• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,700
  • Berbatov, 8
  • Lambert, pen 85

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: FULHAM 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON. There is the full time whistle! Southampton have earned a point and they thoroughly deserved it after an adventurous second half display on a horrible day at the Cottage.

90 mins:Southampton are piling forward in search of a winner now.

90 mins:We are into added time.

88 mins:Lucky for Schwarzer! Rodriguez unleashes a powerful drive from the edge of the box that gets through the palms of Schwarzer and looks to be rolling slowly over the line but the keeper manages to reach back and keep it out.

86 mins:Fulham think they are about to retake the lead as Berbatov piles in at the far post but the cross is a fraction too high.

84 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON. Schwarzer gets incredibly close to keeping it out but RICKIE LAMBERT'S spot kick nestles in the corner.

83 mins:PENALTY! A chance for Southampton to get back on terms as Baird handles Lambert's shot in the box.

82 mins:The rain had stopped for a little while but it's back with a bang now as the heavens open.

80 mins:Southampton are frantically going in search of an equaliser as they pile forward.

78 mins:A change apiece now with Jay Rodriguez replacing Davis for the Saints while Giorgios Karagounis is on for Hugo Rodallega.

77 mins:And now Shaw swings in a cross that Lambert hits first time and it flashes just over the bar.

76 mins:A lovely piece of individual skill from Ramirez sees him evade two defenders but the shot is straight at Schwarzer.

74 mins:A worry for Fulham as Mark Schwarzer goes down and clutches his elbow after an awkward landing.

72 mins:Nigel Adkins might want to make a change and throw another striker on to give Lambert some support.

70 mins:Fulham suddenly could be out of sight as Berbatov flicks a header just past the post.

68 mins:A change for Fulham as Dejagah makes way for Kerim Frei.

67 mins:Close! Berbatov's lob into Rodallega is nodded down for Dejagah who fires first time and it fizzes a fraction wide of the far post.

65 mins:The Saints have been forcing a high tempo in recent minutes but Fulham are now trying to keep the ball and slow things down.

63 mins:Poor defending from Senderos as he gets wrong side of Puncheon and sends him flying to the ground but the referee isn't interested in the appeals.

61 mins:We are through the hour mark and the Saints are showing that they are willing to fight for this.

58 mins:A clever one-two between Davis and Cork sees the latter send a stabbed effort just wide.

55 mins:Big chance! Dejagah capitalises on Shaw's mistake and drives into the box but skews his shot wide of the far post.

53 mins:Half a chance for Southampton as Lambert's near post cross is met by Davis but he can't direct it on target.

50 mins:The Saints have started the second half well and are looking dangerous.

48 mins:Half a chance for the Saints as Puncheon strides towards the edge of the box and fires just wide of the angle of post and bar.

46 mins:The second half is underway.

45 mins:Bryan Ruiz has replaced Kacaniklic at the break.

45 mins:HALF TIME: FULHAM 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON. Berbatov's early goal means Fulham lead at the break. But the Saints have worked their way into the game.

45 mins:We are going to have just one minute of stoppage time.

43 mins:Hugo Rodallega is in need of treatment and play is stopped.

41 mins:Less than five minutes to half time and Southampton are starting to apply some pressure.

39 mins:A low cross is fired in by Lambert but Hangeland is well placed to mop up the danger.

37 mins:There has been precious little goalmouth action in this first half.

34 mins:Alongside the torrential rain we now have a swirling wind inside Craven Cottage that is really not helping the players.

31 mins:Half an hour gone and the game has really settled down with little happening at either end.

28 mins:A good battle is brewing between Shaw and Dejagah on the Fulham right.

25 mins:Final warning for Berbatov as he brings down Yoshida and narrowly escapes a second booking.

23 mins:The hosts have taken their foot off the gas and that is letting Southampton start to really control the game.

20 mins:A good effort from all of 25 yads from Cork forces a save from Schwarzer.

18 mins:A clever run forward from Riise is only just allowed to go to waste as Kacaniklic's pass is a little overhit.

