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  • Date:03 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,692
  • Zamora (22) Zamora (27)
    Etuhu (71)

Live Commentary

93:53 +3.53

The official flags Sergey Kornilenko offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

92:42 +2.42

The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.

91:57 +1.57

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save. Effort from inside the area by Gary Taylor-Fletcher misses to the left of the target.


Brede Hangeland receives a yellow card. Brede Hangeland challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Craig Cathcart has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Clint Dempsey. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.


Gary Taylor-Fletcher delivers the ball, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.


Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergey Kornilenko. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.


Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a short corner.


Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Chris Baird.


Simon Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.


Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.


Steve Sidwell is brought on as a substitute for Danny Murphy.


Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in. Shot by Clint Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.


Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.


The referee blows for offside against Andrew Johnson. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.


Dickson Etuhu grabs a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Fulham 3-0 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Brede Hangeland.


Craig Cathcart concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy delivers the ball, Header by Clint Dempsey from inside the area hits the post.


Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line.


Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.


Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.


Luke Varney comes on in place of Brett Ormerod.


Sergey Kornilenko on for James Beattie.


(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Jason Puncheon coming on for Elliot Grandin.


Danny Murphy goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.


The referee penalises Moussa Dembele for handball. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.


Bobby Zamora leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Johnson.


Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.


Shot by Clint Dempsey. Save made by Richard Kingson.


Shot from close range by James Beattie misses to the right of the goal.


Corner from right by-line taken by Damien Duff.


Shot from 25 yards from Moussa Dembele. Blocked by David Vaughan.


Foul by Danny Murphy on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Chris Baird.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Clint Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.


Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, save by Mark Schwarzer.


Dickson Etuhu challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

45:35 +0.35

Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, clearance by Carlos Salcido.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line. Charlie Adam takes a short corner.


David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Salcido.


Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Clint Dempsey. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Adam.


Brett Ormerod heads at goal, clearance by Chris Baird.


Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam.


Elliot Grandin crosses the ball, clearance made by Chris Baird.


Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.


Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.


Alex Baptiste crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Baird.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin, save made by Mark Schwarzer.


Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by David Vaughan.


Bobby Zamora finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Fulham 2-0 Blackpool.Stephen Crainey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Damien Duff provided the assist for the goal.


Chris Baird takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.


Goal scored by Bobby Zamora from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Blackpool.


Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.


Chris Baird has an effort at goal. Richard Kingson makes a save. Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.


The official flags Gary Taylor-Fletcher offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.


Damien Duff challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.


Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.


Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.


Foul by Bobby Zamora on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.


Charlie Adam takes a shot.


Booking for Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from right channel, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.


Damien Duff produces a cross.


Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Charlie Adam.


Moussa Dembele delivers the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Hughes - Holloway a football brain Fulham manager Mark Hughes insists that beneath Ian Holloway's comical persona lies a sharp footballing brain. Hughes' friendship with the Blackpool boss started before the Tangerines' expectation-defying debut season in the Barclays Premier League. Holloway, who takes his team to Craven Cottage on Sunday, is a colourful figure but Hughes refuses to be deceived by his antics. "I known Ian reasonably well. We have some mutual friends so after games I'd spend a little more time with him," he said. "I really enjoy his company, as you'd expect. He's a great personality and a great guy to spend time with. "He's not at all removed from his public persona in private, he's exactly the same! "What people have to understand is that although they laugh at his comments - and I think bravado has much to do with his comments - he knows his stuff. "He's a very knowledgeable football man and sometimes when the statements come out that make people chuckle, that can be lost. But make no mistake, he understands what he's about and trying to do. That's reflected in his teams." Holloway is hoping to revive Blackpool's fortunes following a recent slump that has seen them win just one of their last 11 league matches. "Ian's done a great job and has had a fantastic first season," said Hughes. "Obviously Blackpool can stay up but they are on a run of form that's difficult and that would concern me. "I'm sure it concerns Holly that they haven't won that many games of late. But in every game they're competitive and look like they can score goals. "It's difficult when you haven't won games for a while - that anxiety can creep into your game." Striker Bobby Zamora is a doubt for Fulham because of illness but midfielder Steve Sidwell is in contention to play after recovering from his knee injury. Defender Aaron Hughes is expected to feature despite dislocating his shoulder on international duty for Northern Ireland. Holloway hopes to steer Blackpool clear of relegation - Spanish style. The club's enthusiastic manager is promising supporters a subtle twist to an already entertaining brand of football. Holloway spent part of the international break in Spain learning different techniques at various training grounds. He is now planning to implement those skills, starting on Sunday. Holloway said: "I went on a fact-finding mission to Spain and saw things that convinced me I know what I am talking about. "I am going to tweak what I do and try to get even more of the ball the way Spanish teams do. I have come back with some different things that I need to add to the team." Holloway has already won praise from his peers in Blackpool's debut season in the Premier League. In a poll of top-flight managers, 80% of them named the Tangerines the team of the season. Holloway said: "It is fantastic that people are saying nice things about my side but it doesn't get you points. "Part of the reason I came back into the game was that I actually wanted to make a difference and produce a product I would pay to watch. It is just the start for me." Blackpool are only one point above the relegation zone as they head to London but Holloway is not worried about the run-in and perhaps losing their status. He said: "Obviously there is a lot at stake but I am very positive. We have been as effective away from home as many other Premier League teams. "It is all to play for. It is absolutely exciting. The funny thing is you try and work out who should win what games, we have blown that off the chart. "The teams who come up don't normally win away games but look at us. We will be calm, we will be trying to play football. You won't see us freeze, you won't see us worry. "Who knows which way it is going to go. It is really exciting. A lot of people thought we would be lucky to get 10 points." Blackpool will be without defender David Carney as the Australian has a shoulder injury. DJ Campbell is also missing through suspension but skipper Charlie Adam has recovered from a knock and is expected to start. Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka returns to the bench following a knee problem and will provide back-up for Richard Kingson.

