Fulham put on a master class performance on Monday night, seeing off Crystal Palace 4-1 in a resounding road victory at Selhurst Park. It was not always a walk in the park for the visitors though, as Palace actually took the lead after 7 minutes through an Adrian Mariappa header following a deflected cross that caught Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg out of net.
The initial surge that Palace got lasted them only 12 minutes though as they were pegged back by an absolute wondergoal by Pajtim Kasami. The 21-year old Swiss youngster made a daring run that penetrated the Palace backline before controlling a perfectly weighted through ball by teammate Sascha Riether on the volley and firing home across goal past an outstretched and stunned Julian Speroni to level the game. The goal was a quality of which the league has probably not seen yet this year and easily takes the cake for individual goal of the year thus far.
Not to be outdone, fellow Fulham player Steve Sidwell produced a cracker of his own to give the Cottagers the lead in first half stoppage time, as the midfielder volleyed home a dipping shot from 20 yards out following a free kick into the wall. Ian Holloway’s men had to feel a bit down on their luck at the break, and their misery only continued 5 minutes into the second half as Dimitar Berbatov guided his header from a Fulham corner into the far corner to double the advantage for the visitors. Sensing the chance for a kill shot, Fulham polished off the Eagles with a back post volley from Philippe Senderos on 55 minutes to hammer home the final nail as Fulham classed their way to this edition of their London Derby while Crystal Palace will be massively disappointed in their performance as the season continues to spiral downwards for Ian Holloway, whose sides’ attacking style continues to falter in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace: vs. Arsenal
Fulham: at Southampton