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Craven Cottage (ATT 14,110) 15th September 2011 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: Antonio Damato

Fulham Fulham vs FC Twente Twente

Fulham 1

A Johnson (19)


Twente 1

M Schwarzer (og 41)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 7:16 pm, October 1st 2011

  1. 90+3

    Final whistle is blown by the referee.

  2. 90+2

    Baird is found out wide by Dempsey but his delivery into the box from a god area fails to beat the first defender.

  3. 90+1

    Dempsey booked

  4. 90+3

    Three minutes of added time are held up

  5. 88

    Dempsey flicks the ball on into the direction of Zamora but Douglas shields the ball out of play

  6. 87

    Zamora is just caught offisde as he tries to latch on to a flick on to get him in behind the Twente defence.

  7. 86

    Fulham are pressing and pushing for a winner in these final few minutes

  8. 84

    We are are into the last six minutes of the game and you can feel the tension growing around the ground now

  9. 83

    Janssen replaced by Lenzaat

  10. 82

    Sanderos booked

  11. 82

    Grygera puts in a teasing ball that just evades Duff

  12. 81

    Rosales has just tottaly misjudged a pass as he attempted cross field pass goes straight out

  13. 80

    Briggs replaced by Sanderos

  14. 79

    Twente corner fails to bring the joy that they so badly crave

  15. 78

    Cornelisse shot is charged down by Briggs for a corner.

  16. 77

    Fulham fans break out into a crescendo of noise as they try and raise their teams spirits

  17. 75

    With 15 minutes remaining of the contest you get the feeling that the next goal could win the game.

  18. 74

    De Jong and Rosales fail to take advantage of Fulham defensive lapse and waste an opportunity to get a shot on goal.

  19. 73

    Kasami replaced by Duff

  20. 72

    Rosales slips as he tries to reach a cross field and the ball rolls out of play.

  21. 71

    Murphy booked

  22. 69

    Sidwell did well to get in the box but they need to make the most of these chances.

  23. 68

    CHANCE!!! Sidwell gets on to the the end of a superb cross in from the right but he can't keep his header down.

  24. 67

    John replaced by Bajrami.

  25. 65

    Zamora will hope that he can make the difference for Scotland in this game.

  26. 65

    Johnson replaced by Zamora

  27. 63

    Fulham are showing signs that they are starting to take control of this game.

  28. 62

    CHANCE!!! Dembele looses control of the ball after a threatening run. The ball then falls into Dempsey's path but his stinging drive is well saved!!

  29. 61

    Rosales booked for wild challenge

  30. 60

    Johnson does well to get the left flank and pulls the ball back for Sidwell who just fails to get a meaningful connection on the ball.

  31. 59

    Johnson just fails to bring Murphy's threaded pass under his control and it goes out for a corner. Great pass by Murphy.

  32. 58

    Cornelisse blazes a shot over the bar after he is found on the corner of the box unmarked. Wild effort.

  33. 57

    Referee does not like Sidwell's latest challenge and blows against him for high feet.

  34. 56

    CHANCE!!! Johnson from close range shoots straight at the 'keeper. Should have scored!!! No more than six yards out.

  35. 54

    Murphy chips a ball into the box for Kasami who was trying to knock the ball down for Dempsey. But he did not have the direction on the ball.

  36. 52

    The tempo of the game has really picked up and already this second half is shaping up to be a good one.

  37. 51

    CHANCE!!! Dempsey gets inside the defender and flings himself at a cross from Kasami but it goes wide.

  38. 50

    The fans seem to be taking to this young lad and his every drive forward is cheered by the crowd

  39. 49

    Powerful run by Briggs down the left is stop with a firm challenge

  40. 48

    The home side will hope they can get their Europa League campaign with a win

  41. 46

    Fulham get the game on the way

  42. The referee has blown for the interval in what has been an interesting half of football. So while the players are enjoying their brews feel free to grab one yourselves and see you after the break.

  43. 44

    Twente are still on the attack and are camped in Fulham's last third.

  44. 43

    Another dangerous ball from the right is pumped into the box but Baird is there to head the danger out.

  45. 42

    Dembele worked back well to win the ball and stride forward but he allowed himslef to get dispossessed.

  46. 41

    It really was a well worked goal by the Dutch team and De Jong showed why he is earning rave reviews in his homeland.

  47. Brilliant cross from the right and De Jong rose so well to direct a powerful back across goal which went in off the post and in.

  48. 39

    GOAL!!! De Jong!!!!

  49. 37

    John's free-kick is blocked by the wall and the rebound is well saved by Schwarzer.

  50. 35

    Rosales catches Briggs in the midrift with a high challenge that leaves him requiring attention.

  51. 33

    CHANCE!! Briggs shows his ability going forward from left-back as he gets in an attacking position and flashes a right footed shot acros goal.