17 mins:The Saints are seeing a lot more of the ball now than their hosts.

14 mins:The visitors need to make sure they don't just hoof it long for Lambert as he looks isolated.

12 mins:A chance for Southampton to get level quickly but Yoshida heads Ramirez's corner wide.

9 mins:Berbatov is booked for removing his shirt while celebrating.

8 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON. Deadlock broken! Fulham work the ball superbly on the right hand side and Dejagah's cross finds DIMITAR BERBATOV at the far post where he taps home.

5 mins:The weather, as it is everywhere, is simply awful and it is going to be tough for defenders.

3 mins:Sloppy passing from the Saints and Steve Sidwell finds himself with space to unleash a shot from the edge of the box that flashes wide.

1 mins:We are underway at Craven Cottage.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Steven Davis, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lambert.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Rodallega.

Southampton are hovering just above the relegation zone and the Saints will want to start picking up a few more points on a regular basis.

Fulham will have had a miserable Christmas Day after being thumped by Liverpool at the weekend and Martin Jol will want a reaction today.

Welcome to Craven Cottage for this Boxing Day clash as Fulham entertain Southampton.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,700
  • Berbatov, 8
  • Lambert, pen 85

match report

Rickie Lambert converted an 85th-minute penalty to hand Southampton a crucial away draw and extend Fulham's poor run of form to only one win in 11 matches.

The home team had taken an early lead thanks to Dimitar Berbatov's sixth goal of the season and looked set to hang on for the victory.

However, former Saint Chris Baird handled in the box five minutes from time and Lambert converted to pull his team a point clear of the relegation zone.

Fulham made the better start and could have gone ahead in the third minute through Steve Sidwell's right-footed shot that whistled narrowly wide from 20 yards out.

It didn't matter, though, because they took a deserved lead five minutes later when Ashkan Dejagah fed the overlapping Sascha Riether on the right flank, and his low cross found Berbatov to hook home from close range at the back post.

Fulham pushed on for a second and although had plenty of joy down the left flank through the impressive Alex Kacaniklic, they were unable to truly test Kelvin Davis in the Southampton goal.

The visitors took until the 20th minute to settle down and went close when both Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin tried their luck with shots from the edge of the box.

Berbatov saw a close-range header from a corner blocked by Davis as Fulham reasserted their authority, but they then lost their momentum after the break as Southampton fought their way back into the game.

They went close within three minutes of the restart through a Jason Puncheon left-footer that only narrowly missed the post, before Steven Davis sent a header wide when unmarked 12 yards out.

Lambert then fired a well-struck volley narrowly over, but made amends shortly after as the visitors finally made their breakthrough with time running out - courtesy of a helping hand from an old friend.

A corner from the left connected with the outstretched arm of Baird and although Mark Schwarzer got a glove to Lambert's spot-kick, it was too well struck to keep out.

Gaston Ramirez then almost snatched all three points for Southampton with a rasping left-foot strike that Schwarzer nearly parried into his own goal.

team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
4Philippe Senderos
27Sascha Riether
3John Arne Riise
5Brede Hangeland
7Steve Sidwell
24Ashkan Dejagah68
31Alexander Kacaniklic45
6Chris Baird
20Hugo Rodallega78
9Dimitar Berbatov


13David Stockdale
21Kerim Frei68
14Giorgios Karagounis78
17Matthew Briggs
18Aaron Hughes
2Stephen Kelly
11Bryan Ruiz45


Phil Dowd

team line-up

1Kelvin Davis
2Nathaniel Clyne
3Maya Yoshida
23Luke Shaw
6Jose Fonte
42Jason Puncheon
8Steven Davis78
18Jack Cork
4Morgan Schneiderlin
10Gastón Ramírez94
7Rickie Lambert


5Jos Hooiveld
22Frazer Richardson
31Artur Boruc
16James Ward-Prowse
24Emmanuel Mayuka
9Jay Rodriguez78


Phil Dowd

match stats

possession %5049
shots on target13
shots off target84
tackles won1512