Fulham beat Liverpool in tight match at the Cottage

December 7, 2011 by  
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Fulham secured a fine home victory over 10-man Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Monday night thanks to an 85th minute strike from Clint Dempsey.

The match was fairly even with Liverpool slightly in the ascendancy when Reds midfielder Jay Spearing was shown red for following through on Moussa Dembele, though he had won the ball first.

Martin Jol’s men made good use of the extra man and began to stamp their authority on the game with Danny Murphy pulling the strings in midfield for the Cottagers. Indeed it was Murphy who was influential in creating the goal. He beat Glen Johnson – who is better attacking than when on defensive duties – before firing a low shot towards goal, which Reine spilled into the path of a quick-reacting Dempsey who finished it off.

After the match, a satisfied Martin Jol said, “We dropped points at home against Everton when we were the better team – we were pretty unlucky. Tonight we had the rub of the green.” The win moves Fulham up to 13th in the league on 15 points while Liverpool remain in seventh on 23 points.

As well as the disputable sending off, there was further controversy off the pitch. Reds striker Luis Suarez was the focus of barracking from sections of the home support who accused the Uruguayan of cheating by going down too easily under challenges. After one particular challenge by Brede Hangeland, Suarez was photographed making an inappropriate hand gesture, which could land him in hot water with the FA. Manager Kenny Dalglish said it was “scandalous” his player had been dubbed a cheat, but he might change his tune once he sees the photo of the striker’s indiscretion.

Overall though, this was an impressive home win by a side struggling for consistency but who – on their day – can be a match for any team.

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