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Craven Cottage (ATT 25,690) 17th March 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

Fulham Fulham vs Swansea City Swansea

Fulham 0

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Swansea 3

G Sigurdsson (36, 66)
J Allen (77)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:56 pm, March 17th 2012

  1. That's all from me then folks. I hope you enjoyed the coverage today. I'll see you next time.

  2. A brace from Sigurdsson and Allen's goal cut the Cottagers to shreds. A great day for the Welsh.

  3. Well that was a top performance from Swansea, really impressive and they deserved that win for sure. It's back to the drawing board for Fulham.

  4. It's all over here! Fulham 0-3 Swansea!

  5. 90+2

    Swansea subs: Tate, Gower and Moore on, Taylor, Sigurdsson, Graham off

  6. 90+1

    'We want four' sing the Swansea fans.

  7. 90

    Sinclair shoots over after a neat exchange with Routledge inside the area! Lovely move from Swansea! Two minutes of added time to play.

  8. 89

    Still Swansea are showing attacking intent and the fans are ole-ing their every pass. This must be tough for Fulham supporters to take.

  9. 87

    Sigurdsson turns well in midfield and once again Swansea knock the ball around to get themselves out of trouble.

  10. 86

    Riise launches a long throw into the area but it's easily dealt with and the second ball in is claimed by Vorm.

  11. 85

    Pogrebnyak blasts over from inside the area! Dempsey laid the ball off but the Pog couldn't keep his effort down.

  12. 84

    Frei dribbles into the area, showing skill and quick feet, he cuts inside and has a low shot...saved by Vorm.

  13. 83

    Vorm tips a Dempsey half-volley onto the bar and behind! That's more like it from Fulham, but it came out of nothing.

  14. 82

    It's quite remarkable that this side came up through the play-offs last year and they are completely outplaying Fulham today. What a job by Rodgers.

  15. 81

    The Swansea fans are having an absolute ball, singing their hearts out. At the other end Pogrebnyak has a shot in anger, comfortably wide.

  16. 80

    Fulham are chasing shadows all over the pitch now. It will be interesting to see what Martin Jol has to say after the game.

  17. Allen puts the gloss on this win but it was terrible defending from Senderos. The Swiss gave it straight to Allen before falling on his backside, but fair play to the Swans midfielder who cut inside and fired a low shot past Schwarzer with great composure. 3-0!

  18. 77

    GOAL - ALLEN!

  19. 77

    Swansea look to build down their right but Fulham win it back. Senderos gives it away though...

  20. 75

    Fulham need something and quick, but Vorm hasn't been tested in this second half. Duff has certainly been a bright spark since his introduction though.

  21. 74

    Duff breaks into the area down the right and fires a cross/shot to the near post. Vorm claims and the ball had already gone out for a goal-kick, although the Fulham fans clearly don't think so.

  22. 73

    Well in my opinion Fulham have missed Murphy badly today, their midfield simply hasn't been up to speed with Swansea's slick passing. Can he drag them back into the game?

  23. 72

    Fulham sub: Diarra off, Murphy on

  24. 70

    Can Frei have an impact? Swansea keeping hold of the ball well, but just as I say that Fulham attack and Dempsey is nearly slid in...great interception from Monk.

  25. 69

    Swansea fans chant 'The Jacks are staying up'. They may just do more than that, as the top-half beckons.

  26. 68

    Fulham sub: Frei on, Johnson off

  27. Fine goal from Swansea as Sigurdsson drove forward with pace, feeding the ball wide right to Routledge, who returned the pass for Sigurdsson to stroke home!

  28. 67

    GOAL - SIGURDSSON!

  29. 66

    A counter-attack from the Swans and it's nice build-up play before the cross is over-hit and Graham can't quite latch onto it.

  30. 65

    Leon Britton has been excellent in Swansea's midfield, getting them out of danger there with some smart passing.

  31. 63

    Good play from Kelly and Duff wide right, but the cross is headed clear just in front of Pogrebnyak.

