[AMERICANS ABROAD] Clint Dempsey should come off the bench every game for Fulham. The American came on in the second half of the makeup EPL game at Stoke City on a snowy Tuesday night with the Cottagers trailing 3-0 and scored on a dipping volley from 40 yards in the 85th minute to cut the margin of defeat to 3-2.
been an all-around bad evening for Fulham, which gave up three goals in
the first 37 minutes and lost in-form Bobbie
with a fractured dislocated shoulder.
Dempsey came on for Zamora after
the break, assisted on Damien Duff's
goal and twice came close to scoring for Fulham before he struck with a
wicked shot from distance.
He again threatened in stoppage time but was denied by Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen.
"It is a bad day when you lose and it is a bad day when you lose Bobby
Zamora ...," said Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. "It is a very expensive
game for us."
Zamora and Dempsey are tied for the team lead with six goals.
Jan. 5 in Stoke
Stoke City 3 Fulham 2. Goals:
Tuncay 12, Diagne-Faye 34, Sidibe 37; Duff 61, Dempsey 85.
Stoke City --
Simonsen, Higginbotham, Huth, Shawcross,
Diagne-Faye, Lawrence (Diao, 90), Whitehead, Delap (Whelan, 66),
Etherington, Sidibe, Tuncay (Fuller, 42).
Fulham -- Schwarzer, Kelly,
Konchesky, Hangeland (Smalling, 46), Baird, Hughes, Gera, Murphy, Duff,
Johnson, (Nevland, 83), Zamora (Dempsey, 54).
Referee: Mark Clattenburg.