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Saturday 15 March 2014

On this day in 2006: Reds run riot on Fowler's goalscoring return

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Liverpool's emphatic victory over Fulham

  • Robbie Fowler (left) scored the first goal of his second spell at Liverpool against Fulham

  • Fulham cancelled out Fowler's opener, but Michael Brown's own goal gave the hosts a 2-1 lead

  • Goals from Fernando Morientes (right), Peter Crouch and Stephen Warnock sealed the win

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

15 March 2006 - Liverpool 5-1 Fulham

Robbie Fowler scored the first goal of his second spell with Liverpool as the Reds comprehensively defeated Fulham.

Fowler, who scored 120 Barclays Premier League goals for the club between 1993 and 2002 after coming through the Liverpool academy, led the way for his side with his 16th minute opener.

Fowler got his side off to a good start when he headed in the opening goal after Luis Garcia flicked on a corner from Harry Kewell.

Fernando Morientes and Fowler each had chances to stretch the lead before Fulham levelled the match when Collins John drove home the ball after being found by a pinpoint pass by Mark Pembridge.

Liverpool quickly restored their lead when Michael Brown turned the ball into his own net while trying to divert a cross from Kewell.

It took until the 71st minute for the Reds to hit their third thanks to a fierce shot from Morientes - the Spanish striker driving the ball into the roof of the net.

Peter Crouch made it 4-1 when he flicked in a shot in the 89th minute and Stephen Warnock completed the scoring moments later after the Fulham defence failed to clear the ball.

"It was a fantastic game for the strikers," Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said. "They were all waiting to score and it was important for their confidence that they did."

Fulham manager Chris Coleman said: "It looked as if we had been battered after those last few minutes but I cannot criticise the players after that."

Liverpool went on to finish third at the end of the season while Fulham came 16th and avoided the bottom three by eight points.

Goalscorer Fowler scored eight League goals in his second spell at Anfield and took his overall Barclays Premier League haul to 163 goals.

The prolific marksmen is the sixth highest scorer in the competition's history after a successful top-flight career that also included spells at Leeds United, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Robbie Fowler scored the first goal of his second spell at Liverpool as the Reds beat Fulham 5-1