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Clint Dempsey ready for Chelsea

last updated Friday 21st August 2009, 1:12 PM
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The two-goal hero of Fulham's dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea last December, Clint Dempsey, is ready to inflict new misery on the Blues by making himself available to replace long-term injury victim Andy Johnson in the Cottagers' attack when the sides clash on Sunday.

Last December midfielder Dempsey scored twice, including a dramatic 89th-minute equaliser, as Fulham held Chelsea at Craven Cottage.

Ahead of this season's repeat fixture, Dempsey demonstrated he is still deadly in front of goal when he netted a stunner from long range as Fulham beat Russian club Amkar Perm 3-1 in the first leg of a final Europa League play-off last night.

Dempsey is set to soften the blow of losing Johnson by volunteering to move from midfield to partner Bobby Zamora up front against Chelsea.

The United States international said: "Wherever the coach wants me to play, I'll try my best. We still have some good forwards so that is a choice he'll have to make. I'm just going to do my best to help the team win."

Dempsey still cherishes memories of his part in last season's match against Chelsea when he gave Fulham the lead, saw Frank Lampard score twice, and then equalised in from a Simon Davies corner.

He said: "Every time you score against a big team, especially your local rivals, it is definitely a highlight."

After an electric start to the new campaign in which rampant Fulham have scored nine goals in three Europa League matches and won their opening Premier League game at Portsmouth, Dempsey believes his side have nothing to fear against their more celebrated neighbours.

He said: "I would say we're now a complete footballing team. We play a good style of football, we create chances and we score goals.

We just have to stay tight defensively. We'll go into the game pretty confident."

Source David Smith at Evening Standard
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