There’s only one F in Fulham
The Fulham Fanzine
Bearing in mind
I missed the first 3 League and the EFL Cup games
The following brief biased accounts are nicked inserts from the media with pieces from my TV watching so completely inaccurate (or more than usually so)
Fulham were forced to settle for a draw after taking a 2-0 lead in Brighton on an eventful afternoon.
A late first half goal from André Schürrle gave Fulham a lead heading in to half-time before Aleksandar Mitrović doubled the lead in the 62nd minute. Glenn Murray halved the deficit and then picked up his second from the spot in the 84th minute to level things up with 6 minutes to go.
A late first half goal from André Following on from the emphatic 4-2 victory over Burnley last week in the Premier League Slaviša Jokanović made two changes to the side that ran out victors on that day. After picking up his first minutes for the Whites on Tuesday night, Alfie Mawson was inserted into the starting XI alongside Denis Odoi at the heart of the Whites defence. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa was also brought in to replace the injured Tom Cairney.
A late first half goal from André It was a beautiful day on the South Coast as the two sides made their way out onto the sun drenched pitch at the American Express Communiity Stadium.
A late first half goal from André The home side started brightly, pressing the Whites back into the own half, switching the ball from flank to flank but predominantly focusing their attention down the right wing. Two dangerous corners repelled in the first 4 minutes.
A late first half goal from André After enjoying their first period of possession that the Fulham faithful have grown accustomed the first shot on goal came in the 15th minute. Jean Michaël Seri received the ball on the outside the box and similar to last week tried his luck. However, his right-footed shot lacked power and was gathered by Matthew Ryan.
A late first half goal from André Despite direct and extreme pressure from the Seaguls the Whites almost pinched one on the break in the 16th minute. Luciano Vietto turned his man neatly in the centre of the pitch and surged forward. Rather than going for goal he unselfishly spread it out to the left wing into the path of André Schürrle. The German winger looked up and fizzed in a driven cross which was glanced over the bar by Aleksandar Mitrović.
A late first half goal from André The Whites were made to rue not capitalising on a positive spell when in the 24th minute Vietto felled Glen Murray in the box after a fortuitous break. In front of the Fulham fans it appeared Brighton would take the lead from the spot.
A late first half goal from André However, after a lazy run up Pascal Gross looked to side footed his effort into the bottom right hand corner. Marcus Bettinelli guessed right and produced a superb one hand save to parry behind for a corner. The travelling fans erupted and it remained goalless.
A late first half goal from André A frenetic first half calmed and chances were few and far between for both sides as the referee drew the first half to a close, the only half chance snuffed out by a superb tackle from Seri who prevented a certain shot on target by Anthony Knockaert.
A late first half goal from André As the pace of the game died down and the frantic Brighton home support subsided a delightful goal for the Whites silenced the locals even more. After some tidy and patient play Anguissa slipped a forceful pass into the feet of Seri just on the edge of the Brighton box. After a quick look up he chipped a picture perfect ball into the path of Schürrle in the heart of a crowded penalty area. The tricky winger made mistake and slammed a unstoppable shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
A late first half goal from André An ideal end to the half with the Whites able to weather a spell of early pressure. The second half started much like the start to the first half. But in the 53rd minute Fulham threatened once again. An unlikely individual at the heart of a courageous counter attack all the way from the edge of the Whites box. After reacting quickly to a pass aimed for the feet of Murray, Denis Odoi latched onto it and surged forward past numerous Brighton players. A cynical hack by Davy Propper was the only thing that could stop the Belgian 30 yards from goal.
A late first half goal from André Minutes later Fulham were fortunate to remain in front. A clever ball in behind the back line allowed a one on one for Solly March. With only Bettinelli to beat he blazed over to the delight of the Fulham faithful.
A late first half goal from André Then in the 62nd the elation in the away end reached boiling point when the Fulham lead was doubled. A moment to forget to Brighton captain Lewis Dunk. An arrogant approach to a lofted through ball was punished. The powerful Serbian bulldozing his way past a hopeless Dunk and smashing home on the second attempt after meandering in from the right wing.
