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Fulham 3 Celtic 1

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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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Saturday July 19 2008
Time: 7:42PM

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cheers lads - i've decided I'm going to have four beers for every goal - celebration time come on!
Al Billy
19/07/2008 20:01:00
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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
19/07/2008 20:08:00
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Good to see Zamora getting off the mark so early into his Fulham career.
daspecial1
19/07/2008 20:10:00
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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
19/07/2008 21:20:00
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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
19/07/2008 21:32:00
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cook was jhe actaually any good and volz got 20 mins aswell
boca3
19/07/2008 22:21:00
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Cook looked good. Volz lookedworst than Pantsil
oranje_emu
19/07/2008 23:27:00
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anyone know why I've got this almighty hangover this morning?
Al Billy
20/07/2008 10:54:00
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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
20/07/2008 12:54:00
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But then again we just kept shouting at Wilson all match long. HAHAHAHAH WIIIIILLLSOOOOONNNN your rubbish
Backslash2010
20/07/2008 12:55:00
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