Formation:442Manager: Mark Hughes


Formation: 433Manager: Ian Holloway


  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Chris Baird
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Carlos Salcido
  • Damien Duff
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Danny Murphy
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Moussa Dembele
  • SUBS
  • David Stockdale
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • Gael Kakuta
  • Simon Davies



Match Report

Bobby dazzles for Fulham Fulham edged closer to Barclays Premier League survival with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Blackpool at Craven Cottage. Bobby Zamora's five-minute double salvo in the first half proved the catalyst as the Cottagers climbed into the top half of the Barclays Premier League. The 30-year-old showed great composure to latch onto a wayward James Beattie pass and smash home in the 23rd minute before heading home Damien Duff's right-wing free-kick five minutes later for his first goals since August - which also came against the Tangerines. Dickson Etuhu settled the result with a 72nd-minute tap-in to secure Fulham's fifth home win in six matches. The game also proved a welcome return to footballing action following the unveiling of the much discussed - and in some quarters maligned - Michael Jackson statue prior to the game by chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. Heading into the 100th league meeting between the pair, the hosts were boosted by Zamora's recovery from illness and Steve Sidwell's return to the squad after a knee injury. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway made two changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Blackburn a fortnight ago, with Beattie and Brett Ormerod replacing Luke Varney and Jason Puncheon in the starting line-up. It was the home side who controlled the opening proceedings, with Moussa Dembele regularly testing Alex Baptiste down the left and skipper Danny Murphy seeing a low drive blocked. Charlie Adam blazed over Blackpool's first chance in the ninth minute, although his 35-yard effort never looked like it would add to his nine-goal haul this season. Despite the midfielder's shot, it was Fulham who were looking the most dangerous and hit the post in the 16th minute. Carlos Salcido's left-wing cross was headed back by Zamora to Dembele, whose superb lay-off was met by an equally well-struck shot by Duff that goalkeeper Richard Kingson did well to tip onto the woodwork. Fulham again came close to breaking the deadlock five minutes later but Kingson was on hand to block another drilled shot, this time Chris Baird the man denied. However, the Ghana international could do nothing to prevent Zamora's smashed drive in the 23rd minute as he latched onto Beattie's poor backpass and ran clear before finishing with aplomb. Fulham continued to threaten and Zamora netted his second of the afternoon five minutes later. The England international out-leaped Craig Cathcart in the six-yard box to nod in Duff's whipped free-kick, to the delight of the home faithful. However, the crowd's exuberance was tempered somewhat in the play that followed as the visitors began to get a foothold in the game and started to open up the Fulham defence. After thwarting the visitors, Fulham's calls for a 38th-minute penalty were waved away by referee Stuart Attwell, who deemed Stephen Crainey's slide on Duff hard but fair. The pace of the game began to drop as half-time approached, but Blackpool came desperately close to reducing the deficit just before the break. Ormerod beat Mark Schwarzer to Baptiste's long ball, but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by former Southampton team-mate Baird. The game livened up in the 57th minute, with Dembele's neat touch and turn followed up by a 20-yard drive that Cathcart did well to block. Beattie came close to atoning for his earlier error, but his powerful shot clattered off the post. The former England international was soon replaced as Holloway made wholesale changes in a bid to change the game. Off came Beattie, Ormerod and Elliot Grandin to be replaced by Sergey Kornilenko, Varney and Puncheon. And Holloway's move almost paid immediate dividends as the latter found space to test Schwarzer with a powerful 20-yard drive. However, Fulham soon wrapped up the victory with their third of the afternoon through Etuhu. Murphy's free-kick was thumped off the post by Clint Dempsey and the rebound was fired across goal by Brede Hangeland for Etuhu to net. Having earlier taken off Zamora, the goal allowed manager Hughes to replace Murphy with Sidwell - making his first appearance since February. Duff also soon departed to be replaced by Simon Davies, before Aaron Hughes and substitute Kornilenko clashed heads on the halfway line. While the players received treatment, fans were treated to a Jackson tribute by a fan in the stands in what proved to be the last notable entertainment of the match.

Form Guide

  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Blackpool

Last Meetings

  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 28/08/2010
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Blackpool
  • 29/04/1967
  • Blackpool
  • 0 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 03/12/1966
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 29/01/1966
  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 21/08/1965
  • Blackpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 03/04/1965

Top Scorers


  • CD Dempsey 9
  • D Duff 4
  • B Hangeland 3
  • S Davies 2
  • A Johnson 2
  • C Baird 2
  • D Kamara 2
  • M Dembele 2
  • A Hughes 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • Z Gera 1


  • D Campbell 9
  • L Varney 5
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 4
  • C Adam 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • A Baptiste 2
  • J Puncheon 2
  • B Ormerod 1
  • I Evatt 1
  • E Grandin 1
  • C Cathcart 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • M Phillips 1



    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 33
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 78
    • Goals per game 45
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 11 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins