Monday, February 22, 2010

Brilliant Zamora's at last minute goals, sending a victory for Fulham

* Duff 59,
* Zamora 90

* Baird (og) 3

**Fulham put together some pretty decent approach work. When we weren’t dropping long balls into the inside right channel – clearly a pre-determined plan, and quite a succesful one – we were switching play quite well, and Duff, Baird, Shorey and Davies all saw plenty of the ball in wide areas. Shots were rarer, though, Birmingham’s famed organisation limiting us to opportunist efforts that didn’t unduly worry Joe Hart.

Just like against the Ukrainians, a Fulham player got on the scoresheet in the third minute. Unfortunately for Chris Baird, his bullet header into the top corner from a Lee Bowyer cross was past a bemused Mark Schwarzer, 1-0 scored to Birmingham.

Midfielder Damien Duff scored a beautifully crafted 1-1 equaliser, just like they did in the first half and they were ultimately rewarded for their play when a scintillating move featuring Damien Duff.

Bobby Zamora impresses in front of watching Capello, with three efforts in the next 15 minutes which should have had the Craven Cottage side on level terms with their mid table rivals. Zamora completed his performance by curling brilliant past Hart at last minute. That is the goal of 15 seasons, sending a victory for Fulham his highest tally in the top flight.

The three points meaning Fulham leapfrogged Birmingham into ninth place in the league.

Team :

Fulham: Mark Schwarzer, Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes, Brede Hangeland, Nicky Shorey, Simon Davies (Bjorn Helge Riise 83), Danny Murphy (C), Dickson Etuhu, Damien Duff, Zoltan Gera, Bobby Zamora. Unused subs: Pascal Zuberbuhler, Stephen Kelly, Stefano Okaka, Chris Smalling, Jonathan Greening, David Elm.

Birmingham: Joe Hart, Stephen Carr (C), Roger Johnson, Scott Dann, Liam Ridgewell, Seb Larsson (Craig Gardner 68), Barry Ferguson (Michel 90), Lee Bowyer, Keith Fahey, James McFadden, Cameron Jerome (Kevin Phillips 77). Unused subs: Maik Taylor, Stuart Parnaby, Chucho, Gregory Vignal.


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