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Fulham 3 Burnley 0

Fulham eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley, at Craven Cottage, last night with a performance that made a mockery of their recent poor run of form.

For the fixture Roy Hodgson was able to welcome back Simon Davies, Dickson Etuhu and Bobby Zamora to his starting eleven but such illustrious names as Pantsil, Dempsey, Johnson, Konchesky and Gera were missing.

With just over 23,000 inside Craven Cottage it was Fulham that got off to the better start with Damien Duff seeing a shot flash wide and Danny Murphy having a shot blocked. Burnley, on the back of a very poor run of away form that hasn`t seen them win away from home this season, saw a Bikey shot flash wide.

With twenty-three minutes on the clock, Fulham took the lead with a well crafted goal. On loan new-boy Nicky Shorey produced a decent cross that David Elm did well to head down into the path of Danny Murphy. The skipper calmly controlled it on his chest before firing home.

From that moment Fulham never looked back.

Booby Zamora provided a good pass for Dickson Etuhu and Jensen was forced to parry away his shot before the Burnley defence was breached for a second time. With thirty one minute completed Bobby Zamora appeared to beat the offside trap, although the Burnley manager was later to suggest otherwise, his shot was half saved by Jensen and David Elm was on hand to score his first Premier League goal for the club.

Just before half time Burnley almost reduced the arrears, from a free kick Mears crashed a wonderful free kick against the angle of the post and the cross bar.

The second half produced much of the same fare, although with a two goal lead there wasn`t that same degree of urgency about Fulham`s play. Bobby Zamora, having a fine game, saw a shot saved by Jensen before with only nine minutes of the second half played, the lead was stretched t three goals.

Fulham won a free kick and from it Bobby Zamora simply placed the ball, from twenty yards, past a slightly bemused Jensen. It really was game set and match now and Roy Hodgson was afforded the rare luxury of being able to rotate his eleven introducing Jonathan Greening (62 minutes), Stefano Okaka (71 minutes) and Bjorn Helge Riise (77 minutes),

All in all a good warm up for the magic of the FA Cup when Notts County visit us for a fifth round tie.


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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 10 2010

Time: 4:22PM

Your Comments

let's try to avoid another potential banana skin, and keep this good run of form going...
woodysweats
oh and the first two goals were offsides... but these things happen...
woodysweats
Yep. Fortuitous no-calls on the first two goals, but overall we deserved the win. What a difference having Etuhu back! He made a huge difference. Not only did he protect the back line, but he was a real help to Murphy. We looked a different squad with Zamora and Etuhu in the lineup. Shorey's is playing great. Hope we make that a permanent deal this summer.
Teddy_KGB
Also, the expression on Okaka's face suggests to me that he REALLY doesn't want to be here. We'll give him a few weeks to settle in, I guess.
Teddy_KGB
YEP...Offsides the first two. The big four dont count,....do they? Who whinges about their good luck/refs etc decisions? We won...!!!!!!! A big 3 points and goals. As Roy would readily point out, we've had the rough....lets accept the smooth. No doubt however we deserved the win. Gotta love Zamora...lets hope he doesnt get the England call-up, we cant afford to lose him...!!!!! Are we now safe? Poor Okaka...he must be in tears at home in bed alone....lets give him a chance, silly twit.He IS only 20 after all, and in the best league in the world. Elm did well, his confidence now will be high, all good for us.! Is it possible to sack smelly Kelly yet? What a **ap man that is!!! Looking at the poll, ....does nobody else rate Duff as a player? He works so hard, and if not for him...????...I dunno.??
pommie john
WE LOVE BOBBY ZAMOOOOOOOOORA!!!
Leonestar
Good to see dix and danny back together......
Leonestar
dan still the man was shocked to see elm with zamorea but it sure did work.
truth sayer ffc
okaka doesn't look that happy, but i'd imagine not being able to speak english will make you feel very unconfortable in england... however i think if he scores a goal, he'll feel a lot better about the whole situation... he's had the opportunities, he just needs to stick one in the net!
woodysweats
In a word...comfortable
DeuceBigelow
in two words - very comfortable!
Al Billy
 

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