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Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Premier League match report – David Luiz and John Terry strike to give Blues victory

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Luiz rocket and Terry double give Benitez's boys derby day spoils and Champions League advantage

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20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

David Luiz scored one of the goals of the season and captain John Terry added a further two to give Chelsea a convincing victory and the advantage in the race for the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez's team climb to third ahead of rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and are strongest placed of the three to seal third place.

More to follow…

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise (Rodallega, 67), Senderos, Hangeland, Riether, Karagounis (Frimpong, 76), Emanuelson, Enoh, Berbatov, Petric (Frei, 82), Ruiz

Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Hughes, Manolev

Booked: Senderos, Ruiz

CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires (Mikel, 75), Lampard, Mata (Ba, 80), Moses, Hazard (Oscar, 69), Torres

Subs not used: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake

Goals: Luiz 30, Terry 43, 71

Booked: Ivanovic

Att: 25,002

Referee: Mike Dean

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Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

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Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal threw points away against Fulham

Wenger bemoans staying power: We only have ourselves to blame for Fulham draw

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UPDATED:

18:56 GMT, 10 November 2012

Manager Arsene Wenger accepted Arsenal had only themselves to blame after throwing away a two-goal lead for the second time in a week as Fulham battled to a 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Early goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski put the Gunners in control, just as they had been in their Champions League game at Schalke on Tuesday night, only for the Germans to fight back.

Gunner stunner: Fulham took a point in the enthralling clash at the Emirates

Gunner stunner: Fulham took a point in the enthralling clash at the Emirates

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin (Ramsey 55), Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott (Arshavin 84), Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Giroud.

Subs: Szczesny, Andre Santos, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Booked: Ramsey

Goals: Giroud 11, 69, Podolski 23.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson (Kacaniklic 24), Berbatov, Dejagah (Duff 85).

Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Booked: Sidwell.

Goals: Berbatov 29, 67, Kacaniklic 40.

Attendance: 60,093

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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It was a similar story again this
afternoon as Fulham rallied after Dimitar Berbatov reduced the deficit
and it was no surprise when Alex Kacaniklic levelled before half-time.

The visitors then went ahead from the penalty spot when Berbatov slotted home after Mikel Arteta had fouled Brian Ruiz.

Although Giroud quickly levelled at
3-3, the Gunners could not find a winner – but were then awarded a
penalty in stoppage-time for handball, only for Fulham keeper Mark
Schwarzer to produce a brilliant stop from Arteta's low effort.

'It was frustrating because we had
the opportunities to win. We were caught in a bit too comfortable of a
position because we did the most difficult thing – we scored two goals
to go 2-0 up. At that moment we lacked urgency defensively,' said
Wenger.

'In the second half we gave
absolutely everything and I have to give credit to the players, in the
last three games what they have done physically is amazing.

'Even at 3-2 down we didn't give up and continued to go forward and we had the chances to win the game.'

Wenger, though, refused to lambast vice-captain Arteta for not dispatching the last-gasp spot-kick.

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

'You cannot blame Arteta for that. It is part of the game. Who hasn't missed a penalty” the Arsenal boss said.

'The positives are that we can score
goals now. The negatives are to concede three goals at home of course,
and the chances we gave away, defensively it wasn't an historical
performance.'

Wenger added: 'I feel where we are
most guilty is on the corner [for the first Fulham goal] because you are
2-0 up, it can happen with Berbatov who is good, he can create chances –
but nobody jumped for the ball at all, we just let them score the
goal.'

Wenger denied Arsenal were suffering from a lack of confidence.

Bounce back: Kacaniklic's strike brought Fulham level at the Emirates

Bounce back: Kacaniklic's strike brought Fulham level at the Emirates

WALCOTT DOUBTFUL FOR ENGLAND

Theo Walcott could be forced to miss out on England's clash with Sweden next week after picking up a knock during this afternoon's draw.

The Arsenal forward was replaced by Andrey Arshavin with six minutes remaining.

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He said: 'We had physically some
moments in the game today that you could see we have played three tough
games – we played Saturday, Tuesday and we needed a little breather.

'Some players were a bit jaded before the game, they gave it their all today – but Fulham are good going forward.'

Cottagers boss Martin Jol admitted he had 'so many mixed feelings' about the final result of such a dramatic encounter.

'We played some fantastic stuff,' he
said. 'Before the game we said we would try to dominate them which is
hard here, but we managed that.

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

He said: 'We had physically some
moments in the game today that you could see we have played three tough
games – we played Saturday, Tuesday and we needed a little breather.

'Some players were a bit jaded before the game, they gave it their all today – but Fulham are good going forward.'

Cottagers boss Martin Jol admitted he had 'so many mixed feelings' about the final result of such a dramatic encounter.

