Date: 11th September 2011 at 6:28pm
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Martin Jol will probably rue the fact that this was more two points lost than a point won!

Martin Jol, as expected, gave the £10 million new-boy, Ruiz, his debut, Zamora returned from injury whilst the other recent buys of Grygera, Kasami and Gecov had to be content with a place on the bench. John Arne Riise started at left back after confirming his fitness sin a recent international.

After a minutes silence, immaculately observed, for the victims of 9/11 ten years ago it was Blackburn who got the action underway.

The half started slowly with only a mazy run from Clint Dempsey to get the crowd buzzing in the first eight minutes. Fortunately, Damien Duff was soon to become prominent and one cross in saw Steve Sidwell flash a volley well wide.

Some lapse defending though allowed three Blackburn players to slip through the offside trap and Rochina should have hit the ball first time but delayed and saw Mark Schwarzer pull off a comfortable save. The visitors were having a decent spell and an overhead kick from Goodwillie flashed wide.

With nineteen minutes completed Aaron Hughes was forced to limp off to be replaced by Stephen Kelly. Zamora was presented with a decent chance when Dann, amazingly squared the ball to him, Zamora though, eventually, got crowded out and the chance was gone.

Duff, hugging the right flank was causing Blackburn problems but the visitors were still looking dangerous. Nzonzi flashed a long range shot wide before, with thirty-two minute splayed, they went ahead.

Ruiz, making his debut, lost possession and when Senderos failed to clear the ball was worked back to Rochina who fired home, from outside the area, off of the crossbar.

Six minutes later though Fulham were level with the goal coming down the right flank that Duff had used well in the first half. Zamora burst into the box and curled a lovely left-footed effort past Robinson and into the net.

As half time approached Dempsey was fouled, in a central position, thirty yards out. Taking time to work the free kick well, Murphy rolled the ball to Riise but his shot slammed into the wall.

Half Time – Fulham 1 Blackburn 1

Martin Jol made one change at half time introducing Moussa Dembele for Bryan Ruiz, Fulham had an early chance when Duff blazed a shot we wide from an acute angle before Formica, in acres of space for Blackburn, shot straight at Schwarzer.

Fulham continued to apply the pressure and forced three corners in pretty quick succession, all of which came to nothing. Riise saw another free kick hit the wall, after Dembele had been fouled and Robinson produced a decent save to deprive Murphy as he jinked his way into the box and went for the top corner.

Zamora won another free kick, in a dangerous place, but this time it was Zamora who hit the wall with the free kick. Andrew Johnson was introduced in place of Riise and Johnson could have made an immediate impact but was crowded out.

Another corner was won and Hangeland headed wide. Blackburn, pushing forward for a winner, saw Goodwillie drift a shot just past the far post. With three minutes to play, both sides still had a chance for one further effort. Demspey saw a twenty yard curler saved by Robinson before an error by Kelly saw a horrible collision between Schwarzer and Hoillet.

Hoillet, after a lengthy spell of treatment, was carried away on a stretcher, sad way for an entertaining game to end.

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4 Replies to “Fulham 1 Blackburn 1”

  • No where near enough effort, lads. Not good enough! Duff seemed to be the only one putting forth any effort until Dembele came on. Two points dropped to be sure. Another pathetic performances. Becoming concerned. Get it sorted, Martin!

  • Oh, and for the 100th time already – end this Senderos experiment! He’s a sub not a starter. Enough of this Hughes as RB *****. Now it looks like you’ve gone and gotten him injured. Get with the program, Martin.

  • looks like senderos will play some more in the center back position… so strange… duff was a menace, and bobby looks back to normal in front of the goal… but he needs to get better bringing others into play… ruiz looks a half step slow… and started the attack that cost us the goal… i have to disagree, i’m not sure what else kelly could have done in that situation… but a terrible injury… i’m glad both are ok…

  • Kelly was left isolated, which is not his fault; he should’ve had cover, but it was an error. Even if heading it forward was not an option, he could’ve at least headed it to one side or the other instead of backwards. Overall, I thought Kelly played OK, but I’d rather have Baird at RB.

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