  52. 32

    Twente are trying to take the sting out of the game and are again playing it between the backline.

  53. 31

    CHANCE!! DE Jong just found space in the box to thump a header at goal that is well saved. Good effort lad!!!

  54. 30

    Sidwell cruches into another tackle and is definitely making his presence felt out there

  55. 29

    CHANCE!!! Hangeland plays a ball into Murphy who ghosts behind the defender but he is unable to get his header on target. The ball was just a little too high.

  56. 27

    Twente's passing seems to lack the precision of the opening quarter

  57. 25

    Douglas jockeyed Johnson well to shadow him out of the area and away from the danger zone. Good defending from the young lad who has looked impressive.

  58. 23

    Fulham are moving the ball well now and a passing move breaks down when Dempsey slips when it looks as if he could be in on goal.

  59. 22

    Dempsey and Grygera combined well down the right hand side before the latter put in a good cross. But none of the Fulham attackers were alive to it.

  60. 21

    Fulham have got their tails up as Murphy fizzes another dangerous ball into the box.

  61. 20

    Right! So how will Twente respond? They started the game so positively but an error of judgement cost them.

  62. 18

    He was at a acute angle and produced an impudent finish with the outside of his boot that went in off the post. Top finish.

  63. 18

    Johnson cut out a square ball from Tiendalli, but he still had loads to do.

  64. 18


  65. 17

    Douglas again shows his class to win the ball in defence and stride out elegantly from the back.

  66. 15

    Grygera booked for a wild challenge

  67. 14

    A nice bit of approach play from Dembele is ruined by a wild shot at goal.

  68. 13

    Sidwell puts in a crunching tackle on Douglas which leaves the Brazilian in a heap.

  69. 12

    CHANCE!!! Dempsey strode up to the edge of the area before firing a low drive that is well saved. Decent effort.

  70. 11

    Dempsey tries to waeve his way through the Twente defence but he well tackled by Douglas

  71. 10

    Kasami has just clattered into Fer and is warned by the referee to calm down.

  72. 9

    Murphy's corner into the area finds Dempsey but he swings and misses the ball when unmarked.

  73. 8

    John had a mazy run put could only produce a weak shot when he did have team-mates in a better position.

  74. 6

    Johnson got away down the left and tried to feed the ball inside for Dembele but his pass deflected off the referee and into the path of a Twente player.

  75. 5

    Twente are being very patient and enjoying a lot of the ball. It seems that Fulham are allowing to have the ball in not so dangerous areas.

  76. 4

    Murphy tries to get a hold of the ball and take on the responsibility to make his team play. The skipper is the key man for them.

  77. 3

    Rosales is down after he receives a knock from Danny Murphy who was chasing the ball back.

  78. 2

    Twente have started the game confidently and are zipping the ball between each other already.

  79. 1

    There is a good atmosphere in Craven Cottage now with the home fans in rich voice

  80. 1

    Twente get the game going

  81. The teams are coming out.

  82. Well kick-off is just over five minutes away so go and grab a cup of tea, or if you want something stronger, go on. Why not?

  83. Fulham have for a long period of time played a 4-4-2 system, but Jol is slowly trying to stamp his own identity on the team, and don't be surprised to see them playing a more Dutch attacking 4-3-3 system before too long.

  84. Martin Jol side face a tough run of games in the Premier League and will hope to get a good result tonight to set them up for those.

  85. Craven Cottage is slowly filling up as the fans are slowly starting to fill the ground.

  86. Fulham reached the final of this competition in 2010 but were beaten by Atletico Madrid. But could this new look team match that feat?

  87. Tonight's referee is Antonio Damato from Italy.

  88. The teams are in.................

  89. Twente, though, have no injury problems and are expected to be at full strength for this trip to London.

  90. Some Premier League managers view this competition as a nuisance. What approach do you think Martin Jol should adopt to this competition? Don't hold back email in to let us know.

  91. Please feel to contact me on I want to hear your opinions, thoughts and feelings on tonight's game and on the competition in general.

  92. I do ask for your forgiveness, I forgot to intoduce myself. My name is Soriebah and I will be your eyes and ears here tonight.

  93. Philippe Sanderos is struggling with an ankle injury, Dickson Etuhu is struggling with a thigh injury, while Aaron Hughes is out.

  94. In the absence of the first choice pairing Andy Johnson and Moussa Dembele should be given the nod to line the attack.

  95. Bobby Zamora could also be rested ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester City.

  96. The Cottagers will be without their new signing for the game as he is cup-tied but he will be available should they reach the knockout stages.

  97. Fulham will be keen to get their Europa League campaign off to a win in their first game in goup K.

  98. Good evening and welcome to the minute-by-minute text commentary of the Fulham v FC Twente game.

  99. Live updates will appear here from 2005 BST...


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