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

'We played some fantastic stuff,' he
said. 'Before the game we said we would try to dominate them which is
hard here, but we managed that.

'I can't remember being 2-0 down –
especially here – then being 3-2 ahead and we could have scored two or
three goals after that.

'I really thought this could be the first time ever to beat them away, but in the end it was not to be.

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

'However, if you concede a penalty in the last 20 seconds and then still do not lose, maybe we should be pleased in hindsight.'

Jol felt Arsenal substitute Andrey
Arshavin had been very clever in the way he engineered Arsenal's
stoppage-time penalty, drilling his cross against Sascha Riether's arm
which was enough for referee Phil Dowd to point to the spot.

'I think he did it on purpose,' said
the Dutch coach. 'There was no way to cross it. Did he have a shot, no
There was no room to cross. It was ball to hand.

'I have had a few fantastic players in the past and they could do it as well, and the ref falls for it.

'I think the ref was pleased as well not to see it go in because it would have been harsh.'

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Arsenal 3 Fulham 3 – Match report

Arsenal 3 Fulham 3: More woe for Wenger as profligate Gunners waste two-goal lead

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17:16 GMT, 10 November 2012

Arsenal blew a two-goal lead for the second time in a week as Fulham battled to a 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium, where Mark Schwarzer saved a penalty in stoppage-time.

Just as they had been in their midweek Champions League's game at Schalke, the Gunners were in control after early goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

Fulham, though, rallied after Dimitar Berbatov reduced the deficit and Alex Kacaniklic levelled before half-time.

Gunner stunner: Fulham took a point in the enthralling clash at the Emirates

Gunner stunner: Fulham took a point in the enthralling clash at the Emirates

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin (Ramsey 55), Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott (Arshavin 84), Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Giroud.

Subs: Szczesny, Andre Santos, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Booked: Ramsey

Goals: Giroud 11, 69, Podolski 23.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson (Kacaniklic 24), Berbatov, Dejagah (Duff 85).

Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Booked: Sidwell.

Goals: Berbatov 29, 67, Kacaniklic 40.

Attendance: 60,093

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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The visitors then went ahead from the penalty spot when Berbatov slotted home after Mikel Arteta had fouled Brian Ruiz.

Although Giroud quickly levelled at
3-3, the Gunners could not find a winner – but were then awarded a
penalty in stoppage-time for handball, only for Fulham keeper Schwarzer
to produce a brilliant stop from Arteta's low effort.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted
the atmosphere had been 'flat' at Emirates Stadium for the last two home
games, and challenged his team to lift the fans with an all-action
display this afternoon.

However, it was Fulham who showed early promise as Ruiz's 20-yard effort was deflected wide.

Theo Walcott, retained in the starting XI after his European goal, looked lively down the right channel.

Arsenal took the lead after 11
minutes. Walcott delivered a corner into the six-yard box, where Giroud
powered in his second headed goal of the week.

Fulham were then forced into a change
when Kieran Richardson pulled up with what looked like a hamstring
injury and Kacaniklic came on.

Arsenal then doubled their lead after
23 minutes. Arteta drove into the right side of the penalty area and
pulled a low cross back through the six-yard box, where Podolski got
ahead of his marker to stab the ball past Schwarzer.

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Dimi double: Berbatov scored Fulham's first (above) and third (below) goals

Fulham, though, halved the deficit
after 28 minutes when Berbatov nodded home with a free header from a
corner. Arsenal's confidence was dented and the hosts failed to recover,
losing the midfield battle.

It was no real surprise to see Fulham level five minutes before the break.

Berbatov strolled down the right
channel and effortlessly floated a lovely ball back over to Kacaniklic,
who dispatched a header into the bottom corner past the diving Vito
Mannone.

Fulham almost went ahead in stoppage
time when John Arne Riise's low centre from the left went straight
across through the six-yard box.

Bounce back: Kacaniklic's strike brought Fulham level at the Emirates

Bounce back: Kacaniklic's strike brought Fulham level at the Emirates

The visitors started the second with
intent. Walcott, though, continued to provide Arsenal's threat down the
right, and his cross was just too high for Giroud.

The England forward then took the ball
on himself from the halfway line and driving forwards before firing a
curling shot just over the top-left angle.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey replaced
Francis Coquelin. Arsenal were pushing Fulham deeper, if without really
stretching the visitors' defence.

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell, who
had been cautioned in the first half, upended Santi Cazorla 25 yards
out, but was given a final warning by lenient referee Phil Dowd.

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

Flying start: Giroud fired the hosts in front after 11 minutes of the fist half

The official, however, got it right a
few minutes later when Ruiz robbed Arteta on the right side of the
penalty area and was pulled back by the Spaniard.

