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  • Dempsey (45), Cole (58 og), Okaka (79)
  • Cole (61), Guillermo Franco (90)
  • Date:2010-05-02
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:24201
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: Fulham 3 - 2 West Ham. Fulham have even more to celebrate after picking up three well-earned points. Despite seeing five goals it was not the most dramatic of London derbies and epitomised an end of season fixture.

90mins

FULHAM 3 - 2 WEST HAM: Noble and Parker link up down the right flank and the latter does brilliantly to pick out FRANCO who fires a shot past Schwarzer.

89mins

The game is just fizzling out now but West Ham have a late corner.

87mins

A high cross to the far post almost picks out Riise who goes down under the challenge of Diamanti looking for a penalty but Andre Marriner waves away the protests.

86mins

David Elm is introduced in place of Dempsey.

84mins

Parker is desperate to create something for the visitors but his knock through to Cole is too hard and runs out for a goal-kick.

82mins

Junior Stanislas comes on in place of Behrami.

80mins

The goal has surely put the game beyond doubt now and it is a disappointing goal to concede from West Ham's point of view as they seemed to have got a foothold in the tie.

79mins

FULHAM 3 - 1 WEST HAM: Spector is caught dispossessed in a dangerous position by Nevland who picks out OKAKA inside the six-yard box to round off the move.

78mins

Fulham win a couple of corners and Smalling rises above everyone but cannot direct his header goalwards.

75mins

The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball now and are putting Fulham under their first real spell of pressure in the entire game.

73mins

Okaka has space on the right flank and moves into the box but cannot find a way past Da Costa.

71mins

Diamanti and Franco have added some much needed attacking flair into this West Ham side. Diamanti cuts in from the right flank this time but his final cross is too close to Schwarzer.

69mins

Simon Davies is replaced by Stefano Chuka Okaka.

69mins

Cole and Parker link up again in an attacking position but this time Parker is penalised for handball.

67mins

Cole cushions a header down to Parker on the edge of the box and he lines up a shot but is closed down quickly by Smalling.

65mins

A little more urgency has had a dramatic effect on this game and West Ham move forward in numbers before Cole hits a weak effort from 20-yards.

63mins

This tie looks a lot more like a London derby now and is a massive improvement on the dull opening 45 minutes.

61mins

FULHAM 2 - 1 WEST HAM: COLE gets a goal at the right end this time with a glancing header off Noble's free-kick.

60mins

Guillermo Franco comes on for Ilan.

60mins

Gianfranco Zola changes things around straight away as Julien Faubert makes way for Alessandro Diamanti.

58mins

FULHAM 2 - 0 WEST HAM: The visitors fail to deal with a Fulham corner and Chris Baird's strike takes a massive deflection off Cole and beats Green.

57mins

Parker goes on a trademark drive forward and slides a pass into the path of Ilan who is beaten to the ball by Schwarzer.

56mins

Fulham are knocking the ball around confidently now and Nevland lays the ball off for Riise whose low cross is clipped over his own crossbar by Upson.

53mins

Konchesky sends a decent cross into the danger area and Dempsey tries the overhead kick but fails to pull it off and Da Costa clears the danger.

52mins

Matthew Upson receives treatment for an injury and the game is momentarily paused.

50mins

Parker is yet again standing out in the West Ham side and adds some urgency into their play before floating a disappointing cross straight behind for a goal-kick.

49mins

Greening wins a corner down the left wing but it comes to nothing and Green collects the loose ball.

47mins

West Ham move forward looking for an equaliser but Valon Behrami is easily dispossessed in the final third.

45mins

The second-half is underway at Craven Cottage.

45mins

Half Time: Fulham 1 - 0 West Ham. That was a great move from the hosts but unfortunately is one of only a few highlights in this game with the first-half being played at a pedestrian pace.

45mins

FULHAM 1 - 0 WEST HAM: DEMPSEY links up with Davies before sliding a shot past a helpless Rob Green from inside the box.

42mins

Noble plants a corner on the head of Radoslav Kovac who cannot steer the ball on target. It was a free header and the midfielder perhaps should have done better.

41mins

Da Costa hits a speculative effort from distance and Schwarzer has to pull off a decent save to turn the ball around the post.

39mins

Fulham try to catch Wes Ham on the counter as Konchesky moves forward but the move comes to an end when Jonathan Greening runs into trouble.

36mins

Cole picks up the ball again but his ball through to Ilan is hopeful more than anything and runs straight through to Mark Schwarzer.

34mins

Cole tries to squeeze between two Fulham defenders outside the box and goes down looking for a free-kick. The referee waves play on, provoking groans from the away support.

33mins

Parker runs at the Fulham defence and picks out Ilan who gets into a decent position before being eased off the ball by Paul Konchesky.

31mins

The media comments from West Ham's owners regarding the entire squad bar Scott Parker being up for sale may be having an effect on this performance.

29mins

The visitors clip a free-kick into the mixer but Cole is stood in an offside position.

26mins

That was a great chance from Fulham and it came out of nothing. Hopefully that moment will pick up the players and inject some pace into the game.

24mins

Clint Dempsey spins on the ball with his back to goal and hits the woodwork with a stinging strike from the edge of the box.