A late first half goal from André A lapse in concentration at the other end gifted Brighton a goal against the run of play. In the 67th minute Knockaert attacked the Fulham left wing and cut it back expertly into the path of Murray. The striker made no mistake and slotted it home past the advancing Bettinelli.
A late first half goal from André The gaffer made his first changes of the match in the 73rd minute, introducing Stefan Johansen in place of a visibly exhausted Anguissa.
A late first half goal from André The changes made an impact, ensuring each Brighton player was pressed and badgered. However, with 8 minutes to the match was level. After surviving another lofted free kick Mitrović looked to control the ball under no pressure in the box. The ball grazed his shoulder on the way down and referee pointed to the spot. Murray stepped up and made no mistake.
A late first half goal from André With the crowd fully back in the encounter Brighton pushed and pressed in search of a late winner. However, nothing materialised and the match ended 2-2.
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It's always disappointing to lose a 2-0 lead but for much of this match Fulham were second best.
Across the 90 minutes Brighton stopped the play-off winners playing their trademark style of play and played with intensity throughout.
Moments of class made the difference in a penalty save from Marcus Bettinelli, a perfect chip from Jean-Michael Seri finished by Andre Schurrle, and the bullying edge from Aleksandar Mitrovic. But poor decisions cost Fulham.
The hosts looked the more threatening in the first half and the Cottagers could not sustain any kind of possession when Luciano Vietto tripped Glenn Murray on the corner fo the box after good play from Anthony Knockaert.
A clear foul but a big save from Bettinelli, who got low to his right prevented Fulham from going 1-0 down from Pascal Gross' penalty.
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It looked like the half would peter out into a draw but on the cusp of half time the Cottagers got a chance went ahead through Schurrle's composed finish.
The second half provided much of the same story with the Whites providing a more stable performance and the quiet Mitrovic suddenly woke up, catching Lewis Dunk dawdling in possession and scoring at the second attempt.
Despite their hard work, Brighton only then scored when Maxime Le Marchand was wasteful in possession and Knockaert was able to run at the centre of Fulham's defence before laying of to Murray to finish.
It was another Fulham error that led to the second as Mitrovic brought down the ball in his own box using his arm, allowing Brighton a second chance from the penalty spot, and Murray calmly took his opportunity with six minutes to go.
Here's how we rated the players:
Given Brighton's pressure had surprisingly few saves to make but handled a corner in the 15th very well in a mass of bodies. Incredibly strong save from Brighton's penalty. Distribution put Fulham under pressure during the second half. 7.
A composed performance from Dutchman, with confidence beyond his years. Fit in, in attack and defence. 6.
The 24-year-old showed his strength from the first minute of the game as Brighton pressed but had a few loose passes as he settled back into the Premier League. Didn't look entirely up to pace but showed promise. 5.
Played well under pressure to stifle a Brighton's opportunities. Decisive, even when carrying the ball out from the back. 6
Maxime Le Marchand
Had a solid performance until he gifted Anthony Knockaert the ball in the build up to Glenn Murray's goal. 5.
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A man that usually makes his presence felt but didn't do that quite enough in the opening period. More of his normal self in the second half. 4.
Had a chance to repeat last week's heroics in the early stages but could only gently curl into Matt Ryan's hands. Slow start but grew in the latter stages of the half and topped it off with a lovely assist for Schurrle. 6.
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Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
A lot is expected given the fee Fulham paid but the midfielder found it tough to make an impression in the middle of the pitch as the Cottagers struggled to retain possession for most of the half. 4.
Work rate. Only 45 minutes have passed the German provides a box to box impact. Fulham's most threatening player. Confident and composed finish past Matt Ryan. Limited impact in the second half but movement continued to cause problems. 7.
A tough afternoon for the forward whose most memorable moment was giving away the penalty. Worked hard before being substituted in the second half. 3
Left pretty isolated for the first 45 minutes and directed a header over the bar midway through. Looked to find it tough going against Lewis Dunk, until he bundled him over, drove into the box and scored at the second attempt. Hand-balled it for Brighton's second penalty. 4.
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Had a chance to seal it in the last five but couldn't quite put it past Ryan. 5.
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