Berbatov confidently sent Mannone the wrong way from the spot to turn the match on its head after 67 minutes.

The drama was not over yet, though, as Arsenal quickly levelled.

Giroud's shot came back off the post
and Walcott send the rebound into the six-yard box, where the France
striker guided a cushioned header over Schwarzer to make it 3-3.

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

Luk at me! Arsenal looked to be out of sight after Podolski's strike on 23 minutes

As Arsenal pressed forwards, Fulham
were dangerous on the break and it needed a brilliant last-gasp tackle
from Laurent Koscielny to deny Berbatov a clear shot on goal.

With 15 minutes left, Podolski was
replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had been out since the defeat
at Norwich with a hip problem.

Schwarzer pushed behind a goal-bound
effort from Giroud, before both sides made another change as Walcott,
who looked to have picked up an injury which could rule him out of
England duty next week, was replaced by Andrey Arshavin and Damien Duff
came on for Ashkan Dejagah.

Arsenal pressed for the winner during the closing stages, but Giroud could only plant his free header wide.

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

Making a point: Giroud's header salvaged something from the game for the Gunners

However, there was more drama in stoppage time when Arshavin's cross hit Sascha Riether on the arm and Dowd pointed to the spot.

Arteta struck his shot well enough
towards the bottom right corner, but Schwarzer – once an Arsenal
transfer target – produced a brilliant save at full stretch to earn the
Cottagers a share of the spoils in the final action of an entertaining
encounter.

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Late drama: Arteta is disconsolate (below) after Schwarzer saved his penalty (above)

Fulham 2 Everton 2: Match report

Fulham 2 Everton 2: Sidwell rescues point for Cottagers with last-minute equaliser

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18:53 GMT, 3 November 2012

Everton were stunned after Steve Sidwell fired a late equaliser that allowed Fulham to escape with a point from their Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.

Apart from their seventh-minute opener by Bryan Ruiz and Sidwell's 90th-minute strike, Martin Jol's side were over-run by the rampaging visitors.

On it's way: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz (left) curls the free kick that leads to the opening goal

On it's way: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz (left) curls the free kick that leads to the opening goal

Match facts

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangerland, Riise (Dejagah 58), Duff, Diarra (Petric 75), Baird, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 67), Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs not used: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Goals: Howard (og) 7, Sidwell 90.

Booked: Riise, Diarra, Bair.

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 78), Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Distin 88). Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Duffy.

Goals: Fellaini 55, 72.

Booked: Osman.

Referee: N Swarbrick.

Att: 25,69.

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Only desperate defending and wayward
finishing, chiefly from Nikica Jelavic, prevented Everton from adding
the scores their superiority deserved – until Marouane Fellaini
intervened.

The roaming Belgium forward took his
tally for the season to five goals in 10 matches with two clinical
finishes, demonstrating his strength to hit the second.

Fulham manager Martin Jol identified
Everton in the build up to the game as the 'best of the rest', the
benchmark to which a club like his must aspire, and he will be
cherishing the luckiest of points.

Leading 2-1 and creating chance after
chance against a team rarely overwhelmed at home, they failed to
produce the third goal they needed to kill the game off and paid a high
price.

David Moyes could barely believe his
eyes when substitute Sidwell stabbed home Sascha Riether's cross as
injury time beckoned and the furious Everton manager stalked from the
pitch at the final whistle.

Laughing boys: Ruiz (right) celebrates with Damien Duff, after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard turns the ball into his own net

Laughing boys: Ruiz (right) celebrates with Damien Duff, after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard turns the ball into his own net

A mazy early run from Kevin Mirallas,
who had recovered from an ankle injury to start, was bettered by
Dimitar Berbatov moments later.

The Bulgarian weaved a path across
the edge of the penalty area and the only way Everton could halt his
progress was for Phil Neville to hack him down.

It proved a costly mistake as at the
ensuing free-kick Bryan Ruiz curled the set piece over the wall towards
the right side of the net.

Even with Steven: Pienaar attempts to hold off Fulham's Ruiz

Even with Steven: Pienaar attempts to hold off Fulham's Ruiz

Keeper Tim Howard got a hand to the
ball but only pushed it on to the woodwork and the rebound struck him on
the back and crossed the line.

Fulham held the lead but it was
Everton who were spending more time on the ball, launching a series of
attacks lacking only in a killer final ball.

The lively Steven Pienaar, back from
suspension, lofted two dangerous long passes into the box, giving the
Cottagers defence little margin for error.

Strife of Bryan: Ruiz is closed down by Everton's Leon Osman (left) and John Heitinga

Strife of Bryan: Ruiz is closed down by Everton's Leon Osman (left) and John Heitinga

Slick interchange between Ruiz,
Riether and Damien Duff created space on the right but Phil Jagielka
intercepted the final pass with Berbatov lurking.

