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  • Greening (74)
  • Date:2010-02-03
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:21934
  • Referee:Taylor, A

Live Commentary


The final whistle goes and Fulham take the points while the misery continues for Pompey.


Three minutes added time to be addd.


O'Hara is still full of running but his cross from the right-hand touchline drifts out for a goal-kick. It's not looking good for Pompey.


Duff has another effort on goal, but doesn't really connect and James smothers the ball.


Tal Ben Haim is booked for a late tackle on Greening.


Angelos Basinas is replaced by debutant Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.


Damien Duff, who has been impressive this half, tries and ambitous low drive from 25 yards which James comfortably holds.


Bobby Zamora comes off for David Elm.


Goal for Fulham! Damien Duff tackles Ben-Haim in the area and fires the ball low across the box which takes a deflection and falls to GREENING who slots home from 12 yards.


Erik Nevland nearly scored with his first touch, his dipping 20-yard volley hitting the side netting.


Stefano Chuka Okaka comes off for Erik Nevland.


Shorey whips in an ecellent cross from the left but Wilson does well to head away.


The Duff-Zamora combination is the action again, this time Zamora's flick header from Duff's cross flashes just wide.


Duff is again in the action down the right, he then lays it off for Baird whose cross is met by Zamora, bu he can't get enough power on the header and James easily saves.


Frederic Piquionne comes off for Danny Webber, who scored his first goal for the club last week.


Damien Duff twists and turns before firing in a shot that deflects wide for a corner.


Stephen Kelly makes way for Kagisho Dikgacoi.


O'Hara's corner is met by Dindane who is unmarked at the far post, but he can only head straight at the 'keeper. Should have done better there.


Greening curls a free kick to the far post where Zamora heads back, but no one is there to finish and Pompey can clear.


We are underway again in the second half.


The referee blows for half-time, here's hoping for a much improved second half.


Great cross from O'Hara form the left is met by Yebda, who seems surprised that the ball reached him and tamely heads straight at Schwarzer.


Zamora is played in down the right and mazes past defenders but he can't get his shot in. It's not quite working for Fulham at the moment


Chance of the game! Zamora crosses to the far post fo Greening who heads back to Stefano Chuka Okaka, who somehow heads wide from thre yards out, shocking miss!


Kevin-Prince Boateng drives into the area evading four Fulham defenders in process, his low shot however is well saved by Schwarzer.


Good save! Damien Duff's corner is met by Aaron Hughes at the far post but his header is well pushed out by David James, Fulham's first chance of the game that.


Fulham have their first decent spell of possession but their final ball is lacking, the move ends with Chris Baird completely over-hitting his cross out for a goal-kick.


Fulham keep giving the ball away, this time Dindane is released down the left and fires a cross into the box, Schwarzer is alret through and claims just ahead of Piquionne.


Porstmouth will be encouraged by the start they have made while Fulham are playing like a team that have lost their last five games - their fans are getting restless.


Chance for Portsmouth! O'Hara plas the bal through to Frederic Piquionne on the left hand side of the area and his shot is forced away by Schwarzer for a corner.


Frederic Piquionne wins a free kick near the left touchline, Jamie O'Hara whips it in but he can't beat the first defender.


Kevin-Prince Boetang is played in down the left but opts to shoot instead of cross and Mark Schwarzer easily saves - think the cross was the better option there.


We are underway at Craven Cottage


Portsmouth welcome back African Cup of Nations trio Nadir Belhadj, Hassan Yebda and Aruna Dindane.Quincy Owusu-Abeyie makes his debut, while fellow new signing defender Ricardo Rocha is on the bench.


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has named loan signings Nicky Shorey and Roma striker Stefano Okaka into the starting XI for their Fulham debuts after Andy Johnson and Zoltan Gera dropped out through injury.


Fulham face Portsmouth at 8pm on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Match Preview

Fulham entertain Premier League strugglers Portsmouth at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening looking to further add to Avram Grant's woes.

The south coast outfit remain at the foot of the table and they are a huge six points away from pulling themselves out of the relegation places.

They suffered a 2-0 reversal at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday, but they will be looking for a positive result against Fulham this time around.

Pompey have collected just one point from their last possible 12 and they have won just once on their travels this term.

Despite this, they will take some hope as they prepare to travel to the capital with Roy Hodgson's Fulham going through a miserable run of form that has seen them drop to 11th place in the Premier League table.

Their last success was the fantastic 3-0 victory over champions Manchester United on December 19 and since then they have drawn with Tottenham Hotspur, before losing the previous five outings to Chelsea, Stoke City, Blackburn, Spurs and Aston Villa at the weekend.

Fulham's home form is keeping them within touching distance of landing a top-half placing and they will be striving to grab maximum points on their own patch.

Andrew Johnson (knee) and Paul Konchesky (ankle) remain on the sidelines and long-term injury victim Clint Dempsey (cruciate ligament) is expected to be out until April.

John Pantsil (knee) is continuing his rehabilitation in the treatment room while striker Diomansy Kamara has joined Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The visitors will be without Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Michael Brown (back).

They will be boosted with their returning Africa Cup of Nations players with the competition now at an end.


Match Report

Portsmouth's players were paid on Wednesday but their wage packet was the only thing they picked up as Jonathan Greening's goal saw Fulham claim all three points after a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Avram Grant's visitors were the better side for long periods of this uninspiring match but, as has been the case for much of the season, they only had themselves to blame for not taking their chances before giving a sloppy goal away.

And on this occasion it was left-back Nadir Belhadj who should hold his head in his hands as Damien Duff robbed him of possession inside his own area and laid the ball across goal to Greening to score his first ever goal for the club at the back post.

The result ensured Roy Hodgson's hosts ended their own terrible run of seven league games without a victory but, while they can look forward to the rest of their season from the safety of mid-table, Portsmouth are surely doomed.

Labouring under financial chaos for the entire season, Grant saw his two most valuable assets, Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic, sold from under his nose on transfer deadline day, with the money from those sales ensuring the players and staff received their wages only a day late this month.

Yet their side has been left woefully short of depth as a result, although the Israeli was still able to field eight full internationals in his starting line-up.

And it was the visitors who dominated the opening stages with their front three of Aruna Dindane, Frederic Piquionne and, in particular, Kevin-Price Boateng causing havoc.

However, chances were at a premium with only Piquionne testing Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer having cut in from the left after ten minutes.

Fulham's fans were growing increasingly frustrated at their side's poor display, yet they missed an astonishing chance to take the lead just after the half-hour mark as debutant Stefano Okaka - who has joined on loan from Roma for the rest of the season - wasted a wonderful opportunity.

It seemed all the Italian had to do was make contact with the ball as Greening's knock-down found him lurking just one yard from goal but somehow Okaka put it wide.

Yet while Okaka's miss was at least something to talk about, the second half failed dreadfully to live up to expectations which, as Fulham were in the middle of an horrendous injury crisis, were relatively low.

The game developed into a gritty midfield battle with either a moment of genius or a shocking mistake likely to settle game.

So it proved as Belhadj, playing for the first time since returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty, dwelt on the ball and allowed Duff in.

There was still a lot to do but the Republic of Ireland international picked out former West Brom skipper Greening at the far post to slide home the goal that lifts Fulham to 10th and leaves Portsmouth an ominous six points from safety.







Goal attempts

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