Premier League Results
Date: 22 February 2019
By: Marc Gingell
Cardiff crushed – Fulham take another step towards the Premier League trap door.
|22-Feb||Kick-Off 19.45||Cardiff City||1||Watford||5|
|Venue||Cardiff City Stadium||Sol Bamba 82||Gerard Deulofeu 18′, 61′, 63′|
|Referee||L. Mason||Att. 30,87||Troy Deeney 73′, 90+1′|
|22-Feb||Kick-Off 19.45||West Ham United||3||Fulham||1|
|Venue||London Stadium||Chicharito 29′||Ryan Babel 3′|
|Referee||S. Hooper||Issa Diop 40′|
|Michail Antonio 90+1′|
Cardiff 1 Watford 5
Cardiff were hoping to win three top-flight games for the first time since 1961 and move up to 13th in the Premier League table. But for the second time this season their visitors crushed them 5-1. Manchester United, just before Christmas in Ole Gunnar Solskjær first game also won 5-1 and Manchester City won 5-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
In the 18th minute, twenty-four year old Gerard Deulofeu began the rout when he found space on the edge of Cardiff’s penalty box to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. On 61 minutes Deulofeu picked the ball up just inside Watford’s half, in the centre circle, and skipped passed Cardiff’s Gabon defender Bruno Ecuele Manga for a free run on goal. This time he took the ball around Etheridge and slotted into the empty net.
Two minutes later Harry Arter gave the ball away in midfield and Etienne Capoue found Deulofeu in space on Watford’s right. As Etheridge came to meet him Deulofeu chipped him to complete a magnificent hat-trick. In the 73rd minute, Troy Deeney had a simple tap in from eight yards after being set up by Deulofeu and Deeney scored again in the 90+ 1st minute. That was after Sol Bamba had pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute.
Cardiff: Etheridge (5), Morrison (4), Manga (4), Bamba (4), Paterson (5), Bacuna (5), Ralls (5), Bennett (4), Arter (4), Murphy (5), Niasse (4)
Subs: Hoilett (6), Mendez-Laing (4), Zohore (4)
Watford: Foster (7), Janmaat (6), Mariappa (6), Cathcart (6), Masina (6), Doucoure (7), Capoue (7), Hughes (7), Pereyra (7), Deeney (9), Deulofeu (10)
Subs: Quina (5), Cleverley (N/A), Gray (N/A)
Man of the match: Gerard Deulofeu
West Ham 3 Fulham 1
West Ham leapfrogged Everton to ninth in the Premier League but they needed a controversial goal from Javier Hernandez to bring them back into this game.
Fulham’s Dutch international Ryan Babel had a chance to open the scoring for Fulham in the second minute after a poor back pass from Pablo Zabaleta. West Ham’s keeper, Lukasz Fabianski, stood up well to save with his head but Babel should have scored. A minute later he did when he found himself in space on the edge of West Ham’s six yard box after a left wing cross Ryan Sessegnon.
The Arm of Chicharito!
On 29 minutes West Ham equalised from a corner on the right. Fulham’s keeper Sergio Rico miss timed his punch, Issa Diop headed back into the danger area where fellow central defender Angelo Ogbonna headed towards Fulham’s right post. Master six yard goal poacher Javier Hernandez completed the head tennis by knocking the ball into the next. Or did he? A closer inspection showed that Hernandez’s 50th Premier League goal should have been chalked off. He’d used his left arm but all the officials and Fulham’s players missed it.
On 40 minutes Robert Snodgrass flung over a corner from West Ham’s right where Diop rose unchallenged to head his first West Ham goal from four yards. Michail Antonio headed in West Ham’s third in the 90+ 1st minute after a good cross from Marko Arnautovic.
West Ham: Fabianski (7), Zabaleta (6), Diop (8), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (7), Noble (7), Rice (8), Antonio (7), Anderson (6), Snodgrass (6), Hernandez (6).
Subs: Arnautovic (7), Lanzini (7), Fredericks (6)
Fulham: Rico (4), Odoi (4), Sessegnon (5), Ream (5), Bryan (5), Nordveit (4), Chambers (5), Seri (4), Cairney (5), Babel (7), Mitrovic (7).
Subs: Markovic (5), Anguissa (4).
Man of the Match: Declan Rice
|9||West Ham United||27||10||6||11||35||40||-5||36|
|14||Brighton and Hove Albion||26||7||6||13||28||39||-11||27|
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