Much of Everton's passing was quick
and inventive with Nikica Jelavic wasting a half-chance created by a
pinpoint cross from Leighton Baines.

A curling shot from Seamus Coleman
was saved by Mark Schwarzer and only stout defending from Fulham was
preventing Everton from equalising.

Arms race: Nikica Jelavic attempts to foil Aaron Hughes (left) as Dimitar Berbatov (right) closes in

Arms race: Nikica Jelavic attempts to foil Aaron Hughes (left) as Dimitar Berbatov (right) closes in

Moyes the pity: David Moyes looks pensive on the touchline at Craven Cottage

Moyes the pity: David Moyes looks pensive on the touchline at Craven Cottage

Jagielka blasted just wide of the
left post from long range and then Jelavic's attempt to chip Schwarzer
sailed over the crossbar.

The second half started in a similar vein with Fulham's goal being peppered by the visitors.

Brede Hangeland produced a commanding
header to clear and seconds later Jelavic nodded a cross from Baines to
the far post, where Marouane Fellaini just failed to connect.

The equaliser was inevitable given Everton's dominance and it arrived in the 55th minute through Fellaini.

Hair raising: Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the first of his brace

Hair raising: Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the first of his brace

Mirallas switched on the afterburners
to dash free down the right before finding out Fellaini, who drilled
the ball home from eight yards out.

With time to compose himself and pick
his spot, Berbatov was kept out by Howard from a tight angle as Fulham
sought to deliver a swift response.

Jelavic, played in by Fellaini, was about to pull the trigger from six yards out but Riether executed a perfect tackle.

Super sub: Steve Sidwell came off the bench to rescue a point

Super sub: Steve Sidwell came off the bench to rescue a point

Chances continued to come thick and
fast and finally Everton's second arrived with Fellaini chesting down
Coleman's long ball, holding off two defenders and stabbing home.

Hangeland nodded over the crossbar,
while at the other end the irresistible Fellaini struck the right post
and was denied by a fine save from Schwarzer.

Disaster struck for Everton in the
dying moments when Berbatov missed Riether's cross, but Sidwell was
there to fire the equaliser.

Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0 – match report

Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0: Baird pops up late to pile pressure on Lambert

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16:23 GMT, 20 October 2012

Fulham midfielder Chris Baird upstaged his returning team-mate Dimitar Berbatov with the late winner as Fulham condemned Aston Villa to more away day misery.

Baird got a deft touch to John Arne Riise's near-post corner to beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan and deny Villa what looked increasingly like a battling point.

Fulham had been the better side, with Berbatov in commanding form on his comeback from a hip injury, but they had failed to convert a hatful of chances.

Winner: Baird is mobbed after his goal

Winner: Baird is mobbed after his goal

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell (Karagounis 84), Baird, Richardson (Dejagah 70), Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric (Diarra 64).

Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Kacaniklic.

Booked: Riise.

Goal: Baird 84.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker (Lichaj 62), Bennett, Ireland (N'Zogbia 66), El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman, Bent (Benteke 75), Agbonlahor.

Subs Not Used: Given, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann.

Booked: El Ahmadi, Lichaj.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Attendance: 25,693.

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The home support were beginning to get
edgy when the man they hail as 'Bairdinho' popped up with the kind of
finish Berbatov would have been proud of to snatch the points for
Fulham.

Villa, who had not won on the road in 13 Barclays Premier League matches
dating back to January, had a chance to rescue a point but Christian
Benteke missed a sitter from close-range.

Benteke had been sent on for Darren Bent, who was restored to the Villa
starting line-up after being dropped for the last two matches.

Bent failed to make much of impression – glancing one header wide and
otherwise cutting a picture of frustration up front – unlike Berbatov.

The serene Bulgarian was immediately into the action, playing a key role
as Fulham pressed Guzan into action twice inside the first five
minutes.

Berbatov found a yard of space inside the Villa box and turned on Kieran
Richardson's pass but Guzan reacted quickly to palm the shot away from
an acute angle.

The Bulgarian still has this wonderful ability to play the game at his
own pace and he calmly held off the attentions of Nathan Baker to bring
Sascha Riether into the box.

High hopes: Aston Villa's Fabien Delph (right) is challenged by Steve Sidwell

High hopes: Aston Villa's Fabien Delph (right) is challenged by Steve Sidwell

The German full-back squeezed a pass through to Richardson six yards out
but Guzan blocked his shot and Riether's effort from the rebound went
wide.

Baker's response was to hack Berbatov down from behind, which seemed
just about the only way Villa were going to win the ball off him.

Fulham appeared capable of scoring every time they were in possession.

