Southampton 2-2 Fulham- Match Report
Report of match 7th October 2012
Southampton 2-2 Fulham- Match Report.
Fonte to the fore in frantic finale
Jose Fonte's last-gasp header secured a 2-2 draw for Southampton and spared defensive partner Jos Hooiveld's blushes against Fulham.
The Portuguese centre-back nodded home a 90th-minute leveller in a game in which he had broken the deadlock after four minutes.
Hooiveld scored an own goal in Southampton's 6-1 humbling at Arsenal and did so again on the south coast when he directed home a speculative John Arne Riise drive in the second half.
Hooiveld, who came on eight minutes into the clash after Frazer Richardson suffered a thigh injury, then saw Kieran Richardson's close-range strike brush off him on its way in two minutes from time, although the goal was credited to the Fulham man.
However, Fonte saved the Dutchman and his side late on to earn Southampton a fourth point of the campaign.
The hosts began brightly and the returning Morgan Schneiderlin fired a wayward warning shot, before Rickie Lambert headed into the side-netting after connecting with a Danny Fox corner from the right.
Southampton had their second corner by the fourth minute and made the early dominance count.
Adam Lallana floated the set-piece in from the left and Fonte's glanced header at the near post looped over goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and into the far corner.
Richardson was forced off in the eighth minute for the hosts and his departure forced a defensive reshuffle, with replacement Hooiveld forcing Maya Yoshida out wide.
Fulham began to make headway, with Lambert blocking Aaron Hughes from a corner before the Northern Irishman headed over.
Saints, though, were still looking dangerous and came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage as Jay Rodriguez beat the offside trap and pulled back for Lambert, whose right-footed effort just went wide.
The home side continued to press and Jason Puncheon twice came close from 22nd-minute corners.
Puncheon was denied on the goal-line by Sascha Riether and then, from the following corner, the wide man was adjudged to have fouled Schwarzer prior to prodding home.
Lambert forced Schwarzer into action at his near post after collecting a fine pass from Puncheon, but Fulham stepped up the pressure as half-time approached and home goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was required for the first time in stoppage time when Hughes headed goalwards.
The Cottagers again came close as Hooiveld failed to deal with a hopeful long ball and Hugo Rodallega poked wide under pressure from Gazzaniga.
That momentum continued into the second half but it was still Southampton enjoying the best opportunities, with Lambert volleying over a driven Schneiderlin cross from the right.
Schwarzer spilt a hopeful 25-yard effort from Rodriguez after a great surge forward but Fulham were looking a more dangerous opponent and twice came close in the 60th minute.
Gazzaniga did terrifically well to push a close-range Rodallega header away moments after Steve Sidwell bundled the ball onto the post.
Fulham could have also been awarded a penalty after Yoshida appeared to handle in the midst of the action.
Both sides made changes in a bid to change the match but it was an earlier substitute whose impact was felt on the south coast.
Riise drilled a low shot from the left and centre-back Hooiveld could only direct it into his own goal, putting Fulham level in the 69th minute.
The goal had been coming and the Cottagers threatened to go ahead, with substitute Kieran Richardson putting a Riether cross over.
Rodriguez nodded wide for the hosts in stoppage time and Saints paid when Richardson fired home off Hooiveld's leg two minutes from time.
The substitute looked to have earned Fulham three points but he gave away a late free-kick from which Fonte headed home to earn Saints a point.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 13:30 Venue: St. Mary's Attendance: 28,004|
Fonte 4, 90
|2 - 2||Fulham
Hooiveld 70 (og)
|94+4||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.|
|94+4||Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Kieran Richardson results in a free kick. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.|
|94+4||Corner taken by Daniel Fox.|
|93+3||Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.|
|89||Jose Fonte finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Southampton 2-2 Fulham.Jose Fonte goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Fox provided the assist for the goal.|
|89||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by Kieran Richardson. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.|
|89||Centre by Richard Chaplow, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.|
|87||Kieran Richardson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Southampton 1-2 Fulham.Sascha Riether provided the assist for the goal.|
|86||Guly Do Prado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.|
|84||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, clearance by Hugo Rodallega.|
|85||Adam Lallana crosses the ball, Header on goal by Jay Rodriguez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|82||Chris Baird has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.|
|81||Foul by Maya Yoshida on Kieran Richardson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Bryan Ruiz.|
|79||Shot from deep inside the area by Kieran Richardson clears the bar.|
|78||Bryan Ruiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado. Free kick taken by Adam Lallana.|
|76||Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Giorgos Karagounis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.|
|71||Giorgos Karagounis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Sidwell. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.|
|69||Jos Hooiveld scores an own goal from 12 yards. Southampton 1-1 Fulham.John Arne Riise provided the assist for the goal.|
|68||John Arne Riise produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.|
|67||Sascha Riether produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|66||Guly Do Prado comes on in place of Rickie Lambert.|
|65||(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Kieran Richardson coming on for Alex Kacaniklic. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff.|
|65||Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Daniel Fox gets a block in.|
|64||Free kick awarded for a foul by Maya Yoshida on Alex Kacaniklic. Booking for Maya Yoshida for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.|
|63||Rickie Lambert challenges Bryan Ruiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bryan Ruiz restarts play with the free kick.|
|58||Adam Lallana challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Bryan Ruiz, Header from close range by Steve Sidwell bounces off the post. Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|58||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line, Daniel Fox manages to make a clearance.|
|58||The ball is sent over by Alex Kacaniklic, Maya Yoshida manages to make a clearance.|
|56||Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Jose Fonte gets a block in.|
|55||Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.|
|53||Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.|
|50||Centre by Morgan Schneiderlin, Shot on goal by Rickie Lambert from just inside the area goes over the target.|
|47||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Morgan Schneiderlin. Caution for Morgan Schneiderlin. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.|
|46||The ball is delivered by Jason Puncheon.|
|46||Jason Puncheon crosses the ball, blocked by John Arne Riise.|
|48+3||Jay Rodriguez challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.|
|47+2||Effort from inside the area by Hugo Rodallega misses to the right of the target.|
|45+3||Bryan Ruiz takes the inswinging corner, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|43||Corner taken by Damien Duff played to the near post.|
|42||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.|
|40||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.|
|39||Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.|
|33||Adam Lallana produces a cross.|
|32||The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic.|
|29||Centre by Maya Yoshida.|
|26||Foul by Chris Baird on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.|
|24||A cross is delivered by Adam Lallana, clearance made by John Arne Riise.|
|23||Jos Hooiveld is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jos Hooiveld goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Bryan Ruiz, Paulo Gazzaniga makes a save.|
|21||Outswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Puncheon on Aaron Hughes. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.|
|20||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana, Effort from deep inside the area by Jason Puncheon bounces off the post.|
|20||Centre by Daniel Fox, clearance by Sascha Riether.|
|19||A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Alex Kacaniklic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.|
|18||Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|17||Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Jose Fonte gets a block in.|
|17||Damien Duff sends in a cross, clearance made by Daniel Fox.|
|17||Effort from inside the area by Rickie Lambert misses to the right of the target.|
|15||Outswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by Rickie Lambert.|
|14||Alex Kacaniklic delivers the ball, clearance made by Jose Fonte.|
|10||Corner taken by Damien Duff, Maya Yoshida manages to make a clearance.|
|10||Corner taken by Damien Duff, clearance made by Maya Yoshida.|
|8||Bryan Ruiz fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Bryan Ruiz takes the direct free kick.|
|5||Rickie Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. Jos Hooiveld is brought on as a substitute for Frazer Richardson. John Arne Riise takes the direct free kick.|
|3||Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte scores a headed goal from close range. Southampton 1-0 Fulham.Adam Lallana provided the assist for the goal.|
|2||Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.|
|1||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, Rickie Lambert has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.|
|1||The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.|
|-||Morgan Schneiderlin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.|