Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Chelsea 3 Fulham 1

Chelsea 3 Fulham 1

Optimistic of taking all three points as we walked the short distance down the Fulham Road we were soon to be following a familiar road of dejection regarding any chance of a Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge.

With the side shorn of Andrew Johnson and Simon Davies but with Bobby Zamora declared fit and Erik Nevland starting, we had hoped that our opposition would rest several key players ahead of their clash with Barcelona, but that wasn`t the case. Even with Michael Ballack on the bench their starting eleven looked very strong.

Nevertheless nothing could have prepared us for the opening tem minutes. Who`d have thought, after so many 0-0 draws on the road, there`d be three goals in the opening exchanges?

Unfortunately for us the first of those had us staring down the barrel of a first minute goal. Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba scythed open our normally reliable defence to allow Nicolas Anelka to slot easily past Mark Schwarzer.

But, instead of capitulating, we came back three minutes later to silence the home ground. A looping ball over the top saw Erik Nevland racing into acres of space and as he advanced on goal he slipped a low shot past Cech into the far corner, making it two goals in two games for the Norwegian.

The equaliser should have stabilised things but in the ninth minute we were behind again. Drogba was lurking out wide and when he played a ball across the area, somewhere near the penalty pot, John Pantsil couldn`t get a clearing foot to it and Malouda, in acres of space, picked his spot perfectly to leave Schwarzer stranded.

Sadly, it wasn`t the last time we were to be picked off as some fluent Chelsea passing moves opened us up, but thankfully, Chelsea were unable to capitalise. Pushing forward ourselves, Nevland was the victim of a crunching, fair, tackle from John Terry, a tackle that was ultimately to see the Norwegian limp off just after the half hour mark to be replaced by Diomansy Kamara.

Trying to get an equaliser, Murphy saw a shot deflected over the bar by Terry and Zamora fired one just wide. As the half time whistle sounded we were losing 2-1 but we`d, despite that very early goal, given a good account of ourselves.

Chelsea showed the size of their squad by replacing Alex with Ivanovic and Essien with Ballack at half time and any hopes we had of getting back on level terms were extinguished only seven minutes into the half when Chelsea scored a third.

Anelka, operating out on the right, slipped a good ball through to Drogba and the powerful striker shrugged off his marker to slip the ball past Schwarzer as he advanced to narrow the angle. At 3-1 you thought it was a mountain too far to climb.

But credit to the lads they never gave up and as the game approached its final minutes forced Chelsea into some desperate clearances. A defeat when many expected us to at least get a share of the spoils and a defeat to our nearest rivals always hurts but we`ll get over it, it`s still been a tremendous season and we`ll look forward to Villa, at home, next week.



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
Time: 9:57AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Conor Benn Wins on Points

Comments

0
a bad day at the office - very similar to West Ham away!
Putney
03/05/2009 10:14:00
0
a bad day at the office - very similar to West Ham away!
Putney
03/05/2009 10:14:00
0
good point - let's put it behind us and concentrate on the remaining games!
Al Billy
03/05/2009 12:43:00
0
good point - let's put it behind us and concentrate on the remaining games!
Al Billy
03/05/2009 12:43:00
0
hear hear...
woodysweats
03/05/2009 17:54:00
0
hear hear...
woodysweats
03/05/2009 17:54:00
0
just seen the goals again - no chance with their first one, got to say it was a slick move!
Al Billy
04/05/2009 19:33:00
0
just seen the goals again - no chance with their first one, got to say it was a slick move!
Al Billy
04/05/2009 19:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Views from the Benches - Bristol City (h)

As Fulham slump to a heavy home defeat.

Fulham 0 Bristol City 4

That was not what the doctor ordered!

Stats: Fulham v Bristol City

All the stats from Fulham (0) vs (4) Bristol City, Craven Cottage, 24/09/16 15:00 Att: 20,585

Fulham v Bristol City - Team-Sheets

After a flying start to the season, Fulham have suffered something of a slump in recent fixtures.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Bristol City (h)?
Suggested By: putney
Button0%
Odoi0%
Madl0%
Sigurdsson0%
Sessegnon0%
Parker0%
McDonald0%
Cairney0%
Aluko100%
Kebano0%
Martin0%
Sánchez Ruiz0%
Johansen0%
Smith0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
2 Huddersfield 9 6 1 2 19 4
3 Brighton 9 5 2 2 17 6
4 Reading 9 5 2 2 17 0
5 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
6 Birmingham 9 4 4 1 16 4
7 Barnsley 9 5 0 4 15 6
8 Wolves 9 4 3 2 15 3
9 Brentford 9 4 2 3 14 6
10 Bristol City 9 4 2 3 14 5
11 Sheff Wed 9 4 2 3 14 -1
12 Leeds Utd 9 4 1 4 13 -1
13 Fulham 9 3 4 2 13 -2
14 Ipswich 9 3 3 3 12 0
15 Forest 9 3 2 4 11 -2
16 Q.P.R. 9 3 2 4 11 -4
17 Aston Villa 9 1 6 2 9 0
18 Burton 9 2 3 4 9 -2
19 Preston 9 3 0 6 9 -4
20 Blackburn 9 2 2 5 8 -6
21 Cardiff 9 2 2 5 8 -7
22 Derby County 9 1 3 5 6 -6
23 Rotherham 9 1 3 5 6 -12
24 Wigan 9 1 2 6 5 -3
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 12:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BLACK PRINCE HARRY1