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Middlesbrough v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Tuesday 19th February 2002, 10:28 AM


Barclaycard Premiership - Middlesbrough v Fulham -

19.45 19/02/02

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Fulham are thought to have no new injury problems for the trip to Middlesbrough.

Fulham's Lee Clark, who has been out since Boxing Day with an Achilles problem, is hoping to return to action within three weeks and be able to help in the F.A. Cup campaign.

Unfortunately the match at the Riverside Stadium also comes too early for Luis Boa Morte, who has a slow to heal ankle injury.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G), Maik Taylor(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D), Alain Goma(D), Rufus Brevett(D), Abdeslam Ouaddou(D)

Sylvain Legwinski(M), Zak Knight(D/M), John Collins(M), Steed Malbranque(A/M), Sean Davis(M/D), Bjarne Goldbaek(M)

Bazza Hayles(A), Steve Marlet(A), Louis Saha(A), Calum Willock(A).

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Striker Hamilton Ricard and midfielder Phil Stamp are out of Middlesbrough's Barclaycard Premiership clash with Fulham at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow through injury. Ricard has a broken toe and Stamp misses out with a shoulder injury, while Italian defender Gianluca Festa serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Midfielder Jonathan Greening returns from suspension.

Defender Colin Cooper, who has been out of action since the death of his two-year-old son last month, returned to training on Monday but is not included in the squad.
Middlesbrough (from):

Mark Crossley(G), Mark Schwarzer(G),

Franck Queudrue(D), Jason Gavin(D), Robbie Stockdale(D),
Ugo Ehiogu(D), Gareth Southgate(D),

Mark Wilson(M), Paul Ince(M), Robbie Mustoe(M),
Allan Johnston(M/A), Carlos Arturo Marinelli(M/A), Jonathan Greening(M/A),

Noel Whelan(A), Dean Windass(A), Andy Campbell(A),
Alen Boksic(A), Szilard Nemeth(A), Benito Carbone(A).

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Fulham is clearly, according to Opta stats, a far better team than Middlesbrough. The Cottagers have even scored more goals than Boro and although the Riversiders have a reasonable defence they have let in 10 more than the Fulham defence. The Cottagers have three players that have scored the same or more than Boro's top goalscorer Alen Boksic.

Fulham players win the stats battle in every area except red cards where Boro have gained four reds to Fulham's one. In the Opta top player stats Edwin van der Sar is rated as the 5th best keeper in the Premiership, Steve Finnan the best defender bar none, John Collins and Sylvain Legwinski the 7th and 10th best midfielders and Steed Malbranque the 5th best attacking midfielder. While Middlesboro keeper Crossley is rated as 3rd best and Gareth Southgate is rated as the 7th best defender.

It seems that all the Black and White Army needs to steamroller Boro is a bit of self belief. Sounds easy eh?

League stats Middlesbrough Fulham
Goal Scorers Alen Boksic(6+0)
Noel Whelan(3+2)
Szilard Nemeth(1+2)
Bazza Hayles (7+4)
Steed Malbranque(6+2)
Louis Saha (5+1)
Sylvain Legwinski(3+2)
Steve Marlet(2+2)
Shots on Target Alen Boksic(16)
Carlos Arturo Marinelli(13)
Benito Carbone(12)
Louis Saha (19)
Bazza Hayles (18)
Sylvain Legwinski(14)
Steed Malbranque(14)
Steve Marlet (14)
Passes completed Paul Ince(812)
Jonathan Greening(771)
Robbie Mustoe(672)
Steve Finnan (1109)
John Collins (1001)
Rufus Brevett(980)
Steed Malbranque(771)
Crosses completed Paul Ince(24)
Carlos Arturo Marinelli(23)
Allan Johnston(12)
Steed Malbranque(50
Steve Finnan (21)
Rufus Brevett(19)
Tackles completed Robbie Mustoe(61)
Jonathan Greening(57)
Paul Ince(54)
John Collins (85)
Steve Finnan (64)
Sylvain Legwinski(62)
Luis Boa Morte (47)
Fouls won Paul Ince(51)
Jonathan Greening(43)
Benito Carbone(32)
Louis Saha (69)
Bazza Hayles (53)
Steed Malbranque(51)
Luis Boa Morte (45)
Fouls conceded Jonathan Greening(39)
Paul Ince(38)
Gareth Southgate(27)
Barry Hayles (71)
Sylvain Legwinski(39)
Luis Boa Morte (37)
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(all comp's)
Paul Ince(7)
Franck Queudrue(5)
Colin Cooper(3)
Jonathan Greening(3)
Carlos Marinelli(3)
Dean Windass(3)
Barry Hayles (7)
Rufus Brevett(6)
Luis Boa Morte (5)
Sean Davis (5)
Sylvain Legwinski(4)
Red Cards Ugo Ehiogu(1)
Paul Ince(1)
Mark Schwarzer(1)
Gianluca Festa(1)
Luis Boa Morte (1)
stats from opta.co.uk

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