The Fulham Latest Football News for 2017 – 2018
- Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:13:30 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action - Fulham | The Guardian
Hugo Lloris ends his madcap day on a high, Everton work out how to stop Chelsea and Salomón Rondón proves his worth
Unai Emery delivered an overdue update on Danny Welbeck, the Arsenal striker who was stricken against Sporting in the Europa League last Thursday. Welbeck, the manager reported, underwent surgery last Friday to repair his badly broken ankle and he will be out for some time. With Welbeck’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, has he played his final game for the club? Emery had more pressing matters with his strikers against Wolves and he made a tactical change at half‑time, switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-1-2 in order to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to come in from the flank and partner Alexandre Lacazette up front. In the first half, Aubameyang had routinely drifted inside from the left. He did not look comfortable in that role. Arsenal would improve to draw 1-1. Is it the best use of Aubameyang’s talents to play him off the wing? David HytnerContinue reading...
- Sun, 11 Nov 2018 21:56:12 +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 flight
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- Sun, 11 Nov 2018 17:22:30 +0000: Slavisa Jokanovic claims offside call at Liverpool was ‘disrespectful’ to Fulham - Fulham | The Guardian
• Fulham manager describes Mohamed Salah’s opener as ‘absurd’
• Jürgen Klopp: ‘We were a bit lucky. It’s not 100% offside’
Slavisa Jokanovic accused the referee Paul Tierney of disrespecting Fulham by disallowing an Aleksandar Mitrovic header 14 seconds before Mohamed Salah’s “absurd” opening goal for Liverpool during Sunday’s game at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp agreed that his team “were a bit lucky” with the offside decision but argued the Serbia striker was level with Andy Robertson because of a foul on the Liverpool left-back.
The Premier League’s bottom club performed well at Anfield but were incensed when a marginal offside call went against Mitrovic with the game goalless. As Fulham complained Liverpool took a quick free‑kick through Alisson – “the ball was still rolling,” added Jokanovic – that led to Salah’s eight goal of the season.Continue reading...
- Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:05:12 +0000: Liverpool 2-0 Fulham: Premier League – as it happened - Fulham | The Guardian
Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri scored either side of half-time to give Liverpool a comfortable win over Fulham at Anfield
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
I’ll leave you with our match report from Anfield. Thanks for your company - bye!
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were up for the post-match interviews. They said nothing of note, though there was a nice bit of craic about their competition to see who gets the most assists this season. Both got one today; Robertson leads 5-2.
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Peep peep! Liverpool go top of the table – for a couple of hours at least – with an ultimately comfortable win over Fulham. The match hinged on an unusual incident just before half-time: Aleksandar Mitrovic had a goal dubiously disallowed, and 14 seconds later Mo Salah gave Liverpool the lead at the other end. The impressive Xherdan Shaqiri added a lovely second goal just after the break, and the rest of the match was a training exercise.
90 min Three minutes of added time.
88 min Firmino’s shot kicks up awkwardly in front of Rico, who shovels it away. Moments later, Salah’s curler hits the head of Mawson.
87 min “I don’t think football culture in England is the problem,” says Johny Bennett. “The atmosphere in the Championship is absolutely fine. I’m a Norwich fan and the difference in noise when we intermittently get promoted to the top flight the difference in the noise levels is striking. Too many tourists and entitled supporters I imagine, with lots of fans priced out of the game.”
86 min This match is being played at walking pace, in a noise-free stadium. It’s the best league in the world!
85 min Mitrovic blooters high and wide from 25 yards.
85 min “Agree that Firmino ties the Gegenpressing Room together for Liverpool and that he’s had a bit of a World Cup hangover,” says Scott Oliver, “but this raises several questions: (1) Who peed on said rug? (2) Should Klopp go back to Dortmund in the January window, claiming to Brandt (there must be a Brandt there) that he’s been told he can take any rug in the house? (3) If he took ‘Rolls’ Reus, would someone quickly reclaim it on the basis that it holds sentimental value for them? (4) Is it true that Klopp’s faith in the off-colour Bobby because all he ever wanted was his rug back?”
84 min Another Fulham change, Johansen for Anguissa.
82 min Vietto has come on for Schurrle.
81 min The impressive Xherdan Shaqiri is replaced by James Milner. He’s a really good option for Liverpool, especially at home.
80 min There is precisely bugger all to report. Liverpool are keeping the ball without any trouble.
78 min “Is Ben Jordan saying that Mitrovic’s foot was over the line?” says Niall Mullen.
