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Fulham draw at Bournemouth ~ Cham MD42 ~ 21/22

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AFC Bournemouth (0) 1-1 (0) Fulham

Championship Match Day 43 21/22 at Vitality Stadium

Saturday 23rd April 2022     KO: 15:00

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)




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Fulham arrived in Bournemouth aiming to confirm their position as Championship title holders however Dominic Solanke scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty to rescue Bournemouth a vital 1-1 draw and put the already-promoted Cottagers' Championship title celebrations on hold.

Solanke's last-gasp spot-kick cancelled out Aleksander Mitrovic's 41st goal of the season to claim what could be a crucial point for the second-placed Cherries' automatic-promotion hopes.

Fulham knew a win would all-but wrap up the title due to their vastly superior goal difference over their hosts.

The visitors, buoyed by their promotion-clinching win at home to Preston on Tuesday, started the game brightly.

Former Bournemouth loanee Harry Wilson, booed every time he touched the ball, smashed a second minute free-kick into the hosts' wall.

It took until the 23rd minute for either team to muster a shot on target when Wilson's 20-yard effort forced an awkward save from Mark Travers following a well-worked corner.

There was a definite edge to the game and referee Graham Scott read the riot act to both Bournemouth manager Scott Parker and opposite number Marco Silva following a touchline fracas.

Match Stats Bournemouth Fulham
Goals (0) 1 1 (0)
Scorers Solanke pen 98 Mitrovic 56
Goal attempts 9 6
On target 2 2
Shooting Accuracy 22% 33%
Possession 53% 47%
Passes 464 420
Passes Success 81% 80%
Crosses 15 7
Crosses Success 20% 29%
Corners 4 3
Tackles 21 18
Tackles Success 86% 50%
Saves 1 1
Fouls 15 26
Offsides 2 4
Yellows 3 7
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
The incident was sparked by a grapple between Fulham defender Joe Bryan and Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Christie and prompted an angry reaction from both benches.

Bournemouth top-scorer Solanke, starved of service for much of the first half, saw a 39th-minute shot from the edge of the box blocked behind by Tim Ream.

Moments later Jaidon Anthony whipped in a dangerous cross towards Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak's far post but Christie could not quite get on the end of it.

Bournemouth had a loud penalty appeal turned down in first-half stoppage time when Anthony went down under a challenge from Kenny Tete after breaking into the area down the left.

Mitrovic had been kept relatively quiet by the Bournemouth defence before breaking the deadlock 11 minutes into the second half.

Wilson floated in a cross from the right and Mitrovic leapt above Nat Phillips at the far post before heading goalwards.

Travers appeared to have come to Bournemouth's rescue with a brilliant save to claw the ball away but according to goal-line technology it had already crossed the line.

Anthony continued to be Bournemouth's brightest attacking player and put a 20-yard free-kick over the crossbar with his last touch before being substituted.

It should have been game over when Ream nodded a Wilson free-kick across the face of goal but fellow centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo could only head onto the top of the crossbar from close range.

Substitute Todd Cantwell lashed a shot into the side-netting late on as Bournemouth searched for an equaliser.

Parker's side snatched a point against his former club in the eighth minute of added time when Adam Smith was upended by Wilson and Solanke slammed home from 12 yards.

The draw left the Cherries two points clear of third-placed Huddersfield with two games in hand.

Bournemouth's Scott Parker: "They scored a goal which looks a little bit dubious. It doesn't look like the whole ball has crossed the line so I think that's a little bit harsh. Maybe technology was faulty or the camera was not lined up properly, I don't know. It was well-deserved point for sure. It was a match between two very good sides.

"In the second half I felt we took them to certain depths and really nullified their opportunities. In the end I thought physical prowess and endeavour got us the penalty. I didn't see why Marco got sent off. It was edgy at times, it was a bit nitty gritty and I don't think anyone would have wanted it any different. There wasn't a cooler man in the stadium than Dominic Solanke."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "The decision to award the penalty was a mistake from the referee. That made a big impact in the game. We wanted to come here to be champion and to get the three points. We did not deserve that mistake. For me it was tough to get sent off in that moment. It was not the best game to watch and both teams did not perform at their best.

"We had a different week. We got the promotion on Tuesday and as you would expect, we celebrated for a couple of days. As a result, we did not have the same energy levels in the last few minutes of the game. There were not many chances for either team and the game was finely poised."

AFC Bournemouth: Travers, Smith, Phillips, Kelly, Laird, Lerma (Cantwell 79), Anthony (Dembele 67), Christie, Lewis Cook, Solanke, Billing (Lowe 45)

Unused substitutes: Brady, Pearson, Woodman, Mepham

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Solanke pen 98 (Dominic Solanke converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. Adam Smith draws a foul in the penalty area. Penalty conceded by Harry Wilson after a foul in the penalty area.)

Booked: Cook (01,f), Phillps (63,f), Smith (76,f)

Fulham: Rodak, Adarabioyo, Tete, Ream, Bryan (Robinson 45), Reed (Chalobah 72), Carvalho, Kebano, Cairney (Seri 82), Wilson, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Hector, De Cordova-Reid, Muniz

Goals:
Mitrovic 56 (Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a cross.)

Booked: Bryan (36), Reed (60,f), Robinson (75,f), Mitrovic (88,f), Rodak (91), Tete (93), Adarabioyo (96,f),

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Attendance: 10,352






























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