  32. 62

    Fulham have had one chance in this game, and that was Dempsey's in the first half. So far the Pog has looked isolated up front and balls just seem to be bouncing off him at the moment.

  33. 61

    Nice cross the backpost from Routledge, but the ball is just over the head of Allen. Swansea in control.

  34. 59

    Swansea continue to be mightily impressive on the ball. Brendan Rodgers has worked wonders as the men in orange stroke it around effortlessly.

  35. 58

    Nice exchange of passes between Duff and Diarra as the Irishman advances with pace before hitting a shot...well over the bar.

  36. 57

    Lovely play between Rangel and Routledge down the right, but Senderos hacks the cross clear.

  37. 56

    Sinclair is found on the left touchline, he is up against Kelly, cuts inside and beats him before pulling the trigger...but he drags his shot wide.

  38. 55

    A lot of Fulham fans seem happy that Ruiz has been taken off. He didn't have the best of games to be fair.

  39. 54

    Fulham sub: Duff on, Ruiz off

  40. 53

    Dempsey comes deep to collect the ball but Ruiz then gives it away with a sloppy pass. The home fans don't like that.

  41. 51

    Diarra looks to have had stitches on a cut above his right eye. He returns to the game and looks like a hardened warrior.

  42. 50

    Senderos is forced into a tight corner but does well to find a team-mate in white. There was very little support for the defender there though.

  43. 49

    Sinclair does well to beat his man down the Swansea left and loft a ball to the backpost, but Schwarzer is aware of the danger and claims.

  44. 48

    Pogrebnyak hasn't been involved much today, but as we have seen previously, he can be lethal in front of goal.

  45. 46

    Fulham start the half with energy as Johnson fights for the ball, but Swansea get possession and can build from the back.

  46. The match restarts for the second half.

  47. The sides reappear for the second half and we are ready to go again.

  48. It was a relatively even half but Swansea just edged it, and it was a well-worked goal finished off by Sigurdsson. What have Fulham got in the tank I wonder...

  49. Got something to say on that half? You can drop me a Tweet @SkySportsRachG or email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

  50. It's half-time at Craven Cottage and Swansea are leading 1-0 thanks to Sigurdsson's goal.

  51. 45+1

    Ruiz floats it in and Dempsey rises to meet it but heads it way over the crossbar. One minute of stoppage time is added.

  52. 45

    Fulham win a throw on the left of the Swansea half, which Riise launches in. It meets the head of Caulker, who nods it behind to hand the hosts a corner on the stroke of half-time.

  53. 44

    The Swans have possession in their own half as Caulker and Vorm trade passes but Riise wins the ball.

  54. 43

    Sinclair breaks on the counter-attack and surges up the field but is shut down by a well-timed tackle from Senderos. Swansea throw.

  55. 42

    The Swans get forward again as Routledge storms down the right but Riise deals with his cross. Fulham win a free-kick in midfield after some shirt-tugging on Ruiz.

  56. 41

    Dembele has left the pitch temporarily to change his shirt after getting blood on it. The Cottagers sit on the ball in midfield in his absence.

  57. 40

    Fulham win a throw on the right of the Swansea half which they take quickly, with Senderos and Hangeland exchanging passes in midfield.

  58. 39

    Ruiz takes the corner and the hosts win another straight after. He floats it in again but Johnson can't quite get his head to it at the near post.

  59. 38

    A deserved lead for the visitors and Cottagers will be looking for an instant response before the break. Dempsey wins a corner for Fulham on the left.

  60. Sigurdsson is the man on target for the Swans! Routledge fires in a pinpoint cross from the right and Sinclair knocks it into the box, allowing Sigurdsson to nod it home with ease.

  61. 36

    GOAL! SWANSEA TAKE THE LEAD!

  62. 35

    Ruiz is on the ball in midfield and weaves his way into the box after a nice one-two with Johnson. He squeezes a cross in but no-one can latch onto it.

  63. 34

    Sorry about the break there! We're having some slight technical issues at Craven Cottage. You didn't miss any goals thought - it's still 0-0.

