The Fulham Latest Football News for 2017 – 2018
- Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:01:32 +0000: Harvey Elliott makes professional debut at 15 as Fulham ease past Millwall - Fulham | The Guardian
It was a moment to further age the hard-bitten souls in attendance. In the 81st minute of this Carabao Cup tie, Slavisa Jokanovic sent on Harvey Elliott for his professional debut. The Fulham winger was 15 years and 174 days old.
The Surrey schoolboy became the youngest player to appear for Fulham and it is also believed he became the most youthful in this competition’s history, beating the record of 15 years and 203 days set by Leicester’s Ashley Chambers in 2005. Records are a little hazy because of data protection laws.
Burton Albion produced another shock to beat Burnley 2-1 and reach the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time in their history. Kevin Long headed the Premier League strugglers in front just before half-time, but Liam Boyce equalised and then set up Jamie Allen’s 83rd-minute winner.Continue reading...
- Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:31:05 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action - Fulham | The Guardian
Ramsey needs to discover his inner Lampard, Shaqiri deserved more time and Traoré has become a specialist substituteContinue reading...
- Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:14:42 +0000: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos - Fulham | The Guardian
Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flightContinue reading...
- Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:39:00 +0000: Aleksandar Mitrovic keeps up hot streak as Fulham and Watford share points - Fulham | The Guardian
Keeping faith with the tried and tested has its merits, but following Javi Gracia’s sixth successive identical Premier League team selection, Watford ended their lunchtime engagement looking weary and not a little battered.
They might even have conceded a last-minute winner when the Fulham goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic forced a save from Ben Foster and nodded the resultant corner against the crossbar.Continue reading...
- Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:38:37 +0000: Fulham 1-1 Watford: Premier League – as it happened - Fulham | The Guardian
The impressive Aleksandar Mitrovic’s equaliser earned Fulham a point after they were battered in the first half by Watford
I’ll leave you with John Brewin’s match report from Craven Cottage. Thanks for your company, bye!
Aleksandar Mitrovic “It was a tough game. The first half they were much better and we didn’t play like we wanted. In the second half we pressed them high and created a lot of chances, especially in the last few minutes. The team plays for me and we play attacking football. I’m always close to goal and I’m really enjoying playing here.”
The 3pm kick-offs Simon Burnton is in the special Clockwatch Chair of Fun. You can get all the team news here.
Peep peep! Watford won the first half, Fulham edged the second - and the upshot is an honourable draw between two resourceful sides. Watford should have been out of sight at half-time but ended up hanging on for a point after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s equaliser.
90+1 min Three added minutes.
90 min Another Watford change: Ken Sema replaces Roberto Pereyra.
90 min The resuling corner is curled by Seri towards the far post, where Mitrovic towers over everyone to thump a header off the bar! That was a brilliant effort. I think Foster got a touch - if he did it’s an outstanding save as he had to change direction at the last minute.
89 min Mitrovic almost wins it for Fulham with an explosive left-footed shot from 20 yards that is palmed around by the flying Foster.
86 min “Hi Rob,” says Ravi Raman. “This may seem unnecessary, but ... is there an anti-tattoo rule for Premier League referees or are they told to cover them up?”
I have absolutely no idea. You’re welcome!
85 min Success turns past Fosu-Mensah and hits a low shot from a tight angle that is kicked behind by Bettinelli.
84 min The last defender Chambers is robbed by Deeney, who moves into the area and then, instead of shooting, plays a tame square pass towards Success that is cut out by Odoi. He should have been more selfish.
82 min That’s Mitrovic’s fifth goal of the season, which is one more than his old club Newcastle.
80 min Watford make a change: Isaac Success replaces the excellent Andre Gray.
Schurrle’s shot was blocked and span towards the left of the box. As the ball bounced up, Vietto jumped through a feeble challenge from Janmaat and then fizzed a low cross into the six-yard area, where Mitrovic flicked it neatly into the net.
Fulham have equalised!
76 min Sessegnon is being treated for a nosebleed, caused by a flailing arm from Kiko Femenia. There wasn’t any malice in it. Fulham have used all three substitutes so he’ll doubtless continue once they’ve stopped the bleeding.
73 min Watford will be royally hacked off if they don’t win this game. Although the second half has been fairly even, Fulham haven’t really looked like equalising at any stage. A three-goal lead wouldn’t flatter Watford.
