55mins

Schwarzer makes a routine save from Jerome's shot.

52mins

Zamora hits a decent left foot shot from Davies' pass but the ball goes straight at Hart.

49mins

Ridgewell hits a long pass looking for Jerome but Hangeland is there to tidy up and bring the ball out for Fulham.

47mins

Duff hits the ball low across the Birmingham box but Zamora can't get touch and the visitors clear.

45mins

No changes for either side at the break, as Birmingham get the second half up and running.

45mins

Half time: FULHAM 0-1 BIRMINGHAM: Fulham had most of the possession in the first half - but Birmingham still lead thanks to Baird's own goal.

42mins

Duff makes a clearance under pressure from Bowyer on the edge of the Fulham box.

40mins

Hughes does well to clear the danger for Fulham - with only one boot on!

38mins

Gera's volleyed cross is headed wide by Zamora as Fulham continue to press the visitors.

36mins

Shorey's whipped cross is headed away from danger by Bowyer.

34mins

Davies heads straight at Hart from Gera's cross. The winger should have done better.

32mins

Murphy loops a pass over the Birmingham defence for Zamora but the ball just runs away from the striker and Hart collects.

30mins

McFadden's low cross into the near post is easily cleared by Hughes.

27mins

Duff sends a rasping drive over the Birmingham goal.

23mins

Baird heads clear from Fahey's long throw-in.

21mins

Dann hooks the ball clear from Duff's low cross into the box.

19mins

Fulham have reacted positively to the early goal and have had the majority of the game.

16mins

Hangeland climbs above Johnson but sends his header well wide of the Birmingham goal.

14mins

Jerome hits a rising shot from Bowyer's knock-down but the ball sails high over the target.

12mins

Zamora tries to get his head to Murphy's cross but Hart gathers the loose ball.

10mins

Davies hits a cracking volley but Hart is in the right position and palms it out for a corner.

7mins

Murphy is involved in everything good Fulham are doing. His low cross into the Birmingham box is blasted wide by Shorey.

5mins

Murphy combines well with Zamora but the striker loses control of the ball and Johnson clears.

3mins

FULHAM 0-1 BIRMINGHAM: Early drama at the Cottage as BAIRD heads into his own net from Bowyer's dangerous cross.

2mins

McFadden's long range effort deflects off Hughes and runs into the grateful arms of Schwarzer.

1mins

Murphy fires in a 40 yard shot but it's well wide of the Birmingham goal.

0mins

Referee Phil Dowd gets the game under way.

0mins

The teams are out at Craven Cottage. Both sides sit in the top ten - but who will come out on top this afternoon?

0mins

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell, Fahey, Bowyer, Ferguson, Larsson, McFadden, Jerome

0mins

Keith Fahey starts for Birmingham, with Christian Benitez making way in an otherwise unchanged side from the one that beat Derby in the FA Cup.

0mins

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera, Zamora

0mins

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson makes one change to the side that beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League on Thursday. Nicky Shorey comes in for Stephen Kelly, who drops to the bench.

Match Preview

Birmingham City travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday hoping to rediscover the form which saw them win five games in a row during November and December.

Alex McLeish's charges have managed just one win in their last five Premier League games and, on Saturday, face a Fulham team that have won two of their last three games, drawing the other one and keeping a clean sheet in all three.

The Cottagers have been particularly strong at their west London home, winning seven and losing just one of their last ten Premier League fixtures at their Thames-side ground.

Fulham's great home form is the main reason why they are currently sitting in tenth place, a position that many people, including manager Roy Hodgson is proud of.

Hodgson has revealed that: "Everyone realises our players have done an exceptional job and have punched above their weight for a period of time and continue to do so."

Conversely, the Blues have struggled on their travels in recent weeks, losing both their last two away games and failing to score in either.

They will hope that Lee Bowyer is in the mood once again. The tenacious midfielder has scored four goals in his six Premier League appearances against London sides this term already.

It was Bowyer that scored the only goal of the game in their Premier League meeting earlier this season, as Birmingham defeated the Cottagers 1-0 at St Andrew's.

Fulham will hope to win only their second match in six league attempts against City, and will be buoyed by the fact that the Blues have failed to find the net on their last two visits to Craven Cottage.


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Match Report

Bobby Zamora again showed why he is being touted as a potential England World Cup player with the matchwinning goal in Fulham's 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at Craven Cottage.

After his superb midweek winner against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League, Zamora produced another outstanding effort, his 15th goal of the season in all competitions, to consign the Blues to a third successive away league defeat.

Watched by England coach Fabio Capello, the forward worked hard throughout, but had to wait until stoppage time for his opportunity to shine.

With the sides locked at 1-1 Stephen Carr fouled Zoltan Gera on the edge of the Birmingham area and Zamora stepped up to plant a curling left-foot shot into the top left-hand corner, beyond Joe Hart's despairing dive.

The Cottagers' stirring finish was in stark contrast to the opening moments of the game, in which Birmingham went ahead with barely three minutes on the clock.

The Blues were quickest out of the blocks and when the ball broke to Lee Bowyer on the edge of the Fulham box, the midfielder's dinked cross to the edge of the six-yard area was met by Chris Baird, who in attempting to clear succeeded only in heading into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was left rooted to the spot, while Baird could only shake his head in disbelief.

That goal ended the home side's run of clean sheets stretching back over five hours of Premier League football and Fulham struggled to regain parity for the rest of the first half.

Birmingham's midfield pairing of Barry Ferguson and Bowyer caught the eye, breaking up play and pressing Fulham's creative players, particularly Danny Murphy and Zoltan Gera, into mistakes.

After half-time, however, the home side began to find their rhythm. First Zamora hooked in a 25-yard half-volley on the turn which Hart saved comfortably.

Then Fulham had a penalty shout turned down when Gera's attempted flick appeared to strike Scott Dann on the arm.

Then in the 60th minute Fulham were level after a moment of quality from winger Damien Duff. The Irishman cut inside from the right wing, played a one-two with Gera and speared a drive low past Hart from the edge of the box.

Birmingham had an opportunity to go in front again ten minutes later, when James McFadden's drive from outside the box was touched on to the bar by Schwarzer.

But it was Zamora who was to have the final say, the home side leapfrogging Birmingham into ninth place in the table, having now lost just once in their last 11 matches at Craven Cottage.

Fulham

Birmingham City

Corners

31

Fouls

1017

Goal attempts

Shots off target

62

Offsides

20

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