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  • Date:27 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Dempsey (52)
  • Larsson (19)
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

93:21 +3.21

The referee shows Clinton Dempsey a yellow card. Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

92:10 +2.10

The referee blows for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

88:00

Shot from outside the box by Danny Murphy misses to the left of the goal.

87:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

87:05

Foul by Eddie Johnson on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

85:38

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.

84:46

(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with David Murphy coming on for Keith Fahey.

82:38

Corner taken by Danny Murphy.

82:11

Eddie Johnson takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

80:50

Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.

78:54

Eddie Johnson is ruled offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

76:44

Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

74:51

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.

73:42

Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, Scott Dann takes a shot.

72:43

Simon Davies goes off and Eddie Johnson comes on.

72:06

Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies.

71:48

Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

70:27

Foul by Barry Ferguson on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

69:26

Simon Davies decides to take a short corner, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

68:16

Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.

67:08

Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.

65:24

Corner taken short by Clinton Dempsey, Simon Davies has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

61:49

Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Header by Roger Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

60:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

60:22

Alexander Hleb goes off and Nikola Zigic comes on. Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Simon Davies results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

56:26

Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.

55:21

Cameron Jerome challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.

53:47

Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

52:06

Clinton Dempsey grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Birmingham.Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, assist on the goal came from Zoltan Gera.

52:06

Goal scored by Clinton Dempsey from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Birmingham.Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, assist by Aaron Hughes.

50:34

Short corner worked by Simon Davies.

50:20

Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.

47:25

Cameron Jerome fouled by Simon Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.

46:30

Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

42:56

Sebastian Larsson challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

41:26

The referee blows for offside against Keith Fahey. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

40:29

Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

39:51

Handball by Alexander Hleb. Dickson Etuhu restarts play with the free kick.

39:03

Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.

36:01

Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.

33:38

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Diomansy Kamara.

31:40

Close range effort by Diomansy Kamara goes over the bar.

30:32

Danny Murphy fouled by Alexander Hleb, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

25:31

Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

23:20

John Pantsil is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Salcido.

21:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Clinton Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

19:18

Sebastian Larsson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Alexander Hleb.

18:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexander Hleb on Danny Murphy. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

14:53

Effort from deep inside the area by Cameron Jerome misses to the left of the target.

13:45

The referee blows for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

13:13

Zoltan Gera challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

11:00

Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

7:18

Effort from the edge of the area by Lee Bowyer goes wide of the right-hand upright.

5:55

The official flags Diomansy Kamara offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

4:03

Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Fahey.

2:21

Diomansy Kamara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer. Scott Dann takes the free kick.

1:25

Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.

0:43

Alexander Hleb concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

The match has kicked off.

The half-time whistle blows.

The game restarts for the second half.

Match Preview

Hughes happy with Al Fayed intervention Mark Hughes insists that Mohamed Al Fayed had every right to deliver a dressing down to the Fulham squad after their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend. The flamboyant Fulham owner vented his fury at the players at the club's training ground on Tuesday - their first day back following the humiliating defeat against Hughes' former employers. Al Fayed has been no stranger to controversy since he bought the club in 1997. He slammed former manager Roy Hodgson for joining Liverpool after guiding the team through arguably its most successful period in history and once said FIFA was run by "idiots". But the Egyptian, who is a regular at Fulham games, was not meddling in first-team affairs according to Hughes, who hopes the ticking off will inspire his team to a much-needed victory against Birmingham. "Yes, he (Al Fayed) came down to the training ground," Hughes confirmed. "He is obviously the chairman and takes a real active interest in the club. "He's at all the home games and chats with the guys so it was good to see him. "It was good that the players heard his views of the performance at the weekend. "We had obviously already discussed what we felt about the game as a group of players and management so his input was noted and obviously we want to build on what we feel we have achieved this season in terms of performance level. "We hope it helps us win the match." Hughes denied that CFR Cluj striker Lacina Traore is on his wish list and hinted that acquiring the likes of Shay Given, Roque Santa Cruz and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who have all been linked with the club in media reports on Friday morning, would be beyond his means. "We get linked with a lot of players here," the former Manchester United striker said. "There were a number in the press today. More often that not they are wide of the mark and that's what I would suggest is the case with some of the names that have been mentioned." Fulham's preparations for the match at Craven Cottage have been dealt a blow by the news that Andy Johnson has joined fellow strikers Bobby Zamora (leg) and Mousa Dembele (ankle) on the sidelines. The 29-year-old, who has just returned from a nine-month layoff, injured his hamstring in training but Hughes played down fears that the hitman is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines. "Andy has a bit of irritation at the bottom of his hamstring," Hughes explained. "We have to be careful with him obviously because he's had two back to back games after a long time out so we don't want to compromise him so we're erring on the side of safety." Meanwhile, Alex McLeish admits there is still room for improvement at Birmingham despite celebrating three successful years in charge this weekend. McLeish steered City to promotion back to the Barclays Premier League in his first full season at St Andrew's after replacing Steve Bruce as manager in November 2007. Then Blues experienced their best ever top flight finish in being placed ninth last season after being the bookmakers favourites to make a quickfire return to the Coca Cola Championship. Birmingham made a difficult start to the current campaign but four points from their last two matches with high-riding Manchester City and Chelsea have moved them away from the bottom three. McLeish told Press Association Sport: "You are never satisfied and I don't think that is a bad thing. "I think it is good when you keep testing yourself, keep pushing yourself, keep pushing the players and asking `can we do better' because you don't want to stand still. "You are never happy. You always feel `we could be doing a little bit better' given some of the points we have lost this season and we should actually be better off." McLeish has no fresh injury concerns as City strive for their first away win of the campaign. Midfielder Craig Gardner's ankle problem is improving although he is not ready to return at Craven Cottage. Number two keeper Maik Taylor is also making good progress with his shoulder problem and is likely to be available for the Carling Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa next Wednesday.