Eyes on the ball: Dimitar Berbatov take on the Villa defence

Eyes on the ball: Dimitar Berbatov take on the Villa defence

Chris Baird and Steve Sidwell anchored the midfield and they always had
runners, with John Arne Riise and Riether given the freedom to attack
from full-back and stretch Villa.

At times Fulham played with five attackers as Richardson, Hugo Rodallega
and the busy Mladen Petric supported Berbatov in causing Villa
problems.

Brede Hangeland ran out of defence and slid a pass to Berbatov, who
clipped a magnificent cross on the turn towards Baird but the header was
wide.

Plenty to ponder: Villa boss Paul Lambert

Plenty to ponder: Villa boss Paul Lambert

Gabriel Agbonlahor created Villa's first opportunity himself, cutting in
from the left before unleashing a deflected shot which brought a diving
save from Mark Schwarzer.

Bent could not get enough on Matthew Lowton's cross from the right wing
and his glancing header drifted harmlessly wide but that was as close as
Villa came in the first half.

Riise whipped one cross in for Berbatov, who did well to force a save
from Guzan, and then another for Rodallega but the Colombian headed
wide.

Striking it Rich: Fulham's Kieran Richardson has an effort on goal

Striking it Rich: Fulham's Kieran Richardson has an effort on goal

Agbonlahor was working hard for Villa and he tried to pick out Bent in
the Fulham box but Sidwell, enjoying a strong game against his old club,
was on hand to intercept.

Villa started the second-half brightly, with Agbonlahor heading over the
bar from Lowton's cross but Fulham still looked the more likely team to
score.

Karim El Ahmadi was booked for a foul on Berbatov that checked a Fulham counter-attack.

Close encounter: Sidwell is closed down by Stephen Ireland

Close encounter: Sidwell is closed down by Stephen Ireland

Berbatov failed to make decent contact as he attempted an acrobatic
volley after Rodallega's cross had fallen to him at the far post.

Villa failed to clear their lines properly and it required a brave block
from Lowton to deny Richardson, before Bent was replaced by Benteke.

Ashkan Dejagah came on for Fulham to make his debut and was quickly in
the thick of the action, stinging Guzan's hands with a 25-yard drive
after some sublime build-up play.

On the up: Fulham cemented their place in the top half

On the up: Fulham cemented their place in the top half

Struggling: Villa have now gone four games without a win

Struggling: Villa have now gone four games without a win

Then came the breakthrough. Baird stole in front of Eric Lichaj, Fabian
Delph and Bennett to get a touch to Riise's corner and beat Guzan at the
near post.

The reaction inside Craven Cottage as much one of relief as celebration – although that should have been cut short immediately.

Charles N'Zogbia squared the ball to Benteke six yards out but he
inexplicably failed to hit the target and with that miss went Villa's
hopes of a point.

Game over: Baird beats Guzan from inside the box

Game over: Baird beats Guzan from inside the box

Game over: Baird beats Guzan from inside the box

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SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 0

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson (Hooiveld 8min), Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves.

Goals: Fonte

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Rodallega.

Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Richardson, Briggs.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

13.52: GOAL DISALLOWED! The home fans are cheering again, but it's not going to stand.

Puncheon gives Schwarzer a nudge as the corner comes in, sending him to the floor. The ball eventually comes to Puncheon who puts the ball in.

Excellent spot by Clattenburg. That was a foul.

13.51: Southampton break very well. Lallana drifts into the centre and picks out Lambert with a cute reverse pass.

Lambert finds Fox who wins the corner.

13.49: Fulham look to strike back. Duff cuts in on the right and puts a lovely ball in. Rodallega can't direct his header goalwards though.

13.47: Huge chance for Lambert to double the lead. Excellent move which sees Rodriguez latch on to a through ball.

Rather than shoot, he finds the usually deadly Lambert. The Englishman skews his effort and the ball trickles out of play. He should have at least worked Schwarzer there.

13.45: Fulham are growing into this game finally. Kacaniklic does well on the left and earns his side a corner.

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

The ball's a good one but Hangeland can't get it under control quick enough.

13.41: Now Lallana is on the deck. Steve Sidwell caught him with a flailing arm in the face.

It looked accidental though, and Lallana is on his feet again. All's well that ends well!

Funnily enough, Sidwell was the one who put Rodriguez on the floor with a late challenge moments earlier.

13.40: Big chance for Fulham. Bryan Ruiz takes a free-kick into the box. The ball finds its way through to Aaron Hughes who is in acres at the far post.

The defender fails to bring it under his control and the threat diffuses. A better first touch and he would have had the goal at his mercy.

13.38: Play's back underway now after an unsettling start for Fulham. They need to wake up!

