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The Ashburton curse strikes again.

Fulham fully deserved a point, definitely more than that but got nout.

Having taken the lead after David Healy intercepted a Jens Lehmann pass, the Cottagers held Arsenal for eighty-five minutes.

There were chances for both sides, with Tony Warner outstanding in goal, replacing the injured Antti Niemi.

The Gunners were pouring forward for a ten-minute period, with the defence, especially Knight and Baird doing very well, with Knight throwing himself in front of the ball at an Arsenal attack.

In the second half, Dempsey replaced Bouazza who although worked hard found the pace tough going. Dempsey had a great chance to make it two nil but lamely prodded well wide when put in by McBride.

Davis blasted straight at Lehmann whilst Toure nearly put into his own net late on.

Then Toure burst forward into the box and was body checked by the impressive Bocanegra, the result was a Robin Van Persie penalty, which he blasted into the top corner.

Fulham then conceded another goal through Hleb in the ninetieth minute.

This continues the trend of Arsenal winning late on at games in Ashburton Grove, last season beating Man Utd and Wigan late on in games.

Player Ratings:

Tony Warner: Superb, great saves and collected a good few corners. Vital Fulham rating: 9

Chris Baird: Very impressive, defensively sound, very good tackles. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Carlos Bocanegra: Solid, did well. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Zat Knight: Brilliant, blocked most things and had a great attitude, also concentrated for the full ninety minutes. Vital Fulham rating: 8

Paul Konchesky: Did ok, poor passing and was the weak link in the first half, improved in the second half. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Defence Overall: Brilliant, held a very good line. Vital Fulham rating: 8

Simon Davies: Stunning, worked very hard for the team, never gave up and was creative. Vital Fulham rating: 8

Smertin: Mr Dependable, solid as always. The game changed when he was substituted. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Simon Davis: Should have buried a half volley but hit it straight at Lehmann, other than that was impressive. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Hameur Bouazza: Disappointed in him to be quite frank. Tracked back well but didn't have any other impact. Vital Fulham rating: 6

Midfield overall: Played well together overall. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Brian McBride: A very clever player but doesn't have the legs. Put Dempsey through with a great ball, scuffed a chance from a corner though. Vital Fulham rating: 6

David Healy: Very impressed, worked hard and ran the channels well. Well get goals in the Premiership if he performs like he did today. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Forwards overall: worked very well together, pinning the Arsenal defence into their own half on several occasions. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Substitutions:

lint Dempsey for Hameur Bouazza: Poor, should have scored to make it two nil to Fulham but apart from that was still poor. Vital Fulham rating: 5

Diomansy Kamara for David Healy: Looks like a frustrating player even though he wasn't today, kept the ball well and looked confident. Vital Fulham rating: 6

Papa Bouba Diop for Alexy Smertin: Did well, good tackles and was strong in the middle of the park. Vital Fulham rating: 7

Unused substitutions: Elliot Omozusi and Moritz Volz.

Arsenal line up:

ehmann, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky, Hleb, Van Persie.

Substitutions: Walcott for Eboue, Bendtner for Rosicky and Song for Van Persie.

Ref watch:

eferee, Phil Dowd.

ital Fulham rating: 5. Got a lot of decisions wrong and was generally poor.




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Date:Sunday August 12 2007

Time: 3:02PM

Your Comments

Fulham would have been brave but very lucky to get a point. They got a fluke first goal and then rode their luck and GK to hang on for 83 minutes. But the team that won outclassed, outplayed and ultimately outfought fulham
hugh jarse
Outfought! lmao.
Mike Forest.
what game were you watching. ARSENAL deserved all 3 points easily and i dont think you'll find another journalist or editor who disagrees with that...your lucky not to have lost 6-2.
anonymous
outclassed and outplayed with 67%-33% possesion to arsenal. fulham fought well for a long time but the time wasting was just stupid after the penalty
anonymous
fulham deserved at least a point! I'll think you'll find that one editor agrees with me, Fulhams editor, Putney!
Mike Forest.
Fulham deserved what they got, had we been given the stonewall penalty on Hleb it would have been over a lot sooner for you, props to Warner for keeping you in it til the death tho'. Anyone else reckon Sanchez looks like a '50s CIA operative?
nikolaijns
We dominated the game and you got lucky in the first minute because of our mad keeper. You defiantely deserved what you got. But I give much praise to your keeper. He had an amazing game.
gunnerkid107
Time wasting after only 2 minutes ?!? So sad!
grovesy14
draw would have been a fair result :-)
merlin
Can I call you r orest? Your first letters on some lines seem to have gone astray :-)
merlin
A draw would not have been a fair result Merlin you bloody $hit stirrer, as with Reading today only one team tried to play and win but unlike Manure we at least put 1 chance away from open play, hope Niemi recovers soon btw
nikolaijns
Why wasn't Rosienier playing?
In MON we trust!
because he's leaving apparently....
Mike Forest.
 

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