70 min Fosu-Mensah makes a storming run into the area and cuts the ball back towards Vietto, who is about to shoot when Hughes comes round the side to make a fine interception. That’s his last touch of the match - he has been replaced by Kiko Femenia.
66 min Seri’s outswinging corner from the right is shouldered wide by Mitrovic, who saw it late and mistimed his attempted header.
65 min Hughes picks the pocket of Anguissa and finds Deeney, who surges into the area before flicking a shot wide under pressure.
64 min Fulham make their final change, with Andre-Frank Anguissa replacing Stefan Johansen.
62 min Gray plays the ball to Doucoure, whose tame return pass is intercepted on the edge of the area. Had he played it properly, Gray would have been clear.
61 min Fosu-Mensah’s mis-hit low cross comes to Sessegnon, who strangely declines the chance to shoot on the turn from eight yards and instead passes the ball straight to a Watford defender. Moments later, Mitrovic’s header is deflected over for a corner.
59 min A superb counter-attack from Watford, involving Holebas, Deeney and Doucoure, ends with Gray drilling a low shot that is smartly saved by Bettinelli.
58 min Holebas is booked for a foul on Vietto.
57 min This is a much more even contest now. Fulham are playing with more urgency in possession, though Watford still look dangerous going forward.
52 min Vietto spanks a selfish shot well wide from the edge of the area. Fulham are looking better though.
50 min Fulham have switched to a 4-2-3-1, with Schurrle playing behind Mitrovic. Ayite is on the left and Vietto on the right. I love tactics, don’t I.
49 min Fulham look a bit livelier, presumably after a half-time rollocking, and Mitrovic has just missed a fine chance to equalise. Schurrle curled a good cross from the right towards the six-yard line, where Mitrovic towered over Cathcart and planted a header over the bar.
47 min Hughes’s clever backflick releases Janmaat, whose cross is headed away. Hughes has been excellent.
46 min Watford begin the second half.
Fulham have made a double substitution at half-time: Denis Odoi replaces Alfie Mawson, and Floyd Ayite is on for Kevin McDonald.
Peep peep! Watford lead through Andre Gray’s early goal, but they could conceivably be 5-1 up. They’ve been magnificent: fast, powerful and with enough skill in the right places. Fulham have been overwhelmed.
45 min Yet another chance for Watford! Foster’s goalkick founds its way through to Pereyra, who moved into the area from the left and curled a shot this far wide of the far post.
45 min Seri’s superb free-kick from an inside-right position is headed behind by Janmaat - but he puts the resulting corner too close to Foster.
43 min The relentless Deeney nicks the ball off Chambers, who panics and gives away a free-kick. Holebas’s free-kick, not for the first time, is too close to Bettinelli.
39 min A beautiful through pass by Hughes puts Gray clear, only for the flag to go up. He was just offside.
38 min Watford have been really brilliant today, and deserve to be at least two goals ahead.
36 min Gray plays a cute through pass to Hughes, who pushes the ball past Bettinelli and goes over under challenge from Mawson. Some Watford players wanted a penalty but Hughes didn’t really appeal; I suspect he knew he had overrun the ball and probably wasn’t fouled by Mawson.
35 min “Why isn’t Will Hughes playing for England?” asks Felix Wood. “As much as I hope that the likes of Loftus-Cheek come good, it’s a bit much for Southgate to bemoan his players not getting game time when there’s a genuinely two-footed clever creative player who is playing week out and making and scoring goals who is being ignored by the national set up. I can’t work it out.”
If he carries on like this I’m sure he’ll be called up at some stage this season. He hasn’t been a regular for long, has he?
32 min Fulham have struggled to get their passing game going in the face of Watford’s relentless harassment. When they lose the ball again, Fosu-Mensah is booked for a desperate, studs-up lunge at Deeney. He’s a bit lucky: that could have been a red card.
30 min Mawson is booked for a nasty lunge at Pereyra.
29 min Hughes is fouled by Chambers down the Watford right. Holebas’s free-kick is too close to Bettinelli.
25 min Fosu-Mensah plays a fine through pass to Mitrovic, who rumbles into the area and has a low shot blocked by Cathcart.
24 min Sessegnon’s corner drifts harmlessly across goal.
22 min Schurrle, who has been Fulham’s brightest player, lofts a dangerous cross that is headed over his own bar by Cathcart.
