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billp TOOFIF Updated Monday, 3 September 2018

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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 0 Crystal Palace 2: Schlupp, Zaha sink promoted hosts

Ryan Benson

Fulham's first Premier League campaign since 2013-14 began with a defeat, as Crystal Palace left Craven Cottage with a 2-0 win.

Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha made the difference as Crystal Palace secured a 2-0 win in their opening Premier League game of the season, defeating promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The much-changed hosts showed plenty to encourage supporters after a busy transfer window, but Palace dug deep and did enough to win the first London derby of the 2018-19 season.

Fulham controlled large parts of the match and crafted several chances in the first half, though they were not as clinical as their visitors, who broke the deadlock in the 41st minute through Schlupp.

And, while the home side might argue they should have been given a second-half penalty, Palace produced a professional display to begin the season in victorious fashion, finishing Fulham off 10 minutes from time.

Slavisa Jokanovic named seven new signings in his starting XI, but Fulham certainly did not suffer from a lack of coherence, taking control early and nearly going ahead in the fourth minute when Wayne Hennessey tipped Cyrus Christie's effort around the post.

The Welsh goalkeeper had to be alert again nine minutes later, making an even better save as Aleksandar Mitrovic received Andre Schurrle's cut-back and fired goalwards.

But Palace weathered the storm and took the lead just before the break – Schlupp blasting past Fabri at his near post after being released into the left side of the area.

Fulham remained in charge after the break and had a penalty shout turned down in the 60th minute, Mamadou Sakho escaping punishment despite appearing to trip Schurrle in the box.

And Palace capitalised on that let-off in the 80th minute - Zaha racing on to Aaron Wan-Bissaka's clever throughball, skipping past Fabri and rolling the ball into the net to wrap things up for Roy Hodgson.


What it means: Familiarity key for Fulham

Jokanovic made a total of 12 signings in pre-season, with seven of those featuring from the start on Saturday.

While there were promising signs, it is impossible to have such an influx of new faces and see everything go perfectly from the start.

As long as Fulham gel effectively, they will be absolutely fine, but allowing the players to get familiar with a particular set-up and ideal XI is arguably vital.

Pat on the back: Safe-hands Hennessey

Fulham began the contest in impressive fashion and caused Palace numerous problems, but Hennessey was assuring between the posts, making a couple of smart early stops. Even when the hosts were in charge, it always looked as though it was going to take something special to beat the Wales international.


Boot up the backside: Not so Fab-ri

One of two goalkeepers brought in by Fulham in pre-season, Fabri got the nod but did not cover himself in glory. He was beaten at his near post by Schlupp and rarely looked convincing, presenting Christian Benteke with an opportunity – which he wasted – in the second half. Sergio Rico might fancy his chances of taking his compatriot's place.


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• This was only the third time in 10 Premier League campaigns that Crystal Palace have won their opening match, with all of those victories coming away from home (versus Everton in 1997-98 and Norwich in 2015-16).

• This was Fulham's first league defeat at Craven Cottage since October 2017 (0-2 vs Bristol City), ending a run of 15 without loss at home (W12 D3).

• Fulham have won just 25 of their 119 Premier League London derbies (21 per cent), the lowest win rate in such matches in the competition.

• Wilfried Zaha's strike was his 23rd in the Premier League for Crystal Palace – no player has scored more for the club in the competition (level with Chris Armstrong).

• Jeffrey Schlupp scored his first Premier League goal for Crystal Palace, and first in 1043 days in the competition since netting for Leicester against Norwich in October 2015.

Fulham's first away trip of the season next Saturday sees them make the relatively short journey to another London side in Tottenham. As for Palace, they get a home visit of Liverpool out of the way nice and early in the campaign.

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Tottenham 3-1 Fulham: Harry Kane finally scores in August

Highlights and report as Spurs beat Fulham 3-1 at Wembley

By Oliver Young-Myles

Last Updated: 19/08/18 12:05am

Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal in August to help Spurs to a 3-1 win over Fulham at Wembley.

Lucas Moura gave Spurs the lead on the stroke of half-time with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the area but Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised shortly after the break with an opportunistic close-range header.

Spurs regained the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining as Kieran Trippier bent in a free-kick from distance before Kane rounded off the victory with a clinical finish.