77 min Henderson finds the relentless Robertson, who plays a one-two with Mane and stands up a cross that is headed away by Odoi. Fulham break and Gomez is belatedly booked for another cynical foul on Mitrovic.
73 min “So,” says Ben Jordan. “If Firmino is the rug, is Klopp the Dude?”
He will be when he patrols the technical area in a dressing-gown.
71 min Both sides know the match is over, and in the last 10 minutes it has had the intensity of a Nations League game.
70 min “Given, well, everything about City Liverpool are not allowed any missteps if they want to make any sort of title challenge,” says Niall Mullen. “Reminds me of the restaurant owner in Goodfellas who has to pay the mob regardless: ‘Oh you have some injuries? F@&* you, 3 points. Oh there was a poor refereeing decision? F@&* you, 3 points. Oh you had 6 matches in 2 weeks? F@&* you, 3 points.’”
69 min A Liverpool change: Jordan Henderson replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.
68 min Alexander-Arnold slams the free-kick into the wall - specifically the face of Seri, who is leaving the field for treatment.
67 min Salah is fouled in the D by Mawson. Unlucky, Alf. Salah and Shaqiri, the goalscorers, are over the ball, and now Alexander-Arnold has joined them...
67 min This game is over. The rest is detail.
65 min “Might want to point out the reason that Chambers tackle could be a red in the ‘current climate’ is it could easily be a broken ankle regardless of the weather,” says Thomas Johanessen. “It was a horrible tackle.”
64 min “Hi Rob,” says Patrick. “If you have a look at this screenshot of the Mitrovic goal [which I can’t upload because I just can’t – Smyth], see where the imposed offside line starts on the near touch line is wider than when it finishes at the top. This is a problem of perspective! I’m no mathematician, but think this is a well-known problem in geometry and especially map making - there are no straight lines in the universe! In conclusion: Mitrović was offside.”
VAR’s going to be great fun next season.
63 min A Fulham change, with Jean Michael Seri replacing Tom Cairney.
62 min Liverpool break through Firmino, who waits and waits and waits some more while Robertson makes a storming run to his left. Eventually Firmino lays it nicely into his path, and Robertson hits a first-time shot across goal that is palmed away by the diving Rico. He’s had a fine game and that was another excellent save.
61 min “As long as we’re talking about the Anfield atmosphere,” says Garth Travers, “we need to point out that it’s a midday kickoff on a Sunday.”
Good thing we didn’t point that out in the third minute of the match.
59 min Chambers is booked for a lunge at Salah. His studs were showing and in the current climate that might have been a red card.
59 min Firmino, not for the first time this season, has been very quiet. He is the key to this Liverpool team, the rug that really ties the room together. There’s no logical reason why this 4-2-3-1 system shouldn’t suit him - he could play anywhere - but perhaps it has affected him in ways I’m not intelligent enough to spot.
57 min Fulham know it’s over, still they cling, they don’t know where else they can go, until 1.45pm anyway.
56 min “It’s a good point re the Bundesliga,” says Tim Woods. “I have also been to Bundesliga II games (Union Berlin), which also kick off on Sunday lunchtime sometimes, and the atmosphere is always excellent. Apart from cheaper ticket (and beer) prices, I don’t really know why though. I can assure you Germans aren’t naturally more vivacious or prone to singing than us in their everyday life.”
Ticket prices is the big thing but there’s also a much better football culture.
55 min Fulham have done a lot of good things in this game but this could get messy for them now.
That was a lovely finish. It came when a corner was only partially cleared by Fulham. Van Dijk played the ball back to Robertson, who hit a deep, booming cross to find Shaqiri in loads of space at the far post. He finished superbly, cushioning a volley across Rico and into the corner.
For a few hours at least, Liverpool are going back to the top of the league.
53 min: Great effort from Mane! He danced away from Chambers and struck a ferocious rising drive from 25 yards that was excellently palmed away by the leaping Rico.
52 min Gomez is lucky not to be booked for a cynical foul on Mitrovic.
51 min There’s a very flat atmosphere at the start of the second half. You can hear the players shouting to each other, which is astonishing really. This is Anfield.
48 min “Rob,” says Mark Lomas. “You’re not seriously comparing the atmosphere at the biggest game in German football with a bog-standard home game between second in the league and bottom of the league? For big games, the atmosphere at grounds in the UK more than holds its own.”