20 min This has been an enormously impressive start from Watford. They are bullying Fulham but they are also outplaying them.
17 min Yet another chance for Watford! Mawson’s dreadful backheader is nicked by Gray, whose fierce volley is brilliantly blocked by the outrushing Bettinelli.
16 min “‘Fisticuffs’ would be ‘it’s all kicking off’, or ‘getting a bit tasty’ surely?” says Bruce Jackson. “’Escalation’ is more about moving staircases isn’t it?”
I thought that was former Fulham keeper Jim Stannah?
14 min Holebas’s excellent corner lands on the head of the flying Kabasele, who nuts it straight at the body of Sessegnon from six yards. Had it put it either side - and he bloody well should have done - he would have scored.
13 min Gray’s driven cross from the right is blocked but comes to Deeney, whose close-range shot is blocked by Bettinelli. This is a cracking game.
12 min Vietto has a double chance to equalise. Fulham broke dangerously again, with Schurrle playing a good pass to leave Vietto one on one with Janmaat. He skinned him before forcing a fine save from the outrushing Foster. The rebound came to Vietto, whose curling chip from the left of the box drifted wide. Fulham appealed for a penalty, for an off-the-ball foul on Mitrovic by Kabasele, but I don’t think there was much in it.
8 min Fulham break dangerously from a Watford corner. Schurrle drives a pass over the top for Vietto, who chests it into the space behind the defence. Foster comes from his line to claim the ball.
7 min Holebas’s dangerous free-kick is headed behind for a corner by Mawson. Watford have started ever so well.
6 min “Thank you Rob for not saying, ‘well, that escalated quickly’,” says Charles Antaki. “Unless it does, in which case there might be a case for it.”
What constitutes an escalation? Three first-half goals? A bit of the old fisticuffs?
5 min Watford are an unpleasant team to play against, and they have already forced a few errors from Fulham with their aggressive pressing.
The goal came from a longish throw on the left, which led to a scramble on the edge of the Fulham box. Eventually the ball came to Hughes, who had the awareness to drag an excellent pass through to Gray. He took the shot first time, sidefooting it past Bettinelli and into the net.
That didn’t take long.
1 min Association football is upon us. Fulham, in white, kick off from right to left. Watford are in their turqouise away strip.
It’s a cold, wet afternoon in west London, and a few of the players look a bit chilly as they walk onto the field.
Slavisa Jokanovic speaks “We are a new team and we are still looking for our best combination. We believe our passing style is the best way for us to win games. Watford are a settled Premier League team: solid, strong and competitive. They’re really dangerous.”
Some pre-match reading
Related: Fulham v Watford: match preview
Previously on Fulham v Watford ...
The last time Watford came to Craven Cottage, in December 2014, they walloped Fulham 5-0. Troy Deeney scored a hat-trick; Watford were managed by current Fulham gaffah Slavisa Jokanovic.
Fulham (4-3-3) Bettinelli; Fosu-Mensah, Chambers, Mawson, Sessegnon; Seri, McDonald, Johansen; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Vietto.
Substitutes: Rico, Odoi, Le Marchand, Christie, Anguissa, Ayite, Kamara.
Watford (4-2-2-2) Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Gray, Deeney.
Substitutes: Gomes, Mariappa, Masina, Kiko Femenia, Sema, Chalobah, Success.
Hello. This isn’t a must-win game for Fulham. It’s September for heaven’s sake! But it is a could-do-with-winning game. They have 13 home matches against the Small Fourteen, and they probably need to win six or seven of them if they are to achieve their primary target of survival. They’ve already put one on the board, that exhilarating 4-2 win over Burnley last month, and will add hope to another against Watford this afternoon.
Not that it’ll be easy: this is fourth-place Watford we’re talking about. Roberto Pereyra and the bovver boys up front have inspired a great start to the season, though four of their five games have been in the intimidating environs of Vicarage Road.Continue reading...
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- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC
Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.
- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:23:55 +0000: Sessegnon signs new Fulham contract - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC
Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon signs his first professional deal, keeping him at the club until June 2020.
- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:50:48 +0000: Adams takes Under-18 job in non-league - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC
Former Premier League manager Micky Adams takes on a role as Under-18 boss at non-league club Harborough Town.
- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC
Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
- Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:19:02 +0000: Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC
Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.