  64. 21

    Swansea press down the left and Taylor hangs a ball into the box, but Hangeland is there to head away.

  65. 20

    Sinclair looks to bring the ball out of his own half but is stopped in his tracks, then Fulham give it away, much to the frustration of the home supporters.

  66. 18

    It's Fulham's turn to string a few passes together now, with Dembele at the heart of their play.

  67. 17

    Diarra is again guilty of some cumbersome play, squandering possession with a backheel in a dangerous area.

  68. 16

    Johnson and Pogrebnyak combine well in attack but the Pog is penalised for a foul.

  69. 15

    Diarra makes a complete hash of a clearance, slicing the ball straight up in the air, but Schwarzer is alert and on hand to clear the danger.

  70. 14

    Still no clear-cut chances but I'd like to see the possession stats. Britton, Allen and Sigurdsson dictating the tempo.

  71. 13

    Fulham are doing much of the chasing at the moment, this Swansea side look so comfortable in possession.

  72. 12

    Good challenge from Rangel on Johnson down the left, but Fulham win a corner. Ruiz drifts it in and the ball is headed clear, only as far as Riise who hits it...not too far wide.

  73. 11

    Taylor advances down the left and pulls the pall inside for Sigurdsson who has a pop from long range, but it hits Routledge and deflects behind.

  74. 10

    Swansea seeing most of the ball at the moment, as Diarra is penalised for a foul in midfield.

  75. 9

    Caulker knocks a long ball forward looking for Graham but Senderos wins the aerial challenge. Swansea continue to press and it is slipped through for Routledge, but the flag goes up for offside.

  76. 8

    Swansea knocking the ball around with great composure in midfield before sending in a cross from the right, claimed by Schwarzer. Their fans are in fine voice.

  77. 7

    Fine hold-up play from Pogrebnyak, bringing Riise into play down the left. He looks really up for it this afternoon.

  78. 6

    Sigurdsson drifts the corner to the far post but it is headed clear by Fulham. Great opening to this game.

  79. 5

    Dreadful defending from Hangeland, the Fulham captain today, giving it straight to Sinclair, who cuts inside and pulls the trigger, deflected behind.

  80. 4

    Fulham put the pressure on from the resulting corner, and the ball falls for Dembele in the area, he has a left-foot crack...saved low by Vorm!

  81. 3

    Swift break from Fulham as Dempsey charges forward with the ball at feet, he attempts a curler from the edge of the area...tipped over by Vorm!

  82. 2

    Free-kick down the right touchline for the Swans after Routledge is tugged back by Riise. The cross comes in for Graham...headed clear!

  83. 1

    Early chance for Danny Graham, slipped into the left-side of the area, but his near-post effort is claimed by Mark Schwarzer.

  84. 1

    The game gets underway

  85. The two teams emerge from the tunnel here at Craven Cottage and we are minutes away from kick-off.

  86. Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored with every shot on target he has had so far in a Fulham shirt...beware Michel Vorm!

  87. The referee today is Mark Halsey.

  88. So there you have the two teams, Ashley Williams drops out due to a virus after 169 consecutive appearances for Swansea. Danny Murphy is on the Fulham bench. Get in touch with your views.

  89. Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Caulker, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Tate, Gower, McEachran, Moore, Lita.

  90. Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Riise, Hangeland, Senderos, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Ruiz, Johnson, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Murphy, Duff, Hughes, Etuhu, Frei

  91. The teams are in...

  92. Fulham, meanwhile, fell to a late Aston Villa goal last time out, but have been in good form this year, especially at home.

  93. Most of Wales will be focusing on the rugby this afternoon, but there are plenty of Jacks who have made the trip to the English capital, and after last weekend's victory over Manchester City, confidence is sky high.

  94. We've had a bit of rain in West London today, so the playing surface is looking pretty slick, which should help the passing game of both teams.

  95. Afternoon everyone. Not many fixtures in the Premier League today, but I'm at the Cottage for Fulham v Swansea, a game between two sides who like to play. Could be a cracker.

  96. Kick-off is at 1500 GMT.

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