I don’t agree with that at all, unless you’ve been time-travelling. I’d also argue the atmosphere for bog-standard home games in the Bundesliga (and many other leagues) is miles better.
46 min Peep peep! Liverpool begin the second half.
Replays on BT Sport suggest Mitrovic’s shoulder was offside, but they also point out that the linesman couldn’t see properly because his view was blocked - and that the ball was moving when Alisson took the free-kick that ultimately led to the goal. So the moral score is probably Liverpool 0-0 Fulham.
“Hi Rob,” says Woolie Madden. “Hope you’re having a nice Sunday. It has to be said that Anfield is embarrassingly quiet today. I know this game doesn’t have quite the same import, but I watched Dortmund-Bayern last night and there’s just a world of difference - even when Dortmund were behind the crowd were giving it their all. You can actually hear the photojournalists’ camera shutters going off, which is pretty bad for a stadium of 55,000 people.”
Yeah, and what’s worse is that it’s the norm for English grounds. What have they done to English football?
That was a lively end to the half, eh. See you in 10 minutes for the second half. Meantime, here’s something to read.
45+1 min That end-to-end swing brought to mind one of the great moments in modern football: Troy Deeney’s orgiastic goal for Watford against Leicester in 2013.
45 min Fulham have been excellent, particularly going forward, and will still think they can get something out of this. That said, you’d fancy Liverpool to score at least one more in the second half.
44 min Another chance for Fulham! Cairney takes a poor touch on the edge of the area but recovers to find Mitrovic, whose unconvincing low shot is saved by the diving Alisson.
Fulham should be 1-0 up; instead they are 1-0 down. Mitrovic had a smart header disallowed - wrongly, I think - after a well-worked short corner. Alisson took a quick free-kick to Alexander-Arnold, who curled an excellent pass behind the defence for Salah. He ran through on goal and slotted the ball calmly past Rico. To compound Fulham’s frustration, Mitrovic was probably onside. It was very close and I think he was level with Robertson.
And now Liverpool are ahead!
41 min: Mitrovic has a goal disallowed for Fulham!
38 min Mane escapes Christie and then overruns the ball, prompting groans from the crowd. It’s been a frustrating half for Liverpool.
37 min “Rob, the BT commentators didn’t pick up on this and you haven’t mentioned it either, but maybe somebody can shed some light: why didn’t Liverpool get a corner when Salah’s shot was tipped wide by Rico?” says Seb Patrick. “I know it’s churlish to moan about not getting a corner fifteen minutes or so after the fact, I’m just worried I’ve missed a major rule change, because surely the ref didn’t think the keeper hadn’t touched it?”
Yes, that’s exactly what happened. In fairness to the referee, it’s not like he punched it out for a throw-in.
35 min Mane’s cutback from the left deflects into the path of Shaqiri, who screws a shot just wide from the edge of the box.
34 min Sessegnon moves smartly away from van Dijk before smashing high over the bar from a tight angle. He’s looking dangerous for Fulham.
32 min ... and his free-kick hits the wall.
32 min Anguissa fouls Fabinho 25 yards from goal, to the right of centre. This looks like one for Shaqiri...
31 min Shaqiri and Salah have looked sharp for Liverpool; Firmino and Mane less so.
29 min Another chance for Fulham! After nice play from Sessegnon and Cairney, Schurrle’s low shot from 20 yards is spilled by the diving Alisson, who is lucky that it lands at the feet of van Dijk rather than Mitrovic.
29 min Rico is going to be booked for timewasting in a minute. He’s taking an age over every goalkick.
28 min Mane makes space on the edge of the area and curls miles over the bar.
24 min: What a chance for Fulham! Rico’s long goalkick was headed on by Mitrovic to Sessegnon, who bumbled past Gomez and through on goal. He struck a firm low shot from the edge of the area which beat Alisson and curled this far wide of the far post. He’ll feel he should have scored.
22 min: Another chance for Liverpool! Shaqiri lifts a cute pass over the top for Salah, who whistles a half-volley towards goal from a tight angle with his right foot. Rico shows excellent reactions, moving smartly to his right to beat the shot away.
21 min “And I’ve got Firmino as captain,” weeps Matt Dony. “Between the two of us, I think we’ve pretty much guaranteed another flat attacking performance. I hate Fantasy Football. But I keep crawling back to it, like the weak-willed loser I am.”
Don’t be so harsh on yourself. You’re not willed, etc.
20 min Fabinho drives an angled pass over the top for Alexander-Arnold, who tries an imaginative lobbed header on the run which lands on the roof of the net. Rico had it covered. Yet again Alexander-Arnold got the wrong side of Sessegnon.
