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Fulham 3 Celtic 1

At a Craven Cottage that had sixteen thousand supporters inside, the majority of which were Celts, Fulham put on a decent display to emerge victors.

Roy Hodgosn gave several of the new boys, Stockdale, Gera, Zamora and Pantsil the chance to play their first football on the Craven Cottage turf.

Amongst a noisy backdrop of Celtic supporters though, it was a January transfer signing, Erik Nevland, that gave Fulham a very early lead netting with only two minutes gone.

Celtc responded well with Scott Macdonald and Barry Robson both forcing saves out of a very competent looking David Stockdale in the Fulham goal.

But just when you thought the visitors might get back on level terms, Bobby Zamora scored his first goal in Fulham colours with a spectacular effort.

Unfortunately, before half time did come around Celtic did reduce the arrears when Barry Robson drilled in a good free kick.

Sadly, despite the supporters providing a great atmosphere, the second half became the usual plethora of subsitutions which interupted the flow of the game.

But that shouldn`t detract from the goal that killed off the Celtic challenge when Leon Andreasen lashed home a wonderful effort.

It may only have been a friendly but what Fulham served up today augers well for next season.

Well done lads.

Fulham

David Stockdale, Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil, Brede Hangeland, Andranik, Erik Nevland, Zoltan Gera, Aaron Hughes (C), Jimmy Bullard, Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora

Subs: Neil Etheridge (GK), Moritz Volz, Seol Ki-Hyeon, David Healy, Danny Murphy, Eddie Johnson, Lee Cook, Clint Dempsey, Leon Andreasen, Toni Kallio

Celtic

Mark Brown, Andreas Hinkel, Lee Naylor, Stephen McManus (C), Gary Caldwell, Scott MacDonald, Scott Brown, Massimo Donati, Barrry Robson, Chris Killen, Aiden McGeady

Subs: Scott Fox (GK), Bobo Balde, Georgios Samaras, Paul Hartley, Mark Wilso, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cillian Sheridan, Koki Mizuno Darren O'Dea, Paul Caddis, Paul McGowan




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 19 2008

Time: 7:42PM

Your Comments

cheers lads - i've decided I'm going to have four beers for every goal - celebration time come on!
Al Billy
I was happy I took the last minute decision to go to the game. All of the new signings did well. I've already commented on Zamora in another article, but the others did very well. Andranik looked competent and was the starting point of the first goal, breaking up a Celtic attack, passing up to Zamora, who laid if off for Bullard, to Gera then a cross into Nevland and a goal! Stockdale looked competent, Cook came on and looked a threat late in the 2nd half. Paintsil looked a bit nervous but was competent enough. Superb game, we made Celtic look ordinary in the first half when playing our full strength team.
donfulham
Good to see Zamora getting off the mark so early into his Fulham career.
daspecial1
Gera looks fantastic!! Some of those through balls!! wow! Andranik was good too! pantsil. umm, well, A good laugh. Doesn't look as bad as some suggested. Zamora is extactly what I thought he'd be. Cook looks good enough for us!! yay!
oranje_emu
good result for fulham but it was only a freindly and celtic had a few players missing and also played a game last night with the same team...but as a celtic fan i think fulham will have a decent season as hodgson seems to be building a strong eficiant team.
donaldo1979
cook was jhe actaually any good and volz got 20 mins aswell
boca3
Cook looked good. Volz lookedworst than Pantsil
oranje_emu
anyone know why I've got this almighty hangover this morning?
Al Billy
I was in riverside and it was crap! there was only 4 people making any noise; me, my brother, my sister and this yank infont of us
Backslash2010
But then again we just kept shouting at Wilson all match long. HAHAHAHAH WIIIIILLLSOOOOONNNN your rubbish
Backslash2010
Ohh and thirdly it's my Birthday!!! YAY
Backslash2010
happy birthday backslash2010!
Putney
happy birthday matey!! big 18?
oranje_emu
happy birthday Backslash. The Fulham atmosphere (never the greatest even in league games) was missing in the friendly especially since the entire putney and stevenage road were away ends and full of Celtic fans, but the way the team played and linked up together was very positive, even if it was only a friendly.
donfulham
no i'm 19
Backslash2010
ah! my bad, have a good day? I thought the second half was uneventful till the Andreason goal. First half was fantastic!
oranje_emu
 

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