There’s only one F in Fulham
The Fulham Fanzine
Another evening early weekday game
This fixture boasts a rather novel statistic we've won more times than we've lost!
billp TOOFIF Updated Friday, 7 December 2018
Our pre-match ramblings…
It's true, we've won 39 of our matches against Leicester. Losing 27 and drawing 16 makes these figures one of the happier ones against teams now playing in the top flight.
Stats reproduced from 11v11.com
This turned out to be a very entertaining and close run game against a tidy, skilful and energetic Leicester side.
We once again demonstrated the disciplined defensive and midfield formation and again, Christie and Chambers were showing their confidence, both enjoying a fair share of reinforcing the attack, both having a pop.
Claudio started the side with Tom Cairney on the subs' bench and Mitro took the field as Skipper. Luciano Vietto and Stefan Johansen also joined the eleven on the pitch.
We came close to conceding early on, Rico coming to the rescue to deny with his body Iheanacho who had broken clear to make a good contact with Maddison's telling pass.
We came close a few minutes later when, in the eighth minute, Vietto was awarded a free kick from which which Mitrovič's attempt was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, having dipped over the wall.
Le Marchand was also having a decent start and set off on a few raiding forays down the left, he even had a shot which was deflected off Mitro, Schmeichel despite having been completely foxed by the change of trajectory made a superb acrobatic save to deny our French left back.
An evenue contest ensued when on around 20 minutes, Calum Chambers volleyed a beauty coming from interplay fed by Seri and Odoi, Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal made another miracle save. Albrighton then missed, where it seemed he could have done better, this was developing into a close run thing.
Something that was noticeable was the amount of goal kicks by Schmeichel that flew out to touch, maybe the Cottage pitch width of 65 metres was catching him out, the King Power pitch being two metres wider.
Wes Morgan then headed over from a promising looking left wing move by Ben Chilwell. Then a Whites corner saw Le Marchand and Ryan Seesegnon exchanging close passes feeding Mitrovič who nodded wide, another chance that looked odds on to be converted.
With eight minutes of normal time remaining, Christe then set off on what has become a characteritic gallop down the flank, he came inide but instead of feeding the attack, let one of his own loose it didn't worry the goalie unfortunately. It had developed into rather a yo-yo game.
This was evidenced by Morgan then shaking off his shackles to move into the danger area, his crossed header being gathered by Rico to make it safe.
It was our turn next, yes definitely one of those see-saw affairs! This time Luciano Vietto was set loose by a great ball from Seri, he swerved past the defence and got in a left footed effort which was struck goalwards, causing Schmeichel no trouble as it was blocked, before it reached the Danish goalkeeper, by Caglar Soyuncu.
Then we scored, Mitro flicked the ball on and Kamara who had been gamefully running around like the usual Whirling Dervishbeat everybody and after a physical tussle on the line ten yards from gaol seemed to have lost the opportunity, somehow he smacked a brilliant shot at a crazily tight angle which went with velocity past the defenders and goalie to bash the onion bag, one nil and half time imminent.
The escond half carried on the toing and froing, it was a very close run contest but if anything, Fulham had a slight upper hand our Skipper had replaced Vietto in the interval and he immediately pushed up into an offensive midfield role, causing the visitors to adjust to our heightened threat. Mawson was outr next defender to try to get on the score sheet, his effort being glanced wide following a Seesegnon pass.
On the 70th miniutes, Tom Cairney narrowly swerved a lovely effort just wide, the Leicester keeper was routed like a redwood and completely immobile as the ball whistled past. It was virtually all Fulham and we'd kept a clean sheet for 74 minutes, could we keep it clean?
We couldn't, just as we were dreaming, a Route One ball out from Schmeichel reached Maddison who easily converted, our entire midfield and defence caught out by our attacking ambitions ane we'ds been hit with a classic sucker punch.
The game played out eactly as the precedingminutes, both sides creating cjhances again, Fulham being marginally on top, Cairney, Odoi and Mitro having decent attempts and Iborra and Maddison coming close for the Foxes.
Sadly, we couldn't capitalise on our chances and the game ended as an entertaing draw. We'd have lost this had it been played in late October I suspect, now we head to Manchester in search of our firt aaway win of the season, no problem there then!
Fulham's record since our first game in 1907
FFC v Leicester City
Fulham 1 Leicester City 1 (HT 1-0)
billp TOOFIF Updated Friday, 5 October 2018
An unlucky outcome perhaps but at least there were more signs of improvement
Images: Fulham FC Online/Rex Features
Competition: Premier League
Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018
Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Referee: David Coote
Line-up: Rico; Christie (Ream 84'), Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand (Bryan 77'); Chambers, Seri; Kamara, Vietto (Cairney 45'), Ryan Sessegnon; Mitrovic
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Kebano, Schürrle, Zambo Anguissa
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Line-up: Schmeichel; Simpson (Okazaki 72'), Morgan, the, Chilwell; Mendy (Iborra 71'), Wilfred Sessegnon; Albrighton, Maddison, Diabaté (Gray 55'); Iheanacho
Unused substitutes: Ward, Ricardo Pereira, Fuchs, Knight
Manager: Claude Christie