sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,700
FulhamFulhamvSwanseaSwansea
1
  • Ruiz, 56
2
  • Graham, 19
  • De Guzmán, 52

live commentary

91 mins:FULL-TIME: FULHAM 1-2 SWANSEA: The visitors hang on to claim all three points on a hugely disappointing day for Fulham.

90 mins:Berbatov heads just over the bar and punches the ground in disappointment.

89 mins:The home fans have gone a little quiet as the seconds tick away.

88 mins:Swansea are hanging on now.

86 mins:Stockdale tips a Rangel effort round the post but then drops the corner.

85 mins:Fulham are throwing everything at Swansea, who are trying to slow things down.

83 mins:Philippe Senderos is brought on for Frei as Fulham push Hangeland forward.

82 mins:Kemy Agustien is replaced by Leon Britton.

80 mins:The free-kick is watsed by Rodallega.

79 mins:Kemy Agustien is booked for a shove on Rodallega.

78 mins:De Guzman hammers the free-kick into the wall.

77 mins:Sidwell goes into the book for a late tackle.

76 mins:The rain is really heavy now at Craven Cottage.

75 mins:That was the last action for Dejagah, who is replaced by Hugo Rodallega.

74 mins:Dejagah pulls the ball back behind Berbatov, who is furious.

72 mins:Ashkan Dejagah overhits his cross and it's straight out of play.

70 mins:Fulham are getting closer and closer to an equaliser.

69 mins:Berbatov thinks he's scored but the offside flag is up.

68 mins:Frei lashes an effort just wide, very close to an equaliser.

66 mins:Ben Davies comes on for Pablo Hernandez.

64 mins:Stockdale is relieved to see Williams head just wide from a corner.

62 mins:Frei's cross is deflected goalwards but Tremmel does well to keep it out.

60 mins:It's all Fulham now as they search for an equaliser.

58 mins:There was some confusion over whether that goal should stand but the referee judged Ruiz to be onside.

56 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 1-2 SWANSEA: Fulham are back in it, Tremmel saves well from Berbatov but the ball falls to Ruiz who slots it home.

54 mins:Martin Jol is furious on the touchline after that goal.

52 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 0-2 SWANSEA: Terrible error from Stockdale who clears the ball straight at Hangeland, the ball ricochets to De Guzman who nets from close range.

51 mins:Another corner from Ruiz is headed wide by Sidwell.

50 mins:It's all Fulham, they should be level by now.

48 mins:Fulham have started the second half very well, they just need to keep up the pressure.

47 mins:Ruiz steps up to take the freekick and it's inches wide, a great effort.

46 mins:Karagounis immediately wins a free-kick.

46 mins:The second half gets underway.

45 mins:HALF-TIME: FULHAM 0-1 SWANSEA: Fulham have had more possession and chances but find themselves behind at the break.

44 mins:Wayne Routledge is upended by Sidwell in the centre circle and Swansea have a free-kick.

43 mins:Sidwell drives an effort from distance that flies wide of the goal.

42 mins:Can Fulham find an equaliser before half-time?

40 mins:Both sides are making mistakes at the back and it means a very watchable game.

38 mins:A great effort from Ruiz is aimed towards the top corner but is well saved by Tremmel.

37 mins:Swansesa win a corner which is eventually cleared by Fulham, who look a little shaky at the back.

35 mins:Giorgios Karagounis picks up a booking for a crude challenge on Dyer.

33 mins:Fulham are starting to see much more of the ball again.

31 mins:Sidwell bursts into the box but his cross is straight into the arms of Tremmel.

29 mins:The home fans are starting to get a little frustrated with their side.

27 mins:Another effort from Ruiz is just off-target.

25 mins:Ruiz sends a free-kick just over the bar, a decent effort from Fulham's best player this afternoon.

23 mins:Fulham need to regroup quickly and regain the attitude of the first 15 minutes.

21 mins:Fulham almost level straight away, Frei sending a cross-shot just wide of the far post.

19 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 0-1 SWANSEA: Swansea break the deadlock, a Dyer shot is saved but the unmarked Graham volleys home from around the penalty spot.

17 mins:Matthew Briggs gets past his man but overhits his pass.