The home crowd are unhappy as the visitors carry on regardless despite Rodriguez being on the deck, apparently injured.

13.36: They are brought back down to earth though, as Richardson is lifted onto a stretcher. Really unlucky as he seemed to pull up with a muscle injury.

Southampton make the change. Jos Hooiveld comes on for the defender.

13.34: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 Fulham 0

Adam Lallana puts the corner in and Jose Fonte is the first to it. He heads in the general direction of the far post and the ball just loops into the net. Fulham had no one on the line to stop it! What a start for the Saints.

13.33: Danny Fox has another opportunity from a set piece. He swings one in and wins another corner.

13.31: The first spell of pressure comes from Southampton. They have won a corner after Hangeland is forced to head a ball behind.

Fox carves out a half-chance for Rickie Lambert. The angle's tight at the far post and Lambert can't get it back across the face of the goal.

13.30: KICK-OFF! FULHAM GET THE GAME UNDERWAY

13.27: Southampton are lining up in their red kit today and Fulham walk onto the pitch in black with a gold and white sash. Three minutes to KO!

13.25: With the chit chat almost all done, the teams are about to come out and get the customary handshakes out of the way before the real action commences.

13.15: Fulham have struggled away from home so far this season, and it's often been their Achilles heel. They have lost to West Ham and Manchester United so far this campaign.

But they are looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. Let's see how this one pans out…

13.07: Rickie Lambert will be trying to beat Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who turned 40 yesterday.

Lambert, like the club, has battled his way through the divisions and has shown he is worthy of his place in the Premier League by scoring four goals in six in the top-flight.

13.05: Southampton have not struggled for goals this season. They scored two at the Etihad against City and smashed four past Aston Villa at home.

But it's at the back where they need to shore things up if they are to survive in the top-flight.

They will take solace from the fact that there's no Petric or berbatov starting for Fulham, but Hugo Rodallega is no chump. The former Wigan man will be hoping to sink the Saints.

12.55: And as I type the starting line ups are trickling in. Feast your eyes on these:

Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga; Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana; Lambert, Rodriguez

Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Rodallega

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

12.50: Let's tackle some team news then for the early kick-off. Fulham could have some problems up top. Dimitar Berbatov looks set to miss the game, and Mladen Petric is also struggling with a calf problem.

Southampton on the other hand seem to have a full squad to pick from. Adkins is likely to welcome back Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld into his side.

12.45: Tottenham are flying high – despite their shock draw in Greece this week. They outclassed United at Old Trafford, a ground where they had previously failed to record a win since 1989.

Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Co await an Aston Villa side who had to wait for Darren bent to come off the bench to rescue a point in their Midlands derby against West Brom last week.

12.40: At 15.00 we've got two games. Tottenham host Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Stoke. Both home sides had unfavourable Europa League results as Liverpool fell to a 3-2 loss at home to Udinese and Tottenham drew 1-1 with a poor Panathinaikos outfit on Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers is still looking for his first home win in the Premier League with his Reds side. Tony Pulis will have other plans though, and will be hoping former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch can continue his goal glut on Merseyside.

12.35: But United and Newcastle aren't playing until 16.00. First up we're at St Mary's as Fulham travel to the south coast.

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Nigel Adkins' side have won only one of their first six games – losing the other five – and, frankly, look like early candidates for relegation.

The Saints boss is hoping his side's home form can help tip the balance in their favour, especially after a convincing 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

Fulham are hoping to bounce back after losing in the final moments against Manchester City last week. They'll be kicking off at 13.30, with teams on the way shortly.

12.30: Welcome, welcome, welcome. Stick with us here at Sportsmail as we guide you through all this afternoon's action.

It's an uncharacteristically busy Sunday given the Europa League action in midweek, and the blockbuster of the day is undoubtedly Manchester United's trip to Newcastle. In last season's corresponding fixture, United slumped to a 3-0 defeat with help from an unplayable Demba Ba.

Interestingly, that defeat followed their 3-2 home loss to Blackburn the week before. What did Sir Alex Ferguson's men do last week again.. Oh yes, I remember. They lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham.

But let's not get carried away with ourselves. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are set to start up top for Fergie, and with Rooney setting up his Dutch team-mate for two goals in midweek against FC Cluj, they'll be keen to develop that relationship further. Should be a cracker.

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

Fulham 0 HB Koge 0: Martin Jol"s men held in pre-season opener

Fulham held in pre-season opener as Jol's men fail to break down Danish side

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16:37 GMT, 15 July 2012

Clean sheet: Mark Schwarzer captained Fulham

Clean sheet: Mark Schwarzer captained Fulham

Fulham played out a goalless draw against HB Koge of Denmark in their first pre-season match in Leipzig.

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer captained the side which included a mix of first-team players and reserves at FC Grimma's Stadion der Freundschaft.

