Fulham 3-1 Liverpool

November 1, 2009

On an autumn afternoon on the banks of the Thames, Fulham and Liverpool played out an entertaining game. Via a dodgy internet stream I watched as Liverpool took the game to Fulham in the first half. Roy Hodgson’s men were resolute in defence, but in all honesty Liverpool rarely troubled Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. Yossi Benayoun rattled the crossbar but that was about the most dangerous of the Liverpool advances. Liverpool may have enjoyed vastly superior possession stats (something like 75%-25%) but they were unable to turn this into anything productive.

Then, against the run of play, Fulham scored. The ball broke to Bobby Zamora who laid it on to Duff on the left-wing. Duff in turn smashed a low hard cross back across the face of goal for   Zamora, meandering past a sleeping Emiliano Insua, to sidefoot home. Memories of a miss in a similar position against Man City the weekend before were erased.

If  supporters thought that the goal was going to turn the course of the match, they were mistaken. Liverpool continued to press, but again lacked any real penetration. Then after a nothing header from Voronin an unlucky bounce off Aaron Hughes chest fell to the mercurial Fernando Torres to lash home on the volley. I have to admit thinking that the game was up and a thrashing was on the cards.

What I had not prepared for was Roy Hodgsons half time team talk. I had been frustrated by Fulham’s ‘route one’ approach to the first half rather than passing the ball through the midfield. This had consistently given the ball back to Liverpool and allowed them to launch attack after attack. However, as the second half started Fulham seemed to have a bit more about them. The midfield was passing the ball well, and there seemed to be more space.  For me Fulham are a passing team. When they try to lump the ball forward they look awful (see the home game against blackburn last year).

Any penetration that Liverpool had enjoyed was stifled as Torres was brought off on 60 mins. I for one, feel for Benitez. To me, Torres looked injured and was struggling. With one eye on europe, Benitez had to haul him off. This substitution really handed the initiative to Fulham who had looked much better since the half.

As Dirk Kuyt kept a ball in play, Konchesky ghosted in, stole the ball and floated a cross to the back post. A composed Gera headed the ball to Fulham super-sub Erik Nevland who flicked the ball into the net, 2-1.  Dreamland. Could Fulham pull this off? Echoes of Manchester United last year.

With Fulham ahead and looking comfortable, two red cards in quick succession ended any hope of a Liverpool comeback. Philip Degen’s lunge at Dempsey was an unfortunate red, but as Carragher hauled down a Bobby Zamora clean through on goal there could only be one outcome.  Against 9 men, Fulham had plenty of space and to the sound of the crowd cheering every pass, Nevland and Dempsey combined with a slick  one two and Fulham were 3-1 up.

An excellent second half performance from Fulham who had injury problems of their own. The standout performer was Bobby Zamora who gave the Liverpool backline a headache all match. Greening had a solid game in the middle and Gera came on an did well.

 

Next up, Roma in midweek. After this result, and with the Roman outfit struggling for form on the pitch and financially off the pitch, anything could happen. What a good time to be a Fulham fan!

 

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3 Responses to “Fulham 3-1 Liverpool”


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  2. L Says:

    Good report. Welcom to the bloog world! Good to see another Fulham Blog

  3. Regina Killian Says:

    fantastic advice and sharing,I will buy one this good shirt for me .thanks


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