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Fulham edged out by Southampton - Match Report LC Rnd02

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-1 (0) Southampton

Carabao Cup Round 02 1920 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 27th August 2019    KO: 19:45

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Match Stats Fulham So'ton
Goals (0) 0 1 (0)
Scorers   Obafemi 57
Goal attempts 7 19
On target 1 9
Shooting Accuracy 14% 37%
Possession 60% 40%
Passes 576 378
Passes Success 73% 79%
Crosses 4 15
Crosses Success 25% 33%
Corners 1 7
Tackles 16 21
Tackles Success 69% 67%
Saves 6 1
Fouls 11 11
Offsides 0 1
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham head coach Scott Parker insisted there were “a lot of positives’ after Fulham made a swift exit from the Carabao Cup despite being the better side for much of the second-round tie.

They were on top for most of the first half at Craven Cottage, where Josh Onomah made his Whites debut in a much-changed side following his recent move from Tottenham.

But their Premier League opponents moved up a gear after the interval and Michael Obafemi’s goal on 57 minutes was enough to take Southampton through.

Obafemi tapped in from close range after being found unmarked by Nathan Redmond’s low cross from the left.

There were also debuts for Martell Taylor-Crossdale, who left Chelsea to join Fulham earlier this summer, and academy players Ben Davis and Tyrese Francois – all three came on as substitutes.

And goalkeeper Marek Rodák, making only his second first-team appearance for the club, produced a number of saves to prevent a second Southampton goal, the best couple of which denied Redmond and Danny Ings.

“There’s a lot of positives,” said Whites boss Parker. “I think it’s fair to say we controlled the game in the first half.

“Six lads from the academy involved and more senior players, who’ve had a very good pre-season and found themselves on the side, getting a bit of game time as well – so yes, pleased.”

Until Ireland striker Obafemi struck in the 57th minute, the biggest cheer of the night was for a construction worker in Fulham’s Riverside Stand who doubled as a crowd-rousing flag-waver.

Fulham: Rodak, Christie, McDonald, Le Marchand, Bryan, Johansen (Francois 80), O'Riley, De La Torre (Davis 90), Kamara (Taylor-Crossdale 90), Onomah, De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Norman, Odoi, Opoku, S Sessegnon

Booked: Johansen (47,f), Le Marchand (71,f)

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric Soares, Bednarek (Yoshida 60), Danso, Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Djenepo, Obafemi (Ings 68), Redmond (Long 76)

Unused substitutes: Gunn, Stephens, Valery, Armstrong

Obafemi 57 (right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.)

Booked: Danso (06,f), Ward-Prowse (08,f),

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Attendance: 8,467

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