There were few chances during the first half, with Marcello Trotta's volley well saved by the Koge goalkeeper.

Following the restart, Fulham manager Martin Jol changed his entire XI, which saw new signings Sascha Riether and Mladen Petric make their bow.

However, despite more pressure, the Cottagers continued to be frustrated as Mesca's drive was deflected wide then John Arne Riise's shot was straight at the keeper.

There were late chances for Petric, who headed over, and Riise, who dragged his shot wide when clear.

London 2012 Olympics: Craig Bellamy reveals Team GB call-up

I'm going to the Olympics! Bellamy reveals Pearce has picked him for GB

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10:22 GMT, 4 June 2012

Liverpool and Wales striker Craig Bellamy claims he has been included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for the Olympic Game as one of the three over-aged players.

Bellamy has broken an Olympic code of silence to reveal his inclusion at London 2012.

The 32-year-old will claims he will lead the line for the hosts next month as one of three over the age of 23.

Part of the team: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says he will play at the Olympics for Team GB

Part of the team: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says he will play at the Olympics for Team GB

Speaking at a behind-closed-doors event in Singapore, Bellamy is quoted in The Sun as saying: 'I am in the Olympic squad — but I was supposed to keep it quiet.

'It’s a different challenge. I had a difficult season with Liverpool but the Olympics is a one-off.'

Fans favorite: Former England captain David Beckham is expected to be included in the Olympic squad

Fans favorite: Former England captain David Beckham is expected to be included in the Olympic squad

Bellamy has won 69 caps for Wales but scored just nine times for Liverpool last season.

His career has been dogged by controversy, most notably in 2007 when he confronted ex-Reds team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club on a team bonding trip in Portugal.

Two years later, when with Manchester City, he clashed with a pitch invader during Manchester United’s 4-3 win at Old Trafford.

Decision time: Team GB coach Stuart Pearce will name his Olympic squad this week

Decision time: Team GB coach Stuart Pearce will name his Olympic squad this week

Pearce is set to name his 18-man squad later this week with veterans Ryan Giggs, Joe Cole and David Beckham all vying to join Bellamy in the Olympic squad.

London 2012 Olympics: Craig Bellamy reveals TEam GB call-up with Frank Lampard also in frame

I'm going to the Olympics! Bellamy reveals Pearce has picked him for GB

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08:42 GMT, 4 June 2012

Liverpool and Wales striker Craig Bellamy claims he has been included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for the Olympic Game as one of the three over-aged players.

Bellamy has broken an Olympic code of silence to reveal his inclusion at London 2012.

The 32-year-old will claims he will lead the line for the hosts next month as one of three over the age of 23.

Part of the team: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says he will play at the Olympics for Team GB

Part of the team: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says he will play at the Olympics for Team GB

Speaking at a behind-closed-doors event in Singapore, Bellamy is quoted in The Sun as saying: 'I am in the Olympic squad — but I was supposed to keep it quiet.

'It’s a different challenge. I had a difficult season with Liverpool but the Olympics is a one-off.'

Fans favorite: Former England captain David Beckham is expected to be included in the Olympic squad

Fans favorite: Former England captain David Beckham is expected to be included in the Olympic squad

Bellamy has won 69 caps for Wales but scored just nine times for Liverpool last season.

His career has been dogged by controversy, most notably in 2007 when he confronted ex-Reds team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club on a team bonding trip in Portugal.

Two years later, when with Manchester City, he clashed with a pitch invader during Manchester United’s 4-3 win at Old Trafford.

Decision time: Team GB coach Stuart Pearce will name his Olympic squad this week

Decision time: Team GB coach Stuart Pearce will name his Olympic squad this week

Pearce is set to name his 18-man squad later this week with veterans Ryan Giggs, Joe Cole and David Beckham all vying to join Bellamy in the Olympic squad.

Fulham 2 Wigan 1: Last gasp Senderos snatches points for Cottagers to leave Latics in trouble

Fulham 2 Wigan 1: Last-gasp Senderos snatches points for Cottagers to leave Latics in trouble

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16:42 GMT, 21 April 2012

Philippe Senderos' last-gasp header earned Fulham victory against Wigan in a match that had looked set to be overshadowed by the goal-line technology debate.

The Switzerland international nodded home his first ever Cottagers goal in the 89th minute to ensure the hosts followed up their win at the DW Stadium earlier in the season with another deserved victory.

Fulham dominated play by the Thames but the match looked set to end level after Pavel Pogrebnyak saw what he felt was a legitimate goal ignored.

At the death: Philippe Senderos scores the winner for Fulham

At the death: Philippe Senderos scores the winner for Fulham

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Schwarzer, Hughes,Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Diarra,Murphy (Frei 81), Duff, Dembele, Dempsey, Pogrebnyak. Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Baird, Johnson, Kasami, Etuhu, Briggs.

