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Match Stats - Middlesbrough v Fulham 19.04.05

last updated Tuesday 19th April 2005, 3:04 PM
Big match facts from BBCSport FULHAM head for the north east aiming to end a run of four consecutive away League defeats.
  • Chris Coleman's side have only collected maximum points once in nearly three months, and have been hovering just above the danger line. They have a seven point cushion, but still have to go to Chelsea, host Everton and Newcastle, visit Blackburn and end with what might be a vital against Norwich at Craven Cottage.
  • Joseph-Desire Job marked his return to league action after a serious knee injury by scoring the opener in last season's corresponding fixture. Szilard Nemeth doubled the advantage from close range and Barry Hayles grabbed a last-minute consolation.
  • Fulham have not recorded a maximum on Teesside since the 0-2 triumph in the old Second Division on 24 March 1984. Since then they've lost five and drawn one of their six subsequent visits.
  • Not won in seven of the last eight Premiership matches.
    Drawn seven top League matches this season. Only Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea have finished level less often (six games each).
  • Lost 16 games in the highest echelon. Only two clubs have lost more - Norwich (17) and Crystal Palace (18).
    Conceded the opening goal 21 times in top flight matches this term - only Norwich (24) have allowed the opposition to score first more often.
  • Lost the lead only four times in top flight games this term. No club has surrendered the advantage less often.
  • Lost the last five League and Cup games away from home, against Liverpool (3-1 PL), Bolton (1-0 FAC), Tottenham (2-0 PL), Manchester United (1-0 PL) and Bolton (3-1 PL).
  • Drawn one and lost five away from home in all competitions, since beating Birmingham 1-2 at St Andrews on 22 January.
  • Won only one of the last eight Premiership games on the road.
  • Managed only one clean sheet in Premiership matches away from Craven Cottage (at Norwich).
  • Luis BOA MORTE has scored in each of Fulham's last three games.
  • If he plays, Sylvain LEGWINSKI will be making his 150th appearance for Fulham.
  • Should he take part, LEGWINSKI will be making his 300th appearance across the European Leagues. He played 135 times for AS Monaco, 49 for Girondins Bordeaux and so far has made 115 League appearances for Fulham.
MIDDLESBROUGH and Fulham are two sides with patchy form, and who have never met outside the League.
  • One win in six League outings, and three defeats in four, has seen the Teessiders all but drop out of the race for Champions League football. Now they need points to ensure they do not miss out on a second successive season in the Uefa Cup.
  • Mark Viduka made a dream debut for the Middlesbrough when these sides met at Craven cottage in August. The Australia striker broke the deadlock, and substitute Szilard Nemeth added a late second as Fulham failed to put up much resistance. Boro are now on course to do the 'double over Fulham for the seventh time in their history, but first time in the top division.
  • Recorded two wins in 12 top flight outings.
  • Lost five of the last six League and Cup games.
  • Holding the fourth highest scoring average in the Premiership - one goal every 64 minutes.
  • Scored only once in the first 15 minutes of Premiership games this season, but netted more than any other club (14) in the first quarter-hour of the second half.
  • Gone 12 Premiership games since last won by more than a single goal.
  • Lost the last three League and Cup games at the Riverside.
    Won only one of the last six home Premiership matches.
  • Szilard NEMETH has scored in each of Middlesbrough's last three Premiership matches against Fulham.
  • If on the field at kick off, Stewart DOWNING will be making his 50th start in a Middlesbrough shirt.
    If he plays, Mark CROSSLEY will be facing his former club.
OPTA Stats from Premiership games
  Boro Fulham +/-
Games Played 32 32  
 
Goal Attempts
Goals 45 38 -7
Ave Goals per game 1.41 1.19  
Shots (excl blocked shots) 347 307 -40
Ave Shots per game 11 10 -1
% Shots on Target 47% 42%  
% Goals to Shots 13% 12%  
Passing
Short Passes 8278 7223 -1055
Long Passes 3825 3305 -520
Total Passes 12103 10,528 -1575
Ave Passes per game 378 329 -49
Overall Pass Completion % 74% 68%  
Crossing
Total Crosses 759 641 -118
Ave Crosses per game 24 20 -4
Cross Completion % 22% 28%  
Defending
Clean Sheets 8 6 -2
Goals Conceded 43 52 +9
Ave goals conceded per game 1.34 1.63  
Tackles 1032 1024 -8
Ave Tackles per game 32 32  
Tackles Won % 71% 75%  
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 1475 1486 +11
Avg Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 46 46  
Discipline
Fouls 430 452 +22
Yellow Cards 39 52 +13
Fouls per Yellow Card 11.0 8.7  
Red Cards 2 5 +3
 
SkySport by Graeme Bailey
Top Opta Teams (after 32 games)
Aspect Top Team Boro Fulham
Goals Scored Arsenal 73 5th 45 13th 38
Shots onTarget Arsenal 199 4th 164 12th 128
Shots Attempted Chelsea 443 7th 347 13th 307
Passes Made Arsenal 15623 6th 12103 16th 10528
Crosses Man Utd 1038 10th 759 18th 641
Goals Conceded Norwich 63 4th 51 14th 36
Tackles Made Charlton 1180 10th 1032 11th 1024
Tackles Won Charlton 847 11th 732 9th 765
Clean Sheets Chelsea 22 10th 8 17th 6
Fouls Conceded A. Villa 556 18th 430 9th 452
Yellow Cards Blackburn 62 12th 41 3rd 52
Fouls per yellow Norwich 16.7 10th 10.5 19th 8.7
Red Cards W.B.A. 5 10th 2 2nd 5
HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS
  Boro Draw Fulham
League 22 6 19
Premier 3 1 3
HEAD TO HEAD at Boro
  Boro Draw Fulham
League 13 3 7
Premier 2 1 0
Fulham year on year Opta Stats comparison
(after 32 games)
Aspect 04/05 03/04
Goals Scored 13th 38 7th 44
Shots onTarget 12th 128 6th 162
Shots Attempted 13th 307 10th 340
Passes Made 16th 10528 9th 11454
Crosses Attempted 18th 641 19th 614
Goals Conceded 14th 36 10th 40
Tackles Made 11th 1024 1st 1087
Tackles Won 9th 765 1st 808
Clean Sheets 17th 6 5th 12
Fouls Conceded 9th 452 7th 483
Yellow Cards 3rd 52 3rd 58
Fouls per yellow 19th 8.7 11th 8.3
Red Cards 2nd 5 11th 3
LAST CORRESPONDING GAME - 7 January 2004Middlesbrough 2-1 Fulham
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