22mins

First shot on target from the visitors as Mark Noble sees a strike comfortably saved by Schwarzer.

21mins

We are still without any real efforts on goal and there is a real lack of interest in the game from either side.

19mins

Fulham are quick in trying to get the ball up the right flank and may be picking out Jonathan Spector as a weak link at left-back in the West Ham side.

17mins

Fulham are spreading the ball around well but it is all very tame from Roy Hodgson's side, possibly due to players not wanting to pick up knocks ahead of their Europa League final.

14mins

West Ham defend another Fulham corner and it is the hosts, despite fielding a fairly weakened team, who look the most dangerous in these opening stages.

11mins

It has been a relatively slow start to this game and it is a perfect example of having that 'end of season' feel.

9mins

West Ham begin to see more of the ball and Julien Faubert searches out a team-mate in the box but Chris Smalling reads the cross.

6mins

John Paintsil moves forward down the right flank and gets a decent ball into the box which is eventually cleared by Da Costa.

3mins

Bjorn Helge Riise sees his out-swinging corner headed clear by Carlton Cole as Fulham continue with a positive start to this game.

1mins

Clint Dempsey gets an early sight of goal but his shot is blocked by Manuel Da Costa.

0mins

Referee Andre Marriner gets the game underway.

0mins

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola names an unchanged side to the one that effectively secured their safety last weekend and is also boosted by the return of ex-Fulham winger Luis Boa Morte to the bench.

0mins

Roy Hodgson rests seven players following Fulham's historic Europa league semi-final win on Thursday night with the likes of Bobby Zamora, Danny Murphy and Damien Duff dropping out of the squad.

Match Preview

Fulham and West Ham United meet in a all-London affair on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage and the Hammers faithful will be celebrating win, lose or draw against their city rivals.

After a turbulent Premier League campaign, Gianfranco Zola's side secured their top-flight status for another campaign after they beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 last Saturday.

Coupled with Burnley's 4-0 loss at home to Liverpool, the Hammers are now mathematically safe with two games to go.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson can be forgiven for turning his attention to their unlikely European adventure recently while taking his eye off their domestic commitments.

They have collected just five points from their previous five outings but they sit comfortably in mid-table.

West Ham have won two, drawn one and lost one of their last four outings and it is this mini-revival that ultimately staved off the threat of relegation.

Following six successive defeats from the end of February and the whole of March, their turn of the tables arrived at the desired moment.

The visitors will be missing knee victims Jack Collison and Zavon Hines and they will not figure until next season.

James Tomkins (ankle), Kieron Dyer (hamstring) and Herita Ilunga (calf) are also missing for the Upton Park side.

Fulham could rest chief striker Bobby Zamora as he continues to struggle with an Achilles problem.

Fellow frontman Andrew Johnson (knee) is a long-term absentee while USA international midfielder Clint Dempsey is a big doubt with thigh problem.

Earlier this season, a last-ditch leveller from Junior Stanislas secured the Hammers a valuable point against Fulham in October.

Carlton Cole opened the scoring with a fine header on 16 minutes before Kagisho Dikgacoi was dismissed before the interval, but the Cottagers turned the game on its head at the start of the second half.

A penalty from Danny Murphy and a Zoltan Gera effort shocked the home faithful as ten-man Fulham went into the lead.


Match Report

Fulham's confidence levels keep on rising ahead of their Europa League Final in ten days' time after strolling to an 11th home win of the season with a 3-2 success over West Ham.

A more-relaxed performance from two teams with nothing to play for - league-wise at least - was inevitable and only the most heartless of critics could fault Fulham if they'd rather be glued to a television set displaying a permanent image of the Europa League trophy.

The rested Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Zoltan Gera and Danny Murphy would have at least had it on their minds as they watched from the stands.

There were few chances in the first half, but West Ham undeniably had the better of them despite falling behind shortly before the break.

Twice Hammers players rose unmarked from corners after Mark Schwarzer was forced to parry saves behind his goal.

Matthew Upson guided perhaps the most threatening of these two headers wide just shy of 25 minutes in.

Upson continues to look unconvincing at the back, with his concentration and reading of the game lacking and he is looking ever more likely to lose his England spot to Tottenham's Michael Dawson or Ledley King.

Clint Dempsey then put the home side ahead as the referee was contemplating a half-time whistle.

Last Thursday's hero against Hamburg, Simon Davies, burst between two players, cutting inside from the left and fed in Dempsey, who needed only a touch to beat Manuel Da Costa and slot the ball home at the near post.

Carlton Cole's face put Fulham two ahead just before the hour after West Ham failed to clear a corner properly and the ball fell to Chris Baird.

The defender sliced a shot first time towards the corner flag only to see his attempt ricochet in off the forward's head.

Cole wiped the smirk from those laughing at his misfortune though, just two minutes later, by pulling a goal back when he rose well from a Noble cross to turn a header past Schwarzer.

Stefano Okaka increased Fulham's lead by two again, tapping in Erik Nevland's grounded cross at the far post after 79 minutes, before Noble pulled another back for the away side in stoppage time.

Fulham

West Ham United

Corners

93

Fouls

1416

Goal attempts

58

Shots off target

23

Offsides

13

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