Booked: Frei.

Goals: Pogrebnyak 58, Senderos 89.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, McArthur, McCarthy (Ben Watson 75), Gomez (Maloney 56), Di Santo (Sammon 33), Moses. Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Gohouri, Jones, Diame.

Booked: Caldwell, Boyce.

Goals: Boyce 57

Att: 25,689

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Shortly after the Russia international had brought the Whites level following Emmerson Boyce's strike, he saw a 63rd-minute effort hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce down towards the line.

The 28-year-old thought the ball had crossed the line and wheeled off in celebration, but the officials waved play on having ruled the ball was not fully over.

Pogrebnyak hit the post as Fulham continued to press and, with a draw looking on the card, Senderos nodded home John Arne Riise's free-kick.

The visitors were on the back foot for much of the opening exchanges and were fortunate not to give away a penalty inside a minute.

Clint Dempsey burst down the left flank and went down under pressure from Gary Caldwell but referee Lee Mason waved away the hosts' penalty appeals.

The Cottagers had the Latics penned back in their own half and only a late challenge prevented a Pogrebnyak cut-back being met from close range by Dempsey.

Nicely done: Fulham's Pavel Pogrebnyak celebrates his equalizer against Wigan

Nicely done: Fulham's Pavel Pogrebnyak celebrates his equalizer against Wigan

Jordi Gomez fired over on a rare Wigan attack, before Damien Duff miscued with the goal gaping after a neat free-kick by Danny Murphy.

Wigan began to settle after a slow opening and Victor Moses forced Mark Schwarzer into action with a stinging effort in the 12th minute.

Keep the faith: Wigan fans show their support

Keep the faith: Wigan fans show their support

The match became far more even as the first half progressed, with both sides enjoying spells in the ascendancy.

Fulham followed Wigan's spell of dominance with Pogrebnyak and Senderos efforts, before Mousa Dembele saw a fierce drive blocked.

Last ditch: Maynor Figueroa challenges Fulham's Pavel Pogrebnyak

Last ditch: Maynor Figueroa challenges Fulham's Pavel Pogrebnyak

The Whites again came close moments later when neat interplay between Riise and Dempsey allowed the latter to fire the ball across the face of goal.

Nobody could connect with the squared ball but Wigan's foothold on the game was clearly slipping. Their afternoon got worse in the 33rd minute when striker Franco Di Santo limped off injured and was replaced by Conor Sammon.

Duff curled wide moments after the substitution and Dempsey forced a low save from Ali Al-Habsi as Fulham looked for the opener.

Staying out: Fulham's wall blocks Jordi Gomez's shot for Wigan

Staying out: Fulham's wall blocks Jordi Gomez's shot for Wigan

The away support continued to sing 'I'm a believer' despite Fulham's dominance and they almost had something else to cheer about with the last chance of the opening 45 minutes, with Gomez forcing Schwarzer into a low save from an acute angle.

Six minutes after the restart Wigan fans were celebrating what they thought was the opening goal when Gomez controlled and struck yards from goal, although the effort only managed to ripple the side netting.

No luck: Fulham's Damien Duff

No luck: Fulham's Damien Duff

The visitors, though, had begun the second period brightly and Moses tested Schwarzer from long range, before Maynor Figueroa's bouncing effort went well wide.

Fulham fans spent the start of the second half rounding on referee Mason, who was the subject of ironic cheers when he handed Caldwell the game's first booking.

The official's performance could not hide the hosts' poor start, though, and Wigan took the lead in the 57th minute.

Staying up: Emmerson Boyce celebrates his goal for Wigan

Staying up: Emmerson Boyce celebrates his goal for Wigan

Boyce followed up his pass to Sammon and hit an exquisitely-struck shot from 20 yards into the bottom left hand corner.

However, the lead lasted just over 60 seconds as Fulham attacked immediately and Pogrebnyak hit a left-footed effort past Al-Habsi from the edge of the box.

The Russia international thought he had then given Fulham the lead in the 63rd minute when he met Riise's cross, striking an effort which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down toward the line.

Pogrebnyak thought the ball had crossed the line, but the officials waved play on having ruled the ball was not fully over.

Still believing: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez

Still believing: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez

The 28-year-old again came close in the 77th minute when Dempsey forced Al-Habsi to parry only for Pogrebnyak's follow-up to bobble onto the post and out.

Fulham continued to press for a winner and Senderos almost scored when a Caldwell clearance hit him and flew into the side netting.

The goal would not have counted due to offside but the former Arsenal defender was not to be denied for long, heading home Riise's free-kick in the 89th minute.