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Fulham maintained their unbeaten start to the 2010/11 season, with a Clint Dempsey goal cancelling out Chris Samba's early opener for Blackburn

It was a familiar starting line up for Rovers, in a 4-2-3-1 with

Salgado, Nelsen, Samba,Givet
Jones, Grella
Gamst, MB Diouf, EH Diouf

Sam ALlardyce would have hoped for his team to get of the blocks early, and they did, beginning an aerial bombardment of Australian Interntational Keeper, Mark Schwarzer. The goal keeper was called into action early, collecting a corner just off the head of Chris Samba.

Nikola Kalinic then picked up the ball, making a darting run, brought down. Rovers players appealed for a Penalty, however the referee correctly ruled it to be just outside the box. Blackburn continued to pressure, and Mark Schwarzer remained lucky to stay on the pitch. Mark was found in no mans land after attempting to punch out a delivery, then got a hand on a Gamst Pedersen chip, outside the box. It was missed by the referee, and the chip was cleared off the line.

Blackburn finally got their opener, in controversial circumstances. A Paul Robinson free kick made its way into the box, with all players flapping and Samba heading into a somewhat open net. After replays, the reason the net was open was due to a shoulder charge by EH Diouf on Schwarzer, leaving the goalie stranded on the floor. 1-0 Rovers

Fulham almost struck right back. Carlos Salcido, making his debut, struck a delightful bending shot from the far left corner of the box, Paul Robinson managing to tip it wide of the goal. Half time 1-0 Rovers

Fulham upped the pressure in the second half, and got their due rewards after some sloppy marking. A quickly taken free kick found Salcido free out wide, crossing in for an unmarked Dempsey, who made no mistake. 1-1.

Benjani came on for Kalinic, almost making an immediate impact. His flick on found Brett Emerton, however the ball just wouldnt sit right, as Emertons volley was deflected. Benjani managed to hold the ball up well, taking on his man and laying it off as needed.

WIth no real chances to seal the game, it ended 1-1, with both managers left fuming at several game changing errors by referee Anthony Taylor

Star Player

El Hadji Diouf- Another superb shift by Dioufy. Some superb overlapping runs, got stuck in in defence, and moved the ball around quickly

Player Ratings


Good delivery from set pieces, great save from Salcido's bending shot


Took his goal well, was very solid in defence, as we expect from the big man


Did a good job, would be dissapointed in letting Dempsey get past him for the goal


Out run by a pacy Salcido, however Salgado did the same in attack.


Quiet game from Givet, did what was needed, nothing going forward


Very solid game from Jonesy. Held it tight in midfield, building a really strong combination with Vinny


Solid from Vince. Does all the little ugly things other players wont do, held up play well, allowing Jones to be a bit more creative on the ball.


Was playing really well before taken off. Must have been a tactical change as he threatened the Fulham defence time after time

MB Diouf-6.5

Not as effective as previous games, almost slipped through after a Diouf cross, just couldnt work that first touch

EH Diouf-8.5

Another superb shift from Dioufy. MOM.


Runs superb lines, but too many times he is offside. Needs to check the run, if he does, the goals will come


Looked dangerous in the spell on pitch. Good deliviries, moved the ball well


Impressive, looks like we are onto something here

Date:Monday September 20 2010
Time: 1:12AM


whilst fulham are undefeated, we really should of found the net a second time and got all 3 points somehow
20/09/2010 03:24:00
At the start of the game I said anything less than 3 points and I would be disappointed... I stand by that. On the balance of the game a point a piece was fair as Rovers bossed the first half and Fulham the second.
Mikey Delap
20/09/2010 09:10:00
Another 3 points thrown away, i see on the lt sam has been ranting about the players throwing it away every-time we get a goal and doesnt know why we never go onto to win?? If he doesn't have a clue im sure we could help him out
mutts nutts
20/09/2010 09:58:00
We coulda really done with getting the 3 points here. We've got some really tough games coming up in October. The Blackpool game is Massive now.
20/09/2010 10:00:00
2 points dropped. These are games we need to win, if we are to improve on last season's 10th place finish.
20/09/2010 12:58:00
I'm embarrased wih Diouf and our goal - we won't get any free kicks or penalties from refs if Diouf is involved. However, I don't see how Hughes can moan about it as he set us up to play like that when he managed us! Also, Sas, when you do the ratings don't sit on the fence with your .5 ratings, just give one figure! Otherwise it seems that you're being over-generous.
20/09/2010 13:41:00
yes boss!!! lol
21/09/2010 05:57:00
...and great report as usual!
21/09/2010 12:43:00
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