Formation:442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

Formation: 451Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Chris Baird
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Carlos Salcido
  • Simon Davies
  • Danny Murphy
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Clinton Dempsey
  • Zoltan Gera
  • Diomansy Kamara
  • SUBS
  • David Stockdale
  • Stephen Kelly
  • John Pantsil
  • Damien Duff
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • Jonathan Greening

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Match Report

Dempsey resuces Cottagers A second-half equaliser from Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey robbed Birmingham of their first away win of the season as both sides remained perilously close to the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League aftyer a 1-1 draw. City had enjoyed an interval lead thanks to a 19th-minute strike from Sebastian Larsson but Fulham salvaged a point through Dempsey's 53rd-minute header. Fulham are still one place above the relegation zone and they are now without a win in their last five league games. The Cottagers should have taken the lead in the fourth minute but a goalbound shot by Aaron Hughes was cleared off the line by Keith Fahey. Fulham were looking to end a run of four previous games without a win and began in much brighter fashion than their opponents. Birmingham, boosted by last week's victory over leaders Chelsea, were slow to respond to Fulham's opening charge. In the 11th minute, Dempsey tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area but his shot flashed past the upright. But Birmingham took the lead against the run of play with their first threatening attack of the game. A superb burst by Alexander Hleb saw him surge into the penalty and cross for Larsson to control the ball and fire into the far corner. Fulham made a change in the 23rd minute when John Pantsil replaced Carlos Salcido at right-back. It was clearly a tactical change with Birmingham beginning to enjoy a lot of freedom on the left-flank and Blues' opening goal had stunned the home side and their supporters. In the 31st minute the hosts carved out an opening when Zoltan Gera crossed for Diomansy Kamara to try a spectacular overhead kick. But the Fulham striker did not connect with the ball sufficiently to threaten Ben Foster in the City goal. It was the catalyst for a spell of pressure from the home side but they were too reliant on the midfield passing of Danny Murphy and their attacks often petered out. Birmingham continued to press forward and in the 40th minute Fulham defender Chris Baird had to make a last-ditch header to prevent the lurking Larsson from getting another chance at the far post. Larsson was proving to be a real handful for the home side who were struggling to make an impact on the game. Fulham's attacking edge had clearly been blunted with the loss of injured trio Andrew Johnson, Bobby Zamora and Mousa Dembele and they failed to get back on level terms before the break. Fulham started brightly in the second-half but they had little joy in front of goal with Kamara thwarted at the far post in the 50th minute. But there was an urgency about Fulham's game and for once Birmingham's defence was having to work hard. The renewed pressure paid off in the 53rd minute when Birmingham failed to clear a corner and Dempsey climbed highest at the far post to equalise with a simple header. Three minutes later Gera's shot on the turn on the edge of the penalty area was easily saved by Foster. Fulham were now in the ascendancy and the afternoon worsened for City when they lost Hleb through injury in the 61st minute to be replaced by Nikola Zigic. City had the chance to reclaim the lead moments later but a far-post header from Roger Johnson was well wide of the target. In the 69th minute, another header from Dempsey was clutched easily by Foster but Fulham's pressure was mounting. Fulham escaped another defeat thanks to the woodwork in the 74th minute when a header from Johnson rattled the bar. Fulham substitute Eddie Johnson then wasted a great chance to win the game for the home side when he burst clear of the City defence. But the Fulham striker could only fired his angled drive into the side-netting.

Form Guide

    LWDLDL
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • WDDLDW

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 21/02/2010
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 21/11/2009
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 03/05/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 29/12/2007
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 10/12/2005
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 13/08/2005

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 4
  • B Hangeland 2
  • M Dembele 2
  • S Davies 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • Z Gera 1
  • D Kamara 1

Birmingham

  • L Ridgewell 3
  • C Gardner 3
  • C Jerome 3
  • N Zigic 2
  • L Bowyer 1
  • R Johnson 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • S Dann 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 31
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 32
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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