18 min Fulham are working very hard defensively. It feels like a goal is going to come sooner rather than later, though.
16 min: Rico makes a vital save from Salah! The build up between Firmino and Salah was gorgeous, a double one-two at speed just outside the area. Salah then slithered past Odoi before stabbing a close-range shot that was smothered by the keeper.
14 min Liverpool have a ball on from left to right all the time, with Shaqiri and especially Alexander-Arnold constantly in space.
13 min Firmino sweeps the ball across the field to Shaqiri, who moves forward and slams a fine low shot just wide from 25 yards. Rico had it covered - he might have got a touch in fact - but it was beautfully hit.
12 min Fulham look mildly dangerous on the break. They haven’t come just to defend. Liverpool are dominating the game but could do with moving the ball a bit faster.
10 min Fulham win their first corner, to be taken by Schurrle. His outswinger is lumped away by Robertson at the near post.
9 min It’s so quiet at Anfield.
6 min Shaqiri delays before finding Alexander-Arnold, who flashes a rising cross over everyone. Liverpool are looking dangerous.
4 min: Mane misses a great chance. Alexander-Arnold’s bouncing cross was miscontrolled by Firmino but fell nicely for Mane, who struck it well wide from 12 yards. Prat’s my Fantasy League captain an’ all.
3 min It’s been a slow start on the field and a quiet one off it. I suppose early kick-offs don’t help in either regard. Remember that period from (I think) 1996-98 when some Sky games kicked off at 11.15am? That was a challenge for the alcohol-loving supporter.
2 min It looks like both teams are playing 4-2-3-1 - Liverpool with Salah up front, Fulham with Cairney behind Mitrovic.
1 min Fulham, in white, kick off from left to right. Liverpool are in red.
After an immaculate minute’s silence to mark Armistice Day, the players assume their positions.
“A very fine morning to you,” says Armchair Ian Copestake. “My support of Liverpool is fear-based: the fear in particular of losing to the bottom side and losing ground on the impossibles above us while having a shedload of narratives plunge down upon us from tomorrow. That aside I’m optimistic.”
It’s weird, isn’t it? Liverpool haven’t even lost a league game yet it already feels like their title challenge is hanging by a thread because of City’s form.
“Performance?” sniffs Tim Woods. “Bah. As a Liverpool fan, I’d happily take 27 utterly, mind-numbingly tedious 1-0 wins if it handed us the title. I just want this long, agonising, self-entitled 29 year (and counting) wait to be over.”
‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation
Pre-match reading and that
Related: Liverpool v Fulham: match preview
Liverpool (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah.
Substitutes: Mignolet, Moreno, Lovren, Keita, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge.
Fulham (4-2-3-1) Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Anguissa, Chambers; Schurrle, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic.
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Ream, Fosu-Mensah, Kebano, Johansen, Seri, Vietto.
Morning. It’s quite wrong to say football is a results business. It’s far more demanding and cut-throat than that. There is more focus on performances and style than ever before - as well as the same expectaton when it comes to results. The only way to keep everyone happy is to win the league with 100 points and some of the most stylish football ever seen in Britain, and even then they’ll moan about Project Longbow and sportswashing.
Even the neutrals have become entitled. Why aren’t you, Liverpool, entertaining me, Armchair Bob, like you did last season? On results alone, Liverpool have had a great start to the season, yet there is a slightly strange mood around the team. They could be top of the Premier League tonight, for flip’s sake. But they haven’t played the same spectacular football as last season due to the absence of their star man, Maurice Jo.Continue reading...
- Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:04:32 +0000: Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri turns up the heat on Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic - Fulham | The Guardian
Slavisa Jokanovic wore all black and a mood to match after a seventh consecutive defeat but this did not resemble a funeral march for the Fulham manager. Bottom of the Premier League, yes, deservedly beaten, yes; though not without handing Liverpool an unusually difficult assignment at Anfield. Victory was built on ingenuity and no little controversy for Jürgen Klopp’s contenders.
An eighth goal of the season from Mohamed Salah plus a fine finish from Xherdan Shaqiri took Liverpool back to the summit, for a few hours at least. It was the reaction their manager craved following the lame Champions League defeat at Red Star Belgrade in midweek, a fifth home league win of the campaign and the clean sheet ensured Liverpool’s meanest start to a top flight campaign – five goals conceded in 12 matches – since 1979.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.