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Craven Cottage (ATT 22,480) 22nd October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

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Reds slump, Fulham triumph

By Alex Dunn.   Last Updated: 22/10/05 4:55pm

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Those present at Craven Cottage paid their respects to Johnny Haynes and then saw Fulham do a favourite son proud as they outbattled Liverpool in an impressive 2-0 victory.

Collins John scored his third goal in as many games on the half hour mark before Luis Boa Morte doubled Rafa Benitez's woes when he grabbed Fulham's second in stoppage time.

Much has been made of Liverpool's lethargic domestic displays in comparison with their clinical European raids and never was it more so apparent than on their latest trip to the capital.

The first period did nothing to dispel any notion that suggests Benitez has created a side for the continent but not The Premiership, as Liverpool's players played with a complete lack of wit, vitality or spark.

It was a truly leaden performance, Harry Kewell toiled on his return but understandably looked ring-rusty, Fernando Morientes continues to look a pale imitation of the colossus that reigned in Spain and without Steven Gerrard, Liverpool lack a heart.

Fulham should have been ahead within five minutes but on his first Premiership start, Australian Ahmad Elrich failed to read the script and contrived to sky the ball over when left unattended five yards from goal.

Better than results have suggested, Fulham were eager and crisp in the tackle and whilst their passing at times lacked a cutting edge, their desire to keep the ball on the floor would have pleased Haynes.

When the goal arrived it will be Josemi who has to take responsibility, as he failed to come out in unison with the rest of Liverpool's back-four, allowing John to take the ball on his chest and finish calmy from the penalty spot.

If Liverpool created not a single chance worthy of note in the first period, then at least after the interval they caused occasional consternation, for first Mark Crossley and then Tony Warner, who replaced the veteran when he pulled-up midway through the half.

Kewell's forty yard lob threatened to embarrass a stranded Crossley when he punched meekly, but the ball landed on the top of his goal, before Warner - albeit inadvertently - became a super-sub.

An outstretched glove denied Morientes on the volley and then Liverpool substitute Luis Garcia thought he had scored but Warner was equal to the Spaniard's curling effort with a fabulous sprawling tip wide.

Sami Hyypia, thrown forward, connected well with a volley but Warner again did well at his near post before the industrious Djibril Cisse threatened again but his snapshot from the angle was parried over.

Into stoppage and Malbranque's clever approach on the left caught Liverpool flat-footed, Boa Morte was played in with a disguised pass and from eight yards he crashed the ball high and past Jose Reina at his near post to earn Fulham a deserved three points.

Fulham v Liverpool  player ratings.

FulhamTeam NameLiverpool
3Shots on target ( Inc Goals )5
3Shots off Target (inc woodwork)8
0Blocked Shots1
3Corners Won8
10Total Fouls Conceded15
0Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0



Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 29 67
2 Manchester City 30 61
3 Arsenal 30 60
4 Manchester United 30 59
5 Liverpool 30 54
6 Southampton 30 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 30 53
8 Swansea City 30 43
9 West Ham United 30 42
10 Stoke City 30 42
11 Crystal Palace 30 36
12 Newcastle United 30 35
13 Everton 30 34
14 West Bromwich Albion 30 33
15 Hull City 30 28
16 Aston Villa 30 28
17 Sunderland 30 26
18 Burnley 30 25
19 Queens Park Rangers 30 22
20 Leicester City 29 19


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