The result means that Spurs have collected six points from their opening two games this season while Fulham, despite a promising performance, are still without a point.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (5), Vertonghen (6), Trippier (8), Dier (7), Eriksen (6), Davies (7), Lucas (8), Dele (7), Kane (7)

Subs: Dembele (7), Lamela (7), Winks (N/A)

Fulham: Fabri (7), Fosu-Mensah (6), Chambers (6), Le Marchand (6), Bryan (7), Seri (7), Anguissa (6), Cairney (7), Kamara (6), Sessegnon (6), Mitrovic (7)

Subs: Johansen (6), Christie (N/A), Schurrle (N/A)

Man of the match: Kieran Trippier

It had been a tough week for Spurs following the news that their move into the new stadium at White Hart Lane had been delayed but they made a fast start at their temporary home.

Lucas missed a gilt-edged chance with a header before Kane saw a goal ruled out shortly afterwards when the Brazilian had been adjudged to have fouled Fabri in the build-up.

Kane also had a penalty appeal waved away in a decision that incensed his manager Mauricio Pochettino.

After a subdued start, Fulham grew into the game and had two decent opportunities to score after the half-hour mark as Tom Cairney and long-term Spurs transfer target Ryan Sessegnon forced Hugo Lloris into smart saves. Sandwiched in between those efforts was a Christian Eriksen free-kick that drew a good stop from Fabri.

However, it was Spurs who took the lead and it was an exceptional strike that broke the deadlock. Lucas was lively from the outset and when Calum Chambers' clearance fell to his feet he confidently dispatched a curling effort with his weaker left foot beyond the despairing dive of Fabri for his first Premier League goal on 43 minutes.

Team news

Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to his side from last weekend's win over Newcastle with Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier replacing Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier. Those alterations meant that Spurs started in a 3-4-3 system.Slavisa Jokanovic made three changes as Timothy Fosu-Mensah, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Aboubakar Kamara came into the side.

Rather than being deflated by that goal, Fulham came out for the second half in confident mood and almost equalised after a couple of minutes when Mitrovic's low shot hit the post with Lloris rooted to the spot. The Serbian would not be denied, though, and soon after he was on hand to head the ball in from under the bar after Sessegnon's miscued shot had bounced into his path.

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Fulham 2 Exeter City 0

Aboubakar Kamara scored twice as Fulham beat League Two side Exeter to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Frenchman put the hosts ahead in the third minute, lashing in after Grecians keeper Christy Pym could only parry Cyrus Christie's effort.

Exeter almost levelled on 15 minutes when Matt Jay hit the base of the post.

But Kamara calmly doubled the Premier League club's lead three minutes after the break after latching onto Stefan Johansen's threaded through ball.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic made 11 changes after seeing his side register their first victory since their return to the top flight when they beat Burnley 4-2 on Sunday.

y the west Londoners, who were meeting Exeter for the first time since a fourth-tier league clash in December 1996.

his switch from Swansea, was substituted after 75 minutes but Jokanovic will have concerns over forward Neeskens Kebano, who was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the second half.

Exeter, third in League Two, had beaten Championship side Ipswich on penalties in round one but rarely threatened pulling off a second upset, although Jay had a goal ruled out for offside with six minutes left.

Pym saved well from Portuguese striker Rui Fonte and denied Johansen a third goal in the closing stages when he tipped the Norway international's free-kick onto the post.

Fulham return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00 BST).

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Fulham 4 Burnley 2

By Harry Poole

BBC Sport

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic praised his team's "brave" performance as Fulham secured their first victory since returning to the Premier League in an eventful match against Burnley.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for the hosts as they recovered from losing their first two matches to leave their opponents without a league win this season.

"We scored four goals and showed we could be a brave, attacking team," Jokanovic said. "It's an important step for us and we are satisfied with many things."

Jean Michael Seri, signed from Nice in July, gave Jokanovic's men the perfect start by firing a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top-right corner of Joe Hart's goal after just four minutes.

Burnley drew level in the 10th minute as Jeff Hendrick converted at the second attempt after good work from Aaron Lennon down the right flank, but a cleverly worked corner allowed Mitrovic to head the home side back in front on 36 minutes, as Tom Cairney's perfectly weighted cross from the edge of the area found the alert Serb.

Seeking another quick response, the Clarets were caught on the break two minutes later, as Mitrovic beat Stephen Ward in the air to glance beyond Hart - though the visitors were able to half their deficit before the break through James Tarkowski.

Mitrovic missed numerous chances to complete his hat-trick in a much quieter second half and agonisingly struck the post before Schurrle converted the rebound to add Fulham's fourth with seven minutes remaining.

"We are improving, definitely. We know a huge job is ahead of us and we must keep going," added Jokanovic.

"This is most competitive league in the world and this is not going to be an easy job for us."

'Important' win a 'big boost' for Fulham - Jokanovic

Lift-off for Fulham

With the knowledge that their opponents have been stretched by European engagements, the Cottagers seized their opportunity to kick-start their season in style with a first Premier League victory since April 2014.

After two defeats, Jokanovic's attempts to gel Fulham's new and old saw him hand a first start to Atletico Madrid loanee Luciano Vietto in a side consisting of seven summer additions.

They began with purpose, taking the game to slow-starting Burnley and Seri's superb strike set the tone as Fulham demonstrated quality across their side - with the Ivorian himself at the heart of the hosts' good play.

Fulham enjoyed more than two-thirds of the possession in the first half and both Schurrle and the lively Timothy Fosu-Mensah had attempts that, though unable to trouble Hart, offered warnings to Burnley.

But Mitrovic, now with three goals in as many Premier League games since signing permanently from Newcastle, looks as if he will be vital for Jokanovic's side, proving a constant nuisance to Tarkowski and Ben Mee - though he should have added even more to his tally.

Fulham's heavy investment in high-quality players over the close season - a reported £100m across 12 additions - suggests that, although survival is an obvious priority, continuing to play positively is also high on the agenda.

They demonstrated their ability to do so here very effectively.

"It's an important step for us. We showed it is possible and we are satisfied with many things," Jokanovic said.

"We know after the first two defeats it's not easy for us to find the right way. There is room for improvement and we need to push harder on the training ground."

Fulham were the better side - Dyche

Burnley's tough start continues

Following a 3-1 loss to Watford last weekend, Burnley's midweek Europa League play-off defeat by Olympiakos in Greece by the same score raised further questions over the Clarets' capacity to successfully balance European and domestic competition.

They extended their winless run in the league to eight matches with defeat at Fulham, and have now conceded 10 goals in their past three in all competitions despite surrendering just four in six previous to that.

Sean Dyche reverted to the same side that had contested Burnley's opening two Premier League fixtures, a total of six changes from Thursday night, but the Clarets conceded early for a second league game on the bounce.

There has been plenty made of Burnley's busy schedule, but they now face an uphill task if they are to reach the Europa League group stages, and exiting that competition will only increase pressure on their league performances.

"It's about working hard as well as smart," said Dyche.

"The players have been peppered with messages of 'it's too much being in the Europa League'. You can't make excuses because everyone wanted that challenge at the club."

Once again Dyche's men showed spirit to respond positively to going behind, pulling back to 3-2 just before half-time when Tarkowski converted from close range.

But spirit was far from enough to deny a lively Fulham side, who peppered Hart's goal in the closing stages as the Clarets saw their winless record away to promoted sides extend to 10 games.

Man of the match - Aleksandar Mitrovic

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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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We were winning away but that old defensive wobble meant we had to settle for a draw!

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Fulham player ratings: Vietto struggles while Schurrle shows his class

Fulham lost a two-goal lead at the Amex


ByScott Trotter

Football London16:53, 1 SEP 2018UPDATED17:00, 1 SEP 2018

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.

Fulham to undergo 'mini pre-season' over international break as Jokanovic looks to cement defence

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:

Marcus Bettinelli

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.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

A composed performance from Dutchman, with confidence beyond his years. Fit in, in attack and defence. 6.

Alfie Mawson

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.

Denis Odoi

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.

Kevin McDonald

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.

Jean-Michael Seri

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.

Jean-Michael Seri reveals why he snubbed Chelsea and Spurs for a move to Fulham

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.

Andre Schurrle

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.

Luciano Vietto

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

Aleksandar Mitrovic

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.

Ryan Sessegnon 'doesn't need to play every game' as Jokanovic looks for competition for places


Ryan Sessegnon

Had a chance to seal it in the last five but couldn't quite put it past Ryan. 5.

Stefan Johansen

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