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Championship - Saturday 15th August 2015, 3:00 PM
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Brighton
 
Attendance: 19029
 
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
 

Match events
 
30
Goal
Baldock
Cairney
43
Goal
 
Bodurov
52
Yellow
 
Kacaniklic
63
Sub On
 
Pringle
63
Sub Off
 
 
69
Yellow
LuaLua
 
71
Yellow
Hemed
 
79
Sub On
Ince
 
79
Sub Off
Baldock
 
83
Sub On
Rosenior
 
83
Sub Off
March
Dembele
84
Sub On
 
Smith
84
Sub Off
 
 
86
Sub On
Forster-Caskey
 
86
Sub Off
Stephens
Hutchinson
93
Yellow
 
 
94
Goal
Hemed pen
 
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Match Report

Fulham (1) 1-2 (1) Brighton

Championship Match Day 02 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 15th August 2015    KO: 15:00




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Brighton secured back-to-back victories as an injury-time penalty from Tomer Hemed ensured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The match was heading for a draw after Tom Cairney's sublime first-half strike cancelled out Sam Baldock's opener for Chris Houghton's visitors.

The victory follows Brighton's 1-0 home triumph against Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season while Fulham have amassed just one point from their first two fixtures.

It was Brighton who showed greater attacking intent from the start. Beram Kayal unleashed a shot after a clever lay-off from Hemed but Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli was down well to save.

The visitors were even closer just two minutes later. Bruno's pass was hit first time by Kayal and his superb effort from just outside the box curled and dipped and crashed against the crossbar with Bettinelli well beaten.

Fulham's last six league games at Craven Cottage saw them concede 18 goals and Bettinelli, who signed a new four-year contract before the match, was by far the busier of the two keepers.

Match Stats Fulham Brighton
Goals (1) 1 1 (2)
 
Scorers Cairney 43 Baldock 30
  Hemed pen 94
 
Goal attempts 13 16
On target 5 6
Shooting Accuracy 38% 38%
Possession 53% 47%
Corners 4 10
Offsides 0 2
Passes 470 416
Pass Success 77% 78%
Crosses 19 23
Crosses Success 42% 26%
Tackles 13 15
Tackles Success 77% 60%
Saves 4 4
Fouls 9 9
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Brighton took a deserved lead on 30 minutes. Attacking full-back Bruno Saltor clipped an inviting ball into the box from the right and Baldock's instinctive first-time finish nestled into the bottom corner.

A second goal almost followed just two minutes later. Kazenga LuaLua, a lively box of tricks on the left, whipped in a near-post cross and retreating defender Shaun Hutchinson shaved the outside of his own post as he hacked it to safety.

A genuine moment of quality saw Fulham level the scores on 44 minutes. Cairney collected a pass from Lasse Vigen Christensen on the left and the former Hull and Blackburn midfielder, who joined in the summer, curled a delicious effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

The home side almost went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Matt Smith, who has four goals in his last six games for Fulham, powered a header from Cairney's cross against the base of David Stockdale's post.

Houghton's side continued to press and Lualua came close to giving his side the lead once more as he cut in from the right but his 20-yard effort fizzed narrowly over the bar.

Stockdale, playing against his former club, was at his best on 67 minutes as he showed great agility to tip Smith's close-range effort over the bar.

Smith proved quite a handful for the Brighton defence and he missed a golden chance on 76 minutes as his free header from Ashley Richards' cross was straight at Stockdale.

But deep into injury time LuaLua tricked his way into the box and Hutchinson lunged in. LuaLua tumbled, the referee pointed to the spot and Hemed casually sent Bettinelli the wrong way from the spot.

Fulham (4-4-2): Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O'Hara, Pringle (Kacaniklic 63), Smith (Dembele 84), McCormack
Subs not used: Mattila, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Lonergan, Burn

Goal: Cairney 43 ((left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.)

Booked: Bodurov (52,f), Hutchinson (93,f)

Brighton (4-4-2): Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Hunemeier, Bong; March (Rosenior 83), Stephens (Forster-Caskey 86), Kayal, LuaLua; Hemed, Baldock (Ince 79)
Subs not used: Maenpaa, Dunk, O'Grady, Calderon

Goals: Baldock 30, Hemed pen 94

Booked: LuaLua, Hemed

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 19,029




















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