15 mins:Swansea are settling into the game as they put a few passes together.

14 mins:The corner leads to a battle in the area which sees Hangeland awarded a free-kick after being fouled.

13 mins:Hernandez finds Dyer whose shot is deflected wide for a corner.

12 mins:Swansea are chasing shadows at the moment.

10 mins:A Fulham corner finds Berbatov who hooks the ball goalwards but it's just over the bar.

9 mins:Fulham have started well this afternoon, with Swansea unable to put together a decent spell of possession.

7 mins:Tremmel does well to beat away a Fulham free-kick from Bryan Ruiz.

5 mins:Sascha Riether lets fly with a shot from 25 yards and Berbatov is penalised for a foul in the area.

3 mins:A Fulham corner leads to a Swansea counterattack and the visitors win a corner.

2 mins:It will be interesting to see how Swansea get on today without top scorer Michu.

1 mins:The game gets underway with Fulham looking to improve on a poor recent home record.

Fulham manager Martin Jol makes six changes from the side that drew with Southampton as he looks for an upturn in fortunes.

There are seven changes to the Swansea line-up, with Michu out through injury.

Swansea did the double last season over Fulham, sho have won just one of their last 11 games.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,700
FulhamFulhamvSwanseaSwansea
1
  • Ruiz, 56
2
  • Graham, 19
  • De Guzmán, 52

match report

A David Stockdale howler proved costly for Fulham as they continued their worrying slump in a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City.

The goalkeeper, making a first start in 11 months in place of the injured Mark Schwarzer, produced a second-half blunder when dealing with a back-pass to allow Swansea to take a two-goal lead.

Jonathan de Guzman was the man to score from Stockdale's mistake at Craven Cottage, which added to Danny Graham's first-half opener.

And that left Fulham with too much to do, meaning Bryan Ruiz's later close-range effort was just a consolation in an alarming run of just one win in 12 Premier League games.

That leaves Martin Jol's team looking nervously at the relegation zone while Michael Laudrup's Swansea ended their four-game winless streak.

The punishing festive schedule seemed to be behind both managers' decisions to ring the changes to their starting line-up, Fulham making six and Swansea seven.

Dimitar Berbatov probably should have scored in the 10th minute when he outmuscled his marker six yards out only to volley Ruiz's corner into the ground and over the crossbar.

But the opening goal then came from a mistake in the 19th minute, when Nathan Dyer scuffed a deflected cross, Stockdale should have palmed clear and Graham readjusted to finish.

After half-time Ruiz almost got the better of motionless Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel when his latest free-kick curled inches wide.

But Stockdale produced another gaffe in the 52nd minute when he cleared the ball straight against Brede Hangeland and it rebounded for Pablo Hernandez to square for De Guzman to side-foot home.

Tremmel was then finally beaten in the 56th minute in controversial fashion.

Berbatov headed Frei's cross against the crossbar and his follow-up was blocked straight to Ruiz, whose point-blank finish was going in but hit an offside Sascha Riether on the way.

Fulham pushed for an equaliser but the home side's misery was duly complete when Berbatov sent a stoppage-time header off target.

team line-up

13David Stockdale
18Aaron Hughes
27Sascha Riether
5Brede Hangeland
17Matthew Briggs
21Kerim Frei84
14Giorgios Karagounis
24Ashkan Dejagah76
7Steve Sidwell
11Bryan Ruiz
9Dimitar Berbatov

substitutes

3John Arne Riise
2Stephen Kelly
38Neil Etheridge
15Kieran Richardson
20Hugo Rodallega76
4Philippe Senderos84
6Chris Baird

referee

Andre Marriner

team line-up

25Gerhard Tremmel
22Angel Rangel
6Ashley Williams
21Dwight Tiendalli
16Garry Monk
20Jonathan De Guzmán
15Wayne Routledge45
12Nathan Dyer
11Pablo Hernández67
26Kemy Agustien83
10Danny Graham

substitutes

7Leon Britton83
24Ki Sung-Yueng45
19Luke Moore
33Ben Davies67
2Kyle Bartley
1Michel Vorm
17Itay Shechter

referee

Andre Marriner

match stats

possession %5940
shots on target67
shots off target101